Preview: Shamrock Bowl – Belfast Trojans v. Trinity College Dublin

The biggest game in Irish American Football is nearly upon us!

This Sunday, two of the countries best teams will compete for the Shamrock Bowl at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin to be crowned the 2014 National Champions.

Shamrock Bowl XXVIII sets the stage for the best two teams in Ireland, when either the Belfast Trojans or Trinity College Dublin will walk out National Champions. This game has got the makings to be something special; its First versus Second, South Division Champions versus North Division Champions, the leagues best Offence versus the leagues best Defence, the Students versus the Green Machine. Will the 2-time champion’s the Trojans defend their crown? Or will Trinity win their first Shamrock Bowl in the clubs history! It is going to be an exciting final!

Kick-off is at 3pm at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin on August 10th. Tickets are available on Ticket prices range from €8 for adults, €5 for children. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased from your local American Football club.

Who will prevail? Now to the previews!

Belfast Trojans


The reigning and defending Champions, The Belfast Trojans will be heading to Dublin to take on Trinity College Dublin in a battle that will determine who leaves with the coveted Waterford Crystal bowl in their hands. These two sides have built a competitive rivalry over the last two seasons, with the Trojans defeating the students in the Atlantic Cup Final last term, and with Trinity ending the Belfast sides unbeaten run earlier in the season. Over the course of the year, these sides have proved they deserve their place in the final, but ultimately, only one team can be crowned champions!


QB James McKelvey will be looking to get his players fired up for the final and with key weapons Dave Colvin and David Richardson back having missed the last encounter, the Trojans will be extremely strong on offense. With the mix of experience and young blood on the offensive line that have been very impressive in their first year, coupled with the variety of aerial and rushing threats, the offence has plenty of fire power heading into the final.


Intensity, desire, commitment; there’s no shortage of words to describe the leagues best defense. With numerous shutouts, interceptions and defensive scores this term, the Trojans ‘D’ are a threat all over the field. Their defensive line is disruptive, their linebackers are hard-hitting and with their ball-hawking secondary, the defense has all the ingredients to stop a rampaging Trinity offence.

SEASON RESULTS: (7-1)                                                           SCORING CHARTS:

A: Carrickfergus Knights – W 28-13                   Passing: James McKelvey – 14 TD’s

A: Craigavon Cowboys – W 28-0

H: Craigavon Cowboys – W 56-0                        Rushing: David Colvin – 5 TD’s

A: West Dublin Rhinos – W 19-6

H: Trinity College – L 18-0                                   Receiving: David Richardson – 6 TD’s

H: Dublin Dragons – W 35-0

A: Dublin Rebels – W 34-19                                  Kicker: Rick Duffield – 5 XP’s  1 FG

H: Carrickfergus Knights – W 50-0

Semi Final: UL Vikings – W 28-6                           Defence: Jon-Erik Talvio – 2 TD’s

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Scott is an aspiring Sports Journalist who enjoys writing about all things American Football. He is a regular contributor to AFI Review and also writes for both NFL Ireland and Double Coverage, and currently plays for the Belfast Trojans. He also