Warriors on the verge of league breakthrough

Galway Warriors, the province's sole representatives in the Irish American Football League are in a race to finish runners-up in IAFL2 conference.

Belfast Trojans second’s team have sewn up their spot at the top of the table, and with only one fixture left, a win for the Galway Warriors could see them finish in second with a place in the bowl.

This race for second place will be decided on Sunday (2pm ) at St Mary’s College when Galway host the Donegal/Derry Vipers. 

For the first time in the club's short history, the Warriors stand on the cusp of finishing the year with a winning record and the ultimate prize of a bowl game. Donegal/Derry bring a solid team which, after a tough start in their maiden season in the IAFL, have turned in some impressive recent displays, and will feel their first win is close.  

Connacht’s only IAFL representatives will be looking to consolidate the 21-15 win over the upcoming visitors in Derry just under three  weeks ago. Galway’s defence held strong when it needed to against a spirited fourth quarter comeback after finding themselves 21-0 up, largely down to an explosive ground attack.

Equipped with a versatile running game and legitimate weapons when they go to the air, the visiting side will provide a genuine threat for the Warriors, who will be looking to get back to winning ways after they were brushed aside by a much more experienced UL Vikings outfit.

The Vipers will be looking to avoid a 0-6 season with a win, so the Warrior offence will need to impose itself on the game.

While the season is drawing to a close, the future continues to take shape off the field, and the Warriors have have joined forces with Garvey’s Inn, Eyre Square, to help spread the game of American Football in the city.

The Galway Warriors are looking for support on Sunday,whether a fan or curious, to help them make the breakthrough.  Following the game Garvey’s Inn will host the post-game festivities, with a fundraiser raffle draw with two tickets for Galway Races Ladies’ Day up for grabs.  

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