Burra victorious in senior hockey’s Mid Brae Inn tournament

Burra, winners of the Mid Brae Inn Cup. Photo: Kevin Jones. Click image to enlarge.
Burra, winners of the Mid Brae Inn Cup. Photo: Kevin Jones. Click image to enlarge.

Burra proved too strong for the opposition in hockey’s Mid Brae Inn 11-a-side knockout tournament, while in the Grutness League there were two draws and a narrow win for Scalloway.

Grutness Trophy

Scalloway 1, Zetland 0
Scalloway started with the first pass back and began to push forward. Georgia Laurenson was unlucky not to score in the first few minutes but the Zetland defence were well organised by Lisa Johnston and succesfully kept the ball away from the goals.

Zetland’s midfield worked well in feeding the ball to the strikers and were very close to scoring on a few occasions, but Scalloway’s Kerri Redfern and Ann Marie Robinson remained strong making great clearances.

At the start of the second half the score remained a goaless draw so both teams were eager to score. Zetland’s Shona Keith continued to work well and she was unfortunate not to score but Scalloway’s Christine Georgeson cleared the ball away from the line on numerous occasions.

Scalloway began to look stronger and the ball was travelling up the pitch in their favour with Vicki Henderson working well in the midfield. Angie Milne opened the scoring when she put the ball past Zetland’s Debie Kane.

Zetland were awarded a short corner in the dying minutes but Scalloway cleared the ball.

Players of the match were Christine Georgeson for Scalloway and Lisa Johnston for Zetland.

Zetland v Spurs
The game has been rescheduled for Monday, 14th September at 6.30pm (umpires Simon Skinner and Jillian Copland).

Whalsay 2, Burra 2
This was a fast, furious, good-natured game which saw skilful passing and movement from both teams.

Burra dominated the first quarter with Josie Jamieson and Stacey Laurenson a constant threat down the right side. Whalsay slowly began to find their form with Victoria Duthie and Abbey Irvine linking well up the park.

It was through a great run by Duthie that Maggie Irvine found space at the top of the circle to put Whalsay in the lead. This did not deter Burra, who were quick to retaliate when Jamieson timed a perfect pass to Joyce Adamson who slotted it home.

Two minutes later Burra were awarded a short corner and a slick pass, again by Jamieson, found Sarah Young poised at the back post ready to hammer it in.

In the second half, Whalsay picked up the pace with Maree Simpson and Dianne Shearer distributing the ball well down the wings. As the game progressed Zoe Irvine took a more leading role up the field and after a succession of short corners scored the equaliser with a thunderous strike from the top D.

Players of the match were Josie Jamieson for Burra and Whalsay’s Maree Simpson.

Delting 0, Scalloway 0
Both teams created early chances but it was Delting who began to look the stronger by placing continued pressure on the Scalloway defence.

Delting were awarded several penalty corners and despite accurate strikes on goal their attacks were ably dealt with by an on-form Christine Georgeson assisted well by Kerri Redfern and Lauren Anderson.

Despite a continued onslaught by the Delting attack force no-one managed to find the elusive net.

The second half started with Scalloway showing more determination and skilful passing between Naomi Johnson, Nicola Smith, Mhairi Moncrieff, Kate Moncrieff and Vicki Henderson saw them approaching the Delting circle. Rhiannon Inkster, Nicola Blance and Lauren Peterson found themselves with more work to do and the excellent combinations of sweeping out of defence allowed Delting to settle once more.

The second half was a much more even affair with the pressure being applied by both teams while they tried to find an opener. Jillian Copland on the right midfield for Delting built up play and also put in some great cross balls to Linda Gunn, Michelle Stark, Lauren Devonald and Megan Hibbert. Brenda Leask was instrumental in working some excellent scoring opportunites.

Scalloway were awarded a couple of penalty corners in the second half and were unlucky not to convert.

Frustratingly technical difficulties with the floodlighting resulted in the game having to be temporarily halted for 15 minutes. Scalloway made full use of their many substitutes which helped their team keep up a fast pace throughout.

Players of the match were keeper Christine Georgeson for Scalloway and Delting’s Jillian Copland for her steady play and determination in midfield.

Mid Brae Inn Cup

Zetland 1, Whalsay 0
Whalsay started strongly, pressurising the reds defence. Ailsa Sinclair, Ava Sim and Lisa Johnston linked up well and closed down the attack. Natalie Polson worked tirelessly in the centre of Whalsay’s midfield providing good support for her forward line.

Against the run of play, Shona Keith broke up the right, eliminating the defence with a sweetly-timed pass to Stacy Gardiner who controlled the ball well sending it into the circle for Maisie Unsworth to slot home.
Whalsay continued to push forward but failed to equalise.

Players of the match were Natalie Polson and Ailsa Sinclair.

Burra 4, Whalsay 2
Burra started quickly with some brilliant play from Josie Jamieson, Stacey Laurenson and Kristan Robertson resulting in Laurenson scoring a cracker after three minutes followed by another from Robertson and quickly again from Laurenson.

The second half started with great work from both teams and excellent passing which resulted in Jamieson passing a great ball into Debbie Sneddon who slotted a high ball in to score her first for Burra.

Whalsay worked hard to come back with great work from Maree Simpson and Maggie Irvine gave Megan Jamieson a great opportunity to score, followed quickly by Victoria Duthie.

Players of the match were Whalsay’s Maree Simpson. who worked tirelessly for her team. and Stacey Laurenson for Burra.

Burra 2, Zetland 0

Burra were quick to apply pressure to the Zetland defenders who were strong and managed to deter Burra from scoring from several short corners. Zetland had good runs from Stacey Gardiner and Shona Ketih and were unfortunate not to score.

Burra opened up the scoring in the15th minute when Stacey Laurenson scored followed by a goal from Kristen Robertson in the 18th minute.

In the second half Zetland were keen to score with good runs from Alice Unswoth and Maisie Unsworth who were deterred by Julia Halcrow in Burra defence. Play continued to be end to end with Zetland defence of Ailsa Sinclair, Lisa Johnson and Ava Sim holding strong.

Players of the match were Stacey Laurenson for Burra and Lisa Johnson for Zetland.
The Mid Brae Inn Cup was presented by Diane Davies to the delighted Burra team.


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