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Christopher Columbus Classic Bowdoin Polar Bears 7 Tufts Jumbos 6 29 November 1992

Christoper Columbus Classic – 29 November 1992 – Galway

Bowdoin Polar Bears 7 Tufts Jumbos 6

American Football was played for the first time West of the Shannon, at Galway on 29 November 1992 when Bowdoin College Polar Bears (Brunswick, Maine) met Tufts Jumbos (Boston, Massachusetts) as part of the Christopher Columbus 500 celebrations. 700 Americans traveled from New England for the occasion, adding to the 1000 people who turned up to watch the match. In arctic conditions, Tufts went ahead in the Final Quarter with Todd Romboli, the Jumbos Free Safety touching down for six points, however the conversion was missed by by Kicker Ronnie Bronstein. The Polar Bears, however, who may have been enjoying the conditions, won the game with six minutes to go when Wide Receiver Peter Nye caught a touchdown pass, which was converted by Mark McCormick, ensuring a 50% record for them this season with 4 Wins and 4 Losses.

At Galway. Att:1,000Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Tufts Jumbos00066
Bowdoin Polar Bears00077
Christopher Columbus Classic 29 November 1992 Box Score Quarters [Ref: 1]
TeamScorerScore
1st Quarter
No Scoring0-0
2nd Quarter
No Scoring0-0
3rd Quarter
No Scoring0-0
4th Quarter
TUFTodd Romboli TD run (Ronnie Bronstein missed XP kick)6-0
BOWPeter Nye TD Pass from ?? (Mick McCormick XP kick good)6-7
Christopher Columbus Classic 29 November 1992 Box-Score Scorers [Ref: 1]

Newspapers

[1] Anon. (1992) “Galway Sports fans voyage of discovery” Irish Independent. Monday, November 30, 1992. pg. 60 [Available on the Internet at the Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription Service]

[2] Naughton, Lindie (1993) Tornadoes Plan for ’94 Evening Herald. Thursday, October 07, 1993, pg. 52 [Available on the Internet at the Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription Service]

[3] Anon. (1994) YOUR SPORTING UPDATE AT A GLANCE – AMERICAN FOOTBALL Evening Herald. Thursday February 17, 1994, pg. 53 [Available on the Internet at the Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription Service]

[4] Naughton, Lindie (1994) Tornadoes Test Evening Herald. Thursday July 07, 1994, pg. 61 [Available on the Internet at the Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription Service]

Websites

[4] Lucky Show (2016) American Football in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.luckyshow.org/football/Shamrock%20Bowl.htm [Accessed 5 June 2017]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Rose McCabe

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 13 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 Reserved.

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