Orkney win Junior Inter-County

Orkney sealed their overall win in the Junior Inter-County with a win this afternoon in the netball.

They stormed to a 30-point lead with a 6-0 victory over the hosts in Friday’s hockey match.

The visitors were 2-0 up by half time with goals by Ruth Clark. In the second half Kelsey Hutchison scored a hat trick and Elsa Bain another goal to give Orkney a 6-0 victory.

The athletics at the Clickimin Track was closer with Shetland losing the event 43.5 – 53, but achieved some personal bests in the process. Sophie Moar leaped 5.47m to break the Junior Inter-County Girls’ long jump record, which had stood since 1989.

After the second event the score stood at Shetland 43.5 Orkney 83.

The Shetland swimming team with the cup. Photo: Kevin Jones.

 The football ended in a 2-2 draw with Gary Sim scoring both goals for Shetland. Logan Pierce opened the scoring for Orkney in the first half before Shetland’s two second half goals snatched the lead. Ciaran Drever scored in the last 10 minutes to rescue a draw for Orkney.

The score after the third event was Shetland 53.5 – Orkney 93.

 Shetland turned the tide with the swimming, a brilliant display leading to a Shetland 61-36 victory with five Inter-county records broken: Shetland’s Layla Manson in 100m backstroke in 31.92; Shetland’s Emmie Hutchison in 50m butterfly in 29.61 and in the100m butterfly in 1:07.39; Shetland’s Calum MacColl in 50 freestyle in 24.92 and Orkney’s Molly Blance in 100m breaststroke in 1:16.95.

The score now stood at 104.5-119 but any slim chance that Shetland might stage a remarkable comeback faded when Orkney clinched the title with a slim victory in the netball.

Shetland enjoyed a good first two quarters and went in at half-time with a one-goal lead. But Orkney pulled ahead in the third quarter to win the match. Scores: Q1  8 – 8; Q2 21 – 20; Q3 29 – 37; Q4 33 – 51.

A detailed report on the Junior Inter-County will be published in Friday’s newspaper.



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