Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – 7/30/14

Exciting football action as seasons approach crunch time

This was a week that determined the champion of one of the finest American football leagues in Europe. Austrian Bowl XXX was a tribute to great coaching playing and organizing as the Raiffeissen Vienna Vikings (Europe# 1) won their third straight Austrian title beating arch rivals, the Swarco Raiders (Europe #5), 24 – 17 in a thrilling overtime battle. It truly was a game for the ages as the Raiders’ website declares.

In Ireland, the two teams in the championship game, the Shamrock Bowl (August 10th), were determined as last year’s finalists, the Belfast Trojans (defending champions) and  Trinity College Dublin, will face each other again. Read further and watch for a recap of the semi-finals and a preview of the big game itself in AFI.

As mentioned last week, the Serbian team Vukovi Belgrade (Europe #11) completed a wonderfully successful 19 game season winning the Central European Football League title while also winning the Serbian league (www.saaf.rs). Read an article on that website about American Football International Review too. And look for an upcoming story on this remarkable team in AFI!

Here then is what happened around the rest of the continent last weekend.

Austria

The Austrian final, Austrian Bowl XXX was a thriller for the ages as the Vienna Vikings (Europe #1) and the Swarco Raiders (Europe #5) battled to a 17-17 tie in regulation time. Vienna scored the only touchdown in overtime to win its third straight Austrian title 24-17. Read the game recap here.

Belgium

Belgian Bowl XXVII saw a new champion crowned earlier this month as the Ghent Gators made no mistake handing the defending champion the Brussels Tigers a 38-0 pummeling. This was the first ever title win for the Gators and they did it on their first try. Read the game recap HERE!

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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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