Finnish American Football Federation Maple Bowls 1980-Present

Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkopallon Litto (Finnish American Football Federation Logo)
Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkopallon Litto (Finnish American Football Federation Logo) [Reference: 1]
BowlDateWinnersRunners-Up
I1980Espoo Poli12Helsinki MAJS0
II1981Helsinki MAJS30Helsinki East City Giants24
III1982Helsinki Roosters22Helsinki MAJS3
IV1983Helsinki Roosters28Espoo Poli17
V1984Helsinki East City Giants45Turku Trojans7
VI1985Vantaa TAFT32Espoo Poli29
VII1986Helsinki Roosters31Espoo FT Scotch21
VIII1987Helsinki Roosters14Turku Trojans7
IX1988Helsinki Rossters23Munkka Colts21
X1989Munkka Colts3Helsinki East City Giants0
XI1990Helsinki Roosters21Tampere Rocks9
XII1991Helsinki East City Giants17Helsinki Roosters14
XIII1992Helsinki East City Giants 34Turku Trojans24
XIV1993Helsinki East City Giants23Turku Trojans20
XV1994Helsinki East City Giants24Turku Trojans7
XVI1995Helsinki Roosters36Helsinki East City Giants14
XVII1996Helsinki Roosters23Helsinki East City Giants22
XVIII1997Helsinki Roosters36Porvoo Butchers0
XIX1998Helsinki Roosters42Turku Trojans26
XX1999Helsinki Roosters35Turku Trojans14
XXI2000Helsinki Roosters25Seinäjoki Crocodiles17
XXII2001Seinäjoki Crocodiles15Helsinki Roosters13
XXIII2002Helsinki Roosters44Turku Trojans20
XXIV2003Turku Trojans21Helsinki Roosters16
XXV2004Helsinki Roosters49Turku Trojans28
XXVI2005Porvoo Butchers17Seinäjoki Crocodiles7
XXVII2006Porvoo Butchers 41Helsinki Wolverines22
XXVIII2007Porvoo Butchers15Seinäjoki Crocodiles14
XXIX2008Porvoo Butchers47Helsinki Roosters41
XXX2009Porvoo Butchers47Helsinki Roosters16
XXXI2010Porvoo Butchers30Seinäjoki Crocodiles17
XXXII2011Helsinki Wolverines30Seinäjoki Crocodiles27
XXXIII2012Helsinki Roosters20Helsinki Wolverines17
XXXIV2013Helsinki Roosters52Helsinki Wolverines31
XXXV2014Helsinki Roosters21Turku Anders Trojans7
XXXVI2015Seinäjoki Crocodiles45Helsinki Roosters33
XXXVII2016Helsinki Roosters10Seinäjoki Crocodiles0
XXXVIII2017Helsinki Roosters37Wasa Royals9
XXXIX2018Helsinki Roosters44Kuopio Steelers13
XXXX2019Helsinki Roosters50Kuopio Steelers6
XXXXI2020Kuopio Steelers21Helsinki Wolverines0
Finnish American Football Federation Maple Bowls 1980-Present [Reference: 2-6]

Report

The first SAJL Finnish American Football Federation Maple Bowl was played in 1980 with Espoo Poli, from a small town on the outskirts og Helsinki defeating Helsinki MAJS 12-0. The next four Maple Bowls were won by Helsinki teams (MAJS in 1981, Roosters in 1982 and 1983 and East City Giants in 1984). Vantaa TAFT, another team from a small town on the outskirts of Helsinki, won the title in 1985, then the Helsinki Roosters won three-in-a-row from 1986 to 1989. Munkka Colts, a suburb of Helsinki won the 10th Maple Bowl 3-0 with just a Field Goal.

The second decade of the Maple Bowl brought a Helsinki dominance with Helsinki East City Giants winning four in-a-row from 1991 to 1994, and the Roosters winning in 1990 and then six-in-a-row from 1995 to 2000. Seinäjoki Crocodiles became the first team from outside the Greater Helsinki Area to win the Maple Bowl in 2001, defeating the Roosters 15-13. This started a period of regional dominance, with Turku Trojans winning in 2003, interrupted by the Roosters again in 2001 and 2003, before the Porvoo Butchers from 35 Km east of the Helsinki City Limits winning six-in-a-row from 2005 to 2010.

Helsinki Wolverines won their first Maple Bowl in 2011, and then the Helsinki Roosters won another seven from 2012 to 2019, interrupted only by Seinäjoki Crocodiles second Maple Bowl triumph in 2015. Kuopio Steelers brought the Maple Bowl back to the regions with their first Maple Bowl in 2020, winning 21-0 against Helsinki Wolverines.

Munkka Colts Sakari Karstun kicks the only score of the match in a 3-0 win over Helsinki East City Giants in Maple Bowl X in 1989
Munkka Colts Sakari Karstun kicks the only score of the match in a 3-0 win over Helsinki East City Giants in Maple Bowl X in 1989 [Reference: 7]{Picture Credit: SAJL]

Images

[1] SAJL (2018) SAJL Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.sajl.fi/@Bin/2800183/SAJL_rgb_glow%20%20laatikko.jpeg [Accessed 19 August 2018]

Websites

[2] SAJL (2020) Vaahteramaljat 1980-1989 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/sarjat/miehet/vaahteraliiga/mestarit/vaahteramaljat-1980-1989/ [Accessed 30 November 2020]

[3] SAJL (2020) Vaahteramaljat 1990-1999 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/sarjat/miehet/vaahteraliiga/mestarit/vaahteramaljat-1990-1999/ [Accessed 30 November 2020]

[4] SAJL (2020) Vaahteramaljat 2000-2009 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/sarjat/miehet/vaahteraliiga/mestarit/vaahteramaljat-2000-2009/ %5BAccessed 30 November 2020]

[5] SAJL (2020) Vaahteramaljat 2010-2015 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/sarjat/miehet/vaahteraliiga/mestarit/vaahteramaljat-2010-2015/ [Accessed 30 November 2020]

[6] SAJL (2020) Vaahteramaljat 2016-2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/sarjat/miehet/vaahteraliiga/mestarit/vaahteramaljat-2016-2020/ %5BAccessed 30 November 2020]

Images

[7] SAJL (2020) Karstun kultakenkäisy [Internet] Available from: https://www.sajl.fi/@Bin/12143685/Karstun%20kultakenk%c3%a4isy.jpeg %5BAccessed 30 November 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Niall Howard.

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