Basketball was first introduced to the school in 1970 during the leadership of Rev. Sr. Mary of St. Sabine Crooz, the then Principal. The team was then coached by Mr. Sundaralingam.
The team of Good Shepherd took part in the first ever ‘Inter-Girls School’ Open championship, organized by the Sri Lanka Basketball Federation and held at St. Peter’s College. The team excelled up to the finals and was defeated by St. Paul’s Milagiriya. The Shepherdians have also teamed to set up a ‘Shepherdian Sports Club’ making them eligible to partake in ‘Inter-Club Tournaments’.
By 1990, the Sheperdians’ excelled to occupy a slot as an unbeatable team, which qualified them to represent Sri Lanka in the Asian Basketball Championship in the year 1993 in Malaysia where they beat the virtual Indonesian National Team handsomely.
By then several members of the team were qualified to join the Sri Lankan team.
JOY AND VICTORY SURROUNDS THE SHEPHERDIANS AGAIN
The Inter-School Under 19 ‘A’ Division Basketball Championship 2015 organized by Sri Lanka Schools Basketball Association, brought another resounding victory for the Shepherdians at Kotahena.
In the year 2007, we won the double championship and now in 2015 we’ve done it again!
The final was played between Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena the final score being
Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya - 41
Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena - 48
Nirma Sasanthi and Imeshi Fernando of Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena were adjudged the Most Valuable player and Best Defensive player respectively, whilst Senuri De silva of Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya was adjudged the Best Offensive Player.
The Shepherdians have become champions for the fourth time under the guiding hand of our coach who gives our players the courage to believe that they can success and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.
Seated from left to right: Claudia Perera (Captain), Mr. Susil Udukumbura (Coach),
Rev. Sr. Renuka Silva (Principal), Mrs. Lakshika De Mel
(Teacher-in-charge), Imeshi Fernando, Chathuri Liyanage
Standing from Left to right: Hansini Maleesha, Shereen Preena, Tharushi Wijemanne, Verosha Abeygoonawardena, Nirma Sasanthi, Prabudya Hansini, Thishakya Perera, Tharika Herath, Nishaya Shuyinta,
(Nirma Sasanthi, Mr. Susil Udukumbura (Coach), Imeshi Fernando)Under - 19 All-Island School Games
The All-Island School Games Basketball Championship was held on the 21st of September 2015 at St. Joseph’s Girls’ School Nugegoda. The final match was played between the teams of St. Joseph’s Girls’ School and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena. Good Shepherd Convent emerged champions for the second consecutive year.
Special mention must be made of the coach Mr. Susil Udukumbura who always gives the right motivation to the team members. He instills in them the idea that the team is like the fingers on our hand jointed together to make the fist. With his valuable advice the team members realized that their individual strength is the back bone of the team.
Mention must also be made of our very capable teacher-in-charge Mrs. Lakshika De Mel whose dynamism enhanced their ability to become champions. St. Joseph’s Girls’ School scored 28 while Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena scored 40.
We are happy to say the Best Player of the tournament was Shereen Preena.
Congratulations to our energetic, enthusiastic, disciplined team of players, whose continuous practice won them victory.
2. Under 19 Colombo – North Zonal Girls Basketball Tournament 2014
Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena emerged the championship of Under 19 Colombo – North Zonal Girls Basketball Tournament which concluded at Colombo International School (CIS) on Saturday 15th of March.
(Seated from left to right) -
Udari Ruax (Captain,) Susil Udukumbura (Coach), Rev Sr.Renuka Silva (Principal), Miss Rony Pinto (Teacher-in-charge), Ishika Alles (Vice Captain)
(Standing from Left to right) - Shereen Preena, Claudia Perera, Chathuri Liyanage, Prashika Illangakoon, Nirma Sasanthi, Imeshi Fernando, Shehara Gunersekara, Thishakya Perera and Tharushi Wijemanne.
Seated from left to right :- Ms. Mangalika Subasiri (Teacher in-charge), Mr. Susil Udukumbura (Coach), Rev. Sr. Renuka Silva (Principal), Thishakya Perera (Captain)
Seated from left to right :-Tharika Herath, Prabudya Hansini, Tharushi Wijemanne, Nirma Sasanthi, Verosha Abeygoonawardena, Kavishna Harindini, Shereen Preena
Seated left to right :- Nirma Sasanthi (Vice Captain), Mr. Susil Udukumbura (Coach), Rev. Sr. Renuka Silva (Principal), Mrs. Lakshika De Mel (Teacher in charge), Shereen Preena (Captain)
1st row left to right :- Hansini Maleesha, Tharika Herath, Shenali Diyon, Tharushi Wijemanna, Thishakya Perera, Jade Demello
2nd raw left to right:- Oshmari Kaushalya, Verosha Abeygoonawardana, Prabudhya Hansini
1. A TENSE FINALE
The All-Island Schools’ Basketball Championship was held on the 25th of September 2014 at St. Joseph’s Girls’ School Nugegoda. The final was played between the teams of St. Joseph’s Girls’ School and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena. Good Shepherd Convent emerged champions after a period of eight years.
The game was both exciting and tense. At the end of the last quarter the score was 56-56. With a further five minutes granted for play the final score was 64-61.
Special mention must be made of the coach Mr. Susil Udukumbura who always gives the right motivation to the team members. He instills in them the idea that the team is like the fingers on our hand jointed together to make the fist. With his valuable advice the team members realised that their individual strengths is the back bone of the team
Nirma Sasanthi was adjudged ‘The Best Player’ of the tournament with 29 points. Three of our team members have been selected for the FIBA Asia Championship for women to be held in Amman, Jordan in October 2014.
2. A MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT OF GOOD SHEPHERD CONVENT – KOTAHENA
The under 17 Basketball Team of Good Shepherd Convent Kotahena, emerged champions, at the “A” Division All Island Schools Championship held in the 1st week of August 2014 at Henry Pedries Basketball court, Colombo 05.
The semi final match was played with St. Joseph’s Girl’s school Nugegoda and the score was 65-22.
The final match was played with Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya and the score was 34-26. This achievement by the team is after a period of years.
Shereen Preena was adjudged “Best Defensive Player” and Nirma Sasanthi as “Most Valuable Player”.
Seated (L-R) - Sherene Preena (Captain), Mr. Susil Udukumbura (Coach), The Principal Rev. Sr. Renuka Silva, Miss. Rony Pinto (Teacher-in-charge), Thishakya Perera (Vice Captain)
Standing 1st Row (L-R) - Jade De Mello, Hansini Maleesha, Tharushi Wijemanna, Tharika Herath, Amandi Caldera, Shenali Fernando
Standing 2nd Row (L-R) - Ashini Samarasinghe, Nirma Sasanthi, Verosha Abeygoonewardana.
Anjum Preena Under 19 Basket Ball Captain selected as “Most Popular School Basketball Player(girls)