Somerset Vikings sail into last 16 of cup
The Vikings who play their home games at Bridgwater and Albion RFC have drawn South East side Elmbridge Eagles in the national knock-out competition which features Rugby League sides from all across the country.
Somerset Vikings Chairperson, Claire Salter said: “We were thrilled to beat our respected old foes in the league Gloucester Warriors, they never gave up and the game was as exciting as they come.
“We have worked hard on and off the pitch for this season and I’m delighted for the committee and the club to progress to the last 16 in the cup.”
“I met Chris Richards and Lee Johnston at the Army v Navy Union game at Twickenham in 2008 and they convinced me to come and watch some RFL, then at Taunton RFC.
“When at the end of a season a new secretary was needed, I was approached. I initially turned it down, but mid way through the 2009 season I ended up taking over the role anyway.
“I took another step back during the 2011 season due to other commitments but then got voted in to be Chair at the end of 2011 as the current chair.
“Whilst I still don't confess to knowing all the rules of the game, there is nothing I love more than a Saturday watching a fast paced game of rugby league. I would certainly recommend it to other females.
“At the moment we have some exciting times ahead, with the possibility of a RFL college being set up in partnership with Bridgwater college which will help us to develop the Vikings even more.”
Formed in 2003 by head coach Chris Richards and commercial manager Darren Horne, the Vikings were predominantly made up of Royal Marines Rugby League players based in Taunton and Exeter.
The early team were bolstered with local rugby union players keen to try the thirteen man code and who have never looked back.
With the long standing support of key sponsor Smedegaard Pumps, the Vikings are today a 10 strong committee that drive a rapidly expanding and ambitious club offering not only senior Rugby League in Somerset, but Junior development and youth development, working closely with schools and proudly feeding bright young stars on to Rugby League Scholarships.
For more information about Somerset Vikings visit: www.somersetvikings.org.uk/home/
Challenge Shield last 16 draw
The following ties will be played on Saturday June 16 2012
Hammersmith Hill Hoists v Eastern Rhinos
Somerset Vikings v Elmbridge Eagles
The following matches will be played on the weekend of July 28 2012
Kells v Jarrow Vikings
West Hull or North Yorkshire Stallions or Milford or Siddal v Leigh East
Holderness or Dudley Hill or Walton or Shaw Cross v Bank Quay Bulls or Latchford Albion
Hunslet Warriors or Ovenden or Skirlaugh or Oulton/Heworth v Ince Rose Bridge or Bank Quay Bulls A
Fryston or York Acorn or Stanningley or Cutsyke v Leicester Storm
Waterhead or Bamber Bridge v Disington or Hindley