In the final match of the 1st round of Serbia’s American Football league, Belgrade’s Vukovi (Wolves) and the Meridian Indians (from Inđija) are to clash on Sunday, 2 April at 3:30pm.
The most successful Serbian American football club have been waiting for a new addition to their trophy since 2014. Their fantastic series of four successive titles (in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) was ended first by Novi Sad’s GAT Dukes and then by the Wild Boars from Kragujevac, in the last year’s fantastic finals. That is why it is a given that “The Belgrade Pack” (as the Wolves are affectionately known) will give their all to regain the trophy this season.
On the other hand, they are likely to get a tough game from the team from Indjija who ended up in the 7th place last season, having survived the play-out rounds against the Kikinda Mammoths. What’s more, the Indians won four championship titles in youth categories last year, so they are in a position to build a strong team from their academy.
The Wolves have undergone significant changes compared to the last seasons team with a few new names appearing against the “Indians”, including new players from the United States. The injection of fresh blood from across the pond includes quarterback, Lewis Antonio Kindle, and running back, Duane Brady, who will join returners, Nemanja Lazarević, Miloš Nestorović, and Nikola Savić. Local reinforcements include Aleksa Denović, Saša Jokić and others, under the leadership of American football expert, Brent Barnes, who has 15 years of coaching experience and who is especially emphasising the recruitment of young athletes from national universities, regional colleges and secondary schools.
The senior team of the Indians now includes a number of young players from their youth teams who are expected to benefit from the experience of playing in the Serbia’s top league and to become key players. One of the club founders, Vladimir Dimitrijević, is also back in the club. He played last season for the Wolves and will now be a great support for young players. After three years away, experienced quarterback, Blair Black, will lead the Indians attack.
The match between the “Vukovi” and the “Meridian Indians” is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30pm at the OFK Belgrade stadium. As always the Wolves are launching their traditional charity drive by collecting old clothes to be donated to neglected children and other people in need. Bring clothes that you wish to donate and leave them at stadium entrance and Wolves will collect them and donate them.
This is a great way to spend Sunday afternoon outside the house, with your friends, at a stadium full of excited people enjoying the adrenaline highs of a closely contested game. And, at the same time, you can spring clean your closets and support those in need.
See you there!