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Swedish Cup – Norrtälje Sportcentrum 11/6/16 8am

The Swedish Cup is AFL Sweden’s annual, one day tournament. The 2016 tournament will be hosted by Norrtälje Dockers and played in a 9-a-side, round robin format to determine the premiers of AFL Sweden.

The 2016 edition of the Swedish Cup this year is promising to be the biggest and best yet, with men, women and juniors all participating. The men will play 5 group games, all playing each other before a top of the table clash in the final. The women will play 4 matches throughout the day and combine for the final, while the Juniors will play one match to showcase the growth of the sport at a grass roots level.

The men’s teams participating are the Port Malmö Maulers, Södermalm Blues, Oslo Crows, Årsta Swans, Norrtälje Dockers and a mixed team made up of players from Helsingborg, Gothenburg, Bromma and Solna. Whilst the women will have a two team format with the Port Malmö Lynx and a combined Stockholm/Oslo team.

The Port Malmö Mauler’s Jonas Lovén, is getting himself ready for a big day with the Maulers looking to keep a firm grip on the cup as reigning champions. “We’re all looking forward to a great tournament in Norrtälje and especially to defend last year’s title. After some tough games drinking beer from the cup is always the goal of the mighty Maulers”

The Maulers participate in the Danish league due to their location but are still very prominent in the Swedish competition. Coach of the Maulers and the national Swedish team, Brett Petersen is excited to coach the team in tomorrow’s tournament, “Coming off 2 big wins in the DAFL, Maulers are looking to be a strong force in this Swedish cup. Maulers leading goal kicker Ben Polmear is one to keep an eye on in this tournament”

Ben Polmear is ready to defend the title although, “we’re missing a few players from last year’s tournament the team of hungry beasts making the trip up to Norrtälje this year are more than capable of defending our title as Sweden’s top 9-a-side footy club.”

Södermalm Blues participated in this year’s AFL Europe Champions League coming 8th in the prestigious tournament. A few players to watch in the Blues would be Mick Larsson, Rob Njoku (better known as Mr T) and Dylan O’Keefe. The much anticipated return of Ivan Rexed will also add depth to the Blues as they fight for the title.

The Oslo Crows have frequented the Swedish Cup in the past years. Winning the Cup in 2013 and 2014, the Crows unfortunately displayed a disappointing performance in 2015 due to lack of inexperience and numbers. Back with a vengeance, Amund Lundesgaard is ready and bringing a fighting group to reclaim the Swedish Cup.

The Årsta Swans have a few guns to watch out for during this year’s tournament. Chris Murr, Che Ramirez, Rob Young, Mattis Kvarnström all add strength and well tuned skills to the Swans team making them strong contenders.

The mixed team will be made up of players from Helsingborg, Gothenburg, Bromma and Solna giving the team a great chance at a shot at the title. This mixed bag could well and truly take out the title with their pick from these 4 strong clubs. Experience will be the key here with the ageless Andreas Svensson, now in his 40’s, Svensson will be playing along side his young son.

The Norrtälje Dockers are proud to have the Swedish Cup tournament back in Norrtälje at the premier Australian Rules sporting facility in Sweden. Norrtälje have had their best start to a premiership season since their creation in 2012 and will be looking to continue that trend in the Swedish Cup. A strong showing of players will ensure that all matches against the Dockers will be hard fought and there is surely not to be a repeat of the 3 draws at last year’s tournament.

The Port Malmö Lynx are extremely happy that the Norrtälje women’s team, made up of Stockholm and Oslo, will be at the Sweden Cup. The anticipation is high regarding the new players they will get to come up against. It’s also exciting to see what new talent could be on offer for the national team. Ryan Davidson, coach for the Port Malmö Lynx and Swedish Ravens will have a keen eye out for what talent he can bring to Lisbon for the AFL Europe Euro Cup this October.

Good luck to all the men, women and juniors involved! We look forward to seeing who takes out the coveted title. #AFLinEurope

The 2014 Swedish Cup is upon us!

2014 SWEDISH CUP

By Michael McCormick

AFL Sweden is set for a big day of football that will separate the men from the boys and determine which team will be crowned the Swedish champion for season 2014.

In further preparation for their International Cup campaign, all of the Swedish Elks players will be taking the field tomorrow for their respective local clubs.

Coined the festival of footy in Sweden, the Swedish Cup brings together teams from all over the country to compete on one big stage

The lakeside city, Jönköping in the South of Sweden will play host to the seven teams who will be competing.

As well as six teams from Sweden including the Årsta Swans, Norrtälje Dockers, Helsingborg Saints/ Malmö Maulers, Göteborg Berserkers/ Karlstad Eagles, and the Bromma Vikings/Solna Axemen/Södermalm Blues, the Oslo Crows from Norway will be making a special appearance at the Cup.

“The Bersekers and the Eagles who don’t play regular competition are putting together a team and it is great to have Oslo along again this year, we love to have them here enjoying the fun,” said AFL Sweden President, Jörg Pareigis.

The round robin tournament will see each team face off against each other in a condensed game format. Teams will play two halves of eight minutes which has been shortened from the traditional four quarters of twenty minutes,

“It is a real tough day of footy with such a jam-packed schedule, but that is what makes it so unique to regular weekly footy,” stated Pareigis.

The Swedish Cup will kick off bright and early tomorrow morning and by the end of the day a new king of AFL in Sweden will be crowned.

 

#elksweek #IC14 #AFLSwedishCup2014 #WhoIsStrongest

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Swedish Cup Draw source: Swedish Elks facebook page

Swedish Cup Draw                                                 source: Swedish Elks facebook page

 

Swedish Elks ready to take on the world’s best

by Michael McCormick

One of the premier sides in Europe, the Swedish Elks, are preparing to test out a new look team in the upcoming International Cup in August.

The Elks will blood several young players after having gone through a year of transition. More than half the team made their representative debut in a friendly match against Denmark in March this year.

“We will be looking to use the International Cup to build our group and give experience to the up and coming AFL players of Sweden,” stated Swedish Elks Team Manager, Jeremy Darke.

Darke, a 27 year old Australian expat who also coaches local team the Norrtälje Dockers, revealed that although playing non-European teams is a draw card for the tournament, old rivalries die young.

“To go up against teams that we have never faced before is the excitement of the International Cup,” said Darke. “Although we would love to beat Finland on the world stage.”

Having finished in eleventh place in 2011, the Elks are striving for a top ten placing in this year’s competition.

“With a spread of players from all over the country and domestic competitions it has been difficult to have stand-alone training sessions.

To prepare we have scheduled 2 friendly matches against Denmark and the Stockholm Dynamites.”

Although it will be the first trip down under for most of the younger players, Darke expects them to step up and catch the eye of AFL fans the world over.

“Hampus Ollson, Jacob Nilsson, Buster Sund are all young, solid players with a lot of passion for the game,” revealed Darke. “I’d expect them to be among our best performers for the tournament.”

The Elks have been fortunate in securing sponsorship to lessen the financial burden associated with making the trip to Melbourne.

“We have be able to acquire 6 bronze sponsors, but fundraising is still coming along slowly.”

The challenges faced to get there will be outweighed by the rewards, and not just in the form of competing.

“It would be a dream to go and watch the Gold Coast play in Melbourne and watch Ablett Jr. work his magic.”

#elksweek #IC14

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Elks put preparation on track with win over Dynamite

by Jeremy Darke

The Swedish Elks’ strong second half comeback ensured that they will head into the 2014 International Cup high on confidence after beating the Stockholm Dynamite by 3 points, on a beautiful Australian like day for footy at Skarpnäck Fältet, on Saturday, May 17th.

The Elks showed that they had courage and fight within, coming back from an 18 point deficit at the main break to overpower the Dynamite 9.13.67 to  9.10.64, kicking four-goals-to-one in the final term to win the match.

The Elks came into the match seeking redemption from their meeting against Denmark three weeks earlier, where their rookie-filled team took a hiding from a well-drilled and very experience Danish team.

The drubbing from the Danes was just the spark that the young Swedish team needed to get their International Cup preparations back on track, using their embarrassment to fuel the fire when they took on the Stockholm Dynamite.

The Dynamite, which were made up of a combination of some of the best Australian players in Stockholm and a few Swedes that were looking to prove themselves in front of national coach Dan McClaer, came out of the blocks with intention in their eyes, outscoring the Elks 4.3.27 to 0.5.5 in the first quarter, taking advantage of a nervous start from the national team.

Dynamite captain Rob Young, controlled the play from his half-back position, feeding the midfield and forward line with quality ball and weathering any form of Elk attack with perfect defensive placement, giving his team a handy 3 goal lead at halftime.

Inaccuracy was a big reason why the Elks went in to the main break trailing, kicking only 1 goal and 9 behinds in the first half of football.

Although, the Elks began to get their act together in the third quarter, trading their wobbly boots for a pair that had sniper-like radar, kicking 4 goals in both the third and the fourth quarter.

They found a better balance in the second half of the game and displayed a much more dynamic style of football.

“We moved a few players around at halftime which gave us a much better balance on the pitch. It allowed us to play a more dynamic game and we started making wiser decisions out there,” explained Elks coach Dan McClaer.

The inspirational revival was led by Mick Larsson and Elks captain, Hampus Olsson, who kicked 3 of his team’s 9 goals. The pair consistently provided the outlet in the midfield, getting as many possessions as possible and dishing off the ball up-front to their forwards.

The Elks were able to transition rock solid defence, from Christopher Mårtensson and Jacob Nilsson, into attacking opportunities with some slick midfield movements which delivered the footy inside 40.

Two late goals from, 17 year-old Buster Sund and Björn ‘Jesus’ Sundqvist put the Elks in front and ensured a nail-biting finish for the Swedish fans, who cheered on their team while enjoying the luxury of the first summer sunshine in Stockholm.

After a little deliberation between the two goal umpires, the score was confirmed, giving the Elks their first win of 2014.

“It was great to pick up the win, but more important than the result was that we were able to achieve the goals that we set out before the match, objectives that had nothing to do with the score line, said coach McClaer.

“It will do our confidence a world of good. It is also great that the boys were able to learn to how to win together and get that ‘winning’ feeling as a group, as we build towards IC 14 in August.”

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