athletics

Thrills and spills in Sharjah tournament

Al Fuhays Club take top spot in basketball standings at AWST

Staff Report
16:20 February 8, 2018
Jordan

Sharjah: Jordan’s Al Fuhays Club cemented their spot at the top of the basketball table at the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) following a huge 36-point win over KSA’s Jeddah United. The fourth round of the competition was a showpiece for the Jordanians who notched up a 96-60 win, continuing on their ruthless march to a place in the finals.

For Bahrain’s Al Mawaheb — who are still undefeated in the event — it proved much more of a challenge against Al Fatat although they made sure of second place with a victory of 76-66.

But they are not alone, sharing the position with Egypt’s Sporting Club, Kuwait’s Al Fatat and Jeddah United. With the top two places going through to the final, the crowds are guaranteed some thrillers to come as all three vie for the chance to get gold.

Add into the mix Sharjah Sports Club, the hosts and champions of AWST’s last edition, who are currently ranked third with a game in hand, and AWST’s basketball will be a close-fought affair.

Although the Al Mawaheb Club may not have lost a game so far, Kuwait’s Al Fatat showed them that there is no room for complacency, entering the final quarter with a four-point lead before Bahrain fought back.

have beaten plenty of teams, the Kuwaitis were pipped at the post as Sahar took the final game, breathed a sigh of relief and celebrated the 26-24 win.

In one of the most tense days so far in the volleyball event, Oman’s Sahar Club won a desperately close-fought match against Kuwait’s Al Fatat with a score of 3-1, although the difference over all four games was just five points.

Sahar proved just a little too much for the Kuwaitis to handle in the first game, winning 25-22 but the scores were levelled in the second as Al Fatat answered the call with a vengeance — and a more convincing 25-18 margin.

To their credit, instead of lowering their spirits Sahar lifted their game as they eased past the Kuwait club with a score of 25-18.

The fourth game was a last chance for Al Fatat who would have to win to stay in contention and a prime opportunity for the Omanis to put the match away. Despite a performance that would have beaten plenty of teams, the Kuwaitis were pipped at the post as Sahar took the final game, breathed a sigh of relief and celebrated the 26-24 win.