GB Lions finish strong, take 5th place in IFAF European Championships

Vantaa, FINLAND. 2018 IFAF Euro: Denmark – England. GBR #1 Dan Conroy celebrating touchdown with team mates. Photo: Samppa Toivonen

An early start was on the cards for the GB Lions this morning, as they faced off against Denmark in the 5th place play off. The Lions fans weren’t let down, as the Lions stormed to a 33-16 win, to finish 5th in the IFAF European Championships of 2018.

A tight first quarter saw GB and the Danes trade punts, before GB got on the board first. A long 54 yard past down the sideline, topped off by a strong inside run by RB Dan Conroy saw the Lions leading 7-0. Conroy then extended the Lions lead in the second quarter, taking a screen pass 67 yards to the house. The Danes kept pushing, but the Lions headed into HT leading 14-0.

The second half started much similar to the first half, with the teams trading interceptions. The Lions would then capitalise on a miscommunication for the Danish team, which allowed LB Alex Haldane to scoop and score, extending the Lions lead to 21-0.

Michael Kayser sacked DB James Slack, and after a long drive QB Kasper Skyum passed to RB Lasse Lykke for a touchdown. WR Thellufsen scored two more points, and Team Denmark got back in to the game, 21-8 the score.

Josh Amis, a stand out for GB at the tournament, had other ideas, as he returned the kick off for 6, with a mazy 100 yard return. This knocked the life out of Denmark, who didn’t give up. Klixbüll received Skyum’s pass for a TD.  Then, Thomas Ashworth was found in the end zone by Lasse Hansen giving another two points for Team Denmark.

The game then became littered with errors; DL Mads Nielsen forced RB Temitayo Fadahunsi-Oduyemi to fumble. There was a chance for Team Denmark to even the score, but the next drive ended with an interception of Skyum, again by Amis.

Team Denmark got two penalties in a row, first roughing the kicker and then unsportsmanlike conduct. Followed Team GB’s touchdown, Daley’s pass received by WR Ian Jacquet sealed the game. This wrapped up the game, and it finished 33-16 to the Lions.


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