The latest indoor hockey matches for the Eric Brown Shield saw Lobbyless record two victories, the second by one goal over Whalsay. Zetland and Whalsay also had one win apiece.
Eric Brown Shield
Hurricanes 1, Lobbyless 5
Unfortunately early goals from Lobbyless’ Brian Thomson and Haydn Thomason put a dampener on an otherwise bright start to the Hurricanes season.
With injured gaffer Neil Pearson screaming orders from the sidelines and attempting to rally the troops the Hurricanes soon came to life but were unable to capitalise before James Aitken added salt to the wounds to make it 3-0 before the end of the half.
The second half saw some much improved link-up play from the Hurricanes with defenders Naomi Johnson and Robin Atkinson connecting well with Kerri Redfern in midfield.
Unfortunately once again for Hurricanes this was short-lived as Brian Thompson carved through the defence to add his second of the game and Lobbyless’ fourth.
All was not lost for the Hurricanes, however, when finally some lightning reflexes from forward Robert Turnbull down the left wing found Bradley Mackenzie open in the centre of the court to play a neat one-two before Mackenzie finally managed to find a gap in the Lobyless defence (which had been rock solid all game) to get Hurricanes on the score sheet.
Lobbyless finally saw out the game with another cool finish from Aitken just before the end to make the final score 5-1 to Lobbyless.
Player of the match for the Hurricanes was Kerri Redfern while James Aitken stood out for Lobbyless.
Lobbyless 6, Whalsay 5
The game started with a fast-paced attack from Lobbyless. Lara Thomason showed her skill, finding James Aitken who controlled well and finished for his first of the game.
Whalsay were quick to react and equalised through a well-struck shot from Josie Jameison.
Brian Thompson and Haydn Thomason worked well on the attack for Lobbyless, again finding Aitken to take the lead with a superb finish.
The Lobbyless defence kept out the Whalsay attack with great defending from Gwen Malcolmson and Haydn Thomason. Debutante Megan Jamieson, in goals for Lobbyless, kept the game alive with some fine saves, preventing Whalsay from equalising. Goals came from Thomason and Thompson in quick succession to make it 4-1 at half time.
The second half started with Whalsay looking for the win and converted two short corners through Jamieson. Marvin Inkster then found the back of the net with the equaliser to make it 4-4.
Thomason got his second through a blistering short corner, taking the lead again for Lobbyless. Thompson displayed fine skill, after great play from Kristoffer Thomason and Callum Williamson, to make it 6-4 with minutes to spare.
Whalsay never gave up and piled on the attacks. Jamieson got the last of the night, making it 6-5 to Lobbyless.
Player of the match for Whalsay was Josie Jamieson and Lobbyless were best served by Brian Thompson.
Whalsay 5, Zetland 0
Zetland made a confident start with Nathan Coote and Magni Einarsson immediately pressing the Whalsay defence.
Donald Wilmore’s good pace and accurate passing allowed the home team to make numerous drives forward but Lara Jamieson in the reds defence was quick to clear the danger.
This stalemate continued well into the first half until Josie Jamieson struck gold from a well-executed short corner. She followed this with a second goal soon after.
Having found their form, Whalsay started the second half with guns blazing. Catherine Williamson was quick to close down any free passes and distributed the ball well from central court.
Marvin Inkster tapped in a third for the islanders then set up Jamieson with a great pass across the goalmouth. Determined play from Ian Jamieson and Indiya Bradley gave Zetland chances to score but Victoria Duthie stood firm in Whalsay’s goal.
George Abernethy rounded off the scoring with a powerful shot from the top of the D.
Players of the match were Catherine Williamson for Whalsay and Magni Einarsson for Zetland.
Zetland 4, Hurricanes 1
Zetland started well pressurising the Hurricane defence of Niomi Johnson and Kerry Moulder.
Bradley Mackenzie of Hurricanes pushed forward and narrowly missed the goal. The Zetland defence of Lara Jamieson and Dawn Anderson pushed the ball forward to Matthew Anderson who broke and pushed on to goal. Hurricanes keeper Gillian Copland made a save but Matthew Anderson took possession again and finished to open the scoring.
Hurricanes came back with a goal from Bradley Mackenzie from a short corner. The Zetland forwards Nathan Coote and Magni Einarsson made good possession but failed to score any futher in the first half. Debie Kane for Zetland made several good saves as Emily Tait pressured for Hurricanes.
The second half saw Zetland play well as a team with good passing between Indiya Braley and Stacey Gardner. Matthew Anderson got a pass from Bradley and got a second for him and Zetland.
The third goal from Zetland saw goalie Gillian Copland coming out to block Stacey Gardner who then passed to Coote who was waiting by the post.
Hurricanes battled to get their second but Kane was on excellent form and kept them at bay. The fourth goal from Zetland came from Evan Ockenden. Hurricanes continued to pressurise the Zetland defence but failed to score again.
Players of the match were Debie Kane for Zetland and Bradley MacKenzie for Hurricanes.