Vikings claim A-grade trophy

VIKINGS: Back - Jack McAlister, Harley Cox, Tully Muller, Harry Locke and Glenn Olrich. Front- Jhorden Coulter, Lachie Fletcher, Jason Latham and Jarryd Bird. Photos by Kristy Lawrence.
VIKINGS: Back - Jack McAlister, Harley Cox, Tully Muller, Harry Locke and Glenn Olrich. Front- Jhorden Coulter, Lachie Fletcher, Jason Latham and Jarryd Bird. Photos by Kristy Lawrence.

Viking won their fourth A-grade Walcha Touch Football premiership when they defeated the reigning premiers A Bit Touched 2-1 at John Oxley Sportsground last Sunday.

The new title holders had opened up a 2-nil advantage by half-time thanks to tries scored by Jarryd Bird and Lachie Fletcher before Jim Boyd finalised the scoring when he touched down for ABTs during the second stanza.

Veterans Jason Latham and Glenn Olrich have been members of the four premiership-winning teams commencing in 2007 with a 2-1 victory over Prime Meats.

In 2009, Vikings rounded up Mongrels 2-1 after extra time was required to decide the issue and then they went back-to-back in 2010 when they belted Rednecks 6-2.

Player of the match in 2010 was Latham after he crossed for no less than five tries and now, a decade later has claimed his second grand final POM.

The evergreen playmaker capped off a memorable season when named A-grade best and fairest player of the season after registering 21 points during the competition games, five points clear of runner-up Coco Jumbo player Tim Baumer.

A member of the first three victorious Vikings teams, Michael Boyd, played against his former teammates when he lined up for ABTs last Sunday.