Palmerston North based canoe polo team Viking Black managed to retain its national title for the 5th consecutive year by winning the New Zealand canoe polo A grade national league tournament in Hamilton over the weekend.
Going down to their second ranked team Viking Gold in one of their finals captain James Mitchell said ‘Black have some very hard questions to ask themselves’ however as one of the key development people in the club Mitchell also said that he was ‘ stoked that gold made their first final here in Hamilton and that black got to play them’.
Viking Black managed to have enough points from previous rounds to send them directly to the finals against another Palmerston North based team Expose.
After a hard fought game with unlimited thrills, spills and a few sanction cards, the final score was 4-3 to Viking Black.
From here some of the squad are off overseas to play in European competitions and the majority will be working towards selections for the NZ teams who will be playing at the World Championships which are being held in Italy in 2016. Four of the seven man team represented NZ at the 2014 World Championships which were held in France late 2014.
Information on other final results will be posted once available.