At the Kandy Sports Club committee meeting held recently, Dharmasiri Madugalle and Udya Blasuriya were appointed as patron and trustee respectively.
Their names were proposed by Janaka Pathirane and were seconded by Lesley de Zoysa.
Madugalle is the oldest-living Kandy Sports Club ruggerite and captain who was patron at one time and was replaced without his knowledge. It was he who became the first Kandy SC captain to hold the President and Patron’s posts. He was the Patron of the club for many years. He was a fine three-quarter and represented Trinity College in 1952. He first played rugby for his school in the early 1950s and led the school team in 1953. Under his leadership Trinity won the Bradby Shield 13-0 and 3-0. He won his Colours in 1951. He was a good athlete and had the privilege of leading both the rugger and the athletic teams in 1952 and 1953. In 1953, the line was never crossed. Pride of place must be accorded to his father S. B. Madugalle of the first batch of five Lions in the year 1915. His brothers Percy and TB, all played for Trinity with the latter named captaining the 1953 team, whose line was never crossed and “even the leaden footed Unamboowe scored.
Percy’s son Mahen captained Trinity hockey, but because of a ridiculous rule that two games could not clash in a season, he was not into rugby. Dharmasiri was a fine wing-three-quarter and played for Kandy SC as a schoolboy in 1953 and went on till 1961. He was in the Kandy SC’s first cup final team in 1954 and also in the following year 1955. He was a member of the Sri Lanka team from 1955 to 1965. In 1964, he led Kandy SC and in 1966 he led the Up-Country. And was a Patron earlier too.
Udaya Balasuirya played rugby for Trinity College in 1979, after a few games had to give up due to an injury. Few years back he came into the Kandy SC committee and ended up as the President at the 140th year of the club, under his presidency the club won the triple. A keen follower of the game, should give his best.