Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – August 20th, 2014

Five countries football seasons rage on!

The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions (Europe #1), again proved the quality of the football they play in a second straight dismantling of the Cologne Falcons (Europe #14), this time 59-7.  The Schwabisch Hall  Unicorns (Europe #5) are also marching and took apart the number three team in the German South division, the Marburg Mercenaries, 49-14.

As a matter of fact, play continues in Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Great Britain. The playoffs begin in the UK this coming weekend. See the section on Great Britain for the match ups. The Swedish playoffs take place August 30-31 as the final round of play is this weekend. The Finnish playoffs are scheduled for September 6-7. In Denmark the playoffs don’t start until late in September as is the case in Germany as well.

There were no championship games this past weekend but plenty of action still. Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Great Britain are still playing football. With the playoffs approaching quickly most teams are jockeying for position in their respective leagues.

Poland crowned a new champion three weeks ago as the Gdynia Seahawks upset the Wroclaw Panthers 41-32 in a game that became a game in the fourth quarter. With the Seahawks up 35-12 early in the final period, Wroclaw mounted a comeback bid and looked dangerous in doing it. They scored three touchdowns but could not quite make it. Read the story HERE.

Two weeks ago the Belfast Trojans captured the Irish championship downing Trinity College Dublin 7-0 in the Shamrock Bowl for their third straight title. Read the story here.

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

Austria

The Austrian final last month, Austrian Bowl XXX, was a thriller for the ages as the Vienna Vikings (Europe #2) and the Swarco Raiders (Europe #4) 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 in July 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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