Saturday Update – 7th October 2023

It was the weekend for the first round of the Cup, Plate and Bowl competitions last weekend with only two Vikings teams managing to progress to the next round.

Vikings A came up against Ramsey A who they beat 5-0 in the corresponding league fixture only a few weeks ago.
An earlier start than usual which didn’t suit some players, and for once the A’s actually were a first half team, leading 2-0 at half time. Ramsey’s keeper made some great saves and kept the door slightly ajar but again Vikings did well defensively and this week only gave away one penalty corner to the opposition.
A well finished second half to win 4-1 and take on Bacchas A in the next round, with Tom Burrows scoring two and one goal apiece for Archie Caley and Sarah Blackman.
Ramsey gave a better account of themselves in this fixture, and a special mention for U16 player Isla Caine who made her Ramsey A team debut.

Vikings B were handed probably the toughest opponents in Bacchas A, and try as they might they succumbed 8-1 to their Douglas rivals.
The Bacchas top team were up 6 goals by half time but Vikings gave a better account of themselves in the second half, with Kyle Gunnion making sure that the B team went down fighting to at least put a dent into the Bacchas hopeful clean sheet, and making the second half a more balanced affair.

Our C team were Vikings only representatives in the Mixed Plate competition and had been drawn against Division 1 leaders Castletown Southerners.
Vikings worked an opening via what looked like a terrible short corner which ended up in their only goal of the match from Kaitlin Slack, this at least making sure to take a clean sheet away from Castletown who came out on top 3-1.
A really enjoyable game but Vikings unfortunately were not able to push through the defences of Castletown enough.

The fixture for the Bowl competition was another Vikings derby between the D and E teams, but due to player availability, the E team were unable to field a team, which led to the D team taking a 5-0 walkover and progressing to the next round.

Finally our young Vikings U15 team played against Valkyrs U15 in the league, and whilst they had to give a walkover to the Peel team and play a friendly match, the Vikings team are starting to show signs of improvement and getting to know each other on the pitch as a team and the future is bright 🙂

This weekend all teams resume league fixtures… let’s keep working hard Vikings !