Australian & NewZealand Sports

Most of our sessions are held at Dubai International School at Dubai Festival City on Fridays from 0900. 

Contact:  Glenn Plant

The Dubai Dragons are Dubai's newest team and have built a great player list since finishing runners up in the Dubai 9's in their inaugural year in 2008. The team is largely made up of expatriate Aussie professionals who want to have a kick in a relaxed environment. Training at Safa Park just inside Gate 2 each Saturday at 9.30am and on the rugby pitch under lights inside Safa Park Gate 1 on Tuesdays from 6.45pm new recruits are always welcome. The Club hosts a range of socials events after each game and throughout the year for players and their families. This kicked off with a great Grand Final Day at Emirates GC with over 100 guests and will this year include a day at the races, a polo event and other events tbc. With 26 regulars at training the competition for spots is bringing out the best in everyone and we are looking forward to adding some silverware to the trophy cabinet this year.

Key members:
Matt Gribble (Club President)
Damian McNair (Coach)
Ian Munroe (Captain)
Contact – Matt Gribble  +971 50 297 6762
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Dhabi Falcons (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Last Years Minor Premiers The Abu Dhabi Falcons will go into their 3rd season with a new look team and home ground after an extensive review of the club in the offseason.

Dubbed the Falcons after Abu Dhabi’s favourite pastime Falconry, the Falcons have recently moved their home ground to Zayed Sports City.

The club welcomes anyone (player or volunteer) who is interested in becoming involved. Apart from Australian ex-pats, a few rugby and Gaelic footballers have signed-on, and a few local lads have commenced training at the club's new facilities.

Key members:
Matt Woods
Daniel Brooke
Steve Watson

PO Box 33639, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Doha Kangaroos

The Doha Kangaroos were initially formed to compete in the Dubai 9s. Gary Johnson, one of the club’s founding members was put in contact with other Australian expatriates in Qatar through Nigel Koch, a major player behind the Dingoes and 9s.One of those people was Billy Barker who is affiliated with the Singapore Wombats and was somewhat familiar with setting up a club. From there they sought expressions of interest from parties at the Australian New Zealand Business in Qatar (ANZBIQ) function and three days later, around 10 Aussies showed up at the Legends Bar at Rydges Plaza and the club was born.

The Doha Kangaroos entered the Dubai 9s in 2007 and came a credible 3rd after only a few weeks of training. There is a great Aussie Rules passion amongst the Doha community however it spreads beyond the Australians, with other expats being involved such as Irish, NZ and USA. With the region growing the Doha Kangaroos want to build a legacy for other joining the community.

Key members:
John Panteli (club President)
Shane Thompson (Club Contact)
Paul Patterson (Coach)

Contact – Shane Thompson +974 560 6599
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Muscat Magpies (Muscat, Oman)

The club has its origins in the Clann na hOman Gaelic  Football team which was founded in March 2003. The founding of the club was a coordinated affair between Colin Butler and the Irish Society President Mrs Terri Johar (who is also Honorary Club President).   The first 6 months consisted of driving for 1 hour to play / train on the lawn of the Al Sawadi hotel half way between Sohar & Muscat.  Soon after the base was shifted to the Muscat Rugby Club (which was then a sand pitch).  Numbers grew gradually to a dozen or so - most were non Irish, Aussies, English, Welsh, Scottish, Romanians.  Steve O'Connor was a driving force through these years, serving as Chairman of the club until his departure to Bahrain in early 2008.   Tom English and Aaron Henderson rounded off the main committee / coaching staff in the early days.

Muscat began entering a team in the Aussie Rules 9’s tournament in Dubai in 2007, and from 2008 the Australian game began to grow in popularity and evolved into a new playing arm of the club - The Muscat Magpies.  The Magpies won their first game of Aussie Rules on Omani soil in December 2007 defeating the Dubai Dingoes in the inaugural O'Connor Cup.  The Magpies lined up in the new AFL Middle East competition in 2008/9.  In a great first year the team completed a 5 win / 1 loss home and away season and played off in the inaugural AFL ME Grand Final against competition yardstick the Dubai Heat, who beat us by 8 points to win the flag.

Key members:
Chris Holmes (Coach)
Chris Holmes (Captain)
Paul Andrews (Secretary)Contact – Paul Andrews +968 9916 8118
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AFL Middle East is the official body governing the AFL middle East League and is full endorsed by AFL Headquarters in Melbourne. Comprising  teams from Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Muscat – Doha and Bahrain. Now in its 3 year the league looks forward to another great season of Aussie Rules.

For the league to operate effectively we rely on sponsorship and special thanks must to the guys at VB – Aussie Properties –Rider Levett Bucknall. For more information on the league and fixtures please log onto or email


Bahrain Blues (Bahrain)The Bahrain Football Club, known more recently as the Bahrain Blues, have blossomed from humble beginnings to the 'new kids on the block' in the AFL Middle East competition. Following more than a year of lobbying from enthusiastic would-be players and administrators lead by Tim Barret, the team has found it's way to the top league in the Gulf Region. Players have emerged from a variety of backgrounds including soccer, rugby union, rugby league, gaelic football and hockey to form the nucleus of this group. Keen interest and consistently good training numbers demonstrate a commitment to the sport and the team for years to come. The recently secured sponsorship of Bahrain Duty Free, the support of the Bahrain Rugby Football Club, our home ground sponsor, and the support of the Arabian Celts Gaelic football team in training and practice matches contribute significantly to the dream becoming reality for the Bahrain Blues. Although a small and somewhat modest squad, the Blues boast the inclusion of home grown stars, and to name a few we have Stewart ‘Budge’ Beechey from Hobart in Tassie, Adam ‘Trigger’ Trzesinski from Adelaide, Carlo ‘Breezer’ Calabrese and Damien ‘Dogger’ Sheehan from the Norwood Club in South Australia. We are legends in our own lunch time. Look out for the Bahrain Blues – could be a surprise packet in the inaugural, and if not, we’ll have a bloody good time trying.

Tim Barrett    +973 39414603
Jim Carless  +973 39409362
Dan Pilmore +973 393 22700

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Office:   Bahrain Rugby Football Club
Location: JanabiyahBahrain