Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – August 28th, 2014

 Playoff races and playoffs raging!

The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions (Europe #1), are like a freight train and no one can stop it. The Berlin Adler (Europe #9) were the latest victims as the Lions rolled over them 35-3.

The Dresden Monarchs (Europe #3) had a tough time but finally outlasted the Cologne Falcons (Europe #14), 39-25.    The playoff race is tightening up. The top three spots in the north are sewn  up but fourth will be a race between the Adler and Cologne. In the south the Munich Cowboys are battling to stay alive but Saarland could overtake them and in the event of a tie the Hurricanes have the edge in the two meetings between the teams.

The playoffs in Sweden start this weekend as the league-leading Carlstad Crusaders (Europe #11) host the Kristianstad Predators while the Tyreso Royal Crowns will be at home to the Orebro Black Knights. The British quarter finals offered no surprises as all the top teams won. 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. And finally in Russia, the four semifinalists were decided.

Three 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.

We have added a section on Russia this week.

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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