American Football, Irish American Football Seasons Overviews

Irish American Football Season 2003-04

Irish American Football Association Logo 2001-2003 [Reference: 5]

Charleroi Trophy 2003

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
28.06.03Charleroi Cougars (Bel)8Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)6
28.06.03Dublin Rebels (Irl)8Celtes de Mitry (Fra)6
 3rd Place Playoff   
29.06.03Celtes de Mitry (Fra)8Carrickfergus Knights (Irl)22
 Final   
29.06.03Dublin Rebels (Irl)12Charleroi Cougars (Bel)0
Charleroi Trophy Results 2003 [Reference: 1]

Irish American Football League Division 1 2003

 PWLTPFPAPts
*Carrickfergus Knights65101702610
*Dublin Rebels65101853910
*Cork Admirals6150681822
Dublin Dragons6150362122
Irish American Football League Division 1 Standings 2003 [Reference: 2]
DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Final   
27.07.03Dublin Rebels56Cork Admirals8
 Shamrock Bowl XVII   
10.08.03Carrickfergus Knights12Dublin Rebels24
Irish American Football League Division 1 Playoffs 2003 [Reference: 2]

Irish American Football League Division 2 2003

 PWLTPFPAPct
Division 2       
Belfast Bulls53206688.600
Craigavon Cowboys52309464.400
University of Limerick Vikings303047100.000
Division 1 Teams Composite Table       
Cork Admirals3300100471.000
Carrickfergus Knights220056221.000
Dublin Rebels21102832.500
Dublin Dragons20201250.000
Irish American Football League Division 2 Final Standings 2003 [Reference: 3]

Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge VII 2003

YearLocationHome Team Away Team 
2003DublinDrimnagh Cycos6Leicester Europa Eagles12
Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge VII 2003 [Reference: 4]

Report

Dublin rebels won the Charleroi Trophy, the unofficial West European Championship for purely amateur leagues, beating Celtes de Mitry (French Amateur Division) 8-6 and Charleroi Cougars (Belgium) 12-0.

The Irish American Football League was renamed Division 1, following the introduction of an 8v8 Division 2. Dublin Rebels beat Carrickfergus Knights 24-12 in Shamrock Bowl XVII, with Cork Admirals reaching the playoffs also. The fourth team in the Division were Dublin Dragons, who finished bottom on 1-5.

Division 2 was split into two sections: the main Division 2 which featured smaller teams not in Division 1, and was won by Belfast Bulls with a 3-2 Wins-Losses record; and Division 1 teams, where players not getting their game in Division 1 could play, which finished with both Cork Admirals and Carrickfergus Knights undefeated.

The Anglo-Irish Flag Football Classic was won by Leicester Europa Eagles, who defeated Ireland’s Drimnagh Cycos 12-6.

About

The 2003-04 season was the 19th in Irish American Football history, including both the formative 1985-86 season and the 2000-01 season where only one International match was played.

There were four teams in the Irish American Football League, which was now re-christened Division 1, following the introduction of an 8v8 Division 2, featuring smaller teams, as well as matches against Division 1 teams (players not getting their game in Division 1 would have played in these matches).

There were also International Tournaments in both American Football (Charleroi Trophy) and Flag Football (Anglo-Irish Flag Football Challenge)

References

Internet Archive

[1] Irish American Football Association (2003) CHARLEROI TROPHY – DUBLIN REBELS FINISH FIRST & CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS 3rd [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20030806044017/http://www.irish-american-football.org/29jun03.htm [Accessed 8 October 2017]

Websites

[2] Irish American Football Association (2003) 2003 Results [Internet] Available from: www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/2003results.htm [Accessed 24 September 2016]

Internet Archive

[3] Irish American Football Association – Wayback Machine (2014) Home [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20081023215441/http://www.americanfootball.ie/ [Accessed 25 March 2017]

Websites

[4] Britball Now (2018) History of the game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 25 October 2016]

Image References

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

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Lenka Mulligan (Brodekova), Simon Williams & Brendan Farrell.

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Last Updated: 3 March 2020

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