LIVESTREAM: Austria – Traun Steelsharks @Dacia Vienna Vikings, Sunday, June 23, 3p CEDT (9a EDT)

The Dacia Vienna Vikings (6-3), Europe #7, will hos the Traun Steelsharks (2-7) in the final game of the Austrian Football League regular season Sunday, June 23 at Vienna’s Stadion Hohe Warte.

This Vikings have already sewn up second place in the AFL and earned a bye into the semifinals. For Traun, this is the final game of the season.

The Vikings are coming off a solid 27-21 win last week against the Danube Dragons. They had lost a tough one to the Swarco Raiders, 34-13, following  a string of three wins. They downed the Mödling Rangers 55-28, Prague Black Panthers 28-3 and the week before they beat the Danube Dragons 10-3. In international play, Vienna earned  a big win in European Club Team Competition (ECTC) action in Barcelona, Spain, where they downed the Badalona Dracs 38-8. With that victory, the Vikingswon the ECTC Central Division (after also beating the Triangle Razorbacks from Denmark on April 14) and will now play in the ECTC/CEFL championship game on June 30.The Vikings have had a pair of tough losses though, first losing to the Raiders 48-28 in the second game of the year and then, two games later dropping a tough 36-14 decision to the Graz Giants.

Vikings quarterback Austin Herink has put up respectable numbers so far having thrown for 2,049 yards and 20 TDs in nine games. Bernhard Seikovits is his leading target with 624 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Andrew Spencer, who has replaced the injured Islaam Amadu at running back, rushed for 207 yards in last week’s win over Danube. He will likely get the start today.  Linebacker Lucky Ogbevoen leads all tacklers for the Vikings with 38.

The Steelsharks have suffered through another rough season with their two wins coming against the lowly Amstetten Thunder. 

Still, their offense, which has averaged 29 points a game, has been a bright spot with QB John Uribe becoming one of the top passers in the AFL. He has thrown for 2,269 yards and 21 TDs with one game left. His favorite target has been WR Mario Winter who who has 825 yards and 5 TDs in receiving while Mathias Berghammer is 2nd on the team with 559 yards and a team-best 7 TDs. Felix Stadler has 30 catches for 393 yards and 5 TDs while RB Florian Nohmayr is one of the league’s top rushers with 564 yards and 3 TDs.

Even though this is a game with no bearing on the standings, the Vikings are playing in front of their home fans and will not be inclined to let up. However, if Uribe can ignite the Steelsharks, things could get interesting.

Watch the game live here. Traun Steelsharks @Dacia Vienna Vikings, Sunday, June 23, 3p CEDT (9a EDT)

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