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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.

The Dublin Rebels Annual Awards Night 2018

 

And the Winner is…

This past Saturday night, the Dublin Rebels held our Annual Awards night for 2018. The night is a yearly celebration of the team and individual achievements for the past football season.

This years venue was the Toast restaurant in the Temple Bar Hotel, followed by further celebrations in Buskers on the Ball downstairs.

After a welcome message from club Chairman Vinny Dooley to all of the players and guests in attendance it was on to the awards.

Rookie of the Year

As is tradition, the first of the evenings awards went to the Rookie of the Year, and this was taken home by the first Rebel born this side of the 2000s, Receiver and Game Reporter, Calum Walsh.

Rookie of the Year – Calum Walsh receiving his award from Chairman Vinny Dooley

Most Improved Player

Next up on the awards, was that of Most Improved Player. A difficult award to win given some extremely stiff competition, and this year the award went to Running Back Pete McMahon, to cap off a season where the Navan man scored the game winning touchdown in the recent Irish Wolfhounds victory over the Belgian Barbarians.

Most Improved Player – Pete McMahon receives his award from Paul Grogan

 

Special Teams MVP

The Special Teams MVP was up next, and McMahon wasn’t done collecting glass, picking up another award for his outstanding contribution to the Return and Kicking Units.

Special Teams MVP – Pete McMahon receives the award from ST coordinator Conor Ryan

 

Cufflinks

At this point in the evening, we took a detour from our Annual Awards to acknowledge four of our long serving players. When a player reaches 10 years of service with the Dublin Rebels, they are awarded a set of silver Rebels cufflinks. This year we had 4 players reach that milestone

The recipients of their Cufflinks this year are, Robert Smith, Steven Walsh, Ross McCooey and Eoin Daly(not pictured).

Smith, Walsh and McCooey receive their 10 year Cufflinks

 

Offensive MVP

Back to the annual Awards and next up was the Offensive MVP. In most cases the Big dogs on the O-Line rarely get enough love, however this years winner of the Offensive MVP is Lineman Alfredo Meneses

 

Offensive MVP – Alfredo Meneses receives his award from Offensive coordinator Andrew Dennehy

 

Defensive MVP

The next award of the evening was the Defensive MVP. And the winner of the award, human wrecking ball and QB nightmare giver, Simon Mackey. Unfortunately Simon was unable to collect his award on the evening, and so it was collected on his behalf by his squire, Cian Spain.

Defensive MVP – Simon Mackeys award is collected on his behalf by Cian Spain from Defensive coordinator Steven Walsh

 

The last of our yearly awards was that of Rebel of the Year. This award is not solely awarded based on play, but on overall contribution to the club on and off the field, and for showing the attitude that embodies everything it means to be a Dublin Rebel. The 2018 Rebel of the Year goes to David Rothwell.

Rebel of the Year – David Rothwell recives his “Rebel of the Year” award from Chairman Vinny Dooley

 

Hall of Fame Inductees

In a break from previous years, we had two Dublin Rebels Hall of Fame Inductees.

 

Paul Smyth

Paul started with the Rebels in 2003, another 10 year man who has his Cufflinks. A dominant Defensive End and Tight End throughout his career. He left the game with 6 Shamrock Bowl Titles, 3 Rebel of the Year awards, and now his gold jacket.

Hall of Fame Inductee – Paul Smyth, introduced by Paul Grogan

 

Andrew Flynn

Andy Flynn is one of the founding members of the Dublin Rebels. A vital part in the success of the Dublin Rebels both on and off the field.
A hammer of a Fullback in his early years, he later moved to Defensive Line, but has played in almost every position on the field. Following on from his Jersey, number 45, being retired at the end of 2017, Andy takes his rightful place in the Dublin Rebels Hall of Fame.

 

Hall of Fame Inductee – Andrew Flynn, introduced by Patrick Blood

 

After all of the proper awards, the night was concluded with our traditional “Funny” Awards, which shall remain in the memory of those in the room, a room that was filled with large belly laughs and a great night.

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 Reign Ended By Admirals

“Captains”. Photo courtesy of Terence McCann

 

The Big Dance. The Show. The Championship. The Final Showdown. The pinnacle of domestic Irish American Football. 

 

Every team in the preseason believes they can make it, every coach and every player across the country aspires to lift that trophy in August. When it’s all said and done, after all the heartbreak and close games, two teams square off in Tallaght Stadium for the right be called the best Football team on the island of Ireland.

Shamrock Bowl 32 was held August 19th between SBC South champions Dublin Rebels and the Cork Admirals. This season’s third meeting between the two sides with both previous games being won by less than 7, nothing less than a close game could be expected. 

QUICK TRICK KICK TO START

A failed Admiral onside attempt provided the Rebel’s possession for the game’s opening drive. Lead by Quarterback Andrew Dennehy, in search of a historic 10th Shamrock Bowl victory, a feat not reached by any player, the Rebel offence had difficulty breaking through a hard-hitting aggressive Cork Defence, punting on their opening possession. 

 

An energized and hungry Rebel Defence started the game with suffocating pocket pressure, forcing two incomplete passes to force a second put of the day. A good punt pinned the Rebels back to inside their own five yard line, a quick 3 and out meant punting this time from their own Endzone, a trend of Defence beginning to show through in the years biggest game. 

Tackle for loss! Photo courtesy of  Ian Humes Photography

Looking to get the days first first down, the Admirals looked to the air. Completing a pass over the middle to place the ball 10 yard from the Endzone and providing the afternoon’s first Redzone visit. Instant pressure from LB Robert Smith shut down an initial rush attempt. Following a broken pocket and rolling to his left, Admirals QB Stephen Hayes lofted a ball to the back corner of the Endzone, hitting Simon O’Keefe, breaking the tie with 6, a missed extra point put the Admirals up by 6.  

Looking to respond, the Rebels offense, featuring the first drive of the game from young QB Jack Fagan came out swinging for the fences. Fagan left his mark on the game immediately, reading the Defence and rattling off a trademark QB keeper, along with powerful running from one of a two-headed monster backfield, Pete McMahon, exemplified how dangerous they can be.

 

An unfortunate holding call denied a Rebel first down on third down, an incomplete pass brought the punt team onto the field, but the offence had a heartbeat now, and was not going to be kept down.

“SWARM” Photo courtesy of Bob Given Photography

Incomplete passes and penalties forced by the Rebel Defence lead to a quick 3 & out and gave the ball back to the Rebels. 

 

Marching down the field, with a healthy diet of running up the gut of the Defence, both Wellington Omorodion and McMahon gashing through Corks Defence, brought an end to the 1st quarter. However, a fumbled exchange and an incomplete pass forced the Rebels to attempt a field goal, which sailed left. 

 

“You Shall Not Pass” Photo courtesy of Ian Humes Photography

Untimely penalties forcing the ball backwards, coupled with a stalling aerial attack resulted in an interception from safety Keith Foster. The ball back with the Rebels, along with the game’s momentum.  

A holding penalty on the drive’s first play set the offence back, and unable to recover lost yardage, punted to the visitors yet again.  

 

#FORTHEBRAND

In a matchup of the league’s best Defenses, punting was common, shown yet again after the Rebels shutting down the Admirals run game. The Admirals would, in turn, return the favour. Stopping all attempts to gain positive yardage. A bobbled snap on the punt to cap off the drive put Cork in prime position to extend their lead. 

 

Time running low in the first half, and reminiscent of their first score, a lofted pass from Hayes to the corner of the Endzone found its target, Jahn Dasini. A trick 2-point attempt failure to follow, the Admirals took advantage of the field position and extended their lead to 12 heading into the half. 

“Under Pressure.” Photo courtesy of  Terence McCann Photography

A promising Admirals drive to open the third quarter was quickly snuffed out and possession was handed back to the Rebels offence. Penalties reversing any positive play on the ensuing drive lead to the familiar site of the punt team. The return put the Admirals offense into the Rebel half.

THE COMEBACK AFTER THE SETBACK

Photo courtesy of  Bob Given Photography

 

After getting the ball back through a once more unbending defensive effort, a long bomb to WR Cathal Keane to open the final quarter put the ball deep in the heart of Admiral territory, and the best opportunity of the day for the offence. A run from Omorodion and a footrace to the pylon later, and the Rebels have their first points of the day. A successful two-point conversion from Simon Mackey brought the score to 8-12 Admirals.  

“Flash”. Photo courtesy of  Ian Humes Photography

Momentum now fully with the “home” team, and another defensive stop to add to the tally, and the Rebels have the ball. Adhering to the classic, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, QB Andy Dennehy tossed the ball to Omorodion again, weaving past defenders and putting everyone else in his rear view mirror the Rebels put points up again, and took the lead along with it, the 2-point attempt fell short, bringing the score to 14-12 Rebels. 

A balanced approach to the offence from the Admirals, who now found themselves playing from behind for the first time, failed to score, turning the ball over on downs.

“Hops”. Photo courtesy of Terence McCann

More penalties set the Rebel offence back, and with their heals getting closer to their own goal line, a trick punt on 3rd down was blocked, recovered by the Admiral Defence for a score, re-taking the lead, a failed 2-point attempt kept the gap at 4 points. 

 

Needing a score late in the game, and marching down the field, the aggressive Cork Defence would show through once more, intercepting a pass.  

 

Seeing the clock tick down, a defensive stop with under a minute left forced the Admirals to take a safety, cutting the gap to 2, and giving the ball back to the home team. 

 

With over 50 yards to go to the Endzone, Cork prevented anything over the top, forcing a turnover on downs.

One kneel from the Cork QB ran the clock down and gave the Admirals their first ever Shamrock Bowl, winning by 2 points in a hard-fought battle. 

 

 

by Calum Walsh