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.
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.
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.
Event Manager: Maurice Cosgrave 087-6796447 email@example.com
IAFL Secretary: Cillian Smith 087-4158196 firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.americanfootball.ie Statistics/Information
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
Home Venue: Sportslink, Santry, Dublin.
Head Coach: Andrew Dennehy.
General Manager: Feargal O’Hanlon.
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: