Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – 7/2/14


Trinity University Dublin (IAFL South) keep demonstrating that they are the best team in Ireland and this week was no exception. They remain undefeated at 8-0 with a thorough trouncing of the West Dublin Rhinos (IAFL South) 53-6. The Dublin Rebels (IAFL North), second in the northern division (6-1) had no trouble with the 1-6 Dublin Dragons beating them 41-6. Finally, the University of Limerick Vikings (IAFL South) (6-2) blanked the Waterford Wolves (IAFL South) (0-7) 27-0 to stay in second spot in the south. Four games remain in the Irish league and the wildcard playoffs start July 20. The first place teams in the North and South divisions earn a bye into the semi-finals on July 27. The Irish championship game, the Shamrock Bowl takes place August 7.

West Dublin Rhinos


The Parma Panthers (Europe #12) will take on the Milano Seamen in the Italian championship – Super Bowl XXXIV – on July 6. The Panthers, winners of the past four Italian Super Bowls, are heavily favored, needless to say. In their only meeting this season, the opening game of the 2014 Italian season, Parma won 48-27. Parma quarterback Tommaso Monardi has started in the last three championships wins and is tough to stop. He is mobile, reads well and has a strong arm. He will be looking to a fine group of receivers including Alesandro Fontanella and Gabriela Ghirotti.

Nevertheless, the Seamen are on a roll having won a club-record 10 straight games after that opening day loss to Parma, behind the arm of quarterback Jonathan Dally.


The final two games of the regular season were played this past weekend. The Vålerenga Trolls handed Eidsvoll 1814s their first defeat of the year 28-27. The result had no bearing on the standings as the 1814s still finished first and will face the Oslo Vikings in the Norwegian semi-finals this weekend. Meanwhile, the Vikings had no problems with the Domers beating them 3914. In the other semi-final, the Kristiansand Gladiators take on the Lura Bulls.

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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.