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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)

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!