College Bowl 2007 – 3 June 2007 – DCU Saints 2 UL Vikings 50
Dublin City University Saints 2 University of Limerick Vikings 50 – The University of Limerick Vikings won their second College Championship in as many years, and with it qualified for the Irish American Football League Shamrock Bowl Semi-Finals (the match doubled as an IAFL regular season match) with a 50 points to two win over the Dublin City University Saints. The second College title for UL was not, however, as dominating as it the first, despite Chris Bassitt’s early touchdown pass to Marc Ashworth. The rest of the first quarter was scrappy, and in the second quarter Glen Carr ran for a touchdown after strong plays by himself, Barry Carmody and Andy Gordon. The resulting two point conversion attempt, however, was intercepted by the Saints Cornerback Willy Coyne at returned all the way to the UL endzone for two points. With the score 12-2, the Saints put together their best drive of the game, with some outstanding quarterbacking from Geoff Coleman, which put them deep in the Vikings redzone. The Saints went all out before halftime to reduce the deficit, but some heavy pressure from the Vikings Defensive Line caused Coleman to throw quickly and was subsequently intercepted by Vikings Cornerback Brendan McCarthy to end the half.
The Vikings took control of the game in every respect in the second half with running touchdowns from Barry Carmody (twice, which earned him MVP Honours), Adrian Garvey and QB Chris Bassitt. The UL defense also became more aggressive and there were sacks for Glen Carr and Darragh O’Callaghan. Outside Linebacker Damian Laffan intercepted the ball and returned it to the endzone for a pick-6 from near halfway. In the end the Vikings were comfortable 50-2 winners, however, DCU had improved on the first College Championship in 2006 which they lost 58-0, and caused the Vikings a lot of trouble in the first half, which was relatively close compared to the outcome.
|University of Limerick Vikings
|Dublin City University Saints
|Chris Bassitt TD Pass from Marc Ashworth
|Glen Carr TD Run
|Willy Coyne 2xpt Int Ret
|Barry Carmody TD Run
|Barry Carmody TD Run
|Adrian Garvey TD Run
|Chris Bassitt TD Run
|Damian Laffan 50 yd Int Return
|8 Pts from Conversions
About the American Football Ireland Intervarsity Championships
The Jordanstown Jaguars, based in Ulster University Jordanstown played in the first full season of the Irish American Football League in 1987. The Trinity Bowl, played from 1992-1995, was the first competition played in Irish Universities, although it did not involve College teams. The Irish Collegiate American Football Association was formed in 1993, and played a Flag Football Summer Bowl over the Summer Holidays, involving both College Students and non-College Students. From 1998 to 1999 the Queen’s University Belfast Broncos competed in the AFAI Irish Senior League, and in 1999 the University of Limerick Vikings were formed, initially as a Flag Football team, and then from 2001 onwards as a fully kitted team playing uin the resurrected IAFL.
The First Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) Kitted College Bowl was played in 2006, when there was more than one kitted College team for the first time, namely the University of Limerick Vikings and Dublin City University Saints. The College Championship became a three-team tournament involving the Trinity College Dublin Thunderbolts and the University College Dublin Sentinels in 2010 (DCU were no longer fielding a team). In 2014 the Irish American Football Association took over the running of the competition from CUSAI after the CUSAI became Student Sport Ireland and renamed the College Bowl the Intervarsity Championship.
 Wikipedia (2020) CUSAI Logo [Internet] Available from: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/18/CUSAI-Logo-Only.jpg/220px-CUSAI-Logo-Only.jpg [Accessed 12 April 2020]
 Irish American Football League – Wayback Machine Web Archive (2006) Vikings win Intervarsity Game [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20060511235932/http://www.irish-american-football.org/19march06.htm [Accessed 24 October 2017]
 University of Limerick Vikings eTeamz Wayback Machine (2008) UL Vikings: Vikings News : UL Vikings beat DCU in College Championship Game http://web.archive.org/web/20080303042714/http://eteamz.active.com/ulvikings/news/index.cfm?id=3927072&cat=0 [Accessed 8 February 2021]
Thanks to Cillian Smith (Irish American Football Association)
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