Århundredets kamp på hjemmebane i Super Final d. 30. juni

Af Jakob Munksgaard

Efter at have slået de norske, engelse og svenske mestrer, vandt Copenhagen Towers Northern European Football League og kvalificerede sig dermed til Super Final, en kamp der skal afgøre hvilket hold der er bedst i Europa.

Fotograf Michael Quist

Det er lykkedes Towers at blive arrangør af kampen og finalen skal derfor spilles på Gentofte Stadion d. 30. juni. Finalen, der har det mundrette navn Super Final – League of Champions, bliver formentlig den største kamp nogensinde i Danmark.

I Super Final skal Towers møde Østrigske Swarco Raiders, der vandt Central European Football League (CEFL). Swarco har i mange år været en stormagt i Europæisk football.

Fotograf Michael Quist

Formand for Towers Jakob Munksgaard er stolt af at kampen skal spilles i Gentofte og udtaler ”Det er fantastisk at det er lykkedes at få så stor en kamp til Danmark og til Gentofte Stadion. Det sætter store krav til organisationen og kræver hjælp fra mange mand, men vi skal nok klare det. Sportsligt har vi et rigtig stærkt hold og vi tror på os selv og hjemmebanen skulle gerne give os en lille fordel. Vi har spillet mange store kampe på Gentofte Stadion og denne her er uden tvivl den største. Vi glæder os til at vise det bedste i Europa frem for danske football fans”.

Fotograf Michael Quist

I lørdags slog Towers Carlstad Crusaders på udebane i en spændende kamp. Crusaders vandt turneringen forige år, så Towers har vist at de kan være med helt i toppen af Europa.

Tidspunktet for kampen er endnu ikke fastlagt. Dette forventes klarlagt i løbet af få dage.

Fotograf Michael Quist

Towers are NEFL champions…!

By Jens Rørbye

Eight-time Swedish champions. Perennial powerhouse. Consistent top-10 team in Europe. Three-time nemesis. The accolades are many, yet the Carlstad Crusaders fell 44-43 to the Towers in the NEFL Championship.

The Towers played a stellar first half and took a 30-16 lead into the break. The third quarter proved more difficult as the Crusaders maintained almost complete control of the ball offensively. They ran several very long drives, which meant that the Towers offense ran only 4-5 offensive plays all quarter.

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

Two scores in quick succession meant that the teams were tied at 30 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. This set the stage for a finish that was as intense as it was thrilling. Dayton Winn brought the Towers ahead again, but the Crusaders tied the game once more and then took the lead for the first time all game. When the Crusaders missed the PAT after their last touchdown the Towers knew that the momentum was back in our favor. Marching down the field Dayton Winn ran in what appeared to be the winning touchdown, however, a holding call brought back the Towers offense.

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

With 29 seconds left on the clock QB Randy Schroeder found U19 WR Jakob Green in the right side of the end zone despite good coverage. Green made the tough over-the-shoulder catch to tie the game again.

With a successful PAT, the game was back in the hands of the defense. Crusaders QB Philip Juhlin threw a few incomplete passes against a prevent defense followed by a desperation heave deep downfield as time ran out. When the pass fell incomplete among of a hoard of Towers defenders, the game was over.

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

As much as the game was an offensive masterpiece, with an outstanding performance by the entire unit, the defense played a good and very disciplined game. Defensive coordinator Victor Andersen said: “Despite allowing 43 points our defense felt that it had played a very good game against an exceptionally good opponent.”

On many occasions, the defensive brought the Crusaders to a halt deep on their own half of the field, giving the offense good field position.

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

Field position was generally an issue for the Crusaders. On kick-offs Jakob Green repeatedly forced touchbacks, while Aske Troen’s punts kept the ball out of the hands of the Crusaders’ import DB, who is dangerous in the return game.

Bringing the NEFL championship to Copenhagen is the culmination of a five-year journey that began, when the Towers won the Danish championship in 2013. When assessing the 2018 season in December 2017, our coaches determined that, to be truly successful in Europe, we would need to score points more consistently. Having RB Dayton Winn return for a second season was the first step of that plan. Signing QB Randy Schroeder was the second.

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

Seeing the plan play out was among the things that defensive coordinator Victor Andersen was particularly proud of after the game: “Realizing that we have signed two imports who fit the plan that we laid out in December was a fantastic feeling.”

Team president Jakob Munksgaard was equally excited: “This win proves that we are among the best teams in Europe. The team and coaches have focused on this game all spring and performed when they had to. It was an extraordinary performance by everyone!”

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

Scoring recap:

Dayton Winn: 117 yards and 2 rushing TDs. 27 yards and 1 receiving TD
Aske Troen: 46 yards and 1 receiving TD and a 32-yard FG
Lasse Tor: 31 yards and 1 receiving TD
Jakob Green: 116 yards 1 receiving TD
Randy Schroeder: 286 yards and 4 passing TDs

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

Fotograf Palle N. Christensen, Towers Media

Copenhagen Barbarians winning Big Bowl 2018!

I starten af 2018 gik Copenhagen Barbarians og Copenhagen Towers sammen således at både flag og takle football findes nu under en purple umbrella.
Sidste weekend tog Barbarians til Frankfurt/M. i Tyskland. Årets højdepunkt, The Big Bowl 2018, ventede forud.
Lasse Christensen fortæller: “Sidste år blev vi nr 2 i Big Bowl 2017 efter at have tabt til et stærkt MassFlag US i finalen.
I år var forberedelserne knapt så gode med skader til både QB Daniel Madsen (brækket index finger på kastehånden) og vores verdens stjerne Silas Meyer Juhlin (Knæ problemer). Derfor var der ikke store forhåbninger om sidste års succes op til vores anden Big Bowl deltagelse.
Vi var #2 seed i vores gruppe og vi var derfor glade for en god start på dag 1, da vi slog #1 seed London Rebels med 25-7, en god start på turneringen.
Men det skulle gå fra godt til bedre, resten af dagen lukkede defense ikke et eneste touchdown ind. Det resulterede i 4 sejre over resten af gruppens hold Utrecht Dominators, Vienna Sentinels, ASV Badener Greifs og Edingburgh Outlaws.
Totalt set mere end godkendt første dag.
Søndag fortsatte den gode stime da vi i 1/8 dels finalen skulle møde London Smoke. Endnu engang et stærkt defense og et kontrolleret tempo på offense resulterede i en 21-0 sejr over englænderne.
I kvartfinalen skulle vi så møde et amerikansk hold, NP Flag. NP Flag førte igennem det meste af kampen men med et stærkt drive til sidst i kampen bragte offense sig foran med 19-13. NP Flag havde dog et sidste drive i sig og det københavnske forsvar skulle endnu engang trække det længste strå med et goal line stance som tiden løb ud. Sejr og videre til semifinalen.
Semifinalen skulle stå mod vores ærkerivaler fra Allerød Armadillos, de lagde stærkt ud med en dyb bombe til touchdown på et af kampens første spil. Vi svarede igen og stillingen var ved pausen 7-7. Armadillos skulle dog tage føringen igen, inden offense ledet af QB Daniel Madsen vandrede ned af banen og scorede et vigtigt udlignende touchdown i de døende minutter, på dette TD blev der ydermere begået holding af defense hvilket resulterede i at offense gik for 2 point på ekstra forsøget som var succesfuldt og dermed vandt de lilla med 15-14 og var klar til finalen mod Cobras(UK), med en række danske lejesvende fra SGD Flagfootball. (Blandt dem Mikkel Lindsø og Jonas Bo Hansen)
Finalen var en tæt affære som de 2 foregående kampe, stillingen ved halvleg var 6-6 efter godt defensivt arbejde af begge hold. I anden halvleg tog Cobras føringen og det var dermed op til offense at komme tilbage. En vigtig konvertering på 4 down, et underhåndskast fra Daniel Madsen til Simon Bastrup resulterede i en ny første down. På det efterfølgende spil greb C Anders Robin Hansen en wheel route op af sidelinien til stillingen 12-12, på det efterfølgende ekstra point var Anders på pletten igen og bragte Barbarians foran med 3 minutter tilbage. En efterfølgende INT af Silas Meyer Juhlin endte kampen og offense kunne køre tiden ud. Copenhagen Barbarians er vindere af Big Bowl 2018 i Frankfurt!

Team MVP blev af holdet kåret til C Anders Robin Kofoed Hansen som også lavede samtlige 13 point i finalen.
Se hele kampen her (fra min. 28)

Towers bliver også godt kørende i år!

Af: Jakob Munksgaard

Copenhagen Towers har indgået et sponsorat med busselskabet Kagan Turist, der sikrer at de danske mestre også i år kommer sikkert til og fra udekampe.

Towers har kørt med Kagan Turist igennem flere år, men nu er samarbejdet blevet udvidet. Det betyder, at Kagan Turist øger deres økonomiske støtte til Towers, så både eliteholdet og ungdomsholdene bliver godt kørende til udekampene.

Vi har i adskillige år været glade for at køre med Kagan Turist, der altid sikkert og præcist har bragt os til og fra udekampene, og derfor er jeg glad for at begge parter kunne se en god idé i nu at udvide samarbejdet”, udtaler Towers’ formand Jakob Munksgaard. ”Busserne har den plads og komfort som kræves når 60-70 mand skal fragtes tværs over landet, ligesom vi altid har været glade for de mindre busser når ungdomsholdene skulle på tur” slutter Jakob Munksgaard.

Også hos Kagan Turist er der glæde over aftalen. ”Vi har altid haft et godt samarbejde med Towers og vi er glade for at støtte klubben. Derudover er vi selvfølgelig stolte af at fragte de danske mestre rundt i ind- og udland”, udtaler Thomas Kagan.

Sidste år fragtede Kagan Turist blandt andet holdet til Mermaid Bowl, der jo endte med en Towers sejr. Forhåbentlig bliver det samme udfald når Kagan Turist skal fragte Towers-truppen til Karlstad d. 9 juni, hvor Towers spiller den sidste og afgørende grundkamp i NEFL mod de svenske mestre fra Carlstad Crusaders.

Copenhagen Barbarians egen Silas Meyer-Juhlin med i europæisk allstar flaghold

Af Andreas Meyer-Juhlin

Det engelske flagfootball hold “The UK Dukes” har samlet et europæisk allstar hold, som skal spille med om en præmiepulje på $1.000.000 i en stor amerikansk turnering.

I denne weekend (12.-13. maj) tager Silas Meyer-Juhlin og tre andre danskere med “The UK Dukes” til New York. Turneringen er en del af den store satsning “American Flag Football League” (AFFL), som blandt andet har budt på kendte spillere fra NFL som Michael Vick, Terrell Owens og Chad Johnson. Flagfootball er i eksponentiel udvikling i USA, hvilket også kan ses på turneringens setup, hvor der spilles om 1 million dollars. NFL støtter op om initiativet og nogle af kampene vil blive streamet live på NFL Network og på AFFL’s hjemmeside og Youtube-kanal.

Silas Meyer-Juhlin er 23 år, landsholdsspiller og spiller WR/DB for Copenhagen Barbarians. Ved hans landsholdsdebut var han den yngste spiller til at deltage i en slutrunde for det danske flagfootball landshold. Sidste år hjalp han holdet med at vinde EM for tredje gang i træk og blev i den forbindelse kåret til turneringens MVP. Silas er med sin speed og spilforståelse farlig på begge sider af bolden og hans XXXL hænder hjælper til, at alt, der kastes i hans retning, bliver grebet.

 

 

Læs mere om turneringen og AFFL her.

Fantastisk fan gear kollektion på market

Towers 2018-kollektion af fantøj er netop kommet på gaden. Se lækre caps, flotte huer og fede tørklæder herunder. Hele herligheden sælges på hovedtribunen på Gentofte Sportspark til alle eliteholdets hjemmekampe samt på udvalgte U-kampe. Caps fås for DKK 200, mens alt andet fås for kun DKK 100.

Se fan-gear som PDF

Indkaldelse til ekstraordinær generalforsamling tirsdag d. 1. maj kl. 18.

Indkaldelse til ekstraordinær generalforsamling tirsdag d. 1. maj kl. 18.
Vores kasserer Thomas Ullum har grundet øget arbejdspres blevet nødt til at gå af som kasserer og der skal findes en ny. Derfor indkaldes der til ekstraordinær generalforsamling i Copenhagen Towers tirsdag d. 1. maj kl. 18.
Dagsordenen er:
1) Valg af dirigent og referent
2) Valg af ny kasserer
3) Eventuelt
Der er ikke andre beslutningspunkter på dagsordenen end valg af kasserer. Man er dog velkommen til at komme med spørgsmål til bestyrelsen under punktet eventuelt.
Bestyrelsen foreslår Helle Jakobsen som ny kasserer.
Med venlig hilsen

Jakob Munksgaard
Formand

Ronaldos signs sponsorship deal

By Jens Rørbye

Local restaurant and catering business, Ronaldos, has just signed a major, multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Towers.

The deal ensures that Towers fans can continue to enjoy Ronaldos’ legendary pork steak sandwiches and hot dogs at Gentofte Sportspark. Furthermore, Ronaldos will provide meals for players, staff and coaches on away trips. Ronaldos already delivers meals to players of a number of elite clubs in greater Copenhagen.

When he is not busy catering to Towers fans, Ronaldo himself runs the inhouse restaurant at Kildeskovshallen in Gentofte. Guests enjoy the course of the day, either in the restaurant or bring their meals home. On Sundays Ronaldos serves up a lavish brunch buffet. And finally Ronaldos caters to parties and large events, so it is indeed a diverse partner, who has chosen to sponsor the Towers.

The Towers are very excited about the agreement. In the words of team president Jakob Munksgaard: “The Towers are proud of announcing this deal. It underscores the rapid development that our club is going through and makes some of our dreams for the future possible. And then we’re thrilled that for the coming years we can treat our fans to the best sandwiches and hot dogs in the National League…!”

Ronaldos already has partnerships with other elite clubs in Gentofte and this agreement makes it clear that Ronaldos is the place that Gentofte turns to when they need culinary services. Owner Ronaldo Mora is pleased with the agreement and and proud of supporting the Towers: “The Towers is a club that is developing very quickly and we look forward to joining them on this journey”.

The agreement has been finalized after a year’s cooperation, just in time for the 2018 season. It entails that the Towers will take the field with Ronaldos’ logo on their pants as of now.

Don’t miss our season opener at Gentofte Sportspark on April 8th at 15:00 (3 p.m.), when we host the newly elevated Frederikssund Oaks. Ronaldos will be there and the grill will be fired up.

Ronaldo Mora (left), Morten Andersen (center) og Towers president Jakob Munksgaard (right)

The purple family is expanding! 

By Søren Bendixen and Jens Rørbye

The Copenhagen Towers are extremely proud to announce a merger with one of the premier flag football teams in Copenhagen; The Copenhagen Barbarians.

The merger has been in the works for a long time and will benefit both organizations greatly. The Towers have been looking at a number of ways to improve our offering to new and existing Towers players. Flag football has been at the top of our wish list for years.

The Barbarians on the other hand will join a very mature organization, where the flag football players can focus on delivering results on the field.

Barbarians president, Lasse Christensen, is thrilled with the merger: “We have had communications with the Copenhagne Towers about a merger for a long time. We’re obviously very pleased that things have fallen into place. From now on we can focus all of our energy on football, so we are happy to have expanded our purple family.”

Towers president Jakob Munksgaard is equally excited: ”It’s a pleasure to welcome The Barbarians into the Towers family. The Towers organization is growing rapidly and we are looking forward to helping further the development of flag football in Denmark. The plan for the future is to also include flag football in our successful youth development program and that will benefit both flag- and tackle football.”

The Barbarians have become a very established organization in the flag community, since their inception in 2007. They possess an impressive 33 active players, who compete at two levels in the Danish flag tournaments. Over the years the Barbarians have produced not just great team results, but also very talented flag football players.

Among these is Silas Meyer-Juhlin, who is among the very best flag football players in Europe, if not the world. Meyer-Juhlin is a national team fixture and has won three straight European Championships with the Danish national team. He was named MVP of the entire tournament at the 2017 European Championship.

Over the past years the Barbarians finished second in the Big Bowl Flag tournament in Frankfurt, Germany in 2017, fourth in the Danish Flag League in 2017 and third in 2016.

Over recent years, flag football has contributed significantly with talented players to the Towers’ national league team, so a closer collaboration between the two sports seems logical and beneficial. The merger will ease the transition between the two sports and increase the talent level on both sides. With the addition of knowledgable and talented flag players to the towers organization, we believe that a platform for alternative practice and improvement will emerge.

Flag is also an easy introduction to the sport of football and a great addition for our youth football program. Flag provides a possibility to engage in the tactical aspect of football and focus on the skills and technical aspect of the game.

Towers assistant head coach Victor Andersen is an avid flag football proponent. Lasse Christensen recognized Victor’s contributions to making the merger a reality: “I would like to thank Victor Andersen, who has been an important factor in making the merger possible. He has been a cornerstone of both clubs for a long time.”

Welcome to our purple family, Barbarians!

 

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.