NFL Irelands: ‘Team of the Week’

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NFL Irelands ‘Team of the Week’

Teams will already be focusing on the next fixture that falls in their schedule, however with this weekends games on the way we thought we had just enough time to squeeze in our first ever NFL-Ireland ‘Team of the Week’ from this past weekends action! There was some excellent performances right across the IAFL so picking the best players proved incredibly difficult. So here is our stab at who stood out on Sunday.



Quarterback: James McKelvey

(Belfast Trojans)

The Trojans signal-caller has already started the year in hot form, as he passed for 4 touchdowns with 0 interceptions in the Trojans 33-8 victory over the South Dublin Panthers. McKelvey was in fine form all game and has established himself early as the front-runner in the QB scoring charts.




Running Back: Adrian Garvey

(UL Vikings)

Garvey pounded the rock all game against UCD as the Vikings went to (2-0) with a 17-6 victory. The mix of Garvey and Shane Gleeson contributed to a powerful run game, with Garvey adding a touchdown to help the Vikings to victory. He also put in a great performance on special teams too!





Wide Receiver: David Richardson

(Belfast Trojans)

Last seasons reception leader picked up where he left off in 2014, reeling in 2 touchdown passes to get him off the mark for this campaign. Dave Colvin and Kris Donaghy also scored in the win but the Trojans Offensive MVP was the standout receiver, putting in a Man of the Match performance.



Offensive Line: UL Vikings

O-Lines mostly go unnoticed and unappreciated in regards to scoring charts and games, but their importance to any good offensive performance is paramount. The Limerick O-Line got our vote this week as they helped the side to 17 points, contributing to both a passing and rushing touchdown. Not too mention, UCD are no pushovers!



Defence: Belfast Trojans

Lastly, the Defensive performance of the week could have went to a few challengers. The Panthers scored the most defensive points at the weekend with 8 and the Reapers shutout the West Dublin Rhinos. However the Trojans defence stood out this week, stopping the Panthers offence from scoring, as well as earning a safety courtesy of Trojans Linebacker, Neil Graham. The Trojans defence are picking up where they left off in 2014.


Honourable mentions:

There were a number of players who played well this weekend but maybe didn’t quite get the recognition they deserved, so here’s a few worth mentioning.

Eoin Neville of the South Dublin Panthers pick 6 against the Trojans, a rare Occurrence.

– Interceptions from Reapers trio, Paul McKay (FS) Ciaran Heneghan (CB) and Conor Hendrick (SS)

– Despite defeat, UCD’s QB Tom Donovan put on a passing masterclass!

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