Saturday’s indoor hockey league saw plenty of goals and wins for Reckless, New Revolution and Deltmavine and an incredible 9-9 draw between Zetland and New Revolution.
Reckless 7, Zetland 4
This was a fast paced match with end to end play. Reckless started off the scoring with a quick goal from Joshua Morrison. Zetland upped the pressure with numerous short corners which were well defended but took their toll. Zetland were 3-1 up at half-time with all three goals being scored by a determined Indyia Bradley.
Reckless came out with a bang and quickly scored through Joshua again to close in the scoring. Zetland won a cluster of short corners again which they eventually took advantage of to go back to 4-2. Reckless sorted themselves out and scored two short corners by Georgia Laurenson.
At this point the play reflected the scoreline with Jonjo Reeve and Stacey Gardiner attacking but the Reckless defence of John Magnus Scollay, Georgia Laurenson and Jessica Bradley seemed to soak up the pressure and took full advantage of a tiring Zetland.
Valene Christie had a few good runs up the wing and passed in good balls, one of which Joshua finished in the back of the net. Reckless managed to stretch the lead to 7-4 by a last short corner finished off by Georgia.
Players of the match were Indyia Bradley for Zetland and Jessica Bradley for Reckless so a bit of a family trend going on there.
Deltmavine 3, New Rev 4
In this contest of high intensity, Deltmavine nearly caused the most preposterous upset since David slayed Goliath.
Toni Sidgwick was as reliable as ever in the Delmavine goals, repelling the Globo Gyms’ early pressure. The already crowned champions were not to be denied, however, and took the lead when Peter Sharp played in Brian Irvine to score at the back post.
Delmavine’s response was like a Nort Up-Helly-A’ hangover – immediate and unrelenting. Nicola Blance ventured upfield and neatly slotted home the equaliser at the front post with reverse stick. The New Rev team were fully aware that they were in a game and only some superb last-ditch defending kept the now-rampant DMs at bay.
The Delts forced a series of short corners through some neat stick play finding the New Rev feet and eventually Danny Peterson hit a real blazer of a shot which found its way into the goal to give the team from the north a shock but deserved lead.
Just before half-time there was a real moment of controversy as New Rev supremo Peter Sharp seemed to control the ball with his foot before slotting home the equaliser. However, the officials didn’t see it and the goal stood.
In the second half the DMs once again took the lead with Peterson helping himself to his second of the evening after good interplay with Alister Williamson. This seemed to anger the champions and they threw the kitchen sink at the DM goal but found defenders Lauren Peterson and Gary Smith in fine form, which they had to be to keep Stacey Laurenson and Emma Gray at bay. The equaliser eventually arrived, however, through another Brian Irvine shot.
The game was now in the balance with New Rev pushing for the winner and Deltmavine hitting on the counter with Peter Sharp continually mopping up at the back. A winner duly did arrive and again it was Irvine who got the goal from a short corner.
In the final piece of action in a pulsating encounter, New Rev goalie Adam Sharp managed to save the last shot before the final whistle by Blance and clear the ball out to preserve his team’s 100 per cent run this season.
Tireless effort by the DMs saw Nicola Blance, Danny Peterson and Toni Sidgwick standing out, with Toni being deservedly voted as player of the match by New Rev showing why she is indeed Shetland’s top goalie.
Reckless 2, Deltmavine 6
Reckless played this match a player down and they all worked hard to try and make up for their loss. This was a fast match with end to end play and Deltmavine were soon to score through Danny Peterson who scored three goals for his team.
Reckless got a few short corners and managed to finish them off with Georgia Laurenson scoring Reckless’ two goals. Unluckily Reckless became tired and Deltmavine scored some amazing goals through Lee Balfour, Nicola Blance and Alister Williamson.
Reckless defender John Magnus Scollay pushed himself and it was well recognised as he was the player of the match for Reckless. A well deserved player of the match for Deltmavine was Nicola Blance for her brilliant defence work.
Zetland 9, New Rev 9
With both teams only having five players it was evenly matched from the start. New Rev opened the scoring minutes into the game with a great strike from Emma Gray. Zetland fought back with great passing from Jonjo Reeve to Magnus Laurenson to see the first goal for Magnus Laurenson.
Zetland’s defence of Wilma Sim and Megan Grant were under great pressure from the good team work of Peter Sharp, Emma Gray and David Nicol.
New Rev continued the pressure which resulted in the second goal for New Rev when Kerri Sjoberg slotted in a goal from the near post behind Zetland keeper Wilma Sim. Zetland fought back with a goal from Jonjo Reeve and went ahead when a good pass from Megan Grant allowed Stacey Gardiner to slot one in.
New Rev came back fighting and Emma Gray got another two goals to make the score 4-3 to New Rev at half-time.
Both teams started the second half strongly but New Rev got the first goals, another two goals from Emma Gray putting Zetland under pressure. Zetland never gave up and good team work from Stacey Gardiner, Magnus Laurenson and Jonjo Reeve provided Zetland with another two goals from Magnus Laurenson.
New Rev came back with another goal for Kerri Sjoberg and the first for David Nicol. Zetland regrouped and goals came from Jonjo Reeve, Stacey Gardiner and Megan Grant.
Best on the night were Magnus Laurenson for Zetland and Emma Gray for New Rev.