loop back – Game day #2

The second game day of the 2018 season was set to play on the 10th of June. Due to 10+ Vikings players being selected to play for New Zealand at the Oceania Youth & Junior Championships, two men games were postponed to Sunday, the 1st July.

Men Competition

Vikings HC Danes vs Spartanz HC 36:29
The game was closer than expected and very competitive. Both teams fought hard, with the Danes coming out on top due to a very strong finish. The Spartanz improved significantly over the last few games and showed this again in this game. Though the Danes didn’t panic and kept patience making sure they focused on their strength, team play and defence. Great season debut by our  Goalie Petr Holic who looked great and not rusty at all – though he will argue differently. 
Danes: Petr Holid, James Weston; Luke Ireland 7, Todd Anderson 4, Miguel Aizpuru 4, Alex Bickers 4, Jack Gallagher 4, Nicolas Piveateau 3, Harry Ireland 3, Paul Ireland 2, Joakim Cnattinguis 2, Patrick Davy 2, Angus Hazelton 1, Daniel Triebsch
Spartanz: Thomas Roxburgh; Nicholas Potter 7, Antoine Desnos 6, Tom Zur Bruegge 5, Willy Makea 5, Toby Stephen 3, Rocco Wilhemli 2, Baptiste Bouchereau 1, Fred Han, Scott Balmforth, Kishore Bahirathan

Vikings HC Norse vs Vic Uni HC Turtles 25:21
The Norse faced today the team that was beaten by the Danes last week. With still a few players injured, sick and away, the Norse welcomed back Nino DeGregorio and welcomed newly Charlie Harris who were happy to help while they are in Wellington visiting family.
The game was close from start to mid-way through the second half. The Norse had phases were they acted relatively unlucky giving away to easy turnovers and inviting the Turtles to easy goals. Thanks to both Goalkeepers, Cass & Will, the Norse were not always punished and could stay on a winning path. In the last 10-15 minutes, the team created some needed separation in the score and were able to close the deal, finishing with a 25:21 win.
Norse: William O’Connor, Cassius Papera-Lewin; Miguel Aizpuru 5, Antoninio DeGregorio 4, Charlie Harris 4, Patrick Davy 4, Till-Niklas Braun 3, Alex Bickers 2, Bjoern Bengelsdorf 1. Paul Ireland 1, Liam Madigan 1, Patrick Garner
Turtles: Finn O’Brien; Ben Potaka 4, Luke Naylor 3, Adam Bradley 3, Brendan Courtney 2, Elliott Cheeseman 2, Sean Feehan 2, Jason Roche 1, Jaxson Crouch 1, Michael Fenton 1, Te Kopae Filo 1, Daniel Moss, Fabio Surarez, Josh Love

2nd Sunday of the season

Last Sunday was the second game day of the 2018 season.

The games for both Vikings men were postponed due to the majority of players being on tour with the New Zealand National Teams (Youth and Junior) attending the Oceania Championships in New Caledonia.

Though the Vikings women team played and faced the Hutt Valley Hunters.
Last time both teams met was at last years semi-finals which the Vikings won.
On Sunday the outcome was different and the Hunters won.
Unfortunately, due to absence and injury, the Vikings had only 5 players for the game. All 5 players played their heard out and fought all game but playing against a team with 2 players more on the pitch is almost a situation that can’t end with a win.
Vikings HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 15:46
Vikings: Michaela Jensen; Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan 6, Paris Tuimaseve-Fox 5, Catherine Graham 2, Siri Kolbeinsen 2
Hunters: Tahndae Wyatt; Shrena Faitua-Latu 16, Alish Akavi 10, La Winitana 7, Aneka Winitana 6, Kitana Tawera 4, Marie Winitana 3

finally new team pictures …

First we needed a while to get our new playing kit sorted and printed, then we needed another while to get the majority of the teams together and finally here are the latest team pics.

Vikings HC – Women

Back row (left to right): Nina Stollberg (10), Siri Kolbeinsen (15), Michael Jensen (1), Laura Albiston (4), Madeleine Hazelton (5), Bridget Ireland (8), Daniel Triebsch (Coach)
Front row (left to right): Hannah Chapman (7), Amelie Krewel (9), Paris Tuimaseve-Fox (16), Taye Lewis (17)
Missing: Julia Kanning, Hannah Koeck, Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan, Marie Rusch, Malin Suler

Vikings HC Norse – Men

Back row (left to right): Nicolas Piveteau (2), Samuel Keegan (10), Rakesh Kumar (5), PJ Garner (4), Daniel Triebsch (6)
Front row (left to right): Pierre Tellier (19), Wagner Ishikawa (3), Cassius Papera (12), James Weston (18), Miguel Aizpuru (20), Michael McKay (14)
Missing: Emmanuel Nagoor (9)

Vikings HC Danes – Men

Back row (left to right): Jack Gallagher (4), Todd Anderson (3), Luke Ireland (8), Angus Hazelton (21), Alexander Bickers (17)
Front row (left to right): Paul Ireland (16), Loan Valton (1), Harry Ireland (5)
Missing: Josh Petersen (19), Petr Holic (1), Riley Grice, Thomas Scott, Angus Stallman, Lachlan Harrison, Tim Rowe

Upcoming NZ Regionals in Auckland

This upcoming weekend (12th/13th August) the NZHF has invited to the NZ Regionals.

This tournament is a competition for the Regional Representative teams battling out the NZ title.
Following teams have confirmed:
Men – Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington
Women – Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington

The Wellington Handball Federation will confirm the final team squads tomorrow.