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Everton guides Dubai Police into NAS Futsal semi-finals

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Dubai Police’s Alex William Da Silva (green) battles for the ball with an MKS player during their 5-2 win in the quarterfinal of the NAS Futsal Championship.

Riding on the brilliance of their Brazilian star Everton Cardoso, Dubai Police brushed aside MKS 5-2 to book their place in the last four of the Nad Al Sheba Futsal Championship.

Cardoso scored a hat-trick and also set Ibrahim Khaled up with a perfect cross as the Policemen beat MKS to book a semi-final clash with Al Bahri, who trounced Sport 4 All 7-2 in the other quarterfinal of the night at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.

Captain Ahmad Hussain Ali scored the fifth goal for Dubai Police, while Pol Pacheco Gonzalez and Attos Mendes Da Silva scored the two goals for MKS.

“This win will be a great motivation for the team to try and go all the way in the tournament,” said Ahmad Hussain. “From the start, our goal has been to win the title this year and we are now within two wins of achieving our target.

“We know it will not be easy in these coming matches because there is a lot of quality in the other teams as well, but we believe in ourselves and we are going to fight to reach our targets.”

Al Bahri captain Ramirez Alonso Kevin (blue) tries to make his way past Douglas Dos Santos (No8) and Omar Juma of Sport 4 All in the quarterfinal of the NAS Futsal Championship.

Al Bahri captain Ramirez Alonso Kevin (blue) tries to make his way past Douglas Dos Santos (No8) and Omar Juma of Sport 4 All in the quarterfinal of the NAS Futsal Championship.

In the other quarterfinal, Al Bahri came rushing out of the blocks and were leading 4-1 at the end of the first half with Frenchman Mohammed Abdessamad having scored twice for them, and Ahmed Saleh and Helal Al Jaberi once each. In the second half, Egyptian Essam Alla Shamkh added two more to their tally after Ramirez Alonso had made it 5-1 in the 26th minute. Omar Juma scored both the goals for Sport 4 All.

“If you look at our performance chart, I believe we are improving with every match,” said Abdessamad. “First, we beat the defending champions Al Taher 2-1 and then fought back from 1-4 to split points with Inthar. Now, we have won our quarterfinal 7-2.

“So, we are definitely getting stronger as a unit and this win will certainly give a huge boost to the team’s confidence. We are looking forward to doing even better in the semis and then hopefully in the final.”

RESULTS

FUTSAL (Quarterfinals): Al Bahri beat Sport 4 All 7-2; Dubai Police beat MKS 5-2.

PADEL TENNIS

In the NAS Padel Championship, Javier Lopez and Sandy Farquharson will meet Xavier Masson and Benjamin Cassaigne in the final of the Open category.

Lopez and Farquharson defeated the duo of Mohammed Al Mansouri and Guillermo Villafane 6-2, 6-2, while Masson and Cassaigne got the better of Emilio Misas and Carlos Luna 6-2, 6-1 in the other semi-final.

Organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 2018 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament will see more than 5,000 athletes compete for a total prize-purse of Dh6 million in Dubai, across 11 competitions.

The tournament has also gone international this year with a five-a-side futsal competition taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo and an eight-team volleyball tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.

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Maxtalent Cricket Academy to continue with new rule of 14-players per match in inter-school tournaments

Denzil Pinto 26/05/2018
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Here to stay: This season's MGS Vision Cup received positive feedback

Maxtalent Cricket Academy will continue with their new rule that will allow all 14 squad members to play in their inter-school tournament matches next season following positive feedback.

Maxtalent trialled the idea in their annual MGS Vision Cup, which attracted top schools across Dubai and Sharjah, last month after head coach Sudhakar Shetty wanted to experiment the initiative in the UAE, which was put forward by former Indian batsman and legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Their Under-12, U-14 and U-16 matches were all contested with 14 cricketers and while it made the games more exciting and closely-fought, there was plenty to gain for coaches, parents and players.

“When a team won the toss, the batting team selected their strongest batting line-up and in the second innings, the three batsmen were replaced by specialist bowlers,” explained Shetty.

“That means each and every person in that squad had a chance to play. One of the concerns especially for parents, is that they would allow their kids to go for the matches but then the boys wouldn’t be selected and it would mean two to three hours lost, where they could have spent that time studying.”

Having seen for himself the impact it has had on the players and coaches, Shetty confirmed they will continue with the new rule for next season’s MGS Vision-Cup.

“Yes for sure it’s staying,” he said. “This will only be played at inter-school level because we have seen that parents are happy and so are the players and coaches. It’s a win-win situation.

“I got the thumbs up from the players and coaches and you could see that the overall standard of play went up. Every boy came into the match knowing they would be playing so all the hard work they have put in training wouldn’t be going to waste.”

He added: “I think one of the big things is that people have embraced the idea and certainly is adding value to it. With this idea of allowing all 14 players to play, it will only encourage the kids to continue playing and not give it up because they are not being selected.

“Some people may argue saying it’s only 11 players in a team and they have a point. But, at the end of the day, you have to engage with the child and make it interesting.”

It’s not the first time that Shetty trialled the rule in his Maxtalent tournament. In last year’s tour to Mumbai, the same idea was rolled out for their event and he said the feedback from players and coaches in India, convinced him to try it in the UAE.

“India is a big nation that loves cricket and with so many boys players, competition is certainly fierce,” said Shetty.

“But with this rule, it allowed players to play a role in a game and after hearing from players and coaches in India who participated in the tournament, was enough to go ahead with the idea in the UAE.”

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Cuban spiker leads F3 to double up in NAS Volleyball Final

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F3 and F3 'A' will meet in the NAS Volleyball Final

Dominant through the group stages, F3 ‘A’ were in sizzling form on Tuesday night as they defeated Spinneys in a thrilling semis to book a title-clash against their stablemates, F3, in the 6th Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament Volleyball Championship.

Led by their irrepressible young Cuban wing-spiker Yosvany Hernandez, 26, F3 ‘A’ took a close opening set 25-23, but Spinneys fought back to level the scores by taking the second 29-27.

Stung by that reversal, F3 ‘A’ shifted gears and brooked no resistance in the following two sets, winning 25-14, 25-14 to the delight of their boisterous band of supporters.

In the second semi-final, defending champions Surprise, who have struggled with their rhythm in the earlier two matches, looked jaded against their well-drilled opponents, and F3, with their Bahraini libero Mohammed Yaqoub in scorching form, romped to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 win to book their place in Thursday’s final.

The two F3 teams had great support from the stands and Hernandez was happy they did not disappoint the fans.

F3 get on top

F3 get on top

“It was a great atmosphere tonight and we are happy we could win this one for the fans,” said Hernandez. “We were expecting a tough fight from Spinneys and they did turn up with their A game, but thanks to the spirit of our team and the support from the fans, we have reached the final.

“That’s going to be another tough match. There is no point making any predictions – we will just go out there and give our best once again and hopefully that will be good enough.”

Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hasher Al-Maktoum, a board member of UAE Volleyball Federation, was in the stands as well and she was pleased with the quality of the matches and enjoyed the atmosphere on the night.

“The Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament keeps growing from strength to strength,” she said. “Every year, you come back here and you see that every team has strengthened their ranks, picking the best Emirati and international players.

“The teams wait eagerly for the NAS Sports Tournament to start because they love playing in this great atmosphere. The foreign players keep coming back because the tournament enjoys a great reputation. Of course, the prize money is a big incentive as well.”

Excited fans at the NAS Volleyball Tournament

Excited fans at the NAS Volleyball Tournament

3X3 BASKETBALL

In the NAS 3×3 Basketball Championship, taking place at the Festival City Mall, Big 3 defeated Ball Above All in the men’s final, while Tribe took the Junior Boys’ title, defeating Alaemid.

Held for the first time, the 3×3 Basketball tournament saw 61 teams, representing 38 different nationalities, take part. There were 28 teams in the men’s competition, 16 in the women’s, 12 in the boy’s and five in the girls.

“Though this was the first time we organised the 3×3 Basketball Championship, we are really happy with the tournament given the number of teams, of different nationalities, that participated,” said Adel Al Bannai, the Chairman of the tournament’s Technical Committee. “We also saw a lot of fans coming to watch the games.

“This 3×3 version of basketball is an ideal community sport and it was open to everyone. That is why we saw a number of retired players come back to take part.”

Action from the 3x3 Basketball tournament

Action from the 3×3 Basketball tournament

Organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the 2018 NAS Sports Tournament will see more than 5,000 athletes compete for a total prize-purse of Dh6 million in Dubai, across 11 competitions.

The tournament has also gone international this year with a five-a-side futsal competition taking place in the Egyptian capital Cairo and an eight-team volleyball tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.

RESULTS

Junior Girls: 1-GEMS, 2-Rim Rockers, 3-Jam Warriors

Juniors Boys: 1-Tribe; 2-Alaemid; 3-Istilb

Women: 1-Al Nasr, 2-Sharjah Ladies Club; 3-Al Sharqiyah

Men: 1-Big 3; 2-Ball Above All, 3-UOS

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