The Kuopio Steelers have won their third consecutive game, doubling up on the Seinjoki Crocodiles in the NEFL final on Sunday. Kuopio is now alone atop the Maple League standings with a 3-0 record. The Crocodiles, meanwhile, drop to 1-1 and fall to fifth in the seven-team league.
Kuopio Steelers beat Seinjoki Crocodiles to win the NEFL title
The Kuopio Steelers clinched their NEFL title with a lopsided 85-55 win over the Seinjoki Crocodiles on Thursday. Kuopio poured on 37 points in the third quarter and held Seinjoki to six in the same period. They added a total of 27 points in the fourth quarter to take a 78-35 lead into the fourth quarter. Earlier, the Steelers had defeated Seinjoki by a 33-28 score in the Maple League.
The team will return to action on August 8 against the Wasa Royals, while Seinjoki faces the Porvoo Butchers. A NEFL championship is the first step in reaching the NFL. The Steelers will be able to take a significant step toward the ring on August 8, and they will be one of the favorites to win the championship.
Berlin Rebels move up 2 spots to #9 after wins over New Yorker Lions and Cologne Crocodiles
The Berlin Rebels moved up two spots to #9 after their wins over the New Yorker Lions and Cologne Crocs. They had lost to the Lions two weeks ago, but the Lions have since bounced back to win four straight games and the Eurobowl title. The Lions also won their first game against the Frankfurt Universe, beating them 20-19. The Lions had previously beat the Hamburg Huskies twice, Kiel Baltic Hurricanes twice and the Hildesheim Invaders once. Last season, the Berlin Rebels finished as the #10 team in Europe, with an 8-7 record.
Both teams have won their first two games in the GFL, despite missing the semi-finals in both 2017 and 2018. However, the Lions lost in the German Bowl XXXVIII in the home semifinals in 2018 and the Unicorns missed the semifinals in both 2017 and 2018.
Dresden Monarchs climb 3 spots to #9 in German Football League after wins over Potsdam Royals and Hamburg Huskies
With wins over the Hamburg Huskies and Potsdam Royals, the Dresden Monarchs climbed three spots to ninth in the German Football League. The team is now 3 points behind the Berlin Titans for the league lead and will face the Allgau comets on July 8 to determine the North and South division champions.
The Monarchs have started the season with a 4-0 record in the German Football League, winning two games against Berlin Rebels and two of three home matches. In addition, they beat the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes in a lopsided 63-7 win. The win in Dresden lifted the team three spots up the rankings and put them above the Potsdam Royals and Braunschweig in the regular-season standings for the first time since 2012.
Wentland, who played for Harlem in college football, is a tackling machine. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Wentland had a 40-yard dash time of 4.85 seconds and missed out on a draft spot. Instead, he kept working hard to prepare his body for football and landed a contract in the German Football League. The Dresden Monarchs’ coach, Ulz Daeuber, is a former assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was instrumental in recruiting Wentland to play football in Germany. The German Football League is the highest level of football in Germany and is the most prestigious outside of the NFL.
Stockholm beat Orebro Black Knights 35-14
In the opening game of the Swedish Super Series, the Carlstad Crusaders will host the Orebro Black Knights. The reigning champions have a tough start to the season, as they lost to the Stockholm Mean Machines 26-23 on home turf. In addition, they fell to the Tyreso Royal Crowns 35-14. The teams previously met in 2021, but the Crusaders won that game, 40-14.
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The Crusaders started the game on offense, but Carlstad’s defense was stout and forced the Vikings to make several costly mistakes. The Vikings turned the ball over on downs, but the turnover caused Carlstad to be forced to punt. The Crusaders had to punt the ball back, which led to the game’s decisive points.