Eye on UAE is The National’s weekly look at the sporting scene around the United Arab Emirates.
• Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship: The UAE continues to be a hot bed for jiu-jitsu. More than 5,000 fighters from 100 countries will compete in Abu Dhabi next month, including three-time defending champion Marcus Almeida.
• Sportsperson of the week: Last week, Ron Murphy led the team to their third Emirates Hockey League (EHL) title after finishing on top of the seven-team league in the regular season.
Murphy, a sales manager and father to a 14-year-old son and nine-year-old twins, started playing hockey age four and played at youth level until 17. He then played Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey for two years before a spell at the NCAA Hockey Elmira College, New York in his early twenties.
"Hockey in the UAE will continue to grow. The Abu Dhabi Ice Sports Club has done a great job promoting hockey in Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Sandstorms youth league does the same in Dubai. It is amazing to see the growth over the years, we need more rinks in Dubai, the main hurdle right now is we do not have enough ice time available to the kids and adults in Dubai."
• In brief: Our weekly round-up of sports around the UAE takes a look at local karting, golf, cricket and more.
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