Thomian rowers retain T. N. Fernando Trophy
S Thomas’ College retained the T. N. Fernando Trophy with a
hard-fought 28-24 win over traditional rivers Royal College in the 41st
annual Regatta worked off at the Beira Lake yesterday.
S Thomas’ Boat Race crew - Ramith Nanayakkara, Sandesh
Bartlett, Anuruddha Nadaraja, Vishan Gunatilleke, Kemil
Peter are seen here at the Colombo Rowing Club, Beira Lake
Royal College Boat Race crew - Lahiru Herath, Amrith
Feranndo, Sajid Ajmal, Promod Rajaguru and Azlam Saourjah
are seen here at the 45th Royal-Thomian Boat Race at the
Colombo Rowing Club, Beira Lake yesterday. Pix Vipula
The Thomians, who were trailing 16-24, till the final event of the
day, the prestigious 45th Boat Race, came back storming to win it by 2/1
lengths, which gave them to retain the trophy.
The Thomian crew comprised of Ramith Nanayakkara, Sandesh Bartlett,
Anuruddha Nadaraja, Vishan Gunatilleke and Kemil Peter, who gave a
superb display to outrow thair opponents, which consisted of Lahiru
Herath, Amrith Fernando, Sajid Ajmal, Promod Rajaguru and Azlam Saourjah
with a time of 3.06min to the Royal's 3.11 minutes.
The Thomians off to a flying start at the Regatta when they won the A
Scull Sandesh Bartlett beat Royal Bilal Hassan with a time of 3.46
minutes. Then they won the B Scull Saliya Gunasekara beat Royal Hashan
Hettigoda in a thriller by 3.47 minutes to Royal's 3.48.
They made it three in a row when they won the A Pair Ramith
Nanayakkara and Vishan Gunatilleke beat the Royal duo of Sajid Ajmal and
Praveen Hapugalle by 3.22 minutes.
Royalists won the B Pair Amrith Fernando and Lahiru Herath overcame
the Thomian duo of Ming-Hua Chang and Anuruddha Nadaraja in a time of
Then came Royal's fight back, when they won five events in a row.
They won the B Scull Lasaru Kudaligama and Buddhi Dias beat the Thomian
duo of Adrian de Silva and Saliya Gunasekara in a time of 3.27 minutes.
They followed it up by winning the A Double Scull Promod Rajaguru and
Hashen Hettigoda who beat the Thomain pair of Vishan Gunatilleke and
Sandesh Bartlett by 3.20 minutes.
Then the B Fours - Bilal Hassan, Keshan Ranasinghe, Prathap Perera,
Praveen Hapugalle and Avishka Jayaweera, who beat the Thomians
comprising of Kemil Peter, Akasha Weerasooriya, Deshitha Hennanayake,
Amrith Peiris and Wishmitha Peiris in a time of 3.05 minutes which gave
the Reid Avenue school a lead of 24 points to 16.
But then came the most important Boat Race, which saw the Thomians
emerge triumphant to obtain 12 points to retain the T. N. Fernando
Memorial Trophy for the 21st time.
A Scull: Sandesh Bartlett (S Thomas’) 3.46min beat Bilal Hassan
B Scull: Saliya Gunasekara (S Thomas’) 3.47min beat Hashan Hettigoda
A Pair: Ramith Nanayakkara/Vishan Gunatilleke (S Thomas’) 3.22min
beat Sajid Ajmal/Praveen Hapugalle (Royal) 3.25min
B Pair: Amrith Fernando/Lahiru Herath (Royal) 3.25min beat Ming-Hua
Chang/Anuradha Nadaraja (S Thomas’) 3.28min
B Double Scull: Lasaru Kudaligama/Buddhi Dias (Royal) 3.27min beat
Adrian de Silva/Saliya Gunasekara (s Thomas’) 3.33min
A Double Scull: Promod Rajaguru/Hashen Hettigoda (Royal) 3.20min beat
Vishan Gunatilleke/Sandesh Bartlett (S Thomas’) 3.22min
Under-16 Four: Ishira Rambukwella/Jehan Hapugalle/Charin Wijetilleke/Revata
Karunasekera/Jatu Rockwood (Royal) 3.38min beat Meshach Peiris/Daniel
Bartholomeuz/Niran Warawita/Dharaka Peiris/Ashan Walpola (S Thomas’)
C Four: Thimesha Amarasena/Praveen Weerakkody/Kavinda Matthew/Lasindu
Gamage/Avishka Jayaweera (Royal) 3.18min beat Saliya Gunasekara/Amith
Peiris/Adrian de Silva/Ming-Hua Chang/Meshach Peiris (S Thomas’) 3.24min
Old Boys Four: S Thomas’ College (3.44min) beat Royal College
B Four: Bilal Hassan/Keshan Ranasinghe/Prathap Perera/Praveen
Hapugalle/Avishka Jayaweera (Royal) 3.05min beat Kemil Peter/Akasha
Weerasooriya/Deshitha Hennayake/Amrith Peiris/Wishmitha Peiris (S
Boat Race: S Thomas’ College (Ramith Nanayakkara/Sandesh Bartlett/Anuruddha
Nadaraja/Vishan Gunatilleke/Kemil Peter) 3.06min beat Royal College (Lahiru
Herath/Amrith Fernando/Sajid Ajmal/Promod Rajaguru/Azlam Saourjah