UOWD shines at inter-university sports festival

DUBAI — The University of Wollongong in Dubai clinched the men’s basketball and women’s throwball trophies at the finals of seventh UOWD inter-university sports festival held at Al Manara indoor sports hall in Jumeira.

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Published: Sun 31 Oct 2010, 11:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:06 AM

The annual event saw participation of 11 universities — University of Sharjah, American University of Sharjah (UOS), Herriot Watt Dubai, Murdoch University Dubai, Skyline College, Mahe Manipal, Emirates Aviation College, BITS Pillani Dubai, Canadian University Dubai, (CUD), Gulf Medical University Ajman and University of Wollongong in Dubai, a release said.

In the thrilling men’s basketball final, AUS and UOWD fought a tooth and nail battle. AUS dominated the major part of the proceedings in the first half with a 35 – 30 lead.

However, UOWD pulled up their socks in the second half and went on a scoring spree to basket 67 points. AUS were left trailing behind with 58 points.

The UOWD squad, comprising of Kamel Haddad (25) Hamid (28), Allan, Oya, Leroy & Ali, won the hearts of the crowds with their outstanding performance.

Ali, who was visibly in pain, gave the team the much needed boost despite a leg injury.

UOWD also retained the throwball women’s trophy for the fourth year in a row.

While the first set was won comfortably by 25-15, captain Fiza, Devika, Fathimath, Abigail, Aysha and Feride had to really work hard in the second set to win by 27-25.

The volleyball women’s finals was a one-sided affair with AUS girls proving to be too strong for BITS Pillani. AUS won the finals with a straight two set win.

In the men’s volleyball finals, AUS clinched the title by defeating UOWD in a nail biting encounter.

In the indoor football finals, UOS emerged the winner. CUD started by taking lead in the second minute of the match. UOS had other plans and equalised in the very next minute. CUD took the lead once again through Mohammed but this did not last long.

UOS equalised to level the score to 2-2 and in the second half it was UOS all the way .They scored twice to reach 4-2 and went on to win the finals. In the table-tennis finals, Mahe Manipal women’s won against AUS while in the men’s category BITS Pillani retained the title by winning against host UOWD.

Van der Spek, exective director, Strategic Development & Administration, UOWD, gave away the prizes, the release added.

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