On Saturday (27th of April) it’s finally time for the first game of the season, and ANZAC celebrations!
The activities will take place on the back pitch of Årstafältet where we start of with a game
against Norrtälje Dockers at 14:00 (Årsta players should be there by 13:00!). Our game is followed by a game, played at 16:00, between Bromma Vikings and Södermalm Blues.
Solna Axemen will be handling the BBQ, and the umpiring for both games, so all the Stockholm teams will be present.
Come on down for a good day out with footy, good BBQ, and good people!
It’s hard for me to put into words just how impressed I am with the 2011 Swans, and as most of you know, I’m not a man who is usually lost for words.
The club has grown a lot this year along with the spirit of the team. The injection of fresh blood has brought a level of excitement and enthusiasm that Årsta has had glimpses of in the past, but it has now exploded and it is lifting the team up and above the level expected of us. A perfect example of this was in Saturday’s match where we had 4 players on debut, Oskar, Tommi, Pete and Jon. We went out in the first quarter and absolutely shell shocked the in-form Bromma line up to take a quick lead. Pete looking like a pro kicking 2 goals in 5 mins on debut!!!
In what went on to be a heated match, the experience of the Vikings shone through in the end and they took the game, by only a few goals. For me, Årsta’s effort,passion and result, was one of the finest moments in the club’s history. The pride and passion shown by all was a credit to all facets of the club.
Personally, I was so proud to be part of what I believe was another sign that we are genuine premiership contenders this year!
The passion and enthusiasm spilled over in to Tuesday’s training run with a great turn out and even more new faces. I’m sure calls for the ball were echoing through Årsta and were probably heard as far away as Globen! Even though training went late there were blokes still kicking for goal and fine tuning their newly learned kicking skills at 8:30 pm.
As a coach I’m very excited to pass on this news to Josh (who has been busy working in Germany), especially including the return of The Hammar, along with the amazing progress and talent shown by our debutants and first year players. Hammar a club legend who was unable to play so much last year, yet has returned to the side with gutsy determination and looks like he’s been training with the Sydney Swans in the off season. Great to have you back mate!
All that’s left for me to say on this front is LOOKOUT SOLNA!!!!! The Årsta boys are in town and we are hungry for a win!!
Just a quick note, thanks to guys who got their rego payments in quickly, but can all who have paid come and talk to me. A big reminder that when you pay directly into our account you MUST write your NAME so we know who has paid!!!!!
To those who havn’t paid yet try to budget it in to your next favourite day of every month – the 25th. The club needs money to run and has already paid for you to be insured.
The focus before Saturday’s top of the table clash was on building team spirit, and wow did the Swans come out firing! It took Bromma some time to find an answer to the onslaught of passion and goals as the Swans came out dominating. With the return of club legend Hammar it was a special day for Årsta along with 4 debut players, it seemed that we were unstoppable, but Bromma slowly found the answers to calm the storm and went into the first break with Årsta just a couple of goals in the lead.
A tough second quarter saw scores fairly close at half time Bromma going into the third with a small advantage. The third and arguably one of the most heated quarters seen in Saff footy in a couple of years saw the vikings linking well and showing that they are a threat this year, but to Årsta’s credit they pulled back the vikings domination and kicked 3 quick goals in succession towards the end of the break.
The final term was just too much for Swans to hold on to and Bromma with an absolute onslaught of missed goals not seen since the 2009 grand final, mostly due to the unrelenting pressure of the boys in Red and White saw the Vikings kick 12-21-93 to the Swans very accurate 11-4-70.
Pete L kicking 2 goals in his debut match and Oskar booting one, Tommi and Jon both with solid performances made the coaches player a tough one to decide, especially after Jonas showed some amazing talent to get his second goal of the season, and probably the best so far this year if not the best I have seen in Stockholm footy. The legend himself The Mighty Hammar after a slow start in the first half found some form and composure to go on and show he can play both forward and back grabbed the coach’s attention and went on to win the award.
Good match yesterday (Sat, 7th May 2011), both teams playing with plenty of skill & heart. Årsta had 4 players on debut, all of whom shined! Bromma had a little more run at the end of the match & ran away winners in the last quarter, although Årsta pushed them all the way. Congratulations to all for a good day out.