Around the Continent: Week 4 Full of Upsets And Close Calls

[tps_title]Around the Continent – Week 4 and the Upsets Continue – 2015[/tps_title]

The fourth week of Around the Continent saw the Czech Republic league kick off along with Norway and Denmark.  We intend to keep you abreast of all the news from around the European continent so make sure to check it out every week.

So far Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, AustriaPoland, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Norway and Denmark have kicked off their seasons. The Turkish league resumed three weekends ago after a three month hiatus.

We also want to hear from Estonia, Lativa, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia and any other country playing American football. Germany kicks off this weekend along with the Central European Football League and the Eastern League of American Football with teams from Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and Russia.

There were some notable upsets. In Holland, perennial contender the Amsterdam Crusaders were beaten by the Hilversum Hurricanes for the first time in 11 years. In Switzerland, the Zurich Renegades knocked off the reigning champion Basel Gladiators. To find out more, read on.

We do everything we can to stay on top of developments in each country but cannot always keep up with it so this is where we need your help. Last week, we had a few more misses but again our readers helped us straighten things out. Please keep us informed of events when they happen in your country.

We have tried to do previews for each country but without input from the leagues, this becomes an almost impossible task at times. Please help us here by letting us know who to contact in your country. Don’t hesitate to let us know if we have missed something or made a mistake. If we don’t respond quickly, keep trying. We are a tiny staff and we will eventually get your information posted. Also, if you have a tournament or new league write to us at [email protected].

Finally, if you can share on Facebook or retweet on Twitter we will spread the news even further.


Austria - Vienna-Prague

The Vienna Vikings captured their second straight win in the Austrian league downing the Prague Black Panthers 31-30, earning the victory by blocking a Prague PAT. The Swarco Raiders finally won a league game by beating the Graz Giants 51-14. So the Vikings top the league standings at 2-0 followed by Danube at 1-0.


Belgium - Brussels Black Angels action2

Flemish conference (FAFL)

The Flemish conference was idle this past weekend. Play resumes on April 19. The Ghent Gators are undefeated at 5-0 and lead the conference followed by the Brussels Black Angels at 3-0.

French Conference (LFFAB)

The four team French conference was idle again. The Brussels Tigers, finalists in the Belgian Bowl in 2014, are 3-0-1 with the Liege Monarchs in second at 2-1.

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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.