The Domestic Game in official partnership with American Football Ireland.
Hosts Rob Caldwell, Kelly Dwyer and Joe Kinahan bring you the insights and stories; game coverage, club and player stats and analysis, previews, reviews, predictions, and power-rankings; featuring all teams across American Football Ireland. Behind the scenes interviews with those who run the sport. Team-led episodes. All this and more on The Domestic Game.
Episode 29: Shamrock Bowl XXXIV
One for the history books; Shamrock Bowl XXXIV saw UCD overcoming the previously-undefeated Dublin Rebels to win the first Shamrock Bowl in their club legacy. The score finished 52 - 24.
In Episode 29, we retell the story of this clash of AFI titans, featuring soundbites from the bowl and one-month-on interviews with both teams featured at Kingspan Stadium on 7th August 2022.
With special thanks to Tony Rodgers from Antrim Jets, Ross McCooey and Ty Henry from the Dublin Rebels, and Larry Doyle, Darragh Farrell, Mark Lawless and Tom Donovan from UCD.
Episode 28: Flag SZN
Rob and Joe preview AFI's 2022 Flag Football season; running through the layout of the divisions and leagues, and giving their pre-season power rankings of each team competing!
Episode 27: Shamrock Bowl Preview
Kelly and Rob preview the biggest game of the season. Shamrock Bowl XXXIV sees UCD take their first appearance on the main stage, while the Dublin Rebels will be gunning for their 10th Bowl. Who better to chat to the Head Coaches of our semifinalist teams?
In this episode, we welcome HC Alan Lomasney from the Cork Admirals and HC Kevin “Coach K” Klatt from the South Dublin Panthers.
With special thanks to HC Alan Lomasney and HC Kevin Klatt.
Episode art is based on a graphic created by Lyndsay McVeigh. Photography by Ian Humes, Paul McIlwaine Photography & others (please contact for credit)
A few points about the content in this episode:
-At the time of recording, the transfer of Brandon Atwell from Trinity to UCD satisfied requirements as per AFI’s bylaws and had been processed and approved by the Commissioner of AFI. Since recording, his eligibility has been reviewed by AFI committee and has been approved.
-The other podcast we reference is the 3&1 podcast. Check it out for more AFI content!
Episode 26: Bowl Preview; The Double Header
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)
Episode 25: Playoffs
'Tis the (playoff) season and do-or-die time for our remaining AFI teams!
Kelly and Joe cover the upcoming Div1 playoff picture. That picture sees the #4 Vipers @ #1 Minotaurs and the #3 Crusaders @ #2 Vikings, this Sunday 17th July.
After winning the Tulip Bowl in the Netherlands, Irish Wolfhounds OC Andy Dennehy rejoins the team to discuss the matchups across the Premier playoffs. These feature #4 Panthers @ #1 Rebels, and #3 Admirals @ #2 UCD on Sunday, 24th July.
With special thanks to Coach Andy Dennehy.
Episode 24: Down to the Wire
As we head into the final Gameweek of the 2022 AFI Senior Kitted Regular Season, Joe and Robbie break down the last 2 weeks of action, which included some massive scorelines, and 3 undefeated teams in Ireland being whittled down to 1. The boys also leave their predictions for who emerges from the battle for the playoffs -- and the battle for survival -- in the Premier Division.