EFL and EFAF Cup preliminaries conclude

Category: EFL - published 2012-05-02 by EFAF

The final weekend of the preliminaries in both of EFAF's pan-European club competitions lies ahead. Four of the concluding seven games still have postseason implications, as two of the EFL quarterfinals spots and two of the EFAF Cup semifinal spots still are at stake. At Schwäbisch Hall in Germany and at Helsinki the race for an EFL quarterfinals spot is decided in direct encounters of the teams concerned. However, the Helsinki Wolverines' chances are merely theoretical, after losing the first of two matches against the Calanda Broncos 6-49 at Chur.

German champions Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns certainly are not assured of a trip to the quarterfinals, when they face the Parma Panthers at home. Germany's EFAF Cup participant Braunschweig already lost its home game against Danish champions Triangle Razorbacks (24-26) and faces elimination from the competition, so the Unicorns might be warned. While teams from Germany and Austria most often lived up to the expectations in European Cup play, recently they face more and more competition from nations where american football has a shorter heritage. Not only did the Triangle Razorbacks push Braunschweig to the brink of elimination, the Prague Panthers already finished their quest for an EFL postseason spot and defated the Danube Dragons, Austria's champions of 2010, by 41-34 on the road.

Next stop for the Panthers will be Innsbruck, where the current title holders in both Austria and Europe, the Tirol Raiders, will be their host. This weekend in AFL play, in three weeks time in their third encounter of the season in the EFL quarterfinals. The second EFL quarterfinal already set for the last weekend of May will feature the Berlin Adler at home against the London Blitz. The Graz Giants most certainly will host the Calanda Broncos (barring any miracle at Helsinki this week), and the Vienna Vikings, sole unbeaten team in the AFL 2012, will wait for the winner of the Schwäbisch Hall vs. Parma game.

In EFAF Cup an all Danish and French semifinal has turned out to be quite likely. The best chances of preventing such are on the Basel Gladiators' side. The Swiss have to travel to Amiens and try to hold off the Spartiates' run into the semifinals, in which last year's finalist Sollerod Gold Diggers will be the opponent. In national league play the Gladiators recently took another loss against the Calanda Broncos, even while the Broncos benched most of their key players from the very beginning in he wake of their EFL trip to Helsinki.

The semifinal opponent for the Grenoble Centaures will be determined at Veijle, where the Triangle Razorbacks play the Milano Seamen. Due to the heavy loss the Seamen suffered against Braunschweig they now do not fight for their own last chances, but for those of Braunschweig instead. Triangle just needs a tie to secure the postseason spot, in case of a Milano victory however it will be Braunschweig that qualifies due to their better points margin - Milano would need to win by 110 points to surpass Braunschweig.

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