Harry Solomons: Cricketing Stalwart Beyond the Ordinary

Harry Solomons is a planters’ son and was educated at St. Aloysius College, Galle where he and his brother Mark were boarders. His love affair with cricket began then as he, as a little fellow, used to walk about with a bat. He was nicknamed Hassett because of this fact and due to a certain facial resemblance. No one knew then that Harry would end up in Hassett’s land and even meet The Don.

After he migrated, he set up the Kingsgrove Sports Centre in Sydney. This is a worldwide famous and has been a centre of activity for many visiting teams as well as the fraternity in Sydney. Harry and his mates have supported many charities everywhere — notably in Sri Lanka …….. and of course in Hikkaduwa and Galle. Just ask Kushil Gunasekera of FOG..So it can be saaid that Harry has more than fulfilled the Aloysian school motto; CERTA VIRILITER …. “strive valiantly.”

Moreover, Harry still wields a bat: he plays Oldies cricket as enthusiastically {albeit a little more gingerly) as he did at, and for, St Aloysius. Cheers, Mate.


SEE Sam Perry: “The Man behind Cricket gear Wonderland,” 4 Janaury 2017, http://www.espn.com.au/cricket/story/_/id/18406101/sam-perry-harry-solomons-kingsgrove-sports-centre ….. and AT  = https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/?p=31863&preview=true

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