Helsinki Roosters will play two international games before the start of Maple League. Roosters will face competition from Austria and Sweden.
On 24th of March Stockholm Mean Machine from Sweden´s Superserien will visit Helsinki. On the 29th of April, brink of Maple League season start Helsinki Roosters travels to Vienna to waltz with the third ranked team in AFI’s 2017 Europe Top 20 rankings.
Competition, competition, competition is what Roosters head coach Juha Hakala is looking for. In this season he sees that these two games give it in higher level than NEFL would have given.
– Internationality is one of the Roosters’ core values and it is important to measure our team’s level also outside of national competition. The games against Stockholm Mean Machines and Vienna Dacia Vikings will give us more competitive international setup than NEFL tournament would have given us and also new opponents to play against.
Stockholm Mean Machines have won Swedish championship ten times, but has not been able to compete resent years. Last season they advanced to playoffs at last and are eager to improve from there. In the end of March Juha Hakala meets familiar face orchestrating Stockholm’s offence on the field.
– Stockholm Mean Machines is a team that is on a rise in Sweden´s Superserien. Their offense is led by Sweden´s national team QB, so it will be great early test for our defense.
Vienna Dacia Vikings will give Roosters an ultimate challenge. Juha Hakala is excited of the challenge the reigning Austrian champions offer to his team.
– Vienna Dacia Vikings is a true power house of American football in Europe. They will offer us the ultimate challenge in the early phase of our season and it will also serve as a great measuring point of the level on what Finland´s American football is at. Vienna Dacia Vikings is professionally coached team that is full of great players. It’s great to go and play against them in their annual Charity Bowl game.
Helsinki Roosters vs. Stockholm Mean Machines is played March 24th in Helsinki and Roosters meets Vienna Dacia Vikings April 29th in Vienna.
Text and photo: Roosters Media