08 Jul Vikings Rugby Round 14 Wrap Up
The Vikings and the ViQueens travelled out to Griffith Oval over the weekend to face Easts Rugby Club. It was a great day for the Club, coming away 4 from 4 and putting up a fair amount of points in the Premier Grades that certainly helped tip the For/Against scale in the Vikings favour. As always when we play at Griffith, the weather turned one on which had spirits high from early in the day to late in the afternoon.
ViQueens vs Easts
The ViQueens would need to put in a gutsy effort against Easts, who currently sit a top the Women’s Premiership ladder. Missing several girls and others playing out of position, the ViQueens didn’t disappoint and made their mark on the competition in this crucial match up. Parked in Easts 22 for most of the first half, the ViQueens put together some good phase play and were finally rewarded with a try through Ema Masi. Easts were quick to reply, spreading the ball wide late in the first half to level the scores as the game went to halftime. Slow to start the second half, the ViQueens let in another Easts try just 3 minutes in to the half after sustaining a lot of pressure in their own territory. This was to be Easts last points, however, the ViQueens showing up big in defence. Led by the hard hitting Burke sisters, the ViQueens held Easts off their line on several occasions. Front Row partners Sharon Waihape and Lou Bush-Taliai bashed Easts when they had ball in hand and Paris Robinson, Nakiya Smith and Lauren Freeman broke the Easts defence out wide. Ema Masi crossed for her second try to bring the score to 12-10 and after some more great attack, Brumby Stewart-Jones crossed for the match winner, sealing a memorable victory for the ViQueens. ViQueens 17 – 12 Easts.
3 Rhianna Burke
2 Sharon Waihape
1 Nora Lal
Player’s Player – Ema Masi
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade) vs Easts
The Thirsty Thirds rolled into Griffith still unsure of their starting side, Coach Sinclair on the blower early making sure his squad would arrive on time and ready to play. Manteena Lukins was after attention early, telling this writer and several others more than once that he had returned from the South Coast the night before because “I’m a Clubmen”. Ryan Slater found out upon arrival that his 200th Game a few weeks back was NOT the greatest 200th Game performance in the Club’s history – Dave Paull stripping him of his title unceremoniously (Dave’s 200th was in a Grand Final, where he scored the match winning try, and it was his final game for the Club). Second best Bowden, Mitch Bowden, slept through his alarm but got to the field 10 minutes before warm up and was named to start at Scrumhalf. After every limb of every player had been strapped, the Vikings headed for Field 2 to commence their warm up. Moments before a ball had even been passed, the Easts 3rd Grade coaches informed the Vikings that they themselves hadn’t been able to fill a team and as a result the match was forfeit, much to the disappointment of Kaleb Dalla Costa who had skipped leg day to play for the Vikings. Damien Gubler, who expected more people to miss him in his absence, tried to bully Coach Allardyce into letting him start in 2nd Grade, but Damien soon found out that training attendance really does pay off and was told to hit the road. Due to the forfeit, the Vikings received an automatic 20-0, four try bonus point victory. 3rd Grade and 4th Grade alone will face Hall next weekend at Viking Park, which is sure to draw some dusty heads from the Sportsman’s Luncheon, which is the night before.
3 Kate Wafer and the Medical Team, for using $1000 worth of tape before being told the 3rd Graders wouldn’t be playing.
2 Kaleb Dalla Costa, for his attempts at organizing a 3-on-3 scratch match to be refereed by the 3rd Grade appointed referee.
1 Ryan Slater, for suggesting the team head to The Durham and make use of the free afternoon.
Player’s Player – Mitch Bowden, because he asked and might not win one this year.
Premier Division Colts vs Easts
As you will find in the 1st Grade and 2nd Grade match reports, it was a white-wash for the Vikings, the Colts hitting their straps to put up a big score against Easts. The Colties were off to a flyer, scoring shortly after kick off to set the tone for the rest of the day. Turi Hides, returning from injury, had 4 tries to his name, while Winger-turned-Flanker-back-to-Winger Kieran Reilly notched a double. Tom Hooper had another great game at No. 8, using his massive frame to demolish the Easts defence up the middle. Harper Kemp had a great game, too – initially starting at Openside Flanker, he found himself on the wing in the second half due to several injuries to the Vikings pack. Harper wasn’t the only forward who found themselves on the Wing, however – big Nui Tivalu also relegated out wide after a nasty knee injury to Tom Brewer. The Vikings are back on track right when it counts. Vikings 48 – 5 Easts. A special mention to Cooper Sullivan; Cooper joined the Club from Bathurst at the start of the year but has been sidelined since March following a ruptured spleen. Sully has overcome his injury and saddled up for the Vikings over the weekend. Great to see you out on the field doing what you love, Cooper!
3 Tom Hooper
2 Harper Kemp
1 Kieran Reilly
Player’s Player – Turi Hides
Premier Division 2nd Grade vs Easts
Another big score for the Vikings, the Dirty Twos getting it done to continue the trend for the day. The Vikings didn’t waste any time getting into this match, scoring either just after kick off or a handful of phases after. Ethan Brazel, who has played every game for 2nd Grade in 2019, had an industrious game at Lock, giving the Vikings some good-go forward ball in attack and proving solid in the air. Hot Heels Henman again relished the open space from Fullback, scoring a hat trick of tries and setting up several others with his sharp line running. Most impressive in this writer’s opinion was Jeremy Mututu, who miraculously scored his second hat trick in 2019 on Saturday. Jeremy also had a moment of brilliance, throwing a no-look, behind the head pass to Blake Henman for a well worked Vikings try. The Vikings went into the sheds 57-0, and perhaps a little complacent come the second half, didn’t have the same zip in their attack that they had in the first half. None the less, 2nd Grade were able to stop Easts from scoring any points, and put on another couple of points of their own. Vikings 69 – 0 Easts.
3 Ethan Brazel
2 Blake Henman
1 Jeremy Mututu
Player’s Player – Max Ravouvou
Premier Division 1st Grade vs Easts
The Vikings welcomed back their Brumby contingent and Australian U20’s stars Lachlan Lonergan and Noah Lolesio to field one of their strongest sides for the year. It was a host of Vikings regulars that really shone through on Saturday, however, as 1st Grade put up their second most points in a game in 2019. The match started quickly, with the Vikings showing some brilliance in attack to notch three quick tries to take the lead. Trai Henderson was outstanding, having a Man of the Match performance from Inside Centre. Trai’s barnstorming running opened up plenty of opportunities for the Vikings to play around a broken ruck and sling it wide for Len Ikitau and Ernest Suavai to play with. Angus Allen is showing no signs of slowing down, with another impressive performance at No. 8. A slow end to the first half and some strong defence from Easts kept the Vikings from extended their lead further heading into the break, however the Vikings really started to find their rhythm in what ended up being a really good contest from both sides. Ben ‘Goon Bag’ Gillespie was awarded for his efforts in 2019 with his first 1st Grade cap, as was the impressive Tom Hooper. 1st Grade continue their push towards finals footy. Vikings 66 – 5 Easts.
3 Trai Henderson
2 Angus Allen
1 Tom Watego
Player’s Player – Trai Henderson
That’s a wrap for Round 14. Next weekend, 3rd and 4th Grade are back at Viking Park facing Hall. Stay tuned to our website and social media for games times!