Kiel Baltic Hurricanes

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Kiel Baltic Hurricanes
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes.png
Founded 1988
League German Football League
Based in Kiel, Germany
Stadium Kilia Stadion
Colors Green, White and Orange
              
Head coach Marcus Herford
Manager Gunnar Peter
Championships German Bowl: 2010
EFL Bowl: 2014, 2015
Division titles GFL North: 2008, 2010–2012
Website www.baltic-hurricanes.de/

The Kiel Baltic Hurricanes are an American football team based in Kiel, Germany.

The club has been, of recent, a strong force in the sport in Germany, playing in five consecutive German Bowls from 2008 to 2012, losing the first two, winning the third, and losing the fourth and fifth.

The club is part of the American Sports Club Kiel e.V.[1]

History[edit]

Hurricanes Offensive Tackle Nick Wieland against the Dresden Monarchs (credit: Stefan Stuhr)

Founded in 1988, the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes first took part in competitive football in 1989, when they entered the tier-four Landesliga Nord. The club had some quick success, reaching the tier-two 2nd Bundesliga Nord by 1993. After back-to-back championships in this league, the Hussicanes played in the 1st Bundesliga Nord from 1996. This league would eventually become the German Football League. The Hurricanes reached the play-offs from 1997 to 2000, making it to the semi finals once, in 1999, but were relegated in 2002.[2]

Restarting in the tier-three Regionalliga Nordost, the club quickly recovered, playing in the GFL once more from 2007 onwards, now with much greater success.[2]

The club came third in its division in 2007 and was knocked-out in the play-off quarter finals, but managed to win its division the following year. The Hurricanes managed to reach their first German Bowl that season, but lost to the Braunschweig Lions, who made their last of twelve consecutive German Bowl appearances, ending the golden era of the later club.[3]

Kiel came second in 2009, on equal points with the Berlin Adler. The two teams met in the German Bowl, but unlike 2008, when Kiel had defeated Berlin in the semi finals, this time the club from the German capital triumphed. In 2010, Kiel once more topped its division and advanced to the German Bowl, once more against the Berlin Adler. This time, the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes proved the stronger and managed to win their first national German title.[3]

Hurricanes Fans cheer their team on in 2014 (credit: Stefan Stuhr)

Kiel won its division again in 2011, defeated the Munich Cowboys in the quarter finals and the Düsseldorf Panther in the semi finals of the play-offs and advanced to the German Bowl again where they met the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.[4] The 33rd edition was the highest scoring German Bowl so far, ending with a 48-44 victory for the Unicorns, who thereby ended an 18 year title drought for the south. It was also the highest score achieved by any team losing a German Bowl at the time.[5]

In 2012, the club once more won its division, only losing one game during the regular season away at Düsseldorf Panther, and reaching the German Bowl again against Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, losing 53–56 in the championship game and topping the previous year's score. In 2013, the team came in on third place and was knocked out in the semi-finals of the playoffs by Braunschweig.

Hurricanes QB 2014 Nick Lamaison (credit: Stefan Stuhr)

The club participated in the 2014 European Football League and won the inaugural EFL Bowl when it defeated the Badalona Dracs 40–0 in the final. In the GFL the club came fourth in the northern division in 2014 but lost 24–50 to the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

In 2015, the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes competed in the EFL tournament and defended their title in the final against the Allgäu Comets. The team finished third in the northern division of the GFL and lost to the Allgäu Comets in the quarter finals of the playoffs.

Despite missing the EFL Bowl in 2016, the Hurricanes GFL season was more successful than the previous years'. The team again finished third in the northern division of the GFL, thus securing a playoff spot for the tenth year in a row. With a huge defensive effort the Canes won the first round (quarterfinal) against Frankfurt Universe 10:3 and advanced to the semifinal for the first time since 2013. Here, they lost 21:38 to the New Yorker Lions. [6]

Honours[edit]

  • EFL Bowl
    • Champions: 2014, 2015
  • German Bowl
    • Champions: 2010
    • Runners-up: (4) 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • EFL
    • Participations: 2011, 2014
  • GFL
    • Northern Division champions: (4) 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
    • Play-off qualification : (13) 1997–2000, 2007–2016 (longest currently active streak in GFL as of October 2016)
    • League membership : (17) 1996–2002, 2007–present
  • GFL 2
    • Northern Division champions: 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006

German Bowl appearances[edit]

The club's appearances in the German Bowl:[7]

Bowl Date Champions Runners-Up Score Location Attendance
XXX September 29, 2008 Braunschweig Lions Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 20-14 Frankfurt 16,177
XXXI October 3, 2009 Berlin Adler Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 28-21 Frankfurt 14,234
XXXII October 9, 2010 Kiel Baltic Hurricanes Berlin Adler 17-10 Frankfurt 11,121
XXXIII October 8, 2011 Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 48-44 Magdeburg 11,711
XXXIV 13 October 2012 Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 56-53 Berlin 11,242

Recent seasons[edit]

Recent seasons of the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes:[3][4][8][9][10]

Year Division Finish Points Pct. Games W D L PF PA Postseason
2005 GFL 2 (North) 1st 24–4 0.857 14 12 0 2 372 162 Lost RR: Düsseldorf Panther (14–33 & 7–10)
2006 1st 20–2 0.909 11 10 0 1 386 99 Won RR: Düsseldorf Panther (30–0 & 27–30)
2007 GFL (North) 3rd 15–9 0.625 12 7 1 4 256 159 Lost QF: Marburg Mercenaries (16–21)
2008 1st 17–7 0.708 12 8 1 3 294 160 Won QF: Weinheim Longhorns (47–21)
Won SF: Berlin Adler (17–12)
Lost GB: Braunschweig Lions (14–20)
2009 2nd 18–2 0.900 10 9 0 1 231 178 Won QF: Stuttgart Scorpions (20–6)
Won SF: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (22–21)
Lost GB: Berlin Adler (21–28)
2010 1st 22–2 0.917 12 11 0 1 289 158 Won QF: Stuttgart Scorpions (23–21)
Won SF: Dresden Monarchs (14–0)
Won GB: Berlin Adler (17–10)
2011 1st 24–4 0.857 14 12 0 2 444 224 Won QF: Munich Cowboys (45–6)
Won SF: Düsseldorf Panther (45–21)
Lost GB: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (44–48)
2012 1st 26–2 0.929 14 13 0 1 593 272 Won QF: Stuttgart Scorpions (70–22)
Won SF: Dresden Monarchs (35–14)
Lost GB: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (53–56)
2013 3rd 20–8 0.714 14 10 0 4 485 249 Won QF: Marburg Mercenaries (47–9)
Lost SF: New Yorker Lions (29–34)
2014 4th 14–10 0.583 12 7 0 5 330 280 Lost QF: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (24–50)
2015 3rd 18–6 0.750 12 9 0 3 469 251 Lost QF: Allgäu Comets (27–39)
2016 3rd 21–7 0.714 14 10 1 3 483 297 Won QF: Frankfurt Universe (10-3)
Lost SF: New Yorker Lions (21-38)
  • RR = Relegation round.
  • QF = Quarter finals.
  • SF = Semi finals.
  • GB = German Bowl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Sports Club Kiel e.V. (in German) Kiel Baltic Hurricanes, accessed: 4 January 2011
  2. ^ a b History (in German) Kiel Baltic Hurricanes, accessed: 4 January 2011
  3. ^ a b c Football History (in German) Historic American football tables from Germany, accessed: 2 January 2010
  4. ^ a b GFL 2011 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 18 September 2011
  5. ^ Unicorns gewinnen German Bowl XXXIII (in German) GFL website, published: 8 October 2011, accessed: 12 October 2011
  6. ^ Hurricanes' GFL Statistics 2016
  7. ^ Bowls GFL website, accessed: 1 January 2011
  8. ^ GFL 2008 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 2 January 2011
  9. ^ GFL 2009 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 2 January 2011
  10. ^ GFL 2010 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 2 January 2011

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