2014 in retrospect

IMG_1420The Maulers came into season 2014 with a new coach – Ryan Davidson – with Aaran Higgins handed over the reins after 3 years in the most demanding job in the club. Over the off-season, we had the usual problems of having to say goodbye to some valued members, but also the usual joys of having new members join. There were also the usual problems over the seasons of ups and downs in attendance at training and availability of players on game day. But over all, 2014 was a great year for the club.

The DAFL was the main focus of the Maulers and the club in 2014. The fellas just got stronger through the season, seen in the increasing winning margins against the likes of 2013 biggest foes, Helsingborg and Farum (see second table below). This meant that we won the minor premiership, on percentage, and the right to host the 2nd semi. The momentum rolled on, and we took out the 2nd semi over the Farum Cats to also win the right to host the grand final. Unfortunately, a completely different team of Cats, or maybe that was Maulers, turned up for the grand final and the premiership cup once again ended up in Farum.

There were a few personal achievements of note.
– Tony McLoughlin, Daniel McClaer and Tobias Gogu all joined the 100 game club.
– Wayne Schuck played his first seasons with the Maulers in 2014. He also managed to take out the 2014 Best and Fairest, the club goal kicking award, and the DAFL goal kicking award. Then didn’t turn up for the end of year party.
– Ryan Davidson earned the DAFL presidents award.
– Paul Barron earned the DAFL best umpire award.

2014 Honour board

 Year Best and Fairest Leading Goal Kicker Best Defender Most Improved Best First Year
 2014 Wayne Schuck Wayne Schuck Tony McLoughlin Adam Jennings Fabian Rundbäck

2014 DAFL Table

Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Percentage
Port Malmö Maulers 14 12 2 0 60 297.6
Farum Cats 12 10 2 0 60 260.0
Aalborg Kangaroos 12 9 3 0 54 184.2
Helsingborg Saints 14 6 8 0 36 94.9
FC Demons 12 4 1 0 24 33.7
Odense Lions 12 2 10 0 12 67.6
Nth Copenhagen Barras 12 1 10 0 6 37.0

Source: The Footy Record

2014 DAFL Fixture for the Port Malmö Maulers

Round Home Team Away Team Date
3 Helsingborg Saints 3.2(20) Port Malmö Maulers 4.10(34) 03.05.14
3 Port Malmö Maulers 13.7(85) Odense Lions 1.3(9) 03.05.14
4 Port Malmö Maulers 3.3(21) Farum Cats 15.6(96) 10.05.14
4 Port Malmö Maulers 120 (forfeit) FC Demons 0 10.05.14
6 Port Malmö Maulers 8.7(55) Helsingborg Saints 2.1(13) 24.05.14
6 Port Malmö Maulers 13.9(87) North Copenhagen Barracudas 1.1(7) 24.05.14
7 Odense Lions 4.6(30) Port Malmö Maulers 6.12(48) 31.05.14
7 Aalborg Kangaroos 7.10(52) Port Malmö Maulers 5.4(34) 31.05.14
8 Helsingborg Saints 1.4(10) Port Malmö Maulers 9.9(63) 07.06.14
8 Port Malmö Maulers 9.2(56) Aalborg Kangaroos 4.4(28) 07.06.14
11 Farum Cats 4.5(29) Port Malmö Maulers 6.11(47) 26.07.14
11 FC Demons 0 Port Malmö Maulers 120 (forfeit) 26.07.14
15 North Copenhagen Barracudas 0.3(3) Port Malmö Maulers 19.8(122) 30.08.14
15 Port Malmö Maulers 13.6(84) Helsingborg Saints 5.1(31) 30.08.14
QF Port Malmö Maulers 14.8(92) Farum Cats 10.8(68) 06.09.14
GF Port Malmö Maulers 5.11(41) Farum Cats 19.12(126) 20.09.14

Source: The Footy Record

Besides the Maulers in the DAFL, Port Malmö players were kept busy with four rounds of SAFL, the indoor tournament in Jönköping, and few guys even played for Sweden in both the International Cup in Australia in August and the Euro Cup in London at the end of year.

2014 also marked a very significant advance in AFL in Malmö; the forming of the Port Malmö Lynx. Hanna Falkenström was a driving force in bring together the group of players, and Ryan Davidson a driving force in getting their skills up. Two matches were played by the Lynx against Odense; one home and one away.