The Perfect Season: Vikings Win Austria Bowl XXIX

Jesse Lewis, had another special night against the Raiders. © Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography
Jesse Lewis, had another special night against the Raiders.
© Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography

The AFL season has come to a close and as the dust settles the Vikings are once again the champions on Austria. For the fourth time this year the Vikings dispatched the Raiders, this time in a somewhat closer affair with the final score standing at 48-31. This win gives the Vikings back-to-back AFL championships and completes for them a year that saw them go undefeated in all competition as well as winning the Eurobowl to make them the undisputed best team in Europe.

After a close first half which ended 21-14 in the Vikings favour, the champions capitalised on a early second half turnover by the Raiders to put themselves two scores up and almost out of sight. From there, the Vikings handled the clock well with their strong running game and didn’t give the Raiders much of a chance to pull level again despite some promising drives.

At the end of the night, the Vikings offensive line was named a collective MVP and were presented a Chevrolet Camaro in front of a 3,800 strong crowd. This marks the clubs twelfth AFL Championship as well as the third time that the have captured the AFL – EFL double after 2005 and 2007. One special story that stands out after the game was that of reciever Vincent Vertneg who not only managed the first touchdown of his career, but also managed to do it in the last minute of his last every game, quite a way to walk away from the sport.

The offensive line celebrate their MVP honours in their Camaro. © Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography
The offensive line celebrate their MVP honours in their Camaro.
© Kellner Holly Thomas/Gridiron Photography
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