Women’s Euros silver medal still up for grabs after Finland beat Germany

Finland remains in contention for the 2023/24 IFAF Women’s European Championships silver medal after having claimed a 20-7 win over Germany in Vantaa.

The Finns now travel to face Great Britain on the weekend of August 14-16 where a win will secure second place overall behind champions Spain, or a defeat will result in that pair and Germany all finishing with a 2-2 record to be separated by a tiebreaker.

Quarterback Lea Kazsas, who completed 10 of 24 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, earned Finland a 7-0 halftime lead through an 8-yard scoring toss to Tiia Jansen in the corner of the end zone. Laura Pulkkinen, who had missed a field goal on the opening possession, tagged on the extra point.

The home defense stepped up as Jenna Hautamäki intercepted German quarterback Friese Silvana and in the third quarter Miina Laukkanen picked off Mona Stevens after Nelli Malk had tipped the pass into her hands to halt another German drive.

Anne Lanz intercepted Kazsas on the next play in reply, but Germany was unable to capitalize. Instead, Laukkanen came up with a pick six of Stevens as she jumped in front of intended receiver Dinah Naegele and raced untouched to the end zone on a 54-yard return for a 14-0 Finland lead.

Laura Pulkkinen took a handoff from Kazsas to rush over left tackle for a one-yard fourth quarter touchdown and an unassailable 20-0 home advantage on her way to a total of 76 rushing yards from 12 carries. Fellow back Emilia Kemppi rushed 14 times for 75 yards in the win.

Germany put seven consolation points on the board late in the game when a long drive ended with a precise Stevens pass over the middle to Ulfig Tabea who raced to the end zone with less than a minute remaining. Ei Seurra tagged on the PAT.

Watch the game replay at IFAF.TV

IFAF Women’s European Championships 2023/24 Standings


Spain 4-0
Finland 2-1
Germany 2-2
Great Britain 1-2
Sweden 0-4

IFAF Women’s European Championships 2023/24 Results & Schedule

2023 Games

Saturday, April 15

Great Britain 40 Sweden 0
Worcester, England
Sixways Stadium

Saturday, May 27

Finland 0 Spain 12
Vantaa, Finland
Myyrmäen Jalkapallostadion

Sunday, May 28

Germany 23 Great Britain 22
Düsseldorf, Germany
Solingen Walder Stadium

Saturday, August 26

Sweden 0 Finland 10
Solna, Sweden
Bergshamra IP

Saturday, August 26

Spain 8 Germany 6
Calatayud, Spain
San Iñigo Football Field

2024 Games

Saturday, April 13

Spain 21 Great Britain 16
Calatayud, Spain
San Iñigo Football Field

Saturday, May 25

Finland 20 Germany 7
Vantaa, Finland
Myyrmäen Jalkapallostadion

Sweden vs Spain
Sweden forfeit / Spain awarded win

August 16-18, 2024

Great Britain vs Finland

Germany vs Sweden
Sweden forfeit / Germany awarded win

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