Ranga Ediriwickrama

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Ranga Ediriwickrama
Personal information
Full name Ranga Ediriwickrama
Date of birth (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Griffith, New South Wales[2]
Original team Pennant Hills (NSW)
Draft 60th overall, 2008 Rookie[3]
Height/Weight 178cm / 79 kg[1]
Position(s) Midfield[1]
Club information
Current club Geelong
Number 42[1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009–2010 Geelong 0 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2008 season.
Career highlights

Representative Honours

  • All Australian U18 (2008)
  • NSW-ACT Under 18 representative (2007–2008), captain (2008)[1]

Ranga Ediriwickrama is a former rookie listed Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was a midfielder who was recruited to the club under the New South Wales scholarship program before being delisted at the end of 2010.[4]

Early life[edit]

Ediriwickrama was born in Griffith and moved to the Sydney suburb of Pennant Hills[5] when he was three[2] with his parents, who were born in Sri Lanka.[5] He played soccer until he was twelve, then switched to Australian Rules, winning three premierships with Westbrook JAFC.[6]

Playing career[edit]

Ediriwickrama played for the NSW/ACT Rams in 2007 and 2008,[1] and captained the team to fourth place in 2008.[2] He was also called up for two reserves games for the Sydney Swans in 2007,[6] and won a premiership with Pennant Hills in the New South Wales Premier league in 2008.[1]

After "dominating"[7] the Under 16 carnival, Ediriwickrama was selected by Geelong in June 2007[7] under the New South Wales scholarship program, an initiative to promote Australian Rules in New South Wales.[8] Under this scheme Geelong used their last pick in the 2008 rookie draft to recruit him.[9] Until gaining the scholarship his main interest had been cricket[6] He could have nominated for the senior draft but chose not to, and allow Geelong to draft him,.[5]

According to Geelong's recruiting manager Stephen Wells he has excellent speed and ball handling skills, needed to work on his kicking, and that he has a great desire to improve.[7] If he played a senior game he would have become the first AFL player of Sri Lankan descent.[2] He was delisted at the end of 2010 after failing to play a senior game

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Player Profile". Geelong Football Club. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wilson, Chris (20 July 2008), "Sri Lankan youngster set for draft", The Daily Telegraph, retrieved 25 February 2009 
  3. ^ "Rookie Draft", Courier Mail, 15 December 2008, retrieved 25 February 2009 
  4. ^ "Cats delist Gamble & Ediriwickrama". Retrieved 2011-11-24. 
  5. ^ a b c Cresswell, Joel (19 November 2008), "Commentators beware, here comes Ranga Ediriwickrama", Geelong Advertiser, retrieved 25 February 2009 
  6. ^ a b c Shields, Jason (10 May 2007), "Cats sign up NSW rookie", Geelong Advertiser, retrieved 25 February 2009 
  7. ^ a b c Edmund, Sam (16 May 2008), "Geelong Cats study Ranga management", Herald Sun, retrieved 25 February 2009 
  8. ^ Green, Bradley (8 May 2008), "Geelong Football Club scholarship holder to lead state side", Geelong Advertiser, retrieved 25 February 2009 
  9. ^ Broad, Ben; Pace, Richie (16 December 2008), Cat downsize in rookie draft, Geelong Football Club, retrieved 27 February 2009