IT WAS an exiting week in senior women’s hockey with Whalsay and Delting both taking home trophies. Whalsay were crowned winners of the Rosebowl League, heading the table with 19 points. The Lizzie Polson Shield final was held on Monday and Delting were victorious over Spurs with a 2-0 win.
Burra 1, Delting 3
Delting started well, putting pressure on Burra’s defence with a shot on goal from Julie Kirkness in the first few minutes which narrowly missed the goal.
Burra’s defence held out until a well-worked short corner resulted in Brenda Leask opening the scoring with an unstoppable hit deflecting off both posts before swerving into the goal.
Burra responded with attacking play on the right wing by Josie Jamieson who was obstructed running in on goal. That resulted in a short corner which Jamieson blasted past the diving Toni Sidgwick to level the scores.
Delting responded from the pass back with a jinking run from the ever youthful Jill Hibbert, dragging three defenders wide then passing square to Julie Kirkness who made no mistake from three yards out.
Burra switched players around in the second half, giving them more emphasis on attack. However, good defending from Brenda Leask and Yvonne Manson left the Burra forwards frustrated.
Brenda Leask got her second goal after a run through midfield was finished off with a hit from the top of the circle squeezed through the unlucky keeper’s legs.
Best for Burra was Josie Jamieson while Jill Hibbert and Brenda Leask’s vocal encouragement made the difference for the Delts.
Lizzie Polson Shield
Spurs 0, Delting 2
Both teams made a determined start and Delting’s forwards immediately piled on pressure with skilful running at the Spurs defence.
With creative attacking play coming from Julie Kirkness and Brenda Leask in midfield, it seemed only a matter of time before Delting converted.
Spurs picked up the pace and began to apply pressure on the Delting defence, Stacey Laurenson linking well with Gwen Malcolmson in midfield to provide their forwards with useful balls. However, they were closed down quickly by Yvonne Manson and Ellie Burt in the Delting defence.
After half time Spurs took longer to settle and Delting were awarded a short corner. Jill Hibbert made no mistake as she struck the ball cleanly into the back of the goal.
Spurs seemed to lose concentration at this point as heads went down and Delting took control.
Laurenson worked hard at right midfield sending balls across the park to Kristen Jeromson on the left for Spurs but once again the Delting defenders gave the Spurs forwards no room and they couldn’t score.
Five minutes from time the ball broke to Brenda Leask in midfield for Delting. Her cross into the Spurs circle was unfortunately miss-hit by a Spurs defender into the path of Kirkness who took her chance and scored from close range.
Gwen Malcolmson stood out for Spurs while Julie Kirkness was impressive for Delting.
Monday – Shearer Shield: Zetland v Whalsay at 6.30pm (Spurs rep/Kerri Moulder); Burra v Spurs at 7.50pm (Whalsay rep/Helen Robertson).
Thursday – Shearer Shield: Zetland v Delting at 6.30pm (Scalloway rep/Janice Johnston); Whalsay v Scalloway at 7.50pm (Delting rep/Janice Johnston).
● A visiting coach from Scottish Hockey is up in Shetland this weekend. There will be open coaching sessions tomorrow and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm Brae, open to anyone aged over 14.