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


In the first quarter-final matchup in the Russian league, the St. Petersburg Griffins took an 8-6 lead over Moscow United and held on through the second half to win 8-6. Defending champions, the Moscow Patriots had an easier time of it beating the St. Petersburg Vikings 30-9. In the third quarter-final the Voronezh Mighty Ducks  held on in a thriller against the Astrakhan Gladiators to finally win 32-25. The fourth quarter final between the Nizhny Novgorod Raiders and Simferopol Taurus from Crimea was forfeited by the Taurus as they were unable to travel due to political unrest in the region. Read the full recap here.

So the semifinals this weekend look like this. The St. Petersburg Griffins will host the Moscow Patriots, while the Nizhny Novgorod Raiders are going to travel to the Caspian Sea to play the Astrakhan Gladiators.

Griffins v. United 2


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.


The playoffs are just days away in Sweden now. In the final regular season round the Carlstad Crusaders (Europe #11) easily handled the Orebro Black Knights 48-20.In a game with no importance other than pride, the STU Northside Bulls upset the Uppsala 86ers 55-35. The Tyreso Royal Crowns had a tough time handling the last-place Limmhamn Griffins 37-22 while the Kristianstad Predators beat the Stockholm Mean Machines 50-20.

In the semi-finals this weekend, Carlstad will host the Kristianstad Predators at 5 PM local time Saturday while the Orebro Black Knights will travel to Stockholm to play the Tyreso Royal Crowns. Both games will be streamed and we will have the details on AFI.

STU Bulls


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.