17 Jun Vikings Rugby Round 11 Wrap Up
It was another great weekend for the Vikings, who won 5 and drew 1 during a full-Club day at Viking Park. The Club celebrated its annual Charity Day, this year in support of Marymead. 1st Grade wore a specially designed playing strip and representatives from Marymead walked the grounds collecting donations. Thanks to the team at Marymead for supporting our Charity Day.
Modified Rugby Program (MRP)
The MRP kicked off proceedings on Field 2, with the participants playing their weekly match against one and other. Big Nick made a welcome return to the MRP after a week off, dotting down for a try and, despite Coach Pratt pleading he refrain from doing so, making great metres with the boot. Lillie had some nice touches on Saturday, making a great break down the sideline to score spectacularly in the corner. Towards the end of their match, the kids were joined by Wallaby great Tim Horan, who kindly took the time out of his morning to join the MRP for some skill work and a morning tea. Tim shared his experiences as a Wallaby, a leader and an ambassador of the MRP program and spent the entire morning with the kids and their parents. We’d like to sincerely thank Tim for joining us on Saturday and for imparting his knowledge, and the team from the MRP for organizing the morning tea.
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade) vs Uni-North Owls
Ryan Slater led 4th Grade on to the field, celebrating his 200th game for the Club. And what a game it was for Slats, who was not only named Man of the Match but bagged himself four tries on the day – two of which occurred in the first 10 minutes of the match. It was a clinical display by 4th Grade, who are starting to show some good cohesion as the finals loom. Slats was joined by front row partners Robbie McNeill and try-thief Matt Wafer, who were all outstanding at the set piece and equally as effective in attack and defence. Andrew ‘Chewy’ Dickson had another large point haul and buddy Cameron Shaw joined in on the action, dotting down for a brace of tries. James Dimmock also showed off his pace in the whitewash, breaking the line on several occasions for the Vikings. It was great to see some familiar faces step up and put in a great performance to celebrate Slats’ 200th. 4th Grade on a roll. Vikings 64 – 5 Owls.
3 Ryan Slater
2 Matt Wafer
1 Robbie McNeill
Player’s Player – Ryan Slater
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade) vs Uni-North Owls
Noted by Coach Sinclair as one of the best performances by his side for the year, 3rd Grade stepped up against a hot Uni-North side with more than half the side having played a full game of 4th Grade previously. The first half was all about defensive effort – neither side able to crack the other, as the game went into half time Nil all. Despite having played a full game of 4’s, Chewy and Shawry were again masterful, marshalling the troops and proving how ageless their skills are. The front row of Swaniso Puteho, Steve Solofa and a new comer named Liam McGrath were strong at set-piece time, and Flanker Justice Henderson was again at his best and scored a remarkable try to level the score for the Vikings. This try, as well as the one from Uni-Norths that preceded it, occurred in the final 10 minutes of the game, which shows you how close these two sides were and what a bruising game it was. The Vikings were everywhere at the right time on Saturday, and although victory would have been sweeter the result is positive for a side that has struggled to hit their straps at times in 2019. Vikings 5 – 5 Owls.
3 Cameron Shaw
2 Andrew Dickson
1 Justice Henderson
Player’s Player – Cameron Shaw
ViQueens vs Uni-North Owls
The ViQueens finally joined the boys for a full Club day in 2019, which is great for the vibe around Viking Park. They played their best game of the year in this Grand Final rematch against an undefeated Uni-North side. In the first half, the ViQueens found themselves stuck in their own territory, opting to play with ball in hand to exit but making costly errors to find themselves on the wrong end of the set piece. As a result, the Owls were the first to draw blood, capitalising on sustained pressure. It didn’t take long for the ViQueens to respond, however – tries to Remi Wilton and Ema Masi in the first half had the ViQueens leading at half time 12-10, with momentum. Remi Wilton continued her impressive form at Scrumhalf, servicing quick ball from the ruck and making some probing darts to gain the advantage line. The Owls were quick to strike back after the break, scoring under the posts to take the lead 17-12. But a barnstorming run by Paris Robinson shortly after put the ViQueens up 17-15, a lead they would hold on to for victory. The ViQueens are back to their winning ways. ViQueens 17 – 15 Owls.
3 Remi Wilton
2 Paris Robinson
1 Rhianna Burke
Player’s Player – Zoe Podmore
Premier Division Colts vs Uni-North Owls
It was a game of two halves for the Colties, who started off well before switching off in the 2nd Half. The First half was all class from Coach Kydd’s side, who played some well structured footy with good tempo. The Vikings were able to swing the ball wide and unleash their attack, Winger Tom Brewer the beneficiary with a double on the day. Kieran Reilly, who found himself at Blindside Flanker after playing the entire season on the Wing, had a Man of the Match performance, continuing the trend of player’s playing out of position and stepping up when required. Pena Elise had a solid game at Scrumhalf, while Jed Englert had another strong game from Fullback. The 2nd Half, of course, was a very different story – the good style of play the Vikings had brought in the first half was non-existent in the second, as they allowed their opponents back in to the match with a chance. The Vikings eventually found their way back towards the end of the match, however, and were able to hold on for victory. Vikings 27 – 19 Owls.
3 Kieran Reilly
2 Tim Cushan
1 Jed Englert
Player’s Player – Kieran Reilly
Premier Division 2nd Grade vs Uni-North Owls – special guest Match Report by Michael Henry
Second Grade ran out looking to build momentum after a gritty but far from perfect win over Royals. Once again, the side coped well with a number of forced changes in the victory, with Tim Macarthur a particularly welcome inclusion in a youthful backline. Slow medium pacer Sam Gunning was again rock solid in the centres, while T-Mac’s organisational skills freed up halves Reece Chin and Jack Evenden to create havoc closer to the ruck. Big bad bustling Ben Gillespie was his reliable self at tight-head, scrumming well and getting busy around the park, while the backrow of Rhys Griffiths, Izaak Weston and Father Time Richard Joyes all got through plenty of work. Vikings 31 – 5 Owls. The side head to Queanbeyan this weekend looking for their first win at Taylor Park in approximately 20 years. Spectators would be well advised to gather outside the sheds before kick off as Trendy’s pre-game speech will be a cracker.
3 Sam Gunning
2 Reece Chin
1 Rhys Griffiths
Player’s Player – Rhys Griffiths
Premier Division 1st Grade vs Uni-North Owls
1st Grade were finally able to buck the Charity Day curse, having lost the last few Charity Days in past seasons. Donning a specially designed playing strip, 1st Grade continued their impressive form from the week prior and ran rampant against the Owls in the first half, who have also traditionally been this side’s bogey team. It was a great display of Rugby in the first half – Sione Taula and Luke Gersekowski were chopping people all over the field, while Angus Allen threatened constantly at the breakdown. 1st Grade’s ability to keep the ball alive through off loads and quick hands allowed the backs to move the ball to space hastily and set up some awesome tries – the one that comes most quickly to mind was a break made by Max Ravouvou from inside the Vikings half. Max delivered a clever over-the-top pass to Jayme Field to set the speedy Flanker off on a 40m trot for a try. Vikings fans were singing their praises once more, as the side went into the break with a 29-0 lead. But the second half proved a much tighter game for the Vikings, who perhaps become a little complacent with the score line. The Owls came out of the break firing, building pressure on the Vikings defence to work their way down field and take away points. Luke Gersekowski continued to monster people in his tackling, but despite their efforts the Vikings were unable to holt the momentum the Owls had built. The Vikings were able to come away with a win, but without scoring a single point in the second half. A good win on Charity Day none the less and a great way to cap off a day at home. Vikings 29 – 20 Owls.
3 Luke Gersekowski
2 Sione Taula
1 Angus Allen
Player’s Player – Luke Gersekowski
That’s a wrap for Round 11. Thanks again to Tim Horan for joining the MRP participants and their parents for morning tea, and thanks to the team at Marymead for supporting our Charity Day. Join us next week for another full day of Rugby, when the Premier Grades and 1st Division sides travel to Campese Oval to face the Queanbeyan Whites. Stay tuned to our social media and website for game times!