THE Raintree Club of Kuala Lumpur won the 10th editionof the Penang Sports Club (PSC) Inter-Club Invitational snooker tournament.
They beat Negri Sembilan’s Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) 4-1 in the final during the recent two-day championship held at thePSC in Jalan Utama, George Town, Penang.
Raintree Club edged Old Frees Association 4-3 in the first semi-finals while Negri Sembilan’s CRC ousted Royal Bangkok in the other semi-final to set up an all-local showdown.
Raintree Club captain Stephen Chu said his players were determined to be champions in the Cup category after winning the Plate division in 2016.
“There was an air of disappointment when we were the Plate champion in 2016.
PSC ‘Blacks’ players are all smiles after their resounding 4-0 victory over Singapore Cricket Club in the Plate category.
“I’m proud that we have been well rewarded now. What is most satisfying is that my players showed their abilities in taking down stronger outfits and early favourites like Negri Sembilan CRC.
“I’m impressed that we managed to clear the hurdle in such stylish fashion,” he said after the prize presentation ceremony.
Host PSC ‘Blacks’, a three-time champion who last won the overall crown in 2013, won the Plate category, beating Singapore Cricket Club 4-0 in the final.
Sixteen teams, including four foreign outfits, competed in this year's challenge.
The foreign teams were Thailand’s Royal Bangkok Sports Club, defending championsRoyal Bangkok SC Polo Club of Thailand, Singapore Cricket Club and Indonesia’s Jakarta Dungeon Billiard Club.
S-finals: The Raintree Club (Kul) bt Old Frees Association (Pen) 4-3; Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club (Nse) bt Royal Bangkok Sports Club (Thai) 4-2.
Final: The Raintree Club (Kul) bt Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club (Nse) 4-1.
S-finals: Singapore Cricket Club (Sin) bt Penang Sports Club ‘Red’ (Pen) 4-1; Penang Sports Club ‘Black’ (Pen) bt Royal Selangor Club (Sel) 4-1.
Final: Penang Sports Club ‘Black’ (Pen) bt Singapore Cricket Club (Sin) 4-0.