AGM and Re-Union Celebrations 2009
(Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March
It was a great weekend to say the least. Old Boys started
pouring in by 3.00 p.m Friday, 27th, the Senior Vice President,
Mahen Ranasinghe having arrived at 8.00 am to welcome the
arrivals, and to attend to other preparatory work detailed
in the Secretary’s Report.
The Headmaster had welcomed the Old Boys with the Banners,
“Welcome to the Annual Re-Union” at the College
entrance and “Welcome Old Gurutalawians to the Annual
Re-Union and Golden Jubilee AGM”, in front of the Chapel.
Gurutalawians, a name used for the first time. The new Name
Board for the College also was installed by 2.30 p.m in time
for the first Old Boy to arrive. Each Old Boy was handed over
by the Security Staff at the entrance to the College a Note
of welcome from the Headmaster.
Jamil the Contractor for the Toilet and the Reid roof Project,
was busy trying to complete the Reid roof for occupation that
night. It appeared to be an impossible task, as it was at
the stage of fixing reepers, having lost two half days due
to rain a couple of days ago.
The estimated figure for Friday dinner was 50, based on previous
years, but food was to be prepared for 75 persons. With information
gathered by Mahen over the phone from various parties leaving
Colombo, the order was increased to 100 and proved to be correct
with almost that number taking dinner.
Breakfast on 28th was ready by 8 am, catering for 125, allowing
for late comers in the night. Present Boys had their breakfast
early and went to the grounds. It must be mentioned that the
team consisted of three Under 13 players as some of the senior
boys had gone home having contracted flu, an epidemic in the
area. At the request of the Head Master and the Prefect of
Games, Mr. Medawala the Captain of the Old Boys team was asked
to be soft on the under 13 players. For the Old Boys there
was heavy competition to get into the team, with over 25 registering.
Ziard Sinnen, who was given the task of selecting the team,
had a tough time and he wasn’t the most popular person,
when the final team with 5 reserves were selected.
Mahen was at the grounds to ensure that the match started
on time, but had to leave the grounds, on a telephone call
from the head chef, Sarath that he was running short of food
with another 20 or so waiting to eat. It came as a shock to
Mahen that 1500 string hoppers and 40 loaves of bread had
been finished, by 100 or so Old Boys. However he rushed to
Boralanda and bought everything from 3 restaurants there,
to get 150 string hoppers, 20 hoppers and 15 loaves of bread
to save an embarrassing situation.
The cricket match of 20 overs, once again had an exciting
finish and ended with the Old Boys winning with only 3 balls
to spare, and wicket in hand, turning the tables from last
Details are as follows:
Present Boys – 154 for 6 wickets in 20 overs
Old Boys – 155 for 9 in 19.3 overs
Well done Present Boys for putting up such a good fight,
in spite of missing a few good players and obviously there
was no opportunity for the Old Boys to be soft, as intended
Mr. Ananda Gallearchchi presented a 35 match scorebook, commencing
with this year’s match and to be kept in the custody
of the Headmaster. A Challenge Trophy in memory of Mr. E.
L Perera, a former Headmaster and 4 cups and certificates
for all players were made available, by courtesy of Mr. Rienzie
Fernando, Chairman, Roots Global (Pvt) Ltd., producers of
freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices and power energy smoothies
and all are kindly requested to show our gratitude by patronizing
Man of the Match and Best Bowler(Present Boys)–W.M.M.N.Weerakoon
4 wkts and 18 runs
Best Batsman (Present Boys) - V. Wilfred, Captain of Present
Boys (31 runs)
Best Batsman (Old Boys) – Dushantha Dharmawardena
Best Bowler (Old Boys) - R. Shanmugam
The pavilion had the new look after the refurbishing work,
completed immediately before the weekend, by courtesy of Mr.
Nawaz Caffoor. Water from the tube well was also available,
through the compressor installed recently, funds having been
made available by Mr. Gerald de Alwis, from those raised from
the Sing A Long. Electricity supply was also available, again
with Mr. Gerald De Alwis’s influence with the CEB.
Everyone returned to College for the usual dip in the swimming
pool and a 4x 25 m free style relay between the Old boys and
the Present boys was won by the Present Boys.
Lunch followed, taken by 185 persons. In spite of requests
to come for meals on time some Old Boys turned up even after
4 pm asking for lunch when the lunch time was clearly given
as up to 3 pm only.
The basketball match between two teams was won by the Old
Boys, 34-27, turning the tables from last year and the Volleyball
match, Old Boys v Support Staff was won by the Old Boys.
The cricket and basketball players of the Present Boys and
the Support Staff Volley Ball team were presented with the
STC Gurutalawa caps.
Mr. Gerald de Alwis declared open the Astro Turf, at 5.00
pm by cutting a ribbon and bowling the first ball to Captain
V. Wilfred of the Present Boys. Mr. B.H. Perera, a former
teacher at Guru, who helped in getting the turf from the Cricket
Board, where he is the Administration Manager. The Headmaster,
Senior Vice President of the OBA, Mr. Mahen Ranasinghe and
some Old Boys were present at the occasion.
The AGM commenced at 6 pm, attended by a record 190 Members.
Earlier there was a Presentation done by the IT Department
boys depicting the progress of the College from the early
days. The presence of Mr. P S Duleepkumar, first Hony. Secretary
of the OBA and founder Members Messrs. Bradman Weerakoon and
Gerald De Alwis was an honour. The first Senior Vice President,
Mr. S. K Wickremasinghe and other founder Members. Messrs
Arthur Perera, Cecil and Leslie Habaragoda, Nawaz Caffoor
were among those who could not attend.
The following were elected as Office Bearers to the Executive
Senior Vice President - Mahen Ranasinghe
Vice President - Christo Gonawela
Vice President - Prabhath Jayasundara
Vice President - M.Thirumurugamoorthy
Secretary - Dinusha de Costa
Treasurer - P. Dhayabaran
Asst. Secretary - A C M Rashid
Asst. Treasurer - Wansapriya Gunaseela
The Headmaster's Report was comprehensive, well presented
and very well received by the Old Boys.
Mr. Rajmohan spoke of Mr. Mahen Ranasinghe’s dedication
etc. and Mr. Mahen Ranasinghe was presented with a gift by
Mr. Krishantha Weerawardena.. Mr. Mahen Ranasinghe's Re -
Election as Senior Vice President was by very popular demand
despite the strong effort made by him to step down.
Fellowship time followed with the Music provided by a live
band and complimentary liquor, and bites provided by the OBA.
The Fellowship Dinner was attended by over 190 Members and
invitees. Messrs. Bradman Weerakoon and P Duleepkumar made
after Dinner Speeches.
The following members of the support staff were given cash
gifts of Rs.6000/= each for their long service.
Messrs.J.M Jaylabdeen – 27 yrs
W.D. Rupasinghe – 27 yrs
M.P.M Saleen - 27 yrs.
M.P.M. Nizar - 26 yrs.
A.M. Jinadasa - 23 yrs.
A. Jenul Abdeen - 23 yrs.
Sunday service at the chapel was followed by planting trees
around the dining hall and Foster Hall, by Old Boys from each
decade to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the OBA. Messrs.
P.S Duleepkumar, Mahen Ranasinghe, S. Rajmohan, Shervon Fernando,
S. Balaramesh and Mr. M. Thirumurugamoorthi did the honours.
The roof of Reid Dorm was completed with temporary wiring
by Saturday 28th, for occupation, but the arrangements in
the other two dormitories, sickroom, isolation room, old library,
music room, and the guest house were adequate for the numbers