27 Aug 2019 Season Wrap Up
The 2019 season has finally drawn to a close, and what another great year to be a Viking. 5 Grades progressed to their respective Finals, with 2 Grades, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade, progressing to the Grand Final. Unfortunately, we didn’t come away with the chocolates on Grand Final Day but both teams played out a fantastic game of footy and the Club is incredibly proud of their efforts.
As a Club, the Vikings won 60 of 89 games played in 2019, amassing a points differential of +1002.
1st Grade won the Bob Hitchcock Territory Shield Championship, which is awarded to the team that holds the Shield at Season’s end. The Hitchcock Shield is contested for during every Home game of the team that holds it. 1st Grade also won the Allan ‘Wal’ Scollen Cup, an annual fixture between Vikings and Royals in memory of a great mate.
40 Vikings players were selected for representative teams ranging from ACT based selection to Australian selection.
1st Grade Prop Ben Pratt was awarded the Anderson Trophy for Sportsmanship at the MacDougall Medal Night, an awards ceremony that recognises the best players and support staff in ACT Rugby.
We launched our Modified Rugby Program (MRP) to 8 excited participants, a program that allows children with learning and perceptual difficulties to play a touch-only version of Rugby. The MRP taught the children all the basic skills of Rugby and allowed them to become a part of our Club and community. It was really special seeing the progression of the children and the confidence shown by their parents to allow them to play Rugby. A special mention must go to MRP Coach Ben Pratt who did an outstanding job running the program for the Vikings.
The Vikings Rugby Committee and full-time staff have jointly achieved significant operational milestones in 2019 – if not for their efforts, the success on and off the field wouldn’t have been possible.
On behalf of the entire Vikings family, we would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners in 2019. Your continuous support of our Rugby program allows us to achieve exceptional things on and off the field – without your help, none of our success would be possible. We hope you have enjoyed your time as a Viking this year and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
You can find the stats for each team below:
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade)
Position: 3rd Place
Points Difference: +209
Highest Winning Margin: Round 11 vs Cooma 68-5
Number of Players who played 4th Grade in 2019: 48
Coaches Award: Joel Morris
Player’s Player: Matt ‘Snow Plow’ Wafer
Best & Fairest: Cameron Shaw
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade)
Position: 7th Place
Points Difference: -129
Highest Winning Margin: Round 7 vs Easts 69-0
Number of Players who played 3rd Grade in 2019: 62
Coaches Award: Swaniso Puteho
Player’s Player: Joel Morris & Justice Henderson
Best & Fairest: Justice Henderson
Position: 4th Place
Points Difference: +57
Highest Winning Margin: Round 7 vs Wests 56-0
Number of Players who played for the ViQueens in 2019: 25
Coaches Award: Peta Leddy
Player’s Player: Ema Masi
Best & Fairest: Rhianna Burke
Premier Division Colts
Position: 4th Place
Points Difference: +243
Highest Winning Margin: Round 16 vs Wests 54-7
Number of Players who played Colts in 2019: 27
Coaches Award: Tom Hooper
Player’s Player: Kieran Reilly
Best & Fairest: Jed Englert
Premier Division 2nd Grade
Position: Runner Up
Points Difference: +339
Highest Winning Margin: Round 14 vs Easts 69-0
Number of Players who played 2nd Grade in 2019: 51
Coaches Award: Ethan Brazel
Player’s Player: Richard Joyes
Best & Fairest: Seamus Smith
Premier Division 1st Grade
Position: Runner Up
Points Difference: +283
Highest Winning Margin: Round 7 vs Easts 80-7
Number of Players who played 1st Grade in 2019: 51
Coaches Award: Andrew Robinson
Player’s Player: Luke Gersekowski
Best & Fairest: Angus Wagner