With the sad news of the untimely passing away of Shafi Jainudeen, a collage of images and memories adorn the canvass in our mind’s eye. For those of us who grew up with him and his family in Kandy, the story begins at Castle Street where his friends would visit the Jainudeen household often, ostensibly to keep Shafi company but in reality to admire-or “cap” as we colloquially called the  [ Read More ]

Brilliance of the ’74 Rugby Team

Everyone talks about the ’56 side under David Frank or Tyrrell Rajapakse’s side of ’87 being teams of fantastic rugby players with the unbeaten tag. Due recognition must be given to the consistently brilliant side of 1974 which also remained unbeaten and played some superlative rugby under the tutelage of the late Major Bertie Dias. Side stepping , dummies, excellent ball handling and sudden changes of direction gave them an  [ Read More ]

Hilary B. Abeyratne: ‘No patient of English’

PERSONALITY: Given the Kandyan upbringing of H.B. Abeyratne (HB), any outsider to Trinity College Kandy (TCK) circles may have the inclination to surmise that his initials stand for Heen (or Herath) Banda. It is not to be, for he was born to the well-known, affluent and anglicized Colombo parents Dr. & Mrs. L.O. Abeyratne and hence named Hilary Bertrand. After a distinguished school career at TCK, where he won the  [ Read More ]

Ever since I first went for the school show of Thrithva Ranga, way back when I was in Grade 8 (2004), it has become an annual event in my calendar along with the Bradby Shield. In the Thrithva Ranga held way back in 2004, I can remember there was something to do with army soldiers climbing down from the top of the hall to kidnap the president. Even though I  [ Read More ]

The saga of Asgiriya

Asgiriya was dressed by the late Gamini Dissanayake in 1982 to be the most picturesque international cricket ground in the world. It was also the only Test venue owned by a school. But now, with the Pallakele cricket stadium in place, Asgiriya will continue to foster a multitude of Trinity sports without hindrance, as it has over the years. The Early Years What appeared to be a hillside where Asgiriya  [ Read More ]

Prof. (Dr.) Senaka Bibile (1920-1977) was a third generation Trinitian. His father C.W. Bibile (1894-1936) and grandfather (W.R. Bibile 1865-1918) too attended Trinity. The family, descending from a long line of Veddah Chieftains and Kandyan Chieftains in the Uva Region, saw the benefits of a liberal education and enrolled their children at Trinity from the very inception of that hallowed institution. At Trinity, Senaka was an all rounder and shone  [ Read More ]

At “the best school of all”

A few years ago, School was more than a memory to me. I was there, savoring the last few days of my school life. Memories of fourteen years flooded my mind, as I held back the tears from my eyes. I could not afford to say good-bye to the place that had made me what I am, as the rhythm of my heart echoed “We will honor yet the school  [ Read More ]

Congratulations Kumar we are proud of you!

Sri Lanka is greatly honoured. One of the greatest wicket keeper batsmen of the world, former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain, a product of Trinity College, Kandy and University of Ceylon Colombo – Law Faculty, Kumar Sangakkara has been selected to deliver this year 2011, MCC SPIRIT OF CRICKET COWDREY LECTURE. The 33 year old Kumar Sangakkara, will also take over from former Australian Keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, as the youngest man  [ Read More ]

The battle of the titans will take place today, when Trinity College host Royal College, in the first leg of their traditional Bradby Shield encounter in its 67th edition, with the marauding Lions having a clear edge over their rivals. This most looked forward to event needs no introduction, but what matters is whether the unbeaten Royalists could maintain their winning streak or will the Lions put the issue beyond  [ Read More ]

Trinity College Kandy is the flagship school of Sri Lanka Rugby. In 1906 the school that carries the slogan “best school of all” took to what was largely an unknown sport in the island nation. It was a challenge from an old Trinitian Mr E. L. Blaze, then the Founder/principal of another top school across town (Kingswood College). Trinity Captained by H. S. Perera played their hearts out against a  [ Read More ]

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