|Lurgan Area Raiders||5||2||3||0||48||64||.400|
*Qualify for Playoffs.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|Shamrock Bowl IX||Venue: Newry|
|25.09.1994||Dublin Tornadoes||18||Carrickfergus Knights||13|
Dublin Tornadoes Results 1994
|6||05.06.1994||H||Lurgan Area Raiders||W||24-2|
|10||14.08.1994||A||Lurgan Area Raiders||W||18-7|
|SB IX||25.09.1994||Newry||Carrickfergus Knights||W||18-13|
Week 1 – 21 April 1994 – Belfast Spartans 6 Dublin Tornadoes 15
Belfast Spartans 6 Dublin Tornadoes 15 – The Dublin Tornadoes scored a safety to open the scoring but were soon 6-2 down after the Spartans came back with an unconverted touchdown. It was not until the second half that defending Champions the Tornadoes threw off their ring-rustiness and Brian Dennehy went in for two touchdowns, the second of which was converted to leave the score 15-6 at the final whistle.
|TOR||Brian Dennehy TD||8-6|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy TD (PAT Good)||15-6|
Week 2 – 4 May 1994 – Trinity Bowl – Dublin Tornadoes 45 Belfast Spartans 6
Dublin Tornadoes 45 Belfast Spartans 6 – The third annual Trinity Bowl, saw the Tornadoes maintain their 100% record, with a seven-touchdown 45-6 mauling of the Spartans. Brian Dennehy scored on a 98-yard Kickoff return to open the scoring (the Belfast Telegraph credits this to Darren Cash). Also in the first quarter Gary Morrell ran in from 25 yards and also kicked the Point After to make the score 14-0. The Spartans fought back bravely and despite the effect the heat was having on the team they narrowed the margin when Mark Helferty sneaked in from inside the one yard line to make the score 14-6 after the first quarter. The second quarter was all Dublin Tornadoes as Gary Morrell scored his second and Brian Dennehy also scored, one of which was converted leaving the score 27-6 at half-time. The Spartans defence rallied in the third quarter to keep the Tornadoes out for the entire 15 minutes, but the heat took its toll on the small Belfast squad and Brian Dennehy and Gary Morrell both finished with three touchdowns on the day for a Final Score of 45-6.
|At Trinity College Dublin||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Total|
|TOR||Darren Cash 80 yd Kickoff Return (Gary Morrell PAT)||0-7|
|TOR||Gary Morrell 25 yd Run (Gary Morrell PAT)||0-14|
|SPA||Mark Helferty 1 yd Run (PAT missed)||6-14|
|TOR||Gary Morrell TD||6-20|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 45 yd Run||6-26|
|TOR||Gary Morrell PAT||6-27|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 21 yd Run||6-33|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy Run||6-45|
Week 3 – 22 May 1994 – Dublin Tornadoes 6 Carrickfergus Knights 7
Dublin Tornadoes 6 Carrickfergus Knights 7 – Carrickfergus Knights scored the first win over the Dublin Tornadoes in 21 months. The newcomers to the All-Ireland American Football League scored first with a 20 yard Shane Hamilton Touchdown which was converted to make the score 7-0 to the visitors. The Tornadoes did not get into gear until the second quarter, getting within striking distance of the goal-line on four occasions before Gary Morrell atoned for an earlier poor kick when he picked up a fumble a returned it 25 yards to the endzone. Unfortunately for the Tornadoes this was not converted and that proved to be the difference between the teams as there was no further scoring.
|At Civil Service Grounds, Islandbridge||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Total|
|CAR||Shane Hamilton 20 yd TD (PAT good)||0-7|
|TOR||Gary Morrell 25 yd Fumble Return (PAT missed)||6-7|
Week 1 – 8 June 1994 – Dublin Tornadoes 24 Lurgan Area Raiders 2
Dublin Tornadoes 24 Lurgan Area Raiders 2 – In a disappointing game, the Dublin Tornadoes moved to 3-1 with a 24-2 victory over Lurgan Area Raiders. Two first half touchdown receptions for John Durrad and Padraig Reddington from Quarterback Brian Sutton left the Tornadoes 12-0 up at half-time. Sutton had an excellent game and the Tornadoes lead was extended in the third quarter with two TD runs from Brian Dennehy, from 56 yards out on a daring fourth down play and later from the one yard line. The Raiders only score came from Paddy Patterson who blocked an extra point attempt. He had just returned from Scotland where he was trying out for the Scottish Claymores World League of American Football team (NFL Development League in Europe).
|At Civil Service Grounds, Islandbridge||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Total|
|Lurgan Area Raiders||0||0||0||2||2|
|TOR||John Durrad Pass from Brian Sutton||6-0|
|TOR||Padraig Reddington Pass from Brian Sutton||12-0|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 56 yd Run||18-0|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 1 yd Run||24-0|
|LAR||Paddy Patterson Safety (Blocked Punt Return)||24-2|
Week 1 – 17 July 1994 – Carrickfergus Knights 7 Dublin Tornadoes 20
Carrickfergus Knights 7 Dublin Tornadoes 20 – Given a boost by a victory over a touring Canadian team the previous weekend, the Dublin Tornadoes ended the Carrickfergus Knights winning streak. The first quarter remained scoreless, but the Tornadoes came out in the second quarter firing and scored two quick touchdowns, a seven yard run by John Durrad and a 30 yard run by Dave Salmon (both given to Brian Dennehy in the Evening Herald). This was the first time the Knights had ever been behind in a game and the question turned to one of how they would cope. Jack Martin pulled the Carrickfergus Knights back to within one touchdown on a 5 yard run in the third quarter. Gerald Graham added the point after to make it 12-7. The Tornadoes held strong, however, and they added a third touchdown in the Final Quarter, when Davy Salmon rushed in from three yards and Brian Dennehy caught the extra point to make it 20-7. (This touchdown and extra point is given to Gary Morrell and Jim Walsh in the Evening Herald). The clock ran out on the Knights, leaving them with their first ever defeat.
|At Woodburn Rd., Carrickfergus||Q1||Q2||Q3||Q4||Total|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 10 yd Run or John Durrad 5 yd Run||0-6|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy or Dave Salmon 30 yd Run||0-12|
|CAR||Jack Martin 5 yd Run (Gerald Graham PAT)||7-12|
|TOR||Gary Morrel Run (Jim Walsh 2xpt Rec) or Davy Salmon Run (Brian Dennehy 2xpt)||7-20|
Week 9 – 17 July 1994 – Lurgan Area Raiders 7 Dublin Tornadoes 18
Lurgan Area Raiders 7 Dublin Tornadoes 18 – In their last regular season match the Dublin Tornadoes needed to win by 10 or more points to finish ahead of Carrickfergus Knights on points difference and capture the league title. John Durrad’s interception followed by a 15 yard run made the score 6-0 at halftime in their favour. They had to wait until the final quarter before adding to this when Fergal Douglas scored an amazing equivalent of an own goal in American Football. The Tornadoes had started a drive after the whistle and had been stopped only two yards from the Raiders line. All they had to do was clear the ball and they were safe, unfortunately for them the quarterback’s pass was deflected off the running back and the defensive end, Fergal Donoghue (Douglas?) scooped the ball up and ran over the line before anyone could realise what had happened. This made the score 12-0 to the Tornadoes. Soon after the Raiders drove downfield, scoring a 10 yard touchdown pass which was converted leaving the score 12-7. The Tornadoes nerves were steadied by the reliable Phil McGowan, who scored from the one yard after a much-interrupted drive up the field. This left the score 18-7 and that was how it ended, just enough for the Tornadoes to claim the league championship. They now met Carrickfergus Knights for the Shamrock Bowl in Newry.
|Lurgan Area Raiders||0||0||0||7||7|
|TOR||John Durrad 15 yd Int Return||0-6|
|LAR||10 yd Pass (PAT good)||7-12|
|TOR||Phil McGowan 1 yd Run||7-18|
Shamrock Bowl IX – 25 September 1994 – Dublin Tornadoes 18 Carrickfergus Knights 13
Dublin Tornadoes 18 Carrickfergus Knights 13 – Quarterback Brian Sutton absorbed most of the punishment as the Tornadoes fought off a fourth quarter Carrickfergus Knights comeback to win the Shamrock Bowl 18-13. It was a bruising encounter from the start, with Sutton staying on his feet and playing out the entire game. MVP went to Sutton. Phil Woodyard celebrated his 13th year in the game and Joe Clarke and Alan O’Brien also making valuable contributions. The Tornadoes touchdowns came from Brian Dennehy (47 and 12 yard runs) and Alan Burns (1 yard run).
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 47 yd Run||6-0|
|TOR||Brian Dennehy 12 yd Run||12-0|
|TOR||Alan Burns 1 yd Run||18-0|
Team Roster 1994
|Phil McGowan||Running Back|
|Davy Salmon||Running Back|
|Padraic Reddington||Tight End|
|Mark Rutherford||Wide Receiver|
|Brian Dennehy||Wide Receiver|
|Darren Cash||Wide Receiver|
|Jim Walsh||Wide Receiver|
|Gary Morrell||Running Back / Wide Receiver|
|Phil Woodyard||Offensive Lineman|
|Dennis Soraghan||Offensive Lineman|
|Alan O’Brien||Offensive Lineman|
|Donal O’Brien||Offensive Lineman|
|Phil Woodyard||Offensive Tackle|
|John Jones||Defensive Lineman|
|David McGrath||Defensive Back|
|Connor Leonard||Defensive Back|
|John Durrad||Wide Receiver / Defensive Back|
|Coaches & Management|
|Head Coach||Dave Curran|
|Public Relations Officer||Tony McDevitt|
Home Venue – Civil Service Grounds, Islandbridge, Dublin 8.
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Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Michael Brophy and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.
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