Towers take seat on DAFF board

[Photo: Michael Quist]

[Photo: Michael Quist]

The Towers are very proud that our athletic director, Anders Munch Skovgren, was recently elected to a position on the board of DAFF.

Anders Munch has been a known and respected figure within Danish football since the mid 1990’s. When the entire board of DAFF stepped down earlier this summer, many clubs looked for a football knowledgeable, veteran presence on the new board. Anders’ name came up very quickly. He was asked to consider becoming a candidate and accepted after some thought and after consulting his family. Anders will serve on the board until the next regular annual conference at which time he will consider his position.

Towers U19 head coach Simon Sonnesen said it well: “The broadest shoulders carry the most weight”. That can be said of Anders himself and of the Towers as a whole.

Over the years, since hanging up his cleats after a long career as the QB of Frederikssund Oaks, Anders has served in countless club, federation and national team functions. He is never one to back away from responsibility and saw an opportunity to do good work for football in Denmark in general.

The Towers, similarly, are proud that our team management is thought of so highly and wish Anders all the best in his endeavors for the Danish American Football Federation.

Alongside his work for DAFF, Anders will remain the Towers athletic director and the QB coach of the National League team.

Spring season in the books

[Photo Michael Quist]

[Photo Michael Quist]

We have reached the summer break of the 2016 season in the Danish National League. The spring season was good to the Towers as we racked up a 6-1 record, signed a major sponsorship deal, broke in our new stadium and showed off new uniforms. 

All in all, not bad..

We have played seven of the ten games in the regular season. Three at home, beating the Rebels, Demons and Razorbacks, while we played four road games, beating the Stallions, Rebels, Gold Diggers and losing to the Razorbacks.

We’re the top ranked offense in the league, scoring 266 points and also the top ranked defense, allowing only 76 point. That averages out to a score of 38-11 pr game. Our only loss came at the hands of the Razorbacks, who beat us 31-30 on a Saturday night in Vejle.

Early in the year we were very happy and proud to sign a sponsorship deal with AIRTOX International. It’s a deal that has helped and will help the Towers in a number of ways. Most visibly, our new uniforms bear AIRTOX’ logo on the backs of the jerseys and along the side of the right legs.

The new uniforms come with both purple and white jerseys. On the day the uniforms were shown off to fans and the public at large, our coaches and players had chosen all-white uniforms. It was a beautiful day and the uniforms looked great.

Add to that the fact that we beat the defending champions and broke in our new stadium in those new uniforms and it doesn’t get much better. Don’t forget to watch our highlight video from the game…!

Having been away from our regular stadium field for two years has been tough. But the newly renovated field, with new fan facilities, was worth waiting for. We had each of the 300 seats filled and a lot of fans standing, when we beat the Razorbacks. We couldn’t have asked for a better or louder home crowd. This bodes well for the future of Tower Nation.

Now the Summer break awaits. On August 16th at 14:00 (2 p.m.) we host the Aalborg 89ers. We hope to see all of our fans again then. Until then; thank you for being Towers fans and enjoy your summers.

Towers to show off brand new uniforms

Towers nye jerseysThe Towers will take the field in brand new uniforms in tomorrow’s homecoming game. Just in time for the big game, our Polish supplier delivered the uniforms at the doorstep – literally – of head coach Peter Herbild at 3 am last night. 

As if the rematch against the Razorbacks tomorrow and the fact that we’re returning to our stadium field wasn’t enough to get excited about, we will show off our new uniforms tomorrow. And for the first time in about a decade we will have both purple and white jerseys.

Team manager Lene Schubert has announced that our fans will be treated to all-white uniforms tomorrow. So if you haven’t already signed up for the game, make sure to check our Facebook event and come out.

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.

Meet your 2016 Towers team

Team photographer Michael Quist lined up the players and coaches on the steps of Gentofte Sportspark prior to the season opener. The result is this season’s official Towers team photo.

Check our roster to learn names, positions and ages of our players. In time, we plan to add portrait photos of the players, staff and coaches, too.

Click on the photo to view a full size version.

Towers QB aces coaching exam

Coach Skyum working with his U16 squad [Photo provided by Kasper Skyum]

Coach Skyum working with his U16 squad
[Photo provided by Kasper Skyum]

Kasper Skyum is not only the starting QB for our National League team, but also an accomplished coach. This past week he passed the final exam of his ‘Diploma of Expert Coaching’ course with flying colors and thus adding to the already solid coaching credentials of the Towers organization.

Football is a very big part of Kasper’s life. He is the Towers’ and the Danish national team’s starting quarterback. He is the Towers’ U16 head coach. He is the offensive coordinator of the Danish U19 national team. And he works part time as one of two youth consultants for the Towers, along with Simon Sonnesen.

Kasper’s coaching prowess hasn’t come all by itself, but through years of hands-on experience and academic training. He has recently completed level three of the Diploma of Expert Coaching education (Diplomtræneruddannelse), provided by the National Olympic Committee and Sports Conferedation of Denmark (Dansk Idrætsforbund). This is the second highest level of coaching education offered in Denmark and it follows a pan-European framework.

“Having completed the Diploma of Expert Coaching education has given me a higher understanding of the physiological, technical and mental aspects of coaching at both the beginners as well as the elite levels. In the end this enables me to coach my players at a higher level”, Kasper says.

On his final exam, Kasper was awarded a grade of ‘12’ – the highest grade possible. This is a strong testament to Kasper’s dedication to youth football and the game itself.

“Within the Towers we value coaching education very highly”, Athletic Director Anders Munch Skovgren explains and adds: “We offer a coaching education to all of our coaches, because we believe that skills and current knowledge is vital to coaching at a high level.”

Congratulations, Kasper. The Towers are very proud to have people with such dedication in our organization.

AIRTOX sign four-year sponsorship deal

The Towers are beyond thrilled to welcome AIRTOX INTERNATIONAL A/S as our new main sponsor. We have reached a four-year deal that will significantly benefit the Towers on all levels from the elite team right down to the U12 squad.

The deal will pay immediate dividends as the elite team will take the field In brand new home and away uniforms this season. At the other end of the age scale our U14/U12 teams will also receive new uniforms.

In the near future the deal will also help enable the Towers to reach the very high goals we have set for ourselves. ”We won the Danish championship in 2013 and 2014, and our undisputed aim is to become champions again. Furthermore we aim to be able to make a clear impact in the European Champions League. This requires significant funds throughout our organization and thus the AIRTOX sponsorship is extremely important to us.”

Specifically, the Towers will look to improve facilities for players and coaches alike in the coming years. Practice equipment, the best coaches, uniforms, personal equipment for youth players to loan are very practical areas in which increased funds make our club better.

Furthermore, import players that can complement our very talented Danish roster are an important part of competing at the highest Danish level. To that end the Towers will welcome offensive lineman Quinn Bullard of Southwest Minnesota State University in early May.

AIRTOX is one of the most exciting and trendsetting new businesses in Denmark. They design, produce and market a cutting edge line of professional footwear. Their desire to enter into a partnership with the Towers comes down to similarities in brand, target groups and raw style.

AIRTOX ‘Commander in Chief’ Henrik Wiingaard-Madsen explains: “Danish American football is a somewhat overlooked sport, but a sport undergoing intense development. And it’s a sport in which you have to choose sides. You’re not a sheep following the flock; Just like when you choose AIRTOX safety shoes.”

Visit our new sponsor at http://www.airtox.dk or at one of the many stores where AIRTOX shoes are available.

Photographer: Michael Quist

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Print 2016 schedule

The 2016 season is just around the corner and to help you make sure that you don’t miss a game we’ve made a schedule for you. It’s ready to print and hang on your fridge.

Get your English version of the Towers schedule 2016 or a Danish version of Towers kampplan 2016.

Also, don’t forget that DAFF (Danish American Football Federation) will live stream four Towers games this year.