EC2010: Team Austria wins bronze Medal

Category: European Championship - published 2010-07-31 by EFAF

„Tu felix Austria!“ The winner of the B-pool tournament has been arrived into the A-pool and left no doubts that they belong into the group of the best six European teams. They beat Sweden in the bronze medal game 30-0 and showed on both sides of the ball that they will be competitive for the next years. Team Austria scored 27 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter to gain a 27 points lead by four touchdowns. Sweden never could rebound from the deficit.

The first quarter was dominated by both defense units. First both teams exchanged some punts. An interception by Austrian DB Christoph Schreiner midway in the 1st quarter could not bring any momentum change. But right at the beginning of the 2nd quarter the Austrian offense exploded. First QB Christoph Gross could connect with WR Klaus Geier for a 50 yards touchdown pass. Another five minutes later, Gross found WR Jakob Dieplinger for a 52 yards touchdown pass. Dieplinger, who also scored a 5 yards touchdown right before half time was chosen for Austria's MVP. He had only a total of 69 yards, but the whole receiver corps caught 15 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns.

Sweden, who will not compete with their seniors team in a tournament for the next four years, will undergo a massive restructure process in the following years. Sweden always tried to come back and was able to handle the Austrian pressure better in the 2nd half. But their offense could not find any rhythm for the whole match. QB Anders Hermodsson, who was selected twice as MVP during the tournament, could only complete three out of 11 passes. This time S Philip Minja receive the MVP honours for his team. He had a total of 10 tackles and one QB-sack for a loss of five yards.

After the game, Sweden's head coach stated that the Austrian team should not sit in the press conference but should be on the field to prepare for the gold medal game. He addmited that his team could never find a way to handle the passing game and that their defense backfield was sometimes too slow - especially in the first half of the game.

3rd Place
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