Group F sees us welcome back one of the more dominant teams in Big Bowl history, along with several local sides who will fancy their chances in a wide open group.
The main attraction in this group is the return of the Sollerod Gold Diggers. Several of the team came runners up last year as part of the Carluke Cobras – they’ll be hoping to go a step further this season. Their compatriots, the Foxes, came 23rd overall last season, coming third in a difficult group that featured the Cobras coincidentally.
From the home nation, Germany has three representatives in group F. The Spatzen, Rooks and Lizzards are all frequent faces at Big Bowl with mixed fortunes. The Spatzen came an incredible 6th overall last year. They followed up a relatively straight forward group stage with an impressive 24-20 win over the Dutch Lions to advance to the Quarters. They lost by a solitary point to the Wanderers though, but earned themselves plenty of fans. The Kelkheim Lizzards finished one spot above the Foxes last year, as 22nd place was a decent reward after a disappointing group-stage performance. Finally, the Augsburg Rooks came out of the toughest group with a winless record, but two wins on Sunday gave them a 43rd overall finish.
We don’t know much about Impact’s playing ability. From our understanding, they’re a group interested in raising the profile of the sport within the Netherlands, so they’re inclusion in Big Bowl is a major step forward for the program. Taking part in Europe’s biggest invitational competition is an excellent opportunity to promote awareness.
The Gold Diggers are winning this group.
Following them in second is the Munich Spatzen. They figure to have some familiarity with the other German sides, and should use that to good effect.
We’ll take the Lizzards, followed by the Foxes next. The Lizzards managed to defeat the Foxes narrowly last year in the placement brackets. Given the Rooks have some experience, we’ll take them over the Impact to finish 5th.