Monday Sports Notes: City side with its eyes on the prize

Rugby league club face defending champs in first game of 2014 Pan Scandinavian League

Old enemy up first

The city’s rugby league side, Copenhagen RLFC, will start in the deep-end in its quest to win the 2014 Pan Scandinavian League with an away tie at last year’s champs, Skåne Crusaders, on March 29. A home date against the other side in the tournament, Kungsbacka, who are also Swedish-based, follows a week later, before return games in April and May. “Many players felt they let themselves and the club down by failing to take the league last year,” said Copenhagen RLFC captain Eugene Hanrahan. “This year, we are returning determined, enthusiastic and firing!” 

Badminton bosses

Denmark cemented their position as the top badminton nation in Europe over the weekend after both the men and women triumphed at the European Championships in Basel, Switzerland. The men beat England 3-1 in the final despite Hans Kristian Vittinghus losing to Rajiv Ouseph – the men’s first dropped match of the entire tournament. The ladies beat Russia 3-0 helped on by 16-year-old, Mia Blichfeldt.

Brothers box clever

Hard-hitting middleweight boxing talent Patrick Nielsen won the WBC World Silver title after knocking out US veteran Tony Jeter in two rounds in Albertslund on Satudday. The 22-year-old Dane continues to impress and is still undefeated in his professional career (22-0). Nielsen’s younger brother, Micki, was also in the ring and defeated Georgia’s Gogita Gorgiladze to win the WBC Youth Cruiserweight Title and take his record to 13-0.

Curling teams iced in Sochi

Denmark’s only realistic chance ofwinning a medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi has melted away after the men’s and women’s curling teams both failed to progress to the playoff rounds. The women started poorly, losing their first five games before notching their first win against the US. With a game to go, they are seventh with a 3-5 record. The men got closer, finishing one place off the play-offs in sixth, but ultimately paid the price for a disappointing start in which they lost five of their first seven. They finished with a 4-5 record and were the only side to beat table-toppers Sweden.

Christian who?

Ajax midfielder Lass Schöne looks to have seamlessly replaced Christian Eriksen following the young Dane’s move to Tottenham this season. Schöne scored a hat-trick in Ajax’s 3-0 win over Heerenveen at the weekend, with one of the goals coming from a Viktor Fischer assist. Elsewhere, defender Lasse Nielsen, scored his first goal for his new club NEC Nijmegen in just his second appearance since moving from Aalborg last month.