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Hockey: Final games of the Grutness Shield

Grutness Shield
Whalsay 2 – 4 Delting

Whalsay took to the field ready to defend their unbeaten record for the season – and Delting was ready to pile on the pressure to take a first victory from the bonnie isle.  With a cameo appearance from stalwart – Jill Hibbert, Delting were quick to capitalise on the high positioning of their forward and Hibbert linked well to pass on to Kerry Burgess to take the lead within the first eight minutes of the match.

Whalsay managed to find their feet and took most of the possession over the following quarter, and were denied several chances in the goalmouth with good defending from Jillian Copland and goalie Toni Sigdwick for Delting.  After sustained pressure from Whalsay’s forwards, Deborah Mowat and Angelina Jamieson, it was Victoria Duthie who sealed the equaliser with an unstoppable lifted strike into the goal taking the score to 1-1. 

Brenda Leask quickly rallied in mid-field for Delting and worked up play well between her team mates, and forced a short corner which was a beautifully executed strike into the bottom corner of goal by Jill Hibbert, and defending on the post – returning player – Fiona Dally had no chance in assisting the goalie stop this fast strike! 

On a roll, within the next three minutes, it was Lorraine Johnson’s turn to make a good run up the wing and from a very tight angle managed to sneak past Whalsay’s goalie to take the score to 3-1 by half time to Delting. 

In the second half, Whalsay’s bad luck was set to continue in the opening minutes, a poor pass out from defence was quickly pounced on by Donna Murray and converted to take the Delting’s lead to 4-1.  For most of the remainder of the second half- Whalsay pulled up their socks- in the rain now- and Maggie Kay Irvine ran tirelessly in midfield to try and pull back on Delting’s strong first-half performance and deserved lead. 

Several good runs were made by Whalsay up the wings, however, several golden opportunities were missed or blocked by goalie Toni Sidgwick.  In the final minute of the match, Whalsay managed to secure a final short corner that was converted by a lovely strike by defender, Dianne Shearer to take the final score to 4-2 to Delting.  Players of the match were Jill Hibbert and Maggie Kay Irvine for Whalsay.

Scalloway 0 – 6 Burra

With the final game of the Grutness league about to be played Scalloway found themselves short with only 9 players able to make this fixture, this did not deter the brave Scalloway team. The game started brightly with both teams playing some very attacking hockey, Scalloway did have to defend well and Michaela Johnson, Mel Inkster and Naomi Johnson were working their socks off at the back to keep the Burra forwards at bay, when Scalloway could break, Mhari Moncrieff was having great success down the left wing, beating players and feeding the ball into the young forward line of Karis Irvine and Rheo Laurenson, who were unlucky not to hit the net with their chances. Then just before half-time Burra were able to get in front, when Stacey Laurenson dangerously struck ball on target. 1-0

In the second half Burra’s confidence had lifted after scoring, which led to Laurenson scoring her second within the first few minutes.  This was followed by Kristan Robertson scoring another, and Laurenson on form once again, to complete her hat trick.

Scalloway continued to keep some pressure on the other side but this wasn’t enough to stop Burra from adding to their lead when Vicky Anderson scored two goals, one of which was a snap shot before the final whistle. 6-0 Players of the match were Michaela Johnson for Scalloway and Kristan Robertson for Burra.

Town Hall 7’s Cup

Six teams turned out last Thursday night to compete in the annual Town Hall 7s tournament at the Midway pitch in Brae. The games were 7-a-side full pitch and 15mins long.

The final scores were as follows:

Whalsay 1 – 0 Scalloway (Maree Simpson scoring for Whalsay)
Zetland 0 – 0 Juniors (Juniors winning 2-0 in penalities; scorers Ashley Burgess and Lynsey Morrison)

Semi Final
Spurs 0 – 0 Burra (Spurs winning 2-1 in penalties; Gayle Johnson and Rona Simpson scoring for Spurs, and Karen McKelvie scoring for Burra)
Whalsay 3 – 0 Juniors (Whalsay scorers were Deborah Mowat, Angelina Sandison and Nicola Duthie)
 
Final
Whalsay 1 – 0 Spurs
 
It was a hard fought first half between both teams, a lot of quick passing keeping the pace up throughout. There were chances for both sides, but just before half time Whalsay’s Deborah Mowat pounced on her chance to break the deadlock and took the score to 1-0.

Spurs and their new recruits regrouped at half time – determined not to give up. The quick pace of the match continued in the second half, but calm defending from both Emma Inkster of Spurs and Diane Shearer of Whalsay swept away any chance of another goal. Whalsay very deservedly winning another trophy after a fantastic 2011 season.

Chairpersons of the Shetland Ladies Hockey Association Gayle Johnson and Rona Simpson presented the Town Hall 7s shield to Whalsay captain Emily Henderson.
Thanks must go to our umpires for the night Janice Johnston and Jillian Copland.

Fixtures

Monday 26th September:

7’s Mixed Cup (half pitch) Brae astro pitch. Can all teams be ready to start playing at 6:30pm.

Final League positions for the Grutness Shield.  

Grutness P W D L PTS
Whalsay 5 4 0 1 12
Burra 5 3 1 1 10
Delting 5 3 0 2 9
Zetland 5 2 1 2 7
Scalloway 5 1 0 4 3
Spurs 5 1 0 4 3

 
Anyone wanting to enter teams in this year’s winter indoor hockey league please can you have your team names into petersharp79@hotmail.com by the 29 September.

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