Another cold and miserable day did not dampen the spirits of the Orkney girls as they were determined to get their first win over their close northern rivals. The team sheet had a noticeable difference from previous games with forward Yvonne Barnett getting her first cap as inside centre and proving to be daunting opposition as she powered through Shetlands defence deservedly earning her 'Queen of the Team'.
Determined Stacey Tualasea battered through the Shetland defensive line to continually make ground and over the line was Charlene Nicol for the second try of the day.
After some stern words from the ref and a yellow card Orkney were down a player in the scrums. As a bog formed under foot Shetland contested well and made ground but Orkney once again showed strong character and fitness to pile on pressure and force handling errors from the opposition.
The second half strained Orkney as extremities became increasingly difficult to feel leading to some clumsy, uncharacteristic errors and Shetland pushed up field. Injuries in the squad meant some promising new faces debuted for Shetland adding fresh legs to the squad.
After some tired tackles, Orkney were finally back to full complement and on the attack again with Sara Duffy scoring two tries in quick succession.
Tough conditions resulted in scattering injuries throughout and forced substitutions but this only led to an injection of pace in the Dragons side with a first cap for Amy King.
Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and coaches, especially Connor Hancock on his first away game, travelling support and Shetland for their hospitality.