As we reach the climax of the season, Rob and Joe preview the Division 1 and Division 2 Bowls. The Double-Header event is taking place at the home of the NI Razorbacks in Newforge Sports Complex on this Sunday 31st July. The Division 2 Bowl sees the almost-perfect-season Louth Mavericks facing an Antrim Jets side that's building momentum. In the Division 1 Bowl, the UL Viking's will clash with Westmeath Minotaurs in the final chapter of their trilogy. They're 1-a-piece against each other this season, but who will take the Bowl?
In this episode, the boys chat with the Razorbacks' Robbie Walker & Lyndsay McVeigh, and the Crusaders' Nathan "Mango" Mangan.
Robbie Walker began playing American Football in Northern Ireland in 1987 for the Eastside Jets, before moving on the play for the Tennets Belfast Giants and a few games for the Belfast Spartans. Finally, he moved to the Craigavon Cowboys; he won the Shamrock Bowl in 1990, receiving Defensive MVP for his Bowl performance, and went on to play the Brussels Raiders the next year. He was forced into retirement at the end of that season due to a nasty knee injury. This year, Robbie was invited down to Razorbacks' training "for a look" through Head Coach Gareth "Suntan" Millar's Dad. Recently described as "my right-hand-man" by HC Suntan, Robbie is now Assistant HC of the Razorbacks, in addition to being well-and-truly hooked to football again!
Lyndsay McVeigh has been in AFI for 12 years, most of which time was with the 5-time Shamrock Bowl winning Belfast Trojans. She has worked her way up from reluctant chain crew member to team videographer. This year, 2022, has been a year of firsts for Lyndsay in AFI; she has become an American Football official, a member of the AFI Communications Department, and has joined the NI Razorbacks. Lyndsay can chat football as well as anyone we've ever met. We have a phrase about Lyndsay; if football paid her, she'd be minted!
Nathan "Mango" Mangan is an Offensive Lineman for the Cill Dara Crusaders. He joined shortly after their IAFL2 Bowl win, and plays flag football with the them also. He is the club's Public Relations Officer since 2021. A Patriots fan and probably the only man in Ireland with a David Andrews jersey! In this episode, Mango gives some well-needed and long-overdue love to the linemen!
With special thanks to Robbie Walker, Lyndsay McVeigh and Nathan "Mango" Mangan.
Episode cover art based on a graphic by Dylan Coyle and Lyndsay McVeigh, photography by Ian Humes, CharMaeDucs photography, & others (please contact for credit)