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Saturday Update – 30th September 2023

A rather wet Saturday made conditions difficult for hockey this past weekend with only two Vikings teams managing to come away with a win.

Pacesetters Vikings A putting league newcomers Harlequins A to the sword with an 8-1 victory.
Vikings took the lead from the start and could have had a few more goals in the first half if they had taken their chances.
In the second half it was a different story with Vikings scoring some great goals and without conceding a penalty corner all game.
Kim Carney bagging a hattrick in this game with the remaining 5 goals being shared 1 a piece between Will Bridson, Darryl Jago, Dani McIntosh, Sarah Blackman and Scott Mason.
Vikings A still sitting top of the pile in the Mixed Premier with 4 wins from 4 !

Vikings B faced tough opposition in Castletown Celts sadly going down 6-2 in the end.
A good feisty game of hockey in miserable conditions and Vikings should have made better use of their time in the Castletown D, whereas the Castletown forwards were quick and clinical.
Young players Alex Andrew and Josh Dougal getting the consolation goals for the B team.

Vikings C unfortunately slipped to 4-2 loss to Valkyrs D at the weekend.
A man of the match performance from Tom Babb in the Vikings goal kept the score down but Vikings couldn’t seem to make many things happen in the opposition D apart from the two goals from Charlie Bell and Alex Andrew.
Valkyrs appeared to be be more used to playing in the rainy conditions as they seemed to want the win more than the C team.
Vikings will be hoping to get some points on the board when they face Cammags in the league on the 14th October.

The Mixed D team maintained their 100% start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 win over Castletown Cushags at KWC.
The scoreline doesn’t quite reflect the dominance of the D team over Castletown, with Vikings missing a number of chances to make the score more comprehensive.
A brace for both Ash Osbourne and Ben Dougal secured the win, with James Craig in the Vikings goal having very little to do for the majority of the match but being alert enough to deflect away Castletown’s only shot in the match.
Poor conditions attributed to the finishing at times, but the D team now sit 3 points clear at the top of the division, with a match against second bottom Valkyrs D coming on the 14th October likely to yield another valuable 2 pts.

The E team suffered the biggest loss of the weekend, going down 7-0 to Ramsey Ravens.
The northerners making their experience count in the second half adding six goals without reply, after Vikings E had held them to only a solitary goal in the first half.
The E team still occupy bottom spot in the league and face the prospect of Castletown Cushags when they return to league action on the 14th.

Finally our Vikings U15 team only just lost 4-3 to Ramsey this weekend.
The U15 team were severely depleted in players due to non-hockey commitments and made a brave fight of the match against Ramsey with Henry Stewart, Amelia Cocker and Theo Hampson bagging the goals for Vikings, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to gain any points this time round.

This upcoming weekend is the first round of the Mixed Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions.

Good luck to all our players !

Vikings Hockey Club