Around the Continent: Roger’s Corner – September 4th, 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


The Moscow Patriots were pushed to the limit by the St. Petersburg Griffins but found a way to win 27-26 in the first Russian semi-final matchup. The Griffins took the lead early and it was not until the fourth quarter that the Patriots made a comeback. . In the other semifinal, the host Astrakhan Gladiators took control early and never let up in demolishing the Nizhny Novgorod Raiders 52 58-8. Read the full recap on AFI


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.


In the Swedish semi-finals, the Carlstad Crusaders proved why they are heavy favorites to win the 2014 title in Sweden. They jumped out to a 31-0 lead in the first quarter and thrashed the Kristianstad Predators 64-7. Although no one expected that kind of a lopsided score, there was no surprise in the outcome. In the other semi-final, the Orebro Black Knights, finalists last year, also jumped out to an early lead , 19-0, but then had to battle the Tyreso Royal Crowns to the very end, winning the game 19-13 with the Royal Crowns threatening.



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.