Narrow victories were the order of the day in this week’s Rosebowl hockey action with Spurs and Delting defeating Burra and Juniors respectively by a solitary goal.
Burra 0, Spurs 1
The game started at a fast pace with both teams giving it their all. Spurs used their experienced players with neat passing to pressure the Burra defence but Louise Kok, Melanie Couper, Stacey Laurenson and Kristan Robertson worked well on the right wing for Burra, setting Josie Jamieson up on goal for her shot to go inches wide.
Sarah Grogan and Lara Thomason worked tirelessly in the centre for Spurs, with their sleek movement causing some problems for Burra. As exciting as the first half was, it ended 0-0.
In the second half Burra pressed forward with some good passing from Sarah Young and Mary Allan and they started to look more composed, forcing a penalty corner. Stacey Laurenson struck the ball well but was unlucky as it clipped the outside of the post.
Spurs were quick on the break with Gail McCulloch combining well with Emma Inkster to trouble the Burra defence, which resulted in a penalty corner five minutes from time. McCulloch struck the ball high into the goal and Burra goalie Helen Fullerton, who had a great game, was unlucky not to save it.
Morag Fox was always dangerous for Spurs but just couldn’t get that finish on goal she wanted.
Burra fought hard and were unlucky not to equalise but, with time running out, it just wasn’t to be. Spurs managed to secure their first win of the season in a fast, highly-enjoyable game.
Juniors 0, Delting 1
No report was received but Megan Hibbert scored for Delting and the player of the match for Juniors was Zoe Irvine.
George Robertson Mixed Indoor League
Spurs 1, LBC New Revolution 8
Two giants from the indoor league met in the first semi-final and a string of goals followed. Straight from the start New Revolution looked up for the game and after a couple of chances they broke the deadlock, Peter Sharp making no mistake with the finish.
Revolution were soon 2-0 up with a great high tempo of passing which culminated in James Johnston finishing with a cracker.
Goal number three came from a bursting run through the Spurs defence, with Sharp slotting the ball past the keeper. The next came from a great bit of play between Kate Moncrieff and Paul Nicol finding Stacey Laurenson who finished off with her usual dazzling flare. That made the half time score 4-0 to LBC.
Spurs were on quicksand and soon they were sinking deeper, Maurice Williamson getting his first goal for the Revolution after some close control in the D.
Next came the reward of the hard-working Kristan Robertson who must have covered every inch of the pitch. From glorious passing moves she was finding the space and scored a tasty hat trick.
Spurs did get a goal back right at the end from the terrier-like efforts of Ross McDougal.
Player of the match for LBC was Kristan Robertson.
Whalsay 4, Saracens 4
Some very good hockey was on display in the second semi-final, with play going from end to end and forcing both goalkeepers to make crucial saves.
On the full-time whistle the game ended in a 4-4 draw which resulted in a sudden death penalty shoot-out. This nail-biting situation saw Josie Jamieson victorious for Saracens and the keeper Ian Manson dashing Whalsay’s final hopes.
Players of the match were Maggie Kay Irvine for Whalsay and Zoe Irvine for Saracens.
LBC New Revolution 1, Saracens 3
Both teams started the final in determined fashion which showed as the half time score was 1-1. Some brilliant linking play between Zoe Irvine, Craig Sneddon and Marvin Inkster was on display in the first half. The second half started with Saracens under a bit of pressure from forwards Stacey Laurenson, Kristan Robertson and James Johnston of LBC. However, Saracens fought hard to come off deserved winners.
Players of the match were Ian Manson for Saracens and Peter Sharp for LBC.
Lewis Moncrieff, a director of George Robertson (Electricians) Ltd, presented the trophy to winning captain Josie Jamieson.
Fixtures Monday – Association Rosebowl: Burra v Juniors at 6.30pm (Simon Skinner/Spurs representative); Spurs v Whalsay at 7.50pm (Simon Skinner/Juniors representative).
The annual Moulder Memorial mixed tournament will take place in Brae tomorrow. Teams are requested to arrive at 1.40pm for a briefing and the presentation of trophies will be at 5.30pm