01 Jul Vikings Rugby Round 13 Wrap Up
The Vikings were split across three separate locations over the weekend – the Premier Grades were out at Nicholls Enclosed Oval playing the Gungahlin Eagles, 1st Division travelled to Cooma to face the Red Devils and the ViQueens took on Wests at Weetangera. The Premier Grades couldn’t quite get it done, 1st Division won one and drew one and the ViQueens notched a cricket score.
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade) vs Cooma Red Devils
The squad that travelled to Cooma had just enough numbers for one team, meaning that the 4th Grade side would also need to take the field for 3rd Grade. None the less, 4s put in a solid shift to come away with a good win. The Vikings were off to a flyer after 10 mins, going up 21-0 thanks to the efforts of self-proclaimed Round 13 Manteena Player of the Week Matt Wafer. Wafes was again at his best at the set piece and around the park, carrying well, defending astutely and securing ruck possession. The Vikings went into the sheds with a 42-0 lead. Deciding to conserve energy for the upcoming 3rd Grade match, 4s played out a much slower, controlled second half, but were still clinical in their execution. Andrew Dickson scored too many points again and Manteena Lukins notched a hat trick of tries. Nathan Lumley, who has been plying his trade quietly in 2019 had a polished game at scrumhalf, servicing his backline well and directing the forwards with confidence. 4th Grade on the up. Vikings 68 – 5 Cooma.
3 Matt Wafer
2 Andrew Dickson
1 Nathan Lumley
Player’s Player – Matt Wafer
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade) vs Cooma Red Devils
With the entire 4th Grade side backing up for 3rd Grade, it was always going to be a hard fought match for the Vikings. From all accounts, it was a very entertaining match with some huge hits throughout. Cooma came out firing in front of their Old Boys, scoring 3 opportunistic tries all converted to take a quick lead. The Vikings were able to rally and pinch back a try, heading into the sheds behind 21-7. The Vikings held on to this momentum in the second half, with tries to Matt Wafer, Andrew Dickson and Fountain of Youth Geoff Adam to gain the lead. Cooma, however, wouldn’t go out without a fight, hitting back to level the scores at 28 all. The last five minutes were a tight tussle, the Vikings regaining ascendancy of the match and earning a penalty after the siren; an opportunity to steal victory. It wasn’t to be for this group, that really earned the win considering each player played 160 minutes of football within 3 hours. The penalty kick went wide of the posts, leaving the final score Vikings 28 – 28 Cooma. Matt Wafer again with a Man of the Match performance, joined by front row partner Geoff Adam and the reliable Owen Barker. A massive congratulations to the squad that travelled to Cooma over the weekend – these are outstanding results given the situation you found yourselves in.
3 Matt Wafer
2 Owen Barker
1 Geoff Adam
Player’s Player – Matt Wafer
ViQueens vs Wests Rugby Club
The girls were out at Weetangera for a double point match against Wests, having postponed one of their games earlier in the year. The game started off slow, the girls taking their time to cross the line for points. Current Wallaroo Shellie Milward made a welcome return, entering the fray late in the first half. With several errors and penalties after 35 minutes of football, it looked as if the girls were in for a tough, long day. But come the second half, the ViQueens turned one on, and with that the tries kept on coming. Rhianna Burke had a field day, challenging the Wests defence and making good metres for the ViQueens. Remi Wilton had her dream of playing in the backrow realized when she was shifted to Flanker, not missing a beat, playing her usual abrasive self. This reshuffle was due to Peta Thompson (Leddy) making her comeback after a two year stint on the sideline with a knee injury. Great to have you back on the field, Peta! This makes two wins on the trot for the ViQueens, who are slowly starting to build their case for a Premiership defence. ViQueens 56 – 0 Wests.
3 Rhianna Burke
2 Louise Bush-Taliai
1 Paris Robinson
Player’s Player – Rhianna Burke
Premier Division Colts vs Gungahlin Eagles
The Colties kicked off proceedings at Nicholls Enclosed, facing a Gungahlin side that had bettered them in their previous encounter. The Vikings started strong, scoring a great try in the first 5 minutes of the match to set the tone. The front row of John Madjaga, Alex Punou and TJ Sione scrummaged well, giving the Vikings vital go forward ball at the set piece. The Vikings were unable to sustain their strong start, however, dropping off in the back end of the first half and allowing Gungahlin to score twice after some simple errors. The second half didn’t prove any better for the Colts – Flanker Kieran Reilly was shown a red card early in the half that left the Vikings playing the remainder of the match with 14 men. Perhaps playing a little too passively, the Vikings weren’t able to regain momentum and the Eagles struck, posting an unassailable lead. To the Vikings credit, they were able to put up one last gutsy effort to close out the match. With Centre Billy Carberry shown a yellow and the Vikings now down to 13 men, the Colties showed some real grit to bash the Eagles and give themselves every chance of a come back. Tom Hooper was inspirational at the back end of the match, sticking his hand up several times for repeated carries and making good yardage on those carries, too. A bitter lose for the Colts, who were unable to come away with points after their final stand. Vikings 15 – 24 Eagles.
3 Tom Hooper
2 Jed Englert
1 John Madjaga
Player’s Player – Tom Hooper
Premier Division 2nd Grade vs Gungahlin Eagles
The Dirty Twos faced an undefeated Gungahlin side in a top of the table clash. The real contest began in the change rooms, prematch – Seamus Smith, returning from injury, was reinstated as Captain of 2nd Grade. It has been reported to this writer that, Michael Henry, after being unceremoniously stripped of the captaincy, refused to play but after seeking council from inspirational brother Pete Henry, joined the team in the tunnel. The game didn’t start quite the way the Vikings would have liked – recent retiree Sam Allen went down in the third minute of the match with a suspected neck injury that forced the game to move to Nicholls Field 2. Despite this, the Vikings fought hard in the first half – the lead changed several times before the Vikings went into the break just behind by a score. Justice Henderson was a chainsaw in defence, partnered by Prop Tom Carney who had a solid game playing out of position. Seamus Smith was at his usual best, the hamstring injury that plagued him for the last 4 weeks having no effect on his game. Despite 2nd Grade bringing a fast brand of football to their attack, they weren’t able to get the wood on an in-form Gungahlin side that were simply too strong for them on the day. The Vikings are still sitting in second spot on the ladder and will welcome back several influential players from injury over the next week or two. Vikings 21 – 36 Gungahlin.
3 Seamus Smith
2 Justice Henderson
1 Tom Carney
Player’s Player – Seamus Smith
Premier Division 1st Grade vs Gungahlin Eagles
After some tight games against the Eagles in 2019, the Vikings were looking for their first victory over the side this year. Missing some key personnel to injury, the Vikings had their backs against the wall before the whistle had even been blown, however they were outstanding in this match given the circumstances. It also gave players like Jack Evenden and Ben Pratt and opportunity to prove themselves in the top Grade, and they didn’t disappoint. Gungahlin were the first to strike, scoring a nice try out on the wing after sustaining a lot of pressure from the Vikings defence. Some desperate defence deep in the Vikings half of the field resulted in a great turn over to Max Ravouvou, which led to the Vikings first try of the match and the subsequent flip of momentum. Some superb mauling and continued defensive pressure saw tries to Len Ikitau and Tom Watego, which took the Vikings into halftime with a 21-7 lead. The Vikings had a strong start to the second half – with the Eagles down to 14 men after Joe Langtry was mistaken for a punching bag, Len Ikitau and Trai Henderson combined for a bulldozing run that put the Vikings up by three scores. From this point on, both teams went tit for tat – the Eagles had a score of their own before Jack Evenden crossed for a try in his run on debut. The 4th quarter of the match was a stalemate, the majority of the Rugby played within the 22’s. After a good innings, the Vikings scrum started to struggle and Sione Taula was eventually carded. The Eagles capitalized and brought the scoreline to 33 all, which is where the score would remain. A cracking game of Rugby played by both teams. Vikings 33 – 33 Eagles.
3 Tom Watego
2 Len Ikitau
1 Jayme Field
Player’s Player – Tom Watego
That’s a wrap for Round 13 – this coming Saturday, all Grades are out at Griffith Oval against Easts for an exciting Club day. Stay tuned to our website and social media for game times and team lists!