It was a bright day filled with wishes and hopes to meet the fellow rotaractors after the pandemic for the 2nd time through “The meetup 2.0”. Thanks to the directors of the sports avenue Rtr. Randika and Rtr. Haritha that dream came true. The event was planned to begin at 12.30 but there were barely six people present at the uni sports center by that time. However, a few minutes later our beloved president “Responsible Arshad” dropped a message in the WhatsApp group saying “Oyala katha kra kra inna winadi 5n api enwa”, even though it took more than 15 minutes for him to arrive. We started off at about 1.30 p.m. by dividing everyone into 4 groups to play dodgeball and cricket with the respective groups with the team leaders Rtr. Haritha, Rtr. Harith, Rtr. Navinda and Rtr. Visula.

த மீட் அப் 2.0 RACUOCFMF இன் ஸ்போர்ட்ஸ் அவென்யூவினால்  பல்கலைக்கழக விளையாட்டு மையத்தில் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்ட ஒரு நிகழ்வாகும். மதியம் 12.30 மணிக்கு துவங்குவதற்கு ஒழுங்குபடுத்தியிருந்த இந்நிகழ்வு சில காரணங்களால் 1.30 மணிக்கு ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டது. முதலில் 4 குழுக்களாக பிரிந்து டொஜ் பால் மற்றும் கிரிக்கட் விளையாடப்பட்டது. அடுத்து பங்கேற்பாளர்கள் சிலர்  புட்ஸால் விளையாட்டில் தம்மை மறந்து ஆடி மகிழ்ந்தனர். அதனை தொடர்ந்து, அனைவரும் களிப்படையும் வகையில் “டாக் என் போன்” ஆடப்பட்டது. இது புன்னகை நிறைந்த ஒரு நிகழ்வாக இருந்ததில் ஐயம் இல்லை. அனைவருடனான குழு புகைப்படம் எடுக்கப்ட்டதுடன் “த மீட் அப் 2.0” இனிதே முடிவடைந்தது.

නිවසින් පිටවිත් තම රොටරැක්ට් සඟයින් සැබැවින් මුණගස්වන්නට The Meetup 2.0 ව්‍යාපෘතියට තම දෙවන අදියරයෙන් නැවතත් හැකි විය. Sports Avenue හි අධ්‍යක්ෂකවරුන් දෙපළ විසින් සංවිධානය කරන ලද මෙම කුඩා ක්‍රීඩා මැරතනයට ඩොජ්බෝල්, ක්‍රිකට්, ෆුට්සාල්, සහ අනපේක්ෂිත ලෙස dog and bone ක්‍රීඩාව ද ඇතුළත් කරන ලදී. කාලෙකින් රොක් වුණු සාමාජිකයින් තමන් තුළ තිබූ නොතිබූ ක්‍රීඩා දස්කම් ප්‍රදර්ශනය කරමින් හැකි සෑම අයුරින්ම විනෝද වූ බව නිසැක ය.

The court was first open for dodgeball and Rtr.Harith gave us a good briefing of the dos and don’ts. Teams were so enthusiastic hitting up the opponent rotaractors so hard with the softballs as if they were gonna overcome some inner furies.  An important part that should be highlighted was how Rtr. Kethni herself defended the dodgeball attacks from the well-built rotaractors from the opposing team in the finals.  Next up was the cricket tournament. Ground rules were to allow two girls from each team to bowl two overs and the batsmen to bat with their unfamiliar hand. It took us only a few minutes to realize that the ground rules were backfiring at the competent players of the team as soon as the game started. However, we were able to witness good sixes, fascinating fours, a fair amount of runs, and a couple of wides too.

Next up on the line was the futsal game. A few minutes before the game, our dear secretary Rtr. Oshadhi made a grand entrance, giving a good boost to the game. The game started off after everyone was divided into two groups and Rtr. Afkar, Rtr. Harith, Rtr. Navinda, Rtr. Altaf, Rtr. Adeesha, Rtr. Rihan and Rtr. Janul were the main highlights of the game.  The boys were a little too invested in futsal that Arshad aiya had to finally ask “Afkar mekata passe iwarai nedaa??” around thrice. Most of the girls barely knew what the game was about. However, that was a good reason for them to gossip at the corner of the stadium.

Unexpectedly as we had some time remaining we decided to play dog and the bone and it was the highlight of the day because it was the game that was breathtaking and the most entertaining.

The two teams had quite a battle in getting that bone to their side that a few of our rotaractors including Rtr.Vishvi and Rtr. Mindya herself took the phrase “fall face first” a little too seriously and literally fell on their faces. Well talking about the falls Rtr. Anuji never failed to kiss the ground for more than a couple of times proving that failures are the best way to rise up with more strength and courage. We are really grateful that despite a few falls here and there no one was injured even though we had a good laugh.

Finally, we took the long-awaited group picture and at the end of the day, we never forgot to celebrate the cake day of Rtr. Sandali before saying goodbye.

It was a fun and memorable day to remember and it proved  by the fact that the two of us who came with hopes to be a part of the non-existing cheerleading squad but ended up playing all the sports and getting a good workout in a while

“People who sweat together stick together”

As every good thing has an end, the meet-up ended with the hope of another physical event.

Written By:-

Rtr. Mindya Pravindi
(Member 2021-22)

Rtr. Melisha Gonaduwa
(Member 2021-22)

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