Kenneth ‘Ken’ de Joodt, one of the finest ruggerites to come out of Trinity College Kandy, passed away on Wednesday. He was one of the finest three-quarter the country has seen during his time. He played for his school Trinity College in all age groups, as full-back, ‘centre’ and fly half. He was also a top class hockey player.
As a schoolboy he played for Kandy SC. From there he joined Havelocks and later took up planting and played for Uva and Up-Country.
During his days he was rated as the best centre-three-quarter. He also played for Outstation Schools, Combined Schools, for Up-Country, Low-Country, Ceylon Barbarians and All Ceylon. In the early days there was no Asiad but there were matches against visiting teams from England. He also played for the national team in the famous All-India Tournament.
He was a top class place kicker and was famous for various skills in the game. He first donned the Trinity jersey at the age of 15 and led his school in 1957 and 1958.
In 1958 the Gratiean Cup was introduced for the match between Colombo Schools and the Outstation Schools. Ken de Joodt led the Outstation Schools team to victory over the Colombo Schools team led by Royalist R. Sivaratnam.Funeral arrangements have not been finalized yet. (HM)