The Aspire Banks League – organised by Aspire Zone Foundation in cooperation with the Qatar Central Bank – got off to a strong start last Saturday with a number of exciting matches played out on the indoor pitch at Aspire Dome.
The league kicked off with a number of competitive and high tempo games that included with a 3 – 0 win for Qatar National Bank against the International Bank of Qatar and a 4 – 0 victory for Al Khaliji Bank against Commercial Bank. The other two games included a remarkable 8 – 1 triumph for Masraf Al Rayyan against Qatar Development Bank, and a 4 – 2 win for Barwa Bank against Qatar International Islamic Bank.
The same quality and competitive spirit were much in evidence during the second day of the league when Qatar Islamic Bank trumped Qatar Central Bank with a 3 – 0 win. Excitement reached a highpoint however during the second match between Al Ahli Bank and HSBC. Whilst the two sides were neck in neck for much of the game, Al Ahli Bank ran out eventual winners with a well earned 5 – 4 victory. The last game from this first week of the league ended with a draw between Standard Chartered and Doha Bank.
Running between October 2015 and February 2016, the league will be played out between 14 participating banks with a total of 91 matches due to be played. Games will be held every Saturday and Sunday with occasional weekly breaks.
The new league builds on the success of a previous banks tournament organised at the Aspire Dome during Ramadan as part of the Aspire Zone Foundation’s Ramadan Sports Festival. The new league offers even greater numbers of banks the opportunity to participate, with 14 banks set to take part.
Those banks participating in the league include Qatar Central Bank, Qatar National Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, Masraf Al Rayyan, Barwa Bank, Qatar Islamic International Bank, Al Ahli Bank, International Bank Of Qatar, Khaliji Bank, Qatar Development Bank, Commercial Bank, Doha Bank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered.
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