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

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The GFL season starts this weekend and will see defending champs the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions host the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes, quarter-finalists in 2014.

The bad news heading into the season is the folding of the Cologne Falcons after losing their main sponsor.

Great Britain

Great Britain - Blitz vs Olympians2

The Premiership of the British American Football League  got underway two weeks ago as the defending champion London Warriors traveled to Bristol and handed the Aztecs a 43-0 defeat. This past weekend, the London Blitz had no trouble with the London Olympians beating them 35-0. The scheduled game between the Coventry Jets and the Sheffield Predators was postponed.

The East Kilbride Pirates hosted the Irish champion Belfast Trojans and in a well played game defeated them 24-14 scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns.


Holland - Hillversum vs Crusaders

There were three games  in the Dutch American Football League (AFBN) this past weekend. In the upset of the week, the Hilversum Hurricanes handed the Amsterdam Crusaders their first loss of the season beating them 20-14 in overtime. This was the first time the Hurricanes have beaten the Crusaders in 11 years. The cellar-dwelling Amsterdam Panthers beat up on the Lightning Leiden 32-3 while the Arnhem Falcons had no trouble with the Rotterdam Trojans whipping them 30-0.

The Falcons still lead Group A with a 6-0 record with the Eagles right behind at 4-1.  Although the Amsterdam Crusaders were shaken by their loss, the perennial championship contenders still lead Group B at 5-1.


There was only one game played in Hungary. The Budapest Cowbells more than doubled the Györ Sharks beating them 48-23. The Cowbells now lead the league at 2-0.


Ireland - Belfast vs East Kilbride


The South Dublin Panthers got their first win of the season blanking the Carrickfergus Knights 21-0. Then the Dublin Rebels  upset the Craigavon Cowboys 18-8.

The North-leading Belfast Trojans traveled to Scotland to take on the East Kilbride Pirates, one of the top teams in the British American Football Association. They were defeated 24-14 by the Pirates who were British semi-finalists in 2014.


In the only game in the South, the University of Limerick Vikings, who are undefeated and lead the conference at 4-0, beat the North Kildare Reapers handily 18-0.

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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.