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“Aanna Asks” featuring Moriz Elmauthaler

(c) Hannes Jirgal

Hello again Vikings Fans!
This week’s “Aanna Asks” segment features linebacker, Moriz Elmauthaler. Moriz has been part of the Vikings Academy for 8 seasons. When asked about his favorite part, he shared that he thinks of his teammates and coaches as a second family.

Dacia Vikings intern Aanna Roslien sat down with Moriz at the Vikings office to talk about football, life and personal developments. (c) Vikings

This is what helps motivate Moriz both on and off the field. This season, Moriz who wears #42 on the field set personal goals for himself which included getting better everyday, and giving his best each game. “Along with those, I have a personal goal of starting in a specific unit on the defense.” As the season continues, Moriz and his team are ready for the challenges that lie ahead. He believes in order for the team to keep improving, they need to continue focusing each practice and listening to the coaches.

Moriz is currently starring in the new DACIA TV-commercial along his fellow teammates. (c) Dacia Österreich

When Moriz is not on the football field, he enjoys watching the Steelers play. He fell in love with the Steelers because of his brother. Football is in Moriz’s family blood. His dad used to play for the Vikings as a defensive lineman and took Moriz to the championships a few years ago. The linebacker has learned a lot over the years and shared, “The Dacia Vikings Football Academy has taught me how to improve as a player and never give up.” Moriz loves everything about being a part of the Vikings family and is excited to see what else is in store this season. Moriz and the rest of the Dacia Vikings play the Prague Black Panthers on Sunday May 19 – Kickoff is at 3 pm.

Go Vikings!
Until next time,
Aanna

PS: Don’t miss the next Dacia Vikings home game versus the Swarco Raiders on June 1st which is also the Charity Bowl XXI!

Win Original NFL items in our Charity Raffle during the Charity Bowl XXI – CB Xavier Rhodes and DL Everson Griffin of the Minnesota Vikings signed these beauties for us! Certificates of Authenticity come with the pieces as well. So get your raffle tickets, do good and win these unique prizes!

“Aanna Asks” featuring Nicolas Galanos

I am back again, Vikings Fans! This week’s “Aanna Asks” features offensive lineman, Nicolas Galanos. Nicolas has been playing football for the past 9 years.
He chose football because he has been around football forever. “I played several sports growing up, but eventually I fell in love with football and that is what I wanted to continue.” Galanos has been a popular name in the Vikings community in the past, Nicolas’s dad and both uncles played for the Vikings years ago. “My last name is very popular with the Vikings, but I do not think it adds extra pressure.”

#88 Nico Galanos started the 2019 season also playing Tight End before he moved entirely to the Offensive Line. Photo (c) Peter Kramberger

The lineman has many goals for himself during the season; including, being a starter, getting better everyday, and working on his technique. He genuinely values his teammates and the Dacia Vikings community as a whole. Nicolas shared his favorite part of the Vikings Football Academy which is being able to focus on both academics and athletics. “The Vikings Academy is a great way to connect football with school. It’s a very great and quite unique thing we have in Europe.” He also shared his favorite memory from the Academy which are the youth camps. He enjoys being around his team and learning something new each day.

In 2017 Nicolas Galanos was part of #TeamAustria that won the U19 European Championship. Photo (c) Privat

Off of the football field, Nicolas enjoys being with his friends and having fun. Nicolas also shared that he loves watching football just as much as he enjoys playing. The lineman told me that if he could meet any football player, he would choose Peyton Manning. He has always admired him and looked up to him as a player. Nicolas has always been a die hard Broncos fan and hopes to go to one of their games in the future. Nicolas spent time in the United States as an exchange student. He talked about his experiences and what he learned while being there. “I went to school in Tennessee and I enjoyed it. I learned that life in the United States was so different. I wanted to see how football was played and be immersed in a new culture. I enjoyed my time there, but I was happy to come back.”
The Vikings community is certainly happy to have Nicolas back, too. Go Vikings!

Until next time,
Aanna

PS: If you like to watch Nicolas and the Vikings play, come to our next home game on June 1st at stadium Hohe Warte. Our AFL game against the Swarco Raiders is also the 21st Vikings Charity Bowl!

“Aanna Asks” featuring Florian Markus

(c) Hannes Jirgal

Hello Vamily, I am back with another “Aanna Asks” featuring Dacia Vikings U18 center, Florian Markus.
Florian has been playing football for the past 5 years. He enjoys being a part of the Vienna Vikings Football Academy and likes to set several personal goals for himself. Some of which include being a leader, trying to keep the team motivated, never giving up, and making the U19 National Team.

16 years old Florian (C #54) is in his 5th season as a Viking. (c) H. Jirgal

Football has always been a big part of Florian’s life and he enjoys watching his favorite players. He shared that he looks up to Quenton Nelson because of the type of player he is. “I love watching him play because he is an extremely good athlete and he is also a good person.” When Florian prepares for a game, he is usually nervous up until the first snap. If you were to try on Florain’s headphones, you would probably hear a song by Eminem. The center is very grateful to be a part of the Academy and said his favorite part about it is the family atmosphere. “We are our own little family within a bigger family. Our coaches push us to be leaders and propel the team to win.”

Flo Markus and Vikings intern Aanna talked in the Vikings Office.

At school, Florian enjoys his history class the most because, “It is interesting to see how things used to be and learn more about the past.” When asked about the future, Florian told me that if he could have any job in the world, he would want to play in the NFL. The center is very focused when it comes to football and he loves the competition. Florian believes the Dacia Vikings Football Academy has helped shape him into the person he is today and who he will be in the future. “The Academy is always pushing me to the top. They provide you the opportunity to play in any country you want and push you to perform at a higher level.”

Thank you, Florian, for everything you do to support the Vikings. Bleed Purple!

Until next time,
Aanna

FYI, the Dacia Vikings youth teams have two game days this spring to prepare for the upcoming season which starts in September:
Danube Dragons Youth teams vs. Dacia Vikings Youth teams on May 30
Dacia Vikings Youth teams vs. Swarco Raiders Youth teams on June 10

“Aanna Asks” featuring Fabian Eder

#AannaAsks feat. Fabian Eder. Foto (c) Armin Plank

Welcome back Vikings fans! This week’s “Aanna Asks” features the Dacia Vikings U15 quarterback and wide receiver, Fabian Eder.
Fabian has been playing football for the past 10 years and still enjoys every minute of it. The quarterback’s favorite thing about the Academy is having the “game day feeling” and getting ready for the upcoming season. “I love the feeling of getting ready for a game. There is nothing in the world that feels as good as taking the field when you are about to play. It is something that never goes away.”

Fabian and Aanna after the interview in the Dacia Vikings Office.

Fabian’s favorite thing to do is be on the football field with his teammates. When he is not on the field, Fabian enjoys being with friends or playing playstation. When asked about his favorite football team, he said, “The Dacia Vikings are obviously my favorite team, but if I could see any team play, I would want to go to a Seahawks game.” Fabian enjoys watching other teams play football and learning more about the sport.

The Vikings community is grateful to have so many athletes who show up each day ready to give their best. Fabian believes the most important part of the Vikings are the people. “Being a Viking is like having another family. Everyone is there for you when you need them. The hard work and love that goes into this team is something no other team has. It is really incredible.” The Vikings are proud to have Fabian as a part of their community and wish him the best of luck next season.

Fabian starts to play football in 2008; 2011 he joined the Dacia Vienna Vikings. 2019 is his second year in the Dacia Vikings Football Academy, attending class 6L in the Ballsportgymnasium Wien. Fabian played three times in the prestigious Next Generation Bowl and on the U15 Austrian Championship once.
Photo (c) Armin Plank

The youth football season in Austria usually starts in September while a couple of test games are already scheduled. The upcoming Young Vikings game days are May 30 (against the Danube Dragons youth teams) and June 10 at the Footballzentrum Ravelin (vs. the Swarco Raiders youth teams). Make sure you come and check out the #YoungVikings in their upcoming games! #BleedPurple

Until next time,

Aanna

“Aanna Asks” featuring Max Müllner

Hello again Vamily, this weeks “Aanna Asks” features Dacia Vienna Vikings offensive line, #50 Max Müllner. Max has been playing for the Vikings the past 9 years and has been anxiously waiting for the 2019 season.

The first game of the season was tough, but the Vikings were able to come away with a win. After falling to the Raiders in week two, the team was able to dominate against the Thunder and had an impressive ECTC game vs. the Razorbacks.I was excited to get this season started. It has been up and down, but we have continued getting better each week.”

To prepare for a game, Max shared that he does not do anything specific in order to get ready. He relies on the practices during the week to help him get ready for the upcoming game. Max believes he and the team are good at improving at things that need to be worked on and then implementing them when the game comes. When taking the field, Max thinks it’s so rewarding to hear the crowd yelling and have the high energy. He loves playing games in Hohe Warte Stadium and being able to see all of the purple and yellow in the stands. “It is a pleasure to play in front of such a big crowd. I get nervous when the game starts, but after the first play, I start to feel more relaxed.”

Müllner has several favorite things about being a Viking, but the most important to him is growing as a person with the support from his teammates. The Vikings community holds a special place in Max’s heart and it will be hard for him to leave. However, the senior is excited to see what’s in store for him after graduation. “All of my life, I grew up wanting to play in the NFL, just like every other young kid. Now that I am a senior at the VFA, I think my options have changed. I would love to try and play football internationally and continue to play the game I love.” The Vikings are back in action on Easter Monday April 22 against the Projekt Spielberg Graz Giants. You can watch Max and the Vikings taking the Giants live on ORF Sport +.

Hope to see you there. Go Vikings!
Until next time,

Aanna

“Aanna Asks”  featuring Vikings Allstar Alissa Pavlis

Alissa on top! (c) nutville.at

I’m back for the next “Aanna Asks” which features Dacia Vienna Vikings Academy Cheerleader, Alissa Pavlis. Alissa has been a part of the Vikings Cheer squad for 14 years.

On March 30, the Dacia Vikings All Senior Cheer Team ‚Allstars‘ won the National Championship. Alissa said it feels great to be a National Champion again and she is ready to keep getting better throughout the season. Alissa loves being on the floor with her teammates. She was nominated for the Vikings Cheerleader of the Year last year and ended up winning. She said, “It was such an honor to be named Vikings Cheerleader of the Year. I have been cheering for long and I felt like all of my hard work finally paid off.”

Alissa won the prestigious MVC – Most Valuable Cheer – Award in 2018. (c) Hannes Jirgal

When Alissa is preparing for a competition she feels both excited and nervous. When the music starts, she gets hyped and feels ready to perform. “I love when the music first comes on. I know that our team is ready and that we are going to hit every move. I try to think of competitions as practice in order to keep myself calm.”
The cheerleader shared several things she enjoys about being part of the Vikings. Her favorite thing is the family it has given her. She has grown close to all of the other cheerleaders and know they will always be there for her. Alissa has grown up around the Vikings her entire life. Her father and brother both played football, and her mother was a football official. Having her family’s support means a lot to her, as does the rest of the Vikings’ community. The dedication and love that is put into this team says a lot about who they are.

Alissa during the Austrian Nationals 2019 when her cheer squad – the Vikings Allstars – won the Austrian Championship. (c) Nutville.at

After graduation, Alissa would like to be in the field of sports. She hopes to pursue a career in personal training and continue to cheer with the Vikings. The Vikings Cheer Team is an important part of this organization and helps make it what it is today. Keep bringing the energy. Go Vikings!

Until next time,

Aanna

Alissa and the Dacia Vikings Allstars were Grand Champion of the Nationals on March 30. (c) Nutville.at

PS: Are you inspired by Alissa’s story and do you like to start cheerleading with the Dacia Vikings? – Come join us!
Visit www.viennavikings.com/mitglied-werden/rookie-school-cheerleading-und-cheer-dance/ for all info an the Vikings Rookie School for Cheer & Cheerdance!

“Aanna Asks” featuring Lucky Ogbevoen

LB #40 Lucky Ogbevoen. Bild (c) Nutville.at

Hello Vamily, my name is Aanna Roslien and I am working with the Vikings media and marketing department this season. I will be doing a segment called #AannaAsks where I will feature football and cheer athletes of the Dacia Vienna Vikings Football & Cheer Academy in order for fans to get to know them better. My first ever segment features Vikings athlete, Lucky Ogbevoen.

Intern Aanna Roslien and LB Lucky Ogbevoen had a chat about football, family and future plans at the Vikings office. (c) Dacia Vikings

Lucky has been a part of the Vikings for the past 7 years. The linebacker was eager to talk about the upcoming 2019 season and shared his reactions after playing in the first two games, “This season so far has been up and down. We had a strong win against the Prague Black Panthers and then a tough loss against the Swarco Raiders last week.” Despite the loss, Lucky is excited to keep improving as a team and knows what needs to be worked on in order for the team to get better. “As a team, we need to focus on bouncing back and work on any communication issues we have.”

2018 was Lucky’s debut season in the AFL. This season the Vikings linebacker is a defense starter. (c) Peter Kramberger

This is Ogbevoen’s second year as a starter for the Vikings. He has many personal goals and expectations for himself this season including winning the Austrian Bowl, and winning the prestigious Rookie of Year award. Lucky joined the Vikings Football Academy in 2012. He gave advice to future Academy athletes, “When someone wants to join the Vikings, I would tell them to be themselves, work hard, and always bring your best self.” Lucky has already had a tremendous season on the field so far. Football is in his blood because his brother, Precious, who played for the Vikings a few years ago and is now attending the New Mexico Military Institute as a student athlete. Ogbevoen shared that he gets compared to his brother a lot which is both an honor but also adds pressure. “My brother was a great player and I want to follow in his footsteps.” Not only did Lucky have a brother who’s been in the AFL, but he believes the Vikings community is what helped shaped him into the athlete and person he is today. Lucky shared his favorite part about the process which was evolving as a player and getting prepared for college. With an offer from Penn State, Lucky hopes to prove himself on the field this season. He shared that the Vikings are like a family to him. He feels as the president, Karl Wurm, and the coaches will always be there to support him and listen when needed.

Watch out for Mai 2019 – Lucky and his Defense teammates will star in the Dacia TV commercial. (c) Dacia Österreich

Lucky is always getting ready for the next game. On Sunday April 7, the Vikings will play the Amstetten Thunder. Lucky and the rest of the team are excited for this weekend’s competition. “The Thunder is going to bring a strong team. We want to set a statement for the league even though this is only week three. We are improving and getting better each week and I hope it shows in the game this weekend.” Lucky holds a special place in the Vikings community. He plans to attend college with hopes to study biology or chemistry after the 2019 Viking season. Good luck to Lucky and the rest of the Vikings this year!
Until next time,
Aanna

#BleedPurple #GoVikings #AannaAsks

Dacia Vikings begrüßen Liga-Aufsteiger auf der Hohen Warte

(c) David Bitzan

In der dritten Runde der aktuellen AFL Saison am Sonntag, den 7. April, empfängt der Rekordmeister den Liga-Aufsteiger, die Wienerwald Amstetten Thunder, um 15 Uhr in der Hauptstadt. Für all jene, die es nicht auf die Heilige Warte schaffen, gibt es gute Neuigkeiten: Die Dacia Vikings bieten in Kooperation mit Streamster einen High Quality Livestream an, der danach auch On Demand zur Verfügung steht. Bereits am Freitag, den 5. April freuen sich die Wikinger auf viele neue Talente beim Open Tryout im Footballzentrum Ravelin.

Für das Team aus Niederösterreich waren die ersten beiden Runden in der höchsten österreichischen Spielklasse erwartet schwer. Sowohl Zuhause gegen die Swarco Raiders als auch auswärts gegen die Prague Black Panthers mussten die Thunder Lehrgeld zahlen und kassierten hohe Niederlagen – eine Situation, mit der man in Amstetten rechnete und entsprechend realistische Saisonziele formulierte: der erste AFL Touchdown im ersten Spiel sowie der Klassenerhalt. Die Thunder werden den Vikings motiviert entgegentreten, angeführt von dem Brüderpaar Kerschbaummayr, Quarterback Lukas und Wide Receiver Stefan, sowie den Import Schlüsselspielern RB Patrick Poetsch und WR Jeremy Cornelius. Auf diese vier Amstettner Angriffswaffen wird die Vikings Defense wohl ihr Hauptaugenmerk legen.

Dacia Vikings derzeit Nummer Eins in der Passverteidigung

Dass die Verteidigungsreihen der Men in Purple diese Saison hungrig, brandgefährlich und blitzschnell sind, haben Balogh, Wimmer, Horvath & Co. bisher bereits gezeigt. Gegen die Black Panthers in Runde Eins ließen sie nur einen Touchdown zu, die herausragende Pass-Verteidigung hielt die Prager, die das ganze Game über nur fünf Pässe komplettieren konnten, bei nur 25 Yards! Nach zwei Spielrunden führt die Passing Defense der Wikinger auch die Team Statistik in dieser Kategorie an: Man ließ bisher nur 137 Yards pro Spiel und drei Touchdowns aus der Luft zu. Fünf Mal ging der gegnerische Quarterback bisher per Sack zu Boden. In der generellen Defense Statistik reüssieren die Men In Purple derzeit auf Platz Drei hinter den Prague Black Panthers und den Swarco Raiders.

Wir werfen einen Blick auf die Stats von QB Herink, WR Seikovits und WR Dubravec nach Woche 2 der #AFL19.

Wo allerdings akuter Verbesserungsbedarf besteht, ist allerdings die Rushing Defense, betont auch Vikings Head Coach Chris Calaycay: Die bisherigen Spiele haben uns gezeigt, wo wir uns verbessern müssen. Im Speziellen sind das die Special Teams und die Laufverteidigung. Diese Bereiche müssen wir gezielt adressieren. Daran werden wir auch diese Woche arbeiten, wenn wir die Amstetten Thunder zum allerersten Mal auf der Hohen Warte begrüßen, worauf wir uns sehr freuen. Auch in der Offensive entwickeln wir uns stetig weiter. Was mir schon gut gefällt, ist, dass Austin Herink nach wenigen Trainingseinheiten mit dem Team immer besser mit dem gesamten Receiving Corps harmoniert.“
Ein richtiger Schritt in Richtung „Balanced Air Attack“ ist getan. Beim Spiel gegen die Raiders fingen insgesamt zehn Receiver die Pässe von Herink, der für 336 Yards und vier Touchdowns (durch #4 Seikovits, #14 Mayr, # 17 Dubravec und #18 Raber) warf.

Foto (c) Nutville.at
S #32 Luis Horvath: Vom Tryout an die europäische Spitze

Eine der Größen in der Dacia Vikings Defense ist Safety Luis Horvath. Der 22jährige Wiener ist in seiner bereits 12. Saison als Viking und heuer erstmals auch Teamkapitän. Den Staatsmeistertitel 2017 und den Junioren Europameistertitel 2013 UND 2015 nennt er bereits sein Eigen. Letzte Saison kam der Vikings Defense MVP dazu – kein Wunder, denn Luis führte 2018 die Liga-Statistik mit sieben Interceptions an, dazu gesellten sich 27.5 Tackles und 4 verhinderte Pässe. Statistisch hat auch 2019 gut für ihn gestartet. Sechs Solo-Tackles, zwei Pass Break-ups und ein Sack gehen bereits auf das Konto der Vikings Nummer 32, die er übrigens wegen seines NFL-Vorbilds, Kansas City Chiefs Safety Tyrann Mathieu alias Honey Badger, trägt.

Horvaths Weg an die europäische Football-Spitze begann vor zwölf Jahren mit einem Tryout. „Einer meiner Volksschulfreunde spielte Flag Football, so kam ich mit dem Sport in Berührung. Einer der damaligen Coaches, der heutige Vikings Nachwuchsleiter Georg Zivko, sah wohl Potential in mir und informierte mich über das Tryout Das muss wohl offensichtlich gut verlaufen sein, denn hier bin ich zwölf Jahre später“ erinnert sich Luis schmunzelnd an seine Footballanfänge und erzählt wie sich die Intensität des Sports erhöhte, als er einen Tag vor seinem 16. Geburtstag in die Vikings Football Academy eintrat. „Vier zusätzliche Trainings die Woche haben maßgeblich dazu beigetragen, dass ich mich zu dem Spieler entwickelt habe, der ich heute bin. Aber abgesehen vom sportlichen Aspekt ist auch mein privates und soziales Leben Vikings geprägt. Ich habe Freunde fürs Leben bei den Vikings gefunden, mit zwei davon – Leon Balogh und Marian Deininger – wohne ich auch zusammen. Ich kann es nur empfehlen, zum Vikings Tryout zu kommen. Man kann Teil eines der besten Football Programme Europas werden und Freundschaften fürs Leben schließen. Und als damals Zehnjähriger hatte ich keine Ahnung, dass das Vikings Tryout der erste Schritt zum zweifache Junioreneuropameister war.“

Das nächste Dacia Vikings Tryout findet übrigens bereits diesen Freitag im Footballzentrum Ravelin statt. Man darf gespannt sein, ob man dort zukünftige Staats- oder gar Europameister das erste Mal am Football Feld entdecken wird. Infos zum Vikings Tryout sowie die Möglichkeit, sich vorab anzumelden, gibt es hier. 

2015 absolvierte Luis Horvath als 18-Jähriger seine erste AFL Saison. (c) Photo Kratky

Dacia Vikings Tryout für Football und Cheerleading
Freitag 5. April 2019 ab 17 Uhr im Footballzentrum Ravelin, 1110 Wien, Bleriotgasse

Dacia Vienna Vikings versus Wienerwald Amstetten Thunder
presented by Q19 

Sonntag 7. April 2019
Kickoff: 15 Uhr
/ Einlass: 12 Uhr
Stadion Hohe Warte, 1190 Wien, Klabundgasse
Tickets im VVK auf wien-ticket.at und an der Tageskassa
Livestream & On Demand: https://viennavikings.com/wordpress/fanzone/livestream/

Aanna und Connor – Die Dacia Vikings Praktikanten 2019

Die Dacia Vikings freuen sich sehr, auch diese Saison zwei Praktikanten in ihren Reihen zu begrüßen. Aanna Roslien und Connor Lewin kommen beide vom Central College in Pella, Iowa, und verbringen ein Auslandssemester hier in Wien. Die Studenten reisten vor vier Wochen in der Hauptstadt an und werden bis Ende Juni tatkräftig den Verein unterstützen.

Aanna ist dabei, wenn die Dacia Vikings Marketingaktionen haben, wie zB hier mit Nellie im Huma 11.
Marketingstudentin Aanna startet bald mit ihrer Rubrik „Aanna asks“

Aanna studiert Marketing und Kommunikation und hat eine starke persönliche Verbindung zum American Football durch ihren Vater, der ein fixer Bestandteil der Football Mannschaft an Aannas Universität ist. „I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work with the Vienna Vikings. I have always wanted to work in this kind of environment, and the people here have made it such an enjoyable experience. I’m excited to see what this internship has to offer “, erzählt uns Aanna, die vor allem in die Medien- und Marketingarbeit der Dacia Vikings eingebunden ist. Sie arbeitet derzeit an einem Vermarktungskonzept für die Vikings Football & Cheer Academy und bereitet Presseaussendungen in Englisch an unsere internationalen Kontakte vor. Weiters bietet sie Nachhilfe für unsere Academy SchülerInnen in Englisch und Spanisch an.In Kürze startet mit ihr die neue Rubrik #AannaAsks, wo sie Vikings Academy Schüler und Schülerinnen im Portrait vorstellen wird.

Connor Lewin im Dacia Vikings Office
Sportwissenschaften-Student Connor unterstützt Young Vikings im Bereich Strength & Conditioning

Auch Connor arbeitet derzeit viel mit dem Dacia Vikings Nachwuchs. As Strength & Conditioning Assistenz Coach unterstützt er Christoph Putz beim Training, in erster Linie mit den Academy Schülern. Die Aufgabe passt hervorragend in seinen akademischen Plan: Connor studiert Sportwissenschaften und ist selbst Linebacker beim Central College Footballteam. “Being a part of the Vikings staff has been such an amazing experience. Every person in the organization has so much passion for what they do. Being a part of a football team back in the US, it is awesome to be around a great group of people that share the same love for the game as I do. After seeing how much work goes into the team, I’m excited to see what the season has in store for them “, freut sich Connor auf den weiteren Verlauf der Saison und seines Praktikums.

Abgesehen von den spezifischen Bereichen unterstützen Aanna und Connor die Vikings auch in organisatorischen Aufgaben wie zum Beispiel bei Heimspielen auf der Hohen Warte oder übernehmen ‚Hosting Duties‘, wenn internationale Gäste uns besuchen. Die Dacia Vikings freuen sich sehr, dass Aanna und Connor bis zum Sommer, Teil unseres Teams sind und dass sie sich entschieden haben, uns ihr Können und ihre wertvolle Praktikumszeit zur Verfügung zu stellen.

#DaciaVikings #BleedPurple #AFL #VikingsInterns

Jakub Ovecka im slowakischen Nationalteam: „Ich werde die Vikings stolz repräsentieren“

Dacia Vikings U18 Spieler Jakub Ovecka gibt sein Debüt im slowakischen Nationalteam

„Als ich von meiner Nominierung für das Team Slovakia gehört habe, habe ich mich sehr gefreut. Es ist eine Ehre für sein Land zu spielen“, erzählt ein glücklicher Jakub Ovecka im Interview mit Kiki Klepsch. Der erst 18jährige Running Back ist als jüngster Spieler ins Herrennationalteam unseres Nachbarlandes berufen worden. Team Slovakia bestreitet in den nächsten Wochen den Three Nations Cup, wo sie auf die Nationalteams von Ungarn und der Tschechei treffen werden. Aus den Reihen der Coaches hört man, dass der Dacia Vikings U18 Spieler sogar ein Starter sein wird. Ein Beweis dafür, wie gut sich der junge Athlet in den letzten Monaten bei den Wikingern und als Schüler der Dacia Vikings Football Academy entwickelt hat.

„Ein Viking zu sein, hat mein Leben verändert“ (J. Ovecka)

„Als ich vor einem Jahr nach Wien kam und mit der Vikings Football Academy begann, war das natürlich eine Umstellung für mich. Ich hatte am Anfang Probleme mit der deutschen Sprache, aber meine Coaches und Lehrer haben mich sehr unterstützt. Im Laufe des Jahres habe ich Deutsch gelernt und hatte im Zeugnis in allen Fächern positive Noten“, beschreibt Jakub seinen Start als Schüler der Vikings Academy und erzählt weiter wie der Schritt, ein Viking und Academy Student zu werden, sein Leben verändert hat: „Die VFA hat mein Leben sehr beeinflusst, schulisch und sportlich. Auf die Trainingsintensität in der Academy war ich vorbereitet, weil ich auch in der Slowakei eine Sportschule besucht habe. Hier bei den Vikings lernte und lerne ich von sehr guten Coaches viel über Football: wie ich optimal trainiere und worauf es technisch ankommt.“

Jakubs Debüt im Nationalteam erfolgt am Samstag gegen Team Czech Republic

Einen Wehrmutstropfen auf Seiten der Vikings gibt es am kommenden Wochenende allerdings: Durch die Nominierung ins Nationalteam wird Jakub nicht für die Vikings U18 beim Season-Opener gegen die SonicWall Rangers dabei sein. „Ich musste die Situation mit den gleichzeitigen Spielen mit allen Coaches, von den Dacia Vikings und vom Slowakischen Nationalteam besprechen, aber ich bin sehr dankbar, dass meine Vikings Coaches mich freigestellt haben“ freut sich der Running Back auf seinen Einsatz im Team Slovakia. „Am Samstag, 8.9. spielen wir in Tschechien und das Spiel wird sicher hart. Aber das Team Slowakei hat einen neuen Coaching Staff und somit auch eine neue Mentalität. Nationalteam Headcoach ist der Amerika James Sutton, der auch schon College Football gecoacht hat, Coach Max Sommer, der in Österreich sehr bekannt ist, ist auch bei der slowakischen Coaching Staff dabei.“

Der junge Running Back hofft auf zahlreiche Runs und entscheidende Yards

Angesprochen auf seine Erwartungen als Nationalteamspieler im Three Nations Cup findet der junge Viking deutliche Worte: „Gegen die Tschechei müssen wir uns erstens an unseren Gameplan halten und die Fehlerquellen minimieren. Dann sollte das Scoren funktionieren.“ Das Spiel gegen Ungarn findet übrigens am 23. September in Bratislava statt, einen Tag nach dem Home-Opener der Vikings Nachwuchs Units gegen die Swarco Raiders auf der Ravelin. Dass Jakubs Herz bereits Purple blutet wird klar, wenn er sagt: „Ich danke allen Coaches, die mir die Möglichkeit gaben, hier zu sein, Teil der Vikings U18 zu sein und die Football Academy zu besuchen. Ich freue mich bei einer der besten Europäischen Football Organisationen zu sein. Und ich werde die Vienna Vikings auch stolz und bestmöglich im Nationalteam repräsentieren.“

Wir wünschen unserem RB #28 Jakub Ovecka ein erfolgreiches Debut im slowakischen Herrennationalteam und finden, dass seine Geschichte eine Dacia Vikings Football Academy Erfolgsstory ist.

Wenn auch du Interesse hast, die Vikings Football & Cheer Academy zu besuchen, dann freut sich Mag. Georg Zivko, Nachwuchs und Academy Leiter, über deine Kontaktaufnahme unter georg.zivko@daciavikings.com.

Die Vikings Academy SchülerInnen besuchen das Ballsportgymnasium Wien.
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