Madhumali Dilrukshi Karunatillake of Seetha Devi Girls College, Kandy is a hockey player of repute hailing from the district. She first played for her school team when she was just 12 years old while still playing in the under-13 team. This is a remarkable achievement for her as the school won many titles in all-island championships.
Her team-mates called her ‘nangi’ but was affectionately called ‘Police’ a nickname that she liked so much.
A shy girl with a sweet smile, she was an extra ordinary player in the right back position. Although she does not score goals she initiates the goals with her solid defence and accurate passes.
Seetha Devi Girls College is no ordinary outfit as they are the reigning Central Province champions and won the School under-17 title and finished third in the under-19 championship.
To digest her oozing talent, one has to watch her play and the decisive influence she has on the game. When the forwards fail the team look forward to Madhumali to stop the invaders.
She is now 17-years-old and is the key player in her College team and has represented the Central Province team and has also made tours abroad.
One match that will never be forgotten this year is the All-Island under-17 final against Western Province champions in President’s College, Nawala. The opponents attacked relentlessly but Madhumali had a defence like a concrete wall. She turned the game around and they won 2/0.
She is given all the necessary guidance to become a national player in the future. It was her coach Mohammed Ashroff who spotted her talent when she was playing in the school compound many years ago.