Category: American Football

AFI American Football Ireland Division 1 2022

AFI American Football Ireland Logo [Reference: 1]

Standings

AFI American Football Ireland Division 1 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
13001.00073073W3
23001.00048048W3
33100.750895138W2
42200.5001117734W2
52200.500604515W1
60800.0006214-208L8

Standings compiled automatically from results in AFI Schedule. For Official Standings Please visit AFI website in Reference: [2]

Schedule

AFI American Football Ireland Division 1 2022

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
20 - 0

Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts vs Donegal / Derry Vipers

(Week 1)
12 - 6

University of Limerick Vikings vs Wexford Eagles

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
30 - 12

Donegal / Derry Vipers vs Cill Dara Crusaders

(Week 3)
6 - 0

Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts vs University of Limerick Vikings

Match Day Week 4
(Week 4)
30 - 0

Westmeath Minotaurs vs Wexford Eagles

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
39 - 47

Cill Dara Crusaders vs University of Limerick Vikings

(Week 5)
13 - 0

Westmeath Minotaurs vs Donegal / Derry Vipers

(Week 5)
0 - 22

Wexford Eagles vs Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts

Match Day Week 8
(Week 8)
30 - 0 #

Cill Dara Crusaders vs Wexford Eagles

Match Day Week 10
(Week 10)
1:16 pm

University of Limerick Vikings vs Donegal / Derry Vipers

(Week 10)
0 # - 30

Wexford Eagles vs Westmeath Minotaurs

Match Day Week 11
(Week 11)
1:20 pm

Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts vs Cill Dara Crusaders

Match Day Week 12
(Week 12)
1:21 pm

Cill Dara Crusaders vs Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts

(Week 12)
1:22 pm

Donegal / Derry Vipers vs Westmeath Minotaurs

Match Day Week 13
(Week 13)
1:23 pm

Donegal / Derry Vipers vs Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts

(Week 13)
1:23 pm

University of Limerick Vikings vs Westmeath Minotaurs

(Week 13)
0 # - 30

Wexford Eagles vs Cill Dara Crusaders

Match Day Week 14
(Week 14)
1:25 pm

Cill Dara Crusaders vs Donegal / Derry Vipers

Match Day Week 15
(Week 15)
1:26 pm

University of Limerick Vikings vs Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts

(Week 15)
1:27 pm

Westmeath Minotaurs vs Cill Dara Crusaders

Match Day Week 16
(Week 16)
30 - 0 #

Donegal / Derry Vipers vs Wexford Eagles

(Week 16)
1:30 pm

Westmeath Minotaurs vs University of Limerick Vikings

Match Day Week 18
(Week 18)
1:31 pm

Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts vs Westmeath Minotaurs

(Week 18)
0 # - 30

Wexford Eagles vs University of Limerick Vikings

Reference: [2]

Weekly Recap

Week 1 Recap

The two College teams in the Division, Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick Vikings both won in the opening weekend of the AFI Division 1. TCD defeated Donegal / Derry Vipers 20-0 and UL Vikings won 12-6 versus Wexford Eagles. [References: 2]

Week 3 Recap

Donegal / Derry Vipers won 30-12 versus Cill Dara Crusaders to go 1-1 and draw level with UL Vikings who lost 0-6 at Trinity College Dublin. TCD were now 2-0 on the season after the win. [References: 2]

Week 4 Recap

Westmeath Minotaurs got their years’ schedule under way with a 30-0 win at home to Wexford Eagles, who fall to 0-2. Minotaurs join Trinity on a 100% record at the top of the Standings. [References: 2]

Week 5 Recap

Trinity College Dublin improved to 3-0 with a 22-0 win at Wexford Eagles (0-3). Westmeath Minotaurs also kept their 100% record with a 13-0 at Donegal / Derry Vipers. University of Limerick Vikings improved to 2-1 with an excitingly high-scoring 47-39 victory at Cill Dara Crusaders. [References: 2]

Week 7 Recap

Wexford Eagles forfeited all remaining games (two versus Cill Dara Crusaders and one each versus UL Vikings, Donegal / Derry Vipers and Westmeath Minotaurs [References: 2]

American Football Ireland Division 1 2022 Preview

Division 1 is the second level of American Football Ireland in 2022, featuring six teams: with no league in 2020 and only friendly games in 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the AFI Division reverted to the 2019 Standings to determine the Division Make-Up in 2022. Craigavon Cowboys, AFI Division 1 Bowl winners in 2019 were promoted to the Premier Division, while University of Limerick Vikings were relegated from the 2019 Premier Division. [Reference: 2-3]. Waterford Wolves and Galway Warriors had both folded during the 2019 season, while Louth Mavericks made the drop down to Division 2 from 2019 [Reference: 3]. Cill Dara Crusaders, 2019 IAFL 2 Bowl winners were promoted from Division 2 [Reference: 4]. Westmeath Minotaurs, Wexford Eagles and Trinity College Dublin all put up 6-2 records during 2019 in Division 1 (IAFL 1 Conference as it was known in 2019), while Donegal / Derry Vipers went 2-6 [Reference: 3]. Cill Dara Crusaders had gone 7-1 in the IAFL 2 Conference before winning the 2 Bowl in 2019 [Reference: 4]. University of Limerick Vikings went 3-5 in the Shamrock Bowl Conference (as the AFI Premier Division was known) in 2019, being relegated for forfeiting a single game [Reference: 2].

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Districts and Boroughs) Showing AFI Division 1 Teams and Logos 2022

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski overlaid with Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 and AFI 2022 Team Logos added by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie

References

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 2022 American Football Ireland Division 1 Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [10 January 2022]

IMAGES

[1] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFI-Logo-200.png [Accessed 10 February 2020]

REFERENCES

[2] American Football Ireland (2022) AFI Division 1 2022 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/americanfootball/division1/ [Accessed 4 May 2022]

Preview References

[3] Irish American Football Association (2019) SBC 2019[Playoffs][Standings][Results & Fixtures] [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/home/kitted-football/sbc-2019/ [Accessed 22 July 2019]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2019) IAFL 1[Playoff][Standings][Fixtures & Results] [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/home/kitted-football/iafl1_19/ [Accessed 29 July 2019]

[5] Irish American Football Association (2019) Teams | Kitted | IAFL 2 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/teams/teams-kitted-iafl1/ [Accessed 25 June 2019]

LOGO REFERENCES

[1] Cill Dara Crusaders Facebook (2021) Profile Picture, October 2, 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/CillDaraCrusaders/photos/a.143587636249820/148372745771309/ [Actual Logo Reference at: http://22181441_148372745771309_392433809994775255_o [Accessed 20 September 2021]

[20] Donegal Derry Vipers (2018) Donegal Derry Vipers Logo [Internet] Available from: http://ddvipers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/DDVIPERS.png [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[1] Trinity College Dublin American Football | Facebook (2019) TCD American Football Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/214800495197037/photos/1306609992682743/ [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[35] Irish American Football Association (2017) UL Vikings Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ULVikings-HI-RES-Logo.png [Accessed 30 November 2018]

[17] Westmeath Minotaurs | Facebook (2015) Westmeath Minotaurs Logo [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12065840_1078155085529890_2779932276034449252_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=3673d2a991ca4920aad2e85dc589c794&oe=5CC01F4B [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[31] Irish American Football Association (2018) Wexford Eagles Team Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Team-Logo-Wexford-Eagles.png [Accessed 21 January 2019]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Jo Buchanan (South Dublin Panthers)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 4 May 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

American Football Ireland Premier Division 2022

American Football Ireland Logo. References: [1]

Standings

AFI American Football Ireland Premier Division 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
14001.00014013127W4
24001.00015042108W4
33001.000782652W3
42200.5007492-18L2
51300.25034120-86W1
60200.000040-40L2
70300.00046108-62L3
80400.00041122-81L4

Schedule

AFI American Football Ireland Premier Division 2022

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
58 - 7

University College Dublin Sentinels vs Belfast Knights

(Week 1)
35 - 6

Craigavon Cowboys vs West Dublin Rhinos

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
28 - 27

University College Dublin Sentinels vs Belfast Trojans

(Week 2)
0 - 20

Cork Admirals vs Dublin Rebels

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
14 - 15

Belfast Knights vs Craigavon Cowboys

Match Day Week 4
(Week 4)
42 - 13

South Dublin Panthers vs Belfast Trojans

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
8 - 44

Craigavon Cowboys vs University College Dublin Sentinels

(Week 5)
13 - 19

Belfast Knights vs South Dublin Panthers

(Week 5)
0 - 52

West Dublin Rhinos vs Dublin Rebels

Match Day Week 6
(Week 6)
0 - 17

West Dublin Rhinos vs South Dublin Panthers

(Week 6)
20 - 0

University College Dublin Sentinels vs Cork Admirals

(Week 6)
30 - 7

Dublin Rebels vs Belfast Knights

Match Day Week 7
(Week 7)
38 - 6

Dublin Rebels vs Belfast Trojans

(Week 7)
28 - 16

West Dublin Rhinos vs Craigavon Cowboys

Match Day Week 8
(Week 8)
6:52 pm

South Dublin Panthers vs Cork Admirals

Match Day Week 9
(Week 9)
6:53 pm

University College Dublin Sentinels vs West Dublin Rhinos

(Week 9)
6:55 pm

Belfast Knights vs Dublin Rebels

(Week 9)
6:56 pm

Craigavon Cowboys vs Cork Admirals

Match Day Week 10
(Week 10)
6:57 pm

South Dublin Panthers vs University College Dublin Sentinels

(Week 10)
6:58 pm

Belfast Trojans vs Craigavon Cowboys

Match Day Week 11
(Week 11)
6:59 pm

Belfast Trojans vs West Dublin Rhinos

(Week 11)
7:00 pm

Cork Admirals vs Belfast Knights

Match Day Week 12
(Week 12)
7:01 pm

Dublin Rebels vs University College Dublin Sentinels

Match Day Week 13
(Week 13)
7:02 pm

Belfast Trojans vs South Dublin Panthers

(Week 13)
7:03 pm

West Dublin Rhinos vs Cork Admirals

Match Day Week 14
(Week 14)
7:04 pm

Craigavon Cowboys vs Dublin Rebels

Match Day Week 15
(Week 15)
7:06 pm

Belfast Trojans vs Belfast Knights

(Week 15)
7:08 pm

Cork Admirals vs University College Dublin Sentinels

(Week 15)
7:09 pm

South Dublin Panthers vs Craigavon Cowboys

Match Day Week 16
(Week 16)
7:09 pm

Dublin Rebels vs South Dublin Panthers

(Week 16)
7:10 pm

Cork Admirals vs Belfast Trojans

(Week 16)
7:11 pm

Belfast Knights vs West Dublin Rhinos

Weekly Recaps

Week 1 Recap (13 March 2022)

UCD had an amazing return to Football after the COVID-enforced layoff with a 58-7 victory over Belfast Knights. Craigavon Cowboys also had a big win, 35-6 versus West Dublin Rhinos. [References: 2]

Week 2 Recap (20 March 2022)

UCD continued on a roll with a close 28-27 defeat of Belfast Trojans, while Dublin Rebels opened their account with a 20-0 win at Cork Admirals, also playing their first game. [References: 2]

Week 3 Recap (27 March 2022)

Craigavon Cowboys defeated the Belfast Knights 15-14 to go level with UCD on 2-0 at the top of the Premier in the only game in the Division in Week 2. [References: 2]

Week 4 Recap (3 April 2022)

South Dublin Panthers won 42-13 versus Belfast Trojans to join UCD, Craigavon Cowboys and Dublin Rebels on 100% records at the top of the Premier Division. Belfast Trojans fall to 0-2, and remain winless along with Cork Admirals, Belfast Trojans and Belfast Knights. [References: 2]

Week 5 Recap (10 April 2022)

UCD improved to 3-0 with a 44-8 defeat of Craigavon Cowboys, Dublin rebels likewise kept their 100% record with a 52-0 win at West Dublin Rhinos, and South Dublin Panthers were victorious versus Belfast Knights 19-13 to also maintain a perfect start on 2-0. [References: 2]

Week 6 Recap (24 April 2022)

UCD Sentinels, Dublin Rebels and South Dublin Panthers all won to keep up their 100% records. The Rebels (3-0) defeated Belfast Knights (0-4) 30-7, UCD (4-0) won 20-0 at home to the Cork Admirals (0-2) and South Dublin Panthers (3-0) triumphed 17-0 at West Dublin Rhinos (0-3) in a South/West Dublin derby as the gap between the top half of the standings and the bottom half of the standings widened. [References: 2]

Week 7 Recap (1 May 2022)

Dublin Rebels joined UCD on 4-0 after defeating Belfast Trojans (0-3) 38-6, while the West Dublin Rhinos (1-2) gained their first win of the season 28-16 over the Craigavon Cowboys (2-2) in a shock result. [References: 2]

About the 2022 American Football Ireland Premier Division

The American Football Ireland Premier Division is the Top Level American Football League in Ireland, consisting of 8 teams: three in Northern Ireland (Belfast Knights, Belfast Trojans and Craigavon Cowboys); four in Dublin (Dublin Rebels, South Dublin Panthers, University College Dublin AFC and West Dublin Rhinos) and one Munster team (Cork Admirals). It is the first full year of the League since 2019 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and sees 7 teams returning from 2019 with University of Limerick Vikings and Trinity College Dublin making the drop down to Division 1 for 2022 and being replaced in the Premier Division by South Dublin Panthers.

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Boroughs and Districts) Showing AFI Premier Division Team Logos and Locations 2022

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski superimposed with Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [2022 AFI Team Logos added by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [27]

References

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 2022 American Football Ireland Premier Division Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [10 January 2022]

IMAGES

[1] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AFI-Logo-200.png [Accessed 10 February 2020]

References

[2] American Football Ireland (2022) AFI Premier Division 2022 [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/americanfootball/premier-division/ [Accessed 4 May 2022]

Logo References

[16] Carrickfergus Knights – Vimeo (2018) Portrait [Internet] Available from: https://i.vimeocdn.com/portrait/482449_300x300 [Accessed 22 July 2018]

[15] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Belfast Trojans Logo [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/396414_329765713737073_1023026931_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=61cbbd2dd06504291f7e7843703e7b1d&oe=5CB71144 [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[32] Irish American Football Association (2017) Admirals Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Admirals-PNG-1.png [Accessed 30 November 2018]

[1] Craigavon Cowboys – Twitter Account (2018) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/864100166680424448/TCauLbnj_400x400.jpg [Accessed 22 July 2018]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2018) Dublin Rebels Team Logo [Internet] Available from: https://www.americanfootball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Team-Logo-Dublin-Rebels-2.png [Accessed 22 July 2018]

[1] South Dublin Panthers Facebook Page (2018) South Dublin Panthers Profile Picture https://www.facebook.com/southdublinpanthers/photos/a.345294775649262/906846089494125/?type=1&theater [Accessed 16 November 2018]

[11] University College Dublin American Football | Facebook (2019) UCD American Football Logo [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42217493_1698569130253365_7279433760959889408_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=7a5022628bcaee96b826121685dfb223&oe=5CC99467 [Accessed 21 January 2019]

[1] West Dublin Rhinos | Twitter (2019) West Dublin Rhinos Logo [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/834675830257229824/fw7mbNXR_400x400.jpg [Accessed 21 January 2019]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Jo Buchanan (South Dublin Panthers)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 4 May 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Challenge Games 1986

Standings

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Challenge 1986

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
0East Coast Comets0000.0000000
0Portmarnock0000.0000000

Schedule

AFAI American Football Association Challenge 1986

Note: Exact Date in March of East Coast v Portmarnock game unknown, approximation given above.

Recap

With a squad of about 20-30 players Bray’s East Coast Comets in Co. Wicklow were due to meet a team from Portmarnock in March 1986 in an early game of American Football, which would probably have been a pre-pads version of the game, played with some contact but not Flag Football.

References

[1] Anon. (1986) “American football comes to Bray Area” Wicklow People 14 February 1986. pg. 39.

[2] Jan van Embden (1986) “Your chance to try American football” Wicklow People. Friday, 11 April 1986. pg. 40.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Anton “Pippo” O’Grady.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 16 January 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

AFI American Football Ireland and Predecessors Teams Timeline 1942-2022

ETO (1942-1944), AAF (1983), AFAI (1984-1999), IAFA (2001-2018), and AFI (2019-2022) Teams Timeline.

AFI American Football Ireland Timeline 1942-2022

PosTeamYearLeague
1Hale Blue Devils1942ETO
1Tech Fighting Irish1942ETO
1Yarvard Crimson Tide1942ETO
4Army Wolverines1944ETO
4Navy Galloping Gaels1944ETO
6Redskins1983AAF
6Yankees1983AAF
81984-1993AFAI
91985-1990AFAI
101985-1988AFAI
111986-1995; 2003-2022AFAI, IAFA, AFI
121986-1998AFAI
131986-1996AFAI
14Carrickfergus / East Antrim Cougars1986-1989AFAI
15Aldergrove Hawks1987AFAI
161987-1996AFAI
17Bangor Buccaneers1987AFAI
171987AFAI
191987-1990AFAI
20Jordanstown Jaguars1987AFAI
211988-1993AFAI
211988-1993AFAI
231989-1993AFAI
24Bray Seahawks1989AFAI
25Dublin Pirates1990AFAI
261991-1993AFAI
27Brownlow Bandits1991AFAI
27Newtownabbey Warriors1991AFAI
291992AFAI
301993AFAI
311994-2022AFAI, IAFA, AFI
321994-1995AFAI
331995-1998AFAI
341996-1997AFAI
351997AFAI
361998-1999AFAI
371998AFAI
381998-1999AFAI
391999AFAI
402000-2022IAFA, AFI
412000-2015IAFA
422001-2022IAFA, AFI
432002-2008IAFA
442002-2022IAFA, AFAI
452006-2010IAFA
462006IAFA
472007-2022IAFA, AFI
482007-2008IAFA
482007-2008IAFA
502008-2022IAFA. AFI
502008-2022IAFA, AFI
522009-2010IAFA
532009IAFA
542009-2022IAFA, AFI
55Institute of Technology Carlow Chargers2010IAFA
562010-2013IAFA
572011-2014IAFA
582011-2022IAFA, AFI
592012-2019IAFA
602012-2022IAFA, AFI
612012-2017IAFA
622014-2017IAFA
632014-2022IAFA, AFI
642014-2017IAFA
652014-2020IAFA
662015-2022IAFA, AFI
672016-2022IAFA, AFI
672016-2022IAFA, AFI
672016-2022IAFA, AFI
672016-2022IAFA, AFI
712017-2022IAFA, AFI
722018-2022AFI
732019-2022AFI

European Theater of Operations (1942-1944), All-American Festival (1983)

The first teams based in Ireland were the European Theater of Operations Football Championship teams of US Army and Navy personnel stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II. The Hale Blue Devils, Yarvard Crimson Tide, Tech Fighting Irish, Army Wolverines and Navy Galloping Gaels played a handful of matches in Larne, Ravenhill and Newry. In 1983 with Britain’s Channel 4 TV station showing the game on our screens for the first time, the Redskins and Yankees – two teams of specially trained Rugby Union players played at the All-American Festival in Banbridge, Co. Down.

American Football Association of Ireland (1987-1999)

With the founding of the Dublin Celts in the Phoenix Park in 1984 the foundations of Irish American Football proper were laid. Following quickly were Coleraine Chieftains, also 1984 but not kitted until 1986, Craigavon Cowboys, Belfast Blitzers, Ballymena Wolfhounds, Carrickfergus Cougars in 1985 and 1986. The Wolfhounds withdrew from the AFAI in 1986 and concentrated solely on Youth Football, becoming fully kitted in 1991. The other five mentioned teams played in the first season of the American Football Association of Ireland in 1986. In 1987 Belfast Spartans, Jordanstown Jaguars, Bangor Buccaneers, Dublin Tornadoes, Belfast Giants, East Side Jets (Castlereagh) joined the league as did Aldergrove Hawks, who only played preseason. The 11 teams was soon whittled down to 8 as Jordanstown and East Side folded during the season and Bangor Buccaneers folded after the season. In 1988, however, the Antrim A26 Bulldogs were born. The Lee Valley Steelers in Cork were also formed that year. Belfast Blitzers dropped out of the league after 1988 and in 1989 Belfast Giants did likewise. 1989, however, saw the birth of the Bray Seahawks and Limerick Patriots. Bray played the one season of friendlies and Limerick never joined the league proper, playing in an 8v8 Mini-League.

1990 saw the birth and death of the Dublin Pirates. In 1991 Coleraine Chieftains and Carrickfergus Cougars merged as the Newtownabbey Warriors. This was to be the pattern for the next decade – one or two teams would fold each year and one replaced them. In 1991 the Junior Kitted League started in Northern Ireland with the Wolfhounds, Brownlow Bandits (a feeder team for the Cowboys), the Belfast Junior Spartans and the Prospect Pumas. Pumas were to become the Carrickfergus Knights senior team in 1994. Before that was to happen, however, the Drogheda Vikings entered the league in 1992, lasting one season, before a splinter group formed the Ardee Falcons in 1993, playing 8v8 Football for one season. That year was the last year of the Celts, Patriots, Falcons and Steelers as the league numbers dwindled. The Cowboys also folded temporarily, replaced by the nearby Lurgan Area Raiders in 1994. In 1995 the Dublin Lightning were formed by former Celts players. 1996 was the last year of the Tornadoes and Spartans. All of the original teams had now disappeared. Portadown Panthers replaced the Raiders in 1996 and were again replaced by the returning Craigavon Cowboys in 1998. The Tornadoes were replacerd by the Dublin Tigers in 1998 who had merged with the Gateway Bulls who were formed in Dublin in 1997. Greystones Rebels also formed around this time but stayed out of the league most season, as did the Dublin Lightning due to disatisfaction with the running of the league. 1998 saw Queen’s University Belfast Broncos play the first of two seasons, and a new team in Belfast, the Lasers played 7v7 Football in 1999.

Irish American Football Association (2001-2019)

By 2000, however, all but three teams had folded: Carrickfergus Cougars, Greystones Rebels and Dublin Lightning, with only one still affiliated to AFAI. Following protracted disputes, eventually leading to a court case, the AFAI was replaced by the IAFA in 2001 and the league started afresh with the Tigers and Rebels merged to become the Dublin Rebels, the Carrickfergus Knights and two entirely new teams: Dublin Dragons, formed from a Flag Football team, and the University of Limerick Vikings. The League expanded rapidly adding the Cork Admirals, Belfast Bulls and a resurrected Craigavon Cowboys by 2003 and the North Dublin Marshals and Dublin City University Saints by 2006. In 2007 the Marshals were replaced by the Tallaght Outlaws who lasted until 2008, the Edenderry Soldiers and the Belfast Trojans, a split from the Belfast Bulls. The Bulls folded after the 2008 season, and that year the introduction of the DV8 Development League saw a boom in team numbers: Both seconds teams, West Dublin Rhinos and Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts were added that year. In 2009 the Erris (Mayo) Rams (until 2010), Midlands Soldiers (a merger of Edenderry Soldiers and new team Mullingar Archers, which lasted one season) and University College Dublin Sentinels joined the league. In 2010 the Soldiers were replaced in the midlands by Tullamore Phoenix, who played until 2013, and the IT Carlow Chargers who lost their sponsor after one game. Drogheda Lightning and Trim (Meath) Bulldogs joined in 2011 and in 2012 North Kildare Reapers, Mullingar Minotaurs and Waterford Wolves joined.

By 2013 the DV8 Development League was replaced by a full 11v11 Division 1 (IAFL 1) below the newly renamed Shamrock Bowl Conference, featuring seven of the Devlopment teams. 2014 saw the introduction of a third division, with Galway Warriors, Dundalk Mavericks, Tyrone Titans and South Kildare Soldiers joining in the IAFL 2. In 2015 Donegal Derry Vipers joined and the Mavericks and Lightning had merged as the Louth Mavericks. In 2016 a further three teams joined: North Dublin Pirates, NI Razorbacks, and Wexford Eagles. That year the Dublin Dragons also disbanded, becoming the reformed South Dublin Panthers. In 2017 the Antrim Jets joined replacing the Tyrone Titans and the two Kildare teams merged as the Cill Dara Crusaders in 2018, by which the Waterford Wolves were playing their last season, as were Galway Warriors in 2019. 2019 was the first year of the Causeway Giants and by now a new administration had taken over, with the IAFA renamed American Football Ireland.

Map of Northern Ireland (2022 Districts) Showing All-Time ETO, AAF, AFAI, IAFA and AFI Teams (1942-2022)

Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Superimposed with 1942-2022 AFI and Predecessors Team Logos added by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [27]

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Boroughs and Districts) Showing AFAI (1986-1999), IAFA (2001-2018) and AFI (2019-2022) Republic of Ireland Teams

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [28]Combined with 1984-2022 Irish American Football Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [16 January 2022]

Map of Dublin (2022 Counties and Boroughs) Showing AFAI (1984-1999), IAFA (2001-2018) and AFI (2019-2022) Team Locations and Logos

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [28][With Dublin isolated and Overlaid with AFI team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [16 January 2022]

MAP REFERENCES

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on [28] Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 1987 Irish American Football Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [10 January 2022]

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Yearly Results and Standings References

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[96] Donegal Daily (2016) Donegal Derry Vipers on a Roll with six wins in a row [Internet] Available from: http://www.donegaldaily.com/2016/08/24/donegal-derry-vipers-on-a-roll-with-six-wins-in-a-row/ [Accessed 23 February 2017]

[97] Irish american Football Association (2016) Donegal Derry Vipers win IAFL2 Bowl in a spectacular game with Wexford Eagles [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/donegalderry-vipers-win-iafl2-bowl-spectacular-game-wexford-eagles/ [Accessed 1 September 2016]

[98] Irish American Football Association (2017) IAFL-2 Conference Standings [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/american-football/iafl2-conference/ [Accessed 28 August 2017]

SOCIAL MEDIA

[45] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Post by Kevin Sharkey, August 27, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259540917772370/permalink/268518076874654/ [Accessed 6 June 2018]

[71] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post August 14 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1233266033373961 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[72] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post August 14 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1227508007283097 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[73] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post August 7 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1227556927278205:0 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[74] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post July 17 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1212468245453740 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[75] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post July 24 2016[Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1217083948325503 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[76] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post July 24 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1217246988309199 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[77] Carrickfergus Knights Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post July 30 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/CarrickKnights/posts/1067948010006303 [Accessed 2 August 2017]

[78] Dublin Rebels Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post July 30 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/dublinrebels/posts/617503018373620 [Accessed 2 August 2017]

[79] Irish American Football Association (2017) Facebook Post 14 August 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1619638348070059 [Accessed 14 August 2017]

[80] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2018) IAFA shared an Album – 20 August 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/2060236584010231 [Accessed 20 August 2018]

[86] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post August 14 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1233266033373961 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[87] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2016) Post July 17 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1212468245453740 [Accessed 26 October 2016]

[89] Irish American Football Association Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post July 23 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1596885733678654 [Accessed 24 July 2017]

[90] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post August 27 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1632046600162567 [Accessed 28 August 2017]

[91] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post August 20 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1625971890770038 [Accessed 28 August 2017]

[99] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post August 27 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1632046600162567 [Accessed 28 August 2017]

[100] IAFA Ireland Facebook Page (2017) Facebook Post August 20 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/iafaireland/posts/1625846934115867 [Accessed 28 August 2017]

INTERNET ARCHIVE

[61] Dublin Rebels – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2008) News: 2008 League Standings [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20081019054255/http://www.dublinrebels.com/news.php [Accessed 5 July 2017]

[70] Irish American Football Association – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2017) IAFL Shamrock Bowl Conference Standings [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20171115125115/http://www.americanfootball.ie/american-football/shamrock-bowl-conference/ [Accessed 18 January 2018]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Nora Mulcahy, Dervla Kincaid, Orla Connolly-Mulcahy, Aedamar Kincaid & Isabella Kincaid.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eiirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 15 January 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019-2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

American Football Association of Ireland Festivals & Friendlies 1989

Standings

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Festivals & Friendlies 1989

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
11001.000000W1
20000.0000000
2Bray Seahawks0100.000000L1
20000.0000000

Note: Standings Calculated Automatically from Results – No Official Standings were kept by the AFAI for Festivals and Friendlies in 1989.

Schedule

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Festivals & Friendlies 1989

Match Day Cavan Lakes & Vales Festival
(Cavan Lakes & Vales Festival)
8:42 am

Craigavon Cowboys vs Belfast Giants

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
Win - Loss

Dublin Tornadoes vs Bray Seahawks

Note: Date when Bray Seahawks lost to Dublin Tornadoes not known – an approximation is given above.

Recap

In American Football Association of Ireland Festivals and Friendlies 1989, Bray Seahawks played the only known match the team from Co. Wicklow ever played, losing to Dublin Tornadoes, who had taken a year out from the Combined Gridiron League Irish Conference season [2]. In another game scheduled for Breffni Park in Cavan as part of the Lakes and Vales Festival Craigavon Cowboys were due to meet Belfast Giants [1].

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Districts and Boroughs) Showing AFAI Festivals and Friendlies Team Locations and Logos

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski superimposed with Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [1989 AFAI Team Logos added by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [27]

MAP REFERENCES

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 1987 Irish American Football Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [14 January 2022]

REFERENCES:

[1] Anon. (1989) “American Football featured at Cavan Festival | Picture Caption” Anglo-Celt. Thursday, July 27, 1989. pg. 24.

[4] Anon. (1989) “Bray has its own American football team” Wicklow People. Friday, November 31, 1989.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws).

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Prepared and maintained by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: `14 January 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020-2022

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Combined Gridiron League Irish Conference Preseason Results and Match Reports 1989

Preseason Standings

CGL Combined Gridiron League Duke Premier Division Irish Conference 1989

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
11001.00025025W1
20000.0000000
2East Antrim Cougars0000.0000000
40100.000020-20L1

CGL Combined Gridiron League Baron First Division Irish Conference 1989

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
11100.5002025-5L1
20000.0000000
20000.0000000
20000.0000000

Schedule

CGL Combined Gridiron League Irish Conference 1989

Recap

In a series of preseason games in 1989, Antrim Bulldogs defeated Craigavon Cowboys 20-0 in late January, becoming only the third Irish team to defeat the Cowboys ever [1-2]. The Cowboys were then due to face the EC (Belfast) Spartans in Ballynahinch on April 16 [4], before the Dublin Celts triumphed 25-0 versus the Antrim Bulldogs the following week [3].

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Districts and Boroughs) Showing CGL Preseason Team Locations 1989

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lara2016 Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski Showing 1989 CGL Preseason Team Logos and Locations superimposed by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [13 January 1989]

MAP REFERENCES

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 1989 Irish American Football Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [13 January 2022]

REFERENCE

SOURCES / NEWSPAPERS

[1] Anon. (1989) “Irish teams gear up to new season” American Football News 9 February 1989. pg. 19

[2] Anon. (1989) “Bulldogs win 20-0” Belfast Telegraph. 30 January 1989. pg. 17.

[3] Britball Now (2016) Historical Results [1989][Friendlies] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 12 January 2020]#

[4] Jonathan Traynor (1989) “American football with a gospel theme” Sunday Life. April 15, 1989. pg. 49.

LOGO REFERENCES

[5] Dublin Celts American Football Team Facebook Page (2016) Photo by Joseph Greene August 28, 2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1421158977901127&set=gm.269427200117075&type=3&theater&ifg=1 [Accessed 3 July 2018]

[6] Coleraine Chieftans (2002) Coleraine Chieftans: Chief Image [Internet] Available from: http://www.thecolerainechieftans.freeservers.com/images/chief.gif [Accessed 18 July 2018]

[7] Craigavon Cowboys – Twitter Account (2018) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/864100166680424448/TCauLbnj_400x400.jpg [Accessed 22 July 2018]

[8] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2021) Post to Page by Belfast Blitzers, 5 February 2021: [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/146339398_3535274803250316_484236705150193506_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=2&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_ohc=APIfzLRulaMAX9g3LLc&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=72bcf54f0435a9ab26cd035a8d2cf7c7&oe=604502C2 [Accessed 5 February 2021]

[9] Dublin Tornadoes (1995) Timmy Tornado Logo [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19961115063729im_/http://fiachra.ucd.ie:80/~alan/Icons/American/timmy.gif [Accessed 3 July 2018]

[10] Trinity Bowl 1992 Trinity 400 American Football Match Poster

[11] Dublin Tornadoes Football Helmet – Authors’ Personal Collection – Purchased at http://www.417helmets.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to John Malone, Declan Mulvey & John O’Reilly

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American & World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 13 January 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019-2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

American Football Association of Ireland Festivals and Friendlies 1988

Festivals & Friendlies Standings

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Festivals & Friendlies 1988

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
11001.00046046W1
21001.00039237W1
31001.00022814W1
40300.00010107-97L3

Note: Standings Calculated automatically from results – Official Standings not kept.

Schedule

AFAI American Football Association of Ireland Friendlies 1988

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
39 - 2

Belfast Blitzers vs Antrim Bulldogs

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
46 - 0

Dublin Tornadoes vs Antrim Bulldogs

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
22 - 8

Belfast Spartans vs Antrim Bulldogs

Match Day Week 4 - Birr Vintage Festival
(Week 4 - Birr Vintage Festival)
5:48 pm

Antrim Bulldogs vs Dublin Tornadoes

Note: Date of Dublin Tornadoes 46 Antrim Bulldogs 0 not known – 1 June 1988 an approximation only.

Map of Ireland (2022 Counties, Boroughs and Districts) Showing AFAI Festivals & Friendlies Teams 1988

Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski superimposed with Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [1987 IAFL Team Logos added by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [27]

Recap

While preparing to enter the Irish American Football League in 1989 the Antrim Bulldogs (also known as the A26 Bulldogs) played a series of Friendly and Exhibition matches against other AFAI teams in 1988. During May they lost 39-2 to Belfast Blitzers, then 46-0 to Dublin Tornadoes, 22-8 in July versus Labatt Spartans from Belfast before they were due to play Dublin Tornadoes again at the Birr Vintage Festival in Co. Offaly.

Map References

[27] Vector — Labeled Color Map of Districts of Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Copyright: lara2016 [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_144615978_labeled-color-map-of-districts-of-northern-ireland-united-kingdom.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-21 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Superimposed on Vector — Map of Ireland administrative divisions on counties level Copyright: lesniewski [Internet] Available from: https://www.123rf.com/photo_51580818_map-of-ireland-administrative-divisions-on-counties-level.html?vti=lnoo9k86jx77fg2u6b-1-1 [Accessed 10 January 2022] Combined with 1988 Irish American Football Team Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie [13 January 2022]

SOURCES:

[1] Anon. (1988) “Birr Vintage Festival” Nenagh Guardian. Saturday, August 13, 1988. pg. 15.

[2] Britball Now (2016) Historical Results [1988][Friendlies] [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/results-section.html [Accessed 12 January 2020][Actual Reference at: https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.britballnow.co.uk%2FHistory%2FResults%2F1988results.xls&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK ][Accessed 13 January 2022]

[3] Anon. (1988) Antrim fall Belfast Telegraph. Tuesday, May 17, 1988, pg. 17 [Internet] Original Article Available from: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ [Accessed 13 January 2022]

SOCIAL MEDIA

[4] Belfast Blitzers Facebook (2021) Bellfast Blitzers Reply to Post by Enda Mulcahy [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/3499692260141904?comment_id=3500244570086673&reply_comment_id=3501824573262006&notif_id=1611255704041574&notif_t=feed_comment&ref=notif [Accessed 22 January 2021]

Logo References

[5] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2019) Post, August 12, 2019 at 1:31 PM [Internet] Available from:  https://www.facebook.com/belfastblitzers/posts/2244208692356940?notif_id=1565921781157641&notif_t=comment_mention [Accessed 17 August 2019]

[6] Belfast Blitzers Facebook Page (2021) Post to Page by Belfast Blitzers, 5 February 2021: [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/146339398_3535274803250316_484236705150193506_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=2&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_ohc=APIfzLRulaMAX9g3LLc&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=72bcf54f0435a9ab26cd035a8d2cf7c7&oe=604502C2 [Accessed 5 February 2021]

[7] Dublin Tornadoes (1995) Timmy Tornado Logo [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19961115063729im_/http://fiachra.ucd.ie:80/~alan/Icons/American/timmy.gif [Accessed 3 July 2018]

[8] Trinity Bowl 1992 Trinity 400 American Football Match Poster

[11] Dublin Tornadoes Football Helmet – Authors’ Personal Collection – Purchased at http://www.417helmets.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to David Turner (Belfast Blitzers)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Prepared and maintained by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 13 January 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020-2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

Major Alternative Football Leagues Final Standings 2021

Canadian Football League 2021

CFL Logo [Reference: 1]

Canadian Football League East Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
195018309318-9L1
28601631224468W1
37701434630541L1
431106224384-160W1

Canadian Football League West Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
1113020361188173L2
2950182902846L1
38601631526352W3
459010312351-39W1
531106246378-132L1

CFL Canadian Football League Playoffs 2021

Match Day Eastern Semi-Final
(Eastern Semi-Final)
23 - 12

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Montreal Alouettes

Match Day Western Semi-Final
(Western Semi-Final)
33 OT - 30

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders

Match Day Eastern Final