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Ahdaaf Cup: Group stages take shape on night three

David Cooper 17/05/2019
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It was a great third night of the Adhaaf Cup, powered by Nike.

The group stages are taking shape three days into the Adhaaf Cup, powered by Nike.

The men’s competition saw the second games for sides in Groups A, B, C and D.

In group A Jumeira beat Amazing Boys 4-2, leaving both sides on one win, and one loss from their two games.

Fiorentina Dubai are the only unbeaten team in Group B, following a 3-2 win over Angry Birds. In the other game in the group Tayseer beat Zol’s United 6-2 to leave them level with Angry Birds with one win and one defeat going into the final group games.

Mazarita are dominating Group C, having scored 13 goals in their two game. This time it was Rijab on the receiving end with their match finishing 5-1. Elsewhere in the group, Hypervenom beat Wolverhampton 2-0.

Finally, in Group D it is Gladiator FC in control following their second win – this time a 5-2 victory over Viene El Invierno. Guns and Moses recovered from an opening night defeat to thump Robertos 8-1.

Tonight’s action sees the second games in Group E and F with YNWA FC taking on Panthers FC, and Santos facing Marhoom Humaid Aref in Group E. In the final group, Misho take on All Star, and DOHL face Bianconeri.

In the women’s competition last night, Leoni FC and Dubai Allstar fought out a 1-1 draw, Fireballs beat Eagles 4-0, and Dubai Warrior remained unbeaten with a 4-2 win over CANDO Real Estate.

The Adhaaf Cup, powered by Nike

Played on two Nike-branded pitches, in the Al Quoz industrial area, teams will compete against each other in a league table format before progressing onto the knockout stages of the competition. Matches are played in a five-a-side format with sides allowed to register seven players in the squad, who can be used in rotation during the game.

Teams are competing over nine days as they battle it out for the winner’s trophy.

There’s competition for both males and females as 24 men’s teams who will be looking to take home a share of the Dhs 30,000 grand prize. The Nike slogan for the tournament, which is emblazoned around the pitches, says ‘End it with speed, end it with precision’, which is exactly what the teams will have to do as matches are just 30 minutes in length.

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The Big 3 and Sharjah Women Team A triumph in NAS 3x3 Basketball

David Cooper 16/05/2019
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The NAS basketball winners

The Big 3 and Sharjah Women Team A clinched the Men’s and Women’s titles at the NAS 3×3 Basketball Championship, while The Quattro Ballers and Triple Threat triumphed in the Juniors Girls and Junior Boys categories respectively.

The Big 3 defeated Ball Above All 19-11 in the Men’s final, while Sharjah Women Team A cruised to a 13-6 win over And One in the Women’s final. In the Junior Girls’ final, the Quattro Ballers proved too good for Brooklyn Nets, winning 9-2, while Triple Threat edged the Junior Boys’ title with a 13-12 win over the JamBlack Mambas.

“This second edition of the NAS 3×3 Basketball Championship has achieved all our goals,” said Salah Amin, Chairman of Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament’s Executive Committee, after the finals on Wednesday night in Dubai Design District. “The first edition of the tournament last year had shown us the great popularity of this sport among different sections of our community and the huge success of this edition is a confirmation of that.

“We saw 66 teams representing different segments of our community take part in the tournament, and we saw lots of fans come here to Dubai Design District to support them. They got to see some really good players in action here, players with a lot of potential.

“The matches were of a high level, but more importantly, everyone enjoyed being a part of this championship and I am sure they are already looking forward to the next edition of the NAS 3×3 Basketball tournament.”

NAS CRICKET

Akshay Jotin starred with both bat and ball as Hadaf Sporting RAK defeated Wolfpack Cricket Club by 30 runs to confirm their spot in the last eight of the NAS Cricket T10 Tournament, which is being held at the Wombats Cricket ground in Jebel Ali.

The Ras Al Khaimah team, who defeated Mideast Metals by six wickets in their opening game, made 127 for 5 batting first, with opener M Surjith scoring a 21-ball 40 (1×4, 4x6s) and adding 78 runs for the second wicket in 5.3 overs with Jotin, who smashed 49 off 22 balls (4x4s, 4x6s).

Jotin than returned to pick up two wickets for 23 helping restrict Wolfpack to 97 for 5.

In the other game of the night, Chalhoub Group defeated Abu Dhabi Tigers by 35 runs with Junaid Kazi leading their campaign. Opening the innings, he returned unbeaten on a blistering 71 (31 balls, 6x4s, 5x6s) as Chalhoub put 153 for 2 on the board, with S Ankur (29: 13b, 3x4s, 2x6s) and Vinay Mehta (32 not out: 10b, 3x4s, 3x6s) also making worthwhile contributions.

Kazi then came back to take three wickets, including that of the innings’ top scorer Ameer Hamza (42: 16b, 1×4, 5x6s), as the Tigers’ slipped from 103 for two in the eighth over to finish on 118 for 7, losing five wickets for 15 runs in a frantic finish.

The win, however, was in vain as Chalhoub failed to make it to the knockout stage. The finished level on 3 points with Noor Bank, but the latter – who had lost to the Tigers in the opening game but bounced back to beat Chalhoub in the second – punched their ticket to the quarterfinals from Pool 2 thanks to a better run-rate.

NAS FUTSAL

The eight-team NAS Futsal Championship kicked off at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex on Wednesday night, with Galal Sayadi scoring a hat-trick as Saudi Driving School, who won the title as Emirates Driving Institute in 2018, defeated Fuhood Zabeel 3-2 in the opening game.

In the second game, F16 managed to hold on for a 3-2 win over Victory, while Al Tahar beat Al Bahri 4-2 in the final match of the night.

RESULTS

NAS 3X3 BASKETBALL

Junior Girls Final: The Quattro Ballers beat Brooklyn Nets 9-2. Third Place: Jam beat Hoopers 10-2.

Junior Boys Final: Triple Threat beat JamBlack Mambas 13-12. Third Place: Sharjah beat ADMH 8-7.

Women’s Final: Sharjah Team A beat And One 13-6. Third Place: Chevrolet beat SWS-Eastern Team A 7-6.

Men’s Final: The Big 3 beat Ball Above All 19-11. Third Place: Alaemid beat Al Hayba 21-12.

NAS FUTSAL

Group A: Saudi Driving School beat Fuhood Zabeel 3-2; F16 beat Victory 3-2.

Group B: Al Tahar beat Al Bahri 4-2.

NAS CRICKET

Hadaf Sporting RAK 127 for 5 (M Surjith 40, A Jotin 49; M Shahir 2-34) vs Wolfpack CC 97 for 5 (M Shahir 22, U Ahmed n.o. 23, A Mohsin 21; A Jotin 2-23). Hadaf Sporting win by 30 runs. Man of the Match: A Jotin.

Chalhoub Group 153 for 2 (J Kazi n.o. 71, S Ankur 29, V Mehta n.o. 32) vs Abu Dhabi Tigers 118 for 7 (M Ahmad 26, A Hamza 42, I Afridi 26; J Kazi 3-27, S Siddiqui 2-14). Chalhoub Group win by 35 runs. Man of the Match: J Kazi.

NAS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

Group A: Dubai Club for People of Determination beat Dnata 33-6; Dubai Municipality beat Dewa 35-23.

Group B: RTA beat Al Bustan 18-16; Dubai Public Prosecution beat Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services 28-15.

 

NAS PADEL

UAE Nationals Semi-final: Mohammed Al Janahi and Saeed Al Marri beat Mohammed Al Nuaimi and Ali Sharif Al Marzouqi 6-0, 6-0; Abdulla Ahli and Mohammed Ahli beat Omar Al Marzooqi and Saeed Al Maktoum 7-5, 7-5.

Teams: Uncle Saeed beat Victorious Secret 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0.

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Ahdaaf Cup: Big wins on the first night of action

David Cooper 15/05/2019
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The Ahdaaf Cup got underway on Tuesday night

The Ahdaaf Cup, powered by Nike, got underway on Tuesday with some standout opening night performances.

In Group A Falcons got off to a flying start when they got the better of Jumeira by seven goals to four.

In the same group, Amazing Boys saw off the challenge of Lions, 3-2.

Fiorentina Dubai got off to the best possible start in Group B with a convincing 6-0 win over Tayseer, while Angry Birds defeated Zol’s United 4-1.

Mazarita took a firm hold of Group C after an 8-1 win over Wolverhampton.  The other game in the group was a much closer affair as Rijab edged out Hypervenom 1-0.

Finally on the opening night, Group D kicked off with wins for Gladiator FC and Viene El Invierno, 3-0 and 5-1, against Guns and Moses and Robertos respectively.

Wednesday night sees Groups E and F in action.  Marhoom Humaid Aref take on Panthers FC, and YNWA FC face Santos in Group E, while All Star battle DOHL and Bianconeri take on Misho in Group F.

About the Ahdaaf Cup

Played on two Nike-branded pitches, in the Al Quoz industrial area, teams will compete against each other in a league table format before progressing onto the knockout stages of the competition. Matches are played in a five-a-side format with sides allowed to register seven players in the squad, who can be used in rotation during the game.

Teams are competing over ten days as they battle it out for the winner’s trophy.

There’s competition for both males and females as 24 men’s teams who will be looking to take home a share of the Dhs 30,000 grand prize. The Nike slogan for the tournament, which is emblazoned around the pitches, says ‘End it with speed, end it with precision’, which is exactly what the teams will have to do as matches are just 30 minutes in length.

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