Vale Vikings

The Vale Vikings are an Australian Rules Football team based in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.[1] They play in the Welsh Australian Rules Football League under the 9-a-side footy rules. The team was formerly known as the Cardiff Double Blues until 2021.

Vale Vikings
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Names
Club details
Founded2007
ColoursDark Blue and Light Blue
CompetitionWelsh Australian Rules Football League
Premierships2008
Ground(s)Fiztalan High School, Lawrenny Avenue, Cardiff CF11 8XB
Other information
Official websitehttp://www.pitchero.com/clubs/cardiffdoubleblues/

HistoryEdit

Cardiff Double Blues ARFC has a history of being one of the founder clubs of the Welsh Australian Rules Football League (WARFL) in 2007.[citation needed]

Since that date, Cardiff Double Blues ARFC has achieved considerable success. The club won the inaugural WARFL Premiership and Caerdydd Cup local derby against arch-rivals, the South Cardiff Panthers, in 2008. The club also won the first ever pre-season Cymru Clwb Cup tournament in 2009.[2]

In March 2021, it was announced that the team would be relocating to the Vale of Glamorgan and as a result would change their name to the Vale Vikings.[3]

Past resultsEdit

Year Position Won Lost Points
2008 1 7 1 14
2009 3 5 7 10
2010 3 5 3 10

2010 squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 {{{pos}}}   AUS Justin Blackwood (Coach)
2 {{{pos}}}   ENG Ben Coak
3 {{{pos}}}   WAL Gareth Davies
4 {{{pos}}}   WAL Peter Day
5 {{{pos}}}   WAL Craig Farquhar
6 {{{pos}}}   WAL Leon Ford
7 {{{pos}}}   WAL Tom Gilard
8 {{{pos}}}   WAL Chris Hann
9 {{{pos}}}   WAL Rob Laing
10 {{{pos}}}   WAL Rhys Lewis
11 {{{pos}}}   WAL Tristan Lewis (Captain)
12 {{{pos}}}   AUS Michael Martella
13 {{{pos}}}   WAL Richard McCoy
14 {{{pos}}}   WAL Rhys Morgan
15 {{{pos}}}   ENG Glyn Smith
16 {{{pos}}}   WAL Gareth Sturge
17 {{{pos}}}   WAL Ben Thomas
18 {{{pos}}}   AUS Tony Wolski

International representationEdit

The club has contributed significantly to the growth of Australian-rules football at an international- level in Europe by encouraging its players to strive to represent their national teams and Great Britain. Thus far, Cardiff Double Blues ARFC players have represented the following:

  • Cymru Red Dragons (Welsh National Australian Rules Football Team)
  • English Dragonslayers (English National Australian Rules Football Team)
  • Great Britain Bulldogs (British Representative Team)
  • European Legion (European Representative Team)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official WARFL homepage". Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008.
  2. ^ Cardiff Double Blues ARFC 1st Annual Report 2010 Available at: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/cardiffdoubleblues/d/documents.html
  3. ^ "Cardiff Double Blues arfc on Facebook". Vale Vikings. 20 March 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

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