UncategorisedBahrain rally to edge Qatar in thriller

September 11, 2019402

?Bahrain’s national volleyball team yesterday (Tuesday) had a great start to their title defence in the Second GCC Games, being held in Dammam, in Saudi Arabia.
The nationals came from behind to edge highly-favoured Qatar 3-2 in an over two-hour marathon match on the second day of the volleyball competition. Set results were 18-25, 23-25, 26-24, 30-28, 28-26.
Having won the competition’s gold medal in the first edition of the games held on home soil in 2011, the Bahrainis headed into this game with confidence.
However, it was the Qataris who started the game remarkably with some outstanding teamwork exceptional individual skills by Mubarak Dahi, Juma Faraj, John Chigbo, Nader Abdubaker, Renan, libero Sulaiman Saeed and playmaker Daniel, which saw them win the first two sets.
But Qatar, under their Argentinean coach Juan Manuel Cichello, suffered a major drop in their performance since then, giving Bahrain the opportunity to produce a solid comeback.
Hasan Dahi, who made a long-waited return to Bahrain’s squad after injury, played a crucial part in his team’s fight back, scoring most of Bahrain’s points.
Jassim Al Nabhan, Ali Al Sairafi, Mohammed Saleh, Ali Ebrahim, Mahmood Abdulwahed, playmakers Hussain Al Haiki and Mahmood Al Afya and libero Ayman Haroona showed harmony and also contributed to this exciting win.
The victory saw Bahrain claim second place in this single round robin championship with two points, one behind hosts Saudi Arabia who top the table thanks to their easy 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20) win over the UAE.
Qatar, who defeated Oman 3-2 (25-22, 10-25, 26-28, 23-25, 15-12), and Oman, who edged the UAE 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-12) earlier in the tournament, are also on two points each but from two matches.
Bahrain will now look for their second win tomorrow (Thursday) when they take on the UAE at 1.30pm.
Bahrain then play Saudi Arabia the following day at 5.30pm, while their concluding game is against Oman on Sunday at 3.15pm.
Meanwhile, Bahrain’s handball team will touch down on Dammam today ahead of their first match against Qatar on Friday. The UAE and Kuwait will also face off on the same day while Oman challenge Saudi Arabia on the first day of the action.
The handball championship is a single round robin event and the team to finish with the highest points will be crowned champions.
Elsewhere, Bahrain will play their second game in the goalball championship today when they take on the UAE at 12 noon. The Bahrainis kicked-started their campaign with a heavy 3-11 defeat to recently-crowned GCC champions Saudi Arabia at Al Raka Gym on Monday.
Bahrain hope to capture their maiden victory and regain some confidence in the competition. The same is applicable for the UAE, who drew 4-4 with Qatar in the first day action.


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