Sports Reporter

Coimbatore: Bharathiar University Departments and Nirmala College for Women maintained a clean slate to emerge the men's and women's champions of the Bharathiar University silver jubilee year handball tournament at the university campus here on Friday.

Bharathiar University, as expected, outplayed Kongu CAS 12-2 and Sree Jayendra Saraswathi 25-14 for the men's title. Nirmala College, on the other hand, shocked defending champion Bharathiar University in its final league clash for the women's crown.

Despite the absence of its star goalkeeper T. Delphin Sheila, Nirmala maintained the pressure right through to emerge victor.

The results (league): Men:

Bharathiar University bt Sree Jayendra Saraswathi CAS 25-14; bt Kongu CAS 12-2; SRKV CAS bt Kongu CAS 17-1; bt Sree Jayendra Saraswathi 23-18.

Final standings: 1. Bharathiar 6 pts, SRKV 4, Sree Jayendra 2, 4. Kongu CAS 0.

Women: Nirmala College bt Bharathiar 17-14; GVG (Udumalpet) bt Maharaja 6-0. Final standings: 1. Nirmala College 6, Bharathiar 4, GVG 2, Maharaja 0.

Nandakumar sparkles

An all-round performance by Nandakumar (four for 30 and 49 not out) saw Wonder XI CC score a five-wicket win over Golden Lotus Cricket Club in the TNCA-NDCA C division league for the Kairbetta Estates Syndicate Rolling Trophy at the HPF grounds here on Friday.

The scores:

Golden Lotus 161 (L. Ramesh 59, Nandakumar four for 30) lost to Wonder XI CC 162 for five in 25.2 overs (Babu Lal 47 n.o., Nandakumar 49 n.o.).

Qualifiers spotted

The qualifiers from Group A and B for the round robin league were spotted in the fourth Erode district-ranking snooker tournament at the S.S. Sports Academy in Erode on Friday. The players from these two groups will now fight it out for a place in the semifinals.

Qualifiers: Group A: S. Surendran, Eswaramoorthy, Andrews, Ganesh, Dhanasekar. Group B: Chetan, Umakanth, Thirumurugan, Murugesh, Suresh.

Swimming trials

The Puducherry Swimming Association will conduct trials at 3 p.m. on December 24 (Sunday) to select the State team. Call the Swimming Centre (Ph: 6537786 / 6565556) for details.

Universal beats HMC

Universal FC blanked HMC FC 2-0 in the Tiruchi District Football Association second division B zone league in Tiruchi on Friday. Thambiraj scored in the 10th minute and Prabhakar netted just after the break.

Earlier, Bishop Heber College defeated Golden Arrows 4-0. Dorje, Saranraj, Suresh and Kumar were the scorers.

The results: Universal FC 2 (Thambiraj, Prabhakar) bt HMC FC 0; Bishop Heber College 4 (Dorje, Saranraj, Suresh, Kumar) bt Golden Arrows 0.

Swami Sivananda wins

Swami Sivananda Sports School (Coimbatore) rallied to beat Sports Hostel (Tiruchi) 25-19, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23 in a league match of the super-senior section in the inter-sports hostel and sports schools volleyball tournament here on Friday.

Other results: League: Senior: Sports Hostel (Tiruchi) bt KSR MHSS (Tiruchengode) 25-12, 25-11, 25-17; Swami Sivananda SS bt Sports Hostel (Madurai) 29-31, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17; Sports Hostel (Tirunelveli) bt KSR MHSS 21-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17; Sports Hostel (Tiruchi) bt Sports Hostel (Madurai) 25-14, 25-16, 25-20; Swami Sivananda bt KSR MHSS 25-18, 20-25, 25-11, 26-28, 15-6.

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