ISN is pleased to announce this years 2014 All GFL Team!!.
J.Silva Gomez DD
Tomorrow the match between the national teams of Serbia and Switzerland will face off in Winterthur in Deutweg Stadium. Kickoff is at 14 o’clock, the entrance fee is 10 euros. This will be the third time meeting between the two teams. In 2007 Switzerland clearly won with 32:19 but 5 years later the Serbs were in the final of the European Championship and took that game 20:14 successfully and thus increased there reputation, while Switzerland lost a bit of respect . Amazingly football was organized in Serbia but around 2003 and in 2005 started being played on a larger scale, where in Switzerland American Football is actively played since the 80’s. So now for the Alps Warriors the chance of power again is in sight. The Swiss national team had multi-day training camp from which extended over two weekends in Winterthur. The Winterthur Head Coach Antonio Morisco took the coaching job in the defense of the national team, which made Warriors team manager Alice Malherbe responsible for the organization of the camp. Switzerland will rely rookie quarterback Dea Baumann. Baumann at 6’3 220 has the size to take off when needed and can also make all the necessary throws. Baumann surprised everyone this past season with his poise and ability to manage the game when he took over for injured Cedric Townsend of the Calanda Bronco. Baumann will have two outstanding targets to throw at. Brian Keene with his 6’4 frame and soft hands should be a can’t miss, and Wes Welker like Adrian Suenderhauf at 6 foot catches everything in his area. The Serbians office is led by 21 year old running back Mihajlo Josovic of the Vukovi Belgrade. In last years group B championships he rushed for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns in just three games and will be the focal point of the Serbs offense.
Beijing China – Shenyang, one of the last Chinese universities to start a CAFL football program, at the top at the end.
The program, only founded just 3 months ago, showed tremendous growth over the course of the tournament, and found themselves in Saturday’s championship game against a Hebei team that had not been challenged all week. The mood was as dramatic as the game itself. Perfect blue sky on a 88-degree day. The game was as heated as the weather, and so were the young players, who were playing organized competition for the first time.
In a wild first quarter, with rugged play and hard hitting, the official crew was put to the test, when both benches emptied after a hard hitting collision. Three key Hebei players were ejected, one player was tossed for Shenyang. The brawl seemed to inspire the underdogs. They trailed Hebei most of the way, but the teams were never separated by more than 9 points. In a wild fourth quarter, Shenyang grabbed their first lead. They held on to win the first CAFL China Collegiate Championship 46-42.
The University of Montreal quarterback Gabriel Cousineau has been named CIS offensive player of the week. Gabriel has had a series of great performances but his performance in the 36-3 victory over Concordia Saturday was big. Completing 85% of his passes Gabriel was 23 for 27 with 300 yard. Gabriel is ranked the top quarterback in CIS averaging 287 yards a game. After a stint of five consecutive victories the Carabins have a bye week. They return to action Saturday October 25th at Coulter Field vs the 1-4 Bishop Gaiters.
Sad day for the football world former NFL , European star Aki Jones passed away do to a fatal car accident. Our prayers are with his family and friends! Aki will truly be missed, your in our hearts big guy. Sleep in peace.
The Schw.Hall Unicorns gave it their all in last nights German Bowl. In front of about 13 thousand at Jahn Sportspark in Berlin the New Yorker Lions had the task of defending their 2013 championship. The game quickly got out of hand for Hall, after a field goal by F.Brenner. The Lions was first put on the scoreboard with a 12 yard TD run by McCants. The Unicorns seemed to not be in this game at all , with one of the leagues best rushing attacks Hall was held to only 48 yards. All 48 racked up by Sims. QB Mark Ehrenfried was a decent 17-28 what killed him was the 3 ints he tossed up to Lion defenders. Lions Tberriault had similar numbers going 18-28 with 0 picks for 210 yards. With only 1 touchdown through the air 6 came by ground. Dave McCants had 3 of those 6 as he had a very productive night with 12 rushes for 56 yards. Mike Andrew added 11 for 36 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushing leader QB Casey Therriault picked up 97 yards on 6 carries and added a td to the mix. The Lions out rushed the Unicors 195 to 48. Dable would be the Lions most productive receiver hauling in 7 catches for 79 yards and a td. Defense would be the dominating factor for the Lions, Homri lead the attack with 7 tackles and a interception. 2 more big interceptions came from Ihi and Lebeau who also had a big fumble recovery. The Lions reached the red zone 7 times and capitalize 7 times all with touchdowns, the Unicorns on the other hand would be 1-1 scoring only a field goal. this year’s German Bowl displayed the strength of the North compared to the South. The Lions have found a formula that works and they’ve continued to build with these same ingredients. And from the looks of things will continue to build. In my opinion if the Lions stay with the same structure they will be champs for the next 3 seasons. Hall is seen as the strongest team in the South Division and they were dominated so the South as a hole must step up the competition. The North Division is a tad bit stronger with teams like Dreaden, Berlin and Kiel all being strong competitors. This offseason will be big in terms of what teams do to compete with the Lions in 2015.
Now that IFAF Europe is set and ready to go, it’s time to do work. One of the major events planned is the first ever Women’s European Championship which will take place in the beautiful country of Spain.
This will be a historic event for American football in Europe since this will be the first ever women’s championship played. We wish the Spanish Federation all the best in organizing this historic event. I am sure they will do a great job and that they will justify our hosting decision.
The Championship will take place from August 1st – 9th, 2015. at the stadium/sports complex La Nucia in Benidorm, with nearby international airports of Alicante and Valencia. FEFA will make sure its hosting rights are fulfilled to the highest level, and they are already working on preparing everything for the national teams – who can expect to receive the applications very soon.
FEFA’s president, Mr. Enrique Garcia de Castro knows there’s a lot of work ahead for not just him, but the whole Federation, the Spanish Federation (FEFA) has been honored by IFAF Europe to host the first ever Women’s European Championship next summer in Spain. It is a great challenge we will carry out with enthusiasm and as the President of the Federation, I can promise you an unforgettable championship. We want to welcome all teams, athletes, technicians and staff who will enjoy the games in our country. It is really a historic event and we thank IFAF Europe for the confidence in our Federation to organize this championship. Women teams have shown that they are on a great level of football all over Europe and it is time to have the Women’s European Championship. We are waiting for all of you next summer. Welcome to Spain!
We would love to encourage all women’s national teams to apply for this historical event and help spread the word about the amazing sport we call American football.
On Saturday the White Madero University Tigers faced their most difficult opponent so far. And in week 7 the cats took on the Wild Sheep on their Campus in Toluca. After the game the victory was not to the cats, however, looking beyond the result they left the game with positive things and learning that bought the White Tigers a new attitude that was shown for four quarters. Coach Emmanuel Flores analyzed the performance of his team in the match against Toluca: “We liked the performance of the boys and how they faced the party because we have the mentality that we do not care about the score because it does not reflect what the boys did on the field. There are lots of learning, lots of growth, and lots of attitude something that every team needs because attitude is most important. “Coach Emmanuel Flores added: “We learned we can do lots of things to a certain level. Considering our opponents think that’s our best game because we had sporadic responses, but from the first quarter to the last our game play never lowered, but the joy did not come out and it showed on the field. ”
The next test for the White Tigers will be held on Friday, October 10 at 19:00, date in which they will face on the road to the Wild Sheep Mexico City Campus.
The New Yorker Lions are the defending champs of the GFL and has stormed through the GFL regular season and the playoffs with ease heading into German Bowl 36 in Berlin. They led the league in just about every category like scoring offense, scoring defense, overall defense,rushing defense and including perhaps the most important of all turn-overs which the Lions lead also. The Lions created twice as many turnovers as the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns who finished 2nd.Hall got off to a slow start this season added a new system to the team as well as having key injuries to top performers.
The Unicorns got back on track after the break once every one got healthy. Relaying on workhorse Marcus Sims Hall took off on a 14 game win streak and Sims was a very big part racking up 170 yards a game. Schwabisch Hall is a very fundelmental team that execute plays better than anyone. But Sims and his gound force may have a hard time facing a front 7 most see as the best in Europe. But the Lions back end my have their hands full with Hall’s Wr’s Will Powell and 6’7 Aurieus Adeqbesan who is seen as a mismath for any DB he faces.
The offense of the Lions has also been one to fear this season led by QB Casey Therriault who makes things happen. Casey is a persetion passer that puts the ball on point and with one of the most feared Wr duo’s in th GFL with the French connection Niklas Romer and Anthony Dable. The Lions also have one of the best backfeilds in all of Europe with Sven Rsemann a good all around back, Michael Andrew the best that pounds at the D and then quick and shifty Dave McCants. This will be a game you dont want to miss so tune in Saturday and 6pm German time 12noon(EST) to Eurosport and Eurosport2.
The Knights will remain in the top league for 2015. With a 50 to 22 win in their first game play versus the the Wildcats. The Knights hit the road last weekend with a fan bus of 600 heading to Kirchdorf for game 2 of the relegation matches. the Knights began the game strong the passing game was key in the first game, but this game would be a little different as the running game took center stage. The knight relied heavily on Jojo Joyner as he played big as usual. Just like the first game the Knights had a very good team performance. In neither game were the Knights seriously threatened by the Wildcats. The only thing that went wrong for the Knight would be a couple of injuries that occurred. After a big helmet to helmet hit which looks significantly worse than what it was jojo took a short pause but later returned making impacts on both sides of the ball. The nights have had a long hard rough season and many had them counted out for the relegation I’m sure they have shockingly surprised lots of football fans by taking out a very strong Wildcats team 2 weeks in a row. The nights will have their hands full this offseason with recruiting and trying to better themselves for the upcoming season, and as for the Wildcats I’m sure they will have a target on their backs being the GFL2 champions and returning to the league to defend that title in 2015.