The Louth Mavericks football team wants local players to be part of the club for the coming season with a big training day scheduled for August 22 at St Oliver’s Community College. After a great day in the Shield playoffs recently, the club now intend to increase their membership in the region.
Building on the talent we already have at the club is now the board’s number one priority ahead of the DV1 Championship and League campaigns, ”said Kelly Dwyer, Board Member.
“Our Flag team (contactless for ages 16 and over, men and women) trains Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m. at Dundalk IT. Our Contact / Kitted team is due to resume training at Dundalk IT on Sunday at 10 a.m. Prior to that, we ran full contact rookie camps (recruiting camp) in a number of areas in Louth including Sunday August 22 from 10am to 1pm at St. Oliver’s Community College.
“We have all the equipment; protection and helmets, required so that participants only need to bring boots and mouth guards. There is something for everyone at the club, with senior men’s American football teams and contactless flag football teams available for women, men and 16+, more details can be found on our pages facebook or instagram or by contacting louthmavericks @ gmail .com. All are welcome and no experience is necessary, so we hope to see you there! Said Kelly,
Clubs such as Dublin Rebels, Westmeath Minotaurs, Cill Dara Crusaders, North Dublin Pirates, UCD, Trinity and the Louth Mavericks American Football Club are reuniting for the final day of games ahead of the Flag Football Multicode Shield playoffs recently. Having started Shield’s season slowly with a record 2 wins and 2 losses, the Louth Mavericks needed two wins to secure a playoff spot.
Despite being the underdog against Trinity who also had the home advantage, the Louth Mavericks were ready to fight. Two early interceptions of 17-year-old Larry “The Legend” Dabasinskas left Trinidad quarterback Ben Dowling in shock and unable to find an offensive flow. Larry had spent the night in training for the Irish Wolfhounds, having received a recent call to try. There, he spent the day reading the trends of Irish QB Ben Dowling, which is an important skill for any defensive player in American football and helped him immensely in the Shield game.
Scoring games have come up in the air with quarterback Aaron Finley connecting to Declan Mulvihill and Nathan Hearty for two and a touchdown respectively. Meg Eze’s defensive sacks throughout the game put additional pressure on Trinity’s offense as the game was interrupted by an interception from Brendan Simms. The game ended with an 18-13 upset shield in favor of the Mavericks, and was recognized in The Domestic Game podcast episode of the week for one of the best games of the season.
Unfortunately, the winning momentum did not allow the Mavericks to move on to the next game with the Westmeath Minotaurs who ultimately won the coveted playoff spot.
“It was a disappointing end to a fantastic Shield campaign for the club. However, we now turn to the AFI Flag League and the building of the Senior Men’s American Football Full Kit Kit for the Premier One AFI kitted league. These competitions have always been our priority and the victory against Trinity has done a lot to build confidence in the squad and inspire the belief that the Mavericks can finally go the distance and bring the AFI League Cup home, ”said Kelly added.