Dubai Educational in the Zone at UAE School Olympic Games

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On target: One of the goals of the annual school games is to spot potential talent.

The Dubai Educational Zone consolidated their position at the top of the standings on day two of the 2nd UAE School Olympic Games, taking their medals tally to 37.

The finals this year are being held simultaneously at the Dubai Police Officers Club and Al Wasl Club. Given Dubai’s dominant position, the emirate is expected to walk away with the Dh50,000 cash prize.

Dubai’s female athletes were in good form last Friday, finishing the day with 13 gold, 15 silver and nine bronze medals in the swimming, archery, gymnastics and shooting competitions.

The emirate had finished seventh overall last year, but in the current campaign Dubai’s athletes have looked in good form. Sharjah added six more gold, four silver and three bronze medals to their overnight tally of three to pull themselves up from fifth place.

Neighbouring Ajman bagged three gold, two silver and two bronze medals to occupy third place overall, while last year’s champions Fujairah are in fourth after adding three gold, two silver and two bronze medals for an overall total of 11 medals.

Mohammed Al Kamali, secretary general of the UAE National Olympic Committee, who attended the presentation ceremony at Al Wasl Club said it was important for the school children to win something as it would motivate them and also boost their confidence levels.

“In addition to the medals, winners get cash awards of Dh3,000, Dh2,000 and Dh1,000 for first, second and third place respectively,” Al Kamali revealed.

The games are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE NOC president.

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Clark Francis Tennis launch taster sessions for kids in UAE

Denzil Pinto 22/05/2014
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Clark Francis Tennis will be holding its first Starter Tournament on Friday for children aged between four to nine years, and there’s still time to sign up before today’s 20:00 deadline.

Gems Modern Academy in Dubai will play host to the Starter Tournament which will have two categories – Tots Skills Challenge (ages four to six, from 08:00 to 09:30) and the Red Starter Tournament (ages seven to nine, from 10:00 to 12:00).

Clark Francis Tennis staff are keen to target players who wish to gain experience through playing the sport without aiming to accumulate ranking points. 

In the Tots Skills Challenge, kids will be introduced to the basics of playing tennis.

Paul Espie, coach at Clark Francis Tennis, said: “The children will be challenged to do different forms of exercise and techniques that are used in tennis. For example, they will practice their forehand and backhand techniques.

“By the end of the day they will earn points after completing 10 different exercises at the various stations that will be set up for the purpose.”

In the Red Star Tournament, children who have just been introduced to the sport will get the opportunity to improve upon their existing skills and techniques.

“The Red Star Tournament is for those who have been playing tennis for just a few months and who are seriously interested in taking up the sport,” said Espie.

“It will be a very relaxed tournament where children will be able to enjoy playing the sport and also get first-hand experience of playing on a tennis court.”

There will be approximately 20 coaches on the day with children playing on 12 mini courts. And, while all will receive prizes and certificates, Espie emphasised that participation in the event was more important.

Espie said: “It’s just not about winning. It’s more about competing and using it as a stepping stone for future competitions. What we want to do is to make sure that we provide a full programme for every level and ability.”

Entry fees are Dh70 per person. To register, email [email protected]

VENUE: Gems Modern Academy, Dubai
WHAT: Clark Francis Starter Tournament 
WHEN: Friday, May 23
Sport360 VERDICT: Open to children between four and nine, the tournament is ideal for those wishing to learn the basics of the sport, as well as improving their technique under the guidance of Clarke Francis coaches.
CONTACT: www.clarkfrancistennis.com

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UAE schools cricket round-up: GEMS win MGS Vision Cup

Denzil Pinto 21/05/2014
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Running safely: It was the 8th edition of the MGS Vision Cup.

The boys’ under-13 GEMS Modern Academy team won the MGS Vision Cup after defeating Indian High School Dubai by 40 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Batting first, GEMS Modern Academy posted 134 for 8 in their 20 overs.

In reply, Indian High School were all out for 94.

Tushar Tugnait, who had scored back-to-back centuries for GEMS, was dismissed on 17.

As wickets fell, GEMS Modern Academy’s Varun Naynar kept his nerve, patiently taking singles while punishing the bad balls.

Naynar, who had scored 30 off 31 balls, batted until the 18th over and fell soon after, but not before ensuring a respectable score for his team. Indian High School failed to come together as a unit.

Elred Rego, who stole the limelight in the previous match with a 16-ball half century, scored 18 off 11 balls but was dismissed while trying to step up the run rate.

Utkarsh Agrawal scored 13 off 19 balls and Glen Furtado’s 10 off 14 balls was not enough to take them past the finish line.

Merryland beat ADIS in thriller

Merryland International School clinched a nine-run thriller over Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) in the ADCB Abu Dhabi Inter-School U14 tournament final to claim a trophy double.

Coming off a successful campaign in the U16 tournament, the U14 side produced an all-round effort to get the better of the defending champions at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket stadium.

Nasir Abdullah was 49 not out as Merryland posted 154 for 2.

In reply, ADIS managed 145 for 8.

Akhilesh Ramesh top-scored with 43, while Huzaifah Khan finished with 2-25.

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