Ahmed Al Kiremli defies the odds to win top prize at Elite Festival

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Last man standing: Ahmed Al Kiremli.

Battling through physical limitations, Ahmed Al Kiremli still had more than enough left in the tank to finish off his run and be crowned the A Cup winner in the Elite Squash Festival 2015.

The former Iraqi No1 player and member of the national team captured the title with a decisive 3-0 victory against runner-up Vladislav Farras at Fitness First, The Meadows, on Saturday night.

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Kiremli faced greater opposition in his semi-final match against Ali Miski the previous day, but more than anything, had to cope with effects of fasting during the day.

“I’m fasting and that’s the toughest thing in this tournament. The matches are at 20:30 or 21:00, we’re eating at 19:15 and breaking our fast,” said Kiremli, who coaches and plays in Dubai.

“It’s the first few days of Ramadan and your body isn’t used to it,” he added.

The tournament’s B Cup was claimed by Agha Ali Raza, who defeated Ezzat 3-0 as well.

Raza’s march to the trophy gave him confidence for a move up to the A Cup in the next edition.

Nasib Manekia  also finished off the C Cup without much drama, taking down Richard Khalife 3-0 in the final.

                           

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On the radar: Ramadan Bowling, Dubai Sports World

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On the Radar: Dubai Sports World & Ramadan Bowling Tournament.

RAMADAN BOWLING TOURNAMENT

Monday, June 22 – Monday, July 13

Become a bowling champion at the exciting Ramadan Bowling Tournament. The competition features four divisions with cash prizes and prestigious trophies. It will be fierce and fun so come and test your skills against some of the region’s best bowlers. 

Venue: Zayed Sports City

Website: Zayed Sports City bowling

NAD AL SHEBA SPORTS TOURNAMENT

Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, July 12

The annual Ramadan tournament hosts a number of exciting sports from paddle tennis to archery and volleyball. Developing the mind and body are an integral part of Ramadan and these sporting persuits develop discipline in a fun way. Register online on the link below to be a part of the action, with separate competitions for women only. 

Venue: NAS Sports Complex

Website: NAS online

DUBAI SPORTS WORLD
Sunday, June 21 – Saturday, August 29

Dubai Sports World offers the sports enthusiasts of Dubai a chance to enjoy their favourite sports indoors during the summer heat. With one of the biggest indoor playing fields, which includes football, basketball, volleyball, tennis courts and more.

Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

Website: Dubai Sports World

THE ARMED FORCES OFFICERS CLUB 19TH OPEN SPORTS FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 21 – Wednesday, July 08

The event is the biggest and most significant sport event in the country and in the region attracting as many as 2500 athletes from different countries.

Venue: Abu Dhabi Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi

For more information email [email protected] or call 971 24973033

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All-Filipino Bowling League: Ballantine’s have one hand on cup

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Four-time champions Ballantine’s trashed IIEE Team 9-0 in Dubai.

Four-time champions Ballantine’s inch closer to winning the Lacoste Cup after trashing IIEE Team 9-0 in the penultimate round of the 47th DFBC-All Filipino Bowling League-Lacoste Cup at the Dubai International Bowling Centre.

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Joylyn Sta. Barbara led Ballantine’s offensive after posting a 615 series. She got ample support from Robin Edralin who added 613 pinfalls while veteran team member Raquel Hayes finished with 612 series. Jun Morales and team captain Mario Magdaluyo also finished strong with 583 and 579 scratch series respectively.

Ballantine’s managed to stay at the top of the table team standings with an aggregate score of 127 points but Crazy X are just one point behind them.

“It will be a very tight final round,” Magdaluyo told Sport3600. “We will be going up against Team Express bannered by Philippine national team member Hashim Guinomla while Crazy X will face five-time champions Lacoste-Dante’s Peak.”

 Ballantine team captain Mario Magdaluyo leads from the front.

“It will be a battle of nerves. We are practically tied with Crazy X and we are not yet assured to win the Cup. Every pin fall counts,” added Magdaluyo. 

Crazy X are also on track to winning their championship trophy after crushing Front Row 8-0. Tina Tabon carried the team with 658 series and bagged the High Series of the Week with her 241 pin falls in game 1.  Stephen Fideles added 651; Ben Descargar 621; Rodel Billones 611; and Jake Leonador 572.

In other matches, Lacoste-Dante’s Peak demolished The InKredibowls 9-2; Titans demolished Kitzler Team (Brooklyn Style) 11-0; Sherlock surprised former champions V for Victory 6-5; Team Express trounced Strike Kings 8-0;  SMDC the good guys beat Genesis Xtranol 8-0; and Team Atkins defeated Macoy’s Team 6-3.

Top 10 teams after 18 rounds

1

Ballantine’s

127 pts.

2

Crazy X

126 pts.

3

Lacoste-Dante’s Peak

113 pts.

4

Sherlock

106 pts.

5

Team Express

105 pts.

6

SMDC the good guys

104 pts.

7

Covenant

95 pts.

8

Titans

91 pts.

9

No Bandage

90 pts.

10

Louie’s Team

90 pts.

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