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25.07.2011 EFAF

Shamrock Bowl 25 4pm Sunday 31st July 2011

IAFL All Ireland American Football Final AKA

The Shamrock Bowl is the Championship game of the Irish American Football League (IAFL). Shamrock Bowl XXIV is taking place at Morton Stadium on Sunday 31st July, 2011, kick-off 4pm.

The Event:

Shamrock Bowl XXV is being run as a family orientated event aimed at people who may never have attended a live game before. Spectators will be able to experience the unique atmosphere of a major American football game – watching on television does not compare with seeing the athleticism and hearing the hitting first hand. The event will also feature live match commentary. At half time, there will be a flag football demonstration featuring players from the Schools Flag Football Programme.
The event is being run with the support and assistance of National Sports Campus Development Authority, who own and operate Morton Stadium.

The Teams:

Dublin Rebels and University of Limerick Vikings will contest Shamrock Bowl XXV.

The Dublin Rebels are the defending Shamrock Bowl Champions. They qualified for the Shamrock Bowl play-offs by winning the IAFL Central Division with a 5-3 record. The team has bounced back from a slow start to the season, caused mainly by loosing 4 key players to professional contracts in the German Football League. They defeated the Carrickfergus Knights 22-6 in their Semi-Final. The team has a balanced offense and aggressive defense. The Rebels are led by veteran quarterback Andy Dennehy. Running back Sam Hodgins and wide receiver Barry Flinn are among the weapons they have on offense. Their defense feature many experienced hard hitting veterans including Steve Archibald and Sean Shanahan and Marcus Naylor.

The University of Limerick Vikings posted an unbeated 8-0 record en route to winning the IAFL South Division. They defeated the Craigavon Cowboys 21-8 in their Semi-Final. Led by veteran safety, Liam Ryan, aided by Alan O’Carroll and Eoin O’Sullivan, they have a very tough hard hitting defense. It is one of the best in the history of the IAFL having conceded only 2 touchdowns during the regular season. Like the Rebels, they have also lost players to overseas leagues in recent years, however, they still have ex-London Blitz and Valencia Firebats player Kieran Coen and ex-Valencia player Jorge Guttieriz Rubio at their disposal this season. The Vikings offense is led by quarterback Marc Ashworth. However, the most influential player is probably running back Seamus Hogan. They have an extremely strong offensive line which gives them a lot of power on offense.
The Vikings and Rebels played each other once during the regular season – on March 20th – with the Vikings winning by the narrow margin of 6-3.
Irish American Football League (IAFL):
The IAFL is Ireland’s national American football league. Ten teams contested the 2011 season, which commenced in March – Belfast Trojans, Carrickfergus Knights, Cork Admirals, Craigavon Cowboys, Dublin Dragons, Dublin Rebels, Trinity College, UCD, Univ Limerick Vikings & West Dublin Rhinos.
American football is one of the most rapidly growing sports in Ireland. The Irish American Football Association, which is the sports governing body, currently has c.1,200 members. The standard of play is increasing all the time to the extent that the IAFL is now one of the strongest amateur leagues in Europe. There are 40 national leagues and c.150,000 players in Europe.

Last Years Game:

The 2010 game was played on front of a crowd of 1,700 people at Tallaght Stadium and was also televised on Setenta Ireland and Setanta 1. The Dublin Rebels defeated the UL Vikings 15-0.

Teams face each other at Tallaght Stadium last year.

Ticket Prices:
Tickets are available from any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide or online at www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets will also be available at the stadium on game day. Stadium capacity for the event is 3,000 spectators.
Prices: Main Stand Seating €6, Terracing €3

Location & Transport:

Morton Stadium, Santry is on Dublin’s Northside and is adjacent to the M50/M1 interchange, making it readily accessible to the entire country. It is also close to Dublin Airport and is on the main route for public transport and taxis from the City Centre. Please see map linked to below with details of the exact location:

The following bus routes stop directly outside Morton Stadium:
16a Dublin Airport to Lower Rathfarnham (Nutgrove Avenue)
27b Eden Quay Towards Harristown
33 Lower Abbey St. to Balbriggan
41 Lower Abbey St. to Swords Manor
41b Lower Abbey St. to Rolestown
41c Lower Abbey St. to Swords Manor

See www.dublinbus.ie for further information.


There is no parking provided at the stadium or on street immediately outside. People driving to the game are advised to park at Omni Park shopping centre – located a 5min walk from the stadium.


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