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League Table

  P W L T Frf PF PA Pts
EBC North                
*Craigavon Cowboys 10 9 0 1 466 160 28
*Belfast Knights 10 7 2 1 337 185 22
*Belfast Trojans 10 7 3 0 309 191 21
Ulster Elks 10 2 8 0 -3 162 360 3
NI Razorbacks 10 0 10 0 -5 96 414 -5
EBC East                
*Louth Mavericks 10 7 3 0 326 251 21
Dublin Bay Raptors 10 6 4 0 288 233 18
University College Dublin 10 5 4 1 359 260 16
Dublin Rebels 10 4 5 1 158 237 13
South Dublin Panthers 10 2 8 0 163 284 6
EBC West                
*Trinity College Dublin 10 10 0 0 477 139 30
Westmeath Minotaurs 10 6 4 0 -3 378 182 15
Meath Bulldogs 10 3 6 1 177 273 11
Maynooth Hurricanes 10 3 7 0 131 335 9
Cill Dara Reapers 10 0 10 0 70 396 0
EBC South                
*Edenderry Eagles 10 9 1 0 452 164 27
University College Cork 10 7 3 0 293 178 21
University of Limerick Vikings 10 4 5 1 231 310 14
Cork City Cosmos 10 1 9 0 140 461 3

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Points System: 3 Pts Win / 2 Pts Tie / 0 Pts Loss / -1 Pt Forfeit # / -1 Pt Not providing officials for a round of fixtures #

* Qualify for Semi-Finals

Playoff Results

Date Home Team   Away Team  
  Wildcard Round      
01.12.18 Louth Mavericks 39 Belfast Knights 25
01.12.18 Edenderry Eagles 33 Belfast Trojans 13
  Semi-Finals      
01.12.18 Craigavon Cowboys 39 Edenderry Eagles 16
01.12.18 Trinity College Dublin 13 Louth Mavericks 31
  Emerald Bowl V      
01.12.18 Craigavon Cowboys 18 Louth Mavericks 12

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Regular Season Results

Date Home Team   Away Team  
  Week 1   (NI Razorbacks)  
01.09.18 Craigavon Cowboys 41 Belfast Trojans 26
01.09.18 NI Razorbacks 19 Craigavon Cowboys 77
01.09.18 Belfast Trojans 54 NI Razorbacks 26
  Week 1   (Cork City)  
01.09.18 Edenderry Eagles 38 UL Vikings 32
01.09.18 UL Vikings 52 Cork City Cosmos 22
01.09.18 Cork City Cosmos 6 Edenderry Eagles 64
  Week 2   (Craigavon)  
08.09.18 Belfast Knights 33 Belfast Trojans 28
08.09.18 Craigavon Cowboys 39 Belfast Knights 7
08.09.18 Belfast Trojans 12 Craigavon Cowboys 33
  Week 2   (Louth)  
08.09.18 Dublin Rebels 0 Dublin Bay Raptors 55
08.09.18 Louth Mavericks 14 Dublin Rebels 12
08.09.18 Dublin Bay Raptors 40 Louth Mavericks 37
  Week 3   (Westmeath)  
15.09.18 Cill Dara Reapers 8 Meath Bulldogs 14
15.09.18 Westmeath Minotaurs 78 Cill Dara Reapers 0
15.09.18 Meath Bulldogs 0 Westmeath Minotaurs 54
  Week 4   (UL Vikings)  
22.09.18 University College Cork 44 Cork City Cosmos 28
22.09.18 UL Vikings 24 University College Cork 19
22.09.18 Cork City Cosmos 24 UL Vikings 55
  Week 4   (UCD)  
22.09.18 South Dublin Panthers 6 Dublin Rebels 34
22.09.18 University College Dublin 32 South Dublin Panthers 31
22.0918 Dublin Rebels 20 University College Dublin 20
  Week 5   (UCD)  
29.09.18 University College Dublin 35 Dublin Bay Raptors 38
29.09.18 Cork City Cosmos 18 Belfast Trojans 44
29.09.18 Belfast Trojans 28 Ulster Elks 0 #
29.09.18 Dublin Bay Raptors 25 Craigavon Cowboys 26
29.09.18 Craigavon Cowboys 56 Cork City Cosmos 6
29.09.18 Ulster Elks 0 # University College Dublin 28
  Week 6   (Ulster Elks)  
06.10.18 NI Razorbacks 19 Belfast Knights 45
06.10.18 Ulster Elks 36 NI Razorbacks 6
06.10.18 Belfast Knights 46 Ulster Elks 20
  Week 6   (Westmeath)  
06.10.18 Meath Bulldogs 8 Trinity College Dublin 25
06.10.18 Westmeath Minotaurs 43 Meath Bulldogs 25
06.10.18 Trinity College Dublin 33 Westmeath Minotaurs 24
  Week 6   (UCD)  
06.10.18 Dublin Rebels 16 Louth Mavericks 13
06.10.18 University College Dublin 67 Dublin Rebels 20
06.10.18 Louth Mavericks 40 University College Dublin 39
  Week 7   (Maynooth)  
13.10.18 Belfast Knights 28 NI Razorbacks 0 #
13.10.18 Maynooth Hurricanes 6 Westmeath Minotaurs 63
13.10.18 NI Razorbacks 0 # Belfast Trojans 28
13.10.18 Trinity College Dublin 45 Maynooth Hurricanes 26
13.10.18 Belfast Trojans 13 Belfast Knights 6
13.10.18 Westmeath Minotaurs 36 Trinity College Dublin 37
  Week 7   (UCC)  
13.10.18 Edenderry Eagles 56 University College Cork 8
13.10.18 UL Vikings 0 Edenderry Eagles 54
13.10.18 University College Cork 26 UL Vikings 6
  Week 8   (NI Razorbacks)  
20.10.18 Craigavon Cowboys 57 NI Razorbacks 6
20.10.18 NI Razorbacks 20 Ulster Elks 33
20.10.18 Ulster Elks 14 Craigavon Cowboys 59
  Week 8   (UL Vikings)  
20.10.18 Maynooth Hurricanes 0 # Meath Bulldogs 28
20.10.18 UL Vikings 28 Maynooth Hurricanes 0 #
20.10.18 Meath Bulldogs 28 UL Vikings 28
  Week 8   (Edenderry)  
20.10.18 Edenderry Eagles 52 Dublin Bay Raptors 28
20.10.18 Dublin Bay Raptors 0 University College Dublin 44
20.10.18 University College Dublin 32 Edenderry Eagles 48
  Week 9   (Cill Dara)  
27.10.18 Trinity College Dublin 52 Meath Bulldogs 18
27.10.18 Meath Bulldogs 32 Cill Dara Reapers 6
27.10.18 Cill Dara Reapers 0 Trinity College Dublin 47
  Week 9   (South Dublin)  
27.10.18 South Dublin Panthers 27 Louth Mavericks 37
27.10.18 NI Razorbacks 0 # South Dublin Panthers 28
27.10.18 Belfast Trojans 32 University College Cork 27
27.10.18 South Dublin Panthers 44 Ulster Elks 26
27.10.18 University College Cork 28 NI Razorbacks 0 #
27.10.18 Ulster Elks 7 Belfast Trojans 44
  Week 10   (Cork City)  
03.11.18 Edenderry Eagles 28 Cork City Cosmos 0
03.11.18 University College Cork 33 Edenderry Eagles 26
03.11.18 Cork City Cosmos 6 University College Cork 46
  Week 11   (Maynooth)  
10.11.18 Meath Bulldogs 6 Maynooth Hurricanes 19
10.11.18 Cork City Cosmos 6 Belfast Knights 54
10.11.18 Cill Dara Reapers 18 Cork City Cosmos 24
10.11.18 Edenderry Eagles 38 Meath Bulldogs 18
10.11.18 Maynooth Hurricanes 7 Edenderry Eagles 48
10.11.18 Belfast Knights 45 Cill Dara Reapers 13
  Week 11   (UCC)  
10.11.18 Louth Mavericks 13 Trinity College Dublin 52
10.11.18 Dublin Rebels 0 University College Cork 34
10.11.18 Westmeath Minotaurs 0 Dublin Rebels 28
10.11.18 Trinity College Dublin 52 UL Vikings 0
10.11.18 University College Cork 28 Westmeath Minotaurs 0
10.11.18 UL Vikings 6 Louth Mavericks 47
  Week 12   (Craigavon)  
17.11.18 Belfast Knights 33 Craigavon Cowboys 33
17.11.18 Ulster Elks 14 Belfast Knights 40
17.11.18 Craigavon Cowboys 45 Ulster Elks 12
  Week 12   (Louth)  
17.11.18 Maynooth Hurricanes 7 Cill Dara Reapers 6
17.11.18 Louth Mavericks 44 South Dublin Panthers 6
17.11.18 Cill Dara Reapers 6 Westmeath Minotaurs 34
17.11.18 University College Dublin 35 Louth Mavericks 42
17.11.18 Westmeath Minotaurs 46 Maynooth Hurricanes 19
17.11.18 South Dublin Panthers 21 University College Dublin 27
17.11.18 Louth Mavericks 39 Dublin Bay Raptors 18
  Week 13   (Maynooth)  
24.11.18 Trinity College Dublin 82 Cill Dara Reapers 0
24.11.18 Cill Dara Reapers 13 Maynooth Hurricanes 33
24.11.18 Maynooth Hurricanes 14 Trinity College Dublin 52
  Week 13   (South Dublin)  
24.11.18 Dublin Bay Raptors 28 Dublin Rebels 0 #
24.11.18 Dublin Rebels 28 South Dublin Panthers 0 #
24.11.18 South Dublin Panthers 0 # Dublin Bay Raptors 28
24.11.18 Dublin Bay Raptors 28 South Dublin Panthers 0 #

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Note: Host team for each round of fixtures in brackets

Home Venues

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Report

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The 2018 Irish Flag Football League Emerald Bowl Conference featured a record 19 teams – the most ever in an Irish Flag Football League. The teams were divided into 4 divisions (North, South, East and West) with the divisions champions and two next best overall reaching the Playoffs.

The Craigavon Cowboys won their second Emerald Bowl 18-12 over Louth Mavericks.

The season started on September 1 with rounds hosted by NI Razorbacks (2 wins for Craigavon) and Cork City Cosmos (2 wins for Edenderry Eagles). Week 2 saw games played in Craigavon where the Cowboys moved to 4-0 and Dundalk IT (home of the Louth Mavericks) where the Dublin Bay raptors won twice.

Week 3 saw two wins for hosts Westmeath Minotaurs in the West, while Week 4 saw the UL Vikings start of at 2-0 in the South with wins over UCC and Cork City. Dublin Rebels and UCD both picked up wins over South Dublin Panthers in the East.

Week 5 saw a big weekend of games hosted by UCD. The Raptors won again before picking up their first loss by a single point to Craigavon wwho moved to 6-0 with a big win over Cork City Cosmos. Belfast Trojans also picked up two wins on the day.

In Week 6 the Belfast Knights made a move up the North table with wins over NI Razorbacks and Ulster Elks, while in the West Trinity College Dublin started out at 2-0 with wins over Meath Bulldogs and Westmeath Minoaturs. In the East Louth Mavericks, Dublin Rebels and UCD all won one and lost one in games amongst each other in what was proving to be the tightest division to call.

Week 7’s games in Maynooth gave the Belfast Trojans and Trinity College Dublin two more wins each, while in the South Edenderry Eagles made a big move for the Division title with huge wins over UL Vikings and UCC.

There were three host teams for Week 8’s games. Edenderry Eagles gained two more wins at home in Co. Offaly over the Raptors and UCD, who dented Dublin Bay’s hopes with a big win. The games in Limerick were called off after Maynooth University Hurricanes forfeited, and in Northern Ireland Craigavon got two more big wins over NI Razorbacks and Ulster Elks.

In Week 9 Trinity College got two more big wins inn Cill Dara over the Reapers and Meath Bulldogs, while big round of fixtures in Westmannstown (home of the South Dublin Panthers) saw the Louth Mavericks win again, while the Belfast Trojans picked up two valuable wins over UCC and Ulster Elks.

In Week 10 in Cork Edenderry had a hiccup against UCC who came away with two wins, while in Week 11 a big round of fixtures in Maynooth saw the Belfast Knights make a push for the Playoffs with two big wins against Cork City and Cill Dara Reapers. Also in week 11, a big round of fixtures in UCC, saw UCC get two wins over Dublin Rebels and Westmeath Minotaurs while Trinity College continued destroying teams, scoring 52 points against both Louth Mavericks and UL Vikings.

Week 12 saw Belfast Knights and Craigavon Cowboys share the spoils in their game with each other, while both defeated Ulster Elks. In Louth, the hosts picked up 3 vital wins, including one over Dublin Bay Raptors which ultimately decided the division title. Westmeath Minotaurs also picked up two wins.

The Final weeks fixtures saw Trinity College Dublin finish off the regular season as the only team on 10-0 with two big wins over Cill Dara Reapers (82-0) and Maynooth Hurricanes (52-14). Dublin Bay Raptors won all three of their games in South Dublin by forfeit but it was not enough to reach the Playoffs.

The Four Division winners were Craigavon Cowboys (North, 9-0-1), Louth Mavericks (East, 7-3), Trinity College Dublin (West, 10-0) and Edenderry Eagles (South, 9-1). joining them in the Playoffs were Belfast Knights (North, 7-2-1) and Belfast Trojans (North, 7-3). UCC missed out on the Playoffs by 3 Net Points (+115 to the Trojans +118).

In the First Round of the Playoffs, held in the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin, the Louth Mavericks and Edenderry Eagles beat the two Wildcard Belfast teams.

Craigavon Cowboys disposed of Edenderry in the Semi-Finals, while Louth upset TCD. Emerald Bowl V was won by Craigavon 18-12 over Louth Mavericks, thus becoming the first team to win the title twice.

 

References

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Websites

[3] Irish American Football Association (2018) EBC 2018 Standings [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/flag-football/ebc/ebc-standings_18/ [Accessed 26 November 2018]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2018) EBC 2018 Fixtures & Results [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/flag-football/ebc/ebc-fix_results_18/ [Accessed 26 November 2018]

[5] Irish American Football Association (2018) Home | Results [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/ [Accessed 8 December 2018]

Social Media

[6] Belfast Knights Facebook Page (2018) Post December 1, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BelfastKnightsNI/posts/1398680050266429 [Accessed 3 December 2018]

[7] Craigavon Cowboys Facebook Page (2018) Post December 2, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/CraigavonCowboys/posts/2187766744566843 [Accessed 3 December 2018]

[8] Louth Mavericks Facebook Page (2018) Post December 2, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/louthmavericks/posts/1943813805736298 [Accessed 3 December 2018]

[9] Edenderry Eagles Public Facebook Page (2018) Post by Robert Tighe, November 29, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/341452022587512/permalink/1911332432266122/ [Accessed 3 December 2018]

Images

[1] Irish American Football Association (2017) IAFA 2018 Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/35086665_931826987021438_1021165999753265152_n.png [Accessed 11 July 2018]

[2] League Republic (2017) Irish Flag Football League Logo [Internet] Available from: http://images.leaguerepublic.com/data/images/424217313/110.jpg [Accessed 8 August 2017]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Todd Zboyan, Decy Maher, Tom Gallagher, Peter Mullen, Bart Barden, Joe Grey, Anthony Nardone, Llyod O’Farrell, Justin Whelan & Dublin Bay Raptors

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Reaerched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 13 May 2019

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