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Ready for 2018 – defending our title!

By Jens Rørbye

The Danish American Football Federation has released the 2018 National League schedule. This year the National League has been reduced to seven teams, each of which will play 10 games in the regular season.

It’s time to mark your calendars. With a 10-game regular season each of the five home games at Towers Field in Gentofte Sportspark is a can’t-miss-game.

We will open the 2018 season at home against the seventh ranked Frederikssund Oaks on Sunday, April 8th at 14:00 (2 p.m.). This will be a reunion of sorts with an old adversary that we have not faced in several years. The Oaks beat the Amager Demons in the relegation games last season to earn a spot in this season’s National League.

But there is plenty of history and ties between these two teams. The Towers hosted the Oaks on May 9th 2003 in the first ever Friday Night Football game in Denmark; An annual tradition that the Towers have since continued and that has spread to other teams across the country.

Back then the Oaks were quarterbacked by our current Athletic Director, Anders Munch Skovgren. So, all in all, it will be a pleasure to welcome the Oaks to Towers Field to kick-off the season.

Copenhagen Towers vs Søllerød Gold Diggers. Defence line Copenhagen Towers

Then follows three straight road games. The first one is against the sixth ranked Copenhagen Tomahawks who qualified for a second season in the National League after a tough 2017 season. The following two road games are a couple of tough ones against the second and third ranked teams in the country: The Søllerød Gold Diggers and the Triangle Razorbacks.

We’ll then finish the first half of the season with two home games. The first is against the fourth ranked Aarhus Tigers, a team that we most recently faced in last season’s semifinal. Then we wrap up the spring against the fifth ranked Aalborg 89ers.

After a lengthy summer break we get back into action in late August with the annual Friday Night Football game at home. For the second straight year we will welcome our arch rivals from the north; The Søllerød Gold Diggers.

From then on we alternate home and away games against the Tigers, Razorbacks and 89ers to wrap up the 2018 regular season.

These are our NL home games this season:

Date Day Time Home team Away team
April 8th Sunday 14:00 Towers Oaks
June 16th Saturday 14:00 Towers Tigers
June 23rd Saturday 14:00 Towers 89ers
August 24th Friday 19:00 Towers Gold Diggers
September 8th Saturday 14:00 Towers Razorbacks

Our NEFL home game is as follows (pls find more information about our NEFL schedule here):

Date Day Time Home team Away team
April 28th Saturday 16:00 Towers Tamwoth Phoenix

Ordinarily the National League is made up of eight teams, but this year the Herlev Rebels were unable to file the required number of players’ licenses with the federation ahead of the February 1st deadline. This meant that for the first time in a considerable number of years a team would have to drop out of the National League. We wish the Rebels the best of luck in getting their roster back to the required number of players and look forward to facing them again in a coming season.

There are two very long breaks in our National League schedule this year. This is because we will face European opposition in the Northern European Football League this year. The schedule is not completely fixed yet, but stay tuned. We hope to be able to publish that schedule very shortly.

You´ll find the full time table with all NL and NEFL dates, printable in A3 or A4, as PDF file at this location.

 

Towers’ 2017 head coaches

Towers head coach Peter Herbild with his squad {Photo: Michael Quist]

Towers head coach Peter Herbild with his squad {Photo: Michael Quist]

All Towers head coaches will be back in 2017. Yet four of five Towers teams will have new head coaches. The coaching carrousel has turned and Peter Herbild is the only head coach to be back with the same squad in 2017.

The senior team staff will work hard In the off season in order to set the framework for the 2017 season and much more will be revealed in due time. One thing we do know already is that defensive coordinator Victor Andersen will be back. And not only will he again run our defense; Victor has also been named assistant head coach.

All youth head coaches have taken over new teams in 2017. The reason is simple – the bond each coach and his assistants have with their players is one we don’t want to break. Therefore, since a significant number of players from each youth team graduates to an older team, their coaches advance with them.

Simon Sonnesen, the former U19 head coach, reached the end of the line as far as youth teams go and thus he will coach the youngest Towers in 2017 as the U12 and U14 head coach.

This means that Tobias Trige will coach the U16 team and Kasper Skyum will be the front man for the U19 team.

Each coach will be surrounded by the same assistants as in 2016. Tobias Trige will bring Thomas ‘Post’ Jakobsen and Lars Cedervall with him as well as a whopping 20 players advancing to the U16 squad. Trige said, “We look forward to continuing to follow the football development of these boys and also the great camaraderie they have built.” Trige is looking for additional coaches for the U16 team in order to reach the team’s goal of having a coach pr. seven players.

Coach Skyum will also field a staff that is made up of a mix of familiar and new faces. “It will be a crew that knows what it takes to improve and not just the coaches, but medics and team managers as well”, Skyum explains and adds “Our players can expect innovative and unusual practices.”

The Towers wish our fans a happy off-season, but assure you that there is nothing off about our preparations for the 2017 season.

Coaches Sonnesen and Herbild [Photo: Michael Quist]

Coaches Sonnesen and Herbild [Photo: Michael Quist]

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.