Thursday, June 2, 2016
THE BIG GAME - Södervikskolan at Runby Skola
Thursday, 2 June, 2016:
After weeks of preparation, it was finally time for the much anticipated . . .
Yes, Upplands Väsby, it was time for this year's renewal of one of the biggest rivalries in all of Swedish sport, Södervikskolan at Runby Skola. Kickoff was set for 3:00 p.m.
Las Vegas had installed Södervikskolan as a solid two TD favorite.
A Runby Colt ready for action
Runby Colt showing his
It was time to get all of
the boys and girls into gear
Warm ups on a HOT day
Wäsby Warriors Head Coach
Thomas Andersson explains the rules
Runby Skola is in the white jerseys while Södervikskolan donned their traditional greens.
The rules were simple, full contact tackling was allowed and we would play two 30 minute running clock halves.
Thomas also made it crystal clear that no guns, knives or Afro combs would be allowed on the field.
All players were searched.
Let the BIG GAME begin
Rough and Tumble Action
Runby had a good run game plan
Runby stalk blocking WR
Södervikskolan definitely was the
bigger of the two squads
They also suited out 13 players compared to the nine Runby Skola players in uniform.
At the half, Södervikskolan led in Touch Downs, 4 to 0, including one on a pick six play.
Runby Skola moved the ball but could not punch it in.
Uh-oh, Södervikskolan got
to the edge
Runby Skola on Defense
Runby Skola broke the ice with a fine TD bomb on the first play of the Second Half.
It was with the score on the Jumbotron listed at 5 TDs to 2 TDs in favor of Södervikskolan that one of the players from Runby Skola asked me "Coach, what's the score? Are we winning?"
It was a classic example of a kid just enjoying the fun of competing for his newfound love of the great game of American football!
The final score saw the spread betting group from visiting Södervikskolan defeating Runby Skola 7 TDs to 3 TDs.
Post BIG GAME group picture
It looked like the kids had a lot of fun today. Now we have to hope that some of them will sign on to become our newest Wäsbay Warriors.
In the evening, it was time for U11, U13 and U15 practices. The staggered starting times meant that we would be in full blown coaching mode from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All in all, it was another GREAT day for American football in Sweden!!!
Tomorrow, a train will whisk me away from Stockholm to Hässleholm in the southern Skåne region of Sweden to see the home town Hurricanes play the Ystad Rockets on Saturday. It will also allow me to visit with several good friends that we made here when I coached the 'Canes in 2010.
It's been six years? Really?