The U14 boys started this rainy home-triple header.
“That was our best game of the season so far. We dominated from the first snap. I am particularly proud of our O-Line, which has improved enormously compared to the last game,” comments Head Coach Michael Tomasin visibly satisfied with the performance of his protégés.
Already halfway our Vikings led 24:0. After the onset of the Mercy Rule in the 3rd quarter, the rain started more and more. Particularly pleasing about this game was that all back-ups got a lot of playing time and were also able to shine with excellent performances. Our kicker, the smallest man in the team, Dominik Bergauer, received the new nickname “Mister 100 percent” from the speaker and president Karl Wurm on this day – he used every single PAT safely between the goal posts.
Nevertheless, I am sure that the Raiders will come up with something for the next two games to defeat us,” Tomasin points out and warns against too much euphoria.
Two of the three rounds in this championship class have now been played. After a bye week, there will be a reunion on 29.10. with the Tyrolean peers. However, the home right at the final seems to be already sealed with 4 victories.
Scorers: Fellner, Mürwald (3), Imina
PAT: Bergauer (5)
“The game against the Raiders was a real dog fight. Both teams showed really good football in these weather conditions. In the end, unfortunately, we lost out because we made small mistakes. We have to put this tough defeat on now and will fully concentrate on the Dragons who are waiting for us in 2 weeks. This game won’t be much easier, but we will be even more motivated and better prepared as a team,” comments Head Coach Florian Markus on the U16 game.
The head-to-head race of the two equal teams was only decided in the 4th quarter with a score of the guests.
With 3 wins and 2 losses, the U16 of the Vikings is currently in 2nd place in the table. The last game in the basic round will take place on 29.10. against the city rivals from Stadlau. The first match against the league leaders was won by our U16 Vikings. Great excitement and usual atmosphere as in a city derby is expected at this cracker game.
Scorers: Hofbauer (2), Klemm
PAT: Steinberger (2)
The clearest result on this gameday was achieved by our U18 players. A strong defense did not allow any points on the part of the guests. The offense already scored 28 unanswered points by halftime. It will be interesting to see what the Grazers come up with for the return match, which will take place next weekend in Eggenburg. For the Giants, this game was the first defeat of the season. A total of 196 points could write the Vikings in this age group already in the 4 games, compared to 22 conceded points.
“The lads handled their first test against the Giants well. To beat a team like the Giants with our B-game speaks to the potential that team has. This week we will work on our mistakes and show in the return game on Saturday against the Giants that we can be even better. The motto for the last 2 basic games and the post season is pretty simple: We are the reigning Austrian U18 champion and will do everything we can to bring him back to Simmering at the end of the season.”, comments Head Coach Benjamin Sobotka no clear goal.
Our youngest U12 players will travel to Tyrol on Sunday. At the home game, our Vikings still dominated clearly with 41:12 – but experience has shown that the long journey plays an important role, especially in this age group.
“Overall, I am very satisfied with the course of our junior championship and the performances that are presented on the pitch. Our coaches and players are working hard to be able to improve further in the coming games in order to be able to perform well in the playoffs and finals,” says junior manager Mag Georg Zivko confidently.
U18: Saturday, 22 October 12 noon, Graz Eggenburg vs. Projekt Spielberg Graz Giants
U12: Sunday, October 23rd 1 pm, American Football Zentrum Innsbruck vs. Swarco Raiders Tirol
U24: October 29 10 am, Vikings Footballzentrum Ravelinstraße vs. Danube Dragons
U16: 29 October 12.30, Vikings Footballzentrum Ravelinstraße vs. Danube Dragons
U18: October 29, 3 pm, Vikings Footballzentrum Ravelinstraße vs Team LA
U12: 30 October 3 pm, Südstadt vs. Junior Tigers
Text: Julia Köberl // Photos: Brigitte Bruckmayr, Andreas Köberl, Matthias Beck
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