Semi-final faces a draw
Graphics: Igor Lazarevic
Spanish National American Football League heads to the 2022 semi-finals this weekend with both games up in the air.
The undefeated Osos Rivas from Madrid, who won the Western Conference with relative ease will tangle with the number two team in the Eastern Conference, the Badalona Drac. Meanwhile, the surprising Barbera Rookies, who won the Eastern Conference, will assume the Western Conference number two, the The black demons of Las Rozas.
Badalona Dracs (6-2) @ Osos Rivas (8-0)
the Madrid based Osos Rivas went through all eight games Spanish regular season racking up 276 points while giving up a league-low 76 points. Of the six, only two were within 10 points, a 16-13 victory over the black demons and a 30-25 win over Murcian Cobras in the last game before the playoffs, a game in which Osos rested a number of starters. Badalona, defense Spanish champions, lost two matches, at the recruits, the first time since 2015 they had lost two games to one Spanish team during the regular season.
These two teams met in the semi-finals a year ago with Badalona come out on top 21-0.
Las Rozas Black Demons (5-3) @ Barbera Rookies (7-1)
the Barbera’s recruits waltzed through most Eastern Conference regular season with relative ease aside from a hiccup when they dropped a game against the Mallorca Thieves 26-19. The offense led the league with an average of 37 points per game. Despite being newcomers to the first division in Spain, Barbera overthrew the defending champions, the Drake, twice during the season. So they enter this game against the #2 Western Conference Team as favourites. Las Rozas, The 2021 finalists, have lost three games, two to Osos Rivas, and one inexplicably at Murcian Cobras to open the season. Although they have easily won their last two games, they will struggle against a Rookie team that could very well win it all this year.