This weekend, it will be serious. On Saturday, April 18th the first four teams of the BIG6 will start the race for the Eurobowl XXIX. At the same time both new representatives who did not participate in Europe’s most important competition in American football in the past year have to prove their ambitions on the continental crown.
The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns meet the Berlin Adler on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Hagenbachstadion. A game that should electrify under normal circumstances, as the German vice-champion faces the reigning Eurobowl winner. However, the circumstances are different than they were at the end of last season. While Hall is aiming definitely the finals The Adler currently look alike a grab bag, from which you do not know what you pull out.
The reasons are the turbulences of the recent month, where the Adler had to fear more than one time to get the licence for the GFL and the participation in the BIG6. In addition, key players as quarterback Darius Outlaw and wide receiver Talip Wise left the club. So Berlin will be without contradiction in the underdog role.
That the Unicorns are traded as favourite is not a problem for the team. To reach the Eurobowl, the only home game in the group must be won.
The shape seems to be good, the pre season game in Nürnberg was clearly won. But head coach Siegfried Gehrke cannot estimate the enemy from the federal capital so far. “It will be a journey into the unknown.”
On Saturday night everybody will be smarter.
Then the football fans will also be able to assess the strength of the second freshman in the BIG6 better when the Flash la Courneuve host the SWARCO RAIDERS at 6.p.m. at Marville stadium.
„A tough task awaits us in Paris. Flash is a very physical and fast team. They have added some talented imports, including running back Marcus Shaw”, said SWARCO RAIDERS head coach Shuan Fatah. “We are ready to play them. The two BATTLE4TIROL contests and the victory over Graz have helped our rhythm and we gained lots of confidence”.
The nine-time French champion Flash already started into the Championnat Elite in early February. With a record of three wins and four losses Flash surprisingly is only ranked 6th in the league.
After a good start in the season, the team had three straight losses in the last weeks.
While most teams in Europe have just started into the season the SWARCO RAIDERS have already played five games. The Austrians were able to prepare themselves for the BIG6 with two games in the BATTLE4TIROL.
They beat the Stuttgart Scorpions and Düsseldorf Panther of the German Football League in convincing fashion, winning 34-9 and 42-0 respectively. And after a bumpy start into the Austrian Football League (AFL) season the Tyroleans defeated Graz 51-14 to celebrate their third straight victory.
On Saturday the two European heavyweights will face each other for the third time, yet it will be the first contest outside of Innsbruck as the game will be played in La Courneuve.
The first encounter took place on June 10, 2006 when the Flash beat the SWARCO RAIDERS 27-17 in the European Football League (EFL) semifinals. Three years later the Tyroleans were able to take revenge when they defeated the Flash 30-19 in Eurobowl XXIII.
The field is set for the first games in the BIG6!
April 18th, 4 p.m., Hagenbachstadion: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns – Berlin Adler
April 18th, 6 p.m., Marville Stadium: Flash la Courneuve Flash – SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol