Netball in Sri Lanka

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Netball in Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka
National team Sri Lanka

Netball was first played in Sri Lanka in 1921.[1] The first game was played by Ceylon Girl Guide Company at Kandy High School.[1] The first interschool march was played between Kandy High School and C.M.S. Ladies' College, Colombo in February 1925.[1] In 1927, netball was played at Government Training College for the first time. This helped spread the game around Sri Lanka.[1] The game was being played at Methodist College Colombo and Bishop's College by the 1930s.[1] By 1952, Sri Lankan clubs were playing Indian club sides.[1] In 1956, Sri Lanka played its first international match against Australia's national team in Sri Lanka.[1] In 1972, the Netball Federation of Sri Lanka was created.[1] In 1983, Netball Federation of Sri Lanka was dissolved by the government.[1]

England's record against Ceylon in international matched between 1949 and 1976 was one win.[2]

Sri Lanka took part in the 1960 netball meeting of Commonwealth countries to try to standardize the rules for the game.[3] This meeting took place in Sri Lanka.[3]

Sri Lanka had a national team compete in the fifth Asian Netball Championships held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001.[4]

Sri Lanka competed in the 7th Asian Youth Netball Championship held in 2010 in India.[5]

As of August 2016, the women's national team was ranked number twenty-seven in the world.[6]

Some of the top performances for the Sri Lanka netball team include:

  • 1967 Donald Windsor Challenge Shield: First [1]
  • 1985 Asian Netball Tournament: Second [1]
  • 1990 Asian Netball Tournament: First [7]
  • 1997 Asian Netball Tournament: First [7]
  • 2001 Asian Netball Tournament: First [7]
  • 2009 Asian Netball Tournament: First [7]
  • 2010 Asian Youth Netball Championship: Second[8]
  • 2012 Asian Netball Tournament: Second
  • 2013 Asian Youth Netball Championship: Third

The table below contains a list of all the presidents and secretaries of the Netball Federation of Sri Lanka.[1]

Year President Secretary
1954[1] Dr. H.S.R. Gunawardena Miss H.I. Perera
1956[1] Mr. A.G.G. Perera Miss H.I. Perera
1958[1] Mr. Dinkar Muthukrishna Miss Kusuma Gunawardena
1959[1] Mr. Dinkar Muthukrishna Mr. A.K. de Alwis
1960[1] Mr. Dinkar Muthukrishna Miss H.I. Perera
1962 April[1] Ms. M. Ratwatte Miss H.I. Perera
1962 October[1] Ms. Anula Udalagama Miss H.I. Perera
1967[1] Ms. Anula Udalagama Miss Seetha Senevirathne
1972[1] Ms. Anula Udalagama Ms. B.N. de Silva Malikka
1973[1] Ms. Nimal Perera Ms. B.N. de Silva Malikka
1974 June[1] Ms. Barbara Gunasekera Ms. Jean de Silva
1976 October[1] Ms. Seetha Wickramasinghe Ms. Dulcie Kuruppu
1978[1] Ms. R.S.E. Perera Ms. Carmen Siriwardane
1979[1] Ms. R.S.E. Perera Ms. Dulcie Kuruppu
1980[1] Ms. R.S.E. Perera Ms. Dulcie Kuruppu
1981[1] Ms. Trixie Jayasooriya Ms. Dulcie Kuruppu
1982/83[1] Miss M. Francke Ms. Dulcie Kuruppu
1983[1] Ms. Anula Udalagama (Board) Ms. Monica de Silva
1984[1] Ms. Anula Udalagama (Board) Ms. Monica de Silva
1985 to 1989[1] Ms. Anula Udalagama Ms. Mallika de Silva
1990 / 1991[1] Ms. Manel Samaraweera Ms. Dulcie Kuruppu
1992 / 1993[1] Ms. Prema Bandara Ms. Yasmin Dharmaratne
1993 / 1994[1] Ms. Manel Samaraweera Ms. Latha Senanayake
1994[1] Ms. Cynthia Rasquinho Ms. Lourdes Jayasekara
1995[1] Ms. Lily Weerasinghe (Board) Ms. Yasmin Dharmaratne
1996[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi – Herath Ms. Lourdes Jayasekara
1997[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi - Herath Ms. Lourdes Jayasekara
1998[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi - Herath Ms. June Perera
1999[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi – Herath Ms. Shirlene Van Sanden
2001[1] Ms. Trixie Nanayakkara Col. Udala Krishnaratne
2002[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi – Herath Ms. Anoma Jayawardene (Board)
2003/2004[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi – Herath Ms. Yasmin Dharmaratne
2004/2005[1] Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa Ms. Yasmin Dharmaratne
2005/2006[1] Ms. Tamara Dharmakeerthi – Herath Ms. Yasmin Dharmaratne
2006 March/2008 August[1] Ms. Sherine Kumaranathunga Ms. Rio Ramlan
2008 August/2010 May[1] Ms. Ajanta Wijesekara Ms. Trixie Nanayakkara
2010 May (At Present) [1] Mrs. Leisa de Silva Chandrasena Ms. Damayanthi Jayathilaka

2013 March - 2014 March MsVictoria Lakshimi Ms Shyama Cooray

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