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Irish American Football League Spring League Box Scores & Match Reports 2002

Irish American Football Association Logo 2001-2002

IAFL Division 1 2002

 PWLTPFPAPts
*University of Limerick Vikings6510726410
*Carrickfergus Knights6420167468
Dublin Dragons624054954
Dublin Rebels6150401282

[9]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Shamrock Bowl XVI   
16.06.02UL Vikings0Carrickfergus Knights66

[9]

Regular Season

Week 1, 17 March 2002

Dublin Rebels 0 Dublin Dragons 6 – The first Touchdown in the 2002 IAFL was caught by Gavin O’Reilly of the Dublin Dragons from Rob Olwill to give the Dragons a shock win over the defending Champions Dublin Rebels.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons60006
Dublin Rebels00000
Reference: [5]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
DRAO’Reilly 60 yd Pass from Olwill6-0
Reference: [5]

Week 2, 24 March 2002

UL Vikings 12 Carrickfergus Knights 6 – In Week 2, two runs from Thomas Conneely gave UL Vikings victory over Carrickfergus Knights. QB Stephen McDowell opened the scoring in the first quarter for the Knights, leading them on an impressive drive, ending a short Touchdown pass to Ian McIlroy. The Knights threatened throughout the first half but the Vikings managed to keep them from scoring again. The Limerick students were much better in the second half, putting together an 80-yard drive to set up a 12-yard Touchdown run by Tommy Conneely, who scored again with a 66-yard run this time, after a Knights punt gave the Vikings back the ball. Defense held strong for the Vikings, led by American Beau D’Arcy, who intercepted the ball on his own 15-yard line to prevent an equalising score from Carrickfergus. [17]

At University of LimerickQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Carrickfergus Knights60006
University of Limerick Vikings0012012
Reference: [4]
[8]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
CARIan McIlroy 17yd Pass from Stephen McDowell6-0
3rd Quarter 
ULVTommy Conneely 8yd Run6-6
ULVTommy Conneely 66yd Run6-12
Reference: [4]
[8]

Week 3, 7 April 2002

UL Vikings 12 Dublin Dragons 6 – Conneely was again on the scorers list in Week 3, scoring the winning TD Run, as the Vikings won for the second week in a row.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons00606
University of Limerick Vikings600612
Reference: [5]
[8][10]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
ULVAndy Cokers 30yd Int Return0-6
3rd Quarter 
DRAVinny O’Connell 3yd Run6-6
4th Quarter 
ULVTommy Conneely 12yd Run6-12
Reference: [5]
[8][10]

Week 4, 12 April 2002

UL Vikings 12 Dublin Rebels 6 – UL won 12-6 again in the fourth week, Quarterback Tim Dutter sneaking in for two runs to see the Vikings home against the Rebels.

At Univeristy of LimerickQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Rebels00606
University of Limerick Vikings600612
Reference: [8]
[11]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
ULVTim Dudder 6-yd Run0-6
2nd Quarter 
No Scoring0-6
3rd Quarter 
REBFaichney 31yd Pass from Blood6-6
4th Quarter 
ULVTim Dudder 3yd Run6-12
Reference: [8]
[11]

Week 5, 21 April 2002

Carrickfergus Knights 18 Dublin Dragons 6At Woodburn RFC, Carrickfergus -Carrickfergus Knights got started in week 5, winning 18-6 over the Dragons, scoring with an Ian McIlroy Pass from Stephen McDowell, Run from Pete Watt and Interception Return from Harris in a total team performance.

At Woodburn RFC, CarrickfergusQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons06006
Carrickfergus Knights666018
Reference: [5]
[12]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
CARMark Harris, Fumble Return0-6
2nd Quarter 
CARPete Watt 6yd Run0-12
DRAUlli Zinnecker 4yd Run6-12
3rd Quarter 
CARIan McIlroy 37yd Pass from Stephen McDowell6-18

Week 6, 28 April 2004

Dublin Rebels 8 UL Vikings 22 – In Week 6, the Rebels lost again, going down 22-8 to the Vikings, who also put in a total team performance – Conneely scoring on a TD Run, Wesley Galt receiving a TD Pass from Dutter and Andy Coker scoring his second fumble recovery of the season. Marcus Naylor scored the consolation TD for the Rebels.

At Dublin RebelsQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
University of Limerick Vikings1400822
Dublin Rebels00808
Reference: [5]
[8]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
ULVCoker Fumble Recovery6-0
ULVGalt 24yd Pass from Tim Dudder, Tommy Conneely 2xpt14-0
3rd Quarter 
ULVTommy Conneely 13yd Run, Tommy Conneely 2xpt22-0
4th Quarter 
REBMarcus Naylor 1yd Run, Marcus Naylor 2xpt22-8
Reference: [5]
[8]

Week 7, 5 May 2002

Carrickgfergus Knights 36 Dublin Rebels 6At Woodburn RFC, Carrickfergus – In Week 7, Carrickfergus Knights let rip against the Rebels, scoring on two TD Passes from McDowell to McIlroy, and three rushing TDs, from McDowell, Shaw and Watt, with the Rebels only mustering a single TD from Brian Dennehy in reply.

At Woodburn RFC, CarrickfergusQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Rebels00606
Carrickfergus Knights8148636
Reference: [5]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
CARPete Watt 6yd Run, C.McDowell 2xpt0-8
2nd Quarter 
CARIan McIlroy 40 yd Pass from Stephen McDowell, C. McDowell 2xpt0-16
CARMcIlroy 1yd Pass from Stephen McDowell0-22
3rd Quarter 
REBDennehy 1yd Run, 2xpt good8-22
CARStephen McDowell 1yd Run, Watt 2xpt8-30
4t h Quarter 
CARShaw Run8-36
Reference: [5]

Week 8, 12 May 2002

UL Vikings 14 Carrickfergus Knights 6At UL Sports Grounds, Limerick – Week 8 was another close UL Vikings – Carrickfergus match-up with Wesley Galt opening the scoring for the Vikings on a 36 yard Pass from Dutter. Pete Watt’s run levelled the scores with both TDs converted for two points. The winning score came in the fourth quarter, Cosgrave going in for UL.

At UL Sports Grounds, LimerickQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Carrickfergus Knights00808
University of Limerick Vikings800614
Reference: [1]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
ULVGalt, 36yd Pass from Dutter, Conneely, 2xpt0-8
3rd Quarter 
CARWatt, 2yd Run, McDowell 2xpt8-8
4th Quarter 
ULVCosgrave, 1yd Run8-14
Reference: [1]

Week 9, 19 May 2002

Dublin Dragons 30 UL Vikings 0
Forfeited by University of Limerick Vikings due to players focusing on exams.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
University of Limerick Vikings0
Dublin Dragons30
ScorersScore
Forfeited by University of Limerick Vikings0-30

Week 10, 26 May 2002

Carrickfergus Knights 46 Dublin Rebels 6 -Pete Watt was the outstanding player in the Week 10 game between Carrickfergus Knights and the Dublin Rebels, scoring four TD Runs as the Knights were beginning to stamp their dominance on the league, winning 46-6.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Rebels    6
Carrickfergus Knights    46
Reference: [13]
ScorersScore
CAR – Pete Watt Run 
CAR – Pete Watt Run 
CAR – Pete Watt Run 
CAR – Pete Watt Run 
CAR – Dimple Pass from Stephen McDowell 
CAR – Clint McDowell Pass from Stephen McDowell 
CAR – Ian McIlroy 2xpt 
CAR – Paul McKillop 2xpt 

Week 11, 2 June 2002

Carrickfergus Knights 53 Dublin Dragons 0 – Carrickfergus again showed why they were noew the team to be reckoned with as they thrashed the Dublin Dragons 53-0 in Week 11. Clint McDowell scored on two Runs, McIlroy ran in two TDs and caught another, while McKillop, Robinson and Dimple also got on the scoresheet.

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons00000
Carrickfergus Knights201401953
Reference: [6]
[16]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
CARClint McDowell 41yd Run0-6
CARMcKillop 28yd Pass from Stephen McDowell0-12
CARDimple 13yd Run, Clint McDowell 2xpt0-20
2nd Quarter 
CARClint McDowell 45yd Run0-26
CARSafety – Punt snapped out of endzone0-28
CARIan McIlroy 34yd Run0-34
4th Quarter 
CARIan McIlroy 15yd Run0-40
CARIan McIlroy 21yd Pass from Stephen McDowell, Stephen McDowell xpt kick0-47
CARScott Robinson 27yd Int Return0-53
Reference: [6]
[16]

Week 12, 9 June 2002

Dublin Rebels 12 Dublin Dragons 6 – – In Week 12, the Rebels finally won, 12-6 over the Dragons, in a game decided by the odd interception return for a TD in three.

At Civil Service Grounds, Islandbridge, D8Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons06006
Dublin Rebels060612
Reference: [2]
[14]
TeamScorersScore
2nd Quarter 
DRAUlli Zinnecker, 20yd Int Return6-0
REBMark Slater, 24yd Int Return6-6
4th Quarter 
REBTravis Lawson, 54yd Int Return6-12
Reference: [2]
[14]

Final League Table

 PWLTPFPAPct
*University of Limerick Vikings6510726410
*Carrickfergus Knights6420167468
Dublin Dragons624054954
Dublin Rebels6150401282

[7][9]

Shamrock Bowl XVI

UL Vikings 0 Carrickfergus Knights 66University Bowl, Limerick The Shamrock Bowl was a blowout, Carrickfergus Knights winning 66-0, with Clint McDowell scoring three TDs, Paul McKillop and Shaw two each, and Watt and McIlroy also Running into the Endzone for TDs. The Carrickfergus defence also got in on the scoring two safeties.

University Bowl, LimerickQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Carrickfergus Knights202618266
University of Limerick Vikings00000
Reference : [3]
[15]
TeamScorersScore
1st Quarter 
CARWillian Shaw 12yd Run, Pete Watt 2xpt8-0
CARClint McDowell 34yd Run14-0
CARClint McDowell 15yd Pass from Stephen McDowell20-0
2nd Quarter 
CARClint McDowell 53yd Run, Pete Watt 2xpt28-0
CARPete Watt. 7yd Run34-0
CARWillian Shaw 16yd Run40-0
CARPaul McKillop 1yd Pass from Stephen McDowell46-0
3rd Quarter 
CARIan McIlroy 4yd Run, Pete Watt 2xpt54-0
CARPaul McKillop 6yd Run, Pete Watt 2xpt62-0
CARMark Banks Safety64-0
4th Quarter 
CARSpencer McDowell Safety on Punt66-0
Reference : [3]
[15]

Reference

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Sources

[1] Anon. (2002) Sports Round-Up: American Football The Irish Times – Monday, May 13, 2002 – Page 30. [Internet] Available from: https://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/2002/0513/Pg030.html#Ar03000

[2] Anon. (2002) Sports Round-Up: American Football The Irish Times – Monday, June 10, 2002 – Page 35. [Internet] Available from: https://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/2002/0610/Pg035.html#Ar03501

Websites

[3] Britball Now (2002) 2002 Irish News [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/match-reports-and-archived/archived-news/2002-irish-news.html [Accessed 20 March 2018]

[9] Irish American Football Association (2002) 2002 IAFL Standings/Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl-standings/2002-iafl-standingsschedule/ [Accessed 24 March 2014]

Internet Archive

[4] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Vikings 12 at Knights 6 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20020604080912/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02vikingsatknights.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[5] Dublin Dragons – Wayback Machine (2002) News [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20021008135754/http://www.geocities.com/dublindragons_usafootballnews.htm/ [Accessed 11 October 2018]

[6] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Knights Slay Dragons [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20021215080618/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02dragonsatknights.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[7] Belfast Bulls – Wayback Machine (2002) Welcome to the site of the Belfast Bulls [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20020801235005/http://www.belfastbulls.com [Accessed 8 October 2017]

[8] University of Limerick Vikings – Wayback Machine (2002) News [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20020806223911/http://www.ulvikings.com/ [Accessed 13 October 2017]

[10] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Vikings March on [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20020601093723/http://www.iafs.co.uk:index.php?page=02dragonsatvikings.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[11] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Vikings Defeat Rebels to go 3-0 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20020909000533/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02rebelsatvikings.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[12] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Knights Strike Back [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/200200601093737/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02knightsatdragons.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[13] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Knights Pass All Over Rebels [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20021016150228/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02knightsatrebels.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[14] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Rebels Actually Win a Game [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20021016142029/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02dragonsatrebels.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[15] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Shamrock Bowl XVI: Knights Wipe Out Vikings [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20021016151918/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02shamrockbowlxvi.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

[16] Irish American Football Scene – Wayback Machine (2002) Shamrock Bowl XVI: Knights Wipe Out Vikings [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20021015080618/http://www.iafs.co.uk/index.php?page=02dragonsatknights.php [Accessed 12 October 2018]

Sources:

[17] Anon. (2002) “UL Vikings masters in American football” Limerick Leader. Saturday, March 30, 2002. pg. 21

Images

[17] Irish American Football (2016) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/pics/IAFA.jpg [Accessed 5 June 2017]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Michael Brophy and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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