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American Football Go Into Exam Break 5-0

Posted 2nd May 2023

The University of Limerick Vikings haved off their regular season in American Football Ireland Division 1 where they have left off from their Inter Varsities. The American Football Club have amassed a perfect 5-0 record which has been built on a strong running game and no-nonsense Defence. The current crop of Vikings has a great blend of experience and new players. With standout performances coming from Running Back Aidan Maher and Quarterback Fin O’Donovan who each have 6 Rushing TDs. Not to be out done on the defensive side of the field Defensive End Rob Browne continuing his fine form that seen him being selected for The Irish Wolfhounds European Qualifier last year terrorizing the oppositions Offence. 1st Year Student Conor Kelly is quickly building a reputation of a Defensive Ball Hawk leading the team with 3 interceptions and one of the key elements to our successful run game has come from 1st Year Student John O’Dwyer who has become a vital member of the O-Line. The goal for the club is to go one step further than last year and win Div. 1 and regain our status in the top Division of American Football Ireland. The club is always looking for new members, players, and coaches.

Rob Browne makes Ireland Wolfhounds

Posted 19th Oct 2022
Author Liam Ryan (Advisor)

Appreciation post,
The Vikings would like to congratulate Rob Browne for making the @officialirishwolfhounds team that is set to play Spain this weekend in the European Championship qualifier. 
Rob was our 21/22 Defensive Rookie of the year, Defensive player of the year and he also won MVP for the Vikings. Who's surprised from that resume that he got selected.
Also, we would like to wish @seangoldrick , @fkwafc and also Head Coach Ciaran O'Sullivan, who are all former Vikings, good luck against Spain.

American Football Clinic Home Semifinal

Posted 1st Jul 2022
Author Darragh O'Callaghan (Head Coach)

The University of Limerick Vikings are bringing the American Football Ireland championship playoffs back to Limerick for the first time since 2017; it will also be the first time a semi-final has been played at UL since 2012.  The Vikings secured a home field game for the Division 1 playoffs after defeating the Westmeath Minotaur's Sunday afternoon in Mullingar.

Sunday’s game was a rematch that had been much anticipated by the Vikings for two weeks.  

Prior to the game, lashing rain had members of both teams wondering if the game would be played at all.  Eventually the rain subsided, the sun shined, the game clock began, and kickoff commenced with the Vikings opting to kick the ball to the Minotaur's.

This was a much different game than the one which took place at Maguire’s Field in Limerick two weeks ago, a 17-0 loss for the Vikings.  In Sunday’s match up UL executed well in all three phases of the game. The UL run game was excellent in the difficult conditions with Aidan Maher and Reece Moloney picking up first downs and Maher gathering all four TDs in an impressive MVP performance. Defense continued to dominate with Jake Kelly and Robert Browne combining for six sacks – Kelly producing five, Browne having 1.  On Special Teams the Vikings tipped field position in their favor with blocked punts, recovered kicks and excellent kicking from Danny Quilter. Defensive backs Adam Wixted and Evan Quigley each came away with an interception. On the verge of being shut out themselves, the Minotaur's were able to muster 6 points after a costly third down penalty by the Vikings.

This was a much needed win by the Vikings as they have battled throughout the season for a spot in the postseason, and a homefield decision.  It was also a huge morale boost for UL who enter the playoffs in good form

When the final whistle blew and the two teams shook hands, players on both sides concurred it was a great game with the Vikings leaving it all out on the field on both sides of the ball. We look forward to welcoming the winner of the Donegal/Derry Vipers and Cill Dara Crusaders game to Limerick on the 17th of July. 

Centre College NCAA Football Team

Posted 30th May 2022
Author Liam Ryan

The UL Vikings American Football team hosted the Centre College Colonels, a NCAA Division 3 team from Kentucky, USA for a weekend of football and cultural exchange. Both teams played a friendly exhibition in front of a large crowd enjoying the sun and facilities in Maguires pitches. As expected, the Colonels were well on top but the Vikings performed bravely in the face of superior opposition. QB Kieran Gilhool stood in the face of a strong pass rush and completed passes to recievers Danny Quilter, Reece Moloney and Fin O'Donovan. Running Backs Aidan Maher and James Connor found limited space running the ball but kept the ground game ticking over. Our Defense struggled to keep a lid on the potent Colonels Offense but Adam Wixted and Adam Keane performed well in coverage. In the 2nd half, both squads mixed their teams and played a friendly scrimmage with the Colonels bolstering the Vikings numbers. The intensity cranked up a notch and Irish linemen on both sides of the ball performed well, notably Chris O'Mahony, Rob Browne and James Pelham-Burn. It was an incredibly fun and positive day to showcase football, rounded out with a BBQ and some well earned post game drinks in the Stables. The Colonels also attended a hurling match the next day, Clonlara vs Ballyea in the Clare Senior championship which converted some new fans to the game. 

A huge thank you to everyone in the Vikings and Colonels organisation that made this possible, we look forward to the next game which is vs Westmeath Minotaurs on 5th June in UL. 

Liam Ryan

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League Game

Posted 11th Mar 2022
Author Darragh O'Callaghan (Head Coach)

The Ul Vikings will be playing there first league on Sunday 13th March against Wexford Eagles kicking off at 1pm it will be our first game in over two years and also our first game in Ul since the redevelopment of Maguires Sports Field.

For anyone that is missing watching NFL on Sunday be sure to get down to Maguires Field on Sunday.

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