Towers take 40-0 win in the season opener

By Jens Rørbye

The Oaks put up an admirable fight, but in the end they were not able to stop the Towers from racking up 40 points in front of 534 enthusiastic fans.

The Towers opened the scoring with two touchdowns through the air in the first quarter and added two more as well as two on the ground in the second quarter. By rule, the clock starts running once a team is up by 35 points or more, so the second half went by quickly and neither team scored.

Running back Dayton Winn is back with the Towers for a second season and made his mark with two rushing touchdowns.

The Towers made full use of our roster and made sure to rotate in back-ups on most positions in order allow as many players as possible to gain valuable game-time experience.

PHOTO: Fabian Noah Rasmussen / 1st Down Photo (https://www.facebook.com/1stdownphoto)

The Towers occasionally looked off the mark, but that is to be expected in the opening game. After the game, head coach Peter Herbild told Nationalligaen.dk: “I’ve never had a season opener, where I’ve been really happy. There are always so many things that have to be fixed.”

The settings could not have been nicer, with almost miraculously sunny and warm weather. Quite a lot of the 534 fans chose to sit on the grass mound opposite of the covered grand stand to soak up the sun.

The Oaks are new to the National League after dropping out at the end of the 2004 season. However, they played with tons of heart and discipline. And they brought an impressive fan base that was loud and knew when to cheer.

The National League has introduced roster limits prior to this season, so the Towers were limited to 44 players in uniform for the game. At the other end of the scale, the Oaks dressed 27 players and thus satisfied the 25 player roster minimum.

PHOTO: Fabian Noah Rasmussen / 1st Down Photo (https://www.facebook.com/1stdownphoto)

Scoring summary:

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st quarter
7-0 Patrick Hargett pass to Marcus Bennett. Extra point kick by Aske Troen
13-0 Patrick Hargett pass to Aske Troen. Extra point missed

2nd quarter
20-0 Dayton Winn 50-yard run. Extra point kick by Aske Troen
26-0 Kasper Skyum pass to Philip Thue. Extra point fake for two points failed
33-0 Dayton Winn 6-yard run. Extra point kick by Aske Troen
40-0 Patrick Hargett pass to Philip Thue. Extra point kick by Aske Troen

3rd quarter
No scores

4th quarter
No scores

Northern European Football League schedule set

By Jens Rørbye

The Towers will visit the Carlstad Crusaders and the Oslo Vikings, while we host the Tamworth Phoenix in this year’s Northern European Football League.

The NEFL is a tournament of national champions in Northern Europe. This year’s edition is made up of the Tamworth Phoenix (United Kingdom), the Oslo Viking (Norway), the Carlstad Crusaders (Sweden) and the Copenhagen Towers.

The winner of the NEFL will face the winner of the Central European Football League on July 1st for the Super Final title. This year the CEFL will feature the Innsbruck Raiders (Austria), Wroclaw Panthers (Poland) and Prague Black Panthers (Czechia) as well as  Istanbul Rams (Tuerkey), Moscow Patriots (Russia) and Kragujevac Wild Bears (Serbia). Find more on the CEFL here.

It has been nine years since the Vikings last played European competition, so it’s a whole new generation of players that will welcome the Towers to the Norwegian capital. The Tamworth Phoenix are entering their first ever European tournament following their first British championship. The Carlstad Crusaders are a somewhat more familiar opponent as the Towers have faced the eight-time Swedish champions three times in recent years.

The Phoenix, located in Tamworth between Birmingham and Leicester, pulled off close upset wins over the London Warriors in the 2017 BAFA semifinals and over the London Blitz in the Britbowl to earn their NEFL berth.

The small city of Karlstad, on the north coast of lake Vänern, a bit closer to Oslo than Stockholm, is home to the Carlstad Crusaders. The Crusaders are a perennial powerhouse in Swedish football and have won the last eight straight Swedish championships.

The Oslo Vikings survived a nailbiter against the Vålerenga Trolls in the semifinal before beating the Eidsvoll 1814’s in a rematch of the 2016 final.

We hope to see all of the usually loud and rowdy #TowerNation at Towers Field on April 28th at 16:00 for our one NEFL home game against the Phoenix.

This is our full NEFL schedule for the regular season:

Date Day Time Home team Away team
April 14th Saturday 12:00 Vikings Towers
April 28th Saturday 16:00 Towers Phoenix
June 9th Saturday 13:00 Crusaders Towers

 

Ready for 2018 – defending our title!

By Jens Rørbye

The Danish American Football Federation has released the 2018 National League schedule. This year the National League has been reduced to seven teams, each of which will play 10 games in the regular season.

It’s time to mark your calendars. With a 10-game regular season each of the five home games at Towers Field in Gentofte Sportspark is a can’t-miss-game.

We will open the 2018 season at home against the seventh ranked Frederikssund Oaks on Sunday, April 8th at 14:00 (2 p.m.). This will be a reunion of sorts with an old adversary that we have not faced in several years. The Oaks beat the Amager Demons in the relegation games last season to earn a spot in this season’s National League.

But there is plenty of history and ties between these two teams. The Towers hosted the Oaks on May 9th 2003 in the first ever Friday Night Football game in Denmark; An annual tradition that the Towers have since continued and that has spread to other teams across the country.

Back then the Oaks were quarterbacked by our current Athletic Director, Anders Munch Skovgren. So, all in all, it will be a pleasure to welcome the Oaks to Towers Field to kick-off the season.

Copenhagen Towers vs Søllerød Gold Diggers. Defence line Copenhagen Towers

Then follows three straight road games. The first one is against the sixth ranked Copenhagen Tomahawks who qualified for a second season in the National League after a tough 2017 season. The following two road games are a couple of tough ones against the second and third ranked teams in the country: The Søllerød Gold Diggers and the Triangle Razorbacks.

We’ll then finish the first half of the season with two home games. The first is against the fourth ranked Aarhus Tigers, a team that we most recently faced in last season’s semifinal. Then we wrap up the spring against the fifth ranked Aalborg 89ers.

After a lengthy summer break we get back into action in late August with the annual Friday Night Football game at home. For the second straight year we will welcome our arch rivals from the north; The Søllerød Gold Diggers.

From then on we alternate home and away games against the Tigers, Razorbacks and 89ers to wrap up the 2018 regular season.

These are our NL home games this season:

Date Day Time Home team Away team
April 8th Sunday 14:00 Towers Oaks
June 16th Saturday 14:00 Towers Tigers
June 23rd Saturday 14:00 Towers 89ers
August 24th Friday 19:00 Towers Gold Diggers
September 8th Saturday 14:00 Towers Razorbacks

Our NEFL home game is as follows (pls find more information about our NEFL schedule here):

Date Day Time Home team Away team
April 28th Saturday 16:00 Towers Tamwoth Phoenix

Ordinarily the National League is made up of eight teams, but this year the Herlev Rebels were unable to file the required number of players’ licenses with the federation ahead of the February 1st deadline. This meant that for the first time in a considerable number of years a team would have to drop out of the National League. We wish the Rebels the best of luck in getting their roster back to the required number of players and look forward to facing them again in a coming season.

There are two very long breaks in our National League schedule this year. This is because we will face European opposition in the Northern European Football League this year. The schedule is not completely fixed yet, but stay tuned. We hope to be able to publish that schedule very shortly.

You´ll find the full time table with all NL and NEFL dates, printable in A3 or A4, as PDF file at this location.

 

2017 was great – but 2018 might be even better!

After a wonderful year for the Copenhagen Towers, it is fair to say that expectations were met. But how and why did 2017 pan out as it did? Let’s take a look back.

The year 2017 has just ended. And what a year it was for the Towers team. Everyone remembers the Mermaid Bowl victory, the Friday Night victory and our first win in Vejle. Seasons don’t always go as you plan, but this time around it seems liked everything went according to plan. Here are some of the stories you might not know.

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Offense

A lot happened to our offense in 2017. Points scored increased by just 3 points per game from 2016 (36,3 points vs 39,9). However, the points per game against the Razorbacks and the Gold Diggers drastically improved from an average of 18,7 in 2016 to 37,2 in 2017. A tremendous achievement against two defenses that had former NFL players on their roster.

But what really happened to make this offense work so well?

 

Offense line improvements

Even from the start of the season, there was a significantly different feel to how the offense worked. It all seamed faster and more aggressive. It started with the offensive line that brought in three “new” faces. RT Andreas Hansen, a former Tower who had been away from football for a year, had an amazing season.

Having quick feet and aggressive play, he was a great asset to our offensive line. And when he moved from LG to RT, after the unfortunate loss of RT Rasmus Thejl, it seemed like he found his ideal position.

With Hansen on the right side, former defensive lineman Peter Malmos came out of retirement and took over the RG position from an injured Jørgen Schultz. Peter Malmos has an incredibly aggressive and physical playing style. Peter Malmos started the season as our DL coach and was very successful as a coach. Few had expected him to be as good a guard as he was.

But the most important move on our offensive line, and maybe even our entire offense, was probably bringing in C Joachim Christensen. A former D1 player, with a journeyman background as a player for the Avedøre Monarchs, the Copenhagen Tomahawks and the Søllerød Gold Diggers, he has been a tremendous upgrade to our offensive line. Quickness, strength, aggressive play and leadership describe Joachim, and he has been a big part of an improved offensive line that helped produced the 2017 league MVP.

In the 10 regular season games this year, our offense rushed for 1.900 yards and 24 TDs.

 

MVP Import

Speaking of MVP, Dayton Winn, was the 2nd player in recent Towers history to be awarded the prestigious award. Not since our WR coach Casper Bo Jensen played RB, have we had a weapon quite like Dayton. Don’t be fooled by his small stature and long hair. The guy is a stud! His rushing stats are absurd. He rushed for an average of 13 yards per carry and scored a TD on every 5th rushing attempt. He also contributed heavily as a returner, where he gave the offense incredible field positions. He also doubled as a receiver, where he forced defenses to respect him and gave room to our young RBs.

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New faces and competition

While our rushing offense was incredible, it seamed like the passing game was even better at times. With over 2200 passing yards and 34 TDs thrown in the regular season, the QBs, WRs and TEs heavily contributed to our offensive success. WR Victor Staun had a tremendous first month as a NL player, but sadly his season was cut short by a horrible ankle injury. Before his injury, Staun produced 236 receiving yards and 5 TDs in just 2 NL games. Amazing numbers from the young player. Another great story was WR Aske Troen, who once again proved himself to be the top WR in Denmark. He averaged a TD in every single regular season game. This wasn’t lost on the Søllerød Gold Diggers, who used double coverage in the entire Mermaid Bowl to take him out of the game. TE Philip Thue Nielsen blossomed in the Mermaid Bowl, after his late arrival from Herlev Rebels. The big target had a couple of amazing catches and it seems like he has found a home at the TE position. The WR corps had help from junior player Jakob Green, younger brother of our captain Kristoffer Green, who produced a memorable 4 TD performance against the 89ers.
All this passing game success came of the hands of two great Danish QBs. Patrick Hargett and Kasper Skyum are both long time members of the Towers organization. Their seasons have been greatly impacted by the competition at practice. Kasper Skyum enjoyed a phenomenal first part of the season, where he had his most memorable performances against Gold Diggers and London Warriors. Kasper Skyum’s wedding in late august gave room for Patrick Hargett, who finished of the season with a bunch of amazing games. Especially his Friday Night Game against Gold Diggers and the semifinal against the Tigers will be remembered for years to come.

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Defense

Improving a 2016 defense that only allowed 11,9 points per game, seemed like a difficult a task. But with some key changes and some amazing player performances, the defense let in just 10 points per game in the 2017 season. What made a great defense even better?

 

Player development

While the offense had a lot of unknown faces, the defense consisted of mostly familiar faces. But the player development was of the charts. On every position, there were players who improved tremendously during the 2017 season. That development was largely driven by the addition of Niels Roest to the defensive coaching staff. Niels Roest, a former Towers DB and LB, took on the role as DB coach and ass. defensive coordinator. In that capacity he devoted practically all his time to trying to develop players. A task he succeeded in. Peter Malmos was, as mentioned, the DL coach when the 2017 season started and helped develop our defensive line to new levels.

 

Team defense and great additions

The biggest key to our defensive success in 2017, was the improvement in understanding how to play as a team. In every game, the defense seemed prepared and was rarely caught in bad situations. Being at the right spots, knowing assignments and tackling as a team are attributes that describe the Towers defense all season long.

To play team defense you need to have 11 players who know what to do and can execute when called upon. The 2016 Towers defense had a lot of talented players and in 2017 a couple of additions made the team even better. DE Mikkel Stilling returned from a football hiatus, which made a good defensive line great. He is one of the premier run defenders in the league and his presence was felt from day 1. Adding DT Andreas Heide was the icing on the cake.

Copenhagen Towers vs Søllerød Gold Diggers. Defence line Copenhagen Towers

 

The biggest addition in 2017 came from our own U19 team. LB Sebastian Ledgaard was a big part of our defensive success. Not since LB Mark Terkelsbøl, have we had such an impactful player move from our U19 team to our senior team. Ledgaard led team in tackles, while he finished high school as an all-A student. Ledgaard is fast, physical and smart, and will be a big part of the Towers defense for years to come.

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2018

Looking back at 2017, one could argue that the Towers have one of the best rosters in team. But 2018 looks even better.

Dayton is coming back

The reigning National League MVP, our very own Dayton Winn, has put his signature on a new contract with the Towers and will once again be a key part of our offense and special teams.

Players returning from injury

Kristoffer Green, Stefan Johansen, Martin Ballegaard, Victor Staun, Edin Mahmutovic and many more are fighting to get back in the Towers uniform, and we cannot wait to see them back in action!

A couple of farewells

Saying goodbye to great players will always hurt. Jannik Linden, Lau Mikkelsen and Sverri Finnson, will not be found in Towers helmet next year. Lindén and Mikkelsen are both former team captains, and will be missed greatly. But both players have left the Towers in good hands, and the culture they brought to the team will continue.

Fortunately, both players remain within the Towers organization as Lindén will join our very talented group of live stream broadcasters and Mikkelsen will join our staff as a WR coach.

Saying goodbye to Sverri is tough. Not only is he one of the biggest talents in Denmark, he is also a great teammate and leader. Fortunately Sverri is not quitting football, he is leaving to go play football in the US, and we wish him all best.

New additions

DL Mads Marquad, TE/WR Jesper Hansen, LB Frederic Grønhøj and DB Daniel Karkov have already committed to play for the Copenhagen Towers in 2018. All 4 players bring a lot of NL and national team experience along with a hunger to win.

From our U19 squad we will have the pleasure of bringing in several key players, who helped bring in a bunch of great results the last 3 years. Most recently was the 2017 European Championships silver medal, and a Development Bowl silver medal. Players like Asbjørn Carlsbæk, Christian Berg, Alexander Mylsted, Jakob Bækgaard and Gustav Scholz will all help the Towers team, and they are all hungry for gold!

The 2018 season cannot come soon enough….!

Towers Coaching Staff 2018

There are a lot of familiar faces to be found on the Towers sideline for the 2018 season. After a fantastic 2017 season, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this coaching staff is one of the premier staffs in Denmark.

Leading the way as Head coach will once again be Peter Herbild. Athletic Director, Anders Skovgren, on Peter Herbild: “It’s an immense pleasure for the Towers that we continue to have Peter Herbild as our HC in 2018. Peter has always had a focus on development. Not just the team’s development, but his own and his staff’s development as well. Peter Herbild is a skilled leader of both coaches and players. He focuses on what’s important, giving room for individuals, both among players and coaches, and he has a special ability to motivate. I find that Peter is still top motivated and engaged in the NL team and the Towers in general. Like him, I have great expectations for the 2018 season, both in Denmark and abroad”

He is a short overview of our 2018 coaching staff

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Peter Herbild, Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator

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  • Copenhagen Towers Head Coach since 2011
  • Danish Champions: 2013, 2014, 2017 (runner up 2016)
  • Played 15 seasons with the Copenhagen Towers as a DB, WR and RB
  • Currently the Defensive Coordinator on the Danish National Team

DB, and Team Captain, Magnus Bitsch on Peter Herbild: “I am very grateful for Herbild as a head coach and driving force in Towers, but also as a person. He has been a dominant figure in my development as a player. Countless times I’ve thought to myself: “This is a stupid footwork or scheme he has set up” – after which I find out that this was the way to beat our opponents. In addition to being a great coach, he is incredibly good at focusing on how to beat a specific opponent and does not waste time solving more or less unrealistic scenarios”

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Victor Andersen, Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator 

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  • Copenhagen Towers Defensive Coordinator since 2015
  • Played 11 seasons with the Copenhagen Towers as a DB (Danish champion in 2013 and 2014)
  • Won 6 junior Danish championships as a Head Coach of the U16 and U19 team.
  • Currently the DB Coach on the Danish U19 National Team

DT Kristoffer Brun on Victor Andersen: “Victor is a coach who takes his job very seriously. He is always well prepared and has an end-game with his reflections.”

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Simon Sonnesen, Special Teams Coordinator and RB Coach 

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  • Copenhagen Towers Special Teams Coordinator since 2015
  • Played 3 seasons with the Copenhagen Towers as a RB (Danish champion in 2013 and 2014)
  • Founder of Thisted Brewers
  • Currently the RB Coach on the Danish U19 National Team

RB Michel Jr. Konate on Simon Sonnesen: “Sonnesen is without any comparison the best coach I have ever had. Without him I would not have the football knowledge I have today. He is a motivating and determined coach. When you get to practice and have a coach who believes in it more than you do, just shows how motivational Sonnesen is as a coach”

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Jesper Nørgaard Pedersen, OL Coach

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  • Copenhagen Towers OL coach since 2017
  • Played 12 seasons with Kolding Guardians and Aarhus Tigers as a OL and LB
  • Coached 7 years of junior level football, before joining the Towers as a NL coach
  • Currently an assistant coach on the Danish U17 National Team

OL Joachim Christensen on Jesper NP: “NP is a coach who dedicates himself into getting results and demands his players to play at a high level. He cooperates with players and doesn’t only dictate, and he has a great attitude towards the game of football”

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Niels Roest, DB Coach

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  • Copenhagen Towers DB coach since 2017
  • Played 10 seasons with Kolding Guardians before joining the Towers in 2015
  • Played 2 seasons with the Copenhagen Towers as a DB and LB
  • Coached 10 years of junior level football, before joining the Towers as a NL Coach

DB, and Team Captain, Søren Bendixen on Niels Roest: “Roest has managed to lift a talented group of DB to a complete no-fly zone. The group were already one of the best in Denmark, but with the addition of Roest as the position coach and his expertise, the group has well established itself as the best in Denmark. Roest has delivered a profound insight into the mechanics and theory of the DB position – an insight that has benefited the whole group, from starters to backups. Every DB always know what each other is doing on the field, which has resulted in an unmatched team performance in coverage; a recipe which is extremely hard to coach – and beat”

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Casper Bo Jensen, WR Coach

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  • Copenhagen Towers WR coach since 2017
  • Played 7 seasons with the Copenhagen Towers as a DB, LB, WR
    and RB (Danish champion in 2013 and 2014)
  • Was awarded National League MVP in 2012, as a RB

WR Aske Troen on Casper Bo Jensen: “Casper is former team mate and came in as a new coach for a experienced group of WR and that’s not easy! As a former RB, Casper made it clear that he would focus on improving our blocks and physicality! And that part of our game has become much better and we can thank Casper for that! He is always positive and in a good mood and that always affect our group even if we are tired of his blocking drills”

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Peter Nordentoft, Defensive Assistant Coach

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  • Copenhagen Towers assistant coach since 2015
  • Played 11 seasons with the Copenhagen Towers as a DB (Danish Champion in 2013 and 2014)
  • Won 2 junior Danish U19 championships as a player

DB Simon Maak on Peter Nordentoft: “Peter is a former player with a lot of experience and tips to give regarding technique and especially how to adjust the approach to different type of receivers. We have a lot of individual time to work with him which helps a lot when we are in competitive situations”

There have also been some few new additions to our coaching staff.

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Lau Mikkelsen, WR Coach

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  • Copenhagen Towers WR coach since 2018

Lau recently retired from his role a as player and team captain on our NL team. Lau has been in football since early 2000s and is a well-known name in football-Denmark. He’s known for his great hands and feet, and his exceptional football-IQ that has led him to be a top WR in the Danish National League for more than a decade.

WR Aske Troen on Lau Mikkelsen: “I have played side by side with Lau several years now and he will be missed on the field! But getting him in the coaching staff is a huge asset! Lau has played football for many years and has always been very helpful with solutions and suggestions for game calling. I expect him as a coach to get heavily involved in our passing offense and I hope that some of his attitude is carried on by our WR group. Lau and Casper will complement each other very well and I’m sure that with these two coaches, Towers WR’s can continue their development”

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Henrik Schwarz, TE Coach

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  • Towers U19 OC and assistant Head Coach in 2014
  • Towers Senior OL Coach in 2015
  • Towers U16/19 assistant Coach in 2016 & 2017
  • Towers TE coach since 2018

Henrik Schwarz is a familiar face with the Copenhagen Towers, as he has been a coach with the Towers since 2014. Schwarz has been coaching for more than 10 years and his extensive knowledge will be very helpful when he is going to manage one of the most talented groups of players on the roster. Head Coach Peter Herbild has made it a clear objective to develop and integrate TEs to his offense, and there is no-one better to fix this assignment than Coach Schwarz. Schwarz is currently the OL coach of the Danish U19 National Team.

OL coach, and former teammate, Jesper NP on Henrik Schwarz: “I’m looking forward to bringing Schwarz to the national league staff, as Schwarz has a huge football understanding and can contribute a lot to an already strong technically skilled staff. Besides this, I look forward to the extra energy that Schwarz brings to our practice field where he expects the best of his players. If they do not deliver to the level he expects, players will know. I like that”

Dayton returns in 2018…!

As the winter darkness has Copenhagen engulfed in what seems like perpetual dreariness Tower Nation just received some exciting, purple news. Dayton Winn is returning for a second season with the defending champions.
The Towers are very excited that the reigning 2017 Danish National League MVP is returning to the Towers. He will once again play a very important part on the Towers’ offense. In 2017 Dayton averaged a TD every five times he touched the ball.
His versatility is already legendary in Denmark and in 2018 Towers fans can expect to see more of the same versatility. We expect Dayton to run the ball, catch passes and return kicks and punts.

Towers president, Jakob Munksgaard is understandably thrilled: ”This is great news for everyone in Tower Nation. Dayton had a fantastic season in 2017 and was an inspiration for everyone in the Towers organization. He is a great coach for our youth teams and I am sure our young players are delighted that he’s coming back”

 The Towers will be anxious to become back-to-back champions in the Danish National League, which is always a tough task. This year, however, will be even more difficult as the Towers will face international competition of very high quality.
Thus head coach Peter Herbild is confident that Dayton will help put us in a position to win in Denmark and in Europe: “Having Dayton Winn return for another season is a fantastic scoop for us. Dayton was the most explosive player in Denmark last year and he will be a key component for our offense and special teams on our journey towards winning the North European Football League and reclaiming the national title.”

Having Dayton back with us along with a largely intact squad and key players returning from injury puts us in the best possible position to win games against some of northern Europe’s power house clubs.

Coach Allert – Lau Mikkelsen WR coach

It is a great honour that Copenhagen Towers can announce another great addition to our coaching staff. Lau Mikkelsen has for years been a veteran cornerstone in the Towers offence but has this year decided to participate from the sideline as the coach for the wide receivers. In regards to the transition from player to coach, Lau Mikkelsen has announced:
“I’m super stoked to work with the WR’s. To me, it is – and has been for quite some time – the best group of pass catchers in the country. There’s a really good mix of young players and seasoned veterans, of speedsters and big targets and I think we can really leave a mark on opposing secondaries this season.”
We are truly grateful to welcome Lau Mikkelsen into our coaching staff and are sure the already talented WR corps will prosper even further by the transition.

Copenhagen Towers in 2018

Towers at the Carlstad Crusaders of Sweden in 2014 [Photo: Jeppe Toustrup]

2017 was a successful season for the Copenhagen Towers. The team won the Mermaid bowl and snatched the gold from the Søllerød Gold Diggers.

By Søren Bendixen.

With a convincing season, the Copenhagen Towers could once again lift the trophy and claim the national title. – A season completed with the fulfillment of relinquishing a team objective: reclaim the Mermaid Bowl.

But not all of Towers endeavors were successful. The Towers were yet again defeated in their European hunt for a title in the Champions League. With a loss to both Karlstad Crusaders and London Warriors, the dream of international achievements ended before it even started.

That was 2017 – and with a new season comes new aspirations. But is the European conquest even in reach for the young team? – What does it take to raise the bar?

We talked to head coach Peter Herbild about the ambitions for the coming season of 2018; a conversation that involved raised expectations and investment towards Champions League; recruitment of imports; and the continued improvement of the Towers organization: An Ambition for Europe

The Towers have an enormous hunger for European success” states Peter Herbild. A lot of these players have won the mermaid bowl (The national championship) 2-3 times; now there is an immense desire to achieve international success”. Something which still awaits the Copenhagen team. The last four years the Towers have only won a single international game. But the tides might change. The club has developed an impressive economy which allows the Towers to invest in 2-3 imports for European success,” says the young but experienced Head Coach and adds: I consider the Towers to have a window of 1-3 years for reaching an international triumph – but it begins this year”.

When asked about the difference maker compared to the last couple of seasons, Herbild responds: We got to score points!”. Since 2014 the Towers have only scored 3.5 points per. international game – “and that’s why we have offered league MVP, Dayton Winn, to rejoin us for the next season,”. Dayton Winn made a huge difference for the Towers in 2017. With Winn in the backfield, the Towers possess a compelling threat against every European opponent. But is it enough? Defensively the Towers maintains confidence in their roster. The defense has played solid facing the international opponents. The focus internationally lies in strengthening the vigor of the offense. The Towers are therefore looking for a proficient American quarterback who can lead the potent young offense. To compete at an international level will require at least two top talents, – and one should be a quarterback” Peter Herbild reveals.

Together with a talented roster, the Copenhagen Towers have through the years gathered a capable and skilled coaching staff. Our coaches are young but tremendously talented and experienced,” Herbild says. The last couple of seasons the coaching staff have grown with a lot of qualified newcomers from outside the club. Every aspect of the organization – from junior to senior – has prospered from the influx. It has allowed the Towers organization to realize the most fertile and productive setting for generating talented and ambitious football players. A development the Towers now can pick the juicy fruits from. We have a talented group of young rookies from our own junior department coming up. We are very proud and look forward to integrating them into our senior team” Herbild states. The European ambitions are evidently a product of this organizational evolution and progress. It feels comparable to our team journey for the first mermaid bowl in recent time (in 2013). It requires physique, technique, and mental advancement to accomplish – but we have the dedication and ambition”.

Even with all the talk about Europe, the enthusiasm towards the national league remains the same. We want to win the mermaid bowl every year” The Towers HC claims with confidence. The national league is always a challenge. The focus has not been distorted; it has been adjusted. The Towers will dispose their focus in the spring on realizing their ambitions for Europe – which might cost a game in the first part of the season. But after the summer break, the Towers are once again dedicated at contesting their national title.

The expectations are high. So is the potential. With a strong addition of new players to the club and an additional 2-3 import player, the ambitions should be so. The joy of Mermaid bowls are sweet, but a European fairytale might be in line for the Copenhagen Towers.

Towers will welcome American playmaker

[Photo: Cody Usher]

The Towers will add another layer to our offense, when we welcome running back Dayton Winn to the team. A standout at Hendrix College in Arkansas, Dayton will contribute at running back and kick returner.

Dayton has played his entire collegiate career at Hendrix College, starting all 40 games he played over the course of four seasons. His stats for those years border on mind numbing; 6231 total yards and 74 touchdowns on offense and 2066 kick and punt return yards with another 3 touchdowns.

His averages are equally, if not even more, impressive: For his career his averaged 6,0 yards pr. carry and an incredible 30,5 yards pr. catch. Dayton’s best year was 2015 with a whopping 1794 rushing yards in 11 games, but in terms of yards pr. carry, Dayton went out on a high note, notching 7,9 yards pr. carry in 2016. He was named a first team All-American twice.

Head coach Peter Herbild describes Dayton: “Dayton is a fast and talented player, who can contribute as a RB and WR. He will even play a key role on special teams as a returner. He has had outstanding production in college, so we are excited to see what he will bring to the team.”

Having never traveled outside the United States before, Dayton is looking forward to learning more about overseas culture and the game of football abroad. On his decision to join the Towers, Dayton said: “Head Coach, Peter Herbild, and Athletic Director, Anders Skovgren, have been a big part in my decision. They have helped me see all that I can experience by joining and playing for the Towers and that this will be an exciting journey. I am excited to work with these great men in the near future.”

As an assistant coach the 22-year old will also impart his football knowledge on the Towers’ youth players, primarily the U16 squad, but even the U19, U14 and U12 teams as well.

As is the case whenever a European team signs an import player, off-field persona is very critical to a player’s success. And in Dayton we feel that we have a guy who is about as good off the field as on it. Dayton describes himself: “As a person, I am a hard-working individual who pushes to be the best that I can be every day. I am a personable person when I meet someone new.”

Dayton will arrive in Copenhagen in the thick of spring in late May and will see his first action against the Copenhagen Tomahawks in Valby on June 4th. He will wear jersey #13.

We’re certainly looking forward to having Dayton with us. Make sure to come out and welcome Dayton in the true TowerNation way.

Towers lose WR to professional contract

WR Frederik Myrup [Photo: Michael Quist]

For the past few years Towers fans have gotten used to seeing jersey #13 in a blur. In the future WR Frederik Myrup will take his playmaking skills and blazing speed to Germany.

The Towers believe that we have the most talented national roster in Denmark. Among these very skilled players, receiver and kick returner Frederik Myrup has made quite a name for himself over the past 2½ seasons.

Thus it should not have been a surprise, when Myrup recently announced to his coaches and teammates that he had made a decision that was as easy as it was tough. He had received a contract offer to play professionally for the Potsdam Royals of the German GFL2 league.

The contract gives Myrup the opportunity to play football in Germany, where football has the longest history of any country in Europe and the highest level. The top teams in the GFL2, the German second division, play at a level that is perhaps even higher than the top teams in Denmark, while the level of play in the eight-team league is more even than in Denmark. This makes every game a must-win game.

As opposed to the Danish 10-game season, the GFL2 plays a 14 game season. Therefore Myrup will join the team in April and stay in Potsdam until the end of the season in September.

What the long term future brings for the 25-year old Myrup still remains to be seen. Despite having played football since he was 15 years old, including being a starter on the Danish National team since 2014 and having played both in high school and college in the USA, Myrup never had his sights set on a professional career. Until now.

“In Europe, a professional football career isn’t something to base your retirement plan on”, Myrup explains and adds “but this opportunity and experience were simply too good to say no to under these circumstances.” Living in Potsdam, Myrup will be a short train ride away from the German capitol city of Berlin, one of the most bustling cities in Europe.

In Potsdam, Myrup will have a QB, who knows where Myrup comes from. Zach Shaw, entering his second season with the Royals, was the starting QB for the Søllerød Gold Diggers a few years back.

Football in Germany is a major sport and the Royals average 1.500 fans in attendance at home games. This has enabled the club to build a strong foundation, which again makes it possible bring in about 10 import players and coaches from both the US and Europe.

Ordinarily, news of players leaving the Towers is not good news. But when the player leaves us for a professional contract the sting is eased somewhat by a sense of pride.

We hope that Myrup will have the time of his life in Potsdam and look forward to welcoming him home to the Towers again one day.