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


In July, the Alphen Eagles won Tulip Bowl XXX in a nail biter, beating arch rival the Amsterdam Crusaders 14-12. This was the third Tulip Bowl victory in a row for the Eagles.


In a Shamrock Bowl that will be remembered as much for the rain as for the defenses, the Belfast Trojans outlasted Trinity College Dublin 7-0 to win their third Irish championship in a row. Read the recap HERE.


The Milano Seamen (Europe #19) won their first-ever Italian championship – Super Bowl XXXIV in July beating four-time champion the Parma Panthers handily 33-3.


The Norwegian championship was decided last month as the Kristiansand Gladiators beat heavy favorite the Eidsvoll 1814s 22-21 on a last second hail mary pass.


The Polish Super Final saw the Gdynia Seahawks defeat the Wroclaw Panthers 41-32 to win their second Polish title in three years. Read the game recap HERE.

Tunde Ogun TD


Earlier this month, Vukovi Belgrade (Europe #10) made no mistake in the Serbian championship game beating rivals the Kragujevac Wild Boars 27-17, to cap a highly successful season. The Serbian squad also reached the finals of the the IFAF Europe Champions League tournament losing in a close one to Helsinki 36-27.


The season in June with the Badalona Dracs as new champions.


At this point, with the final regular season games this coming weekend, the Carlstad Crusaders (Europe #11) are far and away the best team in Sweden, and quite likely in Scandinavia. This past weekend they demolished the STU Northside Bulls 80-6.  The third place Orebro Black Knights had no trouble with the Arlanda Jets whipping them 78-14. The Limmhamn Griffins are playing their best football of the season right now and gave the playoff-bound Kristianstad Predators all they could handle, finally succumbing to them 17-6. The Uppsala 86ers then cruised to a 61-14 victory over the Stockholm Mean Machines.

With just one game remaining, Carlstad sits solidly atop the standings with a 9-0 record. The Royal Crowns are second at 8-1 but cannot catch the Crusaders having lost to them earlier in the season. Orebro sits at third at 7-2 while Kristianstad is fourth with a 5-4 record.


The Basel Gladiators (Europe #17) won the Swiss Bowl in July for the first time in their history.

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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.