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!