EAFL Falcons meet Kiev Patriots in first battle on international this season
“I think it’s going to be a really good opportunity for the newer guys that are part of the Falcons team to get acquainted with how we as the Falcons organisation play, especially travelling to international lands and playing against a really well-equipped and pretty physical Ukrainian team,” Avritt said.“I think it’s going to be a big learning curve for a lot of us young guys and I’m really looking forward to us playing physical with them and seeing if we can compete in a foreign territory for us.”
While the Falcons have faced a range of talented international players with diverse backgrounds, their defence may be in for its toughest test yet against Kiev running back Dileel Bartley.
The American, who played college football at Graceland University, is likely to be utilised heavily by the Patriots in the clash.
The Falcons will also be meeting a team hungry to prove itself to its nation in order to continue growing the sport’s presence in Ukraine.
Maksym Shylo, president of the Ukrainian League of American Football (ULAF), said: “On Saturday we hope to see a bright sports show. Seeing that Ukrainians love American football, I hope this match will become a bright event in the history of American football in Ukraine. For ULAF, it’s a great event.
“Thanks to this game we can very well showcase American football to the Ukrainians.”
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