Irish American Football Season Review 2005-06

Irish American Football League Logo 2003-2009 [References:

IAFA Irish American Football League 2006

*Dublin Rebels88002673616
*Carrickfegus Knights862016811512
*University of Limerick Vikings85211565411
*Cork Admirals84311841079
Dublin Dragons8242821236
Belfast Bulls83501422016
Dublin City University Saints81701253242
North Dublin Marshals81701293032
Irish American Football League Standings 2006 [Ref: 2]
DateHome Team Away Team 
06.08.2006Dublin Rebels58Cork Admirals22
06.08.2006Carrickfergus Knights25University of Limerick Vikings30
Shamrock Bowl XXSportslink, Santry
20.08.2006Dublin Rebels44University of Limerick Vikings12
Irish American Football League Playoffs 2006 [Ref: 2]

15 October 2006

Coventry Jets7147735
References: [2]
1st Quarter 
COVAnthony Perkins Run0-7
2nd Quarter 
COVMark Cohen Pass from Tim Spaull ??0-14
COVMark Cohen Pass from Tim Spaull0-21
3rd Quarter 
COV Jeremy Simms ??0-28
4th Quarter 
IRLSam Hodgins Run, Simon Mackey 2xpt8-28
COV Jeremy Simms Pass from Tim Spaull8-35
[References: 4]

Irish International Club Friendly Results 2006

DateIrish Team English Team 
25.03.2006Dublin City Marshals20Derby Braves16

Composite Table 2005-06

South East Strongbows4220  4
Cork Predators3120  2
South East Strongbows 23120  2
Dublin Rebels1100  2
Titans1100  2
Belfast Bulls1100  2
Dublin Sharks1010  0
North Dublin Marshalls       
Carrickfergus Knights       
Cork Admirals       
Craigavon Panthers       
Irish Flag Football Association Tournaments 2005-06 [Reference: Compiled from Results in 3]

ALSAA Flag Football Tournament (1 July 2006)

DateHome Team Away Team 
01.07.2006South East Strongbows19Cork Predators14
Irish Flag Football Association Tournaments 2005-06 [Reference: Compiled from Results in 3]

Irish American Football League 2006 Report

In 2007 the Irish American Football League began rapid expansion. For 2006 North Dublin Marshals and Dublin City University Saints were added, bringing the League up to 8 teams, the most since 1987. Dublin Rebels again won the Shamrock Bowl, defeating University of Limerick Vikings 44-12, in the first of UL’s run of seven Shamrock Bowl’s in a row.

International Friendly Coventry Jets v Ireland Report

Celtic Classic III Logo [References: 3]

Ireland put in one of their best performances in years against the Coventry Jets, ranked among the top teams in Europe, and the current British Division 1A Champions. The Jets roster included several British Internationals and players with Professional experience.

Erin Wagner was named Team Ireland MVP, picking up some first downs on offense and making some great tackles on defense. Former NFL Europe star Mark Cohen scored two touchdowns, and made several first down receptions, proving the game-winner for Coventry. Other Jets scorers were Running Back Anthony Perkins and Coventry’s 2006 MVP Jeremy Simms.

Perkins made a number of first down runs in the first quarter before scoring the opening touchdown midway through the quarter. Team Ireland responded with an 80-yard drive that got them to the 6-yard line with Simon Mackey, Chris Flynn & Erin Wagner picking up first downs, however, the Jets defense managed to keep Ireland out of the endzone.

The Jets added two touchdowns in the second quarter, one set up by a spectacular sideline catch inside the 5-yard line by Mark Cohen, and the other was a reception from Cohen from QB Tim Spaull after both he and Irish cornerback Willie Coyne both came down with their hands on the ball in the endzone. The Irish had another long drive behind QB Andrew Dennehy in the second quarter but were stopped on fourth down.

The Irish defense stepped up in the second half, with several tackles on the Coventry offense for a loss of yardage, James Kay, Chris Weir, Erin Wagner, Glen Carr and Kenny Hudson all making tackles. The Jets, however, got the ball within scoring range after recovering a fumble. Roxss McCooey came close to making an interception for Ireland, but the Jets scored a few plays later.

Ireland appeared to get stronger as the gamde wore on, and the Jets kept their star players, Cohen, Simms, and defensive Captain Adrian Newey on the field for the fourth quarter. Simon Buggle was now Ireland Quarterback, and he ut together a drive which finished with a scoring run inside from Sam Hodgins on a first-and-goal. Team Ireland also forced a fumble which was recovered by Darragh Farrell for the the turnover.

The Jets got their final TD in the fourth quarter, when QB Tim Spaull who also played on the GB Lions International team, threw a long touchdown pass to Jeremy Simms. Ireland forced another turnover following this as Willie Coyne recovered a muffed punt and sprinted into the endzone for an apparent score, however, the referees ruled that the punter never had full possession of the ball so it couldn’t be advanced. Ireland, however, regained possession. [References: 4] 

Irish International Club Friendly Report

On the 20th March 2006 Dublin City Marshalls hosted the Derby Braves of the British Collegiate American Football League and secured the best result by an Irish team against British opposition for many years with a narrow 20-16 victory.

Flag Football Tournaments Report

Irish Flag Football Association Logo [References: 11]

South East Strongbows defeated Cork Predators 19-14 in the Final of the ALSAA Flag Football Tournament in Aer Lingus on 1st July 2007. At Least 10 Clubs and 2 “B” teams took part in Flag Football tournaments in 2005-06.



[2] Irish American Football Association (2006) 2006 LEAGUE TABLE, FIXTURES & RESULTS [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 September 2016]


[3] Dublin Dragons (2006) Celtic Classic III Team Ireland v Coventry Cassidy Jets Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 22 November 2019]

Internet Archive

[4] Dublin Dragons (2006) Team Ireland 8 Coventry Cassidy Jets 35 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 31 October 2017]


[5] Britball Now (2009) British and Irish Friendly results against foreign opposition [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[6] Britball Now (2005) 10th April 2005 Dublin Dragons 6-20 Essex Blades [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 16 November 2017]

[7] Wayback Machine – Irish American Football Association (2006) Home [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 3 January 2019]

[8] Irish Flag Football Association – Web Archive (2007) Irish Flag Football Association [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 March 2017]

[9] Irish American Football League (2005) 2005 Thanksgiving Flag Football Tournament [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 25 October 2016]


[10] Anon. (2006) “American Football | South East Strongbows are Champs” Munster Express. Friday, July 7, 2006. pg. 52.

Note: Past Editions of the Munster Express are Available to view online at the Irish Newspaper Archive: which is a subscription service.


[11] Irish American Football Association (2007) IFFA Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 7 April 2019]

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


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, thanks to Tim Leadingham (Tallaght Outlaws)

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