During the period prior to the takeover of schools the main sport at Ananda Sastralaya was volley ball, while all the big schools in Colombo focused on cricket. Majority of all the Ceylon players during that era were selected from Gampaha and Kotte where the old boys excelled.
In 1953 the Ceylon team was captained by H.P. Siriwardena on old Sastraliyan who was the senior Hansard Editor of the Senate (the Upper House of Legislation). Suriyapperuma and Gunasekara Banda were among the others.
With the introduction of cricket, volley ball gradually diminished. There are several records broken by our cricketers but due to lack of space they cannot be mentioned. Over the years Sastralaya players excelled in inter-school cricket by winning almost every tournament they participated.
They were the winners of the first ever Sharona Trophy in 1991. Young Sastraliyans also emerged champions in the Astra Margarine Trophy for under 13. Although cricket was started, it was in 1991 that the Big match coinciding with ten centenary celebrations was played. Sastraliyan Mohan de Silva claimed all 10 wickets in an innings which is an all time record, the first school boy player, and only one to achieve it so far, to bag all 10 wickets in an innings in a big match.
Test cricketer Ruchira Perera is a Sastraliyan.
The playground is situated at Beddegana, along Thalawatugoda Road. Dr. E.W. Adikaram obtained it from N.E. Weerasuriya OC in his era and the present generation has benefited from it. There were students who excelled in the field of athletics as well.
W.K. Vimukthi Nanayakkara won the first place in the 400 metres under 15, at the national schools meet in 2002, in the 400 metres at Sir John Tarbet Shield, junior championships held in 2002, and in 400 metres under 15, at the Western Province Athletic Meet.
Chulanga Chetiya Edirisingha won the first place in 100 metres, at Sir John Tarbot Shield Championships by finishing the game by 11.1 seconds and winning the athletic colours.
In the early 1950's there was a drama society which staged many plays. Some of them were Rattaran, Elowa Gihin Melowa Awa, Sanda Kinduru, Sura Panaye Adinawa and Kedunu Karattaya.
The well known dramatist late Gunasena Galappatti a member of academic staff started his drama carrier at Ananda Sastralaya by producing and staging Sanda Kinduru.
Later he produced Muhudu Patthu and became one of the best in the island. During the period 1960-70, the drama society was supervised by the patrons Mrs. Trilicia Abeykoon (Gunawardena) and Mrs. Welikala. Trilicia was the queen in Prof. Sarathchandra's famous stage drama Maname.
Ananda Sastralaya Under 15 Baseball Champs
Published : 10:12 am November 5, 2012 | 1,105 Total Views | One comment |
Ananda Sastralaya Kotte boys under 15 baseball team emerged champions at the All Island Inter-School Under 15 Baseball Championships held at the Kandy Ranabima Royal College grounds. Ananda Sastralaya beat Medirigiriya National School 15-8 in the final.
The Ananda Sastralaya team is skippered by Dushan Dhanushka Silva and the vice captain is Thilina B Madiwela. Ravinda Dhshika of Ananda Sastralaya was selected the as Best All-rounder at the contest. The best stumper at the contest was Sashika Dulaj,also of Ananda Sastralaya. All of them were given special awards. The coach of the team is National Baseball player Navin Anuradha and Sporst Advisor is L.A. Manjula Nishantha. The Principal of the school Ms. Malani Samarakone was there to pose for the above picture, after the team's success