12.12.2008 klo 12:37
The Trojans celebrated the end of the season in the traditional way of presenting awards, making contracts for the players and, of course, enjoying food and the warm embrace of a Finnish sauna. Someone had brought a karaoke set as well, but was that a bad mistake or what? Quarterback Danny Andersson reached out and grabbed himself as many as three awards.
Danny Andersson swiped the awards case clean – a police investigation is under way.
The awards of the American Football Association of Finland (www.sajl.fi) were presented first. Andersson and LB Ilkka Koiranen had been elected to the All Stars team and received a plaque. Koiranen could not participate in the occasion but Sami Toivonen was kind enough to hold it for him.
The team had voted on who gets its own awards. Andersson got the Rookie of the Year Award, The Offensive Lineman of the Year Award was presented to Harri Vayrynen, and the Defensive Lineman of the Year to Janne Salonen. Ilkka Koiranen was elected The Most Valuable Player.
Pauli Ojanen, the head coach of the victorious Young Trojans. Manager Kim Gronlund (background) is busy trying to figure out how much the pawn shop would cough up for the thing.
Head coach Jarmo Rautiainen had chosen the recipient of the highly prized “Bowl of the Combatant” this year. His elect was Danny Andersson, to whom it was the third award this year. The Young Trojans (20 to 21-year-olds) had won the National Championship without losing a single game during the season; their head coach Pauli Ojanen if anyone deserved the Youth Program Award. The Most Valuable Player of the Young Trojans was a playaholic known as Ville Jarvio.
Trojan strongman Ville Jarvio with his coach Ojanen