With leaders New Revolution not playing Whalsay recorded two good wins in the indoor hockey league to move into second place. Lobbyless and bottom-placed Hurricanes also picked up wins.
Whalsay 2, Lobbyless 1
This was a fast game with both teams looking for an early goal. Following some good build-up from Whalsay’s defenders, Karl Williamson managed to find a gap in Lobbyless defence to secure an early lead for Whalsay.
On the counter attack Gwen Malcomson linked passes well to the Lobbyless attack, forcing George Abbernetty to make some key saves. Just before half time James Aitken’s hard work paid off and he found a gap in the Whalsay circle to equalise.
The second half started with Whalsay on the attack straight away and after a short corner they managed to find the back of the net. Lobbyless remained determined to equalise with some good passing moves from Brenda Leask. However, Josie Jamieson and Fiona Dally worked tirelessly in defence to ensure victory for Whalsay.
Players of the match were Josie Jamieson for Whalsay and James Aitken for Lobbyless.
Hurricanes 6, Zetland 3
The hurricane winds of Thursday night carried on through to Saturday as the hockey kicked off at gale force speeds.
The Hurricanes quickly got the scoring started with some smooth passing from Jillian Copland to Michelle Stark who played a pass across the box for Robert Turnbull to finish with aplomb.
Zetland had some good defensive play from Dawn Anderson through to Stacey Gardiner. However, with an increase in pressure the winds picked up and the Hurricanes’ Turnbull slotted another past Debie Kane. This was to be Kane’s last action in the match she had to be replaced by Wilma Sim after Turnbull’s ankle breaker of a shot.
Having found their momentum the Hurricanes worked together as a team to continue their whirlwind attack and Turnbull notched home his third and fourth goals with slick stick work in the circle.
At this point a fire was lit in the Zetland camp and they saw three goals scored in quick succesion , two from India Bradley and one from Liam Graham.The game wasn not over yet, however, as Jillian Copland and Kerri Redfern combined well twice at short corners, enabling Copland to continue her deadly scoring form and addt wo more goals to her tally for the season.
The game was hard fought by Zetland but lightning strikes from the Hurricanes made the final score 6-3. Players of the match were Robert Turnbull for Hurricanes and India Bradley for Zetland.
Zetland 1, Whalsay 8
Whalsay made a confident start, dominating most of the possession, with Karl Williamson and Josie Jamieson immediately putting pressure on the Zetland defence.
Karl Williamson opened the scoring with a good goal from a pass from Ian Simpson. Zetland regrouped and had a couple of chances on goal with a near miss from Stacey Gardner. Indyia Bradley worked well for Zetland but never got the goal she was looking for. The score at half time was 4-0 to Whalsay.
Zetland had a change of goalkeeper at half time with Debie Kane coming back after injury. Indyia Bradley’s determination paid off when she made a run up the hall and scored.
Whalsay again dominated the second half. Zetland’s Indyia Bradley and Stacey Gardner worked hard but the Whalsay defence was on top form.
The Whalsay scorers were Karl Williamson (2), Ian Simpson, Josie Jamieson and Maggie Irvine.
Players of the match were Indyia Bradley for Zetland and Karl Williamson for Whalsay.
Lobbyless 5, Hurricanes 3
The game started off with both teams pressing for the win. However, it was Lobbyless that opened to scoring with great attacking play from Brenda Leask and Haydn Thomason who found James Aitken to finish well.
Lobbyless continued to press and again found Aitken who got his second. Hurricanes’ Jillian Copland and Kerri Redfern were tough to beat in defence and cause problems for the Lobbyless attack. However, Lobbyless’ Gwen Malcolmson, Ashley Burgess and Kristoffer
Thomason were too good to beat and held on to a clean sheet in the first half with a 3-0 lead, again Aitken getting the third through a blistering finish.
The second half started as the first did with both teams eager for the win. Hurricanes fought and back to get their first for the game through Copland, with Robert Turnball with the assist.
Hurricanes were awarded a short corner in which Copland got her second of the game. They were then awarded another where Lobbyless defended well and formed a quick counter attack. Haydn Thomason was able to break free on Hurricanes goalie Neil Pearson and lash the ball into the top corner with aplomb top make it 4-2.
Hurricanes continued to press for attack and Turnbull found Copland again for her third of the match. Before the match was ended Lobbyless sealed the won through Aitkens’ slick finish assisted by Thomason.
Players of the match were Haydn Thomason for Lobbyless and Michelle Stark for Hurricanes.
• For fixtures and league tables see The Shetland Times on Friday.