10 Jun Vikings Rugby All-Time Fan-Favourite Team
Recently on our Facebook and Instagram, we hosted a Fan Favourite vote, to allow all of our past and present fans, players and support staff to select their All-Time Favourite player for every position. The vote created some healthy debate amongst Vikings young and old, but ultimately every single person voted in was worthy of their selection.
Take a look at the team below.
- Sione Taula (151 Games)
Sione has amassed 100+ 1st Grade games for the Club as well as numerous premierships. He is one of the most feared Vikings in our history, both in attack and defence…but also in his general demeanour. Despite this, Sione wears his heart on his sleeve and is always willing to assist our new crop of Props. Recently, he has offered his services to Scrum Coach Brett Naylor to help make the Vikings pack as dominant as it was during his playing days.
2. Duane Petersen (214 Games)
Duane has played over 200 games for the Club, with over 50 of those games in 1st Grade. Known for his brutal playing style, particularly in defence, many former and current players at the Club have a story about Duane destroying someone in a tackle. Duane is now our ViQueens Head Coach and has been involved as a coach for several other Grades, earning much respect and admiration for his efforts in this space.
3. Geoff Adam (314 Games)
Geoff is second on the Club’s all-time games list at 314 and comes close to being one of the Club’s all-time favourite personalities. Someone you want on your boat race team, Geoff’s legacy as a Viking goes well beyond his ability on the field. Geoff is now a jack of all trades for the Club – he currently runs our Red Army on the Erindale Club side of Viking Park, serves as our Vice-President and is even the house master for one of our player residences. Geoff’s legacy continues to grow stronger and stronger with each passing year.
4. Emily Sogal (39 Games)
‘Seabomb’ is the only ViQueen selected for our Fan Favourite team, and it comes as no surprise to those who know her. Seabomb is a tough footy player, a sharp shooting goal kicker and usually best on ground off-field, too. In recent years, Seabomb has been a staple in the Brumbies Super W team and was part of the 2018 ViQueens undefeated Premier side.
5. Peter Henry (84 Games)
Widely regarded as the Club’s favourite son, there are many fabled stories of Pistol’s legacy. His highly sought after recruitment out of Marist College, his impact on the 2009 1st Grade Grand Final victory, and his content on social media. Pete, however, is just a good Vikings family-man and despite no longer playing remains heavily involved with the Club.
6. Michael Oakman-Hunt (74 Games)
Mikey joined the Club in 2012 with his identical twin brother Dean, quickly making a reputation for themselves as bash brothers. Mikey hasn’t lost that explosiveness in contact, and thanks to his abrasive play earned a cap for the Brumbies and the World XV Select Side, as well as numerous premierships and awards for the Vikings.
7. Luke Gersekowski (29 Games)
Although the freshest Viking in this team, Lukey G has already established himself as a future Viking great. His incredible work ethic, flyhalf skill ability and big-time tackles have earned ‘The Chainsaw’ plaudits across the ACT, culminating in his selection to the Canberra Vikings in 2019.
8. Martyn O’Brien (167 Games)
The legacy of Marty O’Brien lives on, the former stalwart no. 8 polling several votes late to steal a spot in this team. Marty has 128 games for 1st Grade, numerous premierships – including as Captain of the 2009 1st Grade come back victory – and is loved by just about every Viking from his era. Marty is currently a Director of the Vikings Group board.
9. Blake Henman (115 Games)
Blakey is a perfect example of the success of the Vikings Junior Pathway. Until this year and a small stint in the UK, Blake has only ever worn a Vikings jersey, and in that time has represented 1st Grade and won several Premierships with the Club. Aside from his ability on field, it is Blake’s presence and personality off-field that makes him a Fan Favourite. ‘Chook’ is arguably one of the nicest blokes to have pulled on a Vikings jersey, and for that reason has life-long friends across every generation of Vikings.
10. Christian Lealiifano (28 Games)
Christian joined the Vikings from Victoria as a promising school-boy graduate. A decorated career with Brumbies Rugby and the Wallabies, ‘Nu’ has also made a huge impact at our Club. Christian was named Man of the Match in the 2009 Grand Final victory, producing one of the best performances by a Vikings player ever. His inspirational battle against Leukemia in 2016 inspired the Club to four Grand Final victories in Colts, 4th, 2nd and 1st Grade, and in 2017 after defying the odds he played his first game back with Vikings in 4th Grade, with brother Lix and his best mates Duane Petersen and Beau Mokotupu. Christian is a regular at Vikings trainings, passing his years of wisdom onto our younger players, including nephew JD Lealiifano who joins us as a Colt in 2020.
11. David Austin (216 Games)
Daisy is second on our all-time points scorers list with 1229 points. A try scoring machine, Daisy was recognised for his legacy as a Viking by having the Club’s Top Try Scorer of the Year Award named after him – the David ‘Daisy’ Austin Shield. Daisy knew his way to the try-line, having scored his 200th try for the Club in his 200th game. Daisy remains a die-hard Red Man and can be found at the Red Army for most Vikings home games.
12. Jordan Jackson-Hope (37 Games)
Rabs joined the Club from Rugby nursery St Edmunds College and quickly asserted himself as a player to watch. With his dynamic play-making, silky skills and ability to play 20kgs above his weight, Rabs is arguably one of the most talented players to have worn a Vikings jersey. Rabs will always hold a special place in Vikings history, for his efforts in the 2016 Grand Final – not just as the Man of the Match, but for sealing the victory with his after-the-buzzer turn over.
13. Andrew Dickson (223 games)
The Club’s all-time points scorer by a margin of over 1000 points, Chewy was unstoppable on the field. As a multiple premiership winning player, the Club’s all-time point scorer and the namesake for the Andrew ‘Chewy’ Dickson Top Points Scorer Shield, Chewy will be remembered as one of the greatest Vikings in the Club’s history.
14. Jake Knight (113 Games)
Snakey was renowned for bagging meat pies, having close to 100 tries to his name for the Club. Snakey was a human cheat-code – his ability to evade contact made him one of the most dangerous players with ball in hand, and one of the most exciting in broken field play. Where Snakey’s legacy lies is his competitiveness, however. Never one to shy away from a contest, Snakey’s win at all costs mentality inspired the Club to several premierships during his time playing.
15. Ernest Suavai (78 Games)
Ernie joined the Club out of Northern Queensland and quickly cemented himself as a consistent 1st Grader. Ernest has 78 games with the Vikings, with 77 of those being played in 1st Grade, his lone 3rd Grade cap coming in 2019 when he returned through the Grades following injury. Ernie is a talented footballer who has played Fullback, Centre and Wing and has helped the Club win numerous premierships in his tenure.
Coach: Brendan ‘Trendy’ Allardyce
Trendy has been with the Vikings for a lifetime, having played, coached and worked for the Club. During his time he has won countless Premierships as a Coach, ranging from 1st Grade through to our ViQueens. Trendy’s most recent premiership came with the undefeated Colts side in 2018, with several of those players now regular 1st Graders. Aside from his transcendence as a coach across several decades, it is the connection Trendy builds with his players that makes him so revered. A fearless leader, with a brilliant Rugby mind, an uncanny ability to motivate through legendary one-liners and his drive to bring the best out of the playing group on and off the field, it is no surprise that Trendy takes the cake as the all-time favourite Vikings Coach. A proud Viking for life, Vikings Rugby would not be the Club it is today without Trendy’s enormous contribution.