Posted by: englishdubai | December 2, 2007

Super Sevens

Following the disappointment of the weather at last years Dubai Sevens tournament, which was a total wash out, there was a noticeable atmosphere of excitement in the air upon arrival at the ground on Saturday morning.

This year the weather did not disappoint and it was a beautiful day but I had to make the emergency purchase of a hat as the sun was really warm just after midday. Fortunately there were plenty available so I opted for a rice field straw hat. It might have looked ridiculous but the money I paid for it went towards charity and it did an excellent job in preventing me turning “expat pink”.

The warm weather, coupled with plenty of Heineken and the following day being a National holiday made for a carnival like atmosphere. Spurred on by the excellent cheerleaders who got increasingly popular as the day wore on. I liked this photo I managed to capture:


It was good to see England put out a very young but talented team. Though they just managed to scrape into the knock out stages they put on a convincing display against Western Samoa: dsc_0037.jpg
In a hugely entertaining semi final against Fiji England narrowly missed out. Though I have my doubts they would have been able to contain the power and pace that New Zealand held in spades. In the Final despite a spirited second half comeback by Fiji, New Zealand had to much fire power and ended up winning comfortably. They were popular winners and celebrated in style and performed the Haka for the cameras – however as a bonus for the ladies they did it topless:


The fireworks after the awards ceremony were spectacular and a fitting end to over thirty years of the Dubai sevens at the Exiles ground.


There was a small trailer played about the Dubai Sevens location for 2008 – I recall seeing a rather super new ground being built but no details as to where exactly it it would be located. Following the fireworks a U2 tribute played to a large crowd and many people partied late into the night.

It was another fantastic Dubai weekend – the best being bumping into lots of people I know, many of them who had attended the Rome party the week before. Dubai at this year with its temperate climate and world class events is hard to resist. Roll on Justin Timberlake next weekend.

Note: Part of this blog was quoted in the Gulfnews 4th December 2007


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