Two guys were well ahead of everyone else once the 2015 Player of the Year votes were counted: Silas Mubanda claimed a well deserved second place while the title went to Andrei Ungureanu. Andrei's fantastic work rate in all games is seen in both the tackle count and the hit-ups / busts tally. He has also contributed with a few tries. Well done Andrei!
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Denmark will start the defence of their Nordic Cup title away against Sweden in Lund. The dates have finally been confirmed and the game will be played on Sunday the 24th of May - the Scandinavian "Pinse" holiday (Pentecost).
Several changes took place at the DRLF AGM, held in January. President Steve Davy stood down after two and a half years in the post. Steve took over during a turbulent 2012, when several board members found they couldn't dedicate the necessary time and chose to stop. His shift at the helm of Danish Rugby League saw several key improvements. The DRLF cleared all its debts and balanced the books for the first time. The beginnings of a domestic programme were put in place and the Danish "Origin" series was founded. However, maybe most significantly his final year saw Denmark regain the Nordic Cup! Steve leaves for a work posting in the USA and we wish him all the best. Vice president Kristina Landsberg also stopped. We thank them both for their time and effort. Secretary Rich Naylor was voted in as the new President, with Anton Sass being elected Vice President, and Mark Nielsen coming in to fill the last place on the board.
2014 Player of the Year
Winger Christoffer Ellebirke has been voted Danish Rugby League's "Player of the Year" for 2014. Christoffer has developed quickly and was a regular feature in the Copenhagen club that played against Skåne Crusaders and Jutland. He was also a try scorer in both of Denmark's matches in their winning Nordic Cup campaign. The first "true Dane" (or non ex-pat) to win the award and he's only just turned 20, so we expect there's plenty more to come from him in the future. Congratulations Christoffer!
Picture: Anette Holm
Denmark hosts coaching course
The DRLF took the next step in the joint RLEF-EC Leadership devolution project. Participants from Denmark, Wales and Germany were involved in Coach training under the guidance of Catalans Dragons head of performance / Academy - Thierry Dumaine.
Denmark ran in eight tries to beat Sweden by 44-6 and thereby win the Nordic Cup 2014. This makes Denmark the first nation to take a second title, after all three countries took a victory each in the first three years of the tournament. Emil Borggren and Martin Pedersen-Scott grabbed a brace each, and Rich groom kicked 6 from 7 conversions and scored the game's openning try, for a personal haul of 16 points. Massive congratulations go to the whole squad - not just those who played against Sweden, but also the team that brought home a hard fought win away to Norway, to set up this victory.
Denmark has made a great start to its campaign to win the Nordic Cup for the first time since 2011. A 16-10 victory over Norway in our first ever win in Oslo has set things up nicely for the August clash with Sweden. Tries from Rich Groom, Christoffer Ellebirke and Viiga Lima brought home the win.
Denmark hosts match officials' course
The DRLF hosted it's first ever technical event as part of the joint RLEF-EC Leadership devolution project.Participants from Denmark Sweden and Germany were involved in Match Official training and for some, it was the first step on the way to becoming qualified match official trainers.
It's on! After coming up second best in the inaugural Danish Origin series in 2013, Jutland are looking for revenge and the "West" team will be hosting the first game in this year's series. The Easterners, based on the Copenhagen Black Swans' team will be hoping to repeat their home and away victories from last year. The teams go head to head on the 24th of May in the first of the two game series. The match will also serve as a valuable selection opportunity for National team coach Nigel Kitching as we approach the 2014 Nordic Cup fixtures.
A massive "thank you" to Brian Juliff and Chris Thair from Wales Rugby League for hosting two of our officials at the RLEF governance seminar in Cardiff. We got a great deal out of the trip and are looking forward to putting our learning to good use, strengthening the game in Scandinavia. Also a big thank you goes out to Danny Kazandjian and the rest of the staff at the RLEF for providing the financial support to make it viable.
CRLFC got off to the best possible start to the 2014 season by winning the Scandinavian Rugby League 7s tournament, held near Gothenburg, Sweden. The Copenhagen Black Swans defeated arch rivals the Skåne Crusaders in the final, and will be hoping to repeat the feat when they face them again in the first fixture of the 2014 Pan-Scandinavian League.
The votes are in! The 2013 Dansk Rugby League Forbund "player of the year" was awarded to Eugene Hanrahan who takes over the honour from Viiga Lima, the winner in 2012. Eugene has captained the Copenhagen Black Swan club, the "East" regional team in the Danish Origin series, and the national team in 2013. He has consistently been amongst those topping the lists for tackles and drives / hit-ups at all levels of the game this year and never takes a backward step on the field.
The award was made at the DRLF end of season party, held after the "East" side won the second game in the origin series and with it the title of Danish Origin champions 2013.
First ever Danish "Origin" clash
The start of a great tradition as West played East in the first ever Danish "origin" match - staged at Randers. Eligibility is based on whether you come from West or East of the Great Belt bridge. A team from Jutland took on the Easterners - mostly comprising of players from Copenhagen RLFC. East ran out winners by 44-14 and surely benefitted from the match practice they built up in the Pan-Scandinavian League. We expect many more firece battles in the years to come.
The launch of the new website is finally here. Find out more about Rugby League in Denmark!
Copenhagen RLFC founded
The DRLF is pleased to announce that Copenhagen Rugby League Football Club has been founded as the first rugby league club in Denmark. Over the past couple of years, some domestic friendlies have been informally arranged by groups of players on an ad hoc basis, however the forming of the club is a significant step on the way to a full domestic programme.
This year CRLFC will compete in a "Pan-Scandinavian" league against teams from southern Sweden. The DRLF is also putting together the inaugural "Origin" match, between West and East Denmark - defined as west or east of the Great Belt.
Denmark were disappointed to lose the Dove Man + Care Series to Malta. After a narrow defeat in the away fixture in June a very strong Malta side including super league players turned out an impressive performance at Gentofte stadium to clinch the series 2-0.
Malta, several years further along in their development than Denmark, were able to draw on a mixture of internationally based players and promising talent from their own domestic league.
The DRLF hopes that the founding of Copenhagen RLFC will be just the first step in the establishment of a strong domestic programme in Denmark, which will start to develop talent for the national team.