Beating the central team of Jammu and Kashmir Police in straight sets, the little known Raman Club today lifted the title trophy of Open State Volleyball Championship which was organised by Volleyball Association of Jammu and Kashmir in memory of Lala Daswandi Ram Daluja at MA Stadium.
Young students of Sports College Jallandhar in Punjab, who represented Raman Club in the championship, trounced the departmental side of the state police 25-20, 25-20 and 25-16.
Besides the glittering title trophy, the Raman Club presented with a cash prize of Rs 15,000 by the organizers. Runners-up, J&K Police bagged Rs 10,000 as prize money.
Earlier, in the hardliner, played in the morning session, Shaheed Manjeet Singh Club Poonch registered win over CRPF Jammu to finish third. For their third position, Manjeet Club got Rs 5,000 as cash incentive.
Later, interacting with Sports & Allied News, the young side of Raman Club disclosed that most of the boys have represented Punjab at the national level in junior and senior categories. One of these spikers, Amrit Pal Singh, who played the crucial role of Libro for the team, has represented the country.
In the final and valedictory function, Minister for Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din was chief guest, who gave away winners and runners-up trophies as also other individual prizes. Speaking to the gathering, he appreciated both the teams for the quality game played by them in the final.
Minister was accompanied by Member Legislative Assembly (MLA), Ashwani Sharma, president of the Association, Raj Daluja, president of J&K Olympic Association (JKOA), Rangil Singh, Secretary, State Sports Council and Director Sports and Physical Education, JU, Prof Dhian Singh Bhau.
Later, vote of thanks was presented by general secretary of the Association, Kuldip Magotra. In all, 16 teams played in this three-day competition held on knock-out basis.