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Tennis-Peterites regain overall inter-schools tennis championships

St. Peter's College, Colombo 4 regained the Overall Inter schools tennis championship for 2013 at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) courts recently. Peterites who had held this championship for 5 consecutive years from 2007 to 2011 had lost the trophy last year by the narrowest of margins. But this year the determined Peterites whose pride had been pricked from their loss last year played some scintillating tennis in all the age groups to win the this trophy back.

The first completed age group for 2013 was the Under 17 championship. The Peterites under the captaincy of Shanitha Perera won the championship in great fashion defeating Ananda College in the final to win this age group.

This was a real tonic for the lads from Bambalapitiya as they were playing without their No 1 player Chehan Fernando. But all the members of the team worked hard together to prove that the absence of one player was not going to affect their spirit and took home the championship. The rest of the members of this team were Davishka Ranasinghe, Nabeel Sabri, U Dilshanth, R Krishanthan, Nisheth Mendis, Ramin Dharmaratne and Rashard Jamaldeen.

Next came the Under 19 tournament. This was supposed to be the 'Achilles heel' for the Peterites this year. With some of their players having left for other schools and some players not available due to exams it was expected that Peterites would even struggle to qualify through the group in this tournament.

This is where the tactical savvy of the Peterites came into play. Instead of playing Chehan Fernando in the Under 17 age group they entered him into the Under 19 age group. The rest of the players led by the College Captain for 2013 Aaron Assauw worked extremely hard to make sure that the Peterites were competitive in this age group specially since they were drawn into a tough group comprising of the extremely strong Royal College team and also the strong St. Thomas's College Mt Lavinia team. Since only two teams were going to qualify from the group the first priority was to reach the semi finals. After having done so the Peterites played the defending Under 19 champions Ananda College team in the semi finals.

The Peterites defeated Ananda College team in the semi finals by a margin of 3/2 to reach the finals. Although they lost the final this was an extremely creditable performance by this group of boys who had worked very hard to reach this level. The other players in this team were Yoosuf Faizal, Senel Rohana, Chehan Fernando, N Nishagan, S Mohankumar, Harsha Peiris and Kalana Wijeratne. Finally it was the Under 15 age group which was going to decide the Overall Championship.

Coming into this tournament the Overall Inter Schools Trophy was marks table was finely balanced. What was remarkable about this age group was that it was widely acknowledged that the St. Thomas's College Mt Lavinia team who were fielding an extremely strong team was going to be tough to beat. Since according to the draw the Peterites were drawn to play St. Thomas's College in the semi finals the Overall trophy was yet to be decided. There were all sorts of permutations and calculations as to how this trophy could be won. The Peterites knew going into the semi final that if they won this match they would be overall champions again.

Once again the Peterites very focused, steely determined, working hard to make sure that they would be competitive in this age group. As expected the Peterite team reached the semi finals and was drawn to play the boys from Mt Lavinia. This is where the Peterites performed very well. Faced with the mighty task they went about it in an extremely professional manner and played very well. Time and again fighting from the back and fighting against all odds the Peterite tennis players performed in an extremely disciplined manner to beat the very strong Thomian side. With the final still to be played by virtue of winning a very hard fought match 3/2 the Peterites have taken the Overall Inter schools tennis championship once again and for the 7th time in the last 9 years. The Peterite team comprised of Meshan Nanayakkara, Isuru Wijeratne, Kavinka Fernando, U Srinath, Mark Seneviratne, S Innthujan, Thariq Saboor, Angelo Perera and Imantha Perera.

The Peterite Master in charge of tennis Bernard Jesuthasan attributes this success to their long standing coach Dinith Pathiraja and the determination of the boys. "Our coach gets the boys to work hard and they trust him implicitly.

His dedication towards his job and the hunger for success is rubbed off on the boys. As a group they never like to lose and work hard for their coach. The boys work hard with pride and the results are there for all to see." He goes onto say " Fr Rector Fr Travis Gabriel and the sports coordinator Fr Lakmin Silva is always behind us in all our endeavors and help us at every turn" The assistant coaches are Kevin Markandarjah and Delwar Hossain.

The success for the Peterite tennis players do not come easy. They work hard, Play good tennis and are very focused. They are an example to any team. 

Posted on 2013-08-12 07:11:58
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