The Belfast Trojans were crowned Western European Champions following a convincing 26-0 win over Trinity College Dublin in the Atlantic Cup Final played at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday 30th June. This followed a 7-0 victory by Brussels Tigers over Amersfoort Untouchables in the third place play-off, also at Tallaght Stadium.
This is only the second time in the history of the sport that an Irish team has won a major European title – the UL Vikings won the Atlantic Cup in 2010. It was also the first time that two teams from the same league contested the final, underlining the increase in standard of the IAFL over the past 2-3 years.
The Trojans opened the tournament on Saturday 29th with a solid 30-6 victory over Dutch team, Amersfoort Untouchables. Trinity College Dublin made it a double victory for the IAFL with an upset 12-10 victory over two times Belgian Champions, Brussels Tigers in the second semi-final.
Trinity College had a bright start to the Final, played on Sunday 30th. They moved the ball effectively on their early possessions; however, as the first half progressed, the Trojans began to come into their own, scoring two touchdowns before the half time. As the second half progressed, the Trojans started to show their dominance, scoring two more touchdowns to seal the win.
The event was hosted by South Dublin County Council as part of The Gathering Dublin and the trophy was presented to the winners by the newly elected Mayor of South Dublin – Cllr Dermot Looney. EFAF President, Mr. Rober Huber was also present for the final. There were over 1,600 tickets requested for games over the 2 days and the visitors generated over 300 bed nights across four hotels in the Dublin area.
Sunday 30th June:
Final: Belfast Trojans 26-0 Trinity College Dublin.
3rd Place Play-off: Brussels Tigers 7-0 Amersfoort Untouchables.
Saturday 29th June:
Semi-Final: Belfast Trojans 30-6 Amersfoort Untouchables.
Semi-Final: Trinity College Dublin 12-10 Brussels Tigers.