Around the UAE: National golf teams in Qatar for 2016 GCC Golf Championship

A look at what happened in the UAE sporting world this week.

Sergio Guzman of Mexico competes during the finals of the FINA high diving world cup on the Breakwater along the Corniche in Abu Dhabi on February 29, 2016. Christopher Pike / The National
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• UAE hope to have success in Qatar: The UAE national senior and youth golf teams are in Qatar this week to compete in the 2016 GCC Golf Championship at Doha Golf Club, home of the European Tour's Qatar Masters. The senior team of Khalid Yousuf, Rashid Hamood, Ahmed Skaik and Saeed Malik begin their campaign today, with the competition lasting four days, while the youth team play over three days. National team coach Greg Holmes is optimistic about the UAE's chances: "We have always had very good ball strikers on the team. This year we have worked very hard on our pre-shot routines to help alleviate any outside obstacles. There have been some notable individual achievements during the year and we feel that we have a great chance in Qatar."


• Jess on top in schools standings: Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches (Jess) notched up their second win in the Emirates Schools Karting Championship after a one-hour endurance race at Dubai Kartdrome last week. Eliot Jones, Max Tryggvason and Sam Burtonwood teamed up to take the Jess team to victory, 10.8 seconds ahead of Ghost Racing Team and Repton School, who made their debut in Round 2. The next round of the four-race championship takes place on March 20 at the Dubai Kartdrome.

Ice Hockey

• McMillan MVP in Camels triumph: The Dubai Mighty Camels edged out the Oilers 3-2 to clinch the Emirates Hockey League, winning the play-offs 2-1. Ron Murphy, the Camels captain, scored on a pass from Ross MacMillan, for a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. Janne Lehtosalo levelled the score before Joe Taylor netted for the Camels. However, after a turnover at the blue line Adam Meyers's shot was batted in by Paul Rennie for the Oilers to tie the game at 2-2 in the second period. The Camels regained the lead for a third time through their MVP McMillan in the third period and then the Camels goaltender Michael Jabri-Pickett shut the door and was later named the best goalie in the EHL.


• NMC chase down big total in style: Jamil Aslam's 121 for Royal Gymkhana went in vain as a century from Shahbaz Ahmed took New Medical Centre to a five-wicket win in the Gulf Technical Techaccess Trophy, Abu Dhabi's premier 50-over-a-side tournament. Gymkhana, sent into bat first, made 244 for six and NMC knocked off the winning runs in 37.3 overs at Zayed Cricket Stadium. In other games, the UAE international Fayyaz Ahmed took four wickets and stroked 48 not out to lead Ibsons to an eight-wicket win over Enigma, Danube Lions beat Environment Agency by nine wickets and One Stop Tourism overcame Etihad Airways by three wickets.

• Zafar's knock the key for Multiplex: Multiplex International were crowned the inaugural winners of the Musthaq Premier League Twenty20 floodlit tournament conducted by the Umm Al Quwain Cricket Association. Irfan Zafar stroked 69 not out for Multiplex, who put up 193 for four. Mohammed Yasir and Ahmed Naseem then took three wickets each to dismiss Welkin Warriors for 162.

• Big Forties results: Alubond Cool & Cool had mixed fortunes in the Big Forties tournament, winning one and losing the other, in their two outings at The sevens grounds in Dubai over the weekend. Giby Alex hit 84 not out and Saleem Saeed grabbed four wickets for 19 runs to lead Alubond Cool & Cool to a 106-run win over Old Hawks. They went down to Mammoths by 22 runs in the next. Syed Maqsood smashed 95 not out off 50 balls helped Mammoths to put up 238 for four and Alubond in reply were restricted to 226 for four.