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.
Sunday’s game continued round robin games in each division and started the finals, including the Division 1 Cup Final between the Generals and the Longhorns (won by the Generals).
Photo credit for Puffing Billies vs Hilltop Heat game photos and some in games either side to Karen Kutsche.
1230 JNR B – VIKING FURY vs VIKING FLAMES
1315 DIV 1 CUP FINAL – GENERALS vs LONGHORNS
1400 JNR B – VIKING FURY vs BLACKWOOD BEASTS B
1445 JNR A – VIKING ICE vs SA WINLINE
1530 JNR B – BLACKWOOD BEASTS A vs BLACKWOOD BEASTS B
1745 JNR A – SA WINLINE VS BLACKWOOD BEASTS
2000 DIV 2 – PUFFING BILLIES vs HILLTOP HEAT