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IAFA Appoints New People to Administration

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) are pleased to announce the appointments of the following, both at Board and Administration level;

Our new External Board Member Colum Cronin is originality from Cork. Colum has been living in Dublin for over a decade. He works as the International Student Adviser at University College Dublin, having previously been in a similar role at Trinity College Dublin.

A lifelong Denver Broncos fan, Colum is delighted to have been appointed as an external board member with IAFA. He is looking forward to working with the other members to help develop and grow the sport in Ireland.

New Director of Coaching Emma Burrows arrives in Irish American Football on the back of 10 years in the sport, health and wellbeing sector. She completed a BSc. in Sports Science and Health in 2013 during which time she conducted award-winning research on coaches’ attitudes towards mental health issues in athletes. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on sport and human performance and is currently completing a PhD on the career transitions of Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Ethan Fitzsimons joins us as IAFA Administrator. He is a graduate of Sports and Leisure Management in DIT from Dublin. He previously worked in a similar role for the FAI, and he is now looking forward to a new challenge, and becoming part of the team at IAFA.

Gerard Mulreaney takes up the role of Communications Officer. Gerard comes to IAFA with a journalistic background, having worked with the League of Ireland. He is a Green Bay Packers fan. The Galway native is looking forward to getting his teeth into the new role at IAFA.

Michal Kazio is our new Finance Officer. He is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) with 9 years of experience in both financial services and operations outsourcing sectors. He said, “Being passionate about American football, I’m excited to put my accountancy skills to use in developing this great game in Ireland.”

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to join the Association’s administration team and I look forward to working with the IAFA board.”

Conor Gibney joins the team as our new Director of Finance. Conor has just returned from living in London for three years but is originally from Dublin. Conor qualified as an accountant with KPMG in Dublin and now works as the Fundraising and Investor Relations Manager in NTR plc.

These new appointments come on the back of the election of Orla McAleese as president in January of this year. She was joined on the newly elected board by Liam Ryan, from University of Limerick Vikings, Stuart Donaldson of the Cork Admirals, Stevie McCrystal of the Belfast Knights and Donncha Ó Conmhuí, of the Dublin Rebels.

Full details of IAFA Management can be found here.

Impact Gumshields

IAFA Partnership with Impact Gumshields

On the 31st of March at the Under 20’s game in Navan Impact Gum Shields will be present to fit people for their advanced gumshields. Booking this fitting is essnetial. Please fill out your name and contact email on this form to be added to the list. Impact Gumshields are offering discounted prices to IAFA Members. All information below! Don’t miss this great opportunity!

About Impact Gumshields:

We at Impact have stepped away from messy old-fashioned dental impressions and moved our company into the amazing world of 3D.

With our newly developed software, it allows us to develop a much more accurate custom fit product. Not only is the fit more accurate, the product will also protect your teeth by absorbing upwards of 17.% of an impact to the face, which is more than any other gumshield currently being sold on the market.

This is the best choice available to young adults who want to protect their adult teeth. We have heard some incredible stories recently of incidents occurring when an ill-fitting gumshield has been chewed into a sharp edge and has lacerated the player’s mouth, resulting in surgery. Obviously, these are the things as parents and coaches we want to avoid happening.

Whats good about our gumshields?

  • You will not see our athletes flicking them in and out of there mouth
  • 3D scanning/printing gives our gumshields a way more accurate, snug fit.
  • They clip onto your teeth and do not move when you are playing
  • Recommend for use with adult teeth.
  • No use of putty, and no burning you’re gums or the hassle of trimming to size
  • Great choice of colours
  • Quick and easy payment links
  • 7-day turnaround

Team Ireland vs AFW Elite Details Announced

The Venue and Kick Off time for Ireland under 20’s vs the AWF Elite Highschool Team have been announced. 

The game will take place at Navan Rugby Club on Saturday, 31st of March. The Under 20’s held their first practice session on Saturday the 17th of February in Dublin. General Manager Alan Orr, overseeing the young team take to the field for the first time, said –

‘This is a great opportunity for IAFA and the international youth team to showcase the talent of players and coaches in our League. It also gives us a great platform to build a sustainable future on the International stage and help to promote and develop the game throughout Ireland and I am personally looking forward to the challenge in achieving these goals set by our new President.’

The game will kick off at 1 pm and will feature players from teams throughout Ireland, north and south, and from both divisions, SBC & IAFL 1.

 

For queries contact enquiries@americanfootball.ie

Annual General Meeting

AGM of Irish American football association

The AGM was held on Sunday the 28th of January at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin. A full report on topics discussed and outcomes of submissions by teams, board members & officials will come in time.  A number of new people were elected to the Board of Managment and as a result, there has been a significant change to the makeup of the governance of the organisation. 

First, it is important to acknowledge the contributions of those outgoing members and the service provided to the Association this year and in years past. Particularly Cillian Smith, who stepped down as Commissioner of the League, for his long and faithful service in that role. Cillian will continue as an ordinary Board Member. Also, thanks must go to outgoing President Michael Smith, following the expiration of his term.

The new members of the Board are, Liam Ryan, from University of Limerick Vikings, who was elected to a three-year term after topping the poll. Stuart Donaldson of the Cork Admirals, who was also elected to a three-year term. Stevie McCrystal of the Belfast Knights, who was elected to complete the remaining two years of one of the vacated seats and Donncha Ó Conmhuí, of the Dublin Rebels, who was also elected to complete the remaining two years of one of the vacated seats. 

Orla McAleese, previously Team Ireland General Manager and of the North Kildare Reapers was elected as President to serve a three-year term, the first female President of IAFA. President McAleese had the following message for the membership.

My plan for the association is very simple and has three key components. The first is communication. It is important that you are being heard. I will answer my phone and my emails. I am eager to hold conversations and I listen to hear, not to merely answer. As President, I can guarantee you that you will be heard and you will be answered. Nobody in this association will be ignored or forgotten about.

The next component is the Board of IAFA. The Board works for you, the membership. We will be accountable to  you. We are just the custodians of your association and we will remain so at your discretion. The Board should lead by example and by what the membership wants, not the other way around. As President, I will guarantee that board meetings will be productive, positive and professional. We are all individuals, from varied backgrounds and skillsets, we all have the same priority; football on this Island. 

Last but not least, Transparency. Now that I am your President. IAFA will be transparent in its operation. If the board works for you then they are accountable and accountability is reliant on transparency. From our finances to national and international matters, we will be clear in our dealings. The age of secrecy has ended. 

I firmly believe that if we work together on these three key components that everything else we work for will come together. It will make a difference to how football is perceived and played on this Island, Everyone involved in this sport, be it coaches, players, admin, officials and board members will get the support they need to help make their club or organisation better. Whether it is education for coaches and players, administrative or fiscal knowledge to run a club. We can go back to grassroots to help our clubs be strong and football will be strong as a result. 

We need to remember what this association is based on, football and the love people have of the game. 

Thank you for electing me your president and your time in reading this message. 

– Orla McAleese,
President
Irish American Football Assocation.

Notice of Annual General Meeting of IAFA

The Annual General Meeting of the Irish American Football Association will take place on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 2pm. The venue is the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin – close to Red Cow Junction of M50.

Proposals for inclusion on the Agenda must be received at least 14 days in advance of the meeting.

Nominations for Elections must be received, on the Candidate for Election form (sent to each club/appended to By-Laws) at least 14 days in advance. The following positions are due for election:

  1. President – the current President has reached the end of his second term and cannot run for re-election.
  2. Board Elections  – 5 positions as follows:
    1. Two positions for a full 3 year term as part of the regular rotation. (Previously occupied by Declan McNally and Derek Ward/Fergal O’Hanlon)
    2. Replacement for Janice Ward (Russell Kerley was co-opted to temporarily replace, but also resigned) – remaining 2 years of term.
    3. Replacement for Emma Burrows (was ineligible to run for election due to not meeting minimum length of membership criteria) – remaining 2 years of term.

The document pack including the Agenda and other documents will be sent out seven days in advance of the meeting.

Yours sincerely,

Cillian Smith

Commissioner

Irish American Football Association

Dublin Rebels Going For European Glory – Atlantic Cup 2017

The Dublin Rebels will play Bucharest Rebels in the final of the Atlantic Cup, in ALSAA, Dublin on Saturday 25th November, kick-off 1pm.

The Atlantic Cup is a competition where the Irish National Champions are invited to compete against the winners of other European amateur leagues in a mini-tournament format to crown the Champions. This years competition sees some change to the usual county line-up with France and Romania replacing the traditional Belgian and Netherlands opposition, who have opted to step up to EFL level. Unfortunately due to flight issues – Ryanair flight cancellations – the French entrant Les Diables Rouges, have had to pull out of the tournament at short notice. This means that this years Atlantic Cup will be a single game final between Dublin Rebels, and 2016 Romanian Champions the Bucharest Rebels (pictured in orange jerseys below).

As winners of the Shamrock Bowl in 2016, the Dublin Rebels return to the competition, having been Irelands inaugural representatives in the competition, and having competed previously in Belgium twice, and the Netherlands. They will be fielding a strong lineup on Saturday as they seek to win their first Atlantic Cup title. The Romanians are coming off a strong domestic season. Their key players are wider receiver Radu Ene (#85) and linebacker Cosmin Zamfir (#50).

GFL International and IFAF Europe have announced that the Atlantic Cup format will be reviewed for 2018 with a view to expanding the tournament to more European countries and adding additional entrants beyond the normal three of four.

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.

Applications being accepted for 2018 League Football

The application process for the 2018 kitted league season has now opened. Between now and 11th October, all teams will be required to submit a detailed application form if they wish to play in 2018. Shortly after the deadline, the Association will contact all applications with a view to arranging a face to face meeting to discuss their application. New and returning teams all go through the same process which is designed to ensure that all entrants are capable of successfully completing a full season and, in some instances, to determine which level they should be playing at.

Returning teams will be very familiar with the process. New applicants can get assistance with completing their forms and the requirements.

A copy of the application form can be downloaded here:

2018IAFAteamapplicationform

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.