Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – 7/18/14

Denmark

No games were played as the Danish league is taking a break. Actions returns on August 9. The Copenhagen Towers lead the entire league and have scored 268 points in six games while allowing only 26 against. Phenomenal numbers. They are first in Group 1 and have defeated the Triangle Razorbacks and the Gold Diggers (two and three in Denmark) by a combined total of 58-6.

Finland

The Finnish Maple League saw three games played as the Helsinki Roosters were busy winning the IFAF Champions League Cup. The Porvoo Butchers beat up on the Kouvola Indians 38-21 while the Sanaijoki Crocodiles squeaked by TAFT 23-20, after being up 3-0 at the half. Finally the Turkuu Trojans overwhelmed the Helsinki 69ers 58-19. The Crocodiles, Roosters and Trojans are all undefeated at 3-0 and the 69ers remain in fourth at 2-1.

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France

The French champion Thonon Black Panthers (Europe #14) lost in the semi-finals of the inaugural IFAF Europe Champions League tournament to Vukovi Belgrade 19-7.

Germany

North: Six of the eight teams in the North were in action. In the feature game, the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes (Europe #5)  jumped to an early lead against the Berlin Adler and then cruised to a 28-20 victory. Then Braunschweig demolished the hapless Berlin Rebels 62-6. Finally, Cologne (Europe#10) stayed in sight of a playoff spot beating Dusseldorf 37-20.  Braunschweig still leads the North at 5-0, followed by Kiel at 5-3, Dresden (Europe #4)  (4-2) and the Berlin Adler at 3-2.

South: The Schwabisch Hall Unicorns (Europe #8) had a scare as the Allgau Comets forced them to play their best football to come away finally with a 42-36 win. The Marburg Mercenaries (Europe #18) are staying close to both the Unicorns and the Stuttgart Scorpions (Europe #3) in the standings. They showed no mercy against the Munich Cowboys beating them decisively 42-6. Inthe third game, Saarland beat the Rhein-Neckar Bandits 34-21 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Scorpions are still undefeated at 8-0 and lead the South, with the Unicorns second at 7-2. The Marburg Mercenaries and Munich Cowboys round out the top four in the South.

Great Britain

In the Premiership North division, there was only one game played as the Coventry Jets blanked the Nottingham Ceasars 13-0.   So the Tamworth Phoenix remain atop the North standings at 6-0 followed by the Pirates, also at 6-0. Coventry is third at 5-2 and the Birmingham Bulls occupy fourth at 3-3.

Premiership South: In the only game played in the Premiership South, the South Wales Warriors edged the Cambridgeshire Cats 21-20.  The London Warriors lead the South with a 6-0 record with the Blitz in second at 5-0. Bristol is solidly in third at 4-1 while the South Wales Warriors advanced past the London Olympians with their win into fourth with a 3-3 record.

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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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