19 April 2024

The battle of the Vikings

The Holderness Vikings under-11s took a step into the unknown on Sunday when travelling to Goole to take on opponents they had never faced before.

For the second week running, the Vikings from Holderness had to overcome a massive size deficit to the opposition. But what they lacked in size, they certainly made up for in skill, speed, and passion.

The orange and blues’ first touch of the ball resulted in try machine Pete strolling in for an early try after good work on the short side from Tom Arnott. That man Tom soon had a try of his own, and what a try it was, a full-length interception after the Vikings had been forced to defend back-to-back sets on our own try line.

The tries continued to flow at regular intervals during the first half, with Kane scooting in for his customary try, Tom repeating his interception heroics, and the try of the half going to Max. After an initial break from Alfie, the ball was passed through plenty of hands before the winger took the final pass, a real team try.

Straight from the kick-off for the second half, Arnott caught the ball on the full before dancing his way past the defence without a hand being laid on him for his hat-trick try.

After this, on the back of a few errors and penalties, it was the Vikings from Goole who finally got a try of their own.

All this did was stir the boys on, and they came back strongly to finish with further tries from Dev, a quick-fire double from Pete to complete another hat-trick before the 10th and final try went to Man of the Match Tommie Metcalf, who crashed over for a richly deserved try just before the referee blew the final whistle on another outstanding display from this young team.