Angels Toruń

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Angels Toruń
Founded 2011
Based in Toruń, Poland
Home field Municipal Stadium (Toruń)
23/29 Józef Bem street, Toruń
Head coach Bill Moore  USA
League Polish American Football League
Division PLFA I North
Colours Sky and White
         
Nickname(s) pl. "Anioły"
Website angelstorun.pl
Current uniform
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Angels Toruń is an American football team based in Toruń, Poland. The team currently competes in the PLFA II of Polish American Football League.The club also hosts the Angels Junior (PLFA J for under-17 players) and reserve team Metropolitans in eight-man football competitions PLFA 8.

History[edit]

The team was founded on November 24, 2011. It was an open invitation and became the most effective recruitment in Poland with over 70 applicants! [1] The high level of interest was recognised by its selection as the "sports event in 2011 in Torun" according to Gazeta Wyborcza. The club was officially registered on December 15, 2011 in the register of clubs conducted by the Mayor of Toruń at No 69. The Angels joined the PLFAII in 2012 PLFA season as the youngest team in league. On May 5, 2012 the team played their first league game, which was also the inauguration of PLFAII against Olsztyn Lakers, winning in debut 28:6.[2]

The team name comes from Toruń coat of arms, which includes the Angel. Toruń is sometimes called the City of Angels. The Angels Cheerleaders are known as the "Angels Ladies".[3] All home games are broadcast on www.kpsport.tv.

The team is heavily involved in charity activities and events. They are particularly well known for their unusual promotions. on April 23, 2012 the Angels players appeared in an artistic show "Antelope" by Polish performance group "Institute B61", along with Polish artists Mariusz Lubomski, Bartek Staszkiewicz (SOFA) and Wojtek Zadrużyński.[4] On December 21, 2013 take part in another "Institute B61" performance show "Slapstick Operation" once again with Lubomski and Staszkiewicz; Zadrużyński has been replaced by SOFA drummer Robert Markiewicz. On June 7, 2012 the Angels organised what is widely considered to be the first ever football match in the city center- Old Market Square (the Stary Rynek) against Bydgoszcz Archers.[5] September 2 in Inowrocław[6] and on September 30 in Ciechocinek[7] the Angels organized football friendly matches in the cities, where there are no current teams to popularize American football. On February 15, 2013 they became the 1st in the sport to record a now legendaryHarlem Shake (meme) video.[8] On March 6, 2013 in Torun they played arena football at halftime of local derby Polski Cukier SIDEn Toruń- Astoria Bydgoszcz the men's first Polish basketball league, also playing against local rivals- Archers.[9]

The club also runs a junior team (14–17 years old players) called the Angels Junior which competes in the Polish junior championship (PLFAJ) since the 2013 season. In 2012 six Angels players guest started in Warsaw Eagles junior team and achieved gold medals. In 2013, the Angels got their own junior team, which were promoted to the national finals in Bielawa. They finished in 8th place in Polish National Junior Championship. Furthermore, on November 11, 2013 Słupsk they won "National Independence Day Cup" against the Griffons.

Season-by-season records[edit]

PLFA champions (2006–2007)
PLFA I champions (2008–2011)
PLFA Topliga (2012–present)
PLFA II champions (2008–2011)
PLFA I champions (2012–present)
Championship Game appearances
Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Postseason results Ref
2014 PLFA II North 2nd 5 1 1-1 (PLFAI promotion)
2014 (junior) PLFA J A 1st 4 0 2-1 (5th in PLFAJ)
2013 PLFA II North 4th 4 2 -
2013 (junior) PLFA J A 8th 2 2 0-3
2012 PLFA II North 4th 2 4 [10]

Game-by-game record[edit]

2012

  • May 5- Toruń v. Olsztyn Lakers 28:6 W[11]
  • May 19- Warsaw @ Królewscy Warszawa 14:23 L
  • June 7- Bydgoszcz @ Bydgoszcz Archers (exhibition game)
  • June 17- Toruń v. Cougars Szczecin 0:42 L
  • July 29- Sopot @ Sabercats Sopot 8:20 L
  • August 25- Szczecin @ Cougars Szczecin 0:30 L
  • September 2- Inowrocław v. Bydgoszcz Archers 24:7 W (exhibition game)
  • September 9- Toruń v. Warsaw Werewolves 24:6 W
  • September 30- Ciechocinek v. Sabercats Sopot 14:20OT L (exhibition game)

2013

  • March 23- Toruń v. Lowlanders Białystok 0:21 L (exhibition game)[12]
  • April 7- Toruń v. Crusaders Warszawa 50:6 W (exhibition game)[13]
  • May 5- Bydgoszcz @ Bydgoszcz Archers 24:35 W[14]
  • May 26- Toruń v. Cougars Szczecin 19:21 L[15]
  • June 22- Gdynia @ Seahawks Gdynia 16:22 W
  • July 6- Toruń v. Bydgoszcz Raiders 40:14 W
  • July 27- Słupsk @ Griffons Słupsk 0:32 W
  • August 17- Metropolitans Toruń/Bydgoszcz @ Ostrołęka (reserve team tournament)
    • v. Sabercats B Sopot 12:34 L
    • v. Kurpie Ostrołęka 12:24 L
  • August 24- Toruń v. Sabercats Sopot 15:20 L
  • September 1- Angels Junior team tournament @ Bydgoszcz
    • v. Olsztyn Lakers J 12:22 L
    • v. Bydgoszcz Archers J 31:18 W
  • September 7- Metropolitans Toruń-Bydgoszcz (reserve team 2. tournament) @ Sicienko
  • September 15- Angels Junior team 2. tournament @ Olsztyn
    • v. Bydgoszcz Archers J 36:0 W
    • v. Olsztyn Lakers J 6:24 L
  • September 28- Angels Junior team final tournament @ Bielawa
    • v. Bielawa Owls J 0:44 L
    • v. Olsztyn Lakers J 6:18 L
    • v. Patrioci Poznań J 6:28 L
  • November 11- Słupsk Angels Junior @ Griffons Słupsk 22:45 W (National Independence Day Cup) [16]

2014

2015

International transfers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • "Sports event in 2011 in Torun" according to Gazeta Wyborcza[27]
  • CEO Dawid Witnik was nominated to "2012 Toruń Resident of the Year" according to Gazeta Wyborcza[28]
  • City Inowrocław Mayor's Cup winner
  • Toruń Municipal Sport and Recreation Center Manager's Cup winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  2. ^ http://en.plfa.pl/news/134/
  3. ^ http://www.torunangels.pl/druzyna/cheerleaderki
  4. ^ "Instytut B61 Antylopa (Mariusz Lubomski, Bartek Staszkiewicz(sofa), Angels Toruń)". Youtube.com. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Archers Bydgoszcz- Angels Toruń- sparnig na Starym Rynku [7.06.12]". Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Angels Toruń – Archers Bydgoszcz w Inowrocławiu (2.09.2012)". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Angels Toruń – Sabercars Sopot / Futbol Amerykański w Ciechocinku (30.09.2012)". Youtube.com. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Harlem Shake Angels Toruń". Youtube.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Podwójne derbowe uderzenie". torunangels.pl. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "PLFA tables". plfa.pl. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Angels Toruń- Olsztyn Lakers 28:6". plfa.pl. 
  12. ^ "Mroźny początek dla Lowlanders". angelstorun.pl. 
  13. ^ "Wysokie zwycięstwo Angels Toruń". angelstorun.pl. 
  14. ^ "Bydgoszcz Archers- Angels Toruń 5 maja". europlayers.com. 
  15. ^ "Angels Toruń- Cougars Szczecin". touchdown-europe.net. 
  16. ^ "Angels z Pucharem Niepodległości [zdjęcia, wideo]". mmtorun.pl. 
  17. ^ "Poland: Angels Torun Vs Husaria Szczecin Report". touchdown-europe.net. 
  18. ^ "Angels Torun vs Husaria Szczecin game report". europlayers.com. 
  19. ^ "FILM GAME (29 Mar 2014): Torun Angels vs Bialystok Lowlanders (highlights)". europlayers.com. 
  20. ^ "16-year-old quarterback led Angels to victory! Torun Angels: 13 - Warsaw Eagles B: 22". europlayers.com. 
  21. ^ "Poland: 16 Year Old QB Leads Angels To Victory [GameFilm]". touchdown-europe.net. 
  22. ^ "PLFA II Week 2 Roundup". en.plfa.pl. 
  23. ^ "FILM GAME (24 May 2014): Torun Angels vs Sopot Seahawks (full game)". europlayers.com. 
  24. ^ "Poland: Torun Win Against Sopot [Highlights]". touchdown-europe.net. 
  25. ^ http://en.plfa.pl/news/1549/
  26. ^ http://lukasz.itsgs.pl/www/angels-toru%C5%84-junior-vs-bielawa-owls-sparing.html[permanent dead link]
  27. ^ "Futbol amerykański sportowym zjawiskiem Torunia 2011 r.". gazeta.pl. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  28. ^ "Czytelnicy wybierają Torunianina 2012 Roku". gazeta.pl. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 

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