The Netball Federation of Sri Lanka (NFSL) has named a 12-player squad for the 11th Asian Netball Championship 2018 to be held in Singapore.
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Sri Lanka has been engaging in vigorous training under the new head coach Thilaka Jinadasa from the beginning of this year to prepare for and win the Asian Championship. An initial 30 player pool was selected back in January before it was reduced to 20 players.
The squad will be captained by the experienced Chathurangi Jayasooriya while her deputy will be Darshika Abeywickrama. Meanwhile, former Junior national star Dulangi Wannithilake has made her way into the senior team for the first time. Apart from the returning superstar, Tharjini Sivalingam – the NFSL has also included a fresh face in Elilenthini Sethukavalar.
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Elilenthini was discovered back in April in the Inter Association Netball Championship and was immediately drafted into the pool. She too is from Jaffna much like Tharjini and at 193cm she is only 13cm shorter than her compatriot.
There are four players from Air Force SC, three from Hatton National Bank (HNB) and two from Navy SC. There is one player each from Army SC, CDB and Seylan Bank.
Gayanjali Amarawansa, Hasitha Mendis, Dulanga Dhananji, Darshika Abeywickrama, Thilini Waththegedara, Sureka Kumari Gamage and Gayani Dissanayake were all a part of the team that took part in the 2016 Asian Championship in which Sri Lanka finished as runners up, the last major tournament Sri Lanka took part in.
Chathurangi Jayasooriya © (Air Force SC) – Darshika Abeywickrama (HNB) – Tharjini Sivalingam (Seylan Bank) – Gayani Dissanayake (HNB) – Thilini Waththegedara (Air Force SC) – Gayanjali Amarawansa (HNB) – Sureka Gamage (Air Force SC) – Hasitha Mendis (Navy SC) – Dulangi Wannithilake (Navy SC) – Nauchalee Rajapakse (Army SC) – Dulanga Dhananji (Air Force SC) – Elilenthini Sethukavalar (CDB)
Ruvini Yatigammana (LB Finance) – Shamalee Rathnayake (Army SC) – Resuri Wijesundara