Irish American Football League Division 1 2003

League Table

Carrickfergus Knights65101702610
Dublin Rebels65101853910
Cork Admirals6150681822
Dublin Dragons6150362122


Playoff Results

DateHome Team Away Team 
27.07.03Dublin Rebels56Cork Admirals8
 Shamrock Bowl XVII  (Greystones) 
10.08.03Carrickfergus Knights12Dublin Rebels24


Regular Season Results Division 1

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Week 2   
30.03.2003Carrickfergus Knights20Dublin Rebels14
 Week 3   
06.04.2003Dublin Dragons28Cork Admirals14
 Week 4   
20.04.2003Dublin Rebels34Dublin Dragons0
 Week 6   
04.05.2003Dublin Dragons0Carrickfergus Knights51
 Week 8   
18.05.2003Dublin Rebels40Cork Admirals12
 Week 9   
01.06.2003Carrickfergus Knights30Cork Admirals0
 Week 10   
08.06.2003Carrickfergus Knights30Dublin Dragons0
 Week 11   
15.06.2003Dublin Dragons0Dublin Rebels41
 Week 12   
22.06.2003Dublin Rebels12Carrickfergus Knights7
 Week 13   
06.07.2003Cork Admirals42Dublin Dragons8
 Week 14   
13.07.2003Cork Admirals0Dublin Rebels44
 Week 15   
20.07.2003Cork Admirals0Carrickfergus Knights32



The IAFL season of 2003 followed the same format of the previous season, with a four-team 11-man IAFL Division 1, with the other three teams and 2nds teams of Division 1 teams playing in an 8-man Division 2.

Cork Admirals made the step up to Division 1 from Division 2 in 2002, and the UL Vikings made the decision to drop down to Division 2 to rebuild following their end of season collapse the previous season after their American students had gone home at the end of term.

Cork Admirals qualified for the playoffs by virtue of a win over the Dragons in an 8-man match which was played when the Dragons couldn’t field the full 11 players for their trip to Cork. The Admirals were no match for the Rebels in the Semi-Finals, losing 56-8.

Dublin Rebels and Carrickfergus Knights again dominated proceedings as in 2001, with the Rebels reclaiming the Shamrock Bowl following 2002’s disappointments. The Shamrock Bowl finished 24-12 to the Rebels against the Knights.

This was the Rebels second Shamrock Bowl victory.




[1] Irish American Football Association (2003) IAFL Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 11 December 2017]

[2] Irish American Football Association (2003) Shamrock Bowl XVII Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 11 December 2017]

[3] Irish American Football Association (2003) 2003 Results [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 September 2016]

Internet Archive

[4] Irish American Football Association (2003) 2003 Results [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 April 2018]


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith and Ralph Schmeer of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association, and Sean Douglas, Dublin Rebels.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 4 March 2019

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2019

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

Leave a Reply