American Football, Irish American Football League

Irish American Football League 2007

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Final Standings

PWLTPFPAPts
IAFL North
*Belfast Bulls843198859
*Belfast Trojans83321261108
Carrickfergus Knights834182967
IAFL Central
*Dublin Rebels87102605014
Dublin Dragons8260521944
Dublin City University Saints8260342164
IAFL South
*University of Limerick Vikings87102997014
*Cork Admirals86203277012
Tallaght Outlaws8080183890
Irish American Football League Standings 2007 [Ref: 2]

Playoff Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Wildcard Playoff
15.07.07Cork Admirals30Belfast Trojans0
Semi-Finals
22.07.07UL Vikings44Belfast Bulls2
22.07.07Dublin Rebels6Cork Admirals8
Shamrock Bowl XXI(UL Sports Grounds, Limerick)
29.07.07UL Vikings22Cork Admirals14
Irish American Football League Playoff Results 2007 [Ref: 2]

Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
25.03.07Dublin Rebels8DCU Saints0
25.03.07UL Vikings54Tallaght Outlaws0
25.03.07Belfast Bulls6Cork Admirals13
Week 2
01.04.07UL Vikings34Dublin Dragons6
01.04.07Belfast Bulls14Belfast Trojans12
01.04.07Tallaght Outlaws0Carrickfergus Knights22
Week 3
15.04.07UL Vikings0Cork Admirals30
15.04.07Belfast Trojans60Tallaght Outlaws12
15.04.07DCU Saints0Dublin Dragons6
Week 4
22.04.07UL Vikings42Belfast Bulls0
22.04.07Carrickfergus Knights24Dublin Dragons0
22.04.07Belfast Trojans12Dublin Rebels6
Week 5
29.04.07Tallaght Outlaws6UL Vikings55
29.04.07Dublin Rebels28Cork Admirals26
29.04.07DCU Saints20Carrickfergus Knights12
Week 6
06.05.07DCU Saints0Dublin Rebels46
06.05.07Cork Admirals20UL Vikings36
06.05.07Carrickfergus Knights6Belfast Bulls18
Week 7
27.05.07Dublin Dragons12Dublin Rebels42
27.05.07Belfast Trojans6Belfast Bulls6
27.05.07Carrickfergus Knights6UL Vikings28
Week 8
03.06.07Cork Admirals30Tallaght Outlaws0
03.06.07Dublin Dragons14Belfast Trojans28
03.06.07DCU Saints2UL Vikings50
Week 9
10.06.07Belfast Bulls24Carrickfergus Knights0
10.06.07Cork Admirals64DCU Saints0
10.06.07Dublin Dragons14Tallaght Outlaws0
Week 10
17.06.07Belfast Bulls30DCU Saints0
17.06.07Cork Admirals60Belfast Trojans0
17.06.07Tallaght Outlaws0Dublin Rebels70
Week 11
24.06.07Dublin Dragons0DCU Saints12
Week 12
01.07.07Carrickfergus Knights12Belfast Trojans6
01.07.07Cork Admirals84Tallaght Outlaws0
01.07.07Dublin Rebels54Dublin Dragons0
Week 13
08.07.07Dublin Rebels6Belfast Bulls0
08.07.07Belfast Trojans0Carrickfergus Knights0
Irish American Football League Regular Season Results 2007 [Ref: 2]

Note: 2 Pts, Win, 1 Pt Tie, 0 Pts Loss, *Qualify for Playoffs

Shamrock Bowl XXI Box-Score and Match Report

Shamrock Bowl XXI Logo [Ref: 3]

29 July 2007 – University of Limerick Vikings 22 Cork Admirals 14

Seamus Hogan, who scored two touchdowns, won the Most Valuable Player Award in the Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl XXI in 2007, as the University of Limerick Vikings beat the Cork Admirals 22-14 in a close Munster Derby.

Cork had a great start with kick returner David Barry returned the opening kickoff well into Limerick territory. They were stopped short of the goal-line, however, as were the Vikings on the next drive. On their next possession the Cork Admirals got into good field position following a 40 yard draw play by full back Alain Pezeron, leaving them on first and goal on the 3 yard line, which Keith O’Callaghan capitalized on with a 3-yard rushing touchdown for the first score of the game. Pezeron converted for two points.

The vikings got back into the game immediately, with Quarterback Chris Bassitt driving them downfield, helped by Running Backs Andrew Gordan and Seamus Hogan. Hogan got the equalizing touchdown, with a 5-yard run up the middle, converted for two points by Bassitt. The second quarter was scoreless as both defenses held the opposing offense, with good defensive plays by Vikings defenders Eoin O’Sullivan, Declan O’Donnell, Damien Laffan and Alan O’Carroll. The Admirals defensive line of Marcus Gates, Ross McCullough and Barry Rea forced a number of tackles for losses. The Vikings got the first turnover of the day with less than 5 minutes to go to halftime, when their defensive back intercepted the ball, however, they missed the resulting field goal, leaving the score 8-8 at half-time.

The first play from scrimmage of the second half yielded the second turnover of the day, as Admirals linebacker Martin Mulvey recovered a Vikings fumble to leave them in good field position on the Vikings 20-yard line. Shortly afterwards, the Admirals went 14-8 up as Quarterback David Lomansey connected with Wide Receiver Dominic MacHale for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Limerick then drove deep into Admirals territory, but a fierce goalmouth stand for the Cork side on their own 5-yard line prevented the Vikings from scoring. The Vikings defense, however, ensured their offense got another chance before the quarter was out, as they forced the Admirals to punt, giving the UL offense the ball at midfield. Through runs by Bassitt and Gordon they got to the 10-yard line, where Seamus Hogan scored his second running touchdown, on a draw play up the middle, pushing the ball over the goal-line as the Admirals defenders attempted to tackle him. The Single Point Kick conversion put the Vikings 15-14 up at the end of the third quarter.

Again the Vikings defense forced the Admirals to punt early in the fourth quarter, and in the ensuing drive, the Vikings went to the air with a long pass from Quarterback Bassitt to Wide Receiver Marc Ashworth, setting up MVP Seamus Hogan for his third touchdown of the day, as a he scored on a 5-yard sweep to the right. again the conversion kick was good to put the Vikings 22-14 up. The game was not over yet, however, and the Admirals drove to the Vikings two-yard line on the next drive. In the best defensive performance of the day, the Vikings held, the Admirals on all four downs, and the Vikings punted on their next possession having failed to run out the clock. The punt pinned the Cork side deep in their own territory, and while they picked up a couple of first downs, were stopped on fourth down with less than 30 seconds left. The Vikings could then celebrate their first ever Shamrock Bowl win. [Ref: 4]

At UL Sports Grounds, LimerickQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Cork Admirals806014
University of Limerick Vikings807722
IAFL Shamrock Bowl XXI Box-Score 2007 [Ref: 4]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter
CORKeith O’Callaghan 3yd Run (Alain Pezeron 2xpt)8-0
ULVSeamus Hogan 5yd Run (Chris Bassitt 2xpt)8-8
2nd Quarter
No Scoring8-8
3rd Quarter
CORDominic MacHale 30yd Pass from David Lomansey14-8
ULVSeamus Hogan 10yd Run (1xpt)14-15
4th Quarter
ULVSeamus Hogan 5yd Run (1xpt)14-22
IAFL Shamrock Bowl XXI Scorers 2007 [Ref: 4]

Home Venues

TeamHome Venue
Belfast BullsMallusk City of Belfast Playing Fields, Belfast City
Belfast TrojansMalone Rugby Club, Belfast City
Carrickfergus KnightsWoodburn Road, Carrickfergus
Cork AdmiralsPfizers Sports Club, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork
DCU SaintsALSAA, Old Airport Road, Dublin Airport
Dublin DragonsLucan Community Centre, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Dublin RebelsSportslink, Santry, Dublin
Tallaght OutlawsTallaght RFC Pitch @ National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, D24
University of Limerick VikingsUL Sports Grounds, Limerick City
Irish American Football League Home Venues 2007 [Ref: 2]

Report

The 2007 Irish American Football League season featured 9 teams, with the addition of the Belfast Trojans, who had split from the Belfast Bulls. Tallaght Outlaws replaced North Dublin Marshals. Teams were divided into three divisions – North, Central & South.

The North Division was a close affair, with the Bulls edging it on a 4-3-1 record, half a game ahead of the Trojans on 3-3-2, who were also half a game ahead of Carrickfergus Knights on 3-4-1.

The Central Division had a clear winner in the Dublin Rebels, who finished on 6-2, well ahead of the Dublin Dragons on 2-6 and the DCU Saints.

The South Division was also close, with UL Vikings finishing with best regular-season record in the league, 7-1, just ahead of Cork Admirals on 6-2. Tallaght Outlaws were placed in this Division, which meant long trips down to Munster for them, and in their inaugural season, they were no match for the more established teams, going 0-8.

The Wild-Card Playoff saw Cork Admirals win 30-0 against the Trojans, and then in the Semi_finals, they shocked the Dublin Rebels 8-6. The other Semi-Final saw UL Vikings trounce Belfast Bulls 44-2 to set up the first All-Munster Final, which the Vikings won 22-14, their first ever Shamrock Bowl victory.

Shamrock Bowl XXI MVP Seamus Hogan pushes the ball over the line for his second touchdown [Ref: 5]

References

Websites

[1] Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/images/logo.gif [Accessed 11 December 2017]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2007) 2007 LEAGUE TABLE, FIXTURES & RESULTS [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/2007results.htm [Accessed 24 September 2016]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2007) SHAMROCK BOWL XXI REPORT[Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/sbxxireport.htm [Accessed 15 May 2020]

Images

[3] Irish American Football Association (2007) SHAMROCK BOWL XXI [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/sbxxiindex.htm?fbclid=IwAR2HPWI-_4RXvnf4dmpZP833AsTMWVqv0w6k_pX02m1OYf6bZosFgXHg7cw [Accessed 15 May 2020]

[5] Irish American Football Association (2007) Game MVP – UL Vikings Seamus Hogan breaks the plane to score his second touchdown . [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/sbxxi0033.jpg [Accessed 15 May 2020]

Acknowledgements

Tim Leadingham, Tallaght Outlaws.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 15 May 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

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