After a fast-paced and vigorously contested final at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, Brandix Apparel Solutions Limited (BASL) - Intimate Apparel, Polonnaruwa and BASL - Intimate Apparel (UKnits), Mirigama emerged the Men's and Women's Champions at the 2015 'Rasadiya Kusalanaya' (Mercury Trophy) Volleyball Tournament, conducted annually across the Brandix Group.
The men's team from Intimate Apparel, Polonnaruwa beat its counterpart team from Intimate Apparel, Minuwangoda 25-21, 15-25, 25-20, while in the Women's final, the Intimate Apparel (UKnits), Mirigama team took the trophy in straight sets, defeating Casualwear, Avissawella 26-16, 25-22.
For their individual performances in the men's final, Kasun Maduranga of the Minuwangoda team was adjudged Best Setter, while W M S M Wijerathne and S M Amila Nishan of the Polonnaruwa team were adjudged Best Attacker and Best Player respectively. Among the women players in the final, R M Dilani Premawardena of the Mirigama team received the award for Best Setter, while her team members M G Deepika Bandara and I M Oshini Chapa were recognised as Best Attacker and Best Player respectively.
In its fifth year, the Brandix 'Rasadiya Kusalanaya' is by far the largest volleyball tournament conducted by a private sector entity Sri Lanka. This annual tournament for non-executive employees (or associates, as they are referred to at Brandix), provides a platform for Brandix associates to showcase their sporting skills by participating in Sri Lanka’s national sport, and is an opportunity for employee interaction and recognition in this area.
This year, more than 360 volleyball players from 20 men's teams and nine women's teams competed for the 'Rasadiya Kusalanaya. The preliminary rounds were also worked out at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. The finals, on Saturday, 4th April, were witnessed by more than 5,000 Brandix associates, supported by their 'papare' bands and cheerleaders.
"This tournament helps build volleyball skills among players in many locations around the country, promotes the sport, and will hopefully contribute to enlarging the pool for representation at a higher level," said Colonel Sujith Jayasekara, Group Human Resources Manager of Brandix. "This year's champion women's team had a player who has already represented Sri Lanka, so the standard of play continues to improve. The level of skill displayed in the preliminary rounds as well as at the semi-finals and finals continues to improve each year."
The Brandix Group employs more than 48,000 associates at 30 integrated manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, a 1000-acre industrial park operation in India and a large manufacturing facility in Bangladesh.