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International American Football | Irish Teams v NCAA Division III Teams 2007-2019

Irish Teams versus NCAA Division III Teams 2007-2019

DateIrish TeamNCAA DIII Team
19.05.07Tallaght Outlaws0Claremont-McKenna Stags (CA)67
02.06.07Carrickfergus Knights0Team USA Allstars26
28.06.08Dublin Rebels8Midwestern AllStars (USA)72
2010Dublin Rebels7Chicago All-Stars74
02.06.12Trinity College Dublin10New England Ironmen (USA)48
10.06.12University of Limerick Vikings2Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WN)58
31.05.14Dublin Rebels0Centre College Colonels (KY)90
.05.16Belfast Trojans26Sewanee Tigers (Tenn)27
25.07.17Belfast Trojans0Centre College Colonels (KY)47
2018Dublin Rebels0Dubuque Spartans (IW)98
25.05.19Belfast Trojans0Augustana Vikings (IL)65

[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][[11][12][13][14][15]

Report

Irish American Football League teams graduated to playing National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III teams in 2004, showing a marked improvement on their first outings in the 1980s and 1990s against American opposition.

The Tallaght Outlaws created History in 2007, becoming the first Irish Club to play NCAA opposition, losing to Claremont-McKenna Stags of California 67-0. [3]

Over the next three years the Dublin Rebels lost twice to Midwestern All-Star teams – one from Chicago and one representing a Midwestern Conference. [4][16]

In 2012 Trinity College would lose by 50-odd points to the New England Ironmen, while the UL Vikings similarly lost to Wisconsin-Eau Claire. [5][6]

2014 saw Centre College Colonels pay the first of two visits to Ireland, not holding back in a 90-0 defeat of the Dublin Rebels. [7] They would return in 2017 beating the Belfast Trojans 47-0.[11]  The Rebels would also lose heavily in 2018 to Dubuque Spartans from Iowa. [15]

In between these matches the Belfast Trojans would come the closest an Irish team has ever come to beating a US team, losing to the Sewanee Tigers of Kentucky 27-26 [8]. They entertained another American College, Augustana Vikings from Illinois in 2019, losing 65-0.

References

Websites

[1] Irish American Football Association (2004) John Carroll win Celtic Classic 2 [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/john-carroll-win-celtic-classic-2/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[2] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2006) IRISH NATIONAL TEAM & IAFL ALLSTARS RESULTS [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20060622144820/http://www.americanfootball.ie/teamirelandresults.htm [Accessed 6 July 2017]

[6] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2007) Home [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071002075251/http://www.irish-american-football.org:80/ [Accessed 3 January 2019]

[3] Wayback Machine – Tallaght Outlaws (2008) Latest News [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20071114134039/http://www.tallaghtoutlaws.com [Accessed 15 October 2017]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2009) CELTIC CLASSIC & WEEK 14 OF IAFL SEASON [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootball.ie/iafl/indexearly2009.htm [Accessed 15 October 2017]

[5] Irish American Football Association (2012) Wisconsin Eau Claire 58-2 UL Vikings [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/wisconsin-eau-claire-58-2-ul-vikings/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[6] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2012) Result: New England 48-10 Trinity College Dublin [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20160303233538/http://www.americanfootball.ie/result-new-england-48-10-trinity-college-dublin [Accessed 10 May 2017]

[7] Irish American Football Association (2014) Centre College NCAA win against Dublin Rebels [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/centre-college-ncaa-win-against-dublin-rebels/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[8] Irish American Football Association (2016) Sewanee Tigers narrowly defeat Belfast Trojans [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/sewanee-tigers-narrowly-defeat-belfast-trojans/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[9] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Post April 3 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1474457059254856:0 [Accessed 25 August 2017]

[10] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Post April 8 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1479857652048130 [Accessed 25 August 2017]

[11] Irish American Football Association (2017) Centre College Colonels @ Belfast Trojans [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/centre-college-colonels-belfast-trojans/ [Accessed 26 May 2017

[12] Belfast Trojans Facebook Page (2017) Post May 27 2017 [Internet] Available from: http://www.facebook.com/TheBelfastTrojans/posts/1470445163002450 [Accessed 9 June 2017]

[13] Belfast Trojans Facebook Page (2017) Post May 27 2017 [Internet] Available from: http://www.facebook.com/TheBelfastTrojans/posts/1470453613001605 [Accessed 9 June 2017]

[14] College Football Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://collegefootballireland.com/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[15] American Football Worldwide Dubuque Spartans Control LOS and Dominate in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://americanfootballworldwide.com/featured/dubuque-spartans-control-los-dominate-ireland/ [Accessed 8 December 2016]

Media

[16] You Tube (2010) American Football in Ireland Chicago vs Dublin [7:21] [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeSbw7Vd42Q [Accessed 16 November 2017]

Social Media

[17] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, May 25, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/TheBelfastTrojans/posts/2364320563614901 [Accessed 30 May 2019]

Acknowledgements

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

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish American Football Archive

Last Updated: 30 May 2019

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