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M&Y News – April 2013

Hurricanes II



Rugby Football Club

w w w. d u b a i h u r r i c a n e s . c o m

“Dubai Hurricanes RFC - Mini & Youth”

It’s the end of another fantastic season for the ‘Canes. Congratulations to all our young players - you’re all superstars!!

IN THIS ISSUE: Letter from our Chairman ....


Coming up ....................................... p3 End of Season ~ Awards ceremony details ......... p4 Squad reviews ............................. p5+

riday! F n o s i t Atlan t a u o y See

U12 Spanish Tour ........................ p8 Rugby Trivia Quiz ..................... p12 VIP Prize draw .......................... p13 End of Season Ball .................... p15 Dubai Rugby Academy ............



Doing it the ‘Canes Way at the Bernabeu!

U12’s UNBEATEN in Spain!! (See p8)

We wouldn’t have the fantastic club we do have, without your valuable support this season. We humbly thank you!

DUBAI Rugby Football Club

Another amazing season! Where to start as a summary of the 2012/2013 season?  It has been another amazing season of progress for the Dubai Hurricanes Mini & Youth. We have achieved some great successes on the pitch, too many to mention them all but well done to all the kids who have played so magnificently this year. We now have over 600 kids registered, plus waiting lists at some age groups! I would like to thank all the volunteers who do so much for the club. The coaches who put in massive amounts of time and effort in training the kids. The medics who patch up all the bumps and bruises or worse! The Team Managers for the coordination they manage during the week and on Friday mornings. And most importantly the core group: Mike Cowley for the impossible task of pitch allocation and organisation. Ces for training and developing our Medics, and for personally providing cover for many many matches. Dee for the developments in our electronic communication. Kim and Martin working in the Canes office, without whom the club just wouldn't function. There are many roles within the club that help make the rugby safe and enjoyable for the kids. We will always need more support for medics and coaching so if you feel you can help out please do get in touch with your team manager.   I would also like to thank all the parents for their support of the kids and the club. We have grown quickly and this is down to the principals and ethos of the club. As a management team we will continue to strive to deliver on these promises of rugby for all, fun first, winning comes later and a true sense of camaraderie for the kids. We couldn't do it without your support. Finally a big thank you to Lloyd for all his hard work over the years in getting the M&Y to where it is today, we wouldn't be where we are without you & Angela. Thank you all once again for another amazing season, and look forward to seeing you all at Atlantis on Friday morning for one final day of fun! WDYP4??? Phil Chairman of Mini & Youth

Coming Up... End of Season Awards Ceremony:

ATLANTIS THE PALM See next page for details (p4)

End of Season Ball: JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS It was a great evening last year, and promises to be even better this year!

Tables of 8... grab your mates, then grab your tickets on Friday The playing season may be over, but there is morning at Atlantis. still an opportunity to hone your skills in See p.15 for preparation for the new season. details The Dubai Rugby Academy will be taking place at 7he

Dubai Rugby Academy

Sevens once again this year. If you’re 10 yrs or older, come along next Friday, 26th April, and join in the fun. See back page (p16) for details

The Birthday Crowd

Zach Helliwell, Jonathon Rankin, Thomas Heath, Zara Jameel, Alexander Saeed, Shea Napper, Niclas El Nayal, Cailin Donnan, Lorenzo Terrone, Tana Erasmus, Alexander Robertson, Joshua Bevan, Michael Young, Molly Fagan, Etienne Cattin, Adrien Praino, Jack Lanigan, Aaron Coughlan, Edward Copson, Rae Borland, Charles Bull, Aidan Holman, Finlay Holman, Adam Morcy, Samuel Franks, Lexie Woodward, Jowan Holcroft, Luca Smith, & Charlie Watson

Many Happy Returns to all who have celebrated a birthday recently, and also to those who will celebrate their birthdays over the summer season.

DUBAI Rugby Football Club

Dubai Hurricanes  End  of  Season  Bash Come  celebrate  the  end  of  another  action  packed  season  at Aquaventure  Waterpark,  Atlantis,  The  Palm Friday,  19  April  2013


Itinerary for  the  day Arrival:   Entrance  for  the  ‘Dubai  Hurricanes  End  of  Season  Bash’  should  be  through  Aquaventure  and  Dolphin  Bay  Car  Park. Upon   arrival,   players   please   collect   your   wristband   and   breakfast   token   from   the   ticketing   plaza.   Friends   and   family  can  also  purchase  their  Aquaventure  Waterpark  ticket  at  this  time.    Follow  the  signage  to  the  Aquaventure   Beach. 7:30  am  Breakfast  &  Coffee  at  Barracuda  Restaurant 8:00  am  Presentation  to  commence  at  Aquaventure  Beach 9:45  am  Group  Photo  -  be  sure  to  wear  your  team  jersey


Departure: After  the  group  photo,  all  attendees  who  do  not  have  a  wristband  will  have  between  10  am  and  11  am  (ONLY)   to  depart  via  the  arrival  point  of  Aquaventure  and  Dolphin  Bay  Car  Park.  


For all  attendees  with  wristbands  -  once  the  group  photo  is  done,  you  are  free  to  enjoy  Aquaventure  Waterpark! When  you  are  ready  to  leave,  simply  make  your  way  out  via  your  arrival  point  -  Aquaventure  and  Dolphin  Bay   Car  Park. All  registered  Hurricanes  players,  coaches,  team  managers  and  medics  receive  free  admission  to Aquaventure  Waterpark Additional  ticket  purchase  will  be  at  special  rates: Adult:  AED  150  (was  AED  225)   Child:  AED  125  (was  AED  180) Additional  breakfast  options  available  for  purchase  at  Baracudas  Restaurant. Aquaventure  Waterpark  Operating  Hours:  10  am  –  sunset For  more  information  please  click  the  link  below



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(7:30am Barracuda)

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Beach Access


43 Atlantis  Monorail  Station  

45 Lagoons 52

Leap of  Faith Exit  Pool




Shark Lagoon

59 Dolphin  Bay  Entrance TICKETING  AND  GUEST  SERVICES



Aquaventure and  Dolphin   BayTicketing  Plaza  and  Guest   Services(Lost  and  Found)

49 Splasher’s Children’s Play Area  

Dolphin Bay  Registration  Centre


First Aid                                    Lockers                                  Prayer  Rooms                      

Torrent River

Beach Access

54 The Ziggurat: Level  1

Aquaventure/Avenues  Shuttle  Bus

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Uphill Ziggurat

The Falls


The Plunge  

56 Barracudas

48 Splashers

Shark Attack

46 Lagoons

50 Waves

The Surge

44 Shark Bites

47 Snappers

The Leap  of  Faith

             River  Access                          Towel  Cabana                              Towel  and  Retail                          



             Washrooms                                          Bus                                            Buggy  Stations  

Reviewing a great season... U4/5 Squad A very enjoyable season saw our numbers swell to just over  60 boys and girls. New coaches Wayne and Ben stepped up to take on the U4's coaching allowing us to split the group into two age groups, with obvious benefits for the playersʼ development. A big thank you to them both. The Under 4's have  all  shown  great enthusiasm  and enjoyment with their first introduction to  organised rugby training. Coach Ben  has been impressed with the improved concentration levels of his squad and made a special mention for Jade and Luca who always play with a smile on their faces! The Under 5's have made great progress this year and are looking forward to playing their first competitive matches as Under 6's  next season.  Head Coach Greg has been particularly impressed with how the U5's passing, catching and listening skills have progressed!  WDWP4?

Winners !!

U6 Squad AN AMAZING SEASON FOR THE YOUNGSTERS! As we come to the end of another brilliant season, the Under 6 coaching team would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to all involved in the under 6's this season. A Plate trophy and an appearance in most cup finals is a great achievement for a 'non streamed team'. Every player this season did their part, and we saw massive improvement in everyone. From players who've been with us in Under 4's all the way to the children who started this year. We've got great wingers, brilliant fullbacks, excellent centres and at the end of the season some up and coming scrum/fly halves. We've even got a couple of forwards who we need to tame for the next few years :-) We started in Abu Dhabi with 3 teams in the final 4 in the cup. Al Ain saw a similar story and a lovely grudge match against the exiles in the semi which we won. HSBC was a bit more of a mixed bag of results but ended with a Plate trophy. Well done to all who played in the tourneys this season. After an emotional and jolly final training session last week (with some dodgy wigs and even dodgier parents vs kids games) we signed off with the coaches presenting their kids with their first nicknames…… Some will stick, some will change, but all are well deserved. A special mention to Finn 'Fair Player' Timmermans who came away from HSBC with the Fair Player award. Thats what we want to see at Hurricanes. Massive Thanks to Jackie and Jane for your tireless work as Managers and to Gillian for your First Aid. Also, (from Nik) thanks to all the coaches who volunteer their Fridays to develop our young superstars (and the occasional Sunday Nights to drink lots of beer). Finally, Thanks and Goodbye to Tom Frost for his service to the Under 5 and 6's over the past two years. Your calm nature and cooling water sprays will be missed… Your sarcasm not so much….!!


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See you all bright and early at The Sevens some time in early September!

U9 Squad

U7 Squad The Hurricanes U7s have enjoyed another exciting season. The squad has had lots of fun and have all made great progress and developed new skills. As an added bonus they have also maintained their unbeaten record in tournaments.  Winning the Abu Dhabi and Dubai tournaments were particular highlights, with Hurricanes teams playing one another in the semi finals of both tournaments.  With 56 players, the U7s have got great depth in what is a very talented squad. The coaches are all extremely proud of the progress that the whole squad is making and are already excited about the next season. Great work U7s!! Win

Hurricanes U9ʼs have thoroughly enjoyed the past year, learning the joys, bumps and rucks of contact rugby. The U9 league games were a steep learning curve, but all of the boys came out of those games with improved tackling, rucking and passing skills, which were used to good effect in the tournaments, where we enjoyed winning the U9 Abu Dhabi Tournament Cup and finishing runners up in the Sharjah Tournament Cup.   We have lost a few along the way (goodbye to George Unsworth, Ben Szar, Charlie Rook and Max Getty) but also gained eager new recruits (welcome to Louis Taylor and Hassan Chamas) and we are all looking forward to having fun and learning more good rugby skills next year.   Thanks on behalf of the U9, soon to be U10, coaching team. Peter Dey Neil Crossley Ian Low Ciaran OʼSullivan ners!!

U8 Squad

Over 55 boys have played in the U8s this year, and we have had a phenomenal season. As well as having a lot of fun and developing our tag rugby to a very high level we have collected an impressive range of Silverware for the Club along the way: Sharjah Tournament - Cup and Plate Champions Abu Dhabi Tournament - Cup and Development Cup Champions Dubai HSBC Tournament - Cup, Plate and Development Cup Champions We also have numerous Runners Up trophies.



The success has resulted in Hurricanes U8s being crowned the overall HSBC Youth Rugby Series Champions, woo hoo!!! We also had the opportunity to represent the club at the Dubai Rugby 7s, playing exhibition matches in front of the 40,000+ crowd, as well as the exhibition games at the Zurich Corporate 7s. Thank you so much to the coaches, boys and parents for an amazing year and have a great summer everyone. We look forward to seeing you for our first season of contact rugby in September!! We will sadly be losing one of our key players this summer, LJ, and his dad and U8 coach, Nico, who has trained some of the boys since they were 3! We would also like to wish the family the very best of luck and hope they pop in to say hello when they visit Dubai in the future.'

U10 Squad

The Under 10s had a mixed season, with the Firsts continuing to show flashes of individual genius but finding it hard to weld the massive amount of talent on the pitch into a unified whole - this will be the focus for the next season. They held up well in games against rivals both new and ancient, but exited the league in the semi-finals from a superb demonstration of team co-ordination and rucking from the Knights and made the finals in several tournaments. The Seconds started off unevenly, including a disproportionate defeat by the French that set the goal for the season. Over the course of the seven months, the squad grew together to stand fast in the league and tournaments, culminating in their best performance, a beautiful display of flowing rugby that beat Les Bleus 5 to 3 and brought home the B league title. An unanticipated bonus was the good cheer and volumes of sportsmanship from the development squad, who took every opportunity to get on the pitch, no matter what team they were playing for, making up over half of the Tisa Titans squad in the Sharjah tournament and demonstrating the core rugby values of grace and team spirit. We say farewell to several notable players and wish them the best in their new sports and new countries, they are always welcome back for future training sessions, and thank all of the coaching staff, medics and parents that lined the pitch and set an excellent example for full throated support and generous donations of time and advice.

U11 Squad

Winners !!

As the season comes to a close for the Under 11's there have been some notable highs. Both teams reached the semi finals in their respective leagues, the 1st team were Cup Runners up in the Dubai HSBC Tournament after beating Arabian Knights 6-2 in a cracking semi final, and the 2nd team got through to the plate semi final. It was great to get some silverware to show for all the players’ efforts and hard work. Well done! Every player has come a long way since September and has achieved a great deal, improving both their skill levels and their understanding of the game. They understand what their role in the team is and this has been the cornerstone. Forwards know that they are there to win ball and the backs understand the hard work that winning the ball requires and know they can't squander it. Everyone sees the importance of defence and tackling and that not committing costs you matches. The U11s have pace and ability in abundance but we need to find some bulk over the summer to compliment this so hearty breakfasts all round! As a squad they have been fantastic to coach and it is great to see them really enjoy their rugby and develop close bonds with their teammates. Sadly, there are a number to whom we must say goodbye. Some are moving house/country and others are just prioritising other interests but I would like to thank them all for the hard work and effort that they have put into the club over the past season and hope that they continue to play rugby and wish them every success in the future. To everyone else – awesome effort this year and look forward to taking it to the next level in September! Colours. This season has also seen the introduction of a "Colours" system within the U11s age group. A mechanism to inspire and reward the players, it is based upon hard work at training, team commitment, skill level, discipline and attitude. It has been successful in that the boys now have a tangible reward to aim for and we have 14 players from both the 'A' and 'B' teams that have been awarded Full Colours (awarded their number on the back of their shirt) and many more who have been awarded Half Colours.(awarded a certificate) From a squad of 34. This is very good going and again shows how much the players have improved.


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U12 Squad A tremendous season was had with the growth of the squad from 36 players last year to over 50 this season with varying degrees of experience leading us to be able to run a development squad in the Sharjah tournament alongside 3 other teams. Highlight of the season was lifting the trophy at the Sharjah tournament over tough rivals Exiles 1 and then coming close in the final of the league where it was down to the last minute and final try by Exiles 1 to come  runners up in the League for the second year running. The gap is closing and the development of the boys is growing every training. Great commitment from the players saw good turnouts for training sessions, some injuries (head, knees, noses, fingers and ankles), over the season, saw a number of players side-lined for various time periods – all back on board now with the exception of our 2 tour injuries that will re-join the squad next season. Take nothing away from touring and coming home with a 100% win record and great new mates the boys made on the tour to spain.  We look forward to continuing the development of our team as u13's and thank the parents and players for an enjoyable season of rugby. Winners !!

ers!! Winn

U12 Tour to Spain - April 2013 On the field this tour has achieved a milestone for the club with the squad being the first to tour Spain and the first to maintain a 100% record. With some 405 points scored and only 43 points conceded there has been some impressive rugby played. All the coaches and parents firmly believe that every player’s game has lifted by a factor of two or more. Take nothing away from the opposition the team played positive rugby and employed all their skills and capability to deliver the results. Without doubt the Spanish game is behind ours. Their rules of uncontested scrums, 11 players a-side, half pitch and 20 minutes a half our players had to adjust too. It was only the last game against Alcobendas they were truly tested and in more ways than one. For all that took part they will remember the cold, the wet and the physicality of the match – they will remember the feeling of coming together against adversity and being victorious at the final whistle. They will also remember the personal goals they set themselves on tour and the moment they fulfilled them. From scoring their first try for the club, to putting in the big hit or setting up a try; all these experiences go into their rugby bank and will make them a better player. Let’s not forget the warm hospitality offered to the players by their hosts after each match. The unique ethos around sportsmanship and camaraderie that rugby offers provided the players some memorable experiences also. The gifts they received from their opposition should be worn at training sessions. A highlight of the trip was being able to play Nacho from Architectura in our match against Industriales and seeing him score three tries! It has also been a fun tour for the parents who have fostered new friendships and developed a greater understanding of the game. They all look forward to next season and the opportunity to see the squad grow in the u13 competitions and tour (yet to be decided). Of course all of this could not have happened without the support of you the parents and the organisation by Kim the team manager and the coaches. A lot has been learnt from the tour and no doubt next season’s tour event will be even better. From all of the tour party: thank for your support and see you on the park in September 2013.

Girls Under 12s 2012 -­ 2013

Sports City, Dubai Sevens, Abu Dhabi -­ it didn·t matter where we played, the result was always the same ² win, win, win. What a fantastic first season and more importantly, what a fantastic group of girls.

U13/14 Squad

U18 Squad

“The season for the U13 and U14s saw the

The U18s had a great season reaching four finals. The whole squad did the club proud, improving from week to week and leaving the best until last. In the final of the League against Abu Dhabi we showed what we could do, playing one of the best games of rugby I have seen for a while, the commitment was 110%, we shocked Abu Dhabi who thought they were the favourites and their coaches said after the game that our lads showed they wanted it more then they did. I've had a great year coaching the team and I'm looking forward to next season and hopefully building on our success from this year. A big thanks has to go out to Gary, Sushmita, Julie and Alan; without their help we could not have had such a great season. Thanks also to the parents for their support, and lastly thanks to the lads for doing us proud!

squads give 100% in all competitions they entered and in their leagues, with some very close results in hard fought games but not always going the teamsʼ ways.   That being said the skills development and team play came on well, with some excellent matches against visiting overseas teams and in matches in the league play-offs.  The parental support throughout the season was superb, with many Dadʼs and Mumʼs helping with drills at training, with support at every match and with transportation to away games.    A big thanks   to Ruth whose immediate first aid was called into action most games in one way or another.  Coaches Rick, Mike C and Mike W were available throughout the season providing guidance and motivation to the boys and without their commitment the large numbers at training and multiple teams at tournaments could not have been supported, so thank you guys for the hard work and positive input.   To sum up, we impressed all season that the boys have fun, be good sportsman and give of their best on the field, and the positive cheers at the end of all trainings and games certainly showed what a fine group of young men we have in the squads!  We are sure they will progress and be even stronger and better players as they move up the age groups next year, but more importantly we hope they will always enjoy the game and the friends that they build through being Hurricanes club players.  Best of Luck to those leaving us we hope to see you on the pitch somewhere one day! Thanks to all for a very enjoyable season and best wishes till September.ʻ The Team!


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U15/16 squad A season to remember!

Great wins for the 1st team in the A league resulted in a hard game against Exiles 1 in the final. Injuries had taken their toll on the squad and we lost against some fierce competition. The 2nd team made the league semi final in the B league and came up against a feisty Arabian Knights team and although it was a hard fought match we lost. Tournaments at Abu Dhabi, Al Ain (so cold!) and the HSBC 7’s (Bowl winners for the 2nd team) produced some great rugby and enjoyable matches. As the two age groups separate, we wish all the boys success in the coming season for the U16’s and U18’s. For those who are leaving Dubai to continue their education in other countries, you are always welcome to come down and train. Good Luck to All and hoping to see as many as possible continue their rugby next season.

Winners !!

U18 Girls Squad

After saying 'au revoir' to their founder and mentor Lloyd Carr half way through the season, the girls  were lead by head coach  David Stapleton, with support from the management team and parents. They set about showing what they could do...three finals, one win and two runners up medals ;-).   The Hurricanes U18G really stepped up to the plate this season, a great performance...and we look forward to even better things next season!

Season’s Results for our Seniors Men’s Squad 1st XV Finished 3rd in UAE league Finished 4th in Gulf Top 6 Semi Finalists @ Dubai 7s 2nd XV Won the league but lost in semi of Grand Finals Vets Competed in 4 games - getting the old boys out on to the field was deemed a success in itself! The squad has approximately 60 players and we’re looking to build on this Season as we become the UAE 'club of choice'.


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Ladies Squad

The Hurricanes Ladies were happy to bring home the League Cup and the Finals Cup. The Cones (2nds) came away as Shield winners and as a club we were runners up for the Spirit of the Arabian Gulf Award (League Sportsmanship award).  We also had 3 out of the top 5 nominated as Players of the Season, and in the end the winner of that award was a Hurricane.  All season the 1st team had 717 points for and a mere 105 points scored against.  We also had 6 of our girls playing for the UAE National team this season.   Ladies are currently playing touch and fitness training in the off season and we are open to new recruits at any time.  Come out and give it a try...any age, any ability (7pm Sunday at Gems World Academy & 7pm Tuesday at Safa Park)

RUGBY TRIVIA Test your rugby knowledge and impress your mates... ensky play for in 19

Prince Obol Q1. Who did Russian


Rugby World Q3. The 2019 r eld in Asia fo Cup will be h the e. Which is the first tim host nation?

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Q8. Which “set piece” play is used in Rugby Union but does not feature in Rugby League?

Q6. Which member of the British royal family played for his country in 19 95?

10. Springbok George Gregan (139 international appearances)

of the main e m a n e th Q7. What is New hallenge in c l ia c in v o r inter-p b y? Zealand rug

9. Twickenham 8. Line-out 7. The Ranfurly Shield, aka the ‘Log o Wood’ 6. Peter Phillips, grandson of QEII

Q9. Where wou ld you find Billy Williams’ Cabb age Patch?

5. Daisuke Ohata of Japan 4. The Stanley Cup is an ice hockey trophy 3. Japan 2. They allowed the game to “turn professional” 1. England (‘The Flying Prince’ scored 2 tries on his debut against New Zealand) Answers:

RU e most capped Q10. Who is th e? player of all tim



This month’s VIP prize draw will take place at the awards ceremony, this Friday at Atlantis. (See p.4 for details) All members will be entered for a chance to win, but you must be there to collect your Atlantis prize. Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS! To Spencer Dando, winner of last month’s Spot The Ball competition! He & a friend (come on Dad, you just have to take Seb!) will be enjoying a sumptuous lunch at Atlantis, courtesy of our generous sponsor!


Tickets will be on sale at Atlantis on Friday morning.

Contact Alan to reserve your table:

Rugby Academy DUBAI


The Dubai Rugby Academy welcomes all players aged U11 & above. DRA will run for 10 weeks from the end of the playing season. Co m e alo n g an d lear n fr o m Co lin Ch ar vis & th e DR A co ach in g team : b all skills, p o sitio n al p lay , an d sp eed / tech n ical skills. When?


Monday evenings 6–8pm & Friday mornings 9–11am, commencing Friday 26th April, ending Friday 28th June.

Initial DRA sessions will take place at the world class facilities at 7he Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road (but will move indoors to the Dubai World Trade Centre as temperatures dictate)

How much? Cost for 10 weeks: 1000dhs

Fun session on Friday 26th April: Come along and meet the team!

For more details, and to register online: Contact Robbie:

055 640 7164

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