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Hockey: Whalsay win the day

Back row – Dianne Shearer, Angelina Jamieson, Josie Jamieson, Fiona Dally, Shona Moncrieff, Emily Shearer, Sonya Shearer, Eileen Robertson. Front row – Zoe Irvine, Stacey Laurenson, Maggie Irvine, Maree Simpson, Alison Williamson.

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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