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21.04.2011 Kiel Baltic Hurricanes

Baltic Hurricanes to face Swedish Champion

Kiel, April 21st, 2011 – This Saturday the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes will face the Carlstad Crusaders in their first ever game in the European Football League, the league in which the national champions are competing for Europe’s crown. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. with the pregame party starting two hours before the game. Since this a first time and a very special game to the Hurricanes organization, the day’s program is special too. To celebrate this German-Swedish football highlight, the Hurricanes have booked ABBA Magic to give a concert right after the game in front of the Holsteinstadion. The band is performing all popular songs of the famous Swedish quartet completing the show with choreographies and original costumes.

Despite the fact that it is still a game in the preliminary rounds of the Eurobowl tournament, the match between the two sitting national champions is highly anticipated. Like the Baltic Hurricanes, the Crusaders won their first national title in 2010 after having been the team to beat for years.

„The Crusaders are a strong team competing for the championship for years and having multiple players on the national squad as well“, says Patrick Esume, Head Coach of the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes. The Crusaders have played in eight of the last nine championship games of the Swedish Super Series. They have also been able to gain experience in international games when playing in the EFAF Cup which they won in 2003 and competed in during the following two years. After a four-year break, they played again in the EFAF Cup and made it to the final, which they lost to the Calanda Broncos.

Just like the Hurricanes, who won their first national title in October 2010 after coming in second place the previous two years, the Crusaders are now for the first time competing in the Eurobowl tournament. For defending their championship and their first appearance in the EFL, they have added new talent to their roster. Head Coach Tracey Gere brought in Eli Cranor as the new quarterback. The American graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2010, a division 2 college, where he set up records for passing and total offense yards in his senior year. He also ranks fourth in the school’s all-time history regarding passing and total offense yards.

Gere also added a new receiver to catch Cranors passes. With Joey Stein, the Crusaders were able to sign an experienced player to their roster. Stein played for the Humboldt State University (also division 2) and was named the team’s MVP in his final two seasons in 2005 and 2006. Afterwards, the versatile American successfully played in Europe. In 2008, he won the Spanish championship with the L’Hospitalet Pioneers and was also named MVP of the final. 2009, he became the Offensive Player of the Year in Austria while amassing 21 Touchodwns for the Danube Dragons.

But the Baltic Hurricanes are ready to face the Crusaders after having had two weeks of practice to prepare for the Swedish team after winning their first regular season game in the German Football League against the Berlin Adler, the sitting Eurobowl Champion.

Bettina Büll
Pressesprecherin Kiel Baltic Hurricanes
KFV - Kieler Football Vermarktungs GmbH & Co. KG
Marconistr. 3-5
24145 Kiel
Tel:    +49 (0)177 – 761 22 45
Mail:   b.buell@baltic-hurricanes.de
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