DNL Round 2 and League Round up.
The DNL league season is over and the results are in.
Fusion started round 2 as the team to beat after a perfect 8 – 0 record in round 1. After a first week bye Fusion picked up where they left off beating their first 2 opponants, Dragonflies and Savana each by 16 goals. Fusion were equally dominant in their next 2 matches beating both McGettigans Breakers and OF+C by 20+ goals. In week 6, Pro Physique proved a much harder challenge pushing Fusion to a 37 -36 score line; Fusion still unbeaten. Normal service resumed in weeks 7 and 8 against our best school teams, Dubai College 1 and 2, fusion despatching both with ease. This left fusion going into the final round unbeaten.
Elsewhere in the division Dubai Hurricanes were enjoying a similar run of form. After a straight forward win in week 1 against McGettigans Breakers, Pro Physique pushed them close in week 2. Pro Physique would eventually finish the season in 3rd place just 1 point behind. An easy win in week 3 gave hurricanes confidence going into their bye week. The break didn’t slow them down as wins followed in weeks 5 through 8 resulting in a final week match up against Fusion. Both teams unbeaten.
We were made to wait for the match that would decide the title due to a sandstorm leaving the courts unsafe to play. This pushed the final week of matches into March and crucially to the week after the Intergulf Championships in which a lot of players were involved. Unfortunately for all, come match night Hurricanes were unable to field a team sighting injury as the main cause. This was a massive disappointment to both the teams directly involved and the many spectators that had wanted to see these two fantastic teams fight it out. However, nothing can be taken away from the league winners completing the season in style with a flawless 16 – 0 record; congratulations Fusion.
As a result of the leagues 2 up 2 down policy there were 4 new teams to division 2. Would Storm and Skechers be able to pick themselves up after the disappointment of relegation? How would the promoted teams, Goal Diggers and Two Humps fair against stronger competition?
Out in front from the start were Skechers; a long standing team with a point to prove after a disappointing round 1. Skechers ended the season as the unbeaten winners of Division 2 and will get another crack at the top teams next season. There was a big battle for second place between Storm and Netorious DXB both ending the season with 5 wins and 3 losses. Bonus points decided the order, Netorious taking 2nd place, Storm 3rd.
Next came Desc 1, Dubai College 3, Goal Diggers and Wooba VR all closing out the season with 24points; goal difference deciding the order. Jess Jewels and Two Humps finished the season with 1 win apiece, better luck next year ladies.
Again we had an unbeaten winner in Tiger Teens, one of the 2 relegated teams from round 1. Division 3 suffered from a number of forfeited matches but still provided some excitement Maestra and Jess Jades both with 6 wins to their name. Both teams benefitted from forfeited matches but it was Jess Jades with their 2 bonus points for close score lines that finished the season in 2nd place, Maestra in 3rd. Down at the bottom of the division and over all winners of the leagues Wooden Spoon Award are DBS. DBS improved massively over the course of the season and showed tremendous perseverance and commitment throughout. We hope to see them again next year and in winning form.
Thank you to all the teams that have taken part in the DNL 2017-18 League Season. We hope you have enjoyed yourself so far and are looking forward to seeing you all at both the end of season Awards Night and Gala and playing in our Fast5 Cup starting on 11th April.
Sincerely your DNL Committee