DUBAI // Aussie rules football got underway in the Middle East at the weekend as The Sevens hosted the opening games of the sport's second season. The Dubai Dragons got the better of first-time participants Bahrain in the early game on Friday. The Blues held a seven-point lead by half time on their debut, but the Dragons' superior fitness told after the interval and the home side finished comfortable winners by 30 points.
In the later game, the Dubai Heat beat an understrength Doha Vodafone Kangaroos side, amassing 137 points while Doha scrambled to just 11 points. The Abu Dhabi Falcons had the Dubai Dingoes beaten in the first half in their clash, going five goals. A more evenly matched second half saw the Dingoes score 46 points but Abu Dhabi won with 130 points. The AFL Middle East development officer, Danny Blomley said: "It started with a bunch of people kicking a ball in Safa Park and it's great that we are in our second season."