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Colombo reign supreme at the Regatta
Written by Editor    Sunday, 26 June 2011 04:50    PDF Print Email
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University of Colombo ended the University of Moratuwa’s 3 year winning streak in the men’s rowing Championship to clinch the 28th Inter university regatta and the Prof. Stanley Wijesundara Challenge trophy. It was a very competitive afternoon of rowing and both teams did not disappoint their respective fan bases by displaying some fine rowing.

But it was UColombo led by 3rd year coloursman Dulip Maduranga that triumphed over Vidya Wisumperuma’s men. Dulip led his team from the front by winning all 3 of his events and bagging 22 points towards the Colombo aggregate. UColombo collected their points by winning the A Sculls, B Pairs, A Pairs, and B Fours while UMoratuwa won the B Sculls and the A Fours. Overall Tally; UColombo 28 UMoratuwa 14

For the women, UColombo once again clinched the overall title winning the B Sculls, A Sculls, A Pairs, B Fours while UMoratuwa won the B Pairs and the A Fours. Points UCol 24 UMora 18. Incidentally this was the first time the Mora girls won the A fours after number of attempts.

The day started off well for UMora as Thanitha Weeresekara won the Men’s B Sculls beating Ravindra Lamahewa whilst the Mora girls won the B Pairs. But the Colombo Captain, Dulip Madhuranga had other plans for the next race as he came from behind to beat Thiran Sellahewa in the A sculls, points UCol 6 UMora 2.Next were the two pairs, where in the B Pairs the Colombo combination of Thilak Pushparaj and Ravindra Lamahewa convincingly beat the UMora pair to give them 6 more points. The next men’s event was the important A Pairs which carries a vital 8 points and could swing the balance of the regatta. For spectators gathered at the Colombo Rowing Club this would have been the most exciting race. With one minute into the race the UMora senior combination of Geethan Malinda and Captain Vidya Wisumperuma were leading their counterparts by 2 1/2 lengths and would have fancied their chances of a convincing win, but the Colombo pair of Prabhath de Silva and Dulip Madhuranga were not down and out yet. As the boats approached the final 300m the gap had closed but UMora was still ahead by 1 ½ lengths and it was at this point that the Colombo pair orchestrated the best come-from-behind-victory with a power packed take-her-home; with 100m to go the pairs were neck and neck but it was the Colombo pair that won the ensuring mind battle and moved ahead and register a one length win, at this juncture UCol led points 20-2.

In the exhibition double sculls event UColombo double of Kanishka Madanayake and Dinesh Packianathan prevailed in a close battle. This event did not carry points.

In the women’s events too UColombo registerd 3 wins in the A Pairs (Gayasha Liyanage, Ann Jayaweera), B Sculls (Shenya de SIlva) and the A Sculls (Ann Jayaweera), UCol led 16 points to 6.

The Regatta now moved on to the Fours, the Moratuwa C Four stemmed the Mora losing streak for the day by winning C four comfortably (no points). Further the UMora Graduates four too recorded a win over their rivals in an exhibition race.

Next was the Women’s B Fours where the Colombo crew of Indu Dissanayake, Y. Subodini, Pemli Santiyago, Shenya de Silva and Naduni Perera won by ¾ lengths and brought their team 8 points, incidentally this 8 points gave the UColombo ladies an insurmountable lead in the overall title. UCol 24-6

With UMoratuwa needing to repeat their last year’s feat of winning both fours to keep the overall title at Katubadda and UColombo knowing that they only need to win one of the 2 fours to win the overall title set up a tense B Four race. The Colombo crew of Prabhath De Silva , Ravindra Lamahewa, Thilak Pushparaj, Dulip Madhuranga (Stroke) and Kalana Batagoda were equal to the task and beat their counterparts by 1 ¼ lengths to win the B Fours and UColombo’s first overall title since 2007.

UMoratuwa women won their first-ever A Four race this evening by beating the Colombo crew. For UOM was Radhavi Samakoon, Udari de Alwis, Ashanthi Fernando, Nuwanthika Rajapakse and Shanayana Thenuwara.

The final event for the day was the Men’s A fours a.k.a the Boat Race, the UMoratuwa crew consisting of Geethan Malinda, T. Weerasekara, Dilan Abeywardena, Vidya Wisumperuma and Chamal Jayasekara recorded a convincing victory over after leading for much of the race, Randimal Perera, Duminde de Alwis, Kanishka Kerahala, Praveen Liyanage, and Lishan Wickramanayake, to bring some respect back to UMoratuwa. UMora won their fourth successive boat race and the UMoratuwa lads

jumped-in for their customary bath in the Beira Lake.

Men’s                   UColombo 28, UMoratuwa 14

Women’s            UColombo 22, UMoratuwa 18

UColombo won 9 of the 14 races (men + women) worked off at the 28th Inter University Regatta.

 The Chief Guest for the evening was the new UColombo Sports Board Chairman, Prof. H D Karunaratne. The UMoratuwa was coached by Maheel Gamage whistle former National Coach Lloyd Sirimanne moulded the UColombo crew.


-By Lishan Wickramanayake


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Regatta – Novices 2011 (Final Day)
Written by Editor    Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:16    PDF Print Email
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Today mora oarsmen ended their appearance in the novices regatta with some disappointments.  Immediate-Junior mora oarsmen were not able to perform up to the expected, but at the end it was a good experience for them as it was the very first regatta for most of them.
But the senior coxed four which raced today ended up with the third place, with promising performances.  Although they represented the senior category, are still juniors of the MORA ROWING team, where they rowed the C-four at the inter university games-2010. So after competing with other senior crews, it was a remarkable achievement for them to win the 3rd place.




Senior coxed four raced today:

Chamal Jayasekara          (cox)
Padmika Jayasinghe        (stroke)
Thiran Sellahewa             (three)
Nuwan Amarawardhana  (two)
Dilan                               (bow)

Senior coxed fours results:





Royal College

3 m 45 s


Colombo Rowing Club

3 m 48 s


University of Moratuwa

3 m 53 s


St. Thomas’ college

3 m 58 s


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Regatta - Novices 2011 (Day 2)
Written by Editor    Thursday, 03 March 2011 16:42    PDF Print Email
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Today was a tough day for MORA as they rowed against some of the fine oarsmen. At the end of the day only one crew, double scull, got through to the semi finals and others lost. But unlike other competitors, they rowed their hearts out. Until the lawn umpires’ call to “finish”, no mora oarsman gave it up. As it has been always “ROW HARD, NO EXCUSES” for mora, they showed their characters, ending up with very close races.











Double scull



Malith Madushan

Semi Finals

Chalitha Kanchana

There will be another senior race tomorrow for senior oarsmen, which is the open coxed four.

Coxed fours


Padmika Jayasinghe

Semi Finals

Thiran Sellahewa

Nuwan Amarawardhana


Chamal Jayasekara (cox)

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Regatta - Novices 2011(Day 1)
Written by Editor    Wednesday, 02 March 2011 17:32    PDF Print Email
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The opening regatta of this season kicked off at the waters of Beire today. It’s totally for novices who are to compete with experienced oarsmen and oarswomen in near future events. As this is the first time for them to show their talents, the winners would be mostly welcomed by the rowing community. The regatta will be “on the waters” on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of March, 2011 from 2pm onwards at Colombo Rowing Club premises.

At this very first day, our young mora oarsmen showed what potentials to the other teams, holding their reputation. During the past years, MORA flag has been waving high amongst other competitors’ and this time also, it’ll be with no defferent.
Today’s results:




Single sculls



Thiran Sellahewa


Q finals


Padmika Jayasinghe


Q finals

Coxless Pairs



Chamal Prasad


Q finals

Chalitha Kanchana

Coxed fours



Chamal Prasad


Q finals

Chalitha Kanchana

Suneth Chamara

Malith Madushan

Dasun Madushanka (cox)

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Written by Administrator    Wednesday, 09 February 2011 07:07    PDF Print Email
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Thisum Buddhika and Damith Aravinda , captain and vice captain of 2010 MORA Rowing team won their first international medal last Saturday(5th) at the 69TH ARAE/FEARA REGATTA held at the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club premises. The duo crossed the finish line third grabbing the Bronze Medal with a timing of 4minutes and 09seconds in the Pair event.

ARAE (Amateur Rowing Association of the East) regatta which was initiated in 1933 is considered as the most prestigious, oldest as well as one of the most anticipated rowing event in the region. Over 150 Oarsmen and oarswomen representing 14 clubs from India, Pakistan, Singapore, Philippines, U.A.E and Sri Lanka participated in the event. Buddhika and Aravinda represented the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club which was the host club of the regatta this year. They won the first place in their Heat and were selected to the Semi Finals, where they won the second place thus booking their place in the Final. Pairs from Karachi Boat Club and Lake Club Kolkata were beaten by Buddhika and Aravinda in the Semi Finals. In the Final, the Rowing Centre Chennai, and the Colombo Rowing Club won the first and second places respectively ahead of Buddhika and Aravinda

Apart from the Pair event, they also participated in the Double Scull event as the BLRC “A” Double Scull. Buddhika and Aravinda were able to beat Siddarth Yadhev and Vishal of Madras Boat Club (who were the favorites for the gold medal) in the Heats much to the disappointment of their Indian counterparts. Singapore Rowing Association and the Calcutta University Rowing Club were the other Double Sculls beaten by the BLRC duo in the Heats. In the Semi Finals they ended up third and unfortunately didn’t get the chance to qualify for the Finals.

Buddhika and Aravinda dominated the Sri Lankan Rowing Arena from year 2009 in both Pair and Double Scull events by winning Gold and Silver medals at national level rowing events including Gold medals in the Sri Lanka Rowing Nationals. Madushanka Randika, one of the senior oarsmen of the 2010 Mora rowing team has also participated to the regatta in the Single Scull event and went up to the Semi Finals. He beat the contenders of Karachi Boat Club and Colombo Rowing Club on his way to semi finals. The two coaches, Mahell Gamage and Mark Maurice are the silent instigators behind the success of the Mora Rowing Team in this era, which climbed up through inter university level, national level ultimately to international arena.

Article by Dananjaya Bandara

Editor's Note

[Dananjaya Bandara is an ex-oarsman who rowed for Mora. He is an architect by profession and currently the secretary of Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club]

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