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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

Rebels and Knights ready for Shamrock Bowl XXXI next Sunday

Shamrock Bowl 31, the National Championship game for American football in Ireland will take place at Tallaght Stadium next Sunday. Dublin Rebels and Carrickfergus Knights will play in what is sure to be one of the most competitive games in Shamrock Bowl history. With the game fast approaching, both teams are making their final preparations in advance of the big game.

The Rebels and Knights are coming off impressive seasons where they won their respective divisions – the Knights winning SBC North and Rebels SBC South. The Rebels qualified for the Shamrock Bowl with a semi final win against Belfast and the Knights with an overtime win against University of Limerick. Both teams have well drilled explosive offenses which bodes well for an exciting Shamrock Bowl.

American football has been one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland in recent years, with twenty two teams playing competitive league football. This, combined with a focus on coaches training and the national programme has made the Irish league into one of the most competitive amateur leagues in Europe.

The game will kick-off at 2:30pm in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin – a modern all seater stadium that also hosts many high profile soccer games. Traditionally, the Shamrock Bowl is pitched at a family audience as it seeks to create the unique atmosphere that can only be experienced at a live American football game. It’s a great event for newcomers as there will be live in stadium commentary to take people through the game. As this year is the 31st edition of the game. 

Tickets are priced between €7 and €10 and can be obtained on the day or via www.eventbrite.ie. Readers of this article can get a 50% discount by using the code tallaght31 when ordering online.

Shamrock Bowl 31,
Sunday 13th August 2017,
Tallaght Stadium,
Kick-off 2:30pm.

Trojans open with a win at UCD.

The Belfast Trojans kicked off their 2017 season with a thrilling 49-34 victory over University College Dublin.

The game was a rematch of the 2016 SBC semi final, but in stark contrast to that low-scoring 10-7 Belfast win, this was an offensive shootout with both teams piling up the yards and points.

Both quarterbacks were firing on all cylinders, with Trojans’ Mark McVeigh and UCD’s Tom Donovan finding receivers with precise accuracy.

It was the Trojans who opened the scoring on their first offensive play from scrimmage. It was 2016 MVP Jona Siri who got his year off to the perfect start. The running back bounced a run off right tackle to the edge, before displaying his trademark speed to out run a number of UCD defenders and open the scoring from over 60 yards out. The Trojans defence continued their good start to the game with Neil Graham notching a sack of Donovan. A good punt pinned the Trojans deep but a fantastic 85 yard drive was capped when full back Jake Warry ploughed in from close range to double the lead.

Belfast would add to the lead in the second quarter. McVeigh was spreading the ball around nicely with rookie Aidan Gribbon catching a ball in the endzone and expertly dragging his feet, meaning his first career catch went for six points. It would soon be 28-0 when another new boy Adam Cole snagged a ball in the endzone to cap another smart Trojans drive. UCD bounced back soon after though, Donovan leading the students down the field to get off the mark.

The halftime score was 35-6 though as Mohamed Ramadan added to the offensive outburst catching an out route before taking it in from close range to score his first career touchdown. After the break UCD came back with a bang. The 28 point deficit was quickly reduced to seven with around 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Donovan was on fire in the second half, evading pressure, scrambling for yards as well as keeping his eyes downfield and finding and open receiver.

The Trojans offence though took over, after a stuttering third quarter. Jona Siri returned to the game after leaving just before halftime and he sparked the offence back to life with some solid running. McVeigh found David Richardson deep down the right sideline and the veteran was shoved out of bounds at the two yard line, with an unfortunate injury being suffered by a UCD defender. Siri took it in from two yards to restore the two score advantage before a 40 minute stoppage as the injured UCD player could be taken to hospital.

After the restart the Trojans turned the ball over on the very first play. A botched handoff between Donovan and his running back saw rookie defensive lineman Ross Thain dive on the loose ball giving the Trojans excellent field position to kill the game. Siri again made no mistake and brought up his hatrick with another strong run to cap a fantastic day for the star running back. Not even a late UCD consolation score could take the shine off a great start to the season for the Trojans, as they look to climb back to the top.

Belfast will be back in action on Sunday 26 March as they make another trip south to take on student opposition in the form of Trinity College Dublin.

Vikings and Trinity in season opening thriller

Report by Trinity reporter.

KO: 1pm
Location: ALSAA, Santry, Dublin
Opponents: UL Vikings
Shamrock Bowl Conference

Trinity started the season opener home but in ALSAA against UL Vikings. Last year TCDAF went 2-6 but this year gained back some players who were away and recruited well with new student players. The game opened with Trinity stopping UL on their first drive. Taking over, Trinity scored on the first play of the game with a long touchdown pass from returning QB Dan Finnamore to national team WR Conor O’Dwyer. Trinity missed the extra point. UL then drove the field and score a running touchdown to #3 and then returned to add another score to #12 making the game 14-6 at halftime in favor of the visitors.

Trinity opened up the half driving the length of the field caping it off with a 2-yard touchdown run form RB Ola Bademosi. The 2-pt conversion failed. (14-12). UL then answered back with a score making the game 21-12 deep in the fourth quarter. WR Pavel Rozman returned a punt 81-yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left in the game. Trinity was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick and UL kneeled to win the game 21-19.

Further Details of Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) Announced

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.  For information on the seminars and to make a booking click on the links below.

Limerick: Thomond Park Conference Center, Monday 06/02/17, 7-9 pm. Book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-limerick-tickets-31257993500

Athlone: AIT Main Building, Business Section. Tuesday 07/02/17 7-9pm. Book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-athlone-tickets-31223461213

Dublin: Conference Center, National Sports Campus, Wednesday 08/10/17 6-7.30 pm & 8-9.30 pm. Book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-dublin-6pm-730pm-tickets-31223641753

Cork: Cork Constitution FC, Churchyard Lane. Friday 10/02/17  7-9 pm

Book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-cork-tickets-31225133214

Sligo:  Sligo RSC, Cleveragh. Monday 13/02/17  7-9 pm

Book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-sligo-tickets-31223757098

Background

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:

  • Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
  • Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
  • Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.

 

All applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February

 

For more information on the Programme including a YouTube guide to application process and a sample application form visit www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 

Record number of teams enter for the 2017 kitted football season

It looks like IAFA’s record setting growth in recent years is set to continue into 2017 with a new record number of clubs entering teams for the 2017 season.

The application deadline for the 2017 season is now closed. All 22 clubs who played in 2016 are returning again. They will be joined by newcomers Antrim Jets to give the us 23 applicants – breaking last years record number. Additionally three teams have expressed an interest in fielding 2nd teams – up from a single team in 2016. All this means that, pending audit, up to 26 teams could be playing competitive league football in 2017.

IAFA has come a long way from 2002 when only 4 teams played competitive football. As recently as 2009, there were only 7 teams playing competitive 11-a-side full kitted American football. While many sports in Ireland were hit badly by the recession, the IAFA has had the opposite experience with unprecedented growth – the number of teams has nearly quadrupled during this period.

Last month, the IAFA Board established a Competitions Committee comprising of a Board member, official, team manager and a coach to review the league structures for 2017. Cillian Smith, Derek Ward, Barry Kiel and Andy Dennehy will revert with recommendations in the coming weeks.