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01.05.2006 Turek Graz Giants

Historic win for Turek Graz Giants

With a 28-16 victory over the german team Berlin Adler the Turek Graz Giants did not only win their EFAF-Cup group and secure a spot in the quarterfinal. They also secured the first win of an austrian team against an german opponent in european competition.

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Turek Graz Giants vs. Berlin Adler: 28-16
ASKÖ-Stadium Graz-Eggenberg, 900 spectators
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Berlin Adler........ 3 0 6 7 - 16
Graz Giants......... 7 7 7 7 - 28

"Many years ago the Giants have been beat by Berlin twice." Giants-Manager Stefan Schubert explained after the historic triumph. "Both games were been pretty close losses. Today's victory was a joy especially for the older members of the club."

Whithout a doubt American Darvin Lewis was the games' most valuable player. The linebacker with NFL expierience was also used as runningback and scored three touchdowns. Because of his powerfull style Berlin only was able to slow him down, never was able to stop him. He rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries and also recorded 5.5 tackles on defense.

Despite low temperatures and partly heavy rain about 900 spectators made their way to Eggenberg Stadium, they did not regret it. Due to the weather situation the game was not a pretty one but developed into a hard-fought and exiting battle. Both teams obviously struggled with the weather situation. Giants' Jeremy Bohannon and Armando Ponce de Leon, who played a good game, fumbled once. Berlin QB Outlaw lost the ball on several occasions, but only one fumble resulted in a turnover.

The Turek Giants totally stopped the feared Berlin running game, Berlin ended up with -27 yards rushing.

Besides the win, Giants Quarterback Sheldon Cross had another reason to be happy after the game. "I am now 3-0 against Berlin. I already beat them twice with the Dresden Monarchs last season."

With their victory the Giants also affected the competition between neighbouring countries Austria and Germany. All austrian teams play against german teams in either EFL or EFAF-Cup this year. With the Graz victory the score now is Austria 1, Germany 2.
"Stuttgart beat Hohenems, Tyrol lost a close one to Braunschweig." Giants GM Stefan Schubert stated after the game. "Now there is our victory, Tyrol has a rematch and then there is the Vienna-Hamburg game coming up. I think we are not in a bad position."

Possible oppionents in the quarterfinals
A possible opponent in the quarterfinal (May 20./21.) is the reigning Swiss Champion Zurich Renegades. "It currently looks as if we would play against Zurich." said Schubert. "But there still are some group games to play. We will know for sure as soon as those games are over."

Gamestats: http://www.grazgiants.com/spiele/stats/2006/GIA-ADL.HTM

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