Bahrain all the way in AWST’s 25m pistol final


SHARJAH — Bahraini shooters reigned supreme at the Arab Women Sports Tournament 2018 (AWST)’s 25m pistol finals contest yesterday, with shooting expert Mouza Ali, who dedicated this big win to her homeland, hitting an awe-inspiring score of 21 points, followed by her peer, Ayesha Al Buraiki, who claimed the silver with 17 points.

Third place was convincingly secured by Salma Al Hosani from the Emirates with her 8 points winning the coveted bronze. Among those who gave the medals to the winners were Sheikha Hayat Bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, board member of Bahraini Olympic Committee and chairperson of AWST’s follow-up and supervision committee; Maj. Gen. Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, commander-in-chief of Sharjah Police; Brig. Abdul Malek Jani, director of the National Olympic Academy, and Nada Askar Al Naqbi, deputy head of AWST's SOC, head of the executive committee and director general of SWSF.

The fourth – and largest – edition of AWST, which runs until Feb. 12, is being held under the aegis of the wife of the ruler of Sharjah, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, chairperson of the Sharjah Women Sports Foundation (SWSF).

Jordan’s Mo’atah Club secured the gold in the tournament’s table tennis team competition, winning with a perfect score sheet of 10. The Jordanian women’s club beat Kuwait’s Al Fatat Club to second place.

Mo’atah Club’s tenth and perfect score came following victory over the Djibouti club, which was (0/3). Kuwait’s Fatat Club was short by one point, securing a total score of 9 points with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss.

The Bahrain Club took third place following its recent win on Sharjah Sports Club for Women, who finished fourth. Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Green Club took fifth place.

In the volleyball matches, Sharjah Sports Club for Women made it look like a cakewalk with an easy 3-0 win over their Kuwaiti counterparts Al Fatat Club Friday. The bet was on a close contest after Al Fatat Club gave a spectacular performance against their Omani opponents. But on Friday the Kuwaitis were outplayed. The big victory has carried SSCW to a spot in the championship finals.

In the first set, the Sharjah team dominated to run up a set score of 14-6. Sharjah continued the pressure on the Kuwaitis, playing with rare confidence and flair, which brought them to a comfortable 25-10 win in the first set.

The second set was no different with Sharjah continuing to capitalize on the lead they had established early. Al Fatat, without a strong defense, ended the second set 21-12 in Sharjah’s favor.

In the third set, the Kuwaitis fought with sheer determination in the early part of the set. But the Sharjah players hit back, building the score in regular intervals to eventually round off the win with a 25-12 tally. — SG