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Ireland Under 20’s seeks Players

Ireland Under 20’s 

Ahead of March 31st game v AFW the first Team Ireland U20’s training session will take place on Saturday, February 17th in Westmanstown Garda Rugby Club, near Lucan in Dublin.  Eligible players will be:

  1. Registered with an IAFA Team (Senior or Junior).
  2. Be between 16 & 20
  3. If under 18 have played at least one season of Junior Football. 

Sign-up desk opens on the 17th of Feb at 10 am.  Interested players are asked to bring their kit (IAFA rules cover playing kit – Helmet/Shoulder Pads/ Soft Pads) and Team Jersey & Football Pants.  Dress code for the sign-up meeting is Black pants/tracksuit ends & plain white T/Polo shirt.  Players should bring a packed lunch & a minimum of two litres of water. 

Session 1 as above Feb 17th

Session 2 March 3rd

Session 3 March 10th

Session 4 TBC March 19th

Game March 31st.  

All sessions will finish at 4:30 pm 

All players meeting the above criteria are encouraged to attend.  Questions on any details you need to know should be emailed directly to Head Coach Ciaran O’Sullivan at ciaran@americanfootball.ie  .   Team Ireland Under 20’s sessions are open for all IAFA Members to attend.  Coaches are welcome to visit from all of our clubs. 

Ireland U20’s Head Coach and GM Appointed

Shamrock Bowl Winning Coaching Duo take charge of Ireland U20’s. 

Ireland Senior Team Head Coach, Ciaran O’Sullivan has been appointed interim Head Coach of the Ireland U20’s team. Alan Orr of the Belfast Trojans has been appointed interim General Manager.

On the 31st of March, Easter Saturday, Ireland face American Football Worldwide Elite High School Team in Dublin. Venue and Kick Off details to follow. 

Given the time pressures, an expedited recruitment process resulted in these interim appointments. Coach O’Sullivan said that he is looking forward to continuing the good work on the junior programme and building upon the solid foundation for the future when a permanent staff can be appointed.

President Orla McAleese said ‘these appointments allow us to get the National Programme back on track and will put it on a strong footing for when we invite candidates to apply for these roles in the future‘ 

Enquiries regarding the team click here.

Battle of the Rebels – Dublin Rebels win 2017 Atlantic Cup.

Irish Champions, Dublin Rebels had a comprehensive 42-14 victory over their Romanian namesakes, Bucharest Rebels to win the 2017 Atlantic Cup in ALSAA on Saturday. In spite of the very cold weather, the Rebels had a lot of success through the air with touchdown receptions by James Kalis (x2), Ciaran Fitzpatrick and Peter Keely. Three were thrown by veteran quarterback Andy Dennehy and the fourth by backup Jack Fagan. Shamrock Bowl MVP Wello Omorodian continued his good form with a rushing touchdown. A second rushing touchdown was added by Pete McMahon.

Bucharest acquitted themselves well, in what was the first ever European final involving a Romanian team – scoring two touchdowns. This was the Rebels first ever Atlantic Cup victory, having played in the finals tournament on two previous occasions. The Rebels maintained Irelands unbeaten record for finals played in Ireland.

Nostalgia – a look at some pictures from the archives.

Here’s some nostalgia – if you’re one of our alumni; or history if you’re currently playing. We’ve looked through some of the picture archives at some snaps from yester year. From the pioneering era of Irish football, when you had to be a real trailblazer to play the sport. Not all the uniforms match – this was before internet shopping and the advent of equipment stores in Europe. The fields may not have been as good many today. But, in spite of appearances, some great football was played by some very committed players. Apologies for the quality of some of the pictures – these were all taken on real cameras with film in them. No auto focus or touching up. Enjoy!

Above is the oldest picture in this batch. Dublin Celts (green) versus Craigavon Cowboys (black) in 1991. Two of the original teams who started playing competitive football in Ireland in the 1980s. Both played in Europe during this era. Greg Loughran, the current Cowboys coach was probably on the field in this game.

This is from the first ever American football game played on the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin. The game was part of the festivities for the colleges 400 year anniversary celebrations in 1992.Dublin Tornadoes (white) defeated Antrim Bulldogs (purple/yellow) with a field goal as time expired. The game was organised by our current Commissioner Cillian Smith during his college days. Interesting piece of trivia – this game took place before the first ever GAA game was played on campus later the same year.

In this picture, we see a familiar face to todays IAFA members. Kevin Sharkey – currently on the Wexford coaching squad and formerly of North Kildare – is player number 67 playing for the Dublin Celts against Dublin Tornadoes in 1993.

The Dublin Tornadoes 1993 Shamrock Bowl winning team. This is the Tornadoes first of 3 consecutive Shamrock Bowls. They were coached by the late Dave Curran (centre wearing blue/white shirt), who previously led the Dublin Celts to Shamrock Bowl success.

Picture of the Dublin Lightning huddle in 1997, when the team was defending its Shamrock Bowl title in the last full season of football before the start of the big shut down in the late 1990s. The opponents were Dublin Bulls – seen in the background – the only company team ever to play in Ireland. They were owned by the Gateway Computing who used to have a large plant in Dublin.

The mid to late 1990s saw flag football come to prominence with the very competitive Irish Flag Football League being played in various parks around Dublin. The league, which had 11 teams playing a 10 game regular season at its peak, played a 7-a-side version of semi-contact flag football. Pictured above is the Northside Devastators team, who won the title in the late 1990s.

A rare photo from the year that competitive football returned to Ireland in 2001. Dublin Rebels (black) play Dublin Dragons (burgundy) in Ringsend Park in Dublin.

 

Another rare snap from 2001 featuring the other two teams who made up the four who restarted in 2001. This is Carrickfergus knights at UL Vikings – believed to be the Vikings first ever home game. Note the blue scrimmage vests with painted numbers – the Vikings first uniforms did not arrive until later in the season.

And finally, from August 2002, Carrickfergus Knights (yellow) versus Team Canada. The Knights, as Irish Champions, represented the league against the touring visitors in a challenge game, which was played at St. Vincents GAA in Dublin.

Dublin Rebels win Shamrock Bowl XXXI

Dublin Rebels 12-6 Carrickfergus Knights

Dublin Rebels defended their Shamrock Bowl title in close battle with Carrickfergus Knights at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday 13th August. Rebels running back Wello Omorodion won the Terry Lynch MVP Award after having rushed for 145 yards and scored a key touchdown.

 

The game was played in good weather, with the pitch in perfect condition, on front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

 

The Knights, who were appearing in their first Shamrock Bowl final since 2004, started the game strong. They moved the ball well in their opening possessions and played well on defence. Their efforts were rewarded late in the second quarter when, following an interception by Josh Davis, QB Spencer McDowell connected with wide receiver Martin Caskey in the corner of the endzone for the opening touchdown of the game.

 

The Rebels came out strong in the second half, moving the ball downfield early in the 3rd quarter and scoring on a touchdown pass from Andy Dennehy to Cathal Keane. This was followed by a touchdown run by Omorodion to give the Rebels a tight 12-6 lead at the end of the quarter. The Rebels appeared to control the game in the fourth quarter and were unluckly not to add to their lead.

 

Victory gives the Rebels a record 9 Shamrock Bowl titles. Veteran quarterback Andy Dennehy, who has played in all 9 victories, indicated after the game that he may return next season to try and win a 10th.

 

 

Rebels and Knights ready for Shamrock Bowl XXXI next Sunday

Shamrock Bowl 31, the National Championship game for American football in Ireland will take place at Tallaght Stadium next Sunday. Dublin Rebels and Carrickfergus Knights will play in what is sure to be one of the most competitive games in Shamrock Bowl history. With the game fast approaching, both teams are making their final preparations in advance of the big game.

The Rebels and Knights are coming off impressive seasons where they won their respective divisions – the Knights winning SBC North and Rebels SBC South. The Rebels qualified for the Shamrock Bowl with a semi final win against Belfast and the Knights with an overtime win against University of Limerick. Both teams have well drilled explosive offenses which bodes well for an exciting Shamrock Bowl.

American football has been one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland in recent years, with twenty two teams playing competitive league football. This, combined with a focus on coaches training and the national programme has made the Irish league into one of the most competitive amateur leagues in Europe.

The game will kick-off at 2:30pm in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin – a modern all seater stadium that also hosts many high profile soccer games. Traditionally, the Shamrock Bowl is pitched at a family audience as it seeks to create the unique atmosphere that can only be experienced at a live American football game. It’s a great event for newcomers as there will be live in stadium commentary to take people through the game. As this year is the 31st edition of the game. 

Tickets are priced between €7 and €10 and can be obtained on the day or via www.eventbrite.ie. Readers of this article can get a 50% discount by using the code tallaght31 when ordering online.

Shamrock Bowl 31,
Sunday 13th August 2017,
Tallaght Stadium,
Kick-off 2:30pm.

Further Details of Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) Announced

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.  For information on the seminars and to make a booking click on the links below.

Limerick: Thomond Park Conference Center, Monday 06/02/17, 7-9 pm. Book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-limerick-tickets-31257993500

Athlone: AIT Main Building, Business Section. Tuesday 07/02/17 7-9pm. Book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-athlone-tickets-31223461213

Dublin: Conference Center, National Sports Campus, Wednesday 08/10/17 6-7.30 pm & 8-9.30 pm. Book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-dublin-6pm-730pm-tickets-31223641753

Cork: Cork Constitution FC, Churchyard Lane. Friday 10/02/17  7-9 pm

Book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-cork-tickets-31225133214

Sligo:  Sligo RSC, Cleveragh. Monday 13/02/17  7-9 pm

Book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-sligo-tickets-31223757098

Background

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:

  • Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
  • Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
  • Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.

 

All applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February

 

For more information on the Programme including a YouTube guide to application process and a sample application form visit www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 

What does it take to be a Football Player?

American Football isn’t all about lifting weights and running sprints. It’s a game that requires you think, analyze, scheme and react: all in a very short period of time. A common comparison made to American football is a ‘Violent Game of Chess ‘ – a sport where you must always be three steps ahead of your opponent, but also willing to knock him into next week. And while the physical side of the game is crucial, there is much more to being a football player.

  1. A willingness to learn

It doesn’t matter if you’re an absolute buck rookie or a ten-year vet. You can always learn more about the sport. Almost every time I watch an NFL game I’ll notice something I didn’t before, or a new defensive scheme. If your eyes and mind are open you will absorb everything you need to know to be a successful football player.

  1. Be Coachable

This attribute ties in with the previous point. Anyone who is vaguely familiar with American football will at some point have heard the quote: “ Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” If you bring a positive mindset and attitude to every training session, and follow your Coach’s advice and instruction, you’ll flourish as a player. You mightn’t be the biggest, the fastest or the tallest. But you’ll certainly stand out. Remember: Your Coaches are there for a reason; to help you meet your goals and to succeed on the field.

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  1. Play with all your heart

Football is a game that requires you to give everything. Every block and every tackle. “Leave everything on the field” There is nothing more frustrating than coming off after a game and thinking to yourself: “I should have done that” or “ I should have tried harder.” And the only way to play your best on the field is to prepare off it. This preparation starts in the gym during pre season. It comes with learning your plays. It’s your nutrition and your sleep. It’s everything you do before you play football. Some people put their hearts and souls into football. These are the ones that succeed.

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If you’ve ever watched an NFL game and thought to yourself “I’d love to give that a shot” then why don’t you? There are over 20 teams in Ireland right now that play full contact football. And they’re always recruiting!

Notice of Annual General Meeting 20th November 2016

Notice of Annual General Meeting of Irish American Football Association

The Annual General Meeting of the Irish American Football Association will take place at 2pm on Sunday 20th November 2016 in Dublin. Confirmation of the venue hosting the AGM will be circulated within the next week.

Any proposal or resolution for consideration, and voting thereon, must be submitted in full, in writing to the Commissioner no later than 2 weeks before the date of the AGM; by email to commissioner@americanfootball.ie or in writing to Irish American Football Association, 19 Castle Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

Any candidate wishing to run for election shall complete and submit the attached candidate for election form and submit it to the Commissioner no later than 2 weeks before the date of the AGM; by email to commissioner@americanfootball.ie or in writing to Irish American Football Association, 19 Castle Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

Note that this year there will be six Board positions up for election as follows:

  1. Position currently occupied by Declan McNally – 3 year term completed.
  2. Position formerly occupied by Ciaran O’Sullivan – resigned in July 2016, 3 year term up at this years AGM.
  3. Position currently occupied by Brian Cleary – 3 year term completed (Brian was elected last year as a replacement for the remaining 1 year of John Judges 3 year term).
  4. Position currently occupied by Matt Craig – replacement will be elected for remaining 2 years of term.*
  5. Position currently occupied by Ian Cahill – replacement will be elected for remaining 1 year of term.*
  6. Position currently occupied by Fergal O’Hanlon – replacement will be elected for remaining 1 year of term.*

* 50% of meetings attendance rule.

In summary, the first 3 persons in the Board elections will serve 3 year terms, the 4th placed person will serve 2 years and the 5th and 6th placed persons will serve 1 year.

Note that the persons currently occupying the positions can put themselves forward for re-election.

The draft Agenda, Candidate details, proposals and other documentation will be circulated 1 week in advance of the meeting.

Regards

Cillian Smith

Commissioner

IAFA

So you want to play American Football in Ireland?

American Football in Ireland is back from its break, and Teams up and down the country are gearing up for the 2017 season. Rookies are being recruited, gym sessions are kicking off and helmets are getting dusted off. With a long winter of preseason ahead for Irish American Football, now is the time to get stuck into the fastest growing sport in Ireland.

Why should I play American Football in Ireland?

There are so many reasons why you should get involved with American Football in Ireland. Firstly, the sport here is played for love, not money. All the American football players and coached in Ireland dedicate their time and energy for free. They play American football simply because they want to. Irish American Football players have a passion for the sport and put their heart and soul into playing.

Secondly the game here is played to the highest of standards. Players wear all the gear and don’t hold back on the hits. If you play American football in Ireland you get to be part of a live game every Sunday. Imagine playing in a full contact game on a Sunday afternoon and after, going home to watching your favourite team on TV . Now we’re not saying you’ll be the next Tom Brady, but you will get to experience what American Football is like in real life.

And finally, the Irish American Football League boasts some of the best players in Europe. In September of 2016 we sent a squad to play an international game against the Dutch National Team in Holland. Every year, the National Champions go to the Atlantic Cup, where they play against some of the top clubs in Europe. The standard of American Football in Ireland is always on the rise, and now is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved.

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How do I get involved?

There are American football teams in every province in Ireland. Dublin has the highest concentration of teams; boasting the Rhinos, the Panthers, the Rebels, The Pirates along with College teams in UCD and Trinity. In Wexford you can find the Eagles, While in Waterford and Galway you can play for the Wolves and the Warriors respectively. Further south in Limerick and in Cork are two stalwarts of Irish American Football in the UL Vikings and the Admirals. On your way back up North you will come across the North Kildare Reapers and the South Kildare Soldiers.

Northern Ireland is a stronghold for American Football in Ireland with the likes of the Trojans, the Cowboys, the Knights and the recently crowned third division champions the Donegal/Derry Vipers.Also based in the North are the Antrim Jets and the PSNI Razorbacks .And lest we forget the Titans, the Mavericks, the Bulldogs and the Minotaurs: based in Tyrone, Louth, Meath and Mullingar! Phew! That’s a lot of teams for such a small island and a whole lot of opportunity’s to play here, no matter what corner of the country you come from.

All of these Teams are now actively recruiting for their 2017 seasons and would love to heat from you. If you want to play American Football in Ireland in 2017 then now is the time to get involved!

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