Around The Continent: Week 7 – With Action from Austria to the Ukraine!

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The Week 7 edition of the European edition of Around the Continent  is filled with football action from Austria to the Ukraine.

We are a little late this week with so much going on in league play, Big6 (two games involving Austrian and German teams) and IFAF Europe’s Champions League.

We intend to keep you abreast of all the news from around the European continent so make sure to check it out every week. Many thanks again to Filippo Rostoni in helping me keep my facts straight.

So far Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, AustriaPoland, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Norway, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, the Ukraine and Denmark have kicked off their seasons.

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. Please keep us informed of events when they happen in your country. And please send us game photos from your most recent games.

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.

Alpe Adria League

Alpe Adria - Maribor Generals

The Alpe Adria seven team league involving teams from Slovenia (Maribor Generals, Alp Devils) Croatia (Zagreb Patriots) Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo Spartans) and Serbia (Pancevo Panthers, Belgrade Blue Dragons).

The league was idle this past weekend. Play resumes May 10.

Alpe Adria logoTwo weeks ago, the Maribor Generals (Slovenia) beat the Alp Devils also from Slovenia 13-6. The Generals lead the West division while the Serbian Pancevo Panthers top the East.


Austria - Danube v. Graz

Only one game was played in the Austrian league this past weekend. The Danube Dragons evened their record at 2-2 in beating the Graz Giants 35-14. Dragon quarterback Alex Good threw for 315 yards and five touchdowns in the win. His favorite target was tight end Matthias Rebl who caught 10 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vikings remain atop the standings but the picture has changed with Danube (2-2), the Swarco Raiders (2-2) and the Prague Black Panthers (2-1) all jostling for position behind them. The Graz Giants are winless.

In Big6 play the Swarco Raiders lost a tough game to Braunschweig  while the Vienna Vikings had no trouble defeating the Berlin Adler 33-0

Baltic Sea League

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One game was played in the Baltic Sea League. In the third game of the season  the Riga Lions took a 16-0 halftime lead against the visiting Minsk Pagans from Belarus and then went on to beat them 26-8. Six referees from Belarusian Federation of American football officiated the game. This was the very first game ever played by the Pagans.

The Baltic Sea League features teams from Latvia, Estonia and Belarus.


Flemish conference (FAFL)

Two games were played in the Flemish conference this past weekend. The Leuven Lions posted their first win of 2015 in defeating the Puurs Titans 23-12. Then the Ostend Pirates solidified their third place spot by beating the Izegem Tribes 26-0. The Ghent Gators are undefeated at 5-0 and lead the conference followed by the Brussels Black Angels who are 4-0.

French Conference (LFFAB)

The French conference was idle and resumes on May 10. . The Brussels Tigers still top the French conference at 4-0-1 followed by Liege at 3-1-1.

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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.