Senior hockey’s Grutness Shield competition saw wins for Whalsay and Delting while Zetland and Burra fought out a draw.
Whalsay v Spurs
The points went to the ladies from the Bonnie isle as Spurs were again unable to field a team against them.
Zetland 1, Burra 1
Both teams started well with strong attacking play putting both defences under immediate pressure.
Good linking play from Burra’s Stacey Laurenson, Lorrie Robertson and Kristan Robertson down the middle of the park was causing problems for Zetland but some great saves from Zetland goalie Debie Kane, coupled with strong defensive work from Lara Jamieson, Dawn Anderson and Vicki Henderson, stopped the Burra team taking the lead.
Zetland were fast on the break with some great runs from forwards Aimee Keith, Stacey Gardener, Maisie Unsworth and Megan Grant. Keith eventually broke the deadlock to put Zetland ahead, using her speed and agility to pass defenders before slotting home a great strike.
Both teams had a number of scoring opportunities but solid defence saw the score remain at 1-0 to Zetland at the end of the half.
Burra really pushed forward in the second half to get the equaliser, putting the Zetland players under constant pressure at the back.
The Zetland team had to play much more defensively in the second half with Helen Robertson having a great game, making crucial tackles and marking her opponent tightly.
Zetland had their chances to attack but Debbie Sneddon was formidable in defence for Burra, clearing any dangerous balls and stopping the Zetland forwards getting through.
Burra were awarded a number of short corners with one culminating in a penalty flick being awarded as a ball heading for the goal hit a Zetland defender’s leg. Stacey Laurenson stepped up to the penalty spot and calmly slotted the ball past the Zetland keeper to even the scores.
Zetland midfielders Hannah Irvine, Erica Mikolajcak, Abbey Irvine and Alice Unsworth worked tirelessly as Zetland attacked and worked hard to track back when defending. Burra kept the pressure on, making Kane work hard in the Zetland goal as she pulled off some spectacular saves, but Zetland remained strong to hold Burra to a draw.
Player of the match for Zetland was Debie Kane while for Burra it was Debbie Sneddon.
Scalloway 0, Whalsay 2
The game started at a fast pace with Whalsay having first pass back. Both teams were determined from the outset which resulted in a lot of end-to-end play.
Strong play between Maggie Irvine, Angelina Jamieson and Deborah Mowat allowed Mowat to score the first goal after 18 minutes. The wet weather meant a few high balls were played by both teams but this did not deter Mowat from getting a second goal in before half time.
Scalloway fought for a goal back in the second half with strong passing between Kate Moncrieff, Mhari Moncrieff and Karis Irvine. A shot at goals was well deflected by Maree Simpson in goal for Whalsay to bring Whalsay back in control.
Scalloway defenders Michaela Johnson and Ann Marie Robinson in defence worked alongside Naomi Johnson chasing up the field to prevent Whalsay getting another shot at goals before they finished on a 2-0 win.
Players of the match were Naomi Johnson for Scalloway and Angelina Jamieson for Whalsay.
Delting 6, Zetland 1
The game started with end-to-end play, with both sides coming very close to opening the scoring, but it wasn’t until the 15th minute that Brenda Leask went all the way and rattled the backboard to take Delting 1-0 up. Lorraine Johnson followed this up a minute later to grab the Delts their second.
Zetland did manage to advance to the Delting box several times in the first half, but were unable to get much on target. Meanwhile, the Delting strike force certainly had their shooting boots on, with more goals coming from Jade Wilson, Lorraine Johnson and Donna Murray to leave Delting 5-0 up at half time.
The Delts came back on to the pitch looking relaxed thanks to their comfortable lead, while Zetland had determination written all over them.
It wasn’t long before Delting’s confidence let them down, as they allowed Maisie Unsworth through to find herself one-on-one with the goalie. She slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to bag Zetland their one and only goal.
Shortly before the end Lorraine Johnson struck home once again to complete her hat trick and end the game 6-1 to the Delts.
Players of the match were Jade Wilson for Delting and Vicky Henderson for Zetland.