Saturday Update – 9th September 2023

A scorching start to the Mixed hockey season as temperatures of 23 degrees made for tough playing conditions on Saturday.

A mixed bag of results for Vikings this week.

Our A team got off to a strong start for the season with a 6-3 win over Bacchas B.
Kim Carney continuing her goal getting from last season by bagging a brace, with Tom Burrows also grabbing 2 and singles from Darryl Jago and Dani McIntosh.

The B team also began the season strongly with a great 3-2 win over Ramsey A.
Young Josh Dougal getting on the scoresheet along with Jon Cooper and Morven Smith, a result that pushes the B team into 3rd place in the Mixed Premier League just behind the A team.

Unfortunately our C team slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Bacchas C.
A fun game between both teams but Bacchas managing to put 3 away, with Rebekah Kelly adding a single goal for Vikings with no more goals coming in the second half.

The biggest win of the day came courtesy of the Mixed D team, prevailing 7-3 against newly promoted Bacchas Colts.
The D team playing in hot conditions at Castle Rushen against a Bacchas team with a blend of youth and experience.
3 senior players bagging a brace each – Ian Perry showing his prowess at short corners, with Jo Roney and Ash Osbourne scoring their goals either side of a well taken goal from Ben Dougal.

Our Mixed E team were unlucky not to come away with a draw against Valkyrs D in a hotly contested match at QE2, which finished 3-2 to Valkyrs.
The E team played well with many of last season’s U15 players now starting their first full senior season and showing great team play throughout the match.
Clive Hesketh bagging his first goal of the season, and an outstanding half volley from a Penalty Corner by Blae Cain brought the scores even.
But a late Penalty Flick awarded to Valkyrs led to the Peel team taking both points, much to the disappointment of the E team who were somewhat perplexed by the flick award.

Finally the new look U15s team took to the pitch for the first match of the day against a very experienced Harlequins team, unfortunately ending up the wrong side of a 6-0 scoreline.
Many Vikings players experiencing full pitch hockey for the first time, and whilst the result may look very one sided, there were some great performances for many of the new players with Lily Mildwaters being singled out for praise by the Harlequins manager.

Onwards and upwards to next weekend Vikings !