by Aksel Bang
While The International Cup in Melbourne reached its finals the summer heat cranked up in Europe and a new tournament saw the light of day in Denmark.
Aalborg was for a day the footy center of Europe with the new DAFL OPEN-9’s tournament being held at the Aalborg Kangaroos home ground. The Kangaroos hosted the tournament with help from the DAFL and volunteers from the community who believe in Aussie Rules footy abroad.
On the 16th of August 6 teams turned up to participated in the first DAFL OPEN-9’s which is a 9-a-side tournament played within the DAFL and AFL Europe laws. The 6 teams included the Oslo Crows, Odense Lions, Farum Cats, Aalborg Kangaroos and DAFL Outcasts which was a mixed team with players from Copenhagen and Aarhus. But even though Aalborg already had one team in the tournament the club still managed to pull together all the the old players who previously played for the club to participate on the Aalborg Old Boys team.
Despite the windy conditions in Aalborg on the 16th the tournament was a great success and every team showed great skills, wonderful team spirit and made sure every spectator gained great insight as to what footy is all about. The tournament was played in pool stages and finals rounds, there were 2 groups with 3 teams in each of the groups and one cross-over game.
It was a great day in Aalborg and everyone had a great day and throughly enjoyed the footy. We hope that in the future the tournament will have more nationalities and teams participating.
1st place: Farum Cats
2th place: DAFL Outcasts
3th place: Oslo Crows
4th place: Aalborg Old Boys
5th place: Aalborg Kangaroos
6th place: Odense Lions
Leading goal kicker: Mikkel Norlander, Farum Cats