Around the Continent: More Upsets and Great Action in Europe!

[tps_title]Around the Continent – Week 5 and Germany Has Kicked off[/tps_title]

This is the fifth week of Around the Continent the latest league to get underway was Germany. Also, the Baltic Sea League with teams from Latvia, Estonia and Belarus also kicked off.

We intend to keep you abreast of all the news from around the European continent so make sure to check it out every week.

So far Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, AustriaPoland, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Norway, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Denmark have kicked off their seasons. The Turkish league resumed three weekends ago after a three month hiatus.

We also want to hear from Slovenia and Slovakia and any other country playing American football.

There were more upsets and near upsets. The opening game in Germany proved the saying that “…it ain’t over until it’s over…” as the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions had to dig deep in the second half to finally defeat the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes. In Holland, the Alphen Eagles outlasted German playoff contender the Marburg Mercenaries 17-13 in European Football League play. And again in Switzerland the Luzern Lions keep surprising other teams, this time downing perennial league contender the Calanda Broncos.

We do everything we can to stay on top of developments in each country but cannot always keep up with it so this is where we need your help. Last week, we had a few more misses but again our readers helped us straighten things out. Please keep us informed of events when they happen in your country.

We have tried to do previews for each country but without input from the leagues, this becomes an almost impossible task at times. Please help us here by letting us know who to contact in your country. Don’t hesitate to let us know if we have missed something or made a mistake. If we don’t respond quickly, keep trying. We are a tiny staff and we will eventually get your information posted. Also, if you have a tournament or new league write to us at [email protected]

Finally, if you can share on Facebook or retweet on Twitter we will spread the news even further.

Austria

Austria - Vienna v. Danube

The Vienna Vikings are now 3-0 in the Austrian league as they dismantled the Danube Dragons 47-10.  The Prague Black Panthers  then edged  the Grax Giants 34-28. Vienna, playing sans imports, is fashioning a season to remember.  So the Vikings top the league standings at 3-0 followed by Prague at 2-1.

Baltic Sea League

Baltic - action2

The Baltic Sea League involving teams from Latvia, Estonia and Belarus got underway this past weekend. The Tartu Titans from Estonia beat up on the Riga Lions 51-6 in Riga, Latvia. In the other game, the Vitebsk Lynxes from Belarus  defeated the visiting Grodno Barbarians, also from Belarus 35-0.

 Belgium

Belgium - Limburg - Ghent action

Flemish conference (FAFL)

Two games were played in the Flemish conference. The Brussels Black Angels solidified their second place position by beating up on the Izegem Tribes 56-6.   Meanwhile, the Puurs Titans outlasted the Limburg Shotguns 47-36. With two games left in the regular season, the Ghent Gators are undefeated at 5-0 and lead the conference followed by the Brussels Black Angels who are now 4-0.

French Conference (LFFAB)

The four team French conference was idle again. The Brussels Tigers, finalists in the Belgian Bowl in 2014, are 3-0-1 with the Liege Monarchs in second at 2-1.

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Roger Kelly
Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.
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