Players In Common - Hull FC

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11th April 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Hull FC in a huge clash in the Betfred Super League on Thursday 12th April.

Denis Betts will be looking to continue their good form on home soil following wins over Catalans Dragons, Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils. 

Over the years, many players have worn both the Vikings and Hull FC shirt with distinction. The Vikings media team have picked out four players, including one who may feature tomorrow, and taken a look at their career in rugby league…

 

Aaron Heremaia

The current Vikings hooker is most famously known on these shores for his spells at Hull FC and the Vikings, but started out his senior career at Leigh Centurions. 

Joining the Centurions in 2006, Aaron went on to play for the Club over 50 times, scoring 21 tries, including a game against the Vikings at Hilton Park, as well as lifting the Northern Rail Cup.  

Following his short spell in Lancashire, Aaron returned home, and eventually earned a deal to play for his boyhood Club, New Zealand Warriors, between 2009 and 2011. Aza also represented his country at international level in the 2011 Anzac Test in Melbourne. In this time of his career, Heremaia converted from a half-back to a hooker, a position in which he has since thrived. 

The season after, Heremaia moved to the North of England once more, this time with Hull FC. The hooker had three successful seasons with the Yorkshire club, and helped Peter Gentle’s side reach the 2013 Challenge Cup final.

Heremaia moved to Widnes Vikings in 2015, becoming a mainstay of the team, and at 35 is one the the vital experienced heads in Denis Betts’ side.

 

Danny Tickle

Despite being born on this side of the Pennines, Danny started out his career in Yorkshire with Halifax Blue Sox in Super League, making his debut in 2000 as a 17-year old. He spent two years at the Shay, making 45 appearances, before securing a move to Wigan Warriors mid-way through the 2002 season under Stuart Raper. 

Tickle would become a regular in the Wigan team for the next three and a half years in the back-row, and made an appearance as a starting second row in Wigan’s 2003 Grand Final defeat to Bradford Bulls, a game in which Wigan appeared in because of Tickle’s last minute, match winning drop goal in the Play-Off Semi Final against Leeds. 

Danny’s performances for Wigan earned him a new contract with the club, and another final appearance, this time the Challenge Cup in 2004 against St Helens, saw Tickle start in the second row but end up on the losing side once more. 

Tickle spent two more season at Wigan before securing a move to Humberside with Hull FC for the 2007 season. The Black and White’s is the place in which the 34-year old spent the longest time during his career, as he became a mainstay at the KCOM Stadium as a try-scoring back rower and goal kicker. 

Tickle was part of the Hull FC side that made it to Wembley to face Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup final in 2013, as the Airlie Birds lost 16-0 on a rain-drenched afternoon. 

At the end of 2013, Tickle joined Widnes Vikings on a three-year deal, making 45 appearances, kick 117 goals and crossing for three tries during his time at the Halton Stadium.

Danny left the Vikings in 2016, and had a spell at Castleford Tigers before securing a deal at Leigh Centurions as the Club were promoted to Super League for the 2017 season. 2018 brought another new home for Danny though, securing a deal with Tim Sheens and Hull Kingston Rovers.

 

Setaimata Sa

With representative honours with Samoa and New Zealand, Setaimata is the list’s arguably most reputable player, with NRL and Super League experience to boot.

In 2006, Sa joined the Sydney Roosters and made 66 appearances over four seasons at the Club, crossing for 13 tries, gaining a reputation as a strong utility forward with an eye for the try line. During his time at the Roosters, Sa was called up to represent New Zealand for the 2008 World Cup, and was part of the squad that won the whole competition. 

In 2010, Sa moved to the northern hemisphere to play for the Catalans Dragons under Kevin Walters and Trent Robinson, with Jason Ryles going in the other direction as an exchange for his services. Setaimata became a regular in the Dragons team on their edge, and with a try record of 1 in every 3 games, he was a constant threat for opposition defences.

After he left the Dragons for London Irish in 2013, Sa quickly returned in 2014 to rugby league with Hull FC under Lee Radford.

Injury hampered his first year on Humberside, before a more solid 2015 season showed his worth to Denis Betts and the Vikings to tie him down for 2016.

A brace on his debut at Wakefield Trinity gave the Vikings fans a glimpse of what he can produce, but like his time at Hull, injury cut short Setaimata’s season. He departed the Club at the end of the season, and now plays for Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup. 

 

 

Toa Kohe-Love

The Kiwi centre started off his career at the Auckland Warriors, before moving to Warrington Wolves for the start of Super League in 1996. 

Kohe-Love would spend five years at the Wolves, making over 130 appearances, and scoring 75 tries, a Super League record at the time. 

Toa then moved to Humberside to join Hull FC in 2002, scoring 14 tries in his first season as he became a regular in Shaun McRea’s side. After a solid debut season for the Black and Whites, Kohe-Love started well once more, however an injury suffered early in the year acted as a frustration for the dynamic centre.

After a short spell at Bradford Bulls, and a return to first club Warrington, Toa then joined National League One side Widnes Vikings, and would enjoy a fruitful time with the Club, scoring 17 tries in 25 games, including a try in the Club’s 2007 54-6 Northern Rail Cup final annihilation of Whitehaven. 

Following the Vikings’ 42-10 loss to Castleford Tigers in the National League Grand Final, Toa left the Club to ease financial worries and joined Leigh Centurions in 2008. Although the centre was able to contribute to the Centurions season, niggling injuries restricted him to only 17 appearances and he re-signed for Widnes in 2008 following the takeover of the Vikings by Steve O’Connor.

Kohe-Love spent a further two years at the Vikings, and departed following a career finishing ligament injury suffered in the Vikings’ Northern Rail Cup semi-final victory over Keighley Cougars, but is still remembered fondly by Vikings supporters.

 

Other players to have worn both Widnes and Hull shirts include Deon Bird, Shaun Briscoe, Eamon O’Carroll, Paul McShane, Craig Hall, Cameron Phelps, Anthony Thackeray, Adel Fellous and James Webster. Have we missed anyone? Let us know on our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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