Trojans go 2-0 on the road with victory over the Vikings

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The Belfast Trojans made the long journey home from Limerick a positive one as they beat the University of Limerick Vikings 16-3 in a close encounter.

Conditions underfoot weren’t ideal at UL Bohs rugby club and this led to a heavy ground attack being implemented by the Trojans offence who managed a brace of touchdowns from running back Jona Siri.
Indeed it was the Trojans who notched the first points of the game. A Stephen Pressley field goal from 40 yards opened the scoring after a strong first drive that was stalled by penalties.
Penalties were the Achilles heel for the offence throughout much of the first half as promising drives were soon halted by untimely procedural flags.
At halftime the score was 3-3 after a UL field goal was successful as time expired at the end of the first half.
However the Trojans came out of the break with all guns blazing and immediately grabbed the lead. Strong running work from Siri and fullback Mohamed Ramadan got the Belfast offence into the redzone and the drive was capped on third down when Siri kept his legs churning to cross from six yards out.
The Trojans defence was playing lights out and this continued right through the second half. After Scott Fischaber’s first half interception, Jonny Bryans came up with a key interception late in the fourth quarter to cap a wonderful display by the rookie safety.
Siri put the game to bed soon after, going around the left side to score from 22 yards out to complete a hard-fought win over a Vikings squad that was unrecognisable from the outfit that challenged for Shamrock Bowl honours over the past few years.
The Trojans now take a week off before playing their home opener against the potent University College Dublin on Sunday 29 April. Kick Off from Deramore Park, Belfast is 2.00pm.

Trojans start 2018 SBC challenge with a win

The Belfast Trojans kicked off their 2018 campaign with a comfortable 30-14 victory over Trinity College Dublin in Santry.
It was a long preseason for the Trojans after kicking off their preparations in January, but the hard work paid off as they came out the blocks fast to lead 23-0 at halftime.
Running back Jona Siri opened his touchdown tally for the season early in the first quarter, scampering around the left side to cap a superb 10-play drive as the Trojans offence began the season in style.
More great defensive work from the Belfast defence led to the first turnover of the season as Scott Morrow came up with the interception on an errant throw from the Trinity quarterback.
It was soon 14-0 as Mark McVeigh found Neil Graham over the middle, who stiff armed a defender and bolted 60 yards for his first offensive touchdown.
Another defensive stop gave the ball to the Belfast offence, though this time it was only a field goal as Stephen Presley knocked it through the uprights to extend the lead.
Again the defence stood strong and gave the Trojans the ball with around 1:20 on the clock and it was a perfectly executed hurry up drill. Two penalties backed the offence up but smart work from Dave Richardson brought the Trojans out to midfield before Jona Siri made another house call, taking a pass 50 yards to the endzone, shaking a would-be tackler in the process.
The opening salvos of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first, as the Trojan offence pounded the ball on the TCD defensive front. Strong work from Siri would lead to Graham notching his second score of the game running wide open down the middle to score from 15 yards out after a nice pass from signal caller McVeigh.
At 30-0 up and rotation beginning to play a part, Trinity showed heart to show some resistance as they found the endzone twice in the fourth quarter as their air raid attack finally clicked.
However the result was never really in doubt as the four-time Shamrock Bowl champions did enough to secure an opening victory.
The Green Machine head back on the road this coming Sunday as they face the long trip south to take on the University Of Limerick Vikings.

Trojans search for new talent at Belfast Tryouts

The Belfast Trojans continue their preparations for the 2018 season with two open tryout sessions where new players, both experienced and inexperienced will get the chance to join Northern Ireland’s most successful American Football club.

If you are male, over the age of 18 and interested in taking on a new challenge then this is the opportunity for you.

The open sessions will take place at Aquinas 3G pitches just off the Ravenhill Road in Belfast on Sunday October 8th and Sunday October 15th 2017. Registration will open for new players at 9:30am and the training sessions will begin at 10:00am.

Trojan Coaches will put newcomers through a variety of football drills designed to identify the players who have what it takes to be a Trojan. We are looking for players with all levels of experience and in all positions. There’s a chance there for everyone as long as you show up willing to compete.

New players only need to attend one of these sessions to be considered for the team. No equipment is necessary apart from outdoor training gear and shoes suitable for wear on a 3G surface.

See you there. Get ready to be a Trojan!

Trojans team with QUB American Sports Society for Tryout event

The Belfast Trojans are delighted to team up with the Queens University American Sports Society to provide coaches for their Try American Football event at the Queens PEC at 6:00pm on Monday October 2nd 2017.

Trojan Coaches will be on hand to run participants through drills that highlight the challenge and fun to be had playing American Football. This event is open to both males and females and all you require is some training gear suitable for some outside exercise.

If you’re looking for something new to try this could be the chance to get involved in one of the fastest growing sports in Europe. Click the link below for further event details

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2017 Season starts with a win.

The Belfast Trojans kicked off their 2017 season with a thrilling 49-34 victory over University College Dublin.

The game was a rematch of the 2016 SBC semi final, but in stark contrast to that low-scoring 10-7 Belfast win, this was an offensive shootout with both teams piling up the yards and points.

Both quarterbacks were firing on all cylinders, with Trojans’ Mark McVeigh and UCD’s Tom Donovan finding receivers with precise accuracy.

It was the Trojans who opened the scoring on their first offensive play from scrimmage. It was 2016 MVP Jona Siri who got his year off to the perfect start. The running back bounced a run off right tackle to the edge, before displaying his trademark speed to out run a number of UCD defenders and open the scoring from over 60 yards out. The Trojans defence continued their good start to the game with Neil Graham notching a sack of Donovan. A good punt pinned the Trojans deep but a fantastic 85 yard drive was capped when full back Jake Warry ploughed in from close range to double the lead.

Belfast would add to the lead in the second quarter. McVeigh was spreading the ball around nicely with rookie Aidan Gribbon catching a ball in the endzone and expertly dragging his feet, meaning his first career catch went for six points. It would soon be 28-0 when another new boy Adam Cole snagged a ball in the endzone to cap another smart Trojans drive. UCD bounced back soon after though, Donovan leading the students down the field to get off the mark.

The halftime score was 35-6 though as Mohamed Ramadan added to the offensive outburst catching an out route before taking it in from close range to score his first career touchdown. After the break UCD came back with a bang. The 28 point deficit was quickly reduced to seven with around 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Donovan was on fire in the second half, evading pressure, scrambling for yards as well as keeping his eyes downfield and finding and open receiver.

The Trojans offence though took over, after a stuttering third quarter. Jona Siri returned to the game after leaving just before halftime and he sparked the offence back to life with some solid running. McVeigh found David Richardson deep down the right sideline and the veteran was shoved out of bounds at the two yard line, with an unfortunate injury being suffered by a UCD defender. Siri took it in from two yards to restore the two score advantage before a 40 minute stoppage as the injured UCD player could be taken to hospital.

After the restart the Trojans turned the ball over on the very first play. A botched handoff between Donovan and his running back saw rookie defensive lineman Ross Thain dive on the loose ball giving the Trojans excellent field position to kill the game. Siri again made no mistake and brought up his hatrick with another strong run to cap a fantastic day for the star running back. Not even a late UCD consolation score could take the shine off a great start to the season for the Trojans, as they look to climb back to the top.

Belfast will be back in action on Sunday 26 March as they make another trip south to take on student opposition in the form of Trinity College Dublin.

Photo: Bob Given Photography.