What’s happening at the Bahrain Rugby Football Club this month
Time Out Bahrain staff
Ladies Rugby Sevens Festival With close friends and rivals Kuwait RFC without a home ground this season due to the renovation of their pitch from sand to grass, Bahrain RFC has stepped in to play host to their annual Ladies Sevens tournament on February 1.
Over 120 players representing nine clubs from around the region will be taking part on what promises to be an action-packed day of live sport.
The matches will run from late morning all the way through the afternoon before the official presentations and all are welcome to attend.
Unfortunately, Bahrain RFC will not have a representative team taking part in the competition but local stalwart Danielle Love will be flying the club flag as she lines out for the Dubai Wasps.
Bahrain RFC Veterans Midnight Tens Bahrain RFC will play host to one of the most popular events on its calendar on February 7/8, when the annual Midnight Vets Tens tournament makes its welcome return.
Attracting teams from all over the Gulf, the competition will kick-off on the evening of February 7 and continue into the early hours of February 8 before resuming later that day for the finals and presentations.
A gala charity dinner will once again bring the tournament to a close on the Friday night and will feature guest speaker Nader Shaheen, live DJ as well as a charity auction and raffle.
Bahrain RFC first XV home games After three away games in their opening four matches of the Gulf Top Six league, Bahrain will take on old rivals Doha in the first of three successive home fixtures on February 8.
A massive game for both sides in its own right, this much-anticipated clash will provide a re-match of Bahrain’s epic 10-8 win against Doha in the Gulf Conference back in November. Scheduled for a 4pm kick-off, the match will take place alongside the Midnight Tens.
Next up for Bahrain is a visit from the big-timers of Dubai Exiles in what has already been ear-marked as a must-win game on February 15. As ever, all support for this 3pm start will be crucial to any potential success for the team.
The three-game home run comes to an end on February 22 when the star-studded Dhabi Harlequins are in town. After a bitterly disappointing loss to the same side in the UAE in round two, the Bahrain boys will be determined to restore some pride in another 3pm kick-off.
Family Fun Day to “Help Zac Walk” Zac Fraser is the young son of long-time Bahrain RFC members Charles and Abby. Sadly, Zac was born with a form of cerebral palsy and requires a life-changing operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) to enable him to walk.
A rhizotomy is a neurosurgical procedure that selectively severs problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord, most often to relieve the symptoms of neuromuscular conditions such as spastic diplegia and other forms of spastic cerebral palsy. The operation will hopefully allow Zac to walk unassisted, and reduce the spasticity in his muscles.
To have this operation, Zac needs to travel to Saint Louis Children’s Hospital in the US at a cost of over $50,000 and so the Fraser family is seeking support in covering these costs.
The Mums in Bahrain group has been instrumental in the fund-raising to date and so they and Bahrain RFC are teaming up to organise a special Family Fun Day on February 15 as a final push to reach the intended target.
A full day of children’s activities and entertainment as well as a selection of stalls has been lined up for this event, with all proceeds going towards the “Help Zac Walk” campaign and once again, all are invited to attend. For further infowrmation on any of the events going on at Bahrain RFC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bahrain Marathon One of the year’s biggest sporting events takes place on February 8 with hundreds of runners expected to take part in the annual Bahrain Full Marathon.
International runners are also expected to take part, last year there were entries from Saudi Arabia and Germany running the 42.2-km course.
For those who want to take part but aren’t up for going the full distance there’s the option to run in teams completing either two half marathons or four 10.5km legs - as long as the total adds up to the full distancce.
The route had not been confirmed as we went to press but registration is open on the organiser’s website. www.bahrainroadrunners.com and we’ll be tweeting more details as they become available and turning out on the day to get some pics.
Charity cricket tournament If rugby and running are not your thing, you can still get into the international sporting spirit with the annual Rotary Club of Adliya Charity Cricket World Cup.
There’ll be teams from India, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka the Southern Hemisphere and the ‘Rest of the World’, guess that’s anyone else who wants to join in, taking part in a fast and furious tournament of 12-over games to see who’s the island’s best - we’re betting on the guys who have the dedication to get up at 7am on Friday mornings to play on the kingdom’s dirt parking lots.
There’ll also be lots of family entertainment and eats and drinks in what is one of Rotary’s main fund raising events.
Of course, you don’t have to play, though go along and you might just get press ganged into a team, or just turn up for the barbecue and to cheer them on.
It’s taking place on February 22 at Bahrain Rugby Football Club from 9am-4pm.
Entry is BD2 which will go towards Rotary’s work throughout the year such as helping with diabetes clinics and kids’ outreach events.