06 Apr Vikings and Royals ready for Allan ‘Wal’ Scollen Cup
The Tuggeranong Vikings and Canberra Royals will go head to head this Saturday in the Allan ‘Wal’ Scollen Cup at Viking Park at Erindale.
The annual match is dedicated to the former Royals player, Allan ‘Wal’ Scollen after he was killed in a tragic and sudden car crash in 2002. The Royals and the Viking came together and chose to dedicate one game ever year to the player who was loved and respected by friends, teammates and players from both clubs.
This weekend, Wal’s brother, John Scollen will present the trophy to the team that comes out victorious with the Vikings looking to take back the title after the Royals interrupted their winning streak last year.
With new head coach Nick Scrivener at the helm, the Tuggeranong team will look to utilise his experience from working with the Wallabies and Brumbies to give them an edge against their long-time rivals.
The Vikings had a strong pre-season with a tour to Singapore resulting in two wins for the side followed by reassuring games against Gungahlin and Wests giving Tuggeranong reason to look forward to the season ahead.
The Royals are looking to hold on to their victory after a comfortable 46-14 win last year that began their undefeated season last year. The team is looking to continue their esteemed history of being strong competitors in the John I Dent Cup.
The Royals also had a successful pre-season with matches against the Central West Bulls, Bowral Blacks and the Melbourne Harlequins showing promise in the chosen side. Head Coach Wayne Southwell will be looking at improving the team’s strength after the Harlequins sent out some heavy hits in the final pre-season match.
The first-round match is a great opportunity for players and spectators alike to get behind the sport and their clubs and be a part of the memorial game that is designed to show that there is more to the sport and take something positive from Allan’s untimely death.
The Scollen family will be along to witness the support and dedication from the clubs. John Scollen admitted that he still gets emotional on the day, using it as a way to remember him and his sporting spirit.
“It’s a great day, but it’s also a tough day. It’s a good way to remember someone through sport. It’s a good way, not only for us to remember my brother but for others to remember their [lost family members]” he said in a video produced by the Royals club.
Both teams will have Wal and the Scollen family in mind as they take to the field, but they will aslo be looking forward to the rest of the season, using round one to break the anticipation and set the attitude for the year.
The Vikings and the Royals will come out ready to play at Viking Park in Erindale at 3:25pm this Saturday with second grade and Colts on show beforehand.
Words: Ayden Poynter