25th June 2018
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County football and hockey squads named

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The football and hockey squads have both been selected for Saturday’s inter-county matches against Orkney, to be played at Gilbertson Park in Lerwick and the artificial pitch in Brae respectively.

The 17-man football squad has a very inexperienced look, with no fewer than eight players yet to appear in a county match. They include Delting goalkeeper Iain Devonald, Celtic defender Joel Bradley and Whitedale forward Richard Sinclair.

Spurs midfielder James Johnston could pick up his 15th cap against Orkney on Saturday. Photo: Kevin Jones

Spurs midfielder James Johnston could pick up his 15th cap against Orkney on Saturday. Photo: Kevin Jones

At the other end of the scale Spurs midfielder James Johnston, 32, is in line for his 15th cap while Delting stalwarts Merv Jamieson and Leighton Flaws, who are the same age, could pick up their 11th apiece.

The full squad is: Erik Peterson (Whitedale), Iain Devonald (Delting); Leighton Flaws (Delting), Josie Kay (Spurs), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Merv Jamieson (Delting), Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Joel Bradley (Celtic), Duncan Fraser (Whitedale); Robert Smith (Celtic), Calvin Leask (Thistle), James Johnston (Spurs); Scott Henderson (Scalloway), Richard Sinclair (Whitedale); Steven Umphray (Scalloway), James Aitken (Celtic), Roy Wood (Celtic).

Meanwhile the 16-strong hockey squad shows just three players in line for their debuts – Whalsay’s Victoria Duthie and Abbey Irvine and Megan Hibbert of Delting.

Highly-rated Delting goalkeeper Toni Sidgwick, with nine caps to her name, is named captain and her team mate Julie Kirkness, who has amassed 14 appearances, is vice-captain.

Delting have seven players in the squad, Whalsay have six (including junior inter-county captain Karis Irvine) and Burra have three.

Goalkeeper Toni Sidgwick will captain the Shetland hockey team in her 10th county appearance. Photo: Kevin Jones

Goalkeeper Toni Sidgwick will captain the Shetland hockey team in her 10th county appearance. Photo: Kevin Jones

The full squad comprises: Toni Sidgwick (Delting), Karis Irvine (Whalsay), Janetta Williamson (Delting), Jillian Copeland (Delting), Julie Kirkness (Delting), Vicky Anderson (Burra), Victoria Duthie (Whalsay), Nicola Balfour (Delting), Kristan Robertson (Burra), Donna Murray (Delting), Maree Simpson (Whalsay), Megan Hibbert (Delting), Dianne Shearer (Whalsay), Zoe Irvine (Whalsay), Abbey Irvine (Whalsay), Stacey Laurenson (Burra).

The hockey match begins at 2pm and the football match, which will be refereed by Robert Geddes, is scheduled for 6pm.

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