Hua Hin Vikings veteran team made a sensational debut in the Viking Cup 2019 and managed to win the veterans competition.
The final game was very dramatic with Jakarta Vikings being in the lead near the end, but Hua Hin managed to score twice in quick succession and force the game into extra time. Jakarta’s goal keeper, who was very good the whole tournament, managed to stop all shots and the game went to a penalty shoot-out.
A real thriller! However, the Hua Hin team, held their nerve to win the penalty competition 5-4. Their victory really was an achievement, considering some of the players from the different Viking teams around Asia have been semi-professional players. However, the Hua Hin Vikings are also able sportsmen, with lighting attacker Anders Hagstedt being a former elite ice hockey player and also an elite chef at his Hua Hin restaurant Prime Steakhouse. A clear sign, that Anders was confident of victory was the ready prepared ice-cold bottle of Champagne in his kit bag!
Thomas Andersson, the founder of Hua Hin Vikings, Human Dynamo and the Project Manager of Falcon Hill Pool Villas, was also confident of winning the cup, and put the victory down to a combination of hard work and a detailed game plan. Other players who also played their part in the triumph, are long-term residents of Hua Hin and working in different areas such as Engineering, Marketing, IT and Health and Fitness. They also fielded a couple of retirees! Everyone agreed that the Viking Cup 2019 in Hua Hin was a great event. It can be tough on the pitch, especially in 40c heat, but the camaraderie between the teams all contributed to not only a great sporting event, but also a great social event.
As mentioned, the weather sapped the players energy but luckily there were great sponsors including Tiger Balm with free massage and also Singha to maintain fluid balance! The tournament closed with a spectacular prize giving ceremony at the Vana Nava Holiday Inn where the celebrations went on long into night. Hua Hin Vikings is a Scandinavian football team in Hua Hin with an International blend.
Our mission is to provide a leisure alternative to the Scandinavian expat community. The ethos at the centre of the Hua Hin Vikings are friendly games with FAIR PLAY and RESPECT to each other. Tourists are welcome to join as well. Formed in 2010 and now moving into 2019, we are well into our 9th season as a club. We practice on a regular basis and play friendly games and tournaments occasionally.
Please see https://www.facebook. com/groups/160658793964507/about/ for club info and joining details.