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Final IAFL Division 1 2003 Table

*Carrickfergus Knights65101702610
*Dublin Rebels65101853910
*Cork Admirals6150681822
Dublin Dragons6150362122


Carrickfergus Knights, as regular season champions, received a bye into the Shamrock Bowl, while the Dublin Rebels (also 5-1) and Cork Admirals (1-5) were to meet in the Semi-Final Playoff. Dublin Dragons (also 1-5) failed to make the Playoffs due to forfeiting their game with Cork. [3]


306.04.03HCork AdmiralsW28-14
420.04.03ADublin RebelsL0-34
604.05.03HCarrickfergus KnightsL0-51
1008.06.03ACarrickfergus KnightsL0-30 #
1115.06.03HDublin RebelsL0-41
1306.07.03ACork AdmiralsL8-42


Week 3, 6 April 2003

Dublin Dragons 28 Cork Admirals 14 – Dublin Dragons won 28-14 in Week 3 against newcomers to 11-a-side Football, Cork Admirals. Ulli Zinnecker opened the scoring in the second quarter for the Dublin team, and added a second rushing TD after the Dragons and Admirals had traded TDs through Wheeler and O’Carroll respectively. Cork came within touching distance at the end of the third quarter with O’Callaghan’s 75-yard run, but Zinnecker made it a hat-trick of rushing TDs in the fourth and added the 2-extra-point for a 28-14 Dragons victory. [2]

Cork Admirals0014014
Dublin Dragons0614828
1st Quarter 
No Scoring 
2nd Quarter 
DRA – U Zinnecker 14yd Run0-6
3rd Quarter 
DRA – D Wheeler 4yd Run0-12
COR – A O’Carroll 28yd Fumble Return, A O’Callaghan 2xpt8-12
DRA – U Zinnecker 15yd Run, E Black 2xpt8-20
COR – A O’Callaghan 75yd Run14-20
4th Quarter 
DRA – U Zinnecker 8yd Run, U Zinnecker 2xpt14-28

Reference: [2]

Week 4, 20 April 2003

Dublin Rebels 34 Dublin Dragons 0 – Played at Greystones RFC, Co. Wicklow – The Rebels scored an easy 34-0 win over the Dragons in week 4, Brian Dennehy scoring a hat-trick of rushing TDs. Simon Mackey returned an interception for 6 and Fearghal O’Donnchu caught a TD pass from Andy Dennehy in a comprehensive victory. [2]

At Greystones RFC, Co. WicklowQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons00000
Dublin Rebels14002034
1st Quarter 
REB – Brian Dennehy 5yd Run, Brian Dennehy 2xpt0-8
REB – Simon Mackey 20yd Int Return0-14
2nd Quarter 
No Scoring0-14
3rd Quarter 
No Scoring0-14
4t Quarter 
REB – Brian Dennehy 23yd Run0-20
REB – Feargal O’Donnchu 5yd Pass from Andy Dennehy0-26
REB – Brian Dennehy 21yd Run, Brian Dennehy 2xpt0-34

Reference: [2]

Week 6, 4 May 2003

Dublin Dragons 0 Carrickfergus Knights 51 – Played at Lucan Community College, Co. South Dublin – The Dragons had no luck in Week 6 either, going down 51-0 to defending Champions Carrickfergus Knights. Six different players got touchdowns for the Knights, including Andy dirragh’s Interception Return and two each from Running Back Pete Watt and Wide Receiver Ian McIlroy as the Knights emerged early favourites for the title. [2]

At Lucan Community CollegeQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Carrickfergus Knights61872051
Dublin Dragons00000
1st Quarter 
CAR – Paul McKillop 10yd Run6-0
2nd Quarter 
CAR – Gary Donnelly 6yd Pass from Stephen McDowell12-0
CAR – Pete Watt 2yd Run18-0
CAR – Ian McIlroy 29yd Pass from Stephen McDowell24-0
3rd Quarter 
CAR – Willian Cully 12yd Run, Stephen McDowell 1xpt31-0
4th Quarter 
CAR – Ian McIlroy 19yd Pass from Stephen McDowell, Stephen McDowell 1xpt38-0
CAR – Andy Dirragh 47yd Int Return44-0
CAR – Pete Watt 2yd Run, Stephen McDowell 1xpt51-0

Reference: [2]

Week 10, 8 June 2003

Carrickfergus Knights 30 Dublin Dragons 0 – Carrickfergus received a walkover in Week 10 from the  Dragons

Dublin Dragons00000
Carrickfergus Knights    30
Dublin Dragons forfeited the game0-30

Week 11, 15 June 2003

Dublin Dragons 0 Dublin Rebels 41 – At Lucan Community College, Co. Dublin – The Rebels beat the Dragons 41-0 in Week 11. Brian Dennehy got a hat-trick of rushing TDs in the first quarter and Conor Ryan caught a TD Pass from Andy Dennehy to leave the Rebels 28-0 up at half time. Mark Kelly and Fearghal O’Donnchu added two more rushing TDs as the Rebels ground game ran all over the Dragons. [2]

At Lucan Community College, Co. DublinQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Rebels14147641
Dublin Dragons00000
1st Quarter 
REB – Brian Dennehy 2yd Run, Brian Dennehy 2xpt8-0
REB – Brian Dennehy 70yd Run14-0
2nd Quarter 
REB – Brian Dennehy Run20-0
REB – Connor Ryan 31yd Pass from Andy Dennehy28-0
3rd Quarter 
REB – Mark Kelly 11yd Run, Simon Mackey 1xpt35-0
4th Quarter 
REB – Fergal O’Donnchu Run41-0

Reference: [2]

Week 13, 6 July 2003

Cork Admirals 42 Dublin Dragons 8 – Played at Pfizer Sports Club, Cork –  Cork Admirals won an 8-a-side game in Week 13, 42-6, against a 10-man Dublin Dragons, which counted as a forfeit for the Dragons, ending their playoff hopes. QB Lomansey scored on two Passes from Kenny, while Kid, Kenny and O’Callaghan each scored rushing TDs for Cork. The defense got in on the act aswell, with O’Sullivan’s 71-yard Fumble Return. The Dragons battled gamely with just the 10 men, and scored early in the fourth quarter, Olwill connecting with Walsh for the TD, but it was not enough, and they were then out of the Playoffs. [2][5]

At Pfizer Sports Club, Ringaskiddy, CorkQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Dublin Dragons00088
Cork Admirals88121442
1st Quarter 
COR – Lomansey 12yd Pass from Kenny (O’Connell 2xpt)0-8
2nd Quarter 
COR – Kidd 1yd Run (O’Callaghan 2xpt)0-16
3rd Quarter 
COR – Kenny 16yd Run 0-22
COR – O’Callaghan 15yd Run0-28
4th Quarter 
DRA – Walsh 13yd Pass from Olwill (Durrad 2xpt)8-28
COR – Lomansey 11yd Pass from Kenny8-34
COR – O’Sullivan 71yd Fumble Return (O’Callaghan 2xpt)8-42
The Dragons played an 8-man forfeit game due to only 10 players travelling to Cork 

Reference: [2]

Roster 2003

 John DurradStrong Safety / Quarterback / Safety012
 Al BurkeLinebacker / Defensive End / Center   
 Ulli ZinneckerInside Linebacker / Fullback / Center4024
 Paul SingletonOffensive Line / Defensive Line   
 Steven WalshDefensive End / Offensive Line106
 Paul O’TooleOffensive Line   
 Robert HobanOffensive Line   
 Neil “Boggle” HollandDefensive Line / Offensive Line   
 D Wheeler 106
 E Black 012

References: [1]




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

Internet Archive

[14] Dublin Dragons (2003) Roster 1 [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20030718135227/http://www.dublindragons.com:80/roster1.htm [Accessed 29 November 2018]


Irish American Football Association (2018) Dublin Dragons – Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.americanfootball.ie/iafl/dragons.jpg [Accessed 16 November 2018]


Thanks to Joe Grey, Dublin Dragons

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