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Swedish Elks

Three Årsta players makes it into the Elks

The club was delighted as three Årsta players made it into the Swedish Elks line-up for the 2014 International cup in Melbourne, which was announced this Saturday by AFL Sweden!

Jonas Birgén, Dan Koinberg, and Mattis Kvarnström made it into a very strong squad, and the club knows they’ll do well in representing Sweden during the year!

The full squad announcement can be seen below.
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Swedish Elks

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.
1
Andreas Svensson
Helsingborg
2
Chris Mårtensson
Malmö
3
Gaetan Blondeau
Malmö
4
Johan Lantz
Helsingborg
5
Max Valemark
Helsingborg
6
Tobias Stahl
Helsingborg
7
Rickard Barrfelt
Stockholm
8
Mats Sundin
Stockholm
9
Anton Tellstrom
Helsingborg
10
Jimmy Ljunggren
Karlstad
11
Jakob Lantz
Helsingborg
12
Natis Johansson
Stockholm
13
Ross Levesque
Malmö
14
Tony McLoughlin
Malmö
15
Jens Osterkamp
Malmö
16
Tobias Gogu
Malmö
17
Christian Nilsson*
Stockholm
18
Chris Hansson*
Malmö
19
Niklas Jonsson*
Stockholm
20
Jonas Spiris*
Dublin/Ireland
* These players are listed as emergencies; they will take the place of anyone whom can not make the trip to Scotland.
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.

Brett Kirk on “footy in your blood”

As Brett Kirk says, Aussie Rules, our unique game of chasing around a red piece of leather around a patch of grass, has a funny way of getting under your skin and staying there. It becomes a part of you no matter where you grow up. As you know, Brett’s an AFL Ambassador for the development of the game around the world and took a training here in Stockholm with the Stockholm teams earlier in the year.

Swedish Elks update

The Swedish Elks have begun the International Cup 2011 in style and have made it through to Division 1.

First up, the Elks put in a hard and determined performance against  New Zealand, one of the favourites for the tournament. Despite the Elks’ swift ball movement and good linking play, New Zealand was able to squeeze a win from the match, with the Elks putting their top quality skills & determination on show for all.

Both our Årsta representatives, Dan Koinberg & Mats Sundin starred and were named in the best for the Elks. Great work boys!

The Elks then took India apart in a clinical display, showing the world that the Swedish team poses a definite threat to the favourites of the tournament. Again, both Årsta representatives starred and were among the team’s best players, with Big Dan booting a couple of goals to much applause from the appreciative crowd.
Next up, the Swedish Elks face the 4th ranked Irish Warriors this Wednesday 17th.
Great work Dan & Mats – keep it up!! Follow the Swedish Elks here.

Support the Elks in Australia

As most of you know, Pär and Mats will soon be heading down to Australia for the Aussie Rules International Cup, representing the Swedish Elks. Big Dan’s been acclimatising to the weather there for the last few months and will shortly join the boys in the squad.
Sweden’s sending a very competitive team to Oz, and it’d be great if you can help spread the word about the IC11 and give all your support to our Årsta boys Down Under. Here’s some suggestions of how.

A lot of us have friends and family down under so help us spread the word about the Elks and the IC11!

2011 International Cup squad announced

Swedish ElksThree Årsta Swans will represent Sweden in this year’s International Cup in Sydney & Melbourne during August.

During the week, the 2011 International Cup squad was announced with three Årsta Swans in it: Mats Sundin, Dan Koinberg and Pär Gustavsson. Mats & Dan will be leading the way on the field, while Pär will be part of the support staff down under.

Mats has had a very strong first half of the year with Årsta, playing midfield and getting into some great touch for August. Mats has earned the nickname “The Bulldog” by his never say die attitude, getting in and under, smashing through packs, carrying the ball while fending off opposition and then putting through a brace of goals to add to his ever increasing effectiveness.

Dan has been preparing all year to tear limbs from the world’s opposition with a diet that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger feel like a softie and some devastating matches in Sydney, his new adopted home. Quickly a crowd favourite, cries of “bring back the Swede” were heard when Dan was taking a breather on the bench in one of his first matches, but more about that at a later date.

Pär was reportedly set upon by a trio of hungry crocs and nearly lost his arm during the off-season. Pär fought off two without a problem, but the third snuck up from behind & tore off his arm. Like a true Swan, Pär then dispatched the third croc, got his arm back & stuck it on again with silver tape. Årsta!!

We wish them, and the Swedish Elks squad as a whole, the best of luck in Australia and we know you’ll do us all proud.

See the full squad at the AFL Sweden International Cup page and keep track of the Swedish Elks progress down under by following the Swedish Elks Facebook page.

Photos from training with Brett Kirk

Brett Kirk taking training at Årstafältet in Stockholm
Brett Kirk taking training at Årstafältet in Stockholm

The photos from training with Brett Kirk on the 24th of May are developed. Our photographer was down at training armed only with his phone’s camera to capture the session.

Brett’s presence meant that all four Stockholm teams were present, allowing us to do some great, but different drills with the 35 guys  present.

Everyone involved had a great time and I’m sure everyone (both old and new) learnt plenty from Brett.

As described earlier, Brett is travelling the world as an AFL Ambassador promoting AFL football and the 2011 International Cup.

Go to the Årsta Swans Facebook page to see all the photos from the evening.

Brett Kirk to visit Stockholm

Brett Kirk comes to Stockholm
Brett Kirk comes to Stockholm

Former Sydney Swans captain and AFL Superstar Brett Kirk is on the way to Stockholm. Brett is currently travelling around Europe with his wife and family as an AFL Ambassador promoting AFL football and the 2011 International Cup.

He will be visiting a SAFF training session this Tuesday the 24th May. All clubs will be invited to train together at Årsta Fältet on Tuesday night at 6:00pm.
All SAFF players, and fans are welcome to come out train and/or watch. To read more about his tour, visit the AFL website, or Brett Kirk’s Odyssey website.
Amazing opportunity here to get amongst it with a legend of the game, so do yourself a favour & get along!