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Doha College Students Bring Home Gold from West Asian Rugby Championships

Four Doha College students made history, together with the rest of Qatar women’s rugby team, by winning the inaugural Women’s Sevens tournament held alongside the West Asia Rugby Championship. Teams from Qatar, Syria, Iran, and two teams from host country Lebanon, fought a hard battle, but the Qatar team prevailed, undefeated.

Lucie Murphy, Charlotte Finney (Y10), Abi Falcous-Gill and Yasmine Tobun (Y12) were all recently selected to represent Qatar at the recent rugby tournament. The girls play for the Doha Rugby Football Club and are all U17 players, making their selection for the senior Qatar team all the more impressive. The team had a very successful tournament, defeating every team they faced and won the finals to become inaugural champions.

Year 12 student Abi said it has been a massive opportunity for them.

We were used to training with each other but living with each other for several days in Lebanon made us a family. It has been a very emotional moment when we won the finals, as it was such a challenging game, it also gave us a lot of pride, not only because of winning but also for opening a new doorway for rugby in Qatar.’

Lucie, a Year 10 student, shared that their experience was amazing, and one that she’ll never forget. She said Lebanon is a beautiful country and to travel there to play rugby for Qatar has been an honour. Yasmine, another Year 12 student agreed with what her two schoolmates had shared.

Having the chance to represent a country that has given me so much over the last four years was an unforgettable experience. Long hours of training allowed our team to develop into the family we are now and work as a unit, which enabled us to bring home the cup.’

Another Doha College student, Charlotte Finney was also named the ‘2017-2018 Player of the Year’ in her category, by the Doha Rugby Football Club.

The girls train for two hours, three times a week, which is a sizeable commitment for secondary students who must also study hard for their school work. One of the weekly sessions is under their Doha College coach, Grainne Burness, who was immensely proud of her girls’ success.

Doha College offers Academic PE for A Levels and BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching, as well as numerous opportunities to compete in a great variety of sports. To find out more, visit their homepage at

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