Category: Announcements

Head Coach Appointed!

 

It is with great pleasure we would like to announce the appointment of our new Head Coach, as Ross McCooey!

Ross is one of the highest respected, and successful players to ever play the game in Ireland, and widely regarded as the best Irish Born player ever by many of his peers and opponents.

A multi time Shamrock Bowl winner with the Dublin Rebels, including a Shamrock Bowl MVP, Ross has also competed at the highest level in Europe, playing with the Berlin Rebels in Germanys GFL1.

He has served as Defensive Co-ordinator, Special Teams Co-ordinator, and across the defensive coaching staff, and now takes on the role of Head Coach of the Rebels with immediate effect.

 

HEAD COACH VACANCY

 

The Dublin Rebels are now seeking applicants for the role of Head Coach of our Senior Kitted Team.
This role is on a voluntary basis, and we are seeking applications from both within and outside of the Dublin Rebels Club.

Applicants must have the following;
1. Experience in, either or both, playing or coaching American football.
2. Excellent interpersonal skills, be an effective communicator.
3. A clear, realistic vision for the team, and a plan to implement that vision with the team.
4. Focus on player and coach development

If you are interested in the role please email Vinny@DublinRebels.com by December 1st 2018 in order to be considered.

REBELS ROOKIE DAY

 

It’s that time of year again!!

The Dublin Rebels are delighted to announce the first of our annual Rookie Days for the coming season.

It takes place on Sunday October 28th in Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club (the Rugby pitch at the back) and registration will be open at 11.30am.

NO Experience is required as we have the most experienced and successful coaching staff in the country to teach you all the fundamentals of the game.

There is a €5 registration cost on the day which goes directly to the IAFA League in order to cover you for insurance purposes and is mandatory for anyone playing football in Ireland. This is a once off cost, and will not be required for future sessions if paid.

All you need to bring on the day is football boots, suitable clothing, a gum shield and water.

For our kitted team you must be 18+ years old to play, For Flag you must be 16+ years old

We look forward to seeing you all there and if you have any questions please send us a message!

 

REBELS VERSUS KNIGHTS 2018

Like Old Friends

A rematch of Shamrock Bowl 31 took place in Sportslink last Sunday, when the defending Champion Rebels welcomed the renamed, Belfast Knights, to Dublin for a scorching day of hard-hitting football.

The game commenced with the Knight’s offense rattling off 4 runs in a row, handing the ball to power runner Darren Montgomery. Physical Rebels defence and an incomplete pass concluded the Knights initial drive with a punt, allowing the Rebel’s offence to take possession at their own 15. Three consecutive incompletes, two tipped at the line, brought out Rebel punter and veteran receiver, Paul Grogan, returning for his first play since last year’s championship game.

Flags for both the visiting offence and home defence as well as quick penetration from a stout Rebel defensive line called the Knight’s punter on for the second time in 2 drives, both teams struggles for yardage in the first three possessions would foreshadow a theme for the rest of the contest.

An un-fielded punt would call dynamic dual-threat QB Jack Fagan to take the field for the first time today, joined in the backfield by Wellington Omorodion who would make his presence felt with a 7-yard gain on 1st down. Fagan soon showed just how dangerous he is, a QB option providing him with the space for a 13-yard rush.

While an obvious progression from the drives seen earlier in the game, the away defence stood tall and forced yet another punt in the opening quarter.

A three and out following a WR sweep being called back forced the Knights into 4th down. Misjudged timing by the home team, on a block attempt, lead to an offside call on the punt, giving the Knights another attempt to ignite any semblance of an offense. Eventually, a seam was found, ending the 1st quarter on the visitors’ first big-gain play of the afternoon and leading us into the second period.

If It Ain’t Broke…

With new running back Alastair Nixon in, the Knights offence began to move the ball on the ground, going run heavy they held no secrets in what they wanted to accomplish, putting together 5 running plays in a row to gain yardage.

The Rebels Defence bent slightly, but thanks to big stops from Raphael Meyer, and Matthias Durot, they refused to break, only giving up a Marty Caskey field goal to hold the visitors to 3 points, taking the game’s first lead.

Veteran quarter back Andy Dennehy provided a steady hand for the Rebel’s offense, marching the ball down the field through the big boys up front and star running back Pete McMahon, rightly capping it off with a touchdown. The point after attempt failed to be converted.

With Spencer McDowell now in at QB for the Knights, their devotion to the ground and pound style was stronger than ever, designed quarterback runs and powerful inside handoffs were mainstays of a now behind Knight’s team.

The Rebels defence matched fire with fire and stuffed multiple attempts from the Knights, giving the ball back to the offence through a 4th down punt. Despite attempts to get the ball deep and in a scoring position, there was insufficient time left on the clock to add anything for the Rebels, as they breached the Knights Red-zone. 6-3 Rebels at the half.

A Fight to the End!

Receiving the ball to begin the second half, the combination of Fagan, McMahon and Omorodion proved difficult for the Knights to handle, seemingly dancing through tackles to manoeuvre downfield. A taxing drive which included only one pass, which fell incomplete, the rebels made their way to inside the five-yard line. An aggressive and blitzing defence held firm and forced a turnover on downs, Rebels coming out with no points on their most promising drive of the game.

Backed against their own Endzone, the Knights strung a few plays together before sending a deep punt into Rebel territory. Good punt coverage forced the offence onto the field with very little room to work with. Forceful play by the Dublin O-line, ensured enough space to allow for a first down to close out the quarter and give the home team some breathing room. As seemed to be common between both teams the Knights forced a punt to give them their best field position of the day and a chance to score in the final quarter. Going with power running throughout the entire drive using every big body available to them the Knights ran in for a touchdown from McDowell, their first and only of the day. The ensuing field goal attempt was blocked by Linebacker Robert Smith bursting through the line.

With time running low and the majority of the field to cover, a new life seemed to fuel the offense, with big plays coming from both the running and passing games, culminating in a touchdown thrown to Jonas D’Agostin to put the Rebels ahead by 3.

The Rebels Defence lead by the ever disruptive bookends of Simon Mackey and Steve Walsh decided that’s where the game ends, and the game was iced thanks to an interception by the always ball-hawking Andrei-Vlad Vasilescu, taking Defensive MVP honors on the day, to ensure a Rebel victory.

The final score in Sportslink, Dublin Rebels 12-9 Belfast Knights.

The win takes the Rebels to 4-2 on the season, and on to the next match up again in Sportslink, where they will face the UL Vikings on Sunday 8 July in a rematch from the season opener.

By Calum Walsh