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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.

SAFF Awards Evening 2011

Best Players 2011

Årsta Swans undoubted star player, Rob Young, took home the prize for Best Australian Player in the SAFF for 2011, polling the most votes over the course of the year. Votes were given after each match by the field umpire and by both team’s coaches and Rob’s outstanding year was rightly recognised by all, both the voters, opposition and team mates alike.

After the 10-round season, Rob had polled 22 votes and secured the Lars Hagberg medal. Truth be told, Rob actually tied for the award with Bromma Viking’s goal-machine, Steve Edwards. Unfortunately Steve couldn’t accept his award in person, as he was lazing by a pool somewhere in Australia sipping pina coladas, or so rumour had it.

Congratulations to Falun’s Henrik Andersson on winning the SAFF’s Best Non-Australian Player in 2011, in only his first season – a truly amazing effort in anyone’s books!

Earlier in the evening

As has been the custom, The Oxen restaurant in Stockholm hosted the SAFF Awards Evening, with some great food and drink and of course, the evening was MC’d by Ryan Kingsley. Each of the five teams’ coaches gave us an insight into the workings of each team; Coach Wiese was first out of the blocks and made the team truly proud.

SAFF All-Star Select

We can’t report on the evening without covering the All-Star Select team for 2011. Årsta had three very worthy representatives – Peter “The General” Hammarström, Mats “The Bulldog” Sundin and Jon “The Terrier” Högman.

Mats and Hammar both had a great 2011 season, continued their fantastic work of the last two years and really took their games to the next level. Jon had an unbelievable first year of Aussie Rules, leaving his opponents running scared with his ferocious attacks on the ball (and sometimes man) and breaking-the-line running. With guys like these tearing the game apart, look out 2012, the Årsta Swans are coming!

Congratulations again to Rob, Mats, Hammar and Jon.

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.

Falun, Sweden

Road trip to Falun

The Årsta Swans will be trekking north to Falun to take on the Diggers at their home ground this week.

Årsta will be looking to return to the winners circle after a few spirited losses and are taking an exciting team north to get the job done. With our new players really developing quickly, experienced vice-captain Mats showing his international-level footy credentials and the return of captain Thor to the team after missing the Söder match with a hamstring injury, big things will be expected of all.

The Diggers are yet to post a win this season, however, with a few SAFF games under their belt now, the home town team will be seeing this as a great opportunity to do so. With the unseasonably great weather expected to continue until at least after the match, you can bet the Diggers’ supporters will be out in force to cheer on their team.

Those travelling to Falun this weekend, meet at 6:45 Saturday morning outside the Gullmarsplan T-Bana 7-11. Ring Thor or Pete if you’re running late.

One for all & all for Årsta!

The Årsta huddle

Round One Match Report

Huge Win!!!

What a fantastic effort from both teams, both showing signs of a promising 2011.

The far more experienced Årsta took control of the game from the start, and as expected went on to take the game quite easily    145 -22.

The undermanned Swans under the joint coaching effort of 1st time coaches Damo and Pär showed that we are looking like being a genuine contender for the 2011 premiership. With solid performances from  our experienced players Boots, Rob, Thor, Josh and Mats, Falun were set a task that was just too high, as most of their guys were first time players. The talk of the town after the match was how promising the Falun team looked and that most were surprised at the massive score. All the swans guys were really impressed with the Diggers fighting hard to the last quarter.

The Årsta Swans would like to officially like to say congratulations to Cameron and the team, you are a team of guys who showed they have the spirit and the courage needed, and with a bit more experience will no doubt have success in the coming months. Keep at it! Take at look at the Gold Coast win over Port. Really inspiring.

The other encouraging signs for the Swans this year were Jonas and Axl both first gamers and showing incredible signs of their potential. Jonas even booted a goal!! Very rare for a player on debut. Also big Robert showing signs that he is a player maturing into a guy that soon will be taking best and fairest points.

Highest goal scorers were Boots 6, Mats 4 and Josh 3.

With the big percentage for us we are sitting in 1st place. Somewhere we would like to stay. Next weeks match against Bromma will be a huge test and a good chance too see where we are at in the SAFF this year. So lets all get to training on Thursday and give it our best shot on Saturday.

Get down to the ground at the latest 11 so we can prepare for the top of the table clash with Bromma.


Swedish Elks

Swans in action for Sweden

‎Dan Koinberg (#30) and Mats Sundin (#13) doing their thing in Copenhagen for the Swedish Elks v Denmark

Sweden Elks vs Denmark on Danish TV2

The Swedish Elks is the national representative team for Sweden, playing 18-a-side Australian Football. The Elks will be playing in the World Cup in Australia later this year – let’s hope our lads play a leading role!

Even if you can’t understand Danish (who can?) keep your eyes open for the #13 & #30.