On Saturday (June 20th, kick-off 6 p.m., pre-game party from 4 p.m.) it´s coming to the German duel between the New Yorker Lions and the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns for the crown of the best European club team in the final of the BIG6, the Eurobowl XXIX, in the Eintracht-Stadion of Braunschweig.
Almost twelve years ago, the Lions left the field the last time as a champion of an European final.
Less long ago, just less than eight months, is the final victory of the Lions against the team of the Unicorns. In German Bowl XXXVI, the New Yorker Lions with head coach Troy Tomlin defeated the team of Hall and their head coach Siegfried Gehrke in Berlin clearly with 47: 9 and won their ninth league title.
After the bitter defeat the Unicorns did not talk long about it and gave out promptly with confidence the motto “Challenge Accepted” for the 2015 season to settle the score with the New Yorker Lions.
Due to the actual performance of the southern German team the opportunity for the Unicorns comes earlier than expected. Both in the German Football League, as well as in the BIG6 the team has been able to decide every game clearly for themselves.
To reach the Eurobowl XXIX the Unicorn run over the reigning champion Berlin Adler with a 57:15 score at home and defeated the Vienna Vikings with 45:23 in Austria.
Also the Lions have a clean record in the BIG6 with the 33:28 at the SWARCO RAIDERS Tirol and the 37:14 against Flash de la Courneuve.
Nevertheless Troy Tomlin warns of the guests: “It will be a difficult, maybe the heaviest game of the season. We could not allow any arrow at any time and must be focused on the task from the start till the last second.”
The New Yorker Lions will go into the game as favorite, despite of their strong team, the home advantage and the last meeting of both teams in Braunschweig.
Other facts of the favorite-roll are a by-week, which helped for a good regeneration of the players and the current facts and history: Leader of the GFL-Nord, German record champions (nine titles), four-time Eurobowl finalist and two-time Eurobowl champion (1999 and 2003). In the eternal competitive match record they have three wins and no loss to the Unicorns.
That are facts for a lot of respect but no fear for the guests. “If we’re at the same level, we will see on Saturday,” said Siegfried Gehrke. “In any case, we want to take our chances and know better to defend ourselves than last year in the German Bowl.” Gehrke also knows: “The role of the underdog has not yet harmed us.”
Plans for the top game in European football are in full swing and the ticket sales for the final at all usual outlets and the online ticket shop of the New Yorker Lions is in full swing.
The Print@Home function is also available to print out tickets at home.
The prices for the game between the two top German teams are identical to those of a regular GFL home game of the reigning German champion.
All fans of American football in Germany, Europe and the world, who could not be at the game have the chance to watch the game with the New Yorker Lions livestream.