EFL: Current Champion Thonon meets last year's BIG6 participant Badalona -
EFL – On game day 2 of Group B, the two traditional teams of the Thonon Black Panthers and the Badalona Dracs will meet on Saturday.
The outcome of the encounter could already give an indication of who of the three group opponents paves the way to the final of the EFL. The guests from Spain are under considerable pressure in France, the Dracs lost their first game at home against the Milano Seamen in the pouring rain with 10:23.
The reigning EFL champion from France normally could go with a big self-confidence in the game after four victories in the domestic league, but they got a surprise loss against Asnières Molosses at the end of March. Not a problem for headcoach Maxime Dupuy: “We went up to Asnière with multiple guys that were sick and injured, we did not have our best roster available plus we came out flat. It happens we will not make that same mistake twice.”
The Dracs, on the other hand, regained their confidence in the 42-7 away win in Valencia and confidently lead the Spanish league with six wins from six games. But on Saturday it is important to get the level internationally on the lawn.
Group A starts on Sunday with two EFL debutants
Group A enters the fight for the EFL title on 15th of April with the game of the Brussels Tigers against the Potsdam Royals. The Tigers from Belgium are the reigning vice-champions of their country and have been able to collect match practice in the domestic league. There were two wins and one defeat for the hosts. Many young talents have been added, but on the other hand, the host has lost several starters from last season to other teams - an indication that the Tigers are doing an extremely good work. After appearances in the Atlantic Cup, the Belgians now want to take the next step in the EFL.
For the guests from Potsdam it is not only the first game of the season, it is also the debut on an international level. The ambitious promoted team to the GFL was largely able to keep his team from the successful last season together, but at the big challenge in Brussels some new players have to be integrated.
"Although we have not played a real game yet, we are satisfied with the state of preparation. The weekend is finally starting, we are very much looking forward to this task and of course want to go into the upcoming GFL season with a sense of achievement, "said Head Coach Michael Vogt before the game in Brussels.
EFL, 2nd game day:
Saturday, April 14th, 6 p.m., Stade Joseph Moynat: Thonon Black Panthers - Badalona Dracs
Sunday, April 15th, 2 p.m., Complexe sportif d'Evere: Brussels Tigers - Potsdam Royals