With a perfect record of 10-0 in the regular season, the Copenhagen Towers have won the right to play at home at Gentofte Stadion in the semi-finals of this year’s play-offs on Sunday.
The undefeated season was the culmination of three years of service from Californian quarterback JR Artozqui, who at the helm of the offence, helped his side score 421 points – the equivalent of six touchdowns per game. In terms of offence, they ranked behind only one team: ominously their semi-final opponents, the Søllerød Gold Diggers
The Gold Diggers also had a superior defence (the Towers once again took second place courtesy of conceding only 108 points and four shutdowns). But when the sides met, it was the Towers who were triumphant, winning 33-0 at home and 29-17 away.
The shutdown at home might lead to the assumption that the Towers are clear favourites to win at home in the semi-final, but the Gold Diggers, coached by the experienced Kim Ewé, are always dangerous opponents and should never be underestimated. Key players, who were missing for the defeats, are returning from injury to play in the game.
As the only undefeated team among the ten National League teams, the Towers were the top seeds in the play-offs and subsequently had a first round bye.
The Gold Diggers hosted and defeated the Aarhus Tigers in the wild card round this past weekend to earn their spot in the semi-final.
The last time the Towers were undefeated at this stage in the Danish top flight was in 1996, but they then lost to the Roskilde Kings in the championship game, the Mermaid Bowl, a trophy they had won the previous season.
The semi-final kicks off at 3pm. Should they win, the final is on october 6 in Vejle.