Tuesday & Saturday Update – 31st October & 4th November 2023

A midweek game for Vikings A, as well as two cup matches, and the U15s back in action in the last week as a number of Vikings teams got a weekend to rest before the league resumes this weekend.

Starting with the postponed league match from the 28th October that took place on Tuesday the 31st between Vikings A and Valkyrs A due to the visit of Timperley to the island.
The top of the table clash produced a great advert for Manx hockey with the best two teams currently in the league battling hard for the win.
Vikings narrowly edging the first half with one goal to their name only for Valkyrs to hit back in the second half.
Vikings pushed hard for the win and just managed to keep Valkyrs at bay coming away with a 3-2 win with Kim Carney, Will Bridson and Scott Mason grabbing the goals.
This leaves Vikings A sitting atop the Premier League.

Moving onto last weekend and there were only 2 senior teams in action in their respective Cup semi-finals.
Vikings A fresh from their league win against Valkyrs were up against rivals Bacchas A for a spot in the Cup final.
Alas, unlike the league match earlier in the week Vikings unfortunately fell short against Bacchas and succumbed to a frustrating 4-3 loss to narrowly miss out on the Cup final.
Goals from John Verrall, Kim Carney and Sarah Blackman just weren’t enough this time..

In the Mixed Bowl competition, favourites Vikings D came away 3-1 winners against Valkyrs D.
A competitive but very entertaining match was played out in Peel with Vikings taking the upper hand in the first half through a well worked goal from Katie Errock.
Valkyrs to their credit pushed hard in the second half and after a second goal from Katie Errock, they hit back via Liam Harrison to make the game a closer affair at 2-1.
Eventually Vikings made better use of their short corners and after the initial hit was saved by the Valkyrs keeper, Adam Braidwood managed to seize on the rebound and hammered home to make the scoreline more comfortable at 3-1. More chances were created but the scores stayed at 3-1 with the captains agreeing that this was one of the most enjoyable matches this season for both teams.

Finally our U15 team was back in action against Castletown Sharks, the junior team are still finding their feet and getting used to the new players but a 3-1 loss to Sharks was taken with good grace.
Henry Stewart grabbing the only Vikings goal with good build-up player from Theo Robertson.
The U15 never dropped their heads and are starting to show real progress on the pitch.
Well done guys !

This weekend we are back to normal league action for all our mixed teams, and Vikings D can secure the Division 2 title this weekend with either a draw or a win !