Category Archives: This Sporting Life

June 7, 2017

This Sporting Life profiles a number of events coming up in 2017 in Bali as well as roundups of sports activities held recently. SWIMMING NEWS The 8th Bali Ocean Swim warm up for the 2017 Sea Games The annual Bali Ocean Swim held on Kuta Beach takes on added importance this year as a number of countries are using the event as a warm up for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.The 10km ocean swim is one the premier events in the swimming. A number of countries are coming to Bali with their squads to give them ocean ... [ Read More ]

May 10, 2017

This Sporting Life profiles a number of events coming up in 2017 in Bali as well as roundups of sports activities held recently.   AUSTRALIAN RULES NEWS 2017 Bali Geckos AFL Masters The Bali Masters 9’s Australian Football Tournament will celebrate its 13th year in 2017, and is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, with more teams, more footy and more off-fieldaction.With more teams than ever expected, the 2017 tournament has been extended to 3 days, and there will be 3 age divisions: 35+, 47+ and 60+. The event will again be hosted by the Bali Geckos and ... [ Read More ]

April 12, 2017

This Sporting Life profiles a number of events coming up in 2017 in Bali. RUNNING NEWS – Bali Marathon 2017 The organizers of Maybank Bali Marathon announced the official race date of the Maybank Bali Marathon 2017 (“MBM17”), an international race that will take place on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Bali. Maybank Indonesia made a number of improvements and refinements to make the event more vibrant, entering the sixth year of the race since it was first held in 2012. In 2017, the number of participants is expected to reach 8000-9000 participants, a 20% increase from last year. “We ... [ Read More ]

March 15, 2017

With Easter approaching, we report on a number of events held of the Easter break, like the Cricket Sixes starting their third decade.We cover the new Bali Tennis League using an online platform to arrange your games.   TENNIS NEWS – Bali Tennis Liga A group of tennis enthusiasts in Bali have set up an online platform creating the Bali Tennis League or Liga. A non commercial venture, everyone can register and use this platform absolutely for free. As the organisers indicate “The beauty of Bali Tennis Liga platform is freedom & flexibility. As a player, you can play with ... [ Read More ]

February 15, 2017

We start this month’s This Sporting News with the sad news of the death of Bali based MMA fighter Casey Suire, in other news the Bali Rugby Club’s new committee and their activities for  2017 and a new event in May, Dragon Boat racing, part of the local government’s push to put Bali on the the global sports calendar.   MARTIAL ARTS NEWS Casey Suire We sadly report that respected mixed martial artist Casey Suire was killed in a tragic motorbike accident in the early hours of  the 5th of February  last week in Canggu. Initial reports say he was killed on impact. Suire was an up ... [ Read More ]

January 18, 2017

SPORTS EVENTS IN 2017 With the new year upon us, it is time to have a look at what is in store sports wise for 2017, so This Sporting Life takes a look at the events  coming up. In January, traditionally quiet due to the rainy season limiting the outdoor events, so we have a couple of indoor events. The Bali Indoor Cricket League played in a futsal stadium now in its fourth season, with increased teams and a women’s competition. Febuary not much better in terms of sports events, which brings us to March. After the Nyepi break on March 28 the ... [ Read More ]

December 21, 2016

2016 The Bali Sports Year in Review As we come to the close of 2016, This Sporting Life looks back at the year that was for sport in Bali and some notable exploits that stand out. Many regular events kicked on the Bali Scene, the Bali Rugby Fest, Bali AFL Masters, Soccer 6’s, Bali Ocean Swim.A few new ones like the Tough Mudder in Jimbaran, Mad Hueys Surf Comp at Komune, with intrepid event organizers  trying  the sports market in Bali. This Sporting Life highlights a few memorable  performances like the Geckos finally winning the Asian Champs after numerous attempts and “Widi” who 8 years ago ... [ Read More ]

November 23, 2016

Denpasar Inclusive Marathon January 29, 2017 The inaugural Denpasar Inclusive Marathon will be held on Sunday, January 29,2017. Personally supported by the Mayor of Denpasar Ida Bagus Rai Mantra, the aim of this marathon is to bring awareness to persons with disabilities to be seen  not as persons to pity, but as athletes to respect.The  organisers  are planning a push rim wheelchair division, a visually impaired/blind division and a mobility impaired program together with a  number of distances for able bodied runners. All runners are welcome.   Full Marathon Half Marathon 10 km Fun Run The Marathon will run around the Renon area in ... [ Read More ]

October 26, 2016

AFL NEWS Bali Geckos bring home Asia’s AFL Championship Cup.   The Bali Geckos AFL football club have achieved a long sought after goal by defeating the Myanmar Fighting Cocks in the Grand Final of the Asian Championships, Division 2, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on October 15. The difference between Division 1 and division 2 was purely in the number ofplayers fielded- Div 1 teams fielded 16 players whereas in Div 2 reams fielded 12 players. 12 teams competed in Division 2 this year, which was arguably a tougher competition than Division 1 which only hosted 6 teams. In the first game ... [ Read More ]

September 28, 2016

RUGBY NEWS Bali Rugby Fest Now in its 22nd year, the Bali Rugby Fest (Bali 10s) looks to be another big fun event as it continues to deliver great interest year after year with many Indonesian and overseas teams making the trip to Bali to play in Jimbaran over the October 8 & 9 weekend. Malaysian teams of late have taken away the Cup with the Sabah OSCA Warriors winning in 2015, but this year for the Men’s 10s division the favourites will come from Australia. Teams from Perth, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney will compete for the Cup along with ... [ Read More ]