LIVESTREAM: Swarco Raiders Will Host Finnish champion Helsinki Roosters In Battle4Tirol

This weekend, the defending Austrian champions, the Swarco Raiders continue their fascinating Battle4Tirol tournament as they host the Helsinki Roosters from Finland.

This is the second game for the Raiders in 2016 in this unusual event with a slightly different format. It is actually not an tournament as such but simply standalone games against international competition. The first team up this year was the Stuttgart Scorpions. The Raiders defeated the Scorpions in Stuttgart, Germany a couple of weeks ago 33-3.

This season the event has been pared down from four games to three with the Elmhurst College Bluejays from Chicago joining Stuttgart and the reigning Finnish champions the Helsinki Roosters in facing the Raiders. The Raiders will host Elmhurst College in June.

This time, in the second game of a three-game event, the Roosters travel to Innsbruck to take on the Austrians.

Battle4Tirol - Taylor-Callahan

Jaycen Taylor & Kyle Callahan (Photo: Florian Schellhorn)

The Roosters have an impressive record having won 18 Finnish titles including the last four in a row. The Roosters won the IFAF Europe Champions League title in 2014 in dramatic fashion. Returning from last year are quarterback Mic Brown and running back Jaycen Taylor.

These two teams last played each other in the EFL  quarterfinals in 2013. The Raiders won that contest with a resounding 52-13 score.

The Raiders have not changed much from the 2015 team which won the Austrian championship  Sean Shelton has returned at quarterback as has Kyle Callahan at wide receiver. Milton Knox steps in at running back and Dijon Washington at defensive back. Another new face on defense for these games is Jermaine Guynn at linebacker.


The game will be streamed live on Saturday, April 9 at 5:30 PM (11:30 AM EDT)

Photo credits: Helsinki Roosters, Swarco Raiders, Florian Schellhorn.

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.