Amirhossein Sahiholnasab (R) tries to evade a tackle during the Tehran Titans flag football game at Tehran's Shahid Keshvari stadium.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Israeli men and women teams advanced through to opening stage of the European Flag Football Championship underway in Madrid, Spain.
The men are in group “A” of the 13 team men’s tournament and finished in third place out of five team and advanced to the final eight quarter final where they will likely meet Italy on Sunday morning for the right to play in the final four medals round.
The women played each of the other 8 teams in the single group tournament with the six best finishers advancing to the final stage. The top two teams Austria and France will get a buy. Israel finished fourth and will play either Spain or Italy for the right to play in the final-four medals round.
The men finished the opening round 3-2 losing close games to Denmark and France while beating Switzerland, Holland and Spain. The Women had a weak opening day record of 2-3, but roared back on day two with three wins to finish the group stage with a record of 5-3.
The men ׳s offense was nearly unstoppable with QB Alex Swieca hooking up with favorite targets Dani Eastman and David Abelle averaging 35 points per game which should have been enough to finish atop the group. But defense has struggled especially against the top teams and the team’s medal chances hinge on getting more stops.
Once veteran Shana Sprung took the throwing duties in addition to her defensive responsibilities the women began to click with Yael Freedman proving unstoppable as the dominant receiver. Freedman also went both ways as the defense got many stops throughout the second day.