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
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)
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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Hoping to change our fortune after a rough start to the 2017 SAFF season, the Södermalm Blues travelled north to Norrtälje take on Årsta Swans. The Blues headed into the game underdogs with a growing injury list and raft of new players it promised to be an interesting game.
The plan from coach Rappa was to start quickly and get goals early for scoreboard pressure and that’s exactly what happened. The strong centre team of Mick, Wolfman and Doolz were able to get on top right from the start and get a few early ones. There was also a strong presence at full forward with Macca providing a great focal point and Söder looking great early. Årsta however were then able to respond and it promised to be a good game heading into the quarter time break; almost all square. Continue reading →
For the second round of the year Södermalm Blues lined up against the Solna Axeman at the JCG. The boys were hoping for some redemption after the disappointing first round loss and needed to start strongly. Unfortunately the Axeman got the jump on Söder early and immediately the Blues were on the back foot. Solna continued by kicking three more quick goals when things went from bad to worse, with club legend “Lethal” Larry going down awkwardly in a tackle. Sadly Larry was unable to return to the field then only minutes later Matt “Pres” Barton re-tweaked a hamstring and Söder went two players down in the first quarter.
At the quarter time break the boys were scrambling to re-position and hastily making plans on how to stem the flow of Solna goals. The Söder boys ran hard throughout the second term with Gaz and Mick down back, rebounding the ball time after time. Solna however were able to continue scoring with ease and the half time score was Solna 58 to Söder 9. Continue reading →
By DoolzAfter a long break and another crushing Grandfinal defeat, Södermalm Blues faced our Grandfinal opponents and eventual winners the Norrtälje Dockers, in our very first game of the 2017 season.The Söder boys were pumped up for the big occasion and started strongly with Mick Larrson up forward, taking some strong contested marks and converting for a couple early on. The first quarter continued to seesaw until tragically club stalwart Dylan Dylansson went down awkwardly in a tackle, injuring his knee and not being able to take any further part of the game. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery mate!The second quarter saw the arm wrestle continue between the mid-fields, with Alex Cherry making his presence felt in the ruck and first game player Jake G throwing his body into every contest without fear. As always our defense held strong throughout the second with Matty and Larry working tirelessly and Gaz nullifying the effect of Schultezy dangerous attack. Continue reading →
The SAFF season 2017 starts this week with a double header at the J. For the Södermalm it’s a rematch against last year’s Grand Final opposition the Dockers. Come down and support the boys in blue!