St. Peter’s dominate the school tennis scene again
Peterites proved their exceptional tennis skills as they clinched the
All Island Inter-school Overall Tennis Championship Trophy for the year
2008 at the recently concluded tournament at the SLTA courts.
This was the third time in 4 years that the Peterites won the much
coveted trophy having won earlier in 2005 & 2007.
In the year 2007 they won the unprecedented “Triple” in schools
tennis - that is the Inter Schools, national, schools and mini tennis.
Peterite success story was a total effort. From the very word go it was
a team endeavour.
The under 13 team was runners up in their age category. Playing the
group B of their age category they defeated St. Benedict’s College,
Kotahena 35/0, St. Thomas’ Mt. Lavinia 30/05, Maliyadeva College,
Kurunegala 28/07 and St. Peter’s College, Negombo by 35/0 to emerge as
the unbeaten team from Group B.
In the semi finals the Peterites took on Colombo International School
which boasted of a very strong line up and were expected to win the age
The Peterites beat them by 3 matches to 2 to reach the final and
ultimately lost to Royal College by 3 matches to 1 in the final thus
ending up as runners up. The team was captained by Shashanka Gomez with
Davishka Ranasinghe as his deputy.
The under 15 team won the championship trophy in their particular age
group. Playing in Group A in their age category they beat De Mazenod
College, Kandana 35/0, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 30/5, St.
Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa 35/0, Nalanda College, Colombo 35/0,
Trinity College, Kandy 35/0, Ananda College 35/0 and Thurstan College
35/0 to emerge as the undisputed leaders in that group.
In the semi final they beat St. Thomas’, Mt. Lavinia by 3 matches to
nil to reach the final and in the final defeated the strong Ananda
College side by 3 matches to nil to win the championship. The Captain of
the team was Hamdan Othman with R. Rajeevan as vice captain.
The under 17 team was unlucky to be placed third in their age
category. The team might have turned in a better performance if not for
the fact there were some unsavoury incidents in the tournament by
certain well known “Super Power” schools in the tennis circles that used
to dominate the tournament in the past.
They were playing in Group A of the tournament and they beat St.
Joseph’s, Colombo 35/0, Trinity College, Kandy 21/14, Nalanda College
35/0, Issipathana College 35/0, De Mazenod College 35/0 and St. Thomas’
Prep School 21/14. After emerging champions from Group A they were
unfortunate in that they had to play the eventual champions Royal
College in the semi finals.
In the third place “play off” they beat Trinity College by 3 matches
nil to annexe the third place. The team was captained by Shavith
Fernando with Dasitha Mendis as his deputy.
The Under 19 Team proved their metal when they routed their opponents
to clinch the Championship Trophy in their age category. This particular
age group has been an unbeaten side from their induction to Tennis from
the time they were in Under 10. Peterites record with pride this
spectacular achievement of a team of youngsters going up from Under 10
right upto Under 19 winning the championship in every age group they
This is the 6th consecutive year of being champions for this same set
of boys coming from Under 10. In the Group matches they beat Trinity
35/0, Asian International School 18/17, De Mazenod College 35/0, Nalanda
College 35/0 and Thurstan College 35/0 to emerge as the winners of their
In the semi finals they easily beat Royal College by 3 matches to nil
and in the final beat Ananda College who were strong contenders for the
championship by the same margin.
The captain was Kevin Markandarajah with Danutha Fernando, Sanjaya
Senanayake and Kanishka Herath as his deputies.
Peterites by virtue of the points gathered from all age categories
won the prestigious Overall Tennis Championship Trophy for the 2nd
consecutive year and the third time in the last four years.
St. Peter’s tennis teams have been coached by Dinith Pathiraja for
the past ten years and he has at no time compromised on quality. Master
in Charge Bernard Jesuthasan attributes the Peterite success to the
Discipline and commitment displayed at all age groups.