Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

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Carol Rio
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Four-time Team of the Week winner Expendabowls. (AN photos)
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Gil Catral and Vic Gonzales, both with plaques, in a group photo with the OFBC members.
Updated 20 April 2017
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Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

JEDDAH: The Expendabowls became the first to have the most number of Team of the Week victories at four by winning the coveted award during the 12th session in the OFBC Friday Afternoon League Season 6 here.
Expendabowls came up with the top tally of 20 points in a low-scoring battles on the unyieldy lanes at the Iceland Bowling Center, after a 10-10 draw against
Al-Tayyer United Contracting on total pinfalls of 2,139-2,116 and rank points of 10 and 9.
As it turned out, the sides were locked in a close fight for Team of the Week award, and it was only the rank points that eventually decided the outcome.
It was the third time in the last four weeks that Expendabowls enjoyed the limelight. They won the first of their four accolades during the third week of the four-man team league event organized by Overseas Filipino Bowlers Club.
Joel Nidoy’s Al-Tayyer ended the day on 19 points in a tie with Velocity Strikers who ended a four-week losing streak with a 12-8 victory over whipping team SGH Bowling Group on total pinfalls of 2,010-1,987 and rank points of 7-5.
Shadow Bowlers and Toshi likewise tied on 18 points after contrasting results against respective opponents Arci-5 10-10 (2,064-1,979 and 8-6) and Nilobabes 12-8 (2,000-1,985 and 6-4).
The match between RTJ Transient House and Youngsters also ended in a 10-10 draw on total pinfalls of 1,671 and 1,883 and rank points of 1-2.
Jon Belo made it a double for Expendabowls when he took the men’s Bowler of the Week award on 630 on scratch games of 222, 140 and 196 while Carol Rio of Youngsters had her first taste of the individual award when she shot 553 to become the ladies’ Bowler of the Week.
Danny Atubang tallied 525 and Marlyn Mangunay had 503 to back up Belo at Expendabowls. Gil Catral at 477 was the fourth player to count in the team.
Al-Tayyer had Alex Duma crossing 600 on 605 while his wife Carmen provided support with her 530 to go with the 507 by Jojo Esperanzate and 474 by Jack Jarin.
Gizelle Virtudazo and Toto Lim carded 521 and 509 at the helm of Velocity that also got 499 from Rhyan Tasic and 481 from Jaime “Paco” Flores.
Over at Shadow Bowlers the trio of Jhun Ejanda, Hadi Pacheo and Rosalie Due Agustin rolled 549, 528 and 522 with Hercie Bosito on 465.
Rudy “RJ” Jamon, who led the OFBC family during the masalama for team captains Gil Catral of Expendabowls and Vic Gonzales of Youngters, took charge at Transient House on 457.
Catral and Gonzales, who have since both left the Kingdom on exit-only visa, were given plaques of appreciation by the OFBC.
Toshi’s big win against league-leading Nilobabes was chiefly the work of Cesar Sacramed 536 and Cesar Pagtalunan 523 with help from Vivian Sacramed 487 and Rico Bulalayao 184.
Team standings after the 12th week:
1. Nilobabes 259.0 2. Toshi 240.5 3. RTJ Transient House 231.0 4. Al-Tayyer Contracting 207.0 5. The Expandabowls 183.0 6. Shadow Bowlers 169.0 7. Velocity Strikers 164.5 8. Arci-5 158.0 9. Saudi German Hospital 121.5 10. Youngsters 110.5


Al-Hilal boss Jorge Jesus reveals Omar Abdulrahman will make debut in Super Cup clash in London

Updated 17 August 2018
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Al-Hilal boss Jorge Jesus reveals Omar Abdulrahman will make debut in Super Cup clash in London

  • New boss Jorge Jesus to give start to new star signing after $17 million move from Al-Ain last week.
  • Al-Hilal coach keen to put on a good show in London and start season with silverware against Al-Ittihad.

LONDON: Jorge Jesus confirmed Omar Abdulrahman will make his Al-Hilal debut in the Saudi Super Cup final against Al-Ittihad on Saturday.
The UAE playmaker joined the Saudi Pro League champions last week in a loan deal from Al-Ain that was worth $17 million, a fee that has only been surpassed once in football history. 
The 26-year-old has been training with his new teammates at English football’s HQ at St. George’s Park this week and traveled down to London on Friday with the rest of the team ahead of the showpiece game at Loftus Road.
Abdulrahman has not played since May, when Al-Ain were dumped out of the AFC Champions League by Lekhwiya, and he was not considered for the Arab Club Champions Club on Sunday, but Jesus said the 2016 Asian Player of the Year is line to make his first appearance for his boyhood club this weekend.
“Omar is training with the team for five or six days,” said Jesus. “Intelligent players like Omar learn fast, so that’s why he will be part of the game.”
There are various subplots to the game in west London, not least the fact that Al-Ittihad coach Ramon Diaz comes up against the club that fired him in February. He won the double in the first season in Riyadh and then choreographed Al-Hilal’s run to the final of the AFC Champions League in his second. Now he goes up against Jesus, the Portuguese tactician who replaced him this summer.
“It’s true Diaz could know the players more and this could influence the match, but they are working with my ideas today and I expect the match to be an excellent game,” said Jesus.
Al-Hilal lost the Super Cup the last time it was held in London, losing to Al-Ahli on penalties in a thriller at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground. Jesus knows this year’s match could provide a launchpad for the season ahead and broaden the appeal of football in the Kingdom. 
“Everybody knows the importance of this match, because we play outside Saudi Arabia,” he said. “It represents the image of our football. We are happy to be present in London and play the Saudi Super Cup here. The eyes of Europe sees London as the center of football, so we need to create a good image of Saudi football.”

Jorge Jesus is looking to get his reign as Al-Hilal coach off to a winning start at QPR's Loftus Road ground on Saturday. 


Jesus will be without the injured Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf and Nawaf Al-Abed while national team full-back Yasser Al-Shahrani will undergo a late fitness test. 
“We are missing some players but that should not reduce the importance of some players we have in the squad,” said Jesus. “We have to find our best combination of players to go to the match with.”
Mohammad Al-Shalhoub will captain the side from midfield following the departure of Osama Hawsawi and knows bragging rights are up for grabs on Saturday between Saudi Arabia’s two most successful clubs who have won the top prize in the Kingdom 23 times between them.
“It’s one match, there is no other chance,” he said. “We will do our best to win the cup. We can start the season well if we win this cup. We will fight hard to win, but Ittihad is doing their hardest to win it, too. We are super motivated to show a good level and start with a Saudi Super Cup victory.”
Al-Hilal labored to a 1-0 win over Al-Shabab on Sunday night and know they will need to be much nearer their best against last season’s King’s Cup winners.
“In the beginning of the season, you can have some difficulties,“ Al-Shalhoub said. “Our first home game in the Arab Cup we showed a good level, but we have to me more ready against Ittihad.”