Vik­ings take out Trop­i­cal AFL Masters Car­ni­val

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THE Prickly Pineap­ple Vik­ings proved they were the men to watch af­ter tak­ing out the pres­ti­gious Trop­i­cal AFL Masters Car­ni­val at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on the weekend.

Play­ers from Proser­pine, Air­lie Beach, Mackay, Cairns and as far south as NSW trav­elled to com­pete in the two-day car­ni­val.

All play­ers, who were aged from 35 to the old­est com­peti­tor of 73, de­fied their age with some bril­liant on-field ac­tion that saw many spec­ta­tors ap­plaud­ing from the side­lines.

The car­ni­val is now in its fourth year and has grown from strength to strength. Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gle’s pres­i­dent Jack Lumby couldn’t be more proud.

“I’m very happy with the player line-up and the dis­tances play­ers and spec­ta­tors have trav­elled to be here,” he said.

“The Easter long weekend is prov­ing to be a win­ning for­mula for the car­ni­val and its def­i­nitely grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity which is great to see.”

In­di­vid­ual play­ers were drafted into four teams on Fri­day night to en­sure an equal num­ber of over-35s play­ers and over-60s play­ers were in each team.

Mr Lumby said all teams played with great in­ten­sity, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing it was the first time many had played to­gether in their new teams.

On Satur­day, the Reef Gate­way Gators de­mol­ished the Shirt Front So­lu­tions Shirt Fron­ters 35-19 in the open­ing round, be­fore the Prickly Pineap­ple Vik­ings faced off against the McDow­ell’s Panel Works Pi­rates post­ing a 23-3 over the side.

The teams then con­tested a round robin style car­ni­val over the next four matches.

Af­ter some rest and re­ju­ve­na­tion, all teams re­turned to the field on Sun­day for the fi­nals bash. In the first match, the Shirt Fron­ters saw off the Pi­rates 49-31 to seal their third place po­si­tion.

Prior to the grand fi­nal match be­tween the Vik­ings and the Gators, a minute’s si­lence was held to hon­our for­mer Mackay Saints player Rod Jenk­ins who lost his bat­tle to cancer on Satur­day night.

Spec­ta­tors were de­lighted with the epic grand fi­nal clash which saw the Vik­ings take out a 3.1.19 to 2.1.13 lead into the break.

A bril­liant kick by lo­cal Jamie Fuhrmann saw the Vik­ings con­firm their lead early on in the sec­ond half, be­fore a se­ries of great plays se­cured their 7.6.44 to 3.2.20 vic­tory. Mr Lumby thanked all who sup­ported the car­ni­val and promised it would be back big­ger and bet­ter next year.

VIC­TO­RI­OUS VIK­INGS: Jamie Fuhrmann, Dave Crook, Peter Spratling, Max Melvin, Phil Waesch, Jack Lumby, Matt Fi­dler, Mau­rie Soars, Meech Phillpott, Bob Tem­ple­man, Dave John­son, Len Mor­ris, Noel An­der­son, Tor­ren Credaro, Ja­son Al­lard, Mick Jarvis, (front) Kalvin Gor­don and Ma­genta Tulk cel­e­brated on field af­ter the Prickly Pi­nap­ple Vik­ings won the Trop­i­cal AFL Masters 12's Cup on the weekend.

MASTERS COMP: Shirt Front So­lu­tions Shirt Fron­ters player Kevin Fancke got away a quick pass dur­ing his team's win over the McDow­ell's Pan­els Pi­rates on Sun­day.

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