Doha Kangaroos win the 2013-14 AFL-Middle East Premiership!
In a replay of the previous year’s AFL-Middle East Grand Final the Doha Kangaroos reversed the tables and defeated the Dubai Dragons. This was the Doha Kangaroos first AFL-ME Championship and the first time the premiership has been won by a team from outside the UAE in the leagues seven year history.
The Dubai Dragons started the game as hot favourites, having won last year’s premiership as well as despatching the Kangaroos in their only meeting this year to the tune of 34 points. However in a hard fought contest played at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai the Kangaroos overran the Dragons in the second half to win by 26 points.
The Kangaroos midfield and defence were strong all game providing their forwards plenty of scoring opportunities. Ben Simpson was a stand out in the midfield racking up possessions all over the ground and was awarded the “Man of the Match”. He was ably supported during the game by teammates Joe Barnes and Tom Donoghue in the midfield along with defenders Simon Davies, Hugh Robertson and Andreas Serner who were resolute down back constantly repelling the Dragon’s whenever they pushed forward.
Doha Kangaroos coach Pitre Bourdon was all praise for his team stating “I am extremely proud of the team’s effort today and consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a great group of players. The Kangaroos are team of expat players from all around the world, many of whom have never played Australian Rules Football before and the way we have worked together and gelled as a team over the past few years has been rewarded in the best possible way with this premiership.”
In the post-match ceremonies Kangaroos midfielder Joe Barnes was also awarded the leagues “most valuable player” for 2013-14.