Carrickfergus Knights Shamrock Bowl Winners 2002

International American Football – Carrickfergus Knights 6 Team Canada 34 – Box-Score & Match Report 25 August 2002

Carrickfergus Knights Team Helmet [Reference: 1]

25 August 2002 – Carrickfergus Knights 6 Team Canada 34 – Carrickfergus Knights put in a splendid performance against Team Canada, an elite team traveling with 47 Under 22 College and High School players from 20 different schools. Carrickfergus Knights had several First Downs in the first quarter, mostly gained through the air with passes from Stephen McDowell to Paul McKillop and Ian McIlroy, however it was Team Canada who scored first through a 24 yard Touchdown run by Ashley Heinz. In the second quarter Dan Gooding also scored on a 10 yard run to put the visitors 14-0 up at the half after Ricky Postma added the 2 extra point conversion.

The third quarter saw Team Canada extend their lead with another Dan Gooding run, this time the Canadian went in from 7 yards out. The Carrickfergus Knights defense was a lot stronger in the second half, letting in only one more TD, another Ashley Heinz effort, breaking free on a long run, after Mike Smith returned a fumble 48 yards to the endzone, which was converted for two points again by Ricky Postma. With the score now 34-0 after the second of Heinz’s efforts, Carrickfergus put together a 75-yard scoring drive, with a couple of good runs by Pete Watt capped off by a Paul McKillop consolation 9 yard Touchdown Pass from Stephen McDowell. The Knights defense even managed to sack the Team Canada Quarterback in the second half, with Linebacker Spencer McDowell tackling the Canadian playcaller for a loss.

At St. Vincent’s GAA, DublinQ1Q2Q3Q4Total
Team Canada6814634
Carrickfergus Knights00066
[References: 1-2]
1st Quarter
CNDAshley Heinz 24 yd Run0-6
2nd Quarter
CNDDan Gooding 10 yd Run (Ricky Postma 2xpt)0-14
3rd Quarter
CNDDan Gooding 7 yd Run0-20
CNDMike Smith 48 yd Fumble Return (Ricky Postma 2xpt)0-28
4th Quarter
CNDAshley Heinz 67 yd Run0-34
CARPaul McKillop 9 yd Pass from Stephen McDowell6-34
[References: 1-2]

Carrickfergus Knights Team Photo 2002

Carrickfergus Knights Shamrock Bowl Winners 2002
Carrickfergus Knights Shamrock Bowl Winners 2002 {Reference: 4]

Team Roster 2002

12Stephen McDowellQuarterback
22Mark WarbeyFree Safety
23Clint McDowellRunning Back
24Mark PollockCornerback
26Ian McIlroyWide Receiver
33Neil OsborneTight End
34Ron SmythTight End
35Paul McKillopWide Receiver
37Adam DevenneyFree Safety
38Pete WattFull Back
39Mark HarrisLinebacker
40Jonathan BeattieWide Receiver
42Mark BanksLinebacker
43Keith McBurneyRunning Back
50Scott RobinsonLinebacker
56Russell FultonGuard
63Alan KelleyTackle
65Chris DavidsonCornerback
68Andrew HudsonGuard
80William ShawWide Receiver
86Josh CrawfordCornerback
94Robert ElliottLinebacker
99Derek MayneDefensive End
Carrickfergus Knights Team Roster 2002 [Ref: 5]

Coaches and Management 2002

Coach / Manager *Name
Head CoachMark Harris
ChairmanDerek Mayne
Vice ChairmanScott Robinson
Carrickfergus Knights Coaches and Mangement 2002 [Ref; 5]



[1] Carrickfergus Knights (1999) Team Helmet [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 March 2020]


[2] Anon. (2002) “Team Canada 34 Carrickfergus Knights 6 ” First Down. August 29-September 4, 2002. Pg. 20.


[3] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2002) August 25th 2002 – TEAM CANADA 34 – 6 CARRICKFERGUS KNIGHTS [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 8 October 2017]


[4] Irish American Football League (2002) Shamrock Bowl XVI – Carrickfergus Knights team Photo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 May 2020]

Internet Archive

[5] Carrickfergus Knights | Wayback Machine (2002) Roster [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 18 May 2020]


Thanks to Mike Smith (IAFOA)

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