Flashback from 25 years ago

The new year is just a few days away, which gives us a chance to reflect on the passing of time. From the depths of the archives, via a former player, we have come up with a Towers playbook from a quarter of a century ago.

The Towers were founded in August of 1990 and in 1991 we got our first offensive playbook. A lot of things have happened over the course of the years and our playbooks have certainly changed.

We hope you will enjoy this blast from the past: TowersOffense1991.

From all of us to all of you; A very happy New Year…..!

Top offensive lineman joins Towers

Joachim Christensen starting at center for Wagner College [Photo: Family photo]

Joachim Christensen, one of the absolutely best young offensive linemen in Denmark, has decided to join the Towers.

Despite being just 23 years old, Joachim Christensen, boasts an impressive and varied CV. He has played nine games for Denmark as a member of the national team, he has won the EFAF Cup, played for Team World against the USA in the IFAF International Bowl and played 2½ seasons at D1 Wagner College in New York.

In 2017, Christensen will start at center, a spot recently vacated by Quinn Bullard. Towers head coach Peter Herbild is understandably excited to have Joachim on the team “Joachim is Denmark’s biggest offensive line talent under 25 years of age. He has a great attitude and the physical style of play he brings matches our offense perfectly.”

An accomplished player with vast international experience at very high levels, Joachim was looking for a team with

Joachim Christensen at Wagner College Stadium [Photo: Family photo]

similar ambitions. He contacted coach Herbild and was pleased with what he heard. The Towers aim to win a seventh Danish championship and participate in European tournaments. “I want to be part of an ambitious organization, play in Europe, win some games,” Joachim says and adds “I have been fascinated by the Towers since I was a youth player and know a few of the guys there.”

With Christensen, the Towers will bolster an already stellar offensive line. The 23-year old, who stands 195 cm tall and weighs in at 130 kg, will join two other Danish national team OL starters; Jens Møller and Rasmus Thejl.

Apart from playing, Christensen will coach offensive line players for the Towers’ youth department.

Christensen is currently enrolled at Roskilde University, where he pursues a bachelor in Global Humanities.

Joachim began his football career as a youth player with the Avedøre Monarchs in 2008 and has since played in high school in the USA, for the Copenhagen Tomahawks and lately for the Søllerød Gold Diggers.

We are looking very much forward to welcoming Joachim to the Towers.

Joachim Christensen #75, playing for Denmark [Photo: Family photo]

Towers’ 2017 head coaches

Towers head coach Peter Herbild with his squad {Photo: Michael Quist]

Towers head coach Peter Herbild with his squad {Photo: Michael Quist]

All Towers head coaches will be back in 2017. Yet four of five Towers teams will have new head coaches. The coaching carrousel has turned and Peter Herbild is the only head coach to be back with the same squad in 2017.

The senior team staff will work hard In the off season in order to set the framework for the 2017 season and much more will be revealed in due time. One thing we do know already is that defensive coordinator Victor Andersen will be back. And not only will he again run our defense; Victor has also been named assistant head coach.

All youth head coaches have taken over new teams in 2017. The reason is simple – the bond each coach and his assistants have with their players is one we don’t want to break. Therefore, since a significant number of players from each youth team graduates to an older team, their coaches advance with them.

Simon Sonnesen, the former U19 head coach, reached the end of the line as far as youth teams go and thus he will coach the youngest Towers in 2017 as the U12 and U14 head coach.

This means that Tobias Trige will coach the U16 team and Kasper Skyum will be the front man for the U19 team.

Each coach will be surrounded by the same assistants as in 2016. Tobias Trige will bring Thomas ‘Post’ Jakobsen and Lars Cedervall with him as well as a whopping 20 players advancing to the U16 squad. Trige said, “We look forward to continuing to follow the football development of these boys and also the great camaraderie they have built.” Trige is looking for additional coaches for the U16 team in order to reach the team’s goal of having a coach pr. seven players.

Coach Skyum will also field a staff that is made up of a mix of familiar and new faces. “It will be a crew that knows what it takes to improve and not just the coaches, but medics and team managers as well”, Skyum explains and adds “Our players can expect innovative and unusual practices.”

The Towers wish our fans a happy off-season, but assure you that there is nothing off about our preparations for the 2017 season.

Coaches Sonnesen and Herbild [Photo: Michael Quist]

Coaches Sonnesen and Herbild [Photo: Michael Quist]

Towers 38 seconds from Mermaid Bowl win

Towers DB Nicolai Zacho Mermaid Bowl XVIII MVP

Towers DB Nicolai Zacho was named Mermaid Bowl XVIII MVP [Photo: Michael Quist]

The Towers and Razorbacks were both looking for an unprecedented seventh championship in Mermaid Bowl XXVIII, but when the final whistle blew the Razorbacks edged the Towers for the 22-18 win. 

It was a game for the ages as a very enthusiastic crowd witnessed the Towers take the lead after just a few minutes. That lead would not be relinquished until 38 seconds before the end of the game.

Towers defensive back Nicolai Zacho came off the bench after starter Simon Maak was injured. Making the most of the opportunity, Zacho intercepted Razorbacks QB Luke DeLancelotti three times and was named MVP for his efforts.

The game was played in Horsens on Oct. 8th 2016. Watch game highlights made by Towers Media’s Rasmus Bergholt and read the game recap on Nationalligaen’s site.

And finally we’d like to share this photo, which to this reporter made the loss hurt a bit less. As the team was receiving the silver medals, American offensive lineman Quinn Bullard was surrounded by a group of the U12 and U14 players he’d coached all year. They could care less about the loss – they just knew that this was their last night with their coach Quinn, whom they loved and will miss when he’s back in the US.

American lineman Quinn Bullard with some of his U12 and U14 players [Photo: Michael Quist]

American lineman Quinn Bullard with some of his U12 and U14 players [Photo: Michael Quist]

Eight Towers selected for Danish National Team

National Team head coach Lars Carlsen has published his 45-man roster for this weekend’s international friendly against Poland. Eight of the names are familiar to Towers fans.

Three defensive backs, two offensive linemen, two wide receivers and a quarterback make up the Towers’ contribution to the Danish squad in Poland:

Aske Troen, WR
Frederik Myrup, WR
Jens Møller, OL
Kasper Skyum, QB
Magnus Bitsch, DB
Oliver Zacho, DB
Rasmus Thejl, OL
Sverri Finsson, DB

Despite being just 25 years old, this season marks OL Jens Møller’s 10th anniversary on the Danish National Team. Since donning the red and white uniform of the U19 National Team for the first time in 2006, Jens has participated in three European championships, one Nordic championship, a four-nation tournament in Italy, a few international friendlies, and now another friendly in Poland.

“It is always a huge experience to have the privilege of playing for the Danish National Team, so I’m very happy every time I’m given the opportunity. Those games are just special,” Jens explains.

The Towers are tied with the Aarhus Tigers for the most players on the National Team roster. To Jens Møller, having seven teammates alongside him on the National Team sends a message: “I find it very positive that the Towers again and again provide so many players to the National Team. It goes to show what kind of program we have here”.

The National Team will take the field in Cetniewo, about 50 kms north of Gdansk, on Saturday, August 6th at 18.00 (6 p.m.) local time. The Danish American Football Federation is currently checking whether the game will be streamed. Check their website for more news.


Towers handle Demons at home

[Archive photo by Michael Quist, April 2014]

[Archive photo by Michael Quist, April 2014]

Behind strong play from QB Kasper Skyum and the rest of the offense, the Towers rolled to a 50-12 win over the Amager Demons on Sunday, June 12th.

Big plays were the order of the day, as Kasper Skyum completed deep passes to practically the entire WR-corps. WR Lasse Tor, especially, had a big day, but WR Frederik Myrup had a long TD catch of his own.

In what is becoming a trend RB Anton Witmeur outraced the defense for a big TD on one of the very first offensive plays of the game.

Defensively, the Towers played a good game, but two big plays by the Demons ended up costing 12 points. TE Jonas Petterson hauled in an impressive one-handed catch for the Demons’ first TD. Sadly, Petterson would later leave the game in an ambulance after sustaining a scary arm injury, while tackling Towers FB Jannik Lindén.

Later, Demons WR Frederik Normann scored an impressive touchdown despite tight coverage by the Towers defense. Demons RB Mads Hyrsting, filling in for his older brother Lars Hyrsting, gave the Demons good field position on a several occasions.

Interestingly, Towers WR Frederik Myrup was used on defense for the first time and he notched his first ever sack on his very first snap.

The win didn’t come from free, though, as Towers defensive backs Christian Berg, a U19 player, and Mads Sydendal went down with injuries that required medical attention. Both were released from hospital later the same day to recover at home.

This was our first game at home, since the season opener on April 17th and it came after a tough stretch of four straight away games. The Towers, nonetheless, now own a 5-1 record and the second place in the National League, while the Demons are 2-4 at the sixth place.

Our next game will be a big one and one you surely don’t want to miss. We play our first game at our stadium field since renovation at the stadium began in 2014.

That game is against the Triangle Razorbacks and kick-off is at 14:00 (2 pm) on Sunday, June 19th. Tickets are 50 kr. per person. Hot dogs and drinks will be for sale at the field.

Come out and help us celebrate returning home to our stadium field at Gentofte Sportspark (click for map).

A Facebook-event that you can join and invite friends to will be posted shortly. And look for our preview video on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, soon.

Saturday Night clash to be live streamed

Saturday night the Razorbacks and Towers will face off at Vejle Atletik Stadion. Kick-off is at 18:00 (6 pm) and the atmosphere is sure to be sizzling.

It is a game between the last two undefeated teams in the National League and it’s no surprise that DAFF and Nationalligaen.dk have chosen this as the featured game of the week. If you cannot make it to Vejle then make sure to follow the live stream at Nationalligaen.dk/nl-tv.

These two teams account for a whopping 12 Mermaid Bowl championships in total – or almost half of all championships in the history of Danish football. So get out your grill, open a cold beer and fire up your favorite device, because this game is one you don’t want to miss.

The Razorbacks and Towers have exchanged friendly jabs on Facebook prior to the game, so the mood for the game is already getting set.

First interview with Quinn Bullard

Towers OL Quinn Bullard [Photo: Michael Quist]

Towers OL Quinn Bullard
[Photo: Michael Quist]

American offensive lineman Quinn Bullard arrived in Copenhagen just two weeks ago. He has already had several practices and even his first game. Towers Media interviewed Quinn after practice on Tuesday.

We talked about getting settled in in Copenhagen, the first game, practices, being recruited by former Tower and SMSU Mustang, Thomas Yarbrough. See the video on Youtube.

Video shot and edited by Michael Quist. Graphics by Jeppe Toustrup. Interview by Jens Rørbye.

Towers sign OL Quinn Bullard

The Towers are very excited to have added a vital component to our offense for the 2016 season. Quinn Bullard, 22 years old and a Southwest Minnesota State University alumnus, will join the Towers in early May.

Bullard will add size and strength to the Towers offensive line with his 198 cm and 145 kg. Head coach Peter Herbild has high expectations for his new import player: “We expect Quinn to contribute both as a good player, but also as a leader, who can show grit and commitment.”

On the practice field, Bullard will help develop the Towers’ offensive linemen of the future. He is a certified coach and will be heavily involved with coaching offensive linemen on all Towers youth teams. Furthermore, Bullard will help improve the skills of the senior team linemen.

Bullard himself is looking forward to the coaching opportunities: “I am very excited about the coaching opportunity! Coaching is something I have always wanted to involve myself with. It’ll be a great opportunity to be able to coach within this organization. I hope to share my knowledge, and gain some as well.”

Football has been a part of Bullard’s life since he was nine years old, but since his high school days he has even been a competitive wrestler. He is still involved in the SMSU wrestling team.

In a new approach to recruiting, coach Herbild turned to former Towers-import player Thomas Yarbrough. Coach Herbild described to Yarbrough, what the team was looking for this season and Yarbrough went scouting. Being recruited took Bullard somewhat by surprise: “I was a bit caught off guard. I was expecting to be done with playing football, and wasn’t really expecting to be able to extend my football career. I am very excited to get started, and back to work!”

Over the course of a few Skype interviews Herbild and Bullard very quickly realized that this was a very good match. Bullard will now complete his academic obligations at SMSU, before boarding a plane for Copenhagen. This means that the Towers will open the season against the Herlev Rebels and Horsens Stallions without the services of Bullard. Bullard will suit up for his first Towers game, when the club faces the Rebels again on May 16th.

Photo provided by Southwest Minnesota State University assistant head coach Mike Aldrich and shows Bullard signing his Copenhagen Towers contract at the SMSU facilities.

New Towers team in 2016

In 2016 a new Towers team will take the field – younger, tougher, ready!

Put together with a mix of experienced players from the Championship teams of 2013 and 2014 and a bulk of new young players, the 2016 Towers Senior team is set to reclaim the National Championship.

From top to bottom the team is lead by coaches with a proven track record of winning. Entering his 5th year, Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Peter Herbild (with an impressive W/L record of 47-11 in Denmark) sees a lot of similarities between this team and the 2012-team that established the Towers championship teams: “We have the players and the coaches required to create a Champion, and like in 2012 we have one unit to fix. This time it’s our offense, and we will get that done”.

The Towers offense will have the perfect measuring stick for their progress, as they enjoy the luxury of going up against the best defensive unit in Denmark twice a week. Victor Andersen enjoyed a thoroughly impressive first year as DC for the Towers Senior team, and continued a tradition of excellence on defense that has prevailed since the unit was “fixed” in 2012. Being the most talented and lauded young football mind in Denmark, Victor Andersen is the coach who can take a mighty defense and make it a juggernaut that is more than just difficult to score against. “Through the last 15 years, there have been a lot of great defense’ in Denmark, and I believe Victor is the coach who will create a new benchmark for what a great defense is and what it can accomplish.” Coach Herbild explains.

The team also boasts great position coaches such as Simon Sonnesen who is coming off a JNL championship and QB&WR-guru Anders Skovgren whom is considered one of Denmarks most experienced competence for both positions. The list continues with former Towers greats such as Christian Dinesen, Rasmus Bergholt and others.

The aspiring team will have the best practice facilities in Denmark, and they are eagerly awaiting the opening of the rebuilt Gentofte Stadium later this year. Meanwhile the team will workout together at Gentofte crossfit centre during the pre-season and later they will make a trip abroad for a pre-season game and team building.

A lot to look forward to as a Tower in 2016!