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And the winner of the 2019 Club of the Year is…

Your votes have been counted and we can finally announce who is your 2019, Yalla Rugby ‘Club of The Year’. Congratulations to all four teams who made it to this year’s nominations. It’s been a close contest and we’ve had plenty of players, fans and friends of each of the clubs casting their vote since we announced the nominations of Club of The year last week.

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the winner of the 2019 Yalla Rugby ‘Club of The Year’ is…

Dragons RFC - 2019 Club of The Year

Dragon’s chairman, Stuart Quinn’s response to winning the award was;

“It’s great to have been voted for and to take home ‘Team of The Year’. The Jebel Ali Dragons is a club for all people and I think we tick all of the boxes when it comes to Expat Rugby. It’s a family first setup, a huge support network for people and a fantastic rugby club to be involved in. Honours were spread around the clubs this year, which is great to see. From 1st XV to 2nd XV to 3rd XV to Vets, to Mini/Youth. I think the current Dragons setup is how it should be done to maximize enjoyment. With a team across all three leagues in a semi final or above is always a great barometer for how we sit as a rugby club in the Gulf. We’re looking forward to growing next year again.”

Poll Results

Congratulations to the Dragons on behalf Yalla Rugby!!

gulf rugby club of the year 2019

It’s been a long old season again with plenty of quality rugby played at all levels of the game from mini/junior and women’s rugby, right the way through to the senior men. We’ve now been in the ‘off season’ for just over a month and many of you are already climbing the wall with the rugby withdrawal symptoms.

Fear not, because before you all get stuck into pre-season training again, there’s still one final chapter of this season to be written for one rugby club. It’s time to decide who is the Yalla Rugby Club of the Year 2019. Last year RAK Rugby Club won the inaugural award after some fierce voting from fans from all parts the globe, (which managed to crash the Yalla website for a short while).

Jump right in:

So, about the award…

What is the Yalla Rugby Club of the Year award?

Within most rugby clubs there’s always end of season awards that are handed out, which is fantastic for players and members of the clubs. BUT, we like to celebrate Gulf Rugby as a whole with some of the most outstanding achievements to have taken place throughout the season. You – the readers and followers of Yalla Rugby, can vote for the rugby club that you think deserves to win this year.

How can a club be shortlisted?

We select four clubs from all areas of rugby which we feel have contributed and succeeded the most throughout the season and let you, the public decide who should win by casting your vote. Nominations are based on success at all levels of the game as well as contributions to the broader rugby community.

  • Mens Rugby
  • Womens Rugby
  • Mini/Junior Rugby
  • Community Involvement

The four nominees are then pitted against each other and put to a vote to see who is worthy winner of this prestigious award.

Who’s been nominated for the 2018/19 award?

The nominated rugby clubs are listed below. Commiserations to the rugby clubs that have not made this years nominations. It was a hard decision between a couple of other very worthy contenders. Voting is now open and will close at 22:00 on the 25th June 2019:

This poll has ended. To view the results click below

uae rugby club of the year 2018

 

Congratulations to RAK Rugby Club

After (many) votes were cast it looked like a close race between Dubai Tigers and RAK Rugby. In the end it was the RAK Rugby Club have been voted the first ever Yalla Rugby Club of the Year.

VOTING HAS NOW FINISHED

Congratulations to RAK Rugby Club.

 

Have Your Say – Yalla Rugby Club Of The Year

With the curtain coming down on another season of UAE rugby, all that remains is for you, our Yalla Rugby readers, to decide who should claim the inaugural Yalla Rugby UAE Club of the Year award.

We’ve whittled it down to four nominees based on performances across all levels of the game throughout the season – but your votes will decide the outcome. The winning club will receive the Yalla Rugby Club Of The Year Award and a Bar Tab of (AED 1000) thanks to the generous sponsorship of McGettigans Hilton JBR.

Here are the contenders. Once you’ve made your decision, head over to cast your vote here!

Dubai Eagles Rugby

Dubai Sports City Eagles

A debut season that has not been without its ups and downs for the Eagles but judged in context of a club that was formed just weeks before the start of this campaign you’d have to say it has been a very credible effort from the newcomers. They have already claimed two pieces of silverware in the women’s game with a dominant side sweeping all before them to claim the Gulf Womens Dubai 7s and Cross Border 7s series. Of the seven rounds held as part of that series, Eagles ladies won six. Whilst success for men’s sides might be more of a long term project, they have fielded two fully competitive sides in both the Community League and Premiership, finishing above the bottom in both competitions.

Dubai Exiles Rugby

Dubai Exiles

Having triumphed at arguably the season’s two biggest showpiece occasions this year, Exiles have to be part of this conversation. The manner in which both trophies were won will have been particularly satisfying, coming from behind to edge out a hotly fancied Jebel Ali Dragons side at the Dubai 7s and overcoming fierce rivals and reigning champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins in the UAE Premiership Final. With their 2s side also having a decent campaign in making the Conference semi-finals, the strength of Exiles’ player pool at the business end of the season was reflected by their leading representation in the UAE squad for the recent friendly win over Gibraltar.

RAK Rugby

RAK Rugby

Another club building for the future on an upward curve. RAK’s days as perennial strugglers in the Community League are long gone, they are now one of the strongest outfits in the division and were in contention for a place at finals day until the closing stages. Indeed they hold the distinction of being the only side to record a win over eventual Community League champions, Harlequins 3s. Improvement on the field is being coupled with rapid progress off it. Moves are in place to establish a permanent (grass pitch) home venue in RAK and the club fielded a women’s side for the very first time this year, competing in the Cross Border 7s Series.

Dubai Tigers Rugby

Dubai Tigers

Having claimed back to back Conference Bottom Half trophies in previous seasons, Tigers came in to this season determined to prove they could cut it at a higher level. An unbeaten run that stretched from November through to a nail-biting Conference Final win over Sharjah Wanderers well and truly underlined that status. This represents a significant step forward for a club only in its fifth year in existence and with a strong focus on its vibrant minis and junior sections. Tigers have also been competitive in the women’s game throughout the campaign, running the dominant Eagles close on a number of occasions.