EFAF Atlantic-Cup II at Belfield , Dublin. 26th and 27th June 2010
In blazing sunshine, the first game between the Belgian representatives, the Brussels Bulls and the Dutch representative, the Lelyestad Commanders kicked off. The Commanders took control of the game from the start and their sound defense closed down the Bulls hard running game and their offense racked up the points to finish with a score of 48 - 0.
Second game of the afternoon pitted the Irish champions, the University of Limerick, Vikings against the visitors from Luxembourg, the Dudelange Dragons.
The Dragons had taken part in the first Atlantic Cup in 2009 and had clearly improved their game but the Vikings quickly proved why they were Irish champions and raced ahead to a 28 - 0 half time lead. Even though the Vikings continued to put points on the board, the Dragons fought hard and were rewarded with two scores and the game ended 58 - 14 for the Vikings.
On the second day of the competition, the third place game between the Bulls and the Dragons was played first.
The Dragons started on offense and were steadily moving the ball but a deep pass was picked off and four plays later #14, Ben Acheson carried in from seven yards out. The Bulls maintained their momentum to run out a comfortable win of 21 - 6 and claim third place.
The final was played in the extended ten minute quarter timing rather than the eight minute quarters that had been used in the previous games and what a final it turned out to be.
Both teams started slowly on offense with the Commanders just a fingertip away from a number of long completions and the Vikings running game always just short of making first downs. The first score of the game came in the second quarter from a forty yard field goal attempt from the boot of Vikings kicker #25 Adrian Garvey. This simply prompted the Commanders into action and their offense found their rythem, scoring in the second and third quarters but not converting the points after touchdown and led 12 - 3 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The fourth quater was really exciting with the Vikings scoring, then the Commanders and then the Vikings converting a long fourth down and scoring to trail 18 - 16 with less than a minute left in the game.
At this point #25 Adrian Garvey stepped up and scored a game winning field goal from 30 yards out.
Garvey was named offensive most valuable player and Sydney Kunst from the Commanders was names defensive MVP.
Video footage is available on http://www.americanfootball.ie/ul-vikings-victorious-in-atlantic-cup-final/