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Flag Football International

  • 15-11-2006 9:04pm
    Registered Users Posts: 487 ✭✭

    Ireland v England American Football

    The Irish Flag Football team will be taking on their English counterparts in a friendly on Saturday 18th November. Ireland, who will be led into the game by Head Coach John Heffernan will be playing their first ever game against a very experienced English squad. England will be bringing over 2 teams of 10 players. While Ireland expect to have 3 teams of 10 players. The games on Saturday are scheduled for 12 noon start and will be held at Holywood RFC on 2 pitches.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 164 ✭✭TITAN #1

    This was the first time that an international game was played in Flag Football in Ireland. This is the first time Ireland fielded a senior Flag Football team. The first time that England have fielded a team seperatly from the GB Lions.

    England fielded 2 teams and Ireland fielded 3 teams.

    Irelands 2 senior teams were beaten by both the England teams. I would put this down to lack of team preparation rather than lack of skill or athleticism.
    This is some thing that we will have to work on if we are to give them a game when we play them again in Feb in England.

    Irelands Youth (17 yos)team beat the English Seniors by scores of 19-13 and 27 -0, a sore point for Team England.
    This Youth team have a lot of experience and it certainly showed. They were very unlucky to have a win snatched from them in Scotland when the Scottish Youth team scored in the last minute to earn a draw at Paisley University.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,939 ✭✭✭mikedragon32

    There have been matches played between Ireland and England in the past in Flag Football.

    There was certainly one in 1997, held in the Civil Service GAA grounds in Islandbridge, Dublin. It was won by Ireland and featured some great displays by players includng Brian Dennehy, Liam Farrell and John Durrad. The squad was made up of players from the Drimnagh Cycos, Dublin Crows, Dublin Rebels, the Gladiators, Marlay, the Pirates and DCU. The event was organised by the Irish Flag Football Association, who were the official body of Flag Football in Ireland at the time.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 164 ✭✭TITAN #1

    this is very true but this was a 7v7 game that was only played in Ireland, so the home team had a slight advantage while the game on Saturday is NFL rules 5v5. This game has been played in GB and Europe for quite a few years while we are only catching up.

    Liam Farrell must hold some sort of record as he played on Saturday also.
    Liam also headed up the IFFA at that time.
    I have commendered the title and hope to eventually have a league and competitive national team.
    We took our national junior teams to Scotland a few weeks ago and have a return against England in the pipeline.
    I have been pushing the idea of a 4 nations tournament for next year also.