Tag: Atlantic Cup

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.

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.

Boom in entries for 2017 European Club Competitions


IFAF Europe confirmed today that 22 teams from 13 countries have applied to take part in the various European club competitions in 2017.

For the first time in a number of years, and reflecting the new sense of greater cooperation within Europe, entry to the competitions is being coordinated by IFAF Europe. The suite of competitions is as follows:

BIG6  – Europes premier professional club competition.

EFL – Mini league featuring clubs from stronger leagues.

Atlantic Cup – western European amateur teams.

IFAF Champions League – mainly amateur clubs from eastern/southern Europe.

Dublin Rebels will be the Irish entry into the Atlantic Cup, which will be hosted by IAFA. Belfast Trojans have also been put forward as a reserve entry depending on the final format of the competition.

IFAF Europe will now review the entries and formats of the competitions with a view to announcing the lineups in the coming weeks.

Atlantic Cup 2015 – Trojans seek European title this weekend in the Netherlands


Irish Champions, Belfast Trojans travel to the Netherlands this weekend to play in the GFL Atlantic Cup. The team has high hopes of winning the title for the second time, but will face stiff opposition from the Benelux countries. The GFL Atlantic Cup is the officially recognised Western European amateur club championship. The tournament was established by the EFAF, and is now operated by GFL International – the international wing of the German American Football Federation (AFVD) operating in nine western European countries. This year’s tournament is being held in Groningen in the Netherlands over the weekend of 26/27th September.

The Trojans have just completed an unbeaten season in the IAFL, retaining their Shamrock Bowl title. They face the Gent Gators in the first of two semi-finals on Saturday 26th. The Gators qualified for the tournament by winning last years Belgian Bowl by 38-0 over the Brussels Tigers. They have a 6-1 record in 2015.

The other semi-final sees the Groningen Giants playing the Luxembourg Steelers. The Giants have had a spectacular season in the Dutch Eerste Diviste, finishing with an 8-0 record, including 6 shut-out victories. The Luxembourg Steelers recently won the inaugural Luxembourg league with an unbeaten record and without conceding a point – in 2014 they played in the Belgian League.

The final and third/fourth play-off take place on Sunday 27th.


2015 Atlantic Cup Schedule:


Saturday 26th September:

12:00 Belfast Trojans @ Ghent Gators.

16:00 Luxembourg Steelers @ Groningen Giants.

Sunday 27th September:

 11:00 3rd/4th Place Play-off.

14:30 Atlantic Cup Final.