Indkaldelse til generalforsamling 2018

Årets generalforsamling i Copenhagen Towers afholdes torsdag d. 22. februar kl. 18:00 i Towers’ klubhus.

Generalforsamlingen vil have følgende dagsorden:

1. Valg af dirigent og referent
2. Formandens beretning og godkendelse heraf
3. Fremlæggelse og godkendelse af revideret regnskab
4. Fremlæggelse af kontingent og budget
5. Forslag til vedtægtsændringer
6. Behandling af indkomne forslag
7. Valg af bestyrelsesmedlemmer og suppleanter
8. Valg af to interne, kritiske revisorer
9. Eventuelt

Stemmeret på generalforsamlingen har bestyrelsen og alle kontingentbetalende medlemmer, der ikke er i restance.

Generalforsamlingen forventes at vare en time.

Rookies meet legend – a mind-blowing day with Morten Andersen

By Jens Rørbye

The Towers’ 2018 Rookie Day showed experience levels at the opposite ends of the scale. On one hand we had 23 true rookies, who wore football equipment for the very first time. On the other hand we have a man, whose football career ended a decade ago and who is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Morten Andersen.

The Towers have opened our doors to an organized Rookie Day once a year for the better part of 15 years. However, this year was different, not just because of the number of potential new Towers, but also because of few very special guests: Hall of Famer Morten Andersen and veteran NFL commentator Jimmy Bøjgaard.

Fotograf Michael Quist

Our 23 rookies were divided up into a group of adults and U19 players and another of U16 and below. All were given a two hour introduction to football by our coaches. The youngest did not yet have two digits in their ages, while the oldest had kids who also took part in Rookie Day.

The Towers’ youth consultant, Kasper Skyum, was in charge of organizing and carrying out the event and he was tired, but excited afterwards: “It was awesome to see so many people make an effort for the Towers. Parents, rookies, volunteers and coaches all gave a hand. And it was fantastic that Morten Andersen came out to see us on a cold day like this. The future is definitely bright for the Towers.”

Fotograf Michael Quist

The rookies were dressed in helmets, pads and Towers jerseys and run through drills that gave them a taste of all aspects of football. They caught passes, covered receivers, blocked linemen, ran the ball, tackled and kicked field goals. The latter under expert guidance from Morten Andersen.

Morten Andersen also huddled the rookies up and gave them a talk on what it takes to make it in football. He emphasized the importance of asking a lot of oneself, but also of one’s teammates. “But never point fingers”, Morten stressed “because when you point a finger at someone, three fingers point back to yourself”.

Fotograf Michael Quist

The rookies and about 15 Towers youth players, who came out to help give the rookies a good day, all listened to the words of the 25-year NFL veteran.

And being a humble and down-to-earth person, Morten spent a lot of time talking to players of all ages, lining up for photos and signing jackets, helmets, jerseys, footballs, magazines and much more.

It was a very cold day, with temperatures below freezing all day, but spirits were high and the hotdogs that the Towers offered the rookies afterwards were popular. Especially as snow starting falling and quickly covering the turf field that just a half hour earlier had been buzzing with activity.

Fotograf Michael Quist

We were very happy with this year’s Rookie Day and look very much forward to welcoming a lot of new players to our purple family.
Stay tuned as a video from this wonderful day is on the way!

 

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….!

Hall of Famer Morten Andersen to visit Copenhagen Towers

Youngsters hoping for a career in the NFL can get a taste of the sport and a unique meeting with the most famous Dane to have experienced the NFL on his own body, when the Copenhagen Towers open their doors at the annual ‘Rookie Day’ on Saturday, February 3rd.

Among fans of American football The Great Dane is a legend. His career spanned a quarter of a century in one of the toughest sports in the world. He holds numerous NFL records. And now he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just the 9th member of the exclusive company who was born outside the United States.

In other words, it’s not just anyone, who will pay a visit to the Danish champions during the club’s open house. Morten Andersen is a very dedicated ambassador to the sport and his visit to the Towers bears witness of his excitement over the rapid growth of the sport in Denmark.

Morten Andersen with Mermaid Bowl 2014 MVP JR Artozqui and Team Denmark coach Lars Carlsen, Credit: Michael Quist

The president of the Copenhagen Towers, Jakob Munksgaard, is thrilled by the impending visit: “I am very proud that Morten Andersen has chosen to visit us. We look very much forward to sharing the joy of our fantastic sport with our rookies and Morten”.

Anyone, youth as well as adult players, with a dream of giving American football a try is welcome at Rookie Day, where equipment and experienced coaches will guide new players through a fun, exciting and tough program. And naturally there will be a chance to have a chat with Morten Andersen and perhaps take a selfie.

In the 1970s Morten Andersen showed the way and for a long time he was the only Danish player in the NFL. But lately players, who got their first taste of the sport here in Denmark, have begun to make themselves known in the United States. Andreas Knappe just signed a contract with the Denver Broncos, while pundits have high expectations to Hjalte Froholdt. A future in the NFL seems within reach of the Dane, who has one season left with his college team, the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The road to the NFL is long, but new players can experience their first tackles, blocks, passes and catches the day before this season’s Super Bowl; Saturday, February 3rd at 12:00 – 14:00 at the Copenhagen Towers’ turf field, K2, at Gentofte Sportspark.

Morten Andersen congratulating head coach Peter Herbild on the Mermaid Bowl 2014 win, Credit: Michael Quist

Bye to 2017 and a happy new year!

The Copenhagen Towers would like to send a big “Thank You” to all of our followers, fans, volunteers and all people interested in Towers Nation. At the same time we would like to wish you all the best for the upcoming year and a great football season in 2018!

Happy X-Mas, Tower nation

Hej alle i Towers Nation.

2017 har været et lilla år! Vi vandt suverænt Mermaid Bowl og havde et sindssygt godt efterår. Tror ikke der er andre klubber som har haft “running clock” mod alle de andre top 4 klubber, som vi havde mod Golddiggers, Razorbacks og Tigers!

På ungdomsfronten har vi også haft et rigtig godt år. Her er udviklingen af de enkelte spillere i fokus, og der er mange talentfulde spillere på vej. I 2018 vil vi få nogle spillere op der allerede fra start af kan kæmpe med om startpladserne. Så fremtiden ser lys ud i Towers.

Vi er sikre på at vi også har et stærkt hold i 2018, hvor vi vil gøre hvad vi kan for at genvinde DM. Derudover håber vi på at kunne gøre os gældende i de europæiske kampe. Disse kampe spilles i april/maj, så vi får spænding fra sæsonstart.

Vi glæder os til at byde alle velkommen til kampene i 2018, og ønsker alle en god jul og rigtig godt purple nytår.

Mvh
Jakob, formand i Towers

 

Open House @Copenhagen Towers

Sidder du klistret til TV-skærmen søndag efter søndag for at følge NFL? Drømmer du om selv at opleve suset, når hjelmen trækkes på, og det første fløjt lyder? Hvis svaret er ja, skal du læse videre nu.

Lørdag, den 3. februar 2018 slår Copenhagen Towers i samarbejde med Dansk Amerikansk fodbold forbund dørene op til Åbent Hus! og giver interesserede i alle aldre chancen for at blive en del af verdens fedeste holdsport.

På denne dag vil du få mulighed for at prøve kræfter med alle spillets facetter under kyndig vejledning af trænere og spillere fra Copenhagen Towers, som står klar til at dele ud af deres store passion for amerikansk fodbold. Vi garanterer for en dag fyldt med fart og action.

Det eneste du skal gøre er at møde op klar til en sjov og lærerig dag. Og nå ja, så skal du berede dig på at få en interesse for livet.

Udover en fantastisk dag med fodbold vil Towers servere Kaffe og kage til de ventende forældre/venner og kærester og måske grillen bliver tændt! :o)

Beklædning – Sportstøj. Det er desuden en fordel at spille i fodboldstøvler eller andet fodtøj med knopper. Dog kan almindelige løbesko/idrætssko benyttes.

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Copenhagen Towers win XXIX Mermaid Bowl 2017

WE ARE DANISH CHAMPIONS….!
At least, we beat the Søllerød Gold Diggers 20-7 in the Mermaid Bowl today.

#21 Safety Magnus Bitsch was named Mermaid Bowl 29 MVP after another great game including an interception.

#13 Dayton Winn, playing with a broken nose for three quarters, was named National League MVP 2017.

Thanks to all of our great fans for having our backs this season. See you in 2018!

Towers going to Mermaid Bowl XXVIII

mermaidbowl_logo16_hvid-700x357The Towers have qualified for the Mermaid Bowl for the third time in the past four seasons. We will face a familiar opponent; the Triangle Razorbacks in the championship game.

We earned a berth in the 28th installment of the Mermaid Bowl by winning 49-14 over the Amager Demons in the semifinal at Gentofte Sportspark.

The game will be played in Casa Arena in Horsens on Saturday, October 8th 2016. Kick-off is at 16:00. Prior to the big game several hundred youth players will play a youth tournament.

Tickets for the Mermaid Bowl are available from the organizers’ website.

The Copenhagen Towers FanClub has a Facebook group that will keep you updated on fan aspects of the game. They are organizing a fan bus to the game, so please check out the group, join it and register for the bus ride.

The Towers finished the National League regular season in first place with a 9-1 record. Our sole loss came at the hands of the Razorbacks on a Friday Night in Vejle before the summer break. On the other hand we beat the Razorbacks at home when we inaugurated our new stadium, so the Mermaid Bowl is bound to be exciting.

 

Date Time Home Away Score Record Comment
17/04 14:00 Copenhagen Towers Herlev Rebels 56-0 1-0 Watch
23/04 14:00 Horsens Stallions Copenhagen Towers 0-46 2-0
16/05 14:00 Herlev Rebels Copenhagen Towers 7-50 3-0
28/05 14:00 Søllerød Gold Diggers Copenhagen Towers 13-14 4-0 Watch
04/06 18:00 Triangle Razorbacks Copenhagen Towers 31-30 4-1 Watch
12/06 14:00 Copenhagen Towers Amager Demons 50-12 5-1
19/06 14:00 Copenhagen Towers Triangle Razorbacks 20-13 6-1 First game at newly renovated stadium field
20/08 14:00 Copenhagen Towers AaB 89ers 42-14 7-1 Watch
26/08 19:00 Copenhagen Towers Søllørød Gold Diggers 11-6 8-1
10/09 14:00 Aarhus Tigers Copenhagen Towers 23-44 9-1
24/09 16:00 Copenhagen Towers Amager Demons 49-14 PLAYOFFS – Semifinal.
8/10 16:00 Copenhagen Towers Triangle Razorbacks  18-22 MERMAID BOWL XXVIII

Ten Towers help Denmark beat Poland

Foto: DAFF

Foto: DAFF

The international friendly between Denmark and Poland in Gdansk turned out to be an exciting affair. In the end Denmark won by a score of 37-35.

After setting the tempo early, Denmark fell behind in the second half, but managed a come from behind win in the fourth quarter.

Towers WR Frederik Myrup was named MVP of the game after scoring Denmark’s two first touchdowns; a 50-yard swing pass followed by a 101-yard kick-off return.

In the third quarter WR Aske Troen caught a touchdown pass from QB Kasper Skyum. Being his usual busy self, S Magnus Bitsch blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter and recorded an interception in the third quarter.

We have received a post-game photo of our eight players and two coaches on the national team, courtesy of DAFF.

Pictured from left to right:

Back row: Coach Simon Sonnesen, OL Jens Møller, OL Rasmus Thejl, DB Sverri Finsson, WR Aske Troen, coach Peter Herbild

Front row: QB Kasper Skyum, WR Frederik Myrup, DB Oliver Zacho, S Magnus Bitsch (Captain)