Final weekend of play in German Football League promises thrilling end

The last weekend of action in the German Football League will see the final playoff berths decided with a dramatic finish looming in the GFL North.

In the GFL North, it basically comes down to one game.

The battles for first, second and third will be decided on the outcome of one game, provided of course that the Berlin Rebels do not choke and lose.

The Braunschweig New Yorker Lions lead the North with a 11-2 record with the second place Dresden Monarchs hot on their heels, also with an 11-2 record. The Berlin Rebels are third at 10-3 but have two wins against the Lions and a decisive victory over the Monarchs.

Dresden, Berlin and Braunschweig took care of business last weekend, winning their respective games. The Lions defeated the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 22-14 while Dresden had no trouble beating the Hildesheim Invaders 40-3. Berlin downed the winless Hamburg Huskies 24-7.

So Braunschweig and Dresden face each other Sunday, September 9 to decide first place. The winner will finish with a 12-2 record and in sole possession of first. The Rebels face the Hildesheim Invaders and should they win (and they should) they will then finish second, no matter who wins the Lions-Monarchs game. The loser of that game will drop to third and lose home field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

The final playoff berth in the GFL North was decided last weekend when the Cologne Crocodiles beat the Potsdam Royals 31-18.

The situation in the GFL South is down to the final playoff berth.

The 13-0 Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, 11-2 Frankfurt Universe and 8-5 Allgäu Comets have locked up the top three playoff berths but the  fourth is up for grabs.

Both the 5-8 Munich Cowboys and 5-8 Marburg Mercenaries are in contention. However, Munich has the edge with a better points differential in the two head to head meetings between the teams this year. Munich plays the Stuttgart Scorpions while the Mercenaries take on the Ingolstadt Dukes.

All the Cowboys need to do is beat Stuttgart to qualify while Marburg has to hope for a Munich loss and then beat Ingolstadt.

The German Football League playoffs are scheduled to start September 22 with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns set to play the Cologne Crocodiles.



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