What's Up UAE - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Arabian Gulf League, Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon

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There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.

Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?

Share your experiences with us, using the hash-tag #whatsupuae on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

PAKISTAN VS SRI LANKA

Friday, October 13

Can Sri Lanka carry their superb Test form into the ODI series in Dubai?

VENUE: Dubai International Stadium
START TIME: 3:30PM
TICKETS: On sale at the venue

ARABIAN GULF LEAGUE

Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14

The Arabian Gulf League resumes after the international break with top of the table Al Wahda looking to maintain their unbeaten league form when they face second-placed Al Wasl at Zabeel Stadium on Friday (8:00pm).

In the other fixtures, Shabab Al Ahli take on Emirates Club, Al Ain are away to Ajman and Al Dhafra entertain Al Jazira.

MORE INFO: AGL Website

WEST ASIA PREMIERSHIP

Friday, October 13

In-form Dubai Exiles will look to continue their impressive start to the season when they host Jebel Ali Dragons at the Sevens Stadium.

Jacques Benade’s side have been in tantalising form – crushing Dubai Eagles 85-8 and Dubai Hurricanes 40-7 in their opening two matches.

In the other games, Bahrain are away to Abu Dhabi Saracens and Dubai Eagles take on Dubai Hurricanes.

With seven teams competing in the league, Abu Dhabi Harlequins will have a bye in this round of fixtures.

MORE INFO: Yalla Rugby

AL AIN INTERNATONAL JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday, October 13 – Saturday, October 14

The Al Ain International U-18’s Jiu-Jitsu Championship comes as part of the UAEJJF 2017/18 agenda for the sports season and global classification.

Among the athletes participating in the tournament are Khalifa Al Kaabi, Omar Al Fadhli, Hamed Al Hanaei, and Khaled Al Shehhi.

The tournament will also feature a strong participation of female athletes, including UAE national team stars Bashayer Al Matroushi, Reem Al Hashemi, Moza Al Shamsi, Balqis Abdul Karim, and Shama Al Kalbani.

MORE INFO: UAEJJF

ROY NASR MEMORIAL TRIATHLON

Saturday, October 14

The Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon is now in its fifth year and the event has gone from strength strength with more than 1,000 participants set to take part on Saturday.

So far about 800 people have signed up for the event from 06:45 at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Hotel in Dubai, to honour the life of the Lebanese.

Open to 11-year-olds and above, there are different categories for adults and juniors, no matter what your background experience and ability are.

Super Sprint consists of a 375km swim, 10km bike ride followed by a 2.5km run. For those who are more advanced, then the Sprint options are available, swimming for 750m, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

MORE INFO: Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon

SUPER SPORTS RUN SERIES – RACE 1

Friday, October 13
The first race of the series takes place on Friday, with runners taking on 3, 5, 10 and 16km distances.

Runners will be in action at Meydan.

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Melbourne Storm give legendary trio the perfect send-off with NRL Grand Final win over North Queensland Cowboys

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It’s official. The Melbourne Storm are the premiers – and this time it’s not getting taken away from them. (We hope.)

Having had two premierships stripped because of salary cap rorting this is just the third title for the side from the Victorian capital – and this is one they clearly deserve.

Craig Bellamy’s side lost just four games all season. The only side to better that record since the NRL was formed in 1998 was Bellamy’s own Storm side of 2007 who lost just three games, but that was one of the years that Melbourne were stripped of their title.

So this 2017 Storm side can rightly lay claim to being the greatest ever team to play in the NRL.

Their comfortable 34-6 Grand Final victory over the giant-killing North Queensland Cowboys was built on the back of a trio of vintage stars, who seem to just get better as the years roll by – captain and hooker Cameron Smith, full-back Billy Slater and half-back Cooper Cronk.

The same trio that Queensland’s decade-long dominance of State of Origin has been built around.

The Cowboys battled bravely right to the end but were barely in the contest right from the outset against a Storm side that were clinical and relentless from the opening whistle.

Melbourne wanted to send out Cronk in style in his final game in purple. They did that and more.

It’s fitting that the final club match from the all-star trio saw all three bring their best to the game’s biggest stage, scoring or creating four tries. They got plenty of assistance from their dominant forward pack and some moments of brilliance from exciting young stars like Josh Addo-Carr.

The scoreline reflected the sheer dominance of Melbourne’s performances right from Round 1 this year but did not fairly reflect the effort the Cowboys put into a contest.

The Melbourne Storm completed a dominant season, led by coach Craig Bellamy.

The Melbourne Storm completed a dominant season, led by coach Craig Bellamy.

The match started badly for the men from Townsville with play held up for several minutes while prop Shaun Fensom received medical attention and was taken from the field after just four minutes.

Attempting to stop a charging Jesse Bromwich along with teammate Ethan Lowe, the latter landed awkwardly on Fensom’s ankle. He immediately signaled for the trainer and there was a delay while the 28-year-old was administered pain relief and loaded onto a medicab.

While North Queensland managed to weather the storm, pardon the pun, for the opening 20 minutes, the favourites started to flex their muscle from midway through the half.

First, Will Chambers received a Cowboys tap-back from an attacking bomb near Melbourne’s end and offloaded to speedy winger Addo-Carr who streaked 70 metres to open the scoring.

After a few more sets of dominant yardage and a Smith grubber for a repeat set, Melbourne extended their lead when Felise Kaufusi carved past Te Maire Martin off a nice Slater pass in the 28th minute.

When the Cowboys’ Antonio Winterstein fumbled a Cronk attacking grubber on his own line it set the stage for yet another Storm assault and this time Slater went himself, slicing through an increasingly brittle Cowboys left edge defence to make it 18-0 at the break.

The Cowboys desperately needed to be first to score in the second half against the competition’s best front-runners and they got some help from the Storm, who handed over five straight penalties to camp the Cowboys in attacking range and allow Martin to slice through.

That was as good as it got though as an unstoppable Storm exploded late, in similar fashion to how they put the Broncos to the sword a week earlier in a 30-0 demolition.

Bega-born lock Dale Finucane powered onto a Smith flat ball at the line to burst over in the 64th minute; a simple error from Kane Linnett coughed the ball up to Addo-Carr who offloaded to an unmarked Curtis Scott three minutes later.

Addo-Carr then bagged his double in the 73rd minute after some lovely lead-up work from Cronk and Slater before a beautiful long cut-out from Tohu Harris to seal the dominant 34-6 result.

The legendary Storm trio lingered on the field long after the trophy presentation – and well they deserved it.

To paraphrase one who knew something about great victories, “Here was a team. When comes such another.”

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Sport in the UAE this week - Ice Warrior Challenge, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Ignite Pink is Punk

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There is no shortage of top sporting events in the Emirates and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on — welcome to our weekly feature, What’s Up UAE.

Are you attending or participating in one of the following events?

Share your experiences with us, using the hash-tag #whatsupuae on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

ICE WARRIOR CHALLENGE

Friday, October 6

Competitors can put their physical and mental skills to the test in the gruelling Ice Warrior Challenge at Ski Dubai.

This will be the eighth edition of the event and is expected be the toughest yet, with entrants required to climb over ice walls, ascend tangled ropes, drag and push lorry tyres and shovel snow – all while coping with the sub-zero degree conditions.

The winning male and female participants will receive 125,000 Emirates Skywards Miles and other prizes.

The Ice Warrior Challenge is suitable for all fitness levels and open to participants age 16 and up.

VENUE: Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
MORE INFO: Ice Warrior Challenge

PAKISTAN VS SRI LANKA

Friday, October 6

Sri Lanka edged Pakistan to win the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

With the second Test set to start on Friday, can the Men in Green avenge defeat and rediscover their solid form on UAE soil?

VENUE: Dubai International Stadium
START TIME: 3:30PM
TICKETS: On sale at the venue

IRON STAR INDOOR TRIATHLON

Friday, October 6

GEMS World Academy will host the first indoor triathlon of the event season this Friday, and you don’t want to miss the action!

Athletes from around the UAE have been fully dedicated for this event, and the competition will prove to be a fierce one.

The rules are simple: swim 10 minute, cycle 30 minutes and run 20 minutes – with the aim being to clock as much distance as possible during the allocated time.

VENUE: GEMS World Academy
START TIME: 4.30PM
MORE INFO: Iron Star Indoor Triathlon

ARABIAN GULF CUP

Friday, October 6 – Saturday, October 7

Al Jazira look to put their recent poor run of domestic form behind them when they travel to Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium to face an in-form Al Ain side in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

In the other fixtures, Shabab Al Ahli entertain Sharjah as Cosmin Olaroiu’s side look to keep their grip on the trophy.

MORE INFO: AGL Website

Cosmin Olaroiu.

Cosmin Olaroiu.

IGNITE PINK IS PUNK SWIM RUN

Friday, October 6

There’s still time to register if you want to take part in the eighth edition of the Ignite Pink is Punk Swim: Run event, taking place on Friday.

Taking place at Anantara The Palm Resort in Dubai at 06:00, it promises to be bigger and better with every single penny raised being donated to the Safe and Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Programme.

The Open category consists of 600m swim, 3km beach and pavement run, while the Sprint event is 400m swim and a 1.6km beach and pavement run.

Juniors can enjoy a 200m swim and a 800m beach run, while there is also the Fun Run which consists of 3km beach and pavement run.

VENUE: Anantara The Palm, Dubai
START TIME: 06:00AM

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