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.