Gateway wins hard fought battle with S. Thomas’ to retain the Neville De Alwis-Ralph Alles Challenge Trophy

The atmosphere was electric as Gateway College Colombo took on S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia at the 2nd annual Neville De Alwis-Ralph Alles football encounter at the Race course grounds last Saturday. Although relatively new to the football scene, the team from Gateway has proven their mettle over the years and were out to retain the trophy which they won quite convincingly at the inaugural encounter last year. Having had a series of wins each in the run up to this encounter, both teams were well matched to give spectators a treat.

The Thomians once again led by Shevan Ebenezer promised a more competitive match this time around and they certainly did not disappoint. The initial minutes of the game were full of free-kicks and long crosses from the Gateway side which caught the Thomian defence off guard and Gateway College was quick to score in the second minute of the game. However, the Thomian team soon settled into the game and kept a hold of the ball for longer periods thereby adding pressure on the team from Gateway and preventing any further goals.

As the game resumed after the break, the team from S. Thomas’ came with force to even the score, but the Gateway defence stood strong and succeeded in holding them off until the final whistle. Gateway College Colombo was successfully retained the trophy (1 – 0) for a second year running showing how far this young international school has come in the Sri Lankan footballing arena.

The team yielded by S. Thomas included Shevan Ebenezer (Captain), Malindu Rabel, Shayan Weerathunga, Shenal De Alwis, S.E Akaran, Kayan Shuayb, Niven Nanayakkara, Darmendran Shivadarshan (GK), Aadil James, Anuk Nilaweera and Adesh Fernando.

Gateway College laid out Areeb Niyas (Captain), Rafaah Suhail (Vice Captain), Infas Iqbal (GK), Dwayne De Mel, Imad Imran, Alan Fernando, Lushane De Silva, Isa Fahim, Samunu Kaggodaarachchi, Nansika Kaggodaarachchi and Binitha Chandrasena.

Darmendran Shivadarshan of S. Thomas’ College was adjudged Best Goalkeeper, whilst Areeb Niyas of Gateway College was voted as the Player of the Match and Binitha Chandrasena of Gateway College won the Golden Boot for the only goal of the game.

Before the main event, a series of other matches between the two schools took place which highlighted the future talent in both schools. These matches began with the Gateway U12s who took on the S. Thomas’ U12s and defeated them in a penalty shoot-out. This game was then followed by the match between the U14 teams in which S. Thomas’ College emerged victorious with a score of 1-0. Next in line was the U16 match where S. Thomas’ College once again came out victorious with a score of 3-0 as they showed an impressive display of pace, shooting and intensity.

Before the main event of the day, a girl’s match between the Overseas School of Colombo and Gateway College Colombo showed spectators the heights that girl’s football has reached. Although a competitive game, victory went to the team from Overseas School on a penalty shootout.

This annual football encounter proved to be thrilling as spectators were entertained with much action and intensity, leaving considerable anticipation for next year’s encounter.

Gateway, Trinity, Hillwood and St. Sylvester’s initiate an Annual Quadrangular Encounter in the Hill Country

In celebration of its 20 th Anniversary, Gateway College Kandy will host the Inaugural Quadrangular Encounter; an annual encounter which will include three sports; namely Basketball, Football and Netball. This encounter has been organized not merely to mark the great strides the school has made making it one of the foremost international schools in the country, but also to promote goodwill with prominent national and private schools in Kandy, thus furthering national cohesion.

This is the first time any international school or national school in the Hill Country has attempted to hold a sports encounter of this nature involving several other schools. The Founder Chairman of Gateway College the late Mr. R.I.T. Alles envisioned enabling every child, irrespective of social and economic differences or where they receive their education, to reach the highest possible potential in education and sports. The quadrangular encounters have been planned with exactly this vision in mind.

The first encounter will be a Basketball match between Gateway College Kandy and St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy. This will take place at Gateway College Kandy on the 3 rd of February 2020 from 4.00 PM onwards. The two schools will vie for the Asoka Herath - Ranil Meetiyagoda Challenge Trophy named after two widely-respected school principals in the Central Province. This match will be preceded by a girl’s invitation match between Gateway College Kandy and Hillwood College Kandy.

The second and third encounters will be held on the 6 th of February 2020 at the Trinity College Rugby Stadium, Pallekele from 2.00 PM onwards. The event will get underway with a Netball encounter between Gateway College Kandy and Hillwood College, Kandy who will compete for the Rohini Alles – Somakumari Samarasinghe Challenge Trophy. Mrs. Rohini Alles of Gateway College, the wife of the founder Chairman, the late Mr. R.I.T. Alles, is currently the Managing Director of the Gateway Group. Mrs. Somakumari Samarasinghe was the first Sri Lankan principal of the 130-year old Hillwood College. Both these exceptional personalities have been an inspiration to countless generations of young women. An invitation Netball match between Gateway College Colombo and Kandy Girls’ High School will be played, after the main event.

History states that Kandy Girls’ High School, under the leadership of Ms. Jenny Green, introduced the sport of netball to the Island. Further, the first netball match of the Island was played between Girls’ High School and Hillwood College Kandy. It was this historical significance that prompted Gateway College Kandy to incorporate these two schools into the encounter.

The Netball matches will be followed by a Football match between Gateway College Kandy and Trinity College, Kandy, scheduled for 4.30 PM. The teams will play for the R.I.T. Alles – Reverend Ireland Jones Challenge Trophy. Mr. R.I.T. Alles of Gateway College was Founder Principal of both D.S. Senanayake College and Gateway College as well as State Secretary of Education. He is remembered for his relentless efforts towards improving education in the country. Reverend Ireland Jones, Founder of Trinity College Kandy, is remembered as a magnetic personality who shaped the lives of the students, implanting them with qualities beneficial to the community they live in. These two extraordinary individuals share the unique similarity of being dedicated and eminent educationists in the Island.

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