The 2014 season may be over, but that isn’t to say the work in the off-season has come to a grinding halt. Teams are furiously beginning preparations ahead of the new campaign that starts in the early months of 2015, so although their may not be local matches on show, we here at NFL-Ireland will aim to keep you up-to-date with the going’s on from around Irelands domestic football scene. So, with the awards dinners in progress and the recruitment drives in full swing, here is the roundup of news from the IAFL this past week.
IAFL Weekly – 18/9/2014
IAFA open 2015 Applications:
On the back of the news this week that the IAFA has been granted access to the Irish Sports HQ for next year, the league has also announced that they are now accepting applications for teams to join the league ahead of the 2015 campaign. The deadline for audits is Monday 6th October 2014, for all teams looking to be accepted into every division of senior kitted football. The league also added that they expect the Shamrock Bowl Conference and IAFL-1 tiers to go ahead as usual, with last year’s IAFL-2 teams making the step up into IAFL-1 territory. Also, there is now a provision as part of the application that clubs with larger squad sizes can field multiple teams this season. This could see many established teams fielding second-string sides within the IAFL-2, coupled with the new teams entering the league. Do you feel this is a positive move for Irish football? Full details can be found on the IAFA website (http://www.americanfootball.ie/).
The National Champions are recruiting!
The reigning Shamrock Bowl champions, the Belfast Trojans completed yet another remarkable year, by adding their third consecutive National Championship to their impressive trophy cabinet. However, the Trojans have already started to make plans for the upcoming season as they recently announced their rookie tryouts, which will take place on Sunday, November 2nd at 10.30am at Belfast Harlequins Rugby Club. This is the only tryout the Trojans will be hosting so make sure you get down to try out the sport! You wont regret it.
League favourite calls time on playing career.
After undergoing ankle surgery at the end of the season, hard-hitting Defensive-End Chris Bell has decided to hang up his boots in his IAFL playing career. Chris has been a part of the Craigavon Cowboys since 2008 and will continue with the club by nurturing future talent from a coaching role. All of us here at NFL Ireland wish Chris a speedy recovery.
Dublin Rebels represent Ireland in the Atlantic Cup.
The illustrious Dublin Rebels were handed the opportunity in August to travel to Brussels to defend the EFAF Atlantic Cup, in place of the absent and defending champions, the Belfast Trojans. The team travelled across to Belgium to compete against fellow amateur teams in the Villeneuve d’Ascq Vikings (FRA) Hilversum Hurricanes (NL) and the hosts, Brussels Tigers (BEL). After suffering a 24-14 loss to the Tigers in the semi-finals, the Rebels restored pride by defeating the Vikings 20-7 in the 3rd place playoff. They proved themselves as great representatives for Irish Football.
– The Craigavon Cowboys already boast a talented youth team, but they are still looking for more potential stars to join their set-up. If you have ever been interested in taking part in American Football, be sure to head down to Chambers Park, Portadown every Sunday from 12:30-3pm.
– The Meath Bulldog’s host their annual Poker Night Fundraiser at the Royal Card Club at the Royal Navan on Sunday, October 4th at 7.30pm. Further details can be found on the teams Facebook page.
– The Cork Admirals hosted an off-season friendly match between the Veteran and Rookie players. Experience proved worthy in the end as the Vets ran out 22-0 winners, with Nick Coffi winning MVP.
To find out more information regarding the IAFL, be sure to check back to NFL-Ireland for the weekly updates from across the League. Alternatively, if you want to find out how to get in touch with your favourite IAFL teams, you can view the team directory in IAFA section of the website, or find further details on their Facebook and Twitter pages respectively. Any teams looking for information to be shared on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact us!