2011 Kirkwall Ladies Hockey Club Annual Challenge Tournament
WHALSAY Hockey Club flew down to Orkney to compete in the 26th annual Kirkwall Ladies Challenge Cup at the weekend.
On Saturday, a friendly was lined up between visiting teams Perthshire and Whalsay. On a hot, sunny day Whalsay came out victorious 3-2 after a closely fought and great-natured game.
Sunday proved to be another scorcher, so armed with ‘Factor 40’, Whalsay steeled themselves for the main competition.
The tournament took the form of a round robin with a total of seven teams participating. In their opening game, Whalsay secured a draw with Perthshire with an Angelina Jamieson belter levelling the score with the mainlanders.
Emily Shearer sneaked a goal at the back post to win the game against Kirkwall Ladies, while fixtures against Corinthians and St. Margaret’s Hope remained 0-0.
Whalsay championed against both Dounby and Harlequins 2-0 with goals from Zoe Irvine, Angelina Jamieson and Stacey Laurenson. This secured them a place in the final against Perthshire.
The final saw determined play from both teams, and with the first half ending 0-0, all was to play for.
In the closing minutes of the game, Whalsay successfully defended a series of short corners with Fiona Dally, Dianne Shearer and Shona Moncrieff communicating well.
Maree Simpson then broke down the right and swung in a cross to Stacey Laurenson who thrashed it home.
Following the final, a Kirkwall Ladies Hockey Club representative presented the Challenge Cup to Whalsay team captain Maree Simpson, and the runners up quaich to Perthshire.
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