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30.05.2008 Swarco Raiders

EFL Champions League Semi-finals Battle

The Swarco Raiders will attempt to make history this Saturday in Wattens, as they host the Graz Giants in the 1/2 finals of the EuroBowl. Each of the last three season, the Raiders have reached the EuroBowl 1/2 finals, only to fall short. This season, the Raiders will face the Graz Giants, who are currently on an impressive three-game winning streak.

Tirol Raiders with RB Grein get beat by Marburg Mercenaries.
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Tirol Raiders with RB Grein get beat by Marburg Mercenaries.

The Raiders were able to win the first encounter with the Giants in an AFL game on April 26, 42-24. After losing a close game to the Dragons the following week, the Giants then beat 2007 GFL vizemeister Sttugart Scorpions 24-9, defending AFL/EFL champion Vienna Vikings 42-35, and dominated the Hohenmes BLue Devils last weekend with 48-12.

"It is very difficult to beat a great team twice in one season. Graz has improved over the last few weeks and have earned some very impressive victories. Our first game against them was the combination of us playing well and the Giants having a bad day. When they are playing well, they are very difficult to beat."

The Giants Defense, has been especially dominating over the past three games, averaging over three turnovers a game, and scoring twice defensively.

"Their D-Line is outstanding and they've made some adjustments to improve their pass coverage in the past weeks. Fortunately, our offense has worked hard to become balanced in our attack, and that's what we will need to do to win again."

Great Gameday Show

The fanclubs of the Swarco Raiders organize the first orginial “Tailgate-Party” on gameday from 2-4pm at the parking lot of Fluckinger. The Governor of the State of Tirol, DDr. Herwig van Staa, will do the honorary-kickoff. In addition the fans will be offered a unique halftime gig: one fan will have the chance to kick the 1.000 Euro kick at halftime from the 20 Yard line, this is sponsored by the Tiroler Tageszeitung.

Gameday Show:

+ Tailgate-Party from 2-4 pm at Fluckinger parking lot

+ Performance of the Musikkapelle Gnadenwald

+ Honorary Kickoff through Governor DDr. Herwig van Staa

+ Free Telesystem snacks at the entrance

+ „Giovannis“ facepainting at the entrance

+ „Tiroler Tageszeitung 1.000 Euro Kick“ at halftime

+ IKB raffles three Tivoli & Baggersee season tickets

+ Gigantic Pyro-Show

+ Cheerleader performance of all squads

+ DJ Horst & Announcer Christian Hanti

EFL Eurobowl-Halbfinale

Swarco Raiders Tirol vs. Turek Graz Giants

Sa. 31.05.2008 – 5pm (open gates 4pm)

Alpenstadion Wattens (directions on www.raiders.at)


Swarco Raiders Tirol

Josef-Franz-Huterstrasse 72

6020 Innsbruck


Tel: +43-512-39 666 00 (Mo-Fr 8-12h)

Mob: +43-676-39 666 01 !!!NEU!!!

Fax: + 43-512-39 666 08

Mail: d.dieplinger@raiders.at

Web: www.raiders.at

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