Canadian U20 & High School Gridiron Football Teams in Ireland 2012-2013

Canadian Football Teams in Ireland 2012-2013

GIFT 2012Pairc Tailteann, Navan
07.09.2012Oak Park HS (Winnipeg, MN)18Villanova College (King City, ON)9
Gathering BowlTallaght Stadium
31.08.2013Greendell Falcons (MN, Can)39Bristol Academy Pride (Eur HS)22
Canadian U20 & High School Teams in Ireland 2012-2013 [Reference: 1-6]


As part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament in 2012, in which over a dozen small Colleges & High Schools from North America played in various venues around Ireland, the Oak Park High School from Winnipeg Manitoba, beat Villanova College, from King City in Ontario 18-9, in front of 3,000 at Pairc Tailteann, in Navan Co. Meath.

The following year, as part of the Gathering Ireland celebrations, the Greendell Falcons, who play in the Winnipeg Major Football League played two games in Ireland – one against the Ireland U20s team, which they lost, and one against Bristol Academy Pride, who play in the European US High Schools League. Greendell won the latter 39-22 in front of 2,500 spectators at Tallaght Stadium. The Falcons Wide Receiver, Bryce LeBlanc was named MVP.

Gathering Bowl 2013 – Tallaght Stadium – Bristol Academy Pride (White) 22 Greendell Falcons (Green) 39 [Reference: 7]



[1] Global Football (2014) GIFT Ireland [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 8 December 2016]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2012) GIFT 2012[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 December 2016]

[3] Global Football (2015) GIFT 2012 Final Recap[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 December 2016]/p>

[4] Irish American Football Association (2013) Greendell Falcons win the Gathering Bowl [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 December 2018]

[5] Irish American Football Association (2013) The Gathering Bowl generating a lot of Local Interest [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 December 2018]


[6] Anon. (2012) “Football, certainly… but not as we know it” Meath Chronicle. Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Past editions of the Meath Chronicle are available to view online at the Irish Newspaper Archive: which is a subscription service.


[7] Irish American Football Association (2013) Bristol (White) and Greendell (Green) at Tallaght Stadium [Internet] Available from:×487.jpg [Accessed 8 November 2019]


Thanks to Steve Hearn (Dublin Bay Raptors)

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