Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – August 6th, 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.


Having lost only one game between them this season the Belfast Trojans and Trinity College Dublin will square off Sunday in the Irish championship, the Shamrock Bowl. This has the makings of an exciting final.  In the past 14 months, Belfast and Trinity have faced each other twice in competitive games, winning one each. Both teams were also finalists in the EFAF Atlantic Cup in 2013. The Irish championship game, the Shamrock Bowl takes place August 10. This is the first appearance in the Irish championship game for Trinity while the Trojans have won the last two.


The Milano Seamen (Europe #15) 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 the 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 #11) 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 has ended with the Badalona Dracs as new champions.


The Carlstad Crusaders (Europe #12) rolled over the Stockholm Mean Machines 69-7 to take over sole possession of first place in the Swedish Super Series. The second place Tyreso Royal Crowns  delivered the same fate to the Arlanda Jets handing them an embarrassing 70-6 defeat. The Orebro Black Knights beat the STU Northside Bulls 39-20. In a game for the fourth and last playoff spot, the Kristianstad Predators edged the Uppsala 86ers 26-23 after scoring a touchdown with less than two minutes left on the clock. With three games remaining,  Carlstad sits solidly atop the standings with a 7-0 record. The Royal Crowns are second at 7-1 but cannot catch the Crusaders having lost to them earlier in the season. Orebro sits at third at 5-2 while Kristianstad has secured fourth with the win over the 86ers.


The Basel Gladiators (Europe #15) won the Swiss Bowl in July for the first time in their history. We do our utmost to keep up with all the American football being played throughout Europe. In fact, nowhere else can you find more comprehensive information. But we are bound to miss something. Please let us know if we do and also give us ideas and comments on how to improve. We also are looking for contributions, whether you are a coach or player or a fan. Send your articles and we will print them. Send you articles or comments to: [email protected] or [email protected]

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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.