The Polish Football League underway without a clear favorite

Graphics: Igor Lazarevic

With the Polish Football League After kick-off, let’s take a look at each of the six teams vying for the Championship this season.

Return of the 2021 season are league semi-finalists, the Bialystok Plains with the Falcons of Tychy who reached the Fr final. Join them the fourth of last year Warsaw dishes, as good as Silesian Rebels who finished fifth in 2021, the Kings of Krakow which wound up sixth and Warsaw Eagles.

The absent team from last season is the Bydgoszcz Archers who won the title in 2021, which leaves the field wide open and no team is considered the favourite.

In an early start to the season, the Silesian rebels surprised him Falcons of Tychy last weekend, gobbling them up 24-7.

Bialystok Plains

the Basin were the second-best team in the league last regular season, finishing 5-1, but were beaten in the semifinals by the Falcons of Tychy. This season, they will seek revenge. They re-signed coach Troy Baker on the off-season and added Americans linebacker Alvin Reels and quarterback Nick Rooney, who are both expected to have great seasons. Many key players from last year’s squad have left the team, especially on the defensive side of the ball, so the Basin will need their imports to shine if they are to return to the championship game.

Kings of Krakow

After the archers dissolved, the kings were able to recover many of their former players. The one who stands out the most is quarterback Jake Schimenz, who won league MVP honors last year with Bydgoszcz, leading his team to an undefeated season and a championship. The 27 year old player American is undersized, at 5’10 “and 175 pounds, but it’s a really dynamic player who can significantly improve the attack of a team. Having only finished 2-4 last season, kings have the potential to bounce back in a big way and even compete for the championship.

Silesian rebels

Coming a 2-4 season that ended in a semi-final loss, Silesia will be looking to take a step forward this season. The team of Katowice will have a new face at quarterback this year, as they signed a American, David James, for being their caller on the signal in December. The 29-year-old graduate Western Connecticut State University will be its debut in Europe, that his plans to star in Austria collapsed due to COVID-19 two years ago. Other stars on the rebels include American Linebacker Shamori St. Kitts and their two best returns, Ville Olonqviste of Finland and Jacob Smillie of the UK.

Tychy Falcons

the Falcons are another team that added a new quarterback this season, as they brought in veteran, Chris Jeffrey. The 29 year old player American played extensively in Europe the last time in Hungary with the Gyor Sharksand even played for the Warsaw Eagles back in 2018. On defense, Tychy is led by veteran defensive back Darius Lewis. They even have a new head coach this season, as they gave the job to 32 year old American Augie Stevens. After being defeated by the archers in the final last year, the Falcons will be eager to win all this time.

Warsaw Eagles

the Eagles were easily the league’s worst team last season as they finished 0-6 and were outscored by their opponents 211-37. The good news is that hopefully there’s nowhere to go but from here. Yet the Eagles should have another tough season. Warsaw intended to bring Ukrainian quarterback Maxim Cherepivskiy, but unfortunately it fell through as Cherepivskiy is unable to play in Poland this year due to the continuing conflict between his country and Russia.

Warsaw dishes

Last year the Dishes were led by a name many American football fans might recognize, former Texas Longhorn quarterback David Ash. The Ashes had a great season for Warsaw, but the team only finished with a 2-4 record. With Ash now gone, the Mets look to new quarterback Jessie Robbins Jr. to pick up where he left off. The team hopes Robbins’ dual-threat style of play will give their offense a big boost. Otherwise, it could be a difficult season for both teams of Warsaw

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