Austrian Bowl XXIX Preview

After eleven weeks of regular season play and one round of playoffs, the Austrian Bowl is finally here and pits the Swarco Raiders Tirol against the Raiffeisen Vikings of Vienna against each other in what was perhaps a expected final, but nonetheless should turn out to be another epic game. This is the third and final part to Double Coverages Austrian Bowl build up. To read the interviews with players from both teams, follow these links – Jesse Lewis, Jaycen Taylor, Christoph Gross, Talib Wise.

Raiffeisen Vikings

© Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography
© Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography

Record: 11 – 0

Season Overview: What more can be said about an undefeated season? So far it’s been a perfect year for the Vikings in all competition, as no team in Europe has been able to stop them, not even the Raiders. Naturally being 11 – 0 means that the Vikings have seen of their finals opponent in both regular season games, but to add to this, the Vikings won the EFL Championship after beating the Raiders in the final three weeks ago. The closest any team has come to beating the Vikings this season was back in week six of AFL play, when the team from Vienna narrowly squeezed past the JCL Graz Giants by a score of 24-20, since that point however, the closest any team has come was once again the Giants, who lost by 14 points.

Semi-Fianl Game: vs. Danube Dragons – 35 – 15. Playing against the 4-6 Dragons, the Vikings put together a fairly routine win for themselves as they killed their opposition off early on before rotating in their backups for the experience and cruising to victory.

Key Player: Jesse Lewis, Running Back #28. When you break the 1000 yard mark rushing in any season, you’ve had a special year. The first year import has had a season to remember and has added 16 rushing touchdowns to his yards gained and is respected throughout the league for being tough to bring down. His ability to draw the oppositions attention has opened up multiple opportunities for his quarterback Christoph Gross to go out and dominate.

Jesse Lewis in Eurobowl action against the Raiders. © Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography
Jesse Lewis in Eurobowl action against the Raiders.
© Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography