Musaeus College and Gateway College are looking forward to breathing life into the Schools Netball season, with the 2nd annual Marie Musaeus – Rohini Alles Challenge Trophy Netball encounter set to take center-stage in September at the Gateway College Grounds, Ratmalana.
One of Sri Lanka’s most prestigious girls’ schools will recommence their rivalry with one of the leading International Schools in Colombo on the 7th of September as Musaeus and Gateway look to build on the success of the inaugural Marie Musaeus – Rohini Alles Challenge Trophy.
The inaugural encounter between the two schools in 2018 saw the girls from Musaeus emerge victorious in a tight game as scores read 27-25 at the end of the 4th quarter. Pamoda Jayasekera (Musaeus College) was named the Player of the Match. Museaus also came out on top in the Under-15 game, 7-5, to begin Netball’s latest schools’ rivalry on a high.
This year too the showpiece event will be the Under 20 encounter that will feature the likes of Gateway’s Vishmika Rathnayake and Aneesha Perera, who represented the national youth team at the Asian Youth Netball Championship in Japan as well as Musaeus skipper Tiana Bollegala, who represented the Sri Lanka Schools Netball team on a tour to Australia.
Apart from this, the event will also feature an encounter between the Under 15 teams of both schools, as well as an exhibition game between Methodist College, Colombo and Gateway College, Kandy.
‘Sports is the greatest unifier among people and it is for this reason that both Musaeus College as well as Gateway College have thought of this. Netball is really coming of age, especially with the performance of the National Netball team in the recent past.’ Dr.Harsha Alles, Chairman of the Gateway Group of Organizations, added.
This year’s event will be hosted by Gateway College and is co-sponsored by Sampath Bank and Union Bank alongside Universal College Lanka.
The two ladies in whose honor the championship has been named, have had a major impact on the education of the young people of Sri Lanka for over a century.
Marie Musaeus Higgins, a German educationist, is best known as the founder and Principal of Musaeus College. She authored several publications based on Buddhist and Sinhala cultural themes, including Poya Days in 1924.
She is recognized as an important figure in the pre-independent Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka and a pioneer in female education in the country.
Rohini Alles is a former teacher at Royal College, Colombo and the founder Deputy Principal of President’s College. Mrs. Alles played a decisive role in the establishment of Gateway, especially in instituting the Primary School.
Having been a strength to the Founder, R.I.T. Alles, during the formative years of the organization, Mrs. Alles continues to play an important leadership role at Gateway.