Football: Newcomer Telfs creates AFL sensation


The still young season of the Austrian Football League (AFL) has its first sensation. The Telfs Patriots, who are newly represented in the championship, beat the much-favored champions Raiders Tyrol by a narrow margin of 44:42 at home, thus winning the first Tyrolean derby in the history of the AFL. Dacia Vikings, on the other hand, had clearly taken over against another newcomer in the ten-league, Znojmo Knights, with 43:14.

Telfs immediately took advantage of the changed situation in the league, as the two galleon figures in football in Denmark – Raiders and Vikings – are also active in the European League of Football (ELF) this year and compete in the AFL with 1b teams. Four touchdown passes, 304 passing yards, 75 rushing yards and a touchdown from Raiders quarterback Isaiah Weed were not enough for the Telfs.

“Obviously it’s a crazy moment for us. We’ve been working towards it for a long time and now we’re celebrating it,” said Telfers head coach Nick Kleinhansl, whose playmaker Aaron Ellis threw in 419 yards and five touchdown passes. Raiders head coach Florian Grein said: “We were actually very well prepared, but overall we stopped ourselves.”

Telfs beats the Raiders sensationally

For the first time this year, there are two Tyrolean teams in the Austrian Football League. On the first regular day of the game, the long-awaited Tyrolean derby took place between the league’s newcomer Telfs Patriots and champions Swarco Raiders. The match ended with a sensational 44:42 victory for Telfs.

Next to the Salzburg Ducks and Steelsharks Traun, the Patriots and Knights are two of four new teams in the championship, which now includes ten clubs. The basic round consists of ten playing days. “We have frozen the league for two years, which means that newcomers to the AFL now have relatively little pressure to play their way into the match,” explained Christoph Seyrl, general secretary of the American Football Association Austria (AFBÖ), before the start of the season. Danube Dragons won against Ducks with 31:12.

Austrian Football League

Basic round in game plan:
27/03 Dragons Ducks 31:21
02.04. Knights vikings 14:43
Patriots Raiders 44:42
03.04. Steel sharks Dragons 10:16
Panthers rangers 48:14
Ducks Fighting *
09.04. Dragons Knights 35:28
Fighting Steel sharks 41:25
rangers Patriots 20:10
Raiders vikings 63:70
10.04. Ducks Panthers 7:17
04/16 Fighting rangers 25:26
30/04 Dragons rangers 14.00
Steel sharks Raiders 16.00
vikings Ducks 18.00
01.05. Knights Patriots 15.00
Panthers Fighting 15.00
07.05. Fighting Knights 15.00
Patriots vikings 18.00
Raiders Dragons 18.00
08.05. Ducks rangers 14.00
Panthers Steel sharks 15.00
05/14 Steel sharks Patriots 16.00
rangers Raiders 16.00
vikings Panthers 18.00
05/15 Knights Ducks 16.00
28/05 rangers Knights 16.00
Patriots Dragons 18.00
Raiders Panthers 18.00
29/05 Fighting vikings 14.00
Ducks Steel sharks 14.00
03.06. vikings rangers 18.00
04.06. Steel sharks Knights 16.00
Patriots Fighting 18.00
Raiders Ducks 18.00
05.06. Panthers Dragons 15.00
18/06 Dragons Fighting 15.00
vikings Steel sharks 18.00
Knights Raiders 19.00
19.06. Panthers Patriots 15.00
25.06. Dragons vikings 15.00
rangers Steel sharks 16.00
Raiders Fighting 18.00
26.06. Ducks Patriots 14.00
Knights Panthers 16.00
02.07. rangers Panthers 16.00
Steel sharks Ducks 16.00
vikings Raiders 18.00
03.07. Patriots Knights 14.00
Fighting Dragons 15.00

* Delay

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