Shamrock Bowl

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The Shamrock Bowl is the championship game of the Irish American Football League (IAFL), the highest level of American football on the island of Ireland, culminating a season that begins in March of the current calendar season. The Shamrock Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it was held. For example, Shamrock Bowl XIII was played on 30 August 1998, following the regular season played in 1998, while Shamrock Bowl XXV was played on 31 July 2011, to determine the champion of the 2011 regular season.

Shamrock Bowl XXXI was a close affair with the Rebels scores coming from a touchdown pass from Quarterback Andy Dennehy to Wide Receiver Cathal Keane and the game winning Touchdown across the ground from game MVP Wellington Omorodion, who had 145 yards rushing on the day, and a pass completion for 25 yards as well.

Most recently, the Cork Admirals beat Dublin Rebels 18–16 at Tallaght Stadium, in Dublin to win Shamrock Bowl XXXII.

The highlights of the Shamrock Bowl are sometimes broadcast on NFL Sunday. Shamrock Bowl XXIV was the first Shamrock Bowl to be shown in its entirety on Setanta Sports.

Results[edit]

No. Year Date Winner Result Runner-up Venue
I 1986 Craigavon Cowboys 6–0 Dublin Celts St Mary's RFC Templeville road Dublin
II 1987 Dublin Celts 43–25 Craigavon Cowboys North RFC Belfast
III 1988 Dublin Celts 34–60 Belfast Blitzers Terenure College RFC
IV 1989 Dublin Celts 7–6 Antrim Bulldogs Musgrave Park Belfast
V 1990 Craigavon Cowboys N/A Dublin Celts Goodyear sports and conference centre Craigavon.
VI 1991 Dublin Celts 44–00 Antrim Bulldogs Drogheda RFC Drogheda Co. Louth
VII 1992 Craigavon Cowboys 14–60 Antrim Bulldogs Cooke Rugby Club, Belfast
VIII 1993 Dublin Tornadoes 22–20 Dublin Celts Iveagh Grounds
IX 1994 Dublin Tornadoes 21–15 Carrickfergus Knights Pat Jennings Park, Newry, Co Down
X 1995 Dublin Tornadoes 44–12 Carrickfergus Knights Islandbridge, Dublin
XI 1996 Dublin Lightning 26–80 Dublin Tornadoes St. Marys RFC, Dublin
XII 1997 Carrickfergus Knights 21–00 Dublin Bulls Queens University Belfast
XIII 1998 30 August 1998 Carrickfergus Knights 22–14 Dublin Tigers Woodburn Playing Fields, Carrickfergus
XIV 1999 29 August 1999 Dublin Tigers 22–60 Carrickfergus Knights Sportslink, Santry, Dublin
2000 not played
XV 2001 16 December 2001 Dublin Rebels 28–70 Carrickfergus Knights Woodburn Playing Fields, Carrickfergus
XVI 2002 16 June 2002 Carrickfergus Knights 66–00 UL Vikings University Bowl, Limerick
XVII 2003 10 August 2003 Dublin Rebels 24–12 Carrickfergus Knights JJ McDowell Memorial Ground, Dublin
XVIII 2004 29 August 2004 Dublin Rebels 24–22 Carrickfergus Knights Dr. Hickey Park, Greystones
XIX 2005 28 August 2005 Dublin Rebels 26–19 Belfast Bulls Grafton Arena, Deramore Park, Belfast
XX 2006 20 August 2006 Dublin Rebels 44–12 UL Vikings Sportslink, Dublin
XXI 2007 29 July 2007 UL Vikings 22–14 Cork Admirals UL Sports Ground, Limerick
XXII 2008 10 August 2008 UL Vikings 14–12 Dublin Rebels CIT Stadium, Cork
XXIII 2009 9 August 2009 UL Vikings 9–6(OT) Dublin Rebels Cooke Rugby Club, Belfast
XXIV 2010 7 August 2010 Dublin Rebels 15–00 UL Vikings Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
XXV 2011 31 July 2011 Dublin Rebels 14–13 UL Vikings Morton Stadium, Dublin
XXVI 2012 14 July 2012 Belfast Trojans 16–14 UL Vikings Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
XXVII 2013 20 July 2013 Belfast Trojans 48–18 Dublin Rebels Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
XXVIII 2014 10 August 2014 Belfast Trojans 7–0 Trinity College Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
XXIX 2015 9 August 2015 Belfast Trojans 28–14 Trinity College Dalymount Park, Dublin
XXX 2016 7 August 2016 Dublin Rebels 12–70 Belfast Trojans Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
XXXI 2017 13 August 2017 Dublin Rebels 12–60 Carrickfergus Knights Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
XXXII 2018 19 August 2018 Cork Admirals 18–16 Dublin Rebels Tallaght Stadium, Dublin

Shamrock Bowl appearances by team[edit]

Appearances Team Wins Losses Season(s)[note 1]
13 Dublin Rebels 9 4 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018
10 Carrickfergus Knights 3 7 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2017
8 UL Vikings 3 5 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
7 Dublin Celts 5 2 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993
5 Belfast Trojans 4 1 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
4 Dublin Tornadoes 3 1 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
4 Craigavon Cowboys 2 2 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992
3 Antrim Bulldogs 0 3 1989, 1991, 1992
2 Cork Admirals 1 1 2007, 2018
2 Dublin Tigers 1 1 1998, 1999
2 Trinity College 0 2 2014, 2015
1 Dublin Lightning 1 0 1996
1 Belfast Blitzers 0 1 1988
1 Dublin Bulls 0 1 1997
1 Belfast Bulls 0 1 2005

Shamrock Bowl MVP[edit]

Year Winner Team Position
2001 Brian Dennehy Dublin Rebels Running back
2002 ? ? ?
2003 Brian Dennehy Dublin Rebels Running back
2004 None Awarded
2005 Andrew Dennehy Dublin Rebels Quarterback
2006 Ross McCooey Dublin Rebels Linebacker
2007 Seamus Hogan UL Vikings Running back/Safety
2008 Adrian Garvey UL Vikings Running back
2009 Adrian Garvey UL Vikings Running back
2010 Brian Carter Dublin Rebels Safety
2011 Marcus Naylor Dublin Rebels Safety
2012 Neil Montgomery Belfast Trojans Fullback
2013 Neil Montgomery Belfast Trojans Fullback
2014 Connor Whitla Belfast Trojans Linebacker
2015 Dave Colvin Belfast Trojans Running back
2016 Conrad Cook Dublin Rebels Linebacker
2017 Wellington Omorodion Dublin Rebels Running back
2018 Harris Monagan Cork Admirals Linebacker

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bold years indicate winning seasons.

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