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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!

 

Towers will welcome American playmaker

[Photo: Cody Usher]

The Towers will add another layer to our offense, when we welcome running back Dayton Winn to the team. A standout at Hendrix College in Arkansas, Dayton will contribute at running back and kick returner.

Dayton has played his entire collegiate career at Hendrix College, starting all 40 games he played over the course of four seasons. His stats for those years border on mind numbing; 6231 total yards and 74 touchdowns on offense and 2066 kick and punt return yards with another 3 touchdowns.

His averages are equally, if not even more, impressive: For his career his averaged 6,0 yards pr. carry and an incredible 30,5 yards pr. catch. Dayton’s best year was 2015 with a whopping 1794 rushing yards in 11 games, but in terms of yards pr. carry, Dayton went out on a high note, notching 7,9 yards pr. carry in 2016. He was named a first team All-American twice.

Head coach Peter Herbild describes Dayton: “Dayton is a fast and talented player, who can contribute as a RB and WR. He will even play a key role on special teams as a returner. He has had outstanding production in college, so we are excited to see what he will bring to the team.”

Having never traveled outside the United States before, Dayton is looking forward to learning more about overseas culture and the game of football abroad. On his decision to join the Towers, Dayton said: “Head Coach, Peter Herbild, and Athletic Director, Anders Skovgren, have been a big part in my decision. They have helped me see all that I can experience by joining and playing for the Towers and that this will be an exciting journey. I am excited to work with these great men in the near future.”

As an assistant coach the 22-year old will also impart his football knowledge on the Towers’ youth players, primarily the U16 squad, but even the U19, U14 and U12 teams as well.

As is the case whenever a European team signs an import player, off-field persona is very critical to a player’s success. And in Dayton we feel that we have a guy who is about as good off the field as on it. Dayton describes himself: “As a person, I am a hard-working individual who pushes to be the best that I can be every day. I am a personable person when I meet someone new.”

Dayton will arrive in Copenhagen in the thick of spring in late May and will see his first action against the Copenhagen Tomahawks in Valby on June 4th. He will wear jersey #13.

We’re certainly looking forward to having Dayton with us. Make sure to come out and welcome Dayton in the true TowerNation way.

Towers lose WR to professional contract

WR Frederik Myrup [Photo: Michael Quist]

For the past few years Towers fans have gotten used to seeing jersey #13 in a blur. In the future WR Frederik Myrup will take his playmaking skills and blazing speed to Germany.

The Towers believe that we have the most talented national roster in Denmark. Among these very skilled players, receiver and kick returner Frederik Myrup has made quite a name for himself over the past 2½ seasons.

Thus it should not have been a surprise, when Myrup recently announced to his coaches and teammates that he had made a decision that was as easy as it was tough. He had received a contract offer to play professionally for the Potsdam Royals of the German GFL2 league.

The contract gives Myrup the opportunity to play football in Germany, where football has the longest history of any country in Europe and the highest level. The top teams in the GFL2, the German second division, play at a level that is perhaps even higher than the top teams in Denmark, while the level of play in the eight-team league is more even than in Denmark. This makes every game a must-win game.

As opposed to the Danish 10-game season, the GFL2 plays a 14 game season. Therefore Myrup will join the team in April and stay in Potsdam until the end of the season in September.

What the long term future brings for the 25-year old Myrup still remains to be seen. Despite having played football since he was 15 years old, including being a starter on the Danish National team since 2014 and having played both in high school and college in the USA, Myrup never had his sights set on a professional career. Until now.

“In Europe, a professional football career isn’t something to base your retirement plan on”, Myrup explains and adds “but this opportunity and experience were simply too good to say no to under these circumstances.” Living in Potsdam, Myrup will be a short train ride away from the German capitol city of Berlin, one of the most bustling cities in Europe.

In Potsdam, Myrup will have a QB, who knows where Myrup comes from. Zach Shaw, entering his second season with the Royals, was the starting QB for the Søllerød Gold Diggers a few years back.

Football in Germany is a major sport and the Royals average 1.500 fans in attendance at home games. This has enabled the club to build a strong foundation, which again makes it possible bring in about 10 import players and coaches from both the US and Europe.

Ordinarily, news of players leaving the Towers is not good news. But when the player leaves us for a professional contract the sting is eased somewhat by a sense of pride.

We hope that Myrup will have the time of his life in Potsdam and look forward to welcoming him home to the Towers again one day.

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…..!