?Gulf News? journalist Alaric Gomes covered the 13th Women?s Arab Clubs Basketball Championship from its first day until the announcement of the winning team ?Antranik? (Armenian Youth Association, AGBU,
Antranik displayed strong performance throughout the championship and scored successive wins, securing the leadership of the Arab women basketball.
In the opening match on 24th May 2006, another Lebanese Armenian team Homenetmen Antelias won 70-55 against Jordanian Orthodox Club. Homenetmen failed to score any other win in championship and lost the matches against
Alaric Gomes describes the final match (?Gulf News?, 2 June 2006):
Antranik keeps Lebanese flag flying
“We were here to defend the title for
After the final, Prince Talal Bin Badr Bin Saud Bin Abdul Aziz, President of the Arab Basketball Federation, gave away the trophies along with Ali Mohammad Ali, Vice-President of UAE Basketball Association.
Both finalists knew that much depended on the performance of the home-grown players, given the fact that the two foreign players [Agga Joblonska and Jurgita Kausate in the Syrian team, and Melshika Bowman and Adeola Olanrewaju in the Lebanese team] each in their ranks would cancel out each other.
After lagging behind for a better part of the opening quarter, Antranik held on to a slender 25-21 lead with Bowman topscoring with 12 points and Olanrewaju coming in handy under the basket with six points. Al Wahda, on the other hand, relied mostly on the scoring ability of Kausate, who outscored her teammates with 10 points.
Midway through the third quarter, Antranik showed why they are the Arab champions as they accelerated their scoring. And though Jablonska and Kausate waged a gritty battle both in offence and defence, the Lebanese were 63-44 ahead to be in the clear by 19 points at the end of the quarter. The Lebanese played out the final quarter, slowing down the game every time the Syrians sought to raise the tempo.
“We are happy we gave a good account of ourselves by reaching the final,” stated Al Wahda coach Ahmad Helfawi.
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Upper-left photo: (by Tracy Brand / Gulf News):
Players and coaching staff of Antranik are joined by officials as the team celebrate after winning the 13th Women's Arab Clubs Basketball Championship at Al Alhi Club on 1st June 2006.
AGBU Press Release
On 2 June 2006 AGBU?s main office in
Beirut AGBU women's basketball team tops Arab Champions League
The unstoppable AGBU Armenian Youth Association (AYA) Antranik Beirut Women's Basketball team rose to the top of the Arab Champion League tonight in
Playing a series of games with
Upon their arrival home to
This is not the first major championship for the Beirut AYA Antranik team this year. In March 2006, the basketball athletes participated in another arduous tournament to win the Lebanese National Women's Championships for the fourth consecutive year.
Since 1931, the AGBU Armenian Youth Association (AYA) has been bringing together thousands of Armenian youth around the world through athletics, scouting and other youth programs.
END OF THE PRESS RELEASE
Although AGBU has proudly highlighted in the above press release the role of the Armenian Youth Association in “bringing together thousands of Armenian youth around the world through athletics“, nevertheless the number of Armenian players in the winning Antranik team in the
Below is the list of the overall results: