Category: 2012

Ted Richards in the All Australian team

A big congratulations to Ted Richards for making the AFL’s 2012 All Australian team for the first time, selected at Centre Half Back.

Ted is the brother of Jake Richards, who is one of our good mates, but unfortunately a dangerous player for opposing SAFF team, the Solna Axemen.

Ted Richards’ stellar season has included a number of scalps against some of the competition’s leading forwards, including a dominant performance in the team’s recent Qualifying Final win over Adelaide a fortnight ago.

Round 10 vs Solna

This Saturday we’re playing Solna at the Årsta SwanPond (Årstafältet) at 11:30. Players get there 10:30 latest so we can warm-up together.

Last week numbers were disappointing, so let’s all make a real effort to get along and support the club. We’ve only 2 regular season matches left and I know plenty of us will be missing footy once it’s done for the year.

It’s also our BBQ this weekend, so bring friends along & let’s have a few frothies after the game.

Swedish squad for AFL Euro 9’s in Scotland

The squad that will represent Sweden in Scotland at the AFL Europe 9’s Championships later this year.
Players selected from the Stockholm league are: Rickard Barrfelt; Mats Sundin (Årsta’s very own); Natis Johansson; Christian Nilsson and Niklas Jonsson.
Congratulations to all to players selected for committing yourselves to the tournament and to get selected among some seriously good players.
Andreas Svensson
Chris Mårtensson
Gaetan Blondeau
Johan Lantz
Max Valemark
Tobias Stahl
Rickard Barrfelt
Mats Sundin
Anton Tellstrom
Jimmy Ljunggren
Jakob Lantz
Natis Johansson
Ross Levesque
Tony McLoughlin
Jens Osterkamp
Tobias Gogu
Christian Nilsson*
Chris Hansson*
Niklas Jonsson*
Jonas Spiris*
* These players are listed as emergencies; they will take the place of anyone whom can not make the trip to Scotland.

2012 Summer break

Now that the Rest of Sweden vs the Malmö Giants match has now been played in Göteborg, the Stockholm league’s summer break starts. Unfortunately the Malmö guys won a tight match 9.5.59 to 8.9.57, with Årsta Swans Rob and Jonas featuring among the goal kickers. Reports have it the Giants got up with the last kick of the day win. See match details here.

During this summer period, the players will naturally be taking good care of themselves – eating well, training hard and minimising alcohol consumption. Naturally.

Årsta’s first game after the break is a Friday evening match against Solna at Årstafältet on the 3rd of August, however the week before we have goal umpire duties that we need to fulfil. See the fixture here.

Do some recruiting over the summer and make sure you’re on the Årsta Facebook group to get updates on training times and locations.

Play AFL in Stockholm

Learn about Australian Football

Australian football is fast-paced and unique, meaning that newcomers to the game may find it a little difficult to follow. But with some basic information Australian football is easy to understand.

In AFL Explained you will learn about the game’s rich and colourful history.  You will watch some of the world’s best athletes demonstrate the various skills of the game, while also learning about the rules and positions on a typical Australian football field.

Taken from the perspective of a novice, everything that you need to know about AFL, the most spectacular game in the world is captured in this video.

Watch the AFL Explained video here

Norrtälje Dockers

Swedish Open 2012

This Saturday it’s the 2012 Swedish Open in Norrtälje. The Årsta lads will be going up with high expectations of some good football, after some great patience and team-play very nearly snatched the win from a tough and determined Bromma unit last week.

Some important info about the day:

  • Pool Games will be 20 minutes long, played over two 10 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime break. Grand Final will be 2 x 15mins. There will be a 5 minute break between games. See the Swedish Open 2012 schedule here. Timekeepers have been told to be strict with the clock in order to keep the day on time.
  • A handicap system will be in use during the Swedish open to create a more level playing field. Each national player (Swedish for Swedish Teams, Norwegian for Oslo) will receive 6 points with each international player (non-national, non-Australian) receiving 3 points. Australians will not receive any handicap. Teams will start every match with these handicap points.
  • Food and drink should be available between and after games, as well as showers to freshen up after
  • The full info can be found here (some is not relevant for us)

We will meet at KTH bus terminal at 8:30 on Saturday to travel up as a team.
Go Swans!!

Alex Starling, new recruit for the Sydney Swans

The first Scandinavian AFL recruit?

With international recruits becoming more common in the AFL, the Sydney Swans have recruited US basketballer Alex Starling.

Starling was recruited under the AFL’s International Scholarship Scheme, which will allow him to train with the Swans and also complete his four year degree in Florida.

If everything progress as expected, Starling will be recruited to the Swans’ list as an international rookie in 2013.

Naturally, the question then is, who will be Scandinavia’s first recruit to the AFL? Or has there already been one – let me know if so!

Read more on the AFL’s article Swans sign US basketballer.

First match this Saturday

As ANZAC Day arrives each year in Stockholm, the days are growing longer and the weather has started warming up – all in all, you know it’s time for Aussie Rules to start again in Stockholm!

This Saturday is the season opening double-header ANZAC clash between Södermalm and Årsta, with the first bounce at 12:00 11:30. The Last Post will be played before the match as we honour and remember all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.

Årsta players, please arrive at the ground at 10:30 to help setup the field, prepare the BBQ and get warmed up. Directions to the ground here. We are hosting the BBQ after the match, so hang around, have a burger and watch the 2nd match – Solna vs Bromma.

Bring your friends and family down and enjoy a great day out!

Next training session

Next will be at Rålis on Kungsholmen from 18:00 tomorrow (ie Wednesday 18th).

Unfortunately, the weather on the weekend meant we couldn’t play the scheduled practice match against the Nth London Lions, however, the season starts in one and a half weeks, so it’s vital everyone gets down to training, gets their hands on the ball, gets some miles into their legs and gets around their team mates.

See you there.

North London Lions

Practice match this Saturday

First practice match this Saturday, with all Stockholm teams combining to make the Stockholm Dynamite. We’ll be taking on the North London Lions who are in town over the weekend.

It’d be great to see all Årsta players get along and have a kick – season’s almost started so this’ll be a great chance to get some miles into your legs and get the body used to footy again.

The match begins at 13:00 at Årstafältet (how to get to Årstafältet). Players should get there at 12:00 to warm up. There’ll be a BBQ as usual after the game. All welcome – players, girlfriends & all other friends. Check out the Stockholm Dynamite Facebook page for more info.

If you’re keen to play, get in touch via the Dynamite Facebook page.