Happy New Year & Welcome to the 1st Shark Bite of 2016
Its been a busy time since our November edition, even during our festive break we managed to fit in a game against a very competitive HMS Defender.
With so much going on its difficult to fit into such a short space. Firstly, The Dubai 7’s was again a great success for us Sharks, with the achievement of being able to field two women’s teams, the Outstanding success of our U19’s in beating the Hurricanes in the U19 Gulf Plate final and of course the great success of the Bali Legends First ever Breakfast morning, held at the Warwick Hotel on Wednesday 2nd December, where we were joined by the All Black legend Sonny Bill Williams.
It was a great morning and one not to be forgotten soon. The morning was hosted by our honorary member John Bentley, arranged successfully single handily by Trefor Elliott, and support generously by Dnata. I would like to thank Gary Chapman and his team for their continued support of the Bali Legends.
We are now well back in to our league season, the Women teams continue their progress in the West Asia Series Women’s 7’s Series at the recent leg in Al Ain hosted by Kuwait and Heartbeat Tigers, all our teams keep themselves very much in the hunt for silverware in the as the last two legs approach us hosted by Doha and Hurricanes.
Our Men’s Team’s continue to make progress in the Conference and Community League with our 1st XV losing to the Dragons by 1pt at Sports City but beating the Hurricanes 30-17 at the 7’s on Friday 22nd January, which set up a fantastic day for last Friday 29th Jan , where we entered the day needing to beat the Abu Dhabi Harlequins 2nd XV, to retain our position of 6th in the Conference league and ensure we complete in the Top 6 play- offs. Alas, although the 1st XV gave everything they had in Zayed Spots City, they ran out losing 24-14 and swapped places with the Wasps 1st XV.
The 1st XV now have a fantastic opportunity to win the Conference plate competition, as they should not fear any team left in that half of the table. The second half of the season kicks off on the 12th Feb. We await the fixtures from UAERF later this week.
Our 2nd and 3rd XV continue to have games where they look very capable of beating the opposition with many talented and skilfull players in both squads, but it is evident that a lack of training has not allowed the squads to develop and work on structures in both attack and defence which would certainly have helped in many games. However there are many Community league games left to play so there are ample opportunities for both teams still to come.
On the 15th January 2016, we managed to pull of two significant first for the club, the first time we had Three teams play at home in 15’s and Off the field, we held our first Sponsors Day. Results on the pitch may have not been in our favour but our sponsors day was a great success. . Our Main Sponors RSS and DEKRA, present the Man of the Match for the 1st and 2nd team games and they had a great opportunity to network with many of our club members, which hopefully will lead to mutually beneficial relationships being built in the world of business and commerce.
The support or of our sponsors is crucial to our ongoing success so it is only right that where we can as club members offer support to them where we can in the business world.
Finally our season kit has started to arrive. All players should now have Club Shorts and Socks. Our New Polo Shirts have just arrived from Akuma and if you didn’t get one this week at training you will have more opportunities next week to collect at training. The men’s Club ties have also arrived, which now has meant the match day Club attire or N01’s is now a white shirt and club tie. On the first two occasions where we have been able to use them, I can say we do look like a handsome bunch, in my opinion of course!
We do have a busy couple of months coming up, with the Conference play offs due to start on the 12th Feb, there is lots more rugby in the Community league, The West Asia Women’s 7’s series completing on the 19th Feb, which will be followed by the Women’s 15’s Regional Teams Competition, where we will join forces with the Canes.
Off the field we have the 6 Nations kicking off in less than 2 weeks, where there will be ample opportunity for the Northern Hemisphere folk to fire off some banter, The southern hemisphere folk will soon be shouting about how great the Super 15 is, Sorry newly expanded Super 18 is.
There will be also a number of social occasion coming up soon to coincide with the 6 nations, free game weekends and of course the end of season.
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Chairman Dubai Sharks RFC