Game Day 7

Sunday evening, the night of the Cricket World Cup Final (New Zealand BlackCaps vs England), all players really just wanted to get out of the gym and watch the Cricket game.
Long story short, the Vikings men faced the Spartanz team. On paper it was clear that the Vikings should win, but as usual we managed to play the opposition’s game with low intensity and low pressure, as a result, while we were leading from start to finish, we weren’t building a comfortable lead until late in the first half (3:2, 8:6, 13:10), with a half time score of 21:14.
The second half went way more the way this game was envisioned (32:20, 38:23) and only in the last five minutes, we dropped the ball a bit and allowed some easy Spartanz goals.
The final score was 43:28. A win we needed and over the next two weeks we will face the Fruit Flies and the Vic Uni A team, which are decisive games for all teams involved. With two wins we would solidify our spot in the League Final 2019.

The Vikings women had to cancel their game due to most of the players being away/unavailable (school holidays and personal reasons).

Men – Stats:
Fruit Flies HC vs Victoria University HC A 32:29 (18:14)
FF: Stefanos H, Cassius P; Luke I (12, Jack G (5), Brendan C (4), Tim R (2), James B (2), Josh B (2), Adam B (2), Ben C (1), Patrick L (1), Raphael C (1), Jared P, Michael F
VUW A: George G; Luke N (7), Lars H (6), Alban N (5), Sean F (5), Jason R (2), Felipe R (2), Fabio S (2), Freddy G, Milan C

Northern Aguilas HC vs Victoria University HC B 61:14 (28:7)
Yoshi W; James C (11), Cameron R (10), Tim B (9). Oscar B-I (7), Jono R (7), Tim R (5), Pavlo P (3), Max B (3), Zac J (3), Tyler W (2), Luca G-O (1)
VUW B: George G; Santiago L (4), Freddy G (2), Milan C (2), Patrick W (2), James M (2), Felipe R (1), Jackson (1), Liam A, Matt S, Tom C

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 43:28 (21:14)
Vikings: James W; Paul I (11), Miguel A (5), Liam M (5), Daniel T (4), Harry I (4), Riley G (4), Jay M (4), Nico P (3), Samuel C (3)
Spartanz: Thomas R (1), Rhys M; Nick P (13), Scott B (6), Willy M (3), Frank G (3), Te Hoera S (2), Hayden O

Women – Stats:
Victoria University HC – BYE

Spartanz HC vs NZ U17 17:14 (8:8)
Jordan T; Rowan M (11), Paola N (3), Taylor N (3), Laure M, Alex, Claudia, Giney
NZ U17: Faith H; Anneka W (3), Mercy-Lee T-L (2), Paris T-F (2), Metiria D (2), Breanna A (2), Eleminioti P (2), Tawhirikura D (1), Valini V

Vikings HC vs Hutt Valey Hunters HC 0:10 (Vikings defaulted)

Game Day 6

While the Vikings women team had a bye week, the Vikings men were facing their arch rival, the Northern Aguilas.

Before the game started, we already got a few players who reported they couldn’t play due to sickness/injury and that meant we had to play again with a thin bench.
The game started, as usual, with the Vikings not quite ready to compete and the Aguilas took advantage of that and was building a quick lead (4:6, 7:11). While the team started playing much better in the second part of the first half, the Aguilas goalkeeper (Yoshi) had one of his many golden-days showcasing goalkeeper from another star. The Vikings created great goalscoring opportunities but either Yoshi or the goal post was in the way.
At half time the team found itself with a 6 goal deficit – 10:16.
In the halftime break, we discussed our strategies for the second half and the emphasis was clearly on starting to scoring successfully on our many goalscoring opportunities and also to play more aggressive defence to force more turnovers.
And we came out blazing and were able to reduce the Aguilas lead goal by goal until we were only two goals behind (18:20). In that phase, it felt the momentum of the game could push the Vikings on top, but a turnover and a 2-minutes suspension stopped our run and allowed the Aguilas a moment to catch their breath and refocus to stop the Vikings momentum. In the last 10 minutes, the Aguilas defended their lead (20:24, 22:26), and were able to secure the win.
Congrats their win, and hopefully the unfortunate injury to one of their players will not be as bad as it looked at that time.

For the Vikings men, the leanings of this match are very simple – (a) wake up earlier so you don’t have play catch up all the time. and (b) a successful play is only successful when you score at the end, so focus on the shot as well. Besides that, the team fought great by showcasing an agile defence and finding consistently team play solutions in the attack.

Stats – men
Vikings HC vs Northern Aguilas 23:29 (10:16)
VIK: Petr H, James W; Liam M (6), Paul I (4), Daniel T (3), Miguel A (3), Alex B (3), Will O (3), Nico P (1), Jay M
AGU: Yoshi W; Tim B (7), Zac J (6), James C (5), James P (4), Tim R (3), Max B (3), Jono R (1), Pavlo P, Oscar B-I, Tyler W, Alex J

Fruit Flies HC vs Spartanz HC 40:25 (18:13)
Stefanos H, Cassuis P; Tim R (8), Luke I (7), Raphael C (7), Jack G (5), Edmund C (4), Brendan C (3), Jared P (2), Josh B (2), Ben C (1), Michael F (1)
SPA: Thomas R, Rhys M; Nick P (14), Scott B (6), Willy M (2), Frank G (2), Te Hoera S (1), Travis S, Hayden O, Tom R, Sam G

Victoria University HC A vs Victoria University HC B 43:26 (22:11)
George G; Jason R (9), Syloun (8), Alban N (7), Fabio S (7), Lars H (7), Luke N (4), Sean F (1)
VUW B: Felipe R (3); Milan C (7), Santiago L (4), Freddy G (4), Matt S (3), James M (3), Liam A (1), Maric F (1)

Stats – women
Vikings HC – BYE

Hutt Valley Hunters HC vs Spartanz HC 23:10 (12:6)
Andrea; La W (10), Acacia S (4)< Shreena M (3), Bella A (2), Taylor G (2), Hope H (1), Tahndae W (1), Emily M, Phoenix P, Kaylin D, Anatia R
SPA: Jordan T; Rowan M (5), Paola N (4), Courtney J (1), Lottie J, Emma K, Geena P-V

NZ U17 vs Victoria University HC 28:14 (14:7)
NZ U17:
Faith H; Eleminioti P (7), Anneko W (5), Paris T-F (5), Breanna A (4), Metiria D (3), Waimarie W (2), Clare T (1), Tesara-Rose F (1), Valini V
VUW: Abbey L; Nina (5), Sophia T (4), Chrissy M (3), Meli P (2), Kathleen G, Valerie C

5th Game Day

This Sunday, both Vikings teams were again in action.
The Vikings women started off by playing the Spartanz women team and that game was followed by the Vikings men facing the Victoria University B team,

The Vikings women team developed nicely over the first few games of the season while incorporating 9 new players that joined the club with all but one coming through the Wellington School league.
The game itself started well and the Vikings were able to build a small lead (2:1, 5:3). Though the Spartanz fought back and equalised just before halftime (9:9).
During the halftime talk, the Vikings coach asked for a more aggressive defence and for playing more as a team in attack.
The second half was a very even contest, but especially in the last 15 minutes the Vikings didn’t find a way through the Spartanz defence and were held scoreless for almost 10 minutes. While the Vikings defence was much improved in comparison to the first half, we still came short and lost 16:18.
Congratulations to the Spartanz for their win.
For the Vikings women team, this game has proven that you can only win games when playing as a team and that’s certainly an area we need to work on. While our team defence is improving we still need to work on individual defence and on team handball in the attack.

Straight after the Women game, the Vikings men team were up facing the Vic Uni B team. Before the game it was clear that everything else but a clear win would be a huge surprise.
Due to injuries, the Vikings were a bit short on wing players, but that meant that others who haven”t seen a lot of game time lately, including a debut of James (Fitzgerald), helped mitigating this.
The game itself was as expected, the Vikings pulled away from the start (5:1, 16:6) and had a comfortable 23:8 lead at halftime.
At the end the score board showed a 44:14 Vikings win.
This game was a good opportunity for some newer players to have more game time but also for some other players to try out and improve on playing in new positions.

Stats – men
Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC B 44:14 (23:8)
Vikings: Petr H; Paul I (8), Miguel A (7), Daniel T (6), Will O (6), Samuel C (5), Nico P (4), Jay M (4), Liam M (3), James F (1)
VUW: George G; Felipe R (4), Freddy G (3), Matt S (3), Milan C (2), James M (1), Santiago L, LIam A, Tom C

Victoria University HC A vs Spartanz HC 41:37 (24:19)
VUW: George G; Luke N (10), Alban N (6), Fabio S (5), Sean F (5), Jason R (4), Felipe R (4), Lars H (3), Sylouan P (3), Matt S (1), Milan C
Spartanz: Rhys M; Nick P (13), Scott B (11), Willy M (7), Travis S (2), Frank G (2), Antoine D (1), Tom R (1), Jack P, Hayden O, Tim M, Te Hoera S

Northern Aguilas HC vs Fruitflies HC 29:18 (17:8)
Aguilas: Yoshi W; James P (6), Max B (6), Tim B (3), Will S (3), Zac J (3), Pavlo P (2), Tim R (2), Jono R (2), James C (1), Tyler W (1), Cameron R (1), Alex J, Oscar B-I, Lucas G-O
Fruitflies: Stefanos H; Luke I (8), Tim R (2), Brendan C (2), Jack G (2), Raphael C (1), Edmund C (1), James B (1), Ben C (1), Jared P, Patrick L, Jaxson C

Stats – women
NZ U17 – BYE

Hutt Valley Hunters HC vs Victoria University HC 18:10 (9:5)
HVH: Andrea; Bella A (6), La W (6), Ailis A (2), Tahndae W (2), Hope H (1), Acacia S (1), Bridget K
VUW: Abbey L; Antonella C (3), Meli P (2), Nina (2), Frances B (1), Sam G (1), Valerie C (1), Kathleen G

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 16:18 (9:9)
Vikings: Kristina H; Maddy H (5), Inga Z (5), Ruby O (2), Georgia M (2), Lizzie B (2), Maya M, Izzah S, Michaela L, Rosa C
Spartanz: Meghan W; Rowan M (10), Paola N (5), Courtney J (2), Taylor N (1), Jordan T, Lottie J, Laura M

“Das Horn von Triebsch” – Trophy

On Sunday, the 16th June started the official inaugural “The Horn von Triebsch” competition between the Vikings Handball Club and the Fruit Flies Handball Club.

The Trophy was donated by the Ireland family and established to celebrate the friendly rivalry between the Vikings and Fruit Flies.
The trophy is named after Daniel Triebsch for his contribution in developing players on both teams over the last 8 years, especially given that all four Ireland siblings and the Irland clan mother (Sue) played for the Vikings.

Earlier in 2019, Luke Ireland and Jack Gallagher, two Vikings cornerstones in recent years decided to not just talking about growing Handball and actually doing it by founding a new Wellington-based club called Fruitflies Handball Club. As part of this new club, the Fruitflies team convinced some new players as well as some semi-retired players to join forces and to go on a new exciting journey together.

Back Row (left to right): James Berry, Luke Ireland, Tim Rowe, Brendan Courtney, Jack Gallagher
Front row (left to right): Michael Fenton, Raphael Cuerto, Francisco Verbo, Edmund Chrisp
Missing: Stefano Hills. Lachlan Harrison, Emmanual Nagoor

While the Vikings are sad to let Luke, Jack and the others go, as a club we are all about growing Handball and developing players, and the Fruitflies project is an instrumental step forward.

Good Luck Fruitflies Handball Club.

4th Game Day

Tonight both Vikings teams – women and men – faced the equivalent Victoria University teams.
While the Vikings men were the clear favourite in their matchup, the Vic Uni women were the favourites in the other matchup.

The women started ok as the team created good scoring opportunities, but our shooting efficiency was letting us a little bit down and so Vic Uni jumped to a quick 1:5 lead. Over the rest of the first half, the same scenario applied and on top of it the girls found themselves a lot in fastbreak defence. Vic Uni was ice cold in converting their chances and build a 4:18 lead at halftime. Little downside was the rolled ankle from Inga, we hope it turns out fine and that we can see her soon back on court.
In the second half, the Vikings Coach asked his girls to forget the first half and to focus on a strong second half which we wanted to win. And the game took a turn, the Vikings girls fought back and were mostly leading the second half score until the very last end with Vic Uni equalizing (9:9) the second half score. The final score was 13:27.
Huge improvements were made in generating chances, but the two biggest weakness that we will need to work on will be shooting and defense!

The Vikings men had today a few players missing (Nico, Alex, Michael, Bjoern, Laurin) but also welcomed Gussy and Will to their season debuts.
The game started well with the Vikings pushing for a quick 7:5 lead, though Vic Uni fought back and caused a few turnovers, to equalize halfway through the 1st half (12:12). Some changes in the line-up and a better-functioned defence led to a 19:14 score in favour for the Vikings.
The second half started with a firework by Vic Uni who erased the Vikings lead within 7 min (21:21, 24:24) and the game was back in heavy contention. Following on, the Vikings battled and started pulling away again (26:24, 30:25, 32:26) and brought the came home. The final score was a 38:30 win.
After 4 games, we have seen a Vikings team which is keeping a cool head in close games, but also has to fix up their defence so the games might be not as close at all times. In addition, having Petr, Gussy, and Will back will help to build further depth in the team and also gives our team more options and variations moving forward.

Stats – Men
Northern Aguilas HC  vs Spartanz HC 44:20
Aguilas: Yoshi; James C (6), Oscar B-P (5), Tim B (5), Alex J (5), James P (4), William S (4), Jono R (4), Cameron R (3), Tim R (2), Pavlo P (2), Tyler W (1), Max B (1), Jarvis (1), Lucas O-G (1)
Spartanz: Rhys M; Antoine D (6), Scott B (5), Toby S (4), Frank G (3), Willy M (2), Sam G, Hayden O, Tom R, Tim, Te Hoera

Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC A 38:30 
Vikings: Petr H, James W; Paul I (9), Daniel T (7), Miguel A (5), Riley G (4), Liam M (4), Angus H (3), Harry I (3), Jay M (2), Will O (1), Samuel C
VUW A: George G; Luke N (8), Felipe R (5), Alba N (4), Lars H (4), Sean F (3), Jason R (3), Fabio S (2), Freddy G (1), Milan C, Daniel S-S, Syloun P

Fruit Flies HC vs Victoria University HC B  33:18
Fruit Flies: Stafanos; Jack G (9), Luke I (8), Brendan M (7), Edmund C (7), Jared P (2), David I
VUW B: George G; Daniel S-S (6), Felipe R (5), Syloun P (3), Freddy G (3), Milan C (1), Tom C, Santiago L

Stats – Woman
Spartanz HC – BYE

Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC 13:27
 Kristina H; Maddy H (7), Inga Z (3), Lizzie B (3), Georgia M, Ruby O, Izzah S, Ella A, Tessa M
VUW: Abbey L, Chrissy M; Sam G (10), Sophia T (7), Meli P (5), Francis (3), Valerie (1), Antonella (1), Kathleen G

Hutt Valley Hunters HC vs NZ U17 28:20
Andrea; La W (15), Ailish A (12), Acacia S (1), Taylor G, Hope H, Bridget K, Phoenix P, Thandae W
NZ U17: Faith H; Anneko W (5), Eleminioti P (4), Paris T-F (4), Mercy-Lea T-L (2), Waimarie W (2), Tawhirikura D (2). Breanna A (1), Valini V, Kiara-Leigh D