Tag: International

Dublin Rebels host NCAA’s Dubuque Spartans this weekend

This Saturday the Dublin Rebels will host NCAA Division III team Dubuque Spartans in an International friendly game in the Sportslink Sports Complex in Santry.

The Spartans are led by 66 year-old Head Coach Stan Zweifel. Stan is well known around the country as one of the finest offensive line coaches, and has been coaching for over 45 years. In his first six seasons with the team, Dubuque was 32-29, going 9-2 in 2011 and making the NCAA Division-III playoffs. Continue reading “Dublin Rebels host NCAA’s Dubuque Spartans this weekend”

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.

Craigavon Cowboys Flag Team off to Champions Bowl VIII

The Champions Bowl returns this weekend for its 8th edition. The Champions Bowl is an annual invitational continental club flag football competition contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious flag football tournaments in the world. The Craigavon Cowboys will represent Ireland for the 2nd year running, with the team flying out for Klosterneuburg, Austria on Friday morning. The group the Cowboys will be playing in is a very tough one, of which everyone in the group will play each other once. The draw has thrown up a rematch with the Red Lions from Switzerland, who the Cowboys lost out to in 2016. Two teams from the host nation will prove tough to beat as they have home advantage, whilst the Armadillos and Wanderers are powerhouses of flag football in their respective countries. Seven games on Sunday will be streamed live on www.sportonline.tv and on their app which is free to download! Best of luck to all competing and especially to the Craigavon Cowboys representing Flag Football Ireland.

Flag Football National Team Progressing

In January this year, a series of open sessions were held to recruit players to try out for the Ireland Flag Football team. 78 players turned up for those try outs, and 35 were selected from these sessions by the Ireland Flag Football coaching staff; Head Coach Joe Grey, Assistant Head Coach Anne Gaule, Offensive Coordinator Dermot Corroon, Defensive Coordinator Steve Walsh and Assistant Defensive Coordinator Paul Kirkwood.

The selected players met for the first time in April to begin the process of refining the final selection. This Saturday sees the next step in that refining process to get to the final 20 players, who will train over the Summer to play International friendlies in September in Dublin.

The friendlies in September mark the end of the first of three phases in the development of an Ireland Flag Football programme. Phase two will be entering the European Championships in 2017 and the start of a Women’s Ireland Flag Football squad and the third phase will be entering the World Championships in 2018.