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Shamrock Bowl XXIV American football – Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Bowl XXIV:

The Shamrock Bowl is the Championship game of the Irish American Football League (IAFL). Shamrock Bowl XXIV is taking place at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday 7th August, 2010, kick-off 2pm.


The Event:

Shamrock Bowl XXIV is being run as a family orientated event aimed at people who may never have attended a live game before. Spectators will be able to experience the unique atmosphere of a major American football game - watching on television does not compare with seeing the athleticism and hearing the hitting first hand. The event will also feature live match commentary, a marching band (Tallaght Youth Band) and a demonstration from kids participating in the flag football schools programme.


South Dublin County Council:

The event is being run with the support and assistance of South Dublin County Council, who own and operate Tallaght Stadium, which is a modern 6,000 seat venue.


Ticket Prices:

Tickets are available from any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at www.ticketmaster.ie. A ticket booth will also operate beside the stadium on game day.


Prices: Adult €6, Children €4, Family Tickets €15.
Irish American Football League (IAFL):

The IAFL is Ireland’s national American football league. Eleven teams contested the 2010 season, which commenced in March – Belfast Trojans, Carrickfergus Knights, Cork Admirals, Craigavon Cowboys, DCU Saints, Dublin Dragons, Dublin Rebels, Trinity College, UCD, Univ Limerick Vikings & West Dublin Rhinos.


American football is one of the most rapidly growing sports in Ireland. The Irish American Football Association, which is the sports governing body, currently has c.1,200 members. The standard of play is increasing all the time to the extent that the IAFL is now one of the strongest amateur leagues in Europe. The University of Limerick Vikings, who are the current Irish Champions, recently won the EFAF Atlantic Cup, which is the Western European Amateur Club Championship. They are also officially ranked by the European Federation as the 19th best team in Europe, inclusive of professional teams. The Dublin Rebels were EFAF Atlantic Cup Finalists in 2009. There are 30 national leagues and c.700 adult teams in Europe. The rapid increase in standards in Ireland has not gone unrecognised by the Irish Sports Council – American football was the only sport to get its core grant increased in 2010.
The increase in popularity as well as the increase in standard of play is one of the reasons why the Shamrock Bowl has developed into a much bigger event this year.
Further Information:

Event Manager: Maurice Cosgrave 087-6796447 maurice@americanfootball.ie



IAFL Secretary: Cillian Smith 087-4158196 cillian@americanfootball.ie
Website: http://www.americanfootball.ie
Statistics/Information

2010 IAFL League Standings:


IAFL NORTH

Pld

W

L

T

PF

PA

Pts

Carrickfergus Knights

8

6

2

0

193

82

12

Craigavon Cowboys

8

4

4

0

123

147

8

Belfast Trojans

8

3

5

0

117

149

6

























IAFL CENTRAL

Pld

W

L

T

PF

PA

Pts

Dublin Rebels

8

8

0

0

339

44

16

West Dublin Rhinos

8

3

3

2

77

170

8

DCU Saints

8

2

5

1

71

160

4

Trinity College

8

2

5

1

130

214

4

























IAFL SOUTH

Pld

W

L

T

PF

PA

Pts

UL Vikings

8

6

1

1

300

66

13

Cork Admirals

8

5

2

1

175

61

11

University College Dublin

8

2

6

0

68

198

2

Dublin Dragons

8

0

8

0

25

327

0



Play-Off Results:
Wildcard:

West Dublin Rhinos 8-6 Cork Admirals.


Semi-Finals:

Univ. Limerick Vikings 20-0 Carrickfergus Knights

Dublin Rebels 65-0 West Dublin Rhinos
Recent Shamrock Bowl Results:

2009 - XXIII (Belfast) UL Vikings 9-6 Dublin Rebels (sudden death overtime).

2008 - XXII (Cork) UL Vikings 14-12 Dublin Rebels

2007 - XXI (Limerick) UL Vikings 22-14 Cork Admirals

2006 - XX (Dublin) Dublin Rebels 44-12 UL Vikings

2005 - XIX (Belfast) Dublin Rebels 26-19 Belfast Bulls



2004 - XXVIII (Greystones) Dublin Rebels 24-22 Carrickfergus Knights

Irish American Football Facts



  • The IAFL has 11 teams in various parts of the country. A twelfth team, Tullamore Phoenix, is expected to join for 2011.

  • The Irish American Football Association has approx. 1,200 members spanning kitted football, flag football, coaching, officiating and administration. Membership has increased 10 fold in the past decade.

  • The IAFA was constituted as a National Governing Body in 2001 and received Irish Sports Council recognition in 2004.

  • The IAFA is the only National Governing Body in Ireland which had its Irish Sports Council grant increased in 2010.

  • The IAFA is a member of the European Federation of American Football (EFAF) and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).

  • There are 30 national leagues in Europe, with c.120,000 registered players

  • The first Shamrock Bowl was played in 1986 and was won by Craigavon Cowboys.

  • Most recent Shamrock Bowls have been very close games. In five of the last six years, there has been 1 converted touchdown or less between the teams. Last years game was decided by a field goal in sudden death overtime.

  • If the Dublin Rebels win, they will become the first team to win six Shamrock Bowls. They are currently tied with the Dublin Celts on 5 wins.

  • If the UL Vikings win, they will become the third team to win four consecutive Shamrock Bowls.

  • American football in Irelands is played using EFAF rules, which are based on NCAA rules i.e. those used in top level college football in the USA.

  • While a typical IAFL team will have 2-3 American players, the vast majority of players in the league are Irish residents who took up the sport in Ireland.

  • An average IAFL team will have c.35-40 players on its roster.

  • Reflecting our multicultural society, players born in 20 overseas countries have played in the IAFL in recent years.

  • There are 2 players recruited from the IAFL currently playing College Football in the USA – Conor Lecky (West Liberty University, former Carrickfergus Knight) & Glenn Baker (Mount Ida College, former Cork Admiral).


INFORMATION ON THE TEAMS
Dublin Rebels
Colours: black/red/white

Home Venue: Sportslink, Santry, Dublin.

Head Coach: Andrew Dennehy.

General Manager: Feargal O’Hanlon.

Website: www.dublinrebels.com
Regular Season Record (W-L-T): 8-0-0 (IAFL Central winners)

Semi-Final Result: Dublin Rebels 65-0 West Dublin Rhinos

Honours: Won 4 consecutive Shamrock Bowls 2003-2006. Finalist in 2009.
2010 Regular Season Results:


Week

Away Team

Score

Home Team

Venue

2

Mar
21

West Dublin Rhinos



0

@

48



Dublin Rebels

Sportslink, Santry, 1pm (Report)

3

Mar
28

Dublin Rebels



39

@

6



Trinity College

TCD Sports Grounds, 12pm (Report)

4

Apr
11

Dublin Rebels



40

@

6



DCU Saints

DCU Sports Ground, 2pm (Report)

9

May
16

Trinity College



0

@

55



Dublin Rebels

Sportslink, Santry, 2pm (Report)

10

May
23

Dublin Rebels



28

@

19



UL Vikings

UL Sports Grounds, Limerick, 2pm (Report)

12

Jun
6

DCU Saints



0

@

49



Dublin Rebels

Sportslink, 2pm

14

Jun
20

Carrickfergus Knights



13

@

32



Dublin Rebels

Sportslink, Santry, 2pm

15

Jul
4

Dublin Rebels



48

@

0



West Dublin Rhinos

Castleknock College, 5pm



Player Roster:



No.

Name




Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

2

Ian

McDonald

K

5 11

180

5

Shahin

Nikroo

WR

5 10

175

7

Andrew

Corcoran

WR

6 1

182

8

Sam

Hodgins

RB

6 1

210

10

Henry

Wasserman

DE

6 3

225

12

Brian

Carter

QB

6 1

195

13

Aaron

Smith

RB

5 11

200

15

Sean

Shanahan

 LB

5 10

 180

16

Andrew

Dennehy

QB

6 2

190

18

Paul

Grogan

TE

6 2

196

21

Kevin

Finnegan

LB

5 9

180

22

Stephen

Archibald

WR

5 11

205

24

Colin

Keegan

CB

5 11

155

25

David

Mckeating

CB

5 11

160

31

Darren

Kenny

 LB

5 11

 190

35

Eoin

Daly

CB

5 6

160

40

Robbie

Smith

LB

5 10

224

42

Ciaran

Tighe

LB

6 3

235

43

Kevin

Healy

LB

6 0

205

45

Andrew

Flynn

DT

6 2

235

50

Ben

Sullivan

LB

5 9

200

51

Ross

McCooey

LB

6 1

274

52

Shane

Campbell

OL

5 10

230

55

Steve

Walsh

DE

6 2

285

56

David

Sherwin

 OL

5 10

 260

58

Matt

Para

LB

5 11

185

60

Dave

Knight

OL

6 1

385

63

Filippo

Bertoli

DT

5 8

225

64

Nicky

Kenny

OL

6 4

350

65

Gareth

McDonald

 OL

6 3

 280

66

Fergal

O’Hanlon

OL

6 2

252

68

Jonathan

Kelly

OL

5 11

220

69

Chris

Quinn

DT

5 6

219

72

Tobias

Hansson

OL

6 2

209

73

Alfredo

Meneses

DT

5 10

240

76

Jason

O’Connell

OL

5 10

235

77

John

McGeowan

OL

6 0

220

78

Steve

Wilson

OL

6 4

300

79

Darren

Colgan

OL

6 1

287

80

Marcus

Naylor

FS

5 6

188

81

Barry

Flinn

WR

6 4

200

87

Conor

Ryan

WR

5 6

172

88

Gary

Sommerville

WR

5 11

165

90

Alex

Brennan

LB

6 3

226

94

Paul

Smyth

TE

6 6

225

96

Conor

Walsh

DT

5 10

240

Univ.of Limerick Vikings
Colours: Blue/Gold/Black.

Home Venue: UL Sports Grounds, Limerick.

Head Coach: Ciaran O’Sullivan.

General Manager: Patrick O’Kane.

Website: www.ulvikings.ie
Regular Season Record (W-L-T): 6-1-1 (IAFL South winners)

Semi-Final Result: UL Vikings 20-0 Carrickfergus Knights.

Honours: Won last three Shamrock Bowls 2007-2009. Current EFAF Atlantic Cup Champions. Officially ranked #19 in Europe (incl. professional teams).
2010 Regular Season Results:


Week

Away Team

Score

Home Team

Venue

1

Mar
14

UL Vikings



56

@

0



University College Dublin

ALSAA, Dublin Airport, 1pm (Report)

3

Mar
28

Dublin Dragons



0

@

70



UL Vikings

UL Sports Grounds, Limerick, 1pm

4

Apr
11

UL Vikings



16

@

14



Carrickfergus Knights

Carrickfergus Rugby Club, Woodburn, 2pm (Report)

6

Apr
25

Cork Admirals



12

@

12



UL Vikings

UL Sports Grounds, Limerick, 2pm (Report)

9

May
16

UL Vikings



70

@

6



Dublin Dragons

Lucan Community College, 2pm

10

May
23

Dublin Rebels



28

@

19



UL Vikings

UL Sports Grounds, Limerick, 2pm (Report)

13

Jun
13

UL Vikings



27

@

6



Cork Admirals

CIT Stadium, Cork, 2pm

14

Jun
20

University College Dublin



0

@

30



UL Vikings

UL Sports Grounds, Limerick, 2pm


2010 EFAF Atlantic Cup Finals Results:

Jun 26

Dudelange Dragons (LUX)



14

@

58



UL Vikings

Belfield, 2pm

Jun 27

Lelystad Commanders (NETH)



18

@

19



UL Vikings

FINAL, 2pm


Player Roster:


No.

Name




Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

3

Thomas

Quinn

WR/K

5′ 10″

155

8

Glen

Carr

TE/OL

6′ 3″

305

9

Breandan

Curtin

WR

6′ 1″

175

13

Marc

Ashworth

TE

6′ 1″

180

14

Jake

Mulhern

LB

6′ 0”

185

17

Liam

Ryan

QB

5′ 11″

170

19

Alex

Corbishly

CB

5′ 11″

140

23

Craig

Brouder

CB

5′ 11″

160

25

Sean

Sheehy

CB

6′ 0″

180

26

James

Twomey

FB

6′ 0″

210

27

Colm

Cronin

RB

5′ 10″

168

36

Adrian

Garvey

RB

6′ 1″

210

40

Bryan

Mullally

LB

5′ 9″

180

43

Michael

Guinane

CB

6′ 1″

180

51

Adam

Dunne

DL

6′ 0″

259

52

John

Mullen

DL

6′ 2″

225

53

Joeseph

Maguire

LB

5′ 11″

205

54

Alan

Kiely

LB

5′ 8″

200

55

Mark

Gaffney

LB

5′ 10″

210

56

Mark

Thompson

OL

6′ 0″

260

57

Jamie

O’Brien

C

5′ 11″

255

59

Chris

Macheichok

OL

6′ 5″

235

60

Eoin

O’Grady

OL

6′ 2″

220

61

Patrick

Griffen

DL

5′ 11″

246

62

Shane

Gleeson

OL

5′ 10″

187

64

John

Cannon

OL

6′ 4″

235

66

Paul

Sheehan

LB

6′ 0″

187

67

Kieran

Coen

FB/OL

6′ 2″

250

69

David

Wallek

OL

6′ 0″

250

78

Sean

Walsh

OL

6′ 3″

220

80

Michael

O’Connor

CB

5′ 10″

190

81

Patrick

O’Kane

WR

5′ 8”

170

82

Niall

Spillane

WR

5′ 10″

165

83

Alan

Walsh

CB

5′ 11″

165

84

Oisin

Mc Quinn

WR

6′ 1″

175

85

Bart

Van Broeck

WR

6′ 2″

172

87

Brendan

Mc Carthy

LB

6′ 2″

200

91

Patrick

Noonan

DL

5′ 11″

179

92

Joe

Nolan

DL

5′ 7”

224

98

Dermot

Moriarty

DE

6′ 2″

185

99

James

Lordan

DL

6' 0"

290


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