Of all the schools who have played against Trinity, S.
Thomas' has the best win/loss ratio up to 1993. TCK has 22, STC 11,
while three were drawn of the 36 games.
I have no records after 1993.
The series commenced in 1955 with S. Thomas' captained
by my classmate at Trinity's Junior school, Ana Kanagasabai and Trinity
by Mahinda Ratwatte, who captained the boxing and athletics teams as
well. It is creditable for first-timers STC to have held the seasoned
Trinitians to a scoreless game, until Ken de Joodt fired over a drop
goal during the last 10 minutes before the final whistle. That awoke the
Trinitians who won 13-0.
1956 was also the year in which I played as scrum half
in the inaugural Old Thomians' rugby game which was against CR & FC 'B'
and with the slick hooking of Frankie David which got us much of ball
and territory, we held our heads high at the end of the game which was
lost only 3-6.
That STC succumbed 26-3 to Trinity's crack team of 1956
was inevitable, but it was also praiseworthy because St. Peter's, with a
wealth of rugby behind them, were hopelessly outclassed 42-0 by the same
1957 was also won by Trinity 16-8, but it was in 1958
that TCK produced champagne rugby to win 22-3 and in the process worked
the line deep to fullback and reversed the movement for hooker Mike de
Alwis to score his first ever try.
The '59 game was also won handsomely by TCK under the
late Denzil Kobbekaduwa, but in 1960, Eric Roles' fantastic team which
had superlative players in Teekshana Madugalle and his brother Riyal,
Jayatisse Ratwatte, Jayantha Jayawarde-na, Noel Brohier, Upaka Wirasinha,
B. D. A. Piyasena and Kumar Abeywardena of the up and unders apart from
others lost 0-5 because the cross kick of rugby Lion, Tony Buultjens
ended in the lap of the fastest schoolboy, Maurice Fairweather.
STC repeated their success in 1961 with a 10-6 scoreline,
because they had a thundering set of marauding forwards who harried the
substitute Trinity scrum half almost to death, but 1962 saw justice
being done as the final score was 3 all.
In 1970, Nihal Marambe had two kicks hitting the
uprights for STC to win 13-11. The 1971 insurgency spelt doom for the
series and in 1972, STC, captained by Rajpal, that glorious youngest
brother of the Samarasinghes, spelt doom for Trinity even though it was
their Centenary Year and had both C. Y. Changs, Jeffrey Yu, Mohan
Ganapathy, Hamzil Samad, Jayan Ratwatte, S. B. Herath and captain Athula
Unantenne, who played for the country, whilst yet a schoolboy.
In 1973, Trinity stormed the makeshift fortresses that
STC had built for fortification and launching pads. TCK won by a record
36-0 which was bettered next year with 70-8 in a 60 minute game when a
try got only 4 points. Nevermind STC having players of the calibre of
Stefan da Zilwa and other steam rollers, they had the most mercurial
pair of threes ever to grace the school, club or country rugby in
Michael Jayasekera and P. L. Munasinghe.
Two sets of brothers did wonders for Trinity: the Ching
brothers CY [Snr and Jnr] and Niranjan and S. V. Ranasinghe. Trinity's
score came off 11 goals and 1 try. STC scored two push-over tries.
The other remarkable patch was when STC won 55 games on
the trot including three against Trinity.
And so, we go to Pallakelle today, to watch the Titans
at play again.