Irish American Football Association | Irish American Football League | Shamrock Bowl Conference 2019

Irish American Football Association Logo 2019 [Reference: [3]

League Table

Cork Admirals87011736315
Belfast Trojans86111688613
University College Dublin852120512611
South Dublin Panthers84401601388
University of Limerick Vikings #8350981205
Dublin Rebels82601041544
West Dublin Rhinos8260942394
Belfast Knights81611011673

Reference: [1]

Playoff Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
21.07.19Belfast Trojans14University College Dublin0
21.07.19Cork Admirals6South Dublin Panthers21
Shamrock Bowl XXXIIIEnergia Park, Donnybrook
04.08.19Belfast Trojans24South Dublin Panthers10

Reference: [1]

Shamrock Bowl XXXIII Logo [4]

Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 4
23.03.19South Dublin Panthers7Dublin Rebels6
24.03.19West Dublin Rhinos14University College Dublin32
24.03.19University of Limerick Vikings9Belfast Trojans16
Week 5
31.03.19Belfast Knights23Dublin Rebels14
31.03.19Cork Admirals20South Dublin Panthers14
Week 6
07.04.19University of Limerick Vikings16West Dublin Rhinos17
Week 7
14.04.19University College Dublin6Cork Admirals13
14.04.19West Dublin Rhinos7Belfast Trojans40
14.04.19Dublin Rebels22University of Limerick Vikings13
Week 8
27.04.19Belfast Trojans6University College Dublin6
28.04.19Belfast Knights13South Dublin Panthers30
Week 9
05.05.19Dublin Rebels10Cork Admirals23
05.05.19West Dublin Rhinos16Belfast Knights14
Week 10
11.05.19Belfast Trojans12Cork Admirals27
12.05.19South Dublin Panthers35West Dublin Rhinos13
Week 11
19.05.19South Dublin Panthers24Belfast Knights20
Week 12
26.05.19University of Limerick Vikings7University College Dublin35
26.05.19Dublin Rebels25West Dublin Rhinos20
Week 13
02.06.19University College Dublin52Belfast Knights14
02.06.19University of Limerick Vikings0Cork Admirals15
Week 14
09.06.19Cork Admirals28Dublin Rebels14
09.06.19Belfast Trojans26South Dublin Panthers16
Week 15
16.06.19Belfast Knights8University of Limerick Vikings13
16.06.19University College Dublin12Belfast Trojans32
Week 16
23.06.19Cork Admirals0Belfast Knights0
23.06.19University College Dublin30South Dublin Panthers27
Week 17
30.06.19West Dublin Rhinos0University of Limerick Vikings30
30.06.19Belfast Trojans8Dublin Rebels0
Week 18
07.07.19Belfast Knights9Belfast Trojans28
07.07.19 South Dublin Panthers7University of Limerick Vikings10
07.07.19 Dublin Rebels13University College Dublin32
07.07.19 Cork Admirals47West Dublin Rhinos7

Reference: [2]

Home Venues

TeamHome Venue
Belfast KnightsShaw’s Bridge Sports Association
Belfast TrojansHarlequins RFC, Belfast
Cork AdmiralsPresentation Brothers College Sports Grounds
Dublin RebelsALSAA, Dublin
South Dublin PanthersGarda Club, Westmanstown, Co. South Dublin
University College DublinUCD Sports Campus, Belfield, D4, Co. DLR
University of Limerick VikingsUL Bohemians Rugby Club
West Dublin RhinosCastleknock College, D15, Co. Fingal

Reference: [2]

Belfast Trojans Shamrock Bowl XXXIII Winners


The Belfast Trojans won their fifth Shamrock Bowl 24-10 over surprise-packet South Dublin Panthers, who were appearing in their first Shamrock Bowl.

The Trojans had finished second in League play, only losing to the Cork Admirals, who had only drawn one game, winning all the rest before their shock defeat to the Panthers in the Semi-Finals. University College Dublin also qualified for the Semi-Finals with a 5-2-1 record.

At the other end of the table the University of Limerick Vikings, Dublin Rebels and Belfast Knights struggled by their usually high standards, and ended up with losing records along with West Dublin Rhinos. Belfast Knights appear to have suffered a dip in form since moving from Carrickfergus, and are looking at relegation following a bottom-of-the-table finish.

The season belonged to the Belfast Trojans, however, and surprise package South Dublin Panthers, who could be pleased with their best ever showing. The Belfast Trojans scored immediately in the Shamrock Bowl, Tom Morris returning the opening kickoff 100 yards to the endzone. They added another Touchdown from Jona Siri and a Field Goal from Ben sloan to take what seemed like an unassailable lead into halftime as the Panthers failed to get going. They came out fighting in the second half with a Touchdown of their own and a huge 49-yard Field Goal from Keith Lally to make it a one score game, but the Trojans held on and put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with Quarterback James McKelvey scoring on one of his trademark QB sneaks.

Shamrock Bowl XXXIII

At Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Belfast Trojans 14 3 0 7 24
South Dublin Panthers 0 0 10 0 10
Scorers Score
1st Quarter  
TRO – Tom Morris 100yd Kick Return (Ben Sloan PAT) 7-0
TRO – Jona Siri 15yd Run (Ben Sloan PAT) 14-0
2nd Quarter  
TRO – Ben Sloan FG 17-0
3rd Quarter  
SDP – TD Pass (PAT Good) 17-7
SDP – Keith Lally 49yd FG 17-10
4th Quarter  
TRO – James McKelvey Run (PAT Good) 24-10

References: [6-15]



[1] Irish American Football Association (2019) SBC 2019 [Playoffs][Standings][Results & Fixtures] [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 July 2019]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2019) Schedule & Results | SBC 2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 June 2019]


[3] Irish American Football Association (2019) IAFA Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 7 April 2019]

[4] Irish American Football Association (2019) Shamrock Bowl XXXIII Logo [Internet] Available from:×300.png [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[5] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Belfast Trojans 2019 Shamrock Bowl Team Photo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

Social Media

[6] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:”Oh my God!!!!!! We receive the kick and Tom Morris takes it 100 yards to the house!!! ”[Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[7] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” Jona Siri does what Jona Siri does best. Skipping through tackles to find the endzone from 15 yards out [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[8] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” We’re into the 2nd qtr here at Energia Park and the Trojans D get the ball back with a fumble recovery. [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 6 August 2019]

[9] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” Ben Sloan with a FG on the stroke of halftime, everything is still to play for in the 2nd half. ” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[10] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” The Trojans are back out for the second half and will kick off the 3rd qtr [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[11] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” Panthers strike first in the second half. A long pass sets up great field position and they reel it in in the corner of the endzone ” [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 6 August 2019]

[12] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” Panthers are bringing it. A big drive ends in a FG from 40 yards.  [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[13] South Dublin Panthers | Facebook (2019) Video, August 4, 2019:” A lot to reflect on and many things to be said about yesterday but we really have to take a  …” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 August 2019]

[14] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” We’re in the 4th qtr here and it’s a tense one score game. Trojans have the ball on the Panthers 15 yard line.  ” [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 6 August 2019]

[15] Belfast Trojans | Facebook (2019) Post, August 4, 2019:” Trojans score!!!! It’s a classic James McKelvey QB sneak. [Internet] Available from:[Accessed 6 August 2019]


Thanks to Sean Douglas, University College Dublin.

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Last Updated: 22 July 2019

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