Hempel, KFMMC, Zamil, Vallorec clinch Kingdom Dream Games openers

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Updated 22 February 2013
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Hempel, KFMMC, Zamil, Vallorec clinch Kingdom Dream Games openers

The Kingdom Dream Games 2013 opened last Friday to mark the return of big-time basketball in the Eastern Province, with more than 40 teams turning out for the traditional parade at the Al Nahda Sports Club.
Hempel Paints, KFMMC, Zamil Offshore Company, Vallorec and Dammam All-Star are among the opening day winners. Preceding the games is the opening ceremony in which POLO OWWA Eastern Region Welfare Officer Emmanuel Toledo was the chief guest. The other guests that attended the event were Hempel Senior Area Manager P. Ramprasath, NCB Quickpay’s Remittance Supervisor Hussain Mahdi Al Hadban, Remittance Customer Service agent Zandren Gem Maralit Del Mundo and Land Bank of the Philippines Marketing Supervisor Alvin Palaypayon.
King Fahad Military Medical Complex was adjudged as the most organized team while ACGC Company won the Best in Uniform award.
The participating teams are as follows:
Premier League Division — FAEC, NPC, Bangus Restaurant, ARCC-EEI, Flash Cargo Riyadh All Star
Non-Rated A Division — Pampanga Falcons, Al Khobar Warriors of Tito Pineda, FAEC junior team, Jakals, IPSA Parents, Petrofac Notorious of Danny Quachon
Non-Rated B Division — UD Wolves, ISO Shooters, Dammam All Star, CIASI, Chance Team, GEYAD For Pressure Vessels & Still Building, STC.
Inter-Company 1 Division — Zamil Offshore Company, Petromin Oil, Hempel Paints, Al Hajry Co., Vallorec Company, Saudi Diesel Co.
Inter-Company 2 Division — KFMMC, ACGC Company, COSMA Company, NESMA Company, Hyper Panda Superstore, Al Nahda Group, Easternpak Company.
Inter-Company 3 Division — RHM Company, Petrofac Company, Mustang, Bai Aluminum Co., Abdul Karim Co., Al Khorayef Co.
Above 40 Division — IPSA Alamat, Sigma Paints, Khobar Warriors, Dallah All Star, Al Hajry, STC
This four and a half months competition is sponsored by Hempel Paints Saudi Arabia (Golden Sponsor), NCB Quickpay, Land Bank of the Philippines and Bangus Restaurant (Silver Sponsors), Trans Saudi Travel & Tour Agency (Bronze Sponsor), McDonald’s, Aujan and Almarai
Hempel Paint easily won its first match against hapless rival Petromin Oil of team manager Wilson Butch Pablo. The Hempel combo of power forward Maribao, Boado, Dizon, Caritativo and Tantay beat the lights out of Petromin starters Nuqui, Gutierez, Jaso, Anonuevo and Moraca. The first half ended 64-38 to Hempel.
Petromin Oil team chief Pablo was philosophical about the result. “We have done our part. Winning is only a secondary thing in our aim. What matters most is all of my charges feel that they were here to enjoy the game. This is only a first defeat, not yet end of the world,” he said.
Picked as FABA Best Player of the game was Maribao who said “We are all inspired because of the support and concern of our management. We will continue our mission to sweep the eliminations.”
Game results:
Hempel 64 Petromin Oil 38, KFMMC 84 ACGC 63, Zamil Offshore 68 Saudi Diesel 55, Dammam All-Star 84 Chance Team 80, Vallorec 73 Al Hajry 55
Games today:
7 a.m. Petromin Oil vs. Saudi Diesel 8:30 a.m. KFMMC vs. Easternpak 10 a.m. Abdul Karim vs. RHM 11:30 a.m. Hempel Paints vs Vallorec 1 p. m. Petrofac vs. Mustang 2:30 p.m. Pampanga Falcon vs. FAEC junior 4 p.m. Zamil Offshore vs. Al Hajry 5:30 p.m. Nesma vs. ACGC


Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

Updated 23 April 2018
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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

  • Young Scottish star was very impressive during Liverpool's 5-1 aggregate destruction of Man City in last-eight clash.
  • Robertson refuses to take Roma lightly after their shock victory over Barcelona in the last round.

LIVERPOOL: With a desire stoked in the stands of Parkhead, Andrew Robertson is now fired up to fulfil a childhood dream.
While following the fortunes of Celtic, the defender’s first Champions League final memory was when Zinedine Zidane volleyed Real Madrid to success in 2002 as the contest was staged in Robertson’s home city of Glasgow. He was just eight years old.
While Robertson was deemed too small to play for his boyhood idols, released at 15 with a future uncertain, he has grown to prove his worth on Europe’s biggest club stage with Liverpool.
Now, with a semifinal encounter against AS Roma after beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the last eight, he wants to emulate those Reds heroes who lifted the trophy five times before.
“I was a big Celtic fan growing up and my heroes were Henrik Larsson and Co,” Robertson told Arab News ahead of tonight’s first-leg clash 
at Anfield.
“But these heroes who have won the European Cup and Champions League for Liverpool, you have to look up to them — and we want to emulate them and hopefully get a winner’s medal too.
“The club’s won it five times and the history of the club has always been this, the Champions League, where the fans create a special atmosphere and the club challenges for the trophy. It would be unbelievable to be a part of that history.
“This is the highlight for me so far and an incredible feeling, but it just makes you hungry for more. I don’t want it to end.
“As a kid, you sit back and watch how great it would be to play in this competition, let alone in the final.
“I always used to go to Celtic and we didn’t progress very far in the Champions League, but the occasions at Parkhead were always unbelievable.
“The fans at Celtic are incredible, world renowned, but Anfield was unbelievable against Man City and we have another chance for them to create that same atmosphere and hopefully we can put in another great performance.”
Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s City so convincingly, 5-1 over two gripping games, Liverpool will start favorites against Roma.
That is despite the Italians upsetting Barcelona in the previous round with an epic 3-0 win in the second leg after a 4-1 loss at the Nou Camp.
But Robertson will take nothing for granted against a Roma side who last reached the final in 1984 where they were beaten by Liverpool in a penalty shootout at their Stadio Olimpico home.
“Barca are an unbelievable team,” added the Scotland left-back, 24. “But let’s not kid ourselves. For Roma to score three goals against Barcelona, that’s special.
“They’ve been unbelievable this season too in the Champions League and deserve to be in the semifinals. It will definitely not be an easy game.
“But once you get to the semis, the fear of who you are playing has gone because you know how good the teams are.
“It’s like you look forward to the possibility of playing in the final, that’s what drives you forward. We will have fire in our bellies because we are so close to getting there.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men will no doubt be looking to Mohamed Salah to conjure more magic against the club he left in the summer for £36.9 million ($51.5 million).
But Robertson insisted Liverpool are no one-man team and the Egyptian, crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after scoring 41 goals in an unforgettable campaign, epitomizes a team united and ambitious in their quest for glory.
“He’s just unbelievable,” said Robertson of the frontman.
“In the first half (of the second leg) against Man City we struggled to get him in the game and he wasn’t quite at it. But the second half he was different class and pops up with a goal to help us win it. That’s what he does.
“His goals have been incredible and long may that continue. He’s a great guy, so humble, and for someone who has done so much this season he’s so down to Earth.
“That’s credit to our squad because we don’t let anyone get ahead of themselves.
“Mo is no different, he’s a lovely person and stands for what we are as a team.”

 

HEART OF GOLD

Five years ago Andrew Robertson was playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football with Queen’s Park and earning extra money by selling concert tickets in the corporate offices at Hampden Park.
Last summer he suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull City before Liverpool signed him for £10 million ($13.9 million).
In a career fraught with setbacks and hardships, he has been grateful, supporting foodbanks that help those in need.
“It’s all about giving something back to the less fortunate,” said Robertson.
“I’m in a fortunate position where I do a job I love and get paid well and it’s nice to give something back, especially in my hometown. I’ll always do that.
“It’s been a great journey for me in my career, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. But I don’t forget where I came from. Maybe it is rare, but a lot more people are doing it now and I hope even more will.”