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

CEFL (Central European Football League)

Vukvoi Belgrade (Europe #10) capped a grueling yet highly successful season earlier in July, by beating the Ljubjana Silverhawks 27-17 to win their second title of the year. Vukovi reached three championship finals winning two of them. A remarkable achievement.

Czech Republic

The Czech championship ended, as expected last month, with the Prague Black Panthers (Europe #8) taking the title beating the Pnbram Bobcats 40-0. With that, Prague finished a great season with a record of 13-6. They played more games than any other team in Europe.



In Denmark four games were on top. In Group 1 action the Aarhus Tigers demolished the Amager Demons  54-7 at home. Aarhus now leads the league in scoring offense with 317 points in eight games.  Also in Group 1, the Esbjerg Hurricanes dismantled the Odense Swans 54-6. In Group 2, Sollerod blanked the Aab 89ers 19-0 and Herlev beat the Holbaeck Red Devils 14-0.

The Copenhagen Towers (Europe #18) still lead the league at 7-0 and have scored 299 points in seven games while allowing only 32 against. Aarhus is second in Group 1 at 6-2 with Amager third (3-5). The Triangle Razorbacks  who were idle, still lead Group 2 at 7-1, followed by Sollerod in second (5-3) and Herlev third, also at 5-3.


In Finland, the Helsinki Roosters (Europe #12), opened up a 23-0 halftime lead and then cruised past the Butchers 47-20. The Turku Trojans did all their scoring in the second quarter and then hung on to beat TAFT 16-0.  The Senaijoki Crocodiles had to battle but finally outlasted the Helsinki 69ers 13-6, eliminating the 69ers officially from the playoffs. In the fourth match-up, the  Helsinki Wolverines enjoyed a rare victory in beating the Kuovola Indians 43-28.  The Roosters remain first in the Maple League with 16 points and the Turku Trojans are second also with 16. The Roosters defeated Turku 48-41 earlier in the season, but the two teams face each other this weekend in the final regular season game and the outcome will determine first and second. The Crocodiles are third at 7-2 and TAFT is fourth with a 4-5 record. The Butchers are right behind TAFT with the same record and will play them for the final playoff spot this weekend. Two huge games in Finland this weekend.



The Thonon Black Panthers (Europe #15) won the French league in thrilling fashion a month ago. But they lost lost in the semi-finals of the inaugural IFAF Europe Champions League tournament to Vukovi Belgrade 19-7.

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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.