Dialog Axiata Group Chief Marketing Officer Amali Nanayakkara, and Ministry of Youth and Sports Secretary Anuradha Wijekoon, handing over the champion’s trophy to Captain of the Western Province team Chamudi Dilrukshi Wickramaratne. Others from left: Limini Rajapaksa and (partially covered) Director General – Department of Sports Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports Amal Edirisooriya
In the thrilling final of the Dialog Netball Rising Stars 2021 tourney that was played on 7-8 March, Western Province beat North Western Province 23-9 to win the coveted title.
Leading up to the finals, in the first semi-final, North Western Province beat Southern Province 34-22, while in the second semi-final, Western Province beat Uva Province 40-13 in a one-sided contest.
Over nine teams and 150 players from the nine provinces competed for supremacy at the Dialog Netball Rising Stars 2021 tourney. The preliminary round of the tourney was played in a league structure, while quarter finals onwards the tourney progressed to a knockout contest. Third place matches and the finals were played with 40 minutes per game split into four quarters.
The tourney was organised to identify and develop new talent to the national pool who will be champions of tomorrow on the international court. Sri Lanka is the highest ranked Netball team in Asia.
Limini Rajapaksa handing over the Best Shooter trophy from the ‘Dialog Netball Rising Stars 2021’ trophy to Tharushi Thathsarani from the Uva Province team.