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IFAF Champions League – Blitz win, but lose out

This past Saturday saw the London Blitz return to European action in a must win game to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the IFAF Champions League Final Four tournament in July.

They had to turn around a 26 points deficit after losing their opening round game in Paris, and hope that the team that beat them that day, Templiers, lost in Spain to L’Hospitalet Pioners.

London coming off the back off two big wins in the British League got off to a flier when they returned the opening kick off for a touchdown, but it was an error strewn game and the French side were keeping the Blitz within a score for the majority of the game.

At halftime the score was 20-13 in the Londoners favour, they couldn’t build on the lead and the final score of 34-26 was a fair reflection of the game, and a result that on another day they would have been proud of, the margin of victory was not enough though and with Templiers winning later in the day it confirmed the Blitz’s elimination from Europe for this season.

Playing against top quality European opposition, and winning, will of course be a great confidence builder for the remainder of the domestic competition as the Blitz look to regain their crown that their closest rivals the London Warriors took from them last year.

They are next in League action on June 8th, at home in another London derby against the Olympians.

IFAF Champions League – Blitz need to win big, and hope

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.

IFAF Champions League – London blitzed in Paris

The London Blitz visited Paris on Saturday night to open their European campaign against Elancourt Templiers, but were humbled 51-14.

It must be noted that the Blitz had not undertaken any competitive fixture so far in 2014, but they will be hoping their opening BAFA game next weekend will have a completely different outcome to the one they experienced in France.

To have any chance of progressing further in the newly revamped IFAF tournament they will have to defeat another French side in their next scheduled European contest, this time with home advantage when they face Dauphin of Nice on May 17th.

Saturday’s encounter was a close affair in the first half with just a field goal separating the two sides after the first quarter, Templiers having the advantage. Blitz were playing steady and had two great drives resulting in touchdowns to put them ahead 14-10 at half time.

However, the Parisians defence soon stepped up a gear or two and forced errors from the Blitz offence, and by the end of a 28 point for third quarter for the Templiers, the result was pretty much done and dusted, it was just a case of how many they would win by.

They managed to add on another 13 points, shutting out London again in the process, to round off a humiliating night in the French capital.

The game can be viewed in full (with French commentary) below.


(Video via DailyMotion)

London Blitz start Champions League campaign

London Blitz are probably the best known team in British American Football. They narrowly missed out on a three-peat last season, losing to their across town rivals Warriors in the Premier final.

They have yet to kickoff their domestic season, but today they embark on a mission to become Europe’s elite team when they go to France and participate in the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) European Champions League.

They are in the West group alongside today’s opponents Templiers Paris, Dauphin Nice (France) and L’Hospitalet Pioners (Spain).

Head coach Mark Moss said: “The club is very excited to have the opportunity to play in the new IFAF European tournament It represents a fresh and exciting challenge for the club and an opportunity for us all to measure ourselves against some of the best teams in Europe”

This is the very first club competition organized by the European branch of the IFAF. Season One will consist of 11 group games and the Final Four (two semi finals and the final). 13 teams from ten countries will compete in four regional groups, with group winners advancing to the Final Four tournament. The overall competition started on April 12 and will conclude with the Grand Final on July 13.

Having conquered Europe against the odds in 2011 the Blitz are up for the challenge once again.

“The newly revamped IFAF European tournament gives the club a huge opportunity to further development and gain international recognition. Having played in the EFL and EFAF cup, we know what European competition means to the club and it is no surprise that there is a big buzz around the senior squad and the club as a whole,” added club captain Charlie Joseph.