Just some of the photos available from the 3-day Viking Cup Inline Hockey Tournament presented by the North Vikings Inline Hockey Club and Skate Victoria played at the Gawler Recreation Centre between 3-5 October 2020.
The tournament comprised 2 adult divisions and 2 junior divisions, Junior A for 12 years and over, and Junior B for 11 years and under. After narrowly missing out on taking the grand final last time when the home North Vikings team defeated the combined Stadium 19/Blackwood Blaze Inline Hockey Clubs, the Blackwood Blaze were back with a vengeance bring a strong Blackwood Beast team in Junior A, and two teams in Junior B (Blackwood Beast A and B), with the A team comprising mainly state players and there to give the Vikings teams a run for their money. The Blackwood Beast B team would comprise under 10 years players and this tournament would give them valuable experience in the early years of their inline hockey journey. The North Vikings club brought a strong team in Junior A in the Viking Thunder team, as well as their less experienced Viking Ice Team. In Junior Bs it was the same, with a strong Viking Fury team and the less experienced Viking Flames.
In the adult Divisions the very strong home based teams were favoured to win. The Generals, comprising many of the Australian Junior Ice Hockey League Adelaide Generals players were favourites in Division 1. In Division 2, Blackwood Blaze had entered 2 teams, Hilltop Heat and Puffing Billies, the latter comprising parents of the kids playing in the comp.
Saturday’s game comprised round robin games in each division. The photos are just a selection from each game covered.
Photo credit for Sting vs Puffing Billies game photos to Karen Kutsche.
1315 JNR B – VIKING FURY vs BLACKWOOD BEASTS A
1400 JNR B – VIKING FLAMES vs BLACKWOOD BEASTS B
1530 DIV 2 – CRUSADERS vs HILLTOP HEAT
1615 JNR B – VIKING FLAMES vs BLACKWOOD BEASTS A
1700 DIV 2 – CRUSADERS vs WOLF PACK
1745 JNR A – VIKING THUNDER vs BLACKWOOD BEASTS
1830 DIV 2 – STING vs PUFFING BILLIES
2000 JNR A – VIKING THUNDER vs SA WINLINE