Liz O’Reilly looks ahead to the Bahrain Rugby Club’s annual trip to the Dubai Sevens
Time Out Bahrain staff
If you’re one of the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of rugby fans (or just those who like a darn good party) departing our shores the first weekend in December for the Dubai Rugby 7s, then don’t forget to look out for the Bahrain teams who’ll be upholding the kingdom’s honour.
There will be three squads turning out for Bahrain Rugby Football Club – the first team, the Bahrain Firbolgs, so dubbed for an ancient Irish warrior tribe and a charity team of the same name, and of course the ever-popular Golden Oldies.
Our boys will be playing their first matches on Thursday with the first team kicking off at 4.40pm on pitch 4, the Firbolgs on pitch 2 also at 4.40pm and the Golden Oldies on pitch 5 at 11.20am.
The teams have a great history at this event which goes way back to when the tournament was played on sand. Our teams have brought back plenty of silverware over the years and with former coach of the Hong Kong 7s team Jim Rowark at the helm they’ll be looking to feature in the late stages of the tournament again this year.
The first team will be captained by Tom Ham, Jason Vine will step up for the Firbolgs and Mehdi Honar will be in charge at the Golden Oldies. Make sure you take a trip over to the back pitches to cheer them on and, when they’re not on the field, if you come across a bunch of guys dressed in fluorescent raver’s clothes – buy them a drink – that’s our teams.
And the winner is
BRFC’s sports co-ordinator Sam Wilson gives his predictions for this year’s 7s winners
‘I reckon the winner will come the three previous winners:
2008 South Africa 2009 New Zealand 2010 England
Throw in Fiji and I think you have your semi-finalists’. (Not hedging your bets there much Kiwi. Ed)
If you don’t fancy the Rugby 7s there’s still lots happening at the Bahrain Rugby Club during December.
• Rob Subbiani’s Christmas Kids Sports Camp runs from Sunday, December 18, to Wednesday 22.
• Join in with the carols on Christmas Eve and watch out for Santa Claus.
• New Years Day Social Touch Rugby Tournament – this one can get a bit messy but great fun.