Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding makes its NAS Sports Tournament debut
May 11, 2019 - DUBAI – Surprise have booked their place in the semi-final of the NAS Volleyball Championship following an engrossing 3-1 win over defending champions Dubai 2020 on Friday night at a packed Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.
The 2017 champions will now meet Bin Thani in the first of the two semi-finals on Sunday night, while Dubai 2021, the toppers in Group B, will take on Fohood Zabeel in the second match.
With Fohood Zabeel having already clinched one of the two qualifying spots from Group A, Surprise and Dubai 2020 were left to fight for the second spot, with Surprise, who had defeated Fohood Zabeel 3-2 in their opening game, having the easier of the tasks – they just needed to make sure they win at least two sets on Friday night and then even a win would not have been enough for Dubai 2020.
Knowing the equation, Dubai 2020, who won the title as F3 last season, fought hard. Losing a tight first set, they clinched the second and were in the contest until 13-13 in the third, but Surprise then shifted gears to zoom ahead, winning the set to confirm their semi-final spot before clinching the match 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17 to finish at the top of Group A.
Dubai 2020 had lost their opening game against Fohood Zabeel 3-1 and Mohammed Abdulaziz Shamal believes that result cost them dear.
“We missed out in the first game and then we were left with a huge task against Surprise,” said the Dubai 2020 player. “There is no substitute for winning and Surprise, who had won their first match, were in a much better position than us. As the reigning champions, a lot was expected from us, but unfortunately we failed to reach the required level.”
A part of the NAS Sports Tournament for the first time along with cricket, the NAS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding Championship at Ski Dubai attracted participants of all nationalities, including a team representing Dubai Police. Hassan Al Fardan, a member of the Dubai Police team, won the Giant Slalom Men’s title with a time of 33.54 seconds, finishing ahead of Sean Gaugain (35.97) and Sam Sharbine (37.94).
“We are really proud of being a part of the NAS Sports Tournament this year,” said Chris David, Operations Manager at Ski Dubai and a former Great Britain skier and a coach. “The popularity of this sport has been on the rise among both the Emiratis and expatriates since the opening Ski Dubai, and participating in tournaments like this will only improve their competitive skills and enhance their abilities.
“We are hoping the addition of this tournament to the NAS Sports Tournament will attract even greater attention to our sport in the UAE and the region.”
Organised by Dubai Sports Council 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 NAS Sports Tournament is the biggest event of its kind in terms of participation and prize money, and has been held every year in the Holy Month of Ramadan since 2013.
The Tournament has seen more than 22,000 athletes take part over the past six seasons and the seventh season, being held under the slogan ‘Limitless Abilities’, will see more than 6,500 participants in action in 13 different events: Futsal, Volleyball, Padel, Fencing, Wheelchair Basketball, Futsal for People with Hearing Disabilities, NAS Night Challenge, the 5km and 10km Run, 75km Cycle Race, 3x3 Basketball, Jiu-Jitsu, Cricket and Snowboarding. There is a prize purse of AED 6 million on offer for them.
Surprise beat Dubai 2020 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17); Bin Thani beat Al Burkan 3-1 (28-26, 27-29, 30-28, 25-19).
Dubai Exiles RFC 139 for 4 (C Berkenshaw 76, H Udeshi 20; A Abbas 2-27) vs King Khalid 67 for 8 (A Inayat Masih 17; A Gopal 3-13; EA Ali 2-10). Dubai Exiles win by 72 runs. Man of the Match: C Berkenshaw.
DHL 129 for 5 (S Khalil 26, G Rahman 35, K Sajjad n.o. 28; Ak Abdulrazzak 3-16) vs Seamark Royal 63 all out in 9.3 overs (S Hydru 19; A Mubarik 4-7, A Shadab 3-11). DHL win by 66 runs. Man of the Match: A Mubarik.
Men’s Epee International Semi-finals: Khaled Buhdeima (Libya) beat Taher Ashouri (Iran) 8-7; Abdulaziz Al Shatti (Kuwait) beat Randy Postma 15-11.
Women’s Epee Local Semi-finals: Alanoud Al Saadi (Sharjah Women’s Club) beat Fatima Al Kaabi (Baniyas) 15-8; Shouq Juma (Sharjah Women’s Club) beat Ashwaq Al Messabi (Baniyas) 15-12.
NAS FREESTYLE SKI AND SNOWBOARDING
Giant Slalom Girls U10 : 1-Neave Masters 36.46; 2-Darcey Zagalsky 43.02; 3-Georgina Bell 48.52
Giant Slalom Boys U10: 1-William Lambert 43.06; 2-Noah Eadon 43.83; 3-Alexander Abourseili 44.76
Giant Slalom Girls U12: 1-Rio Sharman 33.90; 2-Maria Galinich 44.09; 3-Charlotte Bell 45.64
Giant Slalom Boys U12: 1-Finn Sherrif 32.74; 2-Darius Davis 33.38; 3-Herbie Adamson 35.14
Giant Slalom Girls U16: 1-Summer Spendlove 31.20; 2-Dana Telieva 31.75; 3-Beatrice Astridge 33.22
Giant Slalom Boys U16: 1-Ben Sherrif 31.02; 2-James White 32.46; 3-Alex Astridge 32.94
Giant Slalom Open Women: 1-Sofia Shakhin 48.55
Giant Slalom Open Men: 1-Hassan Al Fardan 33.54; 2-Sean Gaugain 35.97; 3-Sam Sharbine 37.94
Ski Slopestyle Men’s Open: 1-Hassan Al Taher 126 points; 2-Sultan Essa Bin Ali 125; 3-Abdulla Omar Al Mehairi 99.
Ski Slopestyle Boys U16: 1-Obaid Al Morri 142; 2-Kasra Harandi 69; 3-Abdulla Al Marri 67
Snowboarding Slopestyle Men’s Open: 1-Ahmed Talal 132; 2-Baha Sajeki 126; 3-Ali Al Hammadi 98.
Snowboarding Slopestyle Boys U16: 1-Humaid Al Ansari 105; 2-Rashid Al Mazrouei 55; 3-Sultan Mohammed 53.
Snowboarding Slopestyle Girls U12: 1-Amenah Al Muhairi 45;
Snowboarding Slopestyle Boys U12: 1-Saeed Al Marri 78; 2-Mohammed Taryam 77.
Men’s Open: Mohammed Al Janahi and Saeed Al Marri beat Fares Al Janahi and Abdulla Abdulla 6-1, 6-0; Martin Noschese and Simon Rahman beat Jamil Hourani and Dean Mcfarlane 6-2, 6-1; Sandy Farquharson and Javier Lopez Garcia beat Biel Relat Ballester and Carlos Luna 6-1, 6-0.
Team: SHM beat Sky 6-3, 3-6, 10-3; SHM beat Sky 6-1, 6-0.