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

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Italy - Milano Seamen v Bolzano



The Milano Seamen made a statement over the weekend, upending the previously undefeated Bolzano Giants 30-14. With that, the Seamen lead the North. However, the Parma Panthers have a game in hand and could create a three-way tie should they beat the Rhinos next week.


In the South, the Roma Grizzlies edged the Ferrara Aquila 13-10. The Lazio Marines are dominating the conference though with a 4-0 record and the best offense in Italy having scored 172 points in four games.

The Milano Seamen will open their IFAF Europe Champions League round this weekend by hosting the L’Hospitalet Pioners from Spain.


The Norwegian league got underway with four teams in action. The Eidsvoll 1814s were in tough against the Oslo Vikings but finally eked out a 7-0 victory in a physical battle. The Lura Bulls demonstrated that they are aiming at a championship by trouncing the Nidaros Domers 62-12. Special teams played a part in the lopsided victory as evidenced by this Bulls kickoff return. Simon Bruset the returner should have been down twice at least.


Poland - Wroclaw Panthers v Warsaw Eagles


All eight teams in the Polish league (PLFA) were in action last weekend. The Wroclaw Panthers took a 24-0 first half lead against the Warsaw Eagles and then cruised to a 37-14 victory. The Lowlanders defeated the Zagłębie Steelers 33-12 while Kozly beat Husaria 36-20. Finally, the defending champion Gydina Seahawks whipped the Sharks 48-18. Tailback Marcus Sims was a force gaining almost 200 yards rushing and scoring two touchdowns (one shown above).

The Panthers and Seahawks seem to be making it a two team race in Poland. The Panthers have scored 142 points in three games allowing only 21 against. The Seahawks are not far behind posting 150 points on offense and allowing 69.

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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.