This year a number of IAFL clubs contributed to the 4th of July celebrations of the American community and anyone else who loves to celebrate the America’s national holiday by organising and participating in a number of events around the country.
In Belfast, the Belfast Trojans and Carrickfergus Knights staged the Rivals Bowl. The game was played under lights at Deramore Park, with the Trojans rounding out their regular season with a convincing 50-0 victory.
In Navan, IAFL1 teams, Meath Bulldogs and Mullingar Minotaurs fought out a spectacular back and forth battle at Friday Night Lights in Navan. The Bulldogs emerged victorious with a late touchdown to win 29-22.
Meanwhile, back in Dublin, the U.S. Embassy staged it’s traditional 4th of July celebrations at the Ambassadors residence in the Phoenix Park. The centrepiece of the celebrations is the legendary ‘Irish American Flag Football Classic’. Both teams featured a mixture of IAFL players – mainly from the West Dublin Rhinos- with some sporting stars from other codes including rugby International Jamie Heaslip and GAA legend Jason Sherlock. As usual, the IAFL players dominated with Dan Breslin winning one of the MVP awards and Rhinos Head Coach Mark Lawless coaching the winning team. Ex-Dublin Celts and Dublin Lightning Quarterback Eddie Goggins also put in an impressive performance.