1. Söder crucify Saints in Helsingborg

    By Blue Baller

    By Matt Barton

    At the crack of dawn this past Saturday the brave men of Söder saddled up and began to make their way south to the wilderness of Skåne to take on the Helsingborg Saints in round two of this year’s Elitserien. Hoping to improve to 2-0 in the competition, the Blues travelled the 5 hours down the E4 for what was always going to be a fiery encounter calling on reinforcements in the form of recent former players (pictured right) Chris ‘Bull’ Angus (now sunning himself in California) and Ivan ‘Tarzan’ Rexed (rumored to be opening a string of martial arts dojo’s in Göteborg).

    After a short warm up and under overcast skies Södermalm took to the field looking to assert themselves from the off, and they did not disappoint! Within ten seconds from the ball-up, Söder’s midfield maestros had moved the ball efficiently to the forward line where Jonny Briscoe handed off to Andrew Rundle who slotted the ball home from close range. This was surely to be an ominous sign for a Saints team playing their first game on their new home ground in front of their own fans (AKA the God Squad)…….and so it was. Despite their best efforts, the ball kept winding up in the Saints danger zone where every time there was a Blue shirt poised and ready to put the ball through the uprights, converting with German-esque efficiency.

    The one sour point of the quarter came when, after a tussle, Ivan ‘Miyagi-San’ Rexed uncharacteristically retaliated and saw red which unfortunately set the tone of things to come with the home team failing to live up to their moniker as they targeted Blues players more frequently than the ball.

    Unperturbed by their host’s physical ‘approach’ the Blues continued to dominate their opponents in the second quarter efficiently moving the ball out of the solid backline through a gutsy midfield and into a forward line who were clearly set on making life for the Saints particularly miserable. Söder also showed that they are not only capable of moving the ball smoothly but also laying the hammer where required interjecting smooth play with hard tackles and crunching bumps.

    By halftime the Saints well and truly had a mountain to climb and this only grew during the third quarter. After Jonny Briscoe had his speccy ruled out for hands on the defender’s shoulders, Andrew ‘money man’ Rundle had a go and, while not as impressive, took the mark clean and converted the resulting kick. The Söder pressure never let up and goal sneak Calle Nellbring racked up his first goals for the club in only his 2nd game, netting what would end up being an impressive bag of 4 between the sticks.

    The fourth quarter saw an avalanche of goals and a hit by Chris ‘Bull’ Angus that the Saints player will be feeling for the rest of the season. For the first time the crowd witnessed the Saints scoring back to back, however this would be little consolation given the eventual points differential of 81! The final score was 108 – 27 in what was as a complete team performance as we have seen from the boy in blue in many years. Strong reliable defending, a tough clever midfield, and a functioning forward line that made it count on the scoreboard.

    Söder now look forward to getting back to the comforts of SAFF this weekend and facing Norrtälje for the first time in 2015 at the JCG (Skarpnäck Sportsfältet) this Saturday 30th May @ 12.00. See you there!!

    #AFLSweden #Elitserien #AFLEurope #SodermalmBlues

  2. Will double rainbow lead Söder to gold in Helsingborg? Game Preview.

    By Brissles

    The boys spotted a double rainbow at training this week on Thursday night… will this lead us to a pot of gold in Helsingborg on Saturday?

    On Saturday we take the 6 hour journey south to Helsingborg to play one of Sweden’s oldest clubs (est. 1993) the Helsingborg Saints. The Saints have been playing in the Danish League for 20 years, but pulled the plug on that this season to focus on the Swedish Elitserien. A tough game awaits the brave Söder men making the longest journey in the club’s history for league points.

    In the 1st Elitserien game a few weeks ago, Helsingborg went down to a strong Stockholm Dynamite team by 30pts, 12.10.82 vs 8.4.52. But that result will mean little for a Helsingborg team playing in front of their home crowd this Saturday for one of their biggest games of the season. Expect them to be at full strength and Söder to face their toughest challenge so far in 2015.

    Thanks to Calle Nellbring for the photo.

  3. Söder win a close one vs Årsta to remain top of SAFF

    By Brissles

    By Matt Barton

    With an early sun beating down on a lush green JCG oval the two top sides after round one of this year’s SAFF took to the field to do battle. This game saw Johnny Briscoe of the Blues taking the field for his 50th game, joining Lars ‘the pensioner’ Hagberg and only a handful of others in accomplishing the feat.

    The men of Söder took to the field missing a couple of players including key forward Kaj ‘The Kaj’ Karlsson (emergency call up to the national Finnish drinking team) and field marshall/ruckman Mik Larsson (twisted sock), though Årsta were also missing players the most notable the influential Glenn Mcleod.

    The first quarter got underway with Årsta ruckman Duncan Matheson setting the tone for what would be a domineering display in ball ups around the ground by winning the tap-outs. With some swift movement in the midfield Söder found themselves exposed and on the back foot quickly going behind to an Årsta goal. Depite the best efforts of the Blues to establish a foothold, Årsta kept on coming continuing to pile on the pressure and kick goals.

    After coming out of a quarter time dressing down the Blues started Continue reading →

  4. Söder top both league ladders! – Match report

    By Brissles

    By Matt Barton

    Following on from the opening weekend’s success in the Elitserien, Södermalm Blues looked to extend their winning form to the SAFF against none other than the Solna Axemen who they fell to in the Grand Final last year.

    Both sides began the first quarter tentatively exchanging early blows with Söder taking time to settle into the new formation deployed by Head Coach Daniel ‘Jordo’ Jordansson (right).

    After a few changes at quarter time and tweaking of playing positions the blues started to Continue reading →

  5. Leapin’ Larry Wins Let’s Dance 2015!

    By Blue Baller

    Congratulations to our very own Larry who together with Cici, won Let’s Dance Sweden 2015!! Unless you have spent the last few days under a rock, you would have surely seen the celebrations through the streets of Stockholm and in fact all around Sweden.

    Larry’s trademark leap (pictured below) helped win him a place in the final on Friday night, and with a twinkle in his eye, he dazzled the judges and more importantly, all the TV viewers at home to take out the coveted Red Glass Shoe Trophy! (left)

    Equally as impressive was the fact that he showed up for Söder on Saturday and played a great game of footy in our victory over Malmö! All spectators at the match agreed that his ‘quick step’ routine in the backline had the Malmö players bamboozled!

    Congratulations Larry and let’s hope Söder can add some more silverware from the footy field to your collection later this year!

  6. Elitserien at the J

    By Lars

    This Saturday will see the launch of the new national league Elitserien, and what better place to kick off the competition than at the JCG. The Söder board made a bold decision at the start of the year to enter Söder as one of the four teams in this new 12 a-side competition. But the players got behind the idea and have been working hard  during pre-season to be ready to take on the rest of Sweden. The first game starts at 13.30 and features Södermalm Blues vs. Port Malmö Maulers. Stockholm Dynamite takes on Helsingborg Saints in the second match.

    The club is running the BBQ so you know it’s going to be a good one. Come down and support the boys in blue and don’t miss out on this historic event!

    Here’s how to get to the J

  7. Registration night

    By Lars

    The Söder players turned up in style and numbers at O’Connells in order to kick off the 2015 season. The only one not wearing a tie was Bluey, who as per usual was kitted up and ready to go. A mix of old and new faces pondered the upcoming season over a few beers while Mick did his best to recruit anyone with a pulse. President Burnell rallied the troops with an inspiring speech, letting everyone know what’s expected of them this year. Of course the question on everybody’s mind: “How are we going to avoid another Grand Final defeat?” The answer, as obvious as surprising, bring back the championship coach from 2009, Danne Jordansson! This got the guys excited and the party went on until the late hours with Bluey closing the pub in a closet.

  8. Södermalm Blues in focus at AFL Sweden

    By Iron Guts

    This guy might be wearing the wrong coloured tie, but at least he's got the right idea!

    This week AFL Sweden through their social media channels are taking an in depth look at the Södermalm Australian Football Club in the lead up to the inaugural AFL Sweden Elitserien. The club history, review of season 2014, expectations for the future and player profiles will be available to browse through during the week. So head on over to https://www.facebook.com/aflsweden?fref=nf or http://www.aflsweden.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=181&Itemid=230 to check some of the little known facts about the club. Don’t forget we even have our own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sodermalmafc?fref=ts  and if you’re lucky you might just be logged on when Bluey is there checking out all the great info as well! Things are looking to be shaping up for a stellar 2015 season. Go BLUES!

  9. 2015 Fixtures and trainings

    By oscar

    The calendar is now updated with our preliminary 2015 training and game fixtures – check it out! http://www.sodermalmafc.se/fixture/

    HOWEVER… please note that training times are are still not confirmed and kick off times for some games are not confirmed. We are also looking to add a second training time, possibly a joint training with Stockholm Dynamite (preferably on Thursdays but this is also subject to the other clubs and location of the trainings).

    Trainings in March/April will held on Sundays at Globala Gymnasiet (Hornsgatan 93, 117 28 Stockholm) but bring your outdoor gear as we will hold the trainings outdoor if possible. If the weather is kind enough we might also add on outdoor midweek trainings in April.

    If you are interested in joining us for training to try out Aussie Rules – or if you have played before and want to pull the boots on in Stockholm, we would love to see you at trainings! Email the club at sodermalmafc@gmail.com or just turn up to Globala Gymnasiet for training at the above address according to the club calendar on this website!

    Tjo!

  10. Registration Night 2015

    By Iron Guts

    Gentle Men!

    As most of you are aware it is that time of year again!

    Put on you’re best or worst suit, tie the Söder tie and come on down for Rego night 2015 at the humble, slightly medieval irish setting of the OC.

    O’Connells Irish Pub & Restaurant

    Stora Nygatan 21, 111 27 Stockholm, Sweden

    www.oconnells.se

    (if you don’t have a suit, wear a collar and get a söder tie! if you don’t want to wear a suit, get over it and wear one anyway!)

    This Friday night 27th March – booking is from 7pm, try not to be late!

    For those that are keen, the party will continue afterwards!

    /Mik

  11. President’s Newsletter March 2015

    By Iron Guts

    The season proper is drawing closer and the Södermalm players are sweating out every Sunday evening (and most likely other nights as well, going for runs on their own initiative, isn’t that right guys?)  as the pre season preparations are in full swing.
    Today, Saturday the 21st March 2015 is only 5 weeks out from Södermalms first official game. That’s right you read that correctly only 5 weeks! It was hoped that pre-season would have moved outdoors for tomorrows training session but we have been thwarted by the weather. So for the time being the pre season training will continue as before:
    Sundays @ 17.00, Globala gymnasiet, near Honrstull Tunnelbana station.
    Contacts: Mick Larsson – 076 279 96 14 or Kaj Karlsson – 073 073 26 25
    This in turn brings a close to the always well received off season social events.
    The club will round off March with the Annual Registration night.
    WHAT: Södermalm AFC Registration Night
    WHEN: Friday 27th March, 7pm (19:00)
    WHERE: O Connels Pub in Gamla Stan. http://www.oconnells.se/
     This is great opportunity for players, both past and present as well as our valued social membership group to meet all our new recruits as they get their picture taken with Bluey. As per usual the rumour mill is reporting all sorts of information about Bluey Svenssons attire for the evening. Even thought it is most likely that Bluey will show up with full playing kit the club would prefer it if attendees come in at least a button up shirt and preferably a club tie.
    Club Ties and Stubby holders will be on sale for the night and if you forget to bring cash any purchases can be made by bank transfer to the clubs BankGiro.
    Please contact the club if you are planning on attending as we have booked a preliminary number of 20. Current members have already received an email about this and a reply YES or NO is required as the club will need to adjust the number of booked seats at the venue.
    Memberships for 2015.
    NO changes to membership prices this year.
    Full Playing member: 1000kr
    Student/Unemployed Playing member: 500kr
    Social member: 350
    Payments are preferred via the clubs BankGiro accout number. However, in an effort to simplify payment of membership fees this year the club will be accepting SWISH transfers to the Presidents Mobile number.
    Joel Burnell: 0738 341 357
    As an extra incentive, anyone who has paid their membership before or on registration night will receive a free stubby holder OR club tie.
    Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday the 27th March.
    Go Blues!
  12. Södermalm Curling Championship

    By Lars

    After the hugely successful fishing trip the Söder social season continues on ice. Yes, it’s that time of year again when we hit the ice rink for the Södermalm Curling Championship.

    It takes place on Thursday the 19th of March between 5-7 pm at Sundbybergs curlinghall. Equipment and instructor will be provided so all you need to bring is a bit of balance and a track suit. There is room for up to 10 people and the price is 100kr/person, the club is sponsoring the rest. E-mail the club if you’re interested. First come best dressed.

    The curling hall is just a 10 min. walk from Duvbo T-bane station on the blue line.

    Check out this action packed video from one of the previous championships!