Team Finland Rules the Day Capturing Gold at the IFAF Europe Women’s European Championships

The 2015 IFAF Europe Women’s European Championship wrapped up in Maracena (Granada), Spain Saturday with the favorites Team Finland running away with the gold medal. Great Britain won the silver medal while Team Germany earned the bronze.

Gold Medal Game

IFAF Europe - Women's EC - Finland v GB banner

Team Finland 50 – Team Great Britain 12

IFAF Europe - Women's EC - Finland v GB

Team Finland built a 20-9 halftime lead against Great Britain in the 2015 IFAF Europe Women’s European Championship, and then pulled away for an easy 50-12 win to earn the gold medal.

Finland’s quarterback Jenni Wahlberg ran for three touchdowns and threw for three two-point conversions in the victory which solidified Finland as the number one team in Women’s European American Football.

Leading 26-12 entering the fourth quarter, the Finns blew the game wide open with three unanswered touchdowns in cruising to the win.

Jayne Goodliffe kicked two field goals for Great Britain while Joannaha Kilby added a touchdown.

Bronze Medal Game

IFAF Europe - Womens EC - Germ-Aus

Germany 26 – Austria 7

IFAF Europe - Women's EC - Germany v Austria

Susanne Erdmann scored two rushing touchdowns and Dora Jasmin picked off a pass returning it 40 yards for a touchdown as Germany defeated Austria 26-7 for the bronze medal. Team Germany moved out to a 20-0 fourth quarter lead before Austria could find the end zone.

Fifth Place Game

IFAF Europe - Womens EC - Swe-Spain

Team Spain 14 – Team Sweden 12

IFAF Europe - Women's EC - Spain v Sweden

Team Spain, hosts of the tournament, scored two first half touchdowns against Sweden, taking a 14-12 halftime lead, and then hung on for the win as neither team managed to score in the second half. With the win Spain captured fifth spot in the tournament and exacted revenge for a 62-0 loss to the Swedes two years ago.


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.