First class European American Football returns to the United Kingdom today when London Blitz take on top French side Les Dauphins de Nice. This is Matchday Two of the International Federation of American Football Champions League, and both teams will be looking for a win which will be a big step towards qualification to the Final Four.
The Blitz will be going all out to gain a first win the group after being humbled in Paris last month, The 51-14 loss to Elancourt Templiers was a case of what might have been as they actually held a 14-10 lead at halftime.
Qualification can be achieved but it wont be easy, they will have their work cut out as Nice won their first game 21-6 against Spaniards, Hospitalet Pioners.
To advance to the Final Four tournament in July the Blitz have to win by 26 points and hope that Templiers lose their game, also on Saturday, in Spain against the Pioners.
“This is huge game for the club, so its all out for the win!” said Head Coach Mark Moss.
“The key is to play our game, Blitz football.” added club media secretary Jordan Jones, “We are no strangers to European football, our performance in EFAF 2011 proves this. All we can control on the day is our performance, how fast we are, how hard we hit and how smart we play. Doing all of those things to the best of our ability will be the key to this game”
After losing their first game in Europe the Blitz have won their first two games in the BAFA Premier South by a combined score of 95-6, so its clear to see they have got their mojo back after the early setback.
Kick off for the big game is at 3pm. Tickets are just £5, and under 16’s go free if accompanied by a paying adult. There will be the usual mix of food and drink available inside the Finsbury Park arena. The Blitz have also been liaising with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the NFL team has kindly donated some merchandise to raffle away during the course of the afternoon.