The San Francisco Flamethrowers are the 2017 AUDL Champions after outlasting the Toronto Rush, 30-29 in an extremely hard-fought title game yesterday afternoon in Montréal. The game was tight throughout and well played by both sides in front of a boisterous, pro-Toronto / pro-Canada crowd despite the well-documented rivalry shared between the two Canadian cities. It certainly didn’t hurt matters that almost half of the Rush players donned vintage Montréal Expos apparel for the national anthems.
Here they are: the Top 10 plays from the Division title games last weekend, and despite the loss the Breeze are featured in three of the 10. AUDL Final Four Championship Weekend in Montréal is only four days away! The action starts at 4pm ET at audl.tv/live Whistle Sports and on national television on Eleven Sports Network.
AUDL Championship Weekend VI is all set for August 26-27 in Montréal, with semifinal match-ups #1 Madison facing #4 San Francisco and #2 Dallas facing #3 Toronto August 26 (4pm and 7pm ET), and then the winners meet in the AUDL Championship game August 27 at 1pm ET.
This past weekend was a tale of the entire 2017 season for the DC Breeze. A dominant offensive unit that is nearly unstoppable at home, and a team that struggles to piece together consistency on the road. The conditions and the outcomes were polar opposites in the two playoff games over the weekend.
Highlights and full game videos of our two 2017 playoff games.
In Toronto, Canada everything was different for the DC Breeze compared to their match-up on Friday evening. No rain, only a slight breeze, near perfect conditions. The biggest difference was the result. Using an imposing defense, the Toronto Rush dismantled the offensive line for DC, winning 29-26 at Varsity Stadium.
DC Breeze at Toronto Rush
Sunday August 13, 1pm ET — audl.tv/live
Ever since the end of the 2016 season, there has been one goal on the mind of DC Breeze players: take the division from the Toronto Rush. The Breeze will get that chance Sunday at 1:00pm ET when they once again take on Toronto with the East Division title in the balance.
As in every sport, the level of play in the AUDL intensifies in the playoffs. With a trip to the Eastern Division final on the line, hostile weather conditions were simply ignored at Hotchkiss Field. The rain was unrelenting, a two and a half hour lightning delay started 27 seconds into the game(!), and it was a Friday night after many players endured either work or a 10+ hour drive. In the…