AFL Week 1 Review

Game 1: Raiffeisen Vikings 41 – Swarco Raiders 14

As expected, the Vikings new star, Emmanuel Moody, had a big day. © Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography
As expected, the Vikings new star, Emmanuel Moody, had a big day.
© Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography

The first battle between the two behemoths of Austrian American football was a much more one-sided affair than most people expected, but was truly entertaining nevertheless. The Raiffeisen Vikings came charging out of the blocks, denying the Raiders an opening drive field goal before Emmanuel Moody showed everyone why his debut was so excitingly anticipated with some blistering runs to put up the Vikings’ first points of the season. He followed this with 199 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the process.

By comparison, his opposite number Andreas Hofbauer only managed 41 yards off 15 carries (and still found the endzone twice). Christoph Gross, who excelled for the Vikings last year showed a fine continuation of form as he threw for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns on the way to an impressive victory. Our ‘player to watch’ for the Swarco Raiders, new quarterback John Van Der Raadt had a good game but ultimately could not win the match on his own, although he still led the Raiders rushing stats with half as many carries.

The Vikings defence just dominated, and Moody’s sheer power at running back cut through the Swarco linebackers with ease. When DJ Wolfe starts playing, you should expect some tough competition. What can we say about the teams after seeing them in action? It would take a brave, brave man to bet against the Vikings recording another undefeated season and Austrian Bowl after witnessing dismantling the team that should be their closest competition. The Raiders just didn’t turn up on the day, and when they host the Danube Dragons on Saturday, they’ll be looking to prove a point.

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(c) Florian Schellhorn - footballpics.info
(c) Florian Schellhorn – footballpics.info

 

Prediction: We got the result right and knew it would be high scoring, but the Vikings decimated their opponents and showed why they’re the country’s top team by far.

For a full match replay visit RaidersTV.

Chris Stupack

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