The Rhinos quest for Shamrock Bowl 2014 begins on the road with back to back away games. First taking on the cross town rivals in Trinity College before sailing down to Limerick to take on the storied Vikings. It’s been 3 years since the Rhinos and Vikings have met in competition and both sides will be wanting to make their mark on the newly formed Shamrock Bowl Conference South division.
May will see the return of the Rhinos to the green pastures of Castleknock College, first welcoming the visiting Cowboys before a visit from the reigning Shamrock Bowl champions. The Rhinos were the last team to come close to beating the Trojans in a thrilling 24-20 match up in 2012. The Trojans have gone undefeated since then and have the sights of all the IAFL teams firmly set on their backs, Rhinos included.
Two away games follow the Trojans visit. First against newly promoted North Kildare Reapers and a familiar visit to Woodburn in Carrickfergus where the Rhinos will take on the Knights, again. The Knights match up is one of the most anticipated games of the schedule for the Rhinos each year as the two teams play a similar style of football and are usually only separated by a single score.
Rounding out the 8 game schedule is 2 more home games against Trinity and Waterford Wolves. The Wolves are in the same boat as the Reapers, gaining promotion to the Shamrock Bowl Conference from IAFL-1 on the back of a 6-2 season in 2013. The final game of the season for both teams and it could be a crucial tie, no doubt the playoffs will be on the line for one or both of the teams and every score here could count.
Mark the dates in your calendars, it’s almost Rhino time!