Frederikshavn Blackhawks returns for a fourth time
Frederikshavn Blackhawk’s 15-year-olds represent Denmark in next year’s edition of the Gothia Innebandy Cup. In 2017, the club participated in the tournament for the third time and when they now come back for a fourth time, the team becomes one of the most experienced.
In this year’s Gothia Innebandy Cup, Frederikshavn Blackhawks participated in the B14 class. The team started in the best possible way and beat FBC Viljan with 3-2 on Thursday. Later that day, they played 2-2 against Tenhults IF and 3-3 against the group winner Frölunda IBK. That meant that the team had 5 points ahead of the crucial game against Tillberga on Friday night.
Already after four minutes against Tillberga, Frederikshavn had gone into a 2-0 lead and a place in the A playoff was not far away. Twelve minutes later, Tillberga reduces and that was the beginning of a powerful turn of the Swedes. When the referee blows his final whistle, the scoreboard shows 4-2 Tillberga and Frederikshavn places third in the group. In the B playoff, the team is unable to reload and the adventure ends immediately after a 4-2 loss against Mölndals IBF.
In 2018 the team returns to Gothenburg and the goal is to go further than they’ve previously done.
“We are always aiming for gold, but the goal is to place better than we have done in previous editions of the Gothia Innebandy Cup,” says one of the team’s coaches Jens Bjerregaard.
The floorball in Denmark is far from equally developed as in Sweden, but the sport is growing and in the 2016 World Cup the national team came to the quarter finals, where they lost against Finland, whom later took home the gold medal. Frederikshavn Blackhawks is one of the major clubs in the country and the A team plays in the Unihoc League, which is Denmark’s answer to Swedish Superligan.
Frederikshavns boys 15/16 are also one of the best clubs in the country and the last season the team placed number two in the domestic tournament. This year the team is aiming for the gold and Gothia Innebandy Cup will be a good test for the guys in the team.
“There are too few clubs in Denmark to get enough matches. The Swedish teams have the advantage that they can play every weekend, which we don’t”, says Bjerregaard.
13 players, one goalkeeper and four leaders take the boat over to participate in the Gothia Innebandy Cup 2018. Many of the players come here for the third consecutive year and the closeness and experience are two of the reasons why.
“It is not far between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg. We have had good experiences the previous years we participated and the atmosphere is always on top in Gothenburg. We also hope to be able to connect and possibly get Swedish teams to come to our city on training camps. We would also like to come to Gothenburg more times and play matches this season”, says Bjerregaard.
On the question of what makes a floorball tournament successful, Jens answers;
”The size of the tournament and that everything works is important. Transport, food and accommodation – all that needs to flow and work. It is also important that you get to play many matches and therefore it’s good that there are both A and B playoffs in the Gothia Innebandy Cup.”
Gothia Innebandy Cup wishes Frederikshavn Blackhawks good luck in next year’s tournament! If you want to get in touch with the club you can find their contact information on their website HERE.