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Representitive players from the all clubs in Sweden come together to form the Swedish Elks!

Already in 1997, the Elks made their first appearance, when they met Denmark's Vikings in Helsingborg. It took a good seven years for the next Elks match when the Elks defeated the touring North London Lions by 11 points in Malmö in 2004.

2010_elks_logo.jpgSince then, the Elks make regular appearances on the intenational footy scene. In 2005, Denmark was played in an amazing game at Farum, Denmark, with the game played out as a draw. During the following two years, the Elks competed with Denmark and Germany in the Tri-Nations Cup with matches played in all three countries.

The Swedish national team jumperSweden also competed in the 2005 EU Cup in London, where they were unlucky to lose to Belgium in the final. However, they were able to go one step better in the 2007 EU Cup, where they defeated Germany in the final.

Strong growth in the Swedish league has seen the Elks competing even in the AFL International Cup (IC) in Australia. In their first appearance in 2008, the team did a tremendous effort and came 12th out of 16 competing teams, just one place behind Denmark. In 2011, the Elks could improve their position with a narrow win over Japan in their last game and gave them eleventh spot on the Division one ladder.

Their biggest success so far, was the bronze medal in the European Championships in 2010 on home soil, where the Elks beat Great Britain in a hard fought and tremendous match. Last year, the Elks also made it to the bronze medal final, but were beaten by neighboring rival Denmark in Dublin. Currently, the Swedish Elks prepare for their third return to Australia for the IC14.

For further information about the Swedish Elks, contact the coach Daniel McClaer or the board of AFL Sweden.


Olsson and Elks hoping for quick recovery PDF Utskrift E-post
Skrivet av Jeremy Darke   

The Elks have made it through the first two rounds of IC14 fairly unscathed if you compare them to many of the teams within the men’s draw, losing just two players. Although, the quantity of injuries is manageable, the quality of the two losses has been a hurdle that Sweden has had to overcome, especially after losing co-captain, Hampus Olsson.

At the age of 21, Olsson has already become a marquee player for the Elks, exuding experience far beyond his years and has developed into the backbone of the Elks half-back line.

Olsson hyper-extended his elbow in the second quarter against New Zealand, courageous playing out the rest of the game, to incidentally take another knock to the same right arm.

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Rd 2 Elks Injury Ward PDF Utskrift E-post
Skrivet av Jeremy Darke   

The beating against New Zealand has the Elks battered and bruised heading into the important rival match against Finland, where they will look to drag themselves off the bottom of the IC14 ladder.

Back-pocket Julius Nicklasson dislocated his middle finger in an inspirational effort, blocking one of New Zealand’s many shots at goal. Nicklasson dived in desperation during the third quarter of the match getting a touch on a certain goal nullifying the kick to a one-point score.

The 20 year-old, is a certainty to miss the match against the Finns and will be reassessed prior to the Elks match against Canada on Saturday.

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Elks to grow from New Zealand whopping PDF Utskrift E-post
Skrivet av Jeremy Darke   

It was always going to be a tough task for the Elks, when they took on number 3 ranked New Zealand in their first match of the 2014 International Cup, and the Kiwis certainly showed why they are expected to be fighting for the top prize at the MCG on the 23rd of August.

New Zealand dominated the play from the first centre bounce, pinning the Swedes back in their own half, clearly showing that they were a class above. The Elks could not contain the Kiwis’ ability to move the ball away from the ruck, finding it virtually impossible to shut down the continuous options that the New Zealand players offered to the ball carrier.

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