Orkney claim Stuart Cup

ORKNEY have won the Stuart Cup on Shetland soil for the first time in over two decades following a hard-fought weekend of junior inter county action.

The visitors had a commanding lead going into Sunday’s competition, which in the morning saw Shetland’s swimmers get the better of their Orcadian counterparts by 61 points to 36 – narrowing the overall gap to 14.5 points.


But a 51-33 victory in the afternoon netball contest secured an overall victory of 180 points to 147.5. 

On Saturday, Orkney had built up a lead thanks to victories in the hockey and athletics, coupled with a hard-fought draw in last night’s football encounter at Gilbertson Park.

A 6-0 hockey victory gave the Orcadians a 30-point lead in the battle for the Stuart Cup early on Saturday. The lead was further increased when Orkney won 53 points to Shetland’s 43.5 points in the athletics events. 

And in last night’s football, Orkney took the lead before two quick goals from Gary Sim gave their Shetland hosts the advantage. But a late equaliser from Orkney meant the final score was 2-2.