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Vikings aim to make a statement

Wednesday 3 November 2010 | Published in Regional

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One of the newest teams on the international sevens scene, the Vikings are out to make a bold statement at this year’s Sevens in Heaven tournament.

And don’t be surprised if they give some of the fancier star studded teams a run for their money in the three-day tournament.

This is the first time the Vikings have entered the Sevens in Heaven tournament but they are well known on the local sporting scene.

They’ve been involved in almost every sports competition on the island from volleyball to social netball, basketball and this week touch rugby, which also means they will be one of the fittest sides in the tournament.

Although the team is made up mostly of colleagues and relatives from the family owned Vonnia’s General Store and Warehouse – the team always bring in experienced players to boost their side depending on the sport they are playing.

The Viking sevens squad includes the experienced Kore Herrman and nuggety Pokoroa Pauka.

They also have the fastest pair of pins in Olympic sprinter Gordon ‘Flash’ Heather and his equally speedy brother Damien with the support of young up and coming stars and national touch rugby and rugby representatives.

The Vikings aim for 2010 has been to get involved in as many of the community sports events as possible and for the sevens tournament – they want to make a bold statement.

Because next year – they will be taking the Sevens in Heaven tournament more seriously although they’ve done nothing but train hard for this coming tournament under the watchful eye of former national coach and passionate sportsman George George.

So don’t be too surprised if this team emerges as the champions and if they don’t – they will sure let all the rest of the team know they are not to be messed with.