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Vikings bringing broad mix of Youth and Experience to EC2010


The Denmark Vikings are going into the European Championships with a squad that includes young guns such as World XVIII representative Mathias Biron alongside long-time DAFL stalwarts of the calibre of Jesper Gjørup and Kristian Stetter.

Coach Jim Campion explains that the national team is still in a rebuilding phase and focussing on younger players, however unavailabilities led the DAFL to select a more experienced side than that named for the test against Great Britain earlier this year.

Among the talented youngsters out due to injury is 18-year old Morten Merhøj, whom Campion considers more than qualified to have played in the World XVIII and 19-year old International Cup veteran Joachim Secher.

"This made way for two players and they happen to be Gjørup - who has gotten over long term injury, and Kristian Stetter - who has returned from Australia," Campion says.

"We are still in a building phase, with an emphasis on the 17 to 25 age group. But with the older more experienced players back it can only improve our chances for success."

Denmark's sole representative in the World XVIII side at the NAB Under 16 Championships, Mathias Biron was already considered a core member of the Vikings before he made the trip down under.

"Mathias had a great NAB U16 tournament and was absolutely thrilled with the experience. I have no doubt he will have a little more in his baggage when he takes the field for his country. But it's a different story when playing against mature bodies of England and hopefully Ireland," Campion says.

As one of Europe's oldest footy leagues, the DAFL has a proud tradition in international matches, their rivalry with the Great Britain Bulldogs dating back almost 20 years. This year, the Bulldogs again look set to be the biggest obstacle standing between the Vikings and a place in the final, but Campion is confident the Vikings will be able to overcome their British rivals.

"We are missing a couple of our hard running players, but still believe we will be quicker than Great Britain. Farum has a big ground, and we plan to use every centimeter. I like to think that at the end of the game there will be some frustrated British lads tired of chasing Danes from one end of the field to the other. They have some tall forwards which I believe we will struggle to contain."

"Either way, it will no doubt be an evenly contested match as always with the Brits, and a game we always enjoy."

#   NameClubD.O.B.
1Christopher CampionFarum CatsFebruary 12, 1989
2Peter BjarnumFarum CatsFebruary 24, 1985
3Nathan CampionFarum CatsDecember 28, 1991
4Mathias BironFarum CatsJune 7, 1992
5Jonas HolsteinNth CopenhagenMay 3, 1975
6Thore LauritzenFarum CatsApril 15, 1989
7Morten EngsbyeÅrhus BombersOctober 20, 1986
8Christian Møller LarsenAalborg Kangaroos   March 20, 1981
9Kasper Sallander Holm   Århus BombersAugust 15, 1986
10Jesper GjørupNth CopenhagenOctober 10, 1970
11Bjarke LauritzenFarum CatsAugust 17, 1985
12Kristian StetterAalborg KangaroosDecember 12, 1976
13Christian RoseFarum CatsMarch 18, 1980
14Troels OttesenFarum CatsApril 10, 1985
15Martin HaastrupFarum CatsJune 22, 1989
16Nicholai SecherFarum CatsFebruary 18, 1989
17Morten JensenFarum CatsFebruary 1, 1979
18Jakob IbsenNth CopenhagenNovember 2, 1986
19Jens DjernesRanders DockersFebruary 24, 1989
20Jan PetersenRanders DockersNovember 3, 1982
21Simon MaloneFarum CatsMarch 12, 1991
22Jonas NielsenRanders DockersMay 24, 1991
23Eliud SchmidtNth CopenhagenMay 20, 1981
24Janus MortensenFarum CatsMay 4, 1989
25Jakob MortensenFarum CatsDecember 10, 1987
26Georg JensenFarum CatsJune 16, 1981
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