Vikings Rugby Stories

A collection of stories from Vikings past and present, on what it means to them to be a Viking.

 

From Pete Conroy:

“I have been a Viking for 14 years and I wouldn’t play for any other club in Canberra. The mateship, camaraderie and the collective culture of playing hard, exciting, running rugby is what is means to me to be a Viking. It also helps that collectively as a club, our performance speaks for itself. One of my favourite things is to sing the club song when we win. Sends chills up my spine every time! The photo is one of my proudest moments in my life – the 2004 GF.”

From Riley Banks:

“2018 marks my 8th year being a senior player at such an elite rugby club, it’s one of my greatest achievements in life to be able to call this club my home. The club has done great things for me, physically and mentally – no matter what grade you play everyone is so close and is happy to help out anyone in need. No matter the issue we always get through it – together! My family is always welcomed each week by a big hug by both players and coaches so we are always made to feel like family. I have been lucky enough to forge life long friendships and great memories that I will hold forever. No matter what’s happening in life Vikings rugby is always there for ALL its players / staff / volunteers / family members and for that, anyone who gets to pull on the mighty red jersey week in week out should consider themselves very lucky. From pre season camps overseas to winning grand finals to the zoo after each home game, nothing beats the feeling of playing for this great club on a Saturday and being able to celebrate another round with your team mates. Here’s to a few more years with my brothers and sisters at Tuggeranong Vikings.”

 

From Michael Reyn:

A perfect example of the bonds that can be made through Rugby – several Vikings old boys are enjoying Rugby retirement on the Sunshine Coast but still find the time to catch up and reminisce on their past successes. The five men pictured (L to R in the picture below) are Paul Wilkins, Graeme McIntosh, Chris Hickey, Terry Crane and Mick Reyn – between them, they have 643 Vikings caps. Paul was a long time servant of the Club who was heavily involved with Junior development. Graeme played 115 1st Grade games and featured in several premierships. Chris Hickey coached the Club for 6 years and won 4 1st Grade Premierships. Terry is one of the original Vikings and has contributed massively to the Rugby Club, previously serving as President. And Mick Reyn was a long time 1st Grade Manager who was also a great servant of ACT Rugby. The group catch up with several other Vikings that are living on the Sunshine Coast now, too.