After 27 years Mahamaya Girls’ College Kandy basketball team won the championship at National school Games 2023 by beating Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya, which has been dominating this sport for more than five years. Mahamaya College was amongst the best three teams participated in the tournament reaching the finals which was held at the Jaffna Hindu Central College grounds recently.
The leading girls school of Kandy won the final with a four point lead, summing-up on the final score 36-32.
The school’s principal Mrs.S.Senadheera played a major role in motivating the team by providing all necessary facilities and resources for the team to arrive at this winning point. Amongst many others are coach Mr. Chamith Pushpakumara together with Mr. Panduka Rajasinghe and Mr. Sisil Udukumbura whose advice and guidance
contributed in no small way for the Maha Maya netball team to achieve this feat, not forgetting the teacher in charge of this young girls’ team Mrs. Chamila Siriweera.
The team included five senior players who contributed in no small way towards achieving this great victory, namely Chithera Samarakoon, Anuki De Silva, Kissalie Jayapala, Vishmi Karunarathne and Chenuli Warnakulage who are considered and referred to as the “Famous 5” who overcame all challenges and managed to motivate and driving the rest of the team into winning this championship.
The other members of the champion Mahamaya team were; Buddhika Abeykoon, Nethmi Rupasinghe, Himara Wijerathne, Hirupama Chandrasekara, Inupama Wickramasena and Dayadi Ginige.
Mahamaya Girls College Kandy performed a similar feat In 1996 by winning the basketball championship trophy by beating a team who were also leaders in the sport at the time St. Joseph’s College Nugegoda which also brings into focus yet another aspect to this event being that Mahamaya College was able to bring back the championship trophy back to the Central province after a lapse of 27 years.