Friday evening Söder faced off against Djurgården CC at the JCG for the second time this season. It was clear that training had paid off, the boys came home with another win which puts them on 3 wins out of 3 games since the cricket section started.
Experienced tosser and Captain D Jordansson made the wise decision to start batting. A slow start by Söder with Djugården’s Benedict bowling 1-0 in the first over caused some early jitters, but what followed was a pretty one-sided affair. After excellent batting from Ryan (81), Söder ended up with 186/4(20). The Djurgården batsmen were really put to the test by the Söder bowlers and they finished on 109/9(20). Sean 2-11(2) and Macca 2-8(3) both took double scalps.
In preparation for Friday’s return game against Djurgården the stalwarts of the Södermalm XI practiced at Hägerstensåsens bollplan. Bruffy has been studying old Brett Lee videos to get his fast bowl action perfected and Murph has been working on his appeal. Headed by the Centurion Jordo Södermalm are looking good for Friday. Wasi Akrim and Waddaya Meanwasi are out of contract and won’t be playing.
On a sunlight morning, Team Södermalm pulled out from Älvsjö Station at 06:00 for their ride to Trosa. The destination, Trosa, is a charming harbour town with quaint houses and a canal running through the middle of the town to give it a feel of little Amsterdam. However, the route there is itself a beautiful stretch of road reminiscent of stages from the Tour de France – the flat sections at least – due to the expansive fields and forests, which on occasions roll out to meet the sea. There is also, halfway through, a ferry where the riders took a well earned rest since the pace was kept up at a respectful 26 km/h.
While the kilometers ticked off Andre gently provided us with the necessary encouragement and tips to complete the route and improve our skills on the road. Yet, the road is its own teacher as Jordo picked up the obligatory puncture and had to demonstrate his tyre changing skills under pressure. He clocked under 10 minutes, even with the insanely high ridges on his tyres. So I’m afraid the nefarious record of the longest tyre change is still held by Perillo. Although I’m sure he would want me to point to the fact that Jordo only had to contend with the front wheel unlike him. Thankfully, all of the riders patiently waited since they had been fed at a little cafe in Trosa and were on route to a waffle house for the snack on the way home. Life doesn’t get better than a bike ride with friends, fresh air and fika! …Unless you’re Andree, who quite enjoys the post ride shower with his bike.
This beautiful island provides stunning scenery and quiet roads that allowed the boys to hone their skills with slip streaming and just generally build up stamina. Those skills and stamina will be required as the relatively novice group aims to achieve the true ton: 100 miles or for you Swedes, 161 km. However, this training ride was more modest, yet one we are still proud of since we completed over a 100km.
Beyond that, the group raised their average speed up to a respectable 25km per hour, but we still in general struggled to keep up with Kristoffer when he chose to put the power down. Thankfully we all knew that the Ekerö golf course would provide a nice cup of coffee to reward our efforts. Having said that, by the end of the day, I still stepped off my bike like John Wayne.
Friday the 12th June was to provide
the Södermalm AFC faithful with an extraordinarily sunny and warm evening
(considering it was only a week out from Midsummers eve) at the prestigious
Augusta National golf course of Sweden, aka Ågesta 9 hål pay n play.
The next event
on the social ’distancing’ calendar in the wake of no football due to the
Covid-19 pandemic was the Södermalm Blue Jacket masters.
Shooter McGoverns, 1 late comer and a Happy Gilmour wannabe (more on that
later) were to make up the leaderboard in a best ball pairs competition drawn
by ‘random allocation’.
Before a ball
was to be bashed from the first tee a meet n greet was conducted in the car
park with beers and hotdogs thanks to the board for providing such a fitting
late luncheon for this prestigious occasion.
Before play got
underway the rules were explained and the contestants eyed up each other’s gear
and discussed tactics with their playing partners. All except Condo, Jordansson
and Law. The pairing of jordansson and law were all smiles at the good fortune
of being the only double seeded pairing and Condo was just concerned of where
he would be able to wash his balls…..
reporter was part of the final grouping to tee off most things written from
here on in are reported based off word of mouth and the audible shouts of joy
or despair that could be heard during the intense competition.
From the first
tee, Law, Condo and Ferguson threw down the gauntlet by producing very fine
shots on the green for the rest of us to drool over. This form was to prove
misleading however for 2 of those players and their pairing were reeled back
into the field by the end of the round.
the round included:
Smith landing past the green at the 245m par 4 7th hole from the tee box.
berating of playing partner lethal hagberg for missing a 1m bogey put, only to
then poke the returning put into the flagstick and have the ball dance around
the cup before resting softly only the thickness of a bootlace from he edge of
the hole to finish with a disappointing triple bogey and the par 3 5th hole.
battle between golfer and mosquito. A battle which no contestant really ever
became the victor.
Gardening, and gamesmanship on the 9th hole which caused Condo the cover drive
a ball back towards the teebox.
In the end the
bookies favourites of Jordansson and Law kept their nerve and fired themselves
to an even par 30 over the 9 holes and deservedly claimed the blue Jackets,
which is was just as well as bridesmaids Smith and Murphy hadn’t sent their
measurements into the tailors to have the jackets adjusted to they varying arm
enjoyable social event, and who knows, soon enough just after the summer the
might even be some footy on the cards (in sweden that is!).
Södermalm AFC vs Djurgården Cricket Club @ JCG, Skarpnäck, Sunday 31st May
We would usually be three or four matches deep into the footy season by now but due to the pandemic continuing to rage on here in Europe, the mighty Södermalm Blues turned their sporting attention towards the red leather of a Kookaburra ball rather than that of the red Sherrin. Bradman and all the other weather Gods turned the sunshine on for our match against the Djurgården XI with conditions perfect for some beers, burgers and a bit of the gentleman’s game.
The day began with a bat toss by the two Captains (Jordo & Marcus) with Jordo losing the call and getting sent in by the Djurgåden XI skipper. Slightly nervous that we only had nine batsmen we all thought that this could have been a crucial toss to lose. Nevertheless, Club President and opening batsmen Daniel Jordan was extremely confident at the task at hand and rallied the troops to start padding up and get some ‘throwdowns into ya’.
Both opening batsmen (Jordo & Andrew Smith) certainly looked the part and both even had their own gear to use as opposed to the rest of us that needed the borrowed resources of the opposition team. With Macca (Umpire) and Larry (Square Leg Ump) heading out on to the field, this meant that pre-beers needed to be skulled by all. The first two overs were a bit slowly-slowly as both openers got their eye in on the hallowed synthetic deck but after that Jordo loosened up the shoulders and started to let rip. The run rate suddenly picked up with Smithy building a nice looking picket fence with an important IIIII (5) from an opening partnership of 45 before getting his wicket skittled.
Joel ‘Iron Guts’ Burnell came to centre without missing a beat and turned up the heat with Captain Courageous as they both started to cart the Djurgården attack to all parts of the JCG. You know an opposition team is in trouble when the wicketkeeper needs to take off the pads after 5 overs to have a bowl. Jordo was putting on a MasterClass as he brought up Söder’s 100 with the established cricket side (formally SACS) looking like they had no answers for the Blues top order. With 11 overs gone the game suddenly became extended to a 25 over match with which a total of 200 now looking on the cards. Macca (Innings Umpire) had an excuse for every LBW and caught behind shout with just as many being a lie as they were true. Joel B(25) got his castle knocked over which saw Blues veteran Jonathan ‘Brissles’ Briscoe come to the crease as Jordo contemplated a chance for him to bring up his first ever cricketing century. With a quickfire (20) Brissles was eventually caught which then saw another Söder stalwart in Marcus ‘Rappa’ Rappoccio arrive to the crease to try and help Jordo score his elusive ton. As the Club Pres reached the nervous 90’s, the running between the wickets become almost diabolical with inexperienced square leg ump Larry waving away any close chances just like someone who has been umping 5th Grade cricket all of his life. With a huge six to bring up his 100, Jordo was forced to retire with rapturous applause (mostly due to those of us batting down the order wanting him gone so that WE could have a bat. Rappa and Tom ‘TZ’ Zacharissen plugged away and both finished 11* not out and 4* not out respectively. It was a fantastic batting effort with the final innings total being 3 for 181.
During the innings changeover, the BBQ and beers were in full swing with an obvious lack of Mothers in attendance on such an important mors dag. Iron Guts opened the bowling with a Harmison-esque opening delivery that went for 5 wides but soon applied the screws as he and Macca did their work in establishing a strong start to Söder’s time out in the field. Macca got hit for one of the biggest sixes in world cricket by one of the smallest West Indians (subsequently smashing into a passing car) only to then have him get given out caught behind by his captain umpiring at the other end when clearly kicking the ball down the leg side. With Macca not even appealing it was so obviously not out, the opening batter was allowed to stay out there after such a howler of call but it was only short-lived when the same umpire sends him on his way for one of the dodgiest LBW calls in T20 history. 1st change Craig Taylor (2 for 42) came on with immediate success after replacing Joel B with his rapid pace and then Brissles (2 for 24) also picked up a wicket in his first over at the other end bowling some right arm darts. At this stage, the Djurgåden umpires were proving to be the best players on the Söder fielding team as their fingers were being raised more often than an Aussie bogan driving in Sydney peak hour traffic. Not long after his dismissal, the little West Indian opener sprinted back out to the middle and sacked each of the umpires and proceeded to give nothing out even when some players in fact were walking due to it being so blatantly out. Rappa (1 for 7) and Jordo teamed up during the middle overs to keep the wickets falling but as Söder’s established bowlers were completing their spells, opposition middle-order batsmen and token Aussie Sean started to go to tonky town and brought up a quickfire fifty to have us under the pump and feeling pretty deflated. It was our skipper who again stepped up with a direct hit to run out their captain for a duck but Sean kept the runs free-flowing single handily and was looking like stealing victory away from the mighty Blues. With less than 20 runs to get and 4 overs in hand Söder’s King Midas cemented his Man of the Match performance by bowling out Sean with no less then 12 runs to go and finished the match with figures of 3 for 27.
It was a fantastic day and proved that we may all be footy players but the leather on willow is not that far removed from this talented footy club. Big shout out to all the boys from the Djurgården who made it a bloody terrific day.
Thanks to Brendan McCormick for this match report!
On Sunday 24th of May, Team Söder AFC headed north for a 70km+ return bike tour of Färingsö.
Starting at 06:30 am from Flemingsberg station, Briscoe, Jordo, John and Perillo then rode to Slagsta to catch the 07:15 ferry across to Ekerö after meeting a new team member in Robert T. After a short trip through the island the 5 member crew soon caught up with another 2 keen and ready bikers in Ferguson and Kristofer G.
After learning about racing games and bike lingo from the new local men to help raise the competitive spirit amongst us; such as sprints to town signs and (later) Soviet style stops, the group cycled through Färingsö’s varied landscape, curved roads and challenging hills before heading to Troxhammar Golf Club for a well earned ‘fikapaus’.
After seeing Kristofer G. off at Tappströms roundabout, Team Söder then made their way southbound back to the ferry across to Slagsta for the last ‘long way home’ leg of the trip when Briscoe’s bike suffered the unfortunate 2nd puncture in 2 rides which took 15 minutes to dismantle and change, but this didn’t dampen the spirit of the team as they shortly after charged their way through the steepest climb of the day at Flottsbro before riding several km more and eventually peeling off their way home for the day.
Last Sunday 10th May a few guys headed out on the first long journey on the bike for Team Söder AFC down to Nynäshamn and back.
The meet up was 06.50 with a 07.00 sharp departure from Huddingehallen where Vic & Brissles led the charge down to Nynäshamn.
The crew headed past Flemingsberg, Tullinge and through Södertörn down to Grödby and Segersäng before hitting Gamla Nynäsvägen which led all the way into Nynäshamn. There it was time for a coffee break and to meet Jordo and John who joined the return journey.
On Sunday 19th April we embarked on our first official club cycle ride, to qualify for a match we had 5 valiant warriors Jonny Briscoe, Jordo, Andree, Perillo and new member John Cullen.
Starting out from Älvsjö station a little late due to a bike misplacement, we headed down through Huddinge. After rescuing his water bottle which jumped down the ditch at Haradsvägen, Perillo then formed a solo break away on his 3 speed town bike and headed off on his own route down Glömstavägen.
We hope all Söder members, friends and family are well in these exceptional circumstances brought on by Covid-19.
The SAFF have advised that all 2020 season games until the summer break are cancelled.
As advised by SAFF:
Plan A is to play the regular season over 3 weeks in August & September with the top 2 sides playing a Grand Final on the 2nd weekend of September.
Plan B is to have a 1-day tournament in Norrtälje on the 2nd weekend in September, provided this is possible under the circumstances.
So while we are unable to play footy, the Söder Board will aim to be as creative and appropriate as the situation allows in trying to organise some club events during 2020.
Stay tuned for some cycling tours, and the inaugural Söder golf tournament where the “Blue Jacket” will be awarded!
And so the season has began with a bang! And we are not talking about the huge win by Södermalm over Solna! However, we would like to draw to your attention that the Söder fishing competition 2019 is open!!
The beginning of spring in Sweden is a beautiful sight and the club decided to close the winter season off with the annual Södermalm Curling Championship. Larry organized a “curling lesson for beginners” at the local curling rink. Everyone that singed up for the event were definitely all beginners at the start of the day, because some of us who had participated in curling before, had forgotten everything. With the exception of Larry who was ever so graceful on the ice. After a few practice deliveries, we were ready for the main event. It was decided at the time to play International vs Australia.
The brave men of Söder ventured outdoors for the first pre-season run of the year at Årsta Gårds Bollplan. With a couple of new faces and a few lads from Årsta and Solna, we all enjoyed being able to stretch out the legs, and made the most of it, even with it snowing half way through!
Make sure you come along next Sunday and join in the fun!!
So 2018 came and went and the Södermalm Blues event planning committee were behind in their events… So our pool night was on January 25, 2019. A cold evening but Nick, a member of the committee, was feeling the heat as it was his first planned event for the club. So he made sure it started off right with a few beers at the local watering hole, The Roo and Elk.
A few Little Creatures where drank with maybe the one off of Bundaberg Ginger Beers (it was a cold evening).
So as more and more of the participants came in even more messages came saying that they would be 10 mins late (no finger pointing). Once enough of us had shown up we made or way to the pool hall that Nick had conveniently chose because one it was close to the Roo and two it was even closer to his apartment. [maybe some foreshadowing] But his planning was on point, the rules where outlined in detail. Some of them being new even to myself.
Once we made it to the pool hall in Swedish fashion, booking of tables on a Friday night was a no go. We had to wait for a table to be available and win the lottery to see if we would get another close by, which we did. Nick I think at this point was relieved. He had printed out 4 copies of the tournament brackets because he knew that one or two would be fubar by the end of the night and they were. Thanks, Nick!
So the games were starting up and brackets were getting smaller. As the games were being played people started ordering food and once one person ordered falukorv stroganoff it seemed like everyone ordered it.
So after fueling up on some Swedish delicacies the games continued and the time for playing it safe was over. Trick shots started some more successful than others.
Nearing the end of the tournament there were fewer players and more hecklers. Nerves were high and there was at least one person who sank the eight ball prematurely.
Backstreetboy match – Matt B vs Matt C
Those extra bracket prints came in handy. After all the games where played the final game was about to begin. (Matt B vs Worldwar Tom Z)
And the person who came out on top was Matt B.
After the final game was played shots were had and a mandatory photo was taken.