1. 2nd Round: Match Report

    By Grave Danger

    Södermalm Wrapped up its 2nd win for the season playing Årsta Swans down at the JCG last Saturday! 11/5
    It was meant to be be a double header however due the national team training the other game was postponed.This however this  didn’t bother Södermalm! They went into the game at full speed Kicking 6 goals to 2 in the first Term! new recruit Sam Weyerman and Matt Gibbon Provided plenty of ball to the forward line where Mick Larsson and Nick law capitalize booting half of the goals in the first half. At half time Söder were by 7 goals!Årsta rallied hard however, they had a hard time getting past Rundle and TomMy Z in the back line. Andrew Rundles dashing speed thru the back line and clean hand balling skills provided plenty of ball to the midfielders like Gaz and and ex Årsta recruit Duncan. In the second half nothing changed Jake Grainger was solid in the back line applying some hard ice hockey hits on some Årsta players, who will no doubt be sore the following day! Veteran Grant Linke kicked home the winning goal finishing with a total of 4 goals whilst Debutant Veteran Craig Taylor playing his first game in 48 years bag a goal to boot! Södermalm running away with it in the end winning convincing 150-32   http://www.thefootyrecord.net/index.php?content1=match&m=4643&v=2&f=2

    special Note to John Murphy who warmed the bench for the 2 game in a row! hopefully he will get on the field next match and if so this is certain to draw the crowd if he does!
    photos can be seen here thanks to an awesome photographer Ander Ögren! 


    Hope to see you at the next match at the J.C.G at Skarpnäck on the 25/ 5 @ 11.30 see you then! Go Söder!!!


  2. Club fishing Season begins…

    By Grave Danger

    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!!
    Last year unfortunately it was forgotten like most things! so get a load of these photos to open the the season from some of our members!!
    The annual fishing competition has been running for 10 years and every club member is Eligible to register their catch!!
    Simply send a photo of your catch to the club or Jordo or Lars to register your catch! Also required is the length weight and species! You must be a member or become a member.
    All the best and keep those photos rolling in!!
    See you all Saturday at the J for our next match!
    Bluey Svensson

  3. Södermalm Curling Championship 2019

    By Grave Danger

    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.

    Bluey was definitely upset that not all the flags were present in the curling rink. But that’s not what the Aussie’s were truly worried about. They just wanted to dominant at curling – ‘Chess On Ice’.
    As the match commenced it was surely one sided. But as the Aussie’s got their ice legs they came back and tied it up.
    During the extra end the pressure was on. Cherry being the hero of the day (you’ll soon find out why.) took it upon himself to make sure the hammer made it on to the button. He swept so hard that his focus was preoccupied for a split second and he lost his footing, and the rest is history.

    Cherry left it all on the ice ‘blood, sweat & tears’.

    Cherry was not the first and as we were told he wouldn’t be the last. Because before the match started we were told of the infamous tale of the ‘twins being knocked out cold’, and that every year it happens at least once.

    Thanks again to Sundbybergs Curlingklubb, everyone who came out and a big shout out to Larry for organizing such a great event.

  4. Pre-season Training 2019

    By Doolz

    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!!

  5. Pool Night

    By Grave Danger

    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. 

  6. Season launch and 2018 bowling championship

    By Doolz

    A big thank you to all the guys who made it down to the annual season launch and 2018 Södermalm 10-pin bowling championship! A total of 14 guys participated in the bowling with a few additional guys tagging along to enjoy the festivities. With the draw being released earlier in the day and everyone getting a good look at what Calle ‘Googles’ in his spare time, we were off and racing.

    After the first warm up game round and with a few adult beverages, some strong contenders started to emerge. The second real round was sure to separate the men from the boys and that it did! The four group winners through to the final play-off were, Brissles, Mick, Nick and Brad.

    The final started with a bang, with several guys throwing down strikes in there first effort. From there the game plateaued a little with Brissles nosing ahead, closely followed by Mick and Brad and Nick bringing up the rear. There was plenty of encouragement from the sidelines and a few words of wisdom shared amongst the competitors but as we edged closer to the final few frames, it was obvious that Brissles (and his somewhat questionable towel) would be champions!

    The final score:
    Brissles – 149
    Mick – 133
    Nick – 120
    Brad – 133

    Congratulation Brissles, another Söder trophy to add to the cabinet!

  7. Chess & Homebrew Championships 2017

    By Jordo

    Last Friday saw the Södermalm AFC 10th annual chess/home brew gala evening!

    It was 3rd club social event for the winter season with a strong turn out of 14 participants keen to try their hand at chess or merely along for the beer tasting.

    With 2 groups formed with 7 players each off we went…. Group 1 was the group of death with 3 strong favourites Lars, Johnny (7 time winner) and murf (current champion and wearing the yellow jersey) all tussling for top 2 positions and semi final berth.

    Murf toppling Jonny Briscoe was what some called an early upset. However murf simply stated ” that was no upset ! no one beats me anymore, i’m the best player Söder has ever seen”.

    Bonecrusher, former club downlow champ who has flown from brisbane for the nights festivities forced a miracle  stalemate with Lars, Lars also had stalemate against murf, forcing a play off match against Johnny for the 2nd place spot in the semi final which Johnny ended up winning. Murf finished top with 5.5 wins

    In group 2 it was a straight forward affair with jordo who cruised to victory in all 6 contests finishing top of the group with 6 points. JR, Chris price and Joel burnell were evenly placed for 2nd place prior to the last group match Joel v price!.

    In a thrilling match Joel narrowly beat Chris price to snatch the 2nd place and qualify for the semi-final.

    Then followed the home brew tasting interval.

    There were 7 entries to the home brew competition from 4 brewers. Check our the photos!

    With a wide range of styles and colours of beers, every beer received votes. Voting was a 3,2,1 vote by all 14 jurors.

    The final results were as followed.

    Black stiffy IPA 7.5% was a clear favourite winning with 23 votes

    Brew by Jordo and Lars it had smooth characteristics with a taste of chocolate and hints of coffee and hazelnut.

    2nd was Doolz “AA” Pale Ale.

    3rd was Brissles’ “Flatliner” Raspberry Weissbier.

    Back to the chess semi finals.

    Johnny beat jordo in a close exciting game. Jordo ran out of time against the 7 time champion with 30 seconds on johhnnys clock. Denying Jordo his first finals berth.

    In the other semi final. All the big talk and alcohol caught up with murf. Not realising his own alcohol intake he made several rookie mistake saw him go from winning to losing by giving up his queen and castle mid game allowing  a sober Joel to waltz into his 3rd final.

    Then controversy struck. Time had past and we had to vacate the hired hall. The final was to be staged at Lars flat.

    The crowd flowed over to Lars’ to watch the final with a few of the kegs on offer from the brewers including the winning brew!…. but in a final that had lost momentum Joel somehow cornered Johnny into a position of submission winning his first final and becoming only the fourth winner in 10 years of the club chess championship!

    A great night was had by all who attended.

    Also a congratulations to Nick law who beat murf in the pool final on the 7th November.

    Next event is the club 10 pin bowling end of January.

  8. VICTORY!!! – SAFF PREMIER 2017!!!

    By Doolz

    Saturday the 23rd September, the mighty Södermalm Blues lined up against Solna Axeman for the 2017 SAFF Grand Final. The boys in blue were happy to wear the underdog tag but took plenty of confidence from upsetting the Axeman 3 weeks prior. The JCG was looking extremely wet and muddy and Söder knew we were in for a tough and scrappy game.

    At the very start of the game Söder won the centre break, however it was quickly turned it over and came rocketing back. The Axeman then took full advantage and within the opening minutes they were already 1 goal up. Söder then fought hard to get the game level, but missed a few golden opportunities and before we knew it, Solna had jumped out to a 2 goal lead. The game continued to see-saw throughout the first, but moments before the whistle was blown, Söder had managed to scrap the ball forward and finally get one on the board.

    The second quarter started with a fierce determination from the Blues and we steadily got on top in general play. The conditions however meant simple marks and kicks were anything but, and the game started to get into a real fight. The Axeman were still managing to get the ball forward, however the back line of Tunde, MB, Brad and Gaz stood firm. Söder started to get on top in the middle about half way through with Jake throwing his body around in his typically fearless manner and Wolfman starting to assert himself in the ruck contests. The ball swayed from end to end with not much scoring and the Blues headed into half time less than a goal down.

    After the long break the Axeman pushed hard and hit the score board with the first goal, extended there lead and starting strongly in the Premiership quarter. Mick Larrson then managed to mark strongly a few minutes later and converted from 50m out. The game was firmly in the balance and Söder needed to stay strong and keep there feet in the wet and muddy conditions. After working the ball slowly out of the back half, Nick and Tanka combined to once again push it forward and we managed to keep it locked in there for a few minutes. After a ball-up contest Brissles came from nowhere and soccered through for another major. The next play saw Brad rebounding from the back and finding Grant who marked comfortably on the 50m and went back for the biggest kick of the game so far. With the wind in his face he managed to kick the ball right through the middle and Södermalm hit the front! The whistle blew and Söder were high on confidence but knowing a big final quarter was left to play.

    The final quarter of 2017 started and Söder were able to win the ball and rebound from the back line, with Gaz hitting Macca lace-out. The ball was then pumped forward and a scrap ensured and somehow Mick Larrson slammed it on the boot and Söder were off to the magical start. Solna then pushed forward hard after the ball up and several attempts on goal went begging and the boys of the Söder back line won the battle. Once again the ball rebounded with Macca and Wolfman combining beautifully to get it straight down to Brissles. He then converted truly and Söder had 2 goals within the first five minutes. The very next ball up saw Wolfman smash it forward to a running Tommy who booted it long to Grant. The big fella then somehow managed to handball to a running Mick Larrson who kicked the most FREAKISH snap on his left to make it 3 and all but put the game beyond Solna. After the restart Söder played smart football and managed to run down the clock with the last 10 minutes flying by. We then enjoyed the final few moments before being crowned SAFF 2017 PREMIERS! GO BLUES!!!

    Best on ground deservedly went to Brad, well done mate!

    Final score: Södermalm Blues 8.7. 55 defeating Solna Axeman 5.8. 38

  9. SAFF Grand Final – GO BLUES!!!

    By Doolz

    Södermalm Blues are into the Grand Final for 2017. In an unfortunate ending for the Stockholm Australian Football Federations (SAFF) competition, Årsta Swans were unable to field a team and the resulting forfeit ensured Söder’s entry into this years big dance.

    In the 10 year existence of SAFF and the Södermalm Blues, we’ve managed to make the Grand Final in 8 out 10 years. This is a supremely amazing effort from everyone involved over 10 great years!

    Let’s get around the boys this weekend and we hope to see as many supporter’s as possible. Details for the SAFF Grand Final:

    Starting time: 13:00
    Teams: Södermalm Blues Vs Solna Axeman
    Ground: JCG (Skarpnäcks sportfält)

  10. Good luck (lycka till) Larry!

    By Doolz

    Best wishes to Lars “Larry” Hagberg in the Punta del Este Marathon just outside of Montevideo in Uruguay this Sunday!!!

    The Söder club legend has previously ran marathons in Japan, Australia, USA, and Europe. After completing the marathon this Sunday, he’ll only have the African continent left to conquer!

    GO LARRY!!!!

  11. Total Team Triumph – Round 8

    By Doolz

    After the disappointing loss last week, the Blues returned to the JCG for a crack at the top placed Solna Axeman. Needing the win to stay in touch with the finals race, our backs were against the wall. While numbers were slightly down from last week we still had a great turn out and agreed to play a more competitive 12-a-side game.

    The blues started slowly in the first, with the strong centre squad of Solna winning it effortlessly in the middle and pushing forward hard. Our back-line was under immediate pressure and did well to limit the Axeman’s scoring. Söder managed to peg one back in the dying minutes through a lovely mark and goal from Mick “the Mighty” Larrson. However Söder were still well down at the end of the first, trailing 26 to 7.

    After some encouraging words at the break, the blues effort lifted and we started to work our way back into the game. The middle men starting clicking with Zohan, Wolfman, Doolz and Tommo throwing their weight around and laying some huge bumps, hits and tackles! Things started to look encouraging for the Blues and slowly and surely we started to chip away at Solna’s lead. The half time siren went and Söder were on the front foot, but still trailing by 9 points.

    The halftime huddle was buzzing and with Söder smelling blood in the water, we went for the kill at the start of the third. Jake and Macca made Solna look like witches hats at the centre bounces and combined beautifully to work the ball straight down to our forwards. Popping up for a couple each in the term the dynamic duo of Mick & Nick, capitalizing on every opportunity. When Mr Reliable Johnnie Brissles, took an amazing one-on-one mark in the goal square and converted truly, it was definitely looking like Söders day. The siren sounded to the end the third and the Blues had blasted the Axeman away with an 8 goal to 1 term.

    Starting the final quarter Solna were intent on not going doing without a fight. The pressure was intense and the mighty back-line of Tunde, Gaz, Brad and the Magnificent Bastard stood tall. Wave after wave of Axemans attacks were repelled and with steady heads and hard run the ball slingshot straight out of the Blues defensive end. With time running low for Solna, they threw caution to the wind, however it was too little too late. Söder ending the day on a high with the final scores, Södermalm Blues 13.10-88 defeating Solna Axeman 9.7-61.

    We’d also like to dedicate our win, to our deported champ Dylan, hope to see you back soon mate!

    Catch us next week in Norrtälje for our make or break final regular season match against the Årsta Swans at 12:00 PM.

    GO BLUES!!!

  12. Not up to scratch – Round 7

    By Doolz

    With the Swedish summer break coming to an end the Boys in Blue returned to Skarpnäck. The first game back was against the Årsta Swans and it provided a good chance to push for the finals. The numbers looked strong with the biggest turn out of the year, in total 20 men pulled on the Söder jumper for the day.

    Söder jumped out of the gate and started strong against the Swans but squandered too many opportunities in the first quarter. The Swans then hit back with two late goals at the end of the first which meant Söder went into the break slightly up 17-15.

    The second quarter saw the tempo left and the Blues back line came under fierce attack. Gaz, Thunder and Dylan Dylansson all stood up and repelled the ball time after time. Towards the end of the first half we clawed our way back into the game, with Cherry and Mick providing great forward targets and managing to bag a few. Söder went into the half time break with the slimmest of leads, one point.

    Starting the third and with the wind behind our backs, Grant “Buckets” Linke worked well with first gamer Tommo and we broke free multiple times in the guts. It wasn’t long and the other first gamer Nick “Kiwi” Law managed to slot one from straight in front and Söder looked to be pushing the game beyond the Swans control. However as in the first, the Swans managed to bag a couple late and stayed within touch, with the boys in blue taking an 11 point lead into the last.

    The last started with a bang from Årsta and before we knew it, the Swans had taken the lead within 5 minutes. Despite Söder’s superior numbers, we were simply run off our feet and we could never regain the momentum. In the end a disappointed Söder finished the game with gusto but ultimately not the win. Final scores Årsta Swans 13.6-84 defeating Södermalm Blues 11.9-75

  13. All square at the break – Round 6

    By Doolz

    Once again Södermalm made the long trek north to Norrtälje to take on the Dockers for the third and last time of the year. Sitting 2-3 before the round, it was vital for the boys in blue to level the win loss record before heading into the summer break. With a couple of late withdrawal’s it left Södermalm with the minimum 9 boys suiting up, which meant it was going to be hard day at the office.

    The first quarter started with a bang and the Blues were able to work the ball forward from the first few centre bounces. The forwards then took it from there, with possibly the tallest line up of forwards in SAFF history. Mick “Finally kicking straight” Larrson, Grant “Buckets” Linke and Alex “6 straight” Cherry provided great leads and worked well in combination. This meant Söder quickly piled on goals and everything was working to plan. The second quarter started with more of the same, with Södermalm bagging the first couple before the Dockers were able to get on the board.

    Not wanting to let the Dockers back into the game after all the hard work from the first half, the Blues pushed hard at the start of third. Daniel “Wolfman” Wilson was an absolute beast in the Ruck and dominated early in the third and helped get the ball forward. He was assisted in the centre with Brad and Calle winning the ball around the stoppages and continually pumping the ball into the forwards. Half way through the third Brad managed to intercept a kick about 50m out and went back and smashed the ball straight through the sticks to put the lead beyond doubt.

    Wary that percentage could play a huge part at the back half of the year, Södermalm really went for the kill in the last. With fresh legs in the middle Tunde “Thunder” and Calle “The tackling machine” were able to win the ball effortlessly and really controlled the play. The boys up forward were all able to capitalize and Söder continued scoring goals at will. In the end the boys in blue were able to sing the song with gusto. The final score Södermalm 21.13 139 defeating Norrtälje 4.3 27.

    Have a great summer break everyone and we look forward to the second half of the year! See you all in August!

  14. Close but no cigar – Round 5

    By Doolz

    In fair weather Södermalm made their way north with a depleted platoon (due to a variety of social inconveniences such as people having the audacity to get married) to face an army of savages called the Solna Axemen. Though at the thinner end of the wedge the team did welcome a debut from tall timber Grant “Buckets” Linke and a cameo from 2015 premiership winner and BOG Jason ‘Jase’ Neindorf.

    Under sun and blue skies the game got underway starting out with good contested possession in the middle, however the run and gun from the Axemen’s midfield soon kicked into gear and the Söder backline/Axemen forwards became mere spectators as the bombs started whistling over their heads. After a word with themselves and a bit of soul searching the Blue Baggers midfield rose from its slumber and started to whir into action. Daniel ‘Wolfman’ Wilson started claiming his fair share of hit outs to advantage and Gaelan ‘Dools’ Doolan combined well with Michael ‘hit the post’ Larsson to drive the boys forward where they found the willing Neindorf waiting gleefully.

    As the first quarter came to a close Marcus ‘Napoleon’ Rappocchio rallied his troops and set out his strategy for clawing his way back into this one. For the next two quarters the boys in blue fought tooth and nail with their gold and black opponents matching them goal for goal and eventually surpassing them, despite this writers problems adjusting to the recently announced deliberate out of bounds calls which resulted in two goals against, to win both the second and the third quarters.

    After some reapplication of sun screen and a rousing spray from the aforementioned little general the boys took to the field for the final quarter. Solna re-configured their forward line and midfield again. Notably introducing what can only be described as a rabid version of the normally placid Oscar Magnusson who could be heard screaming ‘give me ball!’ ‘feed me ball, Oscar smash!’ or something to that effect. Despite good fight from Söder it wasn’t to be as they eventually ran out of legs and were overrun by the fitness of the Solna mids.

    Onwards and upwards to the last game before summer against the King from North of the Wall and his merry band!

    Special match report from:
    Mythical Beast