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National Leagues Madinaty

Photos Day Three

DAY THREE

Wadi Degla 3-2 Heliopolis

Ali Farag 3-1 Omar Mosaad  11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (44m)
Mazen Hesham 3-2 Youssef Soliman 5-11, 11-6, 12-14, 12-10, 11-2 (60m)
Mazen Gamal 1-3 Mohamed Ali Anwar  3-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-13
Raneem El Welily 3-0 Nour El Tayeb   11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (30m)
Mayar Hany 0-3 Amanda Sobhy  6-11, 8-11, 3-11 (22m)

Al-Ahly 3-2 Smouha

Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Mohamed El Sherbini   11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7
Karim Ali Fathi 3-2 Ziad Roshdy          11-5, 11-13, 4-11, 11-6, 11-6
Karim Madgy 3-0  Mohamed Hassam                     11-6, 11-8, 11-4
Yathreb Adel 0-3 Mariam Metwally                        6-11, 8-11, 4-11
Dina Farid 1-3 Basmala Aref                      5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 6-11

Sporting 3-1 Gezira

Miguel Rodriguez 1-3 Tarek Momen  8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 5-11 (35m)
Zahed Sherin Salem 3-0 Omar El Katan  5-0 ret.
Fares Dessouki  3-0 Hashem Samir 11-4, 11-5, 2-0 ret;
Nour El Sherbini v Nadine Shahin
Zeina Mickawy 3-0 Nada Abbas  11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (15m)

Sporting Wins the Finals,
Wadi Degla wins the Leagues

A bit of history (just for Howard Harding)

The Egyptian League was created in the Summer of 1981, with 6 clubs: Ahly, Gezira, Heliopolis, Shams, Sporting and Smouha. It would consist in two matches between each club, home and away. Heliopolis won the first ever edition, followed the next year with Gezira, and then Alhy. Juniors and Women joined the fun later...

This year's reports!

This was a game of two halves. You have the overall season, that comprises Seniors and Juniors. This season again, Wadi Degla takes the cake, and win the Leagues, while for the first time (I'm told, will need to be checked) Sporting wins the League Finals - Wadi Degla without Nouran Gohar, injured in Gouna.

Gezira will leave way next year to BlackBall as the legendary club finished last this year round. They were playing Sporting today, and not many matches were finished or even played, which is understandable after a few packed weeks and the Manchester/British Open coming up soon.

The Al-Ahly/Smouha was a closer affair 3/2, with as he liked to point out Karim Abdel Gawad (Ahly) winning his two first games - but of course winning in 5 against Sherbini. Same difference with Karim Ali Fathi, of course had to win a 5 setter as well, the third Karim of the team, Madgy, wining in 3 bless him. Smouha Mariam Metwally and Basmala Aref taking the two points for their team.

The match of the Day...

... was without contest Wadi Degla versus Heliopolis. It was for to decide if Wadi Degla was finishing second or third, as they lost their supremacy as Nouran Gohar's injury didn't allow her to play this final.

And boy was is nailbitting. The winner was decided on the last game of the last match. I kid you not....

When Mohamed Ali Anwar came on court, it was 1/1 between the two clubs, a 3/1 victory for Ali against Mosaad (for WD) and a quick Amanda victory (Heliopolis) 3/0 against Mayar Hany.

Mohamed was facing 33 years old Mazen Gamal, former WD coach, now back on the PSA tour. The match was superb, and the ending of the 4th was of the highest quality. 9/9, tin from Mazen after a huge rally. 10/9 match ball Mohamed. Tin from Mohamed. 10/10. We had a seesaw battle, incredibly intense and enjoyable, only to finish 13/11 for Heliopolis Mohamed.

On court came Raneem El Welily, victor of the last three tournaments she entered (BlackBall, DPD, Gouna), against Nour El Sherbini for Heliopolis, as we know, wife of Ali Farag, playing for Wadi Degla! This was not a nice moment for the World number 1, believe me. I kept looking at him and although he was trying not to show emotions, his face was soooo sad bless him when Nour lost. "If Wadi Degla ends up losing the match, it will be a very sad day as Nour would have lost, and WD as well!" he commented with a little smile....

Raneem was on fire, and Nour, trying to be, fighting on each point. The second was the turning point as Nour was up game ball 10/6 up, but just couldn't contain Raneem's attacks, 6 points in a row for Raneem, and it's 12/10, 2/0 up for Wadi Degla. A very close third game 2/2, 4/4, 6/6, 9/8, but it's Raneem that clinchs that one 11/8 to make it 2/2 between the two clubs!

For some trophy ceremony reason, we were moved from the glasscourt to the side court for the last match - it allowed the Madinaty team to prepare for the medals while Mazen Hesham and Youssef Soliman went on a traditional court. Only in Egypt...



I was a bit surprised to see Youssef for Heliopolis back on court as he retired yesterday in his match against Asal, with a clear calf injury with a heavy bandaged leg poor mite.

It was that injury I feel - sue me if I'm wrong - that made the difference in the end, Youssef having a match ball in the 4th, 10/9, tinned it thanks to a broken string, and had to bow to his opponent who took the match on a sublime winner that himself saluted sportively! 12/10 Mazen Wadi Degla. Youssef just couldn't push on the leg in the 5th 11/2.

And it's Wadi Degla, finally that takes the match, and the second place of the event, clinching the Season Title as well...

As the presentation was done - quite logically - in Arabic, I have basically not a clue was was said. I think it was Heliopolis Masters that won, not sure who the lady with the trophey is, and special awards were given too! I just took the pictures, don't ask me to know what is happening as well!!!!!

See you next season people...

DAY TWO

Photos Day Two

Al Ahly 3-2 Heliopolis

Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 Omar Mosaad    11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6
Mostafa Asal 3-1 Youssef Mohamed          11-8, 7-11, 8-5 ret.
Karim Ali Fathi 3-1 Mohamed Ali Anwar  9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10
Yathreb Adel 0-3 Nour El Tayeb                               3-11, ret.
Dina Farid 0-3 Amanda Sobhy                       6-11, 2-11, 8-11

Wadi Degla 4-1 El Gezira

Ali Farag 3-1 Tarek Momen                    11-8 , 5-11, 11-2, 11-4
Mazen Hesham 3-2 Omar El Katan    3-11 11-7 10-12 11-7 11-5
Mazen Gamal 3-0 Hashem Samir                      11-8, 11-3, 11-9
Raneem El Welily v Nadine Shahin     5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8
Mayar Hany 1-3 Nada Abbas                    8-11, 1-11, 11-6, 7-11

Sporting Club 4-0  Smouha

Miguel Rodriguez 3-2 Mohamed El Sherbini    8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 15-13, 11-7
Zahed Sherin Salem 3-2 Ziad Roshdy            11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-1
Fares Dessouki 3-0 Mohamed Hassan                            11-3, 11-5, 11-2
Nour El Sherbini 3-1 Mariam Metwally                    11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3
Zeina Mickaway 3-0 Basmala Aref    6 8 4

Little Round Up on Day 2
by Fram Gommendy

First, all my apologies for not reporting on Day One, I was actually just back from Gouna like most of the players/officials, and was actually moving from a flat share in Zamalek to my own rented flat in Maadi (thanks for the support of CIB that allows me to be able to live on my own, Elhamdoulillah). I intended to come but I only finished around 8pm, and it was too late to go to Madinaty.

Today, I was lucky enough to be driven on site by Mr Karim 'The Smile' Ali Fathi who lives about 10m from me in Maadi. As going to Madinaty is about 50km, it was nice to have some lovely company the whole way. The more I know that young man the more I appreciate him. I love my job...

A big crowd for this league Finals. Not as busy as when there was two divisions but it's much easier to handle and follow.

First time I follow a competition in this brand new club in Madinaty Sports Club. For those who don't know Cairo that well, Madinaty is a new location, past New Cairo (BlackBall) on the way to Sukna (same direction than Gouna if you want).

 

Today's Matches

Al Ahly 3-2 Heliopolis
Karim Abdel Gawad
3-1 Omar Mosaad    11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6
Mostafa Asal 3-1 Youssef Mohamed          11-8, 7-11, 8-5 ret.
Karim Ali Fathi 3-1 Mohamed Ali Anwar  9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10
Yathreb Adel 0-3 Nour El Tayeb                               3-11, ret.
Dina Farid 0-3 Amanda Sobhy                       6-11, 2-11, 8-11

On the glasscourt today, we had the choc of the favourites, Al-Alhy versus Heliopolis

Karim Abdel Gawad managed to win a match in 4 against Omar Mosaad. Ok, it's not three, but as he pointed out with his cheeky smile "I won the first two games"! Bless him.

On went Mostafa Asal and Youssef Soliman who unfortunately couldn't finish the match and had to retire injured, followed by Karim Ali Fathi and Mohamed Ali Anwar. Match was as closed as it comes, 9/11, 11/6, 11/9, 12/10.
Nour El Tayeb from Heliopolis got a bye when Yathreb Adel had to retired after the first game, and Amanda Sobhy closed the match with a quick 3/0 victory against Dina Farid.

Wadi Degla -1 El Gezira
Ali Farag
3-1 Tarek Momen                    11-8 , 5-11, 11-2, 11-4
Mazen Hesham 3-2 Omar El Katan
Mazen Gamal 3-0 Hashem Samir                      11-8, 11-3, 11-9
Raneem El Welily v Nadine Shahin     5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8
Mayar Hany 1-3 Nada Abbas      

Ali dominated the last three games against Tarek, Mazen Gamal a quick 3/0 to Omar El Katan, and the match of the day for me, Raneem against Nadine Shahin.

Yes, Raneem was tired, but she didn't go tinning the ball away and was playing a "nothing to lose and wouldn't mind a great scalp on my belt" Nadine. I saw the last game, and it was a good battle, nothing between the players, Nadine playing out of her skin and Raneem having to dig in to not lose that one. Good job from both for sure.

For the rest, Mazen Hesham took his time to beat dangerous OMar El Katan 3/2, while Nada Abbas saved El Gezira's honour, beating Mayar Hany 3/1...

Sporting Club 4-0  Smouha
Miguel Rodriguez 3-2 Mohamed El Sherbini    8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 15-13, 11-7
Zahed Sherin Salem 3-2 Ziad Roshdy            11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-1
Fares Dessouki 3-0 Mohamed Hassan                            11-3, 11-5, 11-2
Nour El Sherbini 3-1 Mariam Metwally                    11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3
Zeina Mickaway v Basmala Aref

In the Alexandria Derby, it was pretty onesided with Rodriguez, Zahed, Fares and Nour El Sherbini dominating their opponents, with a special note for Mohamed El Sherbini and Ziad Roshdy hard work for Miguel and Zahed, 3/2.
 

DAY ONE
PHOTOS DAY ONE
Mariam Madkour

Degla 1-4  Sporting

Ali Farag
3-1 Miguel Rodriguez
Mazen Hesham 1-3 Zahed Sherin
Mazen Gamal 0-3 Fares Dessouky
Raneem El Welily 1-3 Nour El Sherbini
Mayar Hani Zeina Meckawy  3-1

El Gezira 2-3 Al Ahly

Tarek Momen 3-0 Karim Abdel Gawad 3-0
Omar El Kattan 0-3 Mostafa Asal
Hashem Samir 1-3 Karim Aly Fathy
Nadine Shahin 0-3 Yathreb Adel
Nada Abbas 3-1 Nada Ehab

Smouha 1-4 Heliopolis

Moh. El Sherbini 1-3 Omar Mosaad
Zeyad Roshdy 3-0 Youssef Soliman 3-0
Mohamed Hassan 0-3  Mohamed Ali Anwar
Mariam Metwally  3-1 Nour El Tayeb
Basmala Aref 0-3 Amanda Sobhy

Quick words

The two favourites - Al-Ahly & Heliopolis - had a good day.

Al-Ahly Club, boasting Karim Abdel Gawad, Ragging Bull Mostafa Asal, Karim Ali Fathi and and Yathreb Adel to name a few, dominated El Gezira 3-2 (Tarek Momen & Nada Abbas the two victors).

Meanwhile Heliopolis overcame Smouha, 4/1 (Mosaad 3/1 to Mohamed Sherbini, Nour El Tayeb and Amanda Sobhy beating Mariam Metwally and Basmala Aref respectively).

For the rest of the evening, Sporting beat Wadi Degla 4/1 (Ali Farag saving the honour for Degla against Rodriguez).

     

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