Finally the new season is here. Actually it has been since yesterday and MS Odense has already been in action once. Last night the new season started with a 3-0 defeat against Thieles Dream Team, in The Cup.
“We were defeated but it was a quarterfinal match in a tournament with many teams stronger than us, so even though it’s never fun to lose. We are satisfied with our performances in our 2nd time in that tournament” was coach Vacatko’s reply on the unofficial season opener.
Season 51 also marks the real start of the clubs 2013 campaign. A campaign that will make a longtime wish come true. This is the year, when MS Odense will finally become a fully homegrown club. ” We have tried to make it happen for many many seasons, but we didn’t have the money to start the project for real, and to shut down the club and start a new one wasn’t an option. With the return of Ebbensgaard, Skals Jensen and Ørbæk, MSO now has some good former MSO U18 to help the younger players underway. We ahve some solid talents who has been with us for 4-5 seasons now, including their time at our academy, and with the new rising stars like Djurhuus and Ploug being ready this season, MSO has a foundation to build a great upon” is the message from MSO manager Hojris.
Being an all homegrown club is some seasons away though, as Løvenkrands, Petersen, Bosnjak and Burch will be a part of the team for at least 2 seasons more, and Løvenkrands and Petersen could end up being around in all of 2013. Even more non-homegrown players can enter the squad, but they will leave before 2013 ends.
“Some of the youngest talents we have at the moment is far greater than Bogh, Byskov, Ebbensgaard and Ørbæk. We have a lot of faith in them, but we also know that it takes time to develop them so we have no illusions about winning our league or the Golden League this season. We have a great future ahead of us, as a team, a club, if we stay focused on the challenges and the promises we made to our self. We have a plan to become an all homegrown club from the president and down to the coaches and players. We haven’t decided when we we will make the changes in our staff, but it will probably not be all done before some time in 2014” is today’s comment from MS Odense president Peroni. Who also has a message to the fans of MS Odense.
Peroni had more to say though and he wanted to make some issues perfectly clear. “Stick with us in both good and bad times over the next year and you will witness the rise of a very special team. A team like no other Golden League teams – A team of players from Odense. Good players from our local area. Players who are function as a team. A unit, not just a couple of stars. We want to create something special, something positive – Create new way to make a good team. Not by the way the masses do it. We will do it our own way.
We have a homegrown project running and we also have our very own box2box program to follow. We will continue to work on these programs and also continue the positive spirit that has been the voice of MS Odense in the past month. We will also be realistic though and we know that we are far from where we want to be, when we think of our league positions and the strength of our squad at the moment, but we have so much to build some great stories about and that is what we will do in 2013”.
MS Odense will face Iron Hammers in the first round of the Danish Cup. “They are a team, who has a strength very close to our own and that makes it a very difficult game for us, as the away team” is the analyse from MSO captain Kasper Ørbæk. “We will do our best to win though and we know that a loss can give us a very bad start to the season, cause we have a big league opener following at MS Park this coming Sunday. It seems like MSO always is pushed to the limited by our opponents, but it’s only making us better as a team on long term. With all that said i have to say that we will be sad to leave the cup after the first round. It hasn’t happen since season 39 and we hope to avoid it from happening again, but if it does, we will continue doing what we have to do, to be better as a team and as a club”.
Yes it sounds like MS Odense has a lot of things to do in this new season. The 16th season for MS Odense will hopefully be fun, challenging and also the first season with a serious homegrown project running. The 14 man squad contains 10 homegrown players and 2-3 will follow later this season, with the first one being Stig Djurhuss. Stig will debut next week alongside another 1 or 2 new signed players.