Shamrock Bowl Conference
Dublin Dragons 6 – 48 Dublin Rebels
Welcome to the Simon Mackey show! The running back solidified his status as one of the League’s most dangerous players with a 7-touchdown performance as the Rebels continued to pressure the Belfast Trojans at the top of the SBC North.
But this is a team sport, and credit must go to the Rebels’ offensive line who did an outstanding job of opening the lanes on Mackey’s 5 rushing scores and his two screen passes from quarterback Andrew Dennehy that went to the house, and to the defence who kept the Dublin Dragons’ offence out of the red zone all day.
The Dragons did manage to drive at points but were stopped when it counted, having to settle for two Brian Tyrrell field goals as their wait for another win continues.
But a loss to the Rebels is no disgrace. The team has sealed a playoff berth and continue to chase the SBC North, whilst the offence, which misfired but still closed out games earlier in the year, is beginning to click. Who’d bet against them now?
Double Coverage Predicted – a Rebels’ win. Results so far – 36 & 10
Waterford Wolves 0 – 27 UL Vikings
The Vikings enter the playoffs on the back of a 6 game win streak after shutting out the Waterford Wolves whilst the home team go into their final game of the year still looking for their first Shamrock Bowl Conference win, knowing that that may not even be enough to keep them in the division.
Double Coverage Predicted – a UL win. Results so far – 37 & 10
West Dublin Rhinos 6 – 53 Trinity College Dublin
The only undefeated team in the SBC made sure they finished the regular season that way, as Trinity head into the playoffs with a perfect 8&0 and the number one seed.
Dan Finnamore, Rob McDowell and the receiving corps continued their offensive domination of the League, as the quarterback added another four touchdowns passing on the day whilst the running back caught one and ran in another three as both cemented their places at the top of their respective scoring charts.
Receiver Daniel Murphy grabbed two scores as he leapt to the top of the receiving scoring charts, whilst David Lunn continued his impressive year by taking another catch into the end zone. Kicker Conor McGinn also sits atop his scoring chart, adding another field goal and five PATs on Sunday.
Trinity’s defence were solid too, with a good performance being underlined by a safety from Eoghan Hurley and a good pick from Brian O’Driscoll as the Rhinos began to chase the game.
Usual receiver, but stand in quarterback, Dan Breslin grabbed the Rhinos’ score with a sneak.
The West Dubliners have improved as the year has gone on, and cannot allow this defeat to affect them as the team sits in the strange position of still being able to qualify for the playoffs but still having to look over their shoulders at the relegation battle.
Double Coverage Predicted – a Trinity win – Results so far 38 & 10
Drogheda Lightning 0 – 46 UCD
The students from UCD headed to St. Oliver’s to take on a Drogheda Lightning side looking for their first win, as the away side looked to seal up their place at the top of the IAFL-1.
And seal it they did, in emphatic fashion as they shut out Drogheda and aired the ball out, despite regular quarterback Dave Murphy not playing in the game.
Stand in Tom Donovan passed for four touchdowns; two to Dave Bennett, one to Oisin Stack and one to Paul Geraghty, whilst also passing a 2-pt conversion to Matteo Cavasin. Donovan also took to his more usual role of receiver to reel in a pass from Gavin Quirke for a score, whilst Geraghty continued his fantastic year with a punt return for a score, just the second special teams score in the entire IAFL-1 this year.
Conor Hanrahan rushed in from 28 yards, and also scored 2 of the attempted 5 PATs to round off the scoring.
UCD now get a long rest before the IAFL-1 Bowl whilst Drogheda have two matches against Meath and a game against Mullingar to look forward to.
Double Coverage Predicted – a UCD W. Results so far – 39 & 10.