1. The Great Comeback! – Round 3

    By Doolz

    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.

    Söder then again come out strongly to start the second with back to back free kick winning tackles from Calle, who was simply a tackling machine!!!! The boys in blue continued to play smart possession football and started to dominate the game. With the ball deep in the forward line, Jake G roved off a ruck contest and snapped his first ever goal and surely one to remember! Söder continued to dominate throughout the second but couldn’t covert all our shot’s which kept scores pretty close. Then the already short numbered Blues, went one further down with injury when Tanka was slung to the ground late, fracturing his arm. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery mate!! After play restarted Årsta were then able to get two late goals, which managed to put them 2 points ahead going into the long break.

    Årsta came out firing after half time and making it worse Daniel “Wolfman” was too injured to make it back on, leaving Söder down to only the 9 men on the field. Söder’s defense were really pushed hard, however Tunde and Gaz continued to win their one-on-one contest’s and the general down back Rundle, dominated throughout taking an incredible amount of intercept marks and rebounding with ease. Söder however were unable to make the most of our opportunities in the Premiership quarter and Årsta got out to a 16 point lead going into the last.

    It was a long way back for Söder heading into the final quarter but we came out blasting with Mick dominating in the ruck getting the ball quickly into the strong leading Macca and the Blues starting the last with a bang! Jake G then kicked truly for his second after a 20 metre penalty. Moments later Doolz was able to grab a ball that was smashed 30 metres by Mick in the ruck, and put it straight through. All the momentum was with the Blues and a great come from behind victory was on the card’s! Årsta however weren’t done with quite yet when Youngy ran the entire length of the field to get on to the end of one, which gave Söder a mighty scare. Then after the restart Årsta went straight into attack when Rundle read the play beautifully and was set to mark easily, however an Årsta player decided to channel his inner Eric Cantona and Kung Fu kick Rundle. From the resulting free Söder were able to work it forward with Calle, Victor and then finally Mick getting on the end of it. This put the icing on the cake and the game was ours!

    A comeback for the ages and a great upset victory to get Söder back on track for the 2017 season! Great work to each and everyone of the guys who played on the weekend, it was a total team effort and outstanding win! The final score was Södermalm Blues 11.15-81 def Årsta Swans 9.13-67.

    Södermalm now has a couple of weeks rest with our next game on the 10th June Vs Norrtälje at the JCG. Hope to see you all there.

  2. Tough day at the office – Round 2

    By Doolz

    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.

    With the game all but gone Söder re-evaluated their goals at half time and tried to plan to get the new guys more ball and to play smart possession footy. The start of the second saw a lot of hard run from Calle “Sticks” and Tunde the “Tank”. There was also some great aggression and tackling from Victor. Söder were then able to peg one back with Daniel “Wolfman” drifting forward, taking a great contested mark then kicking truly! It ended up being a great return game for the big-man after a short break of 7 years on the sideline.

    Heading into the last Söder were full of positives after going goal for goal in the third. The boys in blue continued to show a fighting spirit and powered on throughout the last and managed to keep the game from blowing out. Ultimately the Axeman were too strong on the day and rightly assumed the title of Premiership favourites. The final score was Solna Axeman 10.23-83 def Södermalm Blues 3.10-28.

    Well done to Cherry and his better half for organizing and running the BBQ and thanks to the boys for sticking around and finishing the beers!

    Another first game shot gun shout out to Tunde, well done mate!!!

    For Söder’s next game we are heading north to Norrtälje to take on the Årsta Swans, let’s hope third time lucky for the Blues!

  3. Footy returns in 2017

    By Doolz

    After 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.

    After a strong showing going into the half time break, the Blues burst out of the block in the third with a quick goal to Cherry and a some great forward movement. After a few years away from Söder, Brad “the Gun” Stahlhut returned to the park and immediately made an impact showing his class with some great tackling, and marking that helped Söder push hard. Unfortunately Norrtajle were able to get a couple of quick goals at the end of the third, which really hurt Söder.

    In the last the Dockers supreme fitness and class outshone Söder and they proved again why they were worthy winners in last years granny. With several players battling injury, cramping and fatigue the Dockers really put Söder to the sword and the end result blew out to Norrtälje 98 defeating Södermalm 59. Great effort in the end boys but definitely room for improvement.

    Lastly BIG SHOUT OUT to first gamer Jake G for stepping up and shotgunning not 1 but 2 beers after the game! GREAT EFFORT!

    Let’s get pumped for this weekend and our round 2 clash with Solna Axeman and hopefully our first win! See you all down at the JCG Saturday at 12:00PM.
  4. A new king in town

    By Lars

    Five players turned up to the Södermalm chess and beer championship. A surprisingly low number since the chess title was up for grabs due to Brissles’ late withdrawal. The unluckiest man in Söder missed his second off-season competition due to vinterkräksjukan. In the starting lineup for the chess comp was two time runner up Murf, triple semi-finalist Larry, this winter’s grand slam possibility JR, the dark horse Rappa and the white knight Bobby Love.

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  5. Södermalm Awards Night 2016

    By Lars

    Last Friday night the Södermalm boys congregated to O’Connells pub for the annual Söder awards night with vote count. It was a celebration of the season’s achievements coupled with discussions of what could have been. The vote count quickly turned into a two sided affair with one outstanding player in each category. (Outstanding are also these players’ subs for this year). Johan won best non Australian player for the second time, and also took home the Jordo shield with 30 votes. Rob won best Australian player for the third time.

    Here are the rest of the winners:
    Goal kicker of the year: Marcus Rappoccio
    Players’ player: Matthew Barton
    Most consistent: Gaelan Doolan
    Club person: Lars Hagberg
    Fishing competition: Daniel Jordan

    Check out the presentation.

  6. Blues Bury Battered Bromma

    By Blue Baller

    For full article: aussierules.se

    Reigning premiers, the Södermalm Blues, outclassed an undermanned Bromma Vikings by 90 points at the JCG today. In a one-sided contest, the Blues banged on six goals in the opening term to let by six goals at the first break and never looked back.

     

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  7. Söder on top of the ladder!

    By Lars

    A big win against visiting Dockers on the weekend put the Blues in first place on the ladder. A solid team effort with 8 different goal kickers. Honourable mentions go to Rob and Johan who bagged 4 goals each. Final score Södermalm 15.15 (105) Norrtälje 6.3 (39).

    Next up is Bromma Vikings on the 21st.

  8. Footy is back for 2016!!

    By Lars

    Pre-season training has started and what a great turn-out it has been! The Kaj man is in charge of making old players and new recruits fit for the season.
    We’re training on Sundays, contact the club for more info. Bring some cold weather gear for a warm up run outdoors before training indoors. Bring any mates too – training is free!

  9. Mighty Mick’s Majestic 2015

    By Brissles

    Our Club Co-Captain had an extraordinary year to remember and probably never to be repeated by anyone… ever.

    Michael Larsson was our club Co-Captain.

    He was our Club ‘Non-Australian’ Best and Fairest.

    He was also our Club Overall Best and Fairest winning the “Jordo Shield” with a whopping 63 votes (2nd place had 35 votes).

    He was our club leading goal-kicker with a club record 42 goals in 2015.

    Mick won the Stockholm league (SAFF) Best and Fairest – The coveted Lars Hagberg Medal.

    He won the SAFF league leading goal kicker award for 2015.

    Mick was Co-Captain of our SAFF Premiership winning team.

    Our club Södermalm also played in the inaugural Swedish national league – the Elitserien 2015. We won the Premiership of that league too – Mick was Co-Captain of our Premiership team and played the final game with broken ribs.

    Mick was voted the Best and Fairest winner of the inaugural Elitserien league.

    Mick also ran our club trainings throughout the season.

    Earlier in the year, Mick and brother Max lead the Swedish National team to victory in the Nordic Challenge over Denmark and Norway.

    Not a bad year hey? Captain of 2 Premierships, Club Best and Fairest, League Best and Fairest in 2 different leagues, SAFF League leading goal-kicker, Club leading goal-kicker, Club Trainer, Club Leader, represented Sweden and won the Nordic Challenge… and he is an all-round top top bloke.

    We all love Mick, and look forward to seeing him leading the Blues to more success in 2016!

  10. Congratulations Mick & Rob, Club Champions 2015

    By Brissles

    The Club would like to congratulate Michael Larsson and Rob Njoku on winning the Club Best and Fairest Awards for 2015.

    Rob won the award for the Best Australian Player, Mick won the Best Non-Australian. The overall winner of the “Jordo Shield” (the player with the most votes) went to Mick Larsson with a mammoth 63 votes.

    That makes 2 Club Championship Awards for both of these boys, Mick winning back-to-back and Rob winning his 1st back in 2013. Mick is now only 1 win away from matching big brother Max with a record 3 Club Championship awards.

    Directly after the presentation of the awards, Mick was quoted as saying “I can’t wait to get stuck into next season!” and Rob quipped “Next year I’m hoping to play more consistently…”. By the sounds of that, we can expect another successful season in 2016 for Söder!

     

  11. Gaelan wins Gold with “brew for the people”!

    By Brissles

    Söder 1st year brewer Gaelan Doolan has won the 2015 Gold Medal at the Södermalm AFC Home-Brew competition in a boil-over result last Friday night 13th November!

    Last year’s winner Lars “Heisenberg” Hagberg was raging hot favourite, however his brew didn’t go down as well as anticipated, while Jordo sufferred a blow-out on 2 of his kegs that he had primed for the Söder Brewing Championship. Old Brissles’ brew once again fell flat.

    This year it was all about Doolz’s Coopers Pale Ale, which he claimed on the night that he “…brewed for the people” and backed that claim up with the most voted for brew of the night – voted on by all 17 punters in attendance. “It was a Coopers Pale Ale brewed from extract and dry hopped with some Cascade hops – it wasn’t any more complicated than that!” exclaimed Doolan immediately after claiming Gold.  It just goes to show that you don’t need to be a PHD Chemist to win the Söder Home Brew Gold Medal – a result that we hope will bring even more new entrants next season!

    Congratulations Gaelan, you have earned the right to label your bottles with “Södermalm AFC Gold Medal Winner 2015″!