11th day of the WHL 2017

The indoor season is coming soon to an end. After last weekend’s NZ Club Championships, tonight were the semi finals of the Wellington League.

The Vikings women faced off versus the Hutt Valley Hunters to battle out the second finalist for the Wellington League final.
The Vikings women started good into the game and build an early lead (3:1, 6:2, 9:4), though half way through the first half, the Hunters woke up and started fighting back (18:12).
The second half saw early on two equal teams battling for the spot in the final. The Vikings women left lots of scoring opportunities unused and though the Hunters fought back and the Vikings lead started melting slowly thinner (28:24, 30:27, 32:30), but then in the last ten minutes of the game our goalie Michaela saved ball after ball and secured the team’s win and spot in the final. Final score 36:31.
Vikings HC – Michaela; Bridget 11, Maddy 9, Hannah C 6, Laura 5, Lisa 5, Siri, Paris, Taye
Hutt Valley Hunters HC – Ailish 9, Marie 9, Georgia 6, Tamara 5,  La 1, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx 

The Vikings Danes team faced the Vic Uni Turtles in the semi final and it was a game that saw two completely different halves.
The first half was a bit of a shock to the Vikings. The Turtles came prepared and put the Danes under pressure, creating numerous scoring opportunities and exploiting holes in the Vikings defense. On the other side, the Vikings attack suffered from inaccuracy and too much individual play, instead of the team play the team is known for. At halftime the Turtles led surprisingly 17:18 and the Vikings needed a wake up call during the half time break.
The second half started then with a very concentrated Vikings defense and a clinical Vikings attack. The defense forced turnovers and the fast break led to easy goals on the other side (24:20, 29:22). At the end, the Vikings cruised home to a 37:28 win, securing a spot in the final.
Vikings HC Danes – Cassius; Alex 7, Todd 7, Paul 7, Luke 6, Harry 4, Jack 3, Riley 2, Angus 1
Vic Uni HC Turtles – Jerome; Luke 9, Aleksa 6, Adam 4, Oceon 4, Sean 1, Pat D 1, Ben P 1, Ben A 1, Locky 1, Pat T, Nicolas

Other results:
Women – Spartanz HC vs Vic Uni HC Ravens 18:29
Men – Spartanz HC vs Northern Aguilas HC 13:33
Men – Vic Uni HC Wolves vs Vic Uni HC Royals (tbc)
(note: Vikings HC Norse– men – had a bye)

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