History never repeats, so the song goes, but that wasn’t the case in the AFL Middle East Grand Final rematch between the Dubai Dragons and the Multiplex Bulls, the crunch match of Round 2 over the weekend.
And so it proved as the champion Dragons torched the Bulls once again, although only by a slender 11-point margin.
Played Friday afternoon at The Sevens, conditions were very hot under the desert sun but with a slight breeze across the pitch.
The Bulls were dealt a big blow before the ball-up with Jon Hickey, who kicked five goals in Round 1, unavailable to travel.
Just as in last season’s Grand Final it was a very physical game from the start, with the intense rivalry between the two clubs growing in every match.
The first and second quarter were an arm wrestle, but the Bulls’ six-pointers seemed to come a bit easier through some quick, clean ball movement out of the middle, while the Dragons had to scrap for their majors.
After half-time, however, the Dragons started to win the contests, as the game started to shape up as a mirror image to last season’s decider.
The Dragons got on top in the third quarter with debutant Darcy O’Sullivan lively up front and second gamer Chris Burke winning plenty of ball in the midfield By three-quarter time the Dragons had turned it around to lead by 21 points.
The proud Bulls were desperate to stop the repeat and came storming home with big man Nick Burchell intercepting every ball kicked to him and the midfield of Joseph Yodgee and Jack Egan finding acres of space.
In the end the Dragons could only manage a single behind to the Bulls’ one goal five points in the final term, but it was enough for the premiers to hold on to a 9.9.63 -7.10.52 triumph.
In the round’s other match, the Dingoes’ slow start to the season continued as they went down by 43 points to the Abu Dhabi Falcons in the capital.
Making things very tough for the Dingoes was the fact they only had 11 players who could make the away trip.
The home side came out firing and put seven goals on the scoreboard to the Dingoes’ one in the first quarter.
It was looking like another big loss for the Dingoes with the second period much the same as the first and the Falcons taking a comfortable 53 point lead into the half.
For the Falcons, utility Zac Moon was very dangerous up forward and veterans Stephen James and Rhys Watkins were getting lots of ball in the midfield and across half-back.
To the Dingoes credit they took it to the Falcons in the third quarter, with captain Ben Dawson starting to find some ball, which he converted to four majors, and their defence keeping the Falcons to just one goal.
The Falcons were not helped by the fact their club stalwart and president Ty Farrell went down with a serious knee injury five minutes into that third term.
The game was over in the last quarter but the Dingoes gutsed it out strongly with only one player on their bench and ended up outscoring the Falcons in the second half. The final result was the Falcons 17.14.116 to Dingoes’ 11.7.73.
Round 3 will be played over November 23 and 24 with the Dingoes facing the Dragons and the Bulls up against the Falcons.
Eddie Hall, the current World’s Strongest Man, two former Mr. Olympia winners, Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler, and Big Ramy – the Arab world’s most prominent bodybuilder – will headline this year’s Dubai Muscle Show, the region’s leading fitness and bodybuilding show.
Running between 8-9 December 2017, the second edition of Dubai Muscle Show, organized in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council, will see the world’s biggest athletes and the region’s most honed physiques join over 150 of the world’s leading sports nutrition, fitness and bodybuilding brands over 14,000 square metres of exhibition space at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) – the new venue catering for the show’s remarkable five-fold growth in size since debuting last year.
As well as hundreds of sample give-aways from brands including Sporter, Life Pharmacy, Dr. Nutrition, Quest, Muscletech and dozens more, Dubai Muscle Show 2017 will also debut its very-own Emirates Strongest Man and Woman competitions, as well as its brand-new international fitness and active-living show, DMS Active.
“The words ‘muscle’ or ‘bodybuilding’ can often be dismissed as a niche sport for the superhuman monsters, but in reality, the majority of people in gyms across Dubai by definition are ‘body-building’.
They incorporate resistance training or lifting weights into their workouts, in order to get better muscle tone, strength and mobility which helps them feel and look better. We all need muscle, especially as we get older to help us stay mobile well into later life.
Fitness enthusiasts are in for a treat as some of the world’s greatest bodybuilders, athletes, personalities and social media stars come calling, with top drawcards including Hall, Coleman, an eight-time Mr. Olympia; Cutler, a four-time Mr. Olympia, and Egyptian-born Big Ramy, who won the Arnold Classic in Barcelona last month.
In addition, Kai Greene, the American IFBB professional bodybuilder and soon-to-be-star of hit Netflix show Stranger Things Season 2, is also Dubai Muscle Show-bound.
With the combined roster of fitness and muscle mass talent counting a global social media reach of more than 26.5 million, Dubai Muscle Show offers the perfect opportunity for UAE fans to meet their muscle and bodybuilding heroes together all under one roof.
Those looking for a little healthy competition will find more than their share of challenges, competitions and sporting events, with the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) Gulf Classic returning for a second year, which will see over 500 competitors posing it out for the chance to win one of 9 pro-card’s on offer that will allow them to compete on the professional circuit.
The Emirates Strongest Man and Woman will also be named during the show, as more than 30 regional strongmen and women compete in a series of superhuman strength challenges such as atlas stone lifting, tyre-flipping and car deadlifts to discover the Emirates’ brawniest man and woman in the business.
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Following its opening fitness carnival in Safa Park, Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is heading to Kite Beach this weekend for a completely different two-day event featuring over 40 exciting sand and sea activities, celebrity training sessions, team and individual sports and stage acts to keep family and friends motivated and entertained.
DFC’s second weekend carnival builds momentum in the month-long, city-wide fitness initiative which aims to make Dubai one of the most active cities in the world by encouraging residents and visitors to commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.
Commencing at 1pm on Friday 27 October, the Kite Beach event promises to inspire participants as they continue to progress towards their #Dubai30X30 goals and accelerate the collective activity being tracked across the city.
Involving everything from paddle boarding, kite surfing and kayaking, to beach cricket, Ultimate Frisbee and Beach Bootcamp, this first-of-its-kind festival of fitness showcases the very best sporting activities Dubai’s beautiful beaches have to offer.
In addition, award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and online personality Cassey Ho will be jetting in from Los Angeles especially for Dubai residents.
The creator of Blogilates, Cassey is the owner of the number one female fitness channel on YouTube with over 3.9 million subscribers and 500 million video views.
She will be leading the festivities with her unique POP Pilates© class that launched on YouTube and is now taught in gyms all over the world.
Ahead of her involvement at Kite Beach, Cassey Ho said: “I am so excited to be visiting Dubai for the very first time and I am even more excited to be teaching POP Pilates at Dubai Fitness Challenge. It is so fantastic that the city is putting so much of an emphasis on getting healthy as one big community. I’m honoured to be a part of this journey.”
One of the weekend’s highlights will be Dubai City Swim*. Starting ahead of the carnival at 8am on 28 October, this annual fitness event is suitable for novice to advanced swimmers who can safely enjoy a more adventurous swim accompanied by expert kayakers every stroke of the way.
Dubai Fitness Challenge participants are encouraged to grab their swimsuit and sign up for this amazing event, while those not so keen on swimming are invited to cheer on the action from the beach.
Highlights on the Kite Beach Weekend Fitness Carnival’s main stage include:
An ‘Animal Flow’ class with renowned trainer Parveez Saligh demonstrating a wide range of exercises and movement combinations to engage the whole body.
Les Mills, the world’s leaders in group training, will be engaging the audience with a host of group fitness classes ranging from Hatha yoga and SH’BAM fun workouts to CX works core training sessions.
Celebrity radio host Malika Varadan will keep participants energised with her “Let’s Move” class.
A series of energetic Salsa, Samba and Body Jam classes in the beautiful outdoors will keep participants moving.
Participants will be wowed by a Rhythmic Gymnastics display featuring hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons.
Experienced trainers from Fitness First and Fly Wheel will share their expertise and lead the audience through a series of GRIT PLYO classes and Barre sessions.
Meanwhile, sports at the Come and Try Fitness Zone include beach soccer, beach volleyball, beach cricket, Frescobol, paddle boarding, kayaking, kite surfing, paragliding and Beach Bootcamp classes.
The Children’s Fun and Fitness Zone includes bubble soccer, a climbing wall, trampolines, a range of inflatables and a ball pond in addition to beach soccer, volleyball, cricket, Ultimate Frisbee and a kite surfing class especially for kids class run by DUKITE.
Also inspiring kids to get more active will be Les Mills’ Born to Move classes, designed to instil in young people a lifelong love of physical activity.
As Dubai takes up the challenge, everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity to make a positive step towards a healthy lifestyle – not just for themselves, but also for their family and friends.
Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.
Running from 20 October 20 to 18 November 2017, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling and football to paddle boarding, team sports, walking and yoga and everything in between.
All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate individually or together with friends, family and colleagues, enjoying new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels. Participants can track their performance on the Dubai Fitness Challenge app.
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