Jaffna Central vs Jaffna Hindu cricket match in Sydney: Jaffna Hindu won the Mahendran Cup 2015
Posted on: 15/03/2015 (Sunday)
The annual cricket match between Jaffna Hindu College (JHC) and Jaffna Central College (JCC) Sydney OBAs for the Mahendran Cup was played in Sydney on Sunday, 15 March 2015. The 40 overs cricket match was played at the Harold Read Park, Girraween, NSW 2145. Both teams are fighting for the Mahendran Cup for the fourth successive year. Jaffna Hindu OBA once again won the match by 38 runs and proudly carried the Mahendran cup.
The Jaffna Hindu team captained by Mahinthan went into bat first and scored 189 runs in 40 overs for 9 wickets with the responsible batting of Mahinthan and Viji Vijendra, who were 38 not out and 36 not out respectively. Jaffna Central team, in reply, managed to score only 151 runs in 40 overs. Jaffna Hindu won the match by 38 runs. The Jaffna Central team was captained by Rajkumar, the Vice President of JCC OBA Sydney.
Mahinthan, the Captain of the Jaffna Hindu team, was adjudicated as the man of the match. The best batsman was Viji Vijendra and best bowler was Varathakeyan. Both are from Jaffna Hindu. The best fielder award went to Central College. Praba was adjudicated as the best fielder for taking 2 catches and a run out which was presented by Mr.Shanmugalingam, former Coach of Jaffna Central College.
The match was co-sponsored by Aussie Realty Pendle Hill in memory of Visaheesan (Eesan) Veluppillai.
Mr.Ponnampalam, former principal of Jaffna Hindu, Dr.Kamalanathan, retired teacher of Jaffna Hindu, Mr.Kumananan, Mrs.Uma Kumanan, daughter of Mahendran master, Mr.Sivathondan, President of JCC OBA Sydney, Mr.G.Partheepan, President of JHC OBA Sydney, Mr.Veluppillai, Eesan's father, Raviraj Esan's brother, Jonny, representative from Aussie Reality, and Mr.Shanmugalingam, former Jaffna Central cricket coach attended the ceremony and presented the awards.
The Mahendran Cup Cricket match between Jaffna Central College and Jaffna Hindu College is being played annually in Sydney. The champion trophy is named Mahendran Cup as a tribute to Mahendran master who was a former Deputy Principal of Jaffna Hindu and spent most part of his life with JHC.
The late Mr. Mahendran is the son of Ponnampalam and grandson of Dr K.Rajah. He is the eldest of five children. Mr.Mahendran was born in 1931 and had his entire education at JHC. He graduated in Arts from Chennai University and joined JHC again as a teacher in early 60s when Mr.C.Sabaratnam was the Principal. Mr.Mahendran took active part in all sports activities, and trained the junior teams of soccer and cricket. He also served as an assistant hostel warden, and finally retired as Deputy Principal of JHC. His entire student life and teaching service was at JHC.