C1 vs Alliance
Calderdale Firsts travelled to Lighthouse to play Alliance for the second time this season. Alliance displayed strength and confidence of the bat, quickly stretching out a lead but Calderdale retained composure and brought the score back to level by the end of the first 15 – first quarter score 14-14.
The second quarter saw Lorelle Donaldson come on at GK and Calderdale, with renewed vigour, starting to push ahead and take the lead. Effective defensive work across the team broke down Alliances flow and enabled Jess Brearley to regularly take interceptions and the shooters Megan Kennedy and Roxy Rothery to capitalise on this extra possession.
Into the second half, the defensive trio of Donaldson, Sophia Boothroyd and Becky Wood applied yet more pressure to Alliance’s attack challenging every feed, forcing errors and taking yet more possession from their opponents.
The final quarter saw Louise Stones coming on at GK and Calderdale holding strong and maintaining their advantage with some impressive feeds from both Jessica Brearley and Caroline Baldwin.
Final score Calderdale take the win 48-42 with Megan Kennedy taking Player of the Match for her flawless shooting throughout
C2 vs Rothwell
With a strong and successful performance last week Calderdale 2 were looking to take the momentum of the win into their fixture against Rothwell.
Kim Walters at centre and Lorrelle Donaldson & Jess Maloney in defence worked tirelessly to take interceptions in the first quarter but, despite the extra possession, a strong Rothwell defensive approach made it difficult for Calderdale to convert them into goals and settle into their game and were left behind on score at the close of the quarter.
With a few tactical changes in the second quarter, Calderdale improved the quality of their attack finding a more confident approach and reduced the gap to three goals behind their opponents.
The 2 teams traded points throughout the remainder of the game and despite Calderdale’s best effort, they were unable to pull ahead and the game finished as a 31-36 loss.
C3 game against Portland Sports B was cancelled due to issues with venue. Awaiting re-arranged fixture
C4 vs Leeds Lightning 2
Calderdale 4ths romped home a 59-34 victory over Leeds Lightning 2nds in the 5th Division of the West Yorkshire league.
From the off this young Calderdale side of 15-17 year olds were hungry for interceptions, with turnovers from defenders Zuzanna Nawocka and Ella Cooper pushing Calderdale into an early 4-0 lead. This gave attackers Amelia Weston, Bethan Hirst and Harriet Grace confidence to execute their set plays with precision, leaving Leeds Lightning behind the pace.
But it was a stand-out performance by Player of the Match Ellie Cardiss, who showed her versatility mid-court to relentlessly hunt down the ball, create turnover, and then deliver it at pace to her shooters.
The end result was never in doubt, only the size of the goal difference, which may prove crucial towards the end of the season. Calderdale now move up a slot to 5th place in the league
C1 vs Wakefield Phoenix 1
C1 lost 42-58 in a tough fought battle against a strong Wakefield side. Player of the match was awarded to Becky Wood.
C2 vs Ellis
A convincing win for C2 finishing 42-24 against Ellis in a game that saw some emotional play from the Ellis side whilst Calder remained composed and calmy taking the victory. Player of the match went to Leanne Woods.
C3 vs Wakefield Phoenix 2
Calderdale Thirds made a solid start to their away match against Wakefield Phoenix 2 with shooters, Liz Harrison and Pauline Williamson on fine form in the first quarter, scoring from all parts of the circle, despite the massive height advantage of the Wakefield defence. It was goal for goal in that quarter which ended with 8 goals each.
The second quarter was Calderdale's best as they upped their game with centre court players Kay Hollingworth, Jo Hall and Mollie Brearley controlling the ball down court and stretching their lead by 18 goals to 15.
Wakefield fought back in the third quarter and pulled back once again by drawing the quarter 21-21.
Calderdale gave their all but the final quarter proved to be their downfall, and even the great defensive play and interceptions from Hannah Godfrey and Lyndsey Foster was not enough as the Wakefield shooters suddenly found their form and confidence, taking advantage of Calderdale's basic errors.
Player of the match was awarded jointly to Liz Harrison and the versatile Lucianne Hinch. After such a close and exciting match throughout, Calderdale were disappointed to come away without the 3 much needed points to cement their place in the third division, losing by 25 goals to 33.
C4 vs Milford 3
Calderdale 4ths stride to victory after a shaky start, beating 4th place Milford 3rds 45-32, in the West Yorkshire league 5th Division.
Calderdale had a nervous start, making unforced errors allowing Milford to take an 8-2 lead. But shooters Harriet Grace and Bethan Hirst found their stride and steadied the ship, pulling back to a 1 goal deficit at the end of the 1st quarter.
Ellie Cardiss showed her versatility moving to Centre, and combined well with Wing Deference Ella Cooper to put Milfords attack under pressure with their many tips and interceptions. Calderdale pulled into a 22-18 lead by half time.
Amelia Weston and Liv Reynolds couldn’t be touched mid court as they moved the ball down court at pace, and then supported Grace and Hirst with quick 1:2s around the circle edge.
Calderdale finished strongly with Zuzanna Nawrocka on her debut in a Calderdale dress, working hard in the defensive circle alongside Captain Sue Seymour to restrict Milford to just 4 goals in the final quarter.
Players of the match were jointly Grace, Cardiss and Seymour
C1 vs Wakefield Wildcats
Calderdale 1 lost 38-54 to Wakefield Wildcats. The squad was stretched a bit thin but this result still puts them above Wildcats in the Superleague
C2 vs Morrisons 1
A close start to the first half with both teams holding possession and trading points with each centre pass. Lisa Lund WA created some lovely feeds into the circle, working together with Laura Kennedy GA (this weeks player of the match) and Gail Gledhill GS who, even under the pressure of a super league player in the oppositions defence, sot with confidence and accuracy. Calderdale were just behind 10-9.
In the second quarter there was a change to defence with great team work by Louise Stones GD and Lorelle Donaldson GK putting pressure on attack in the circle. Assisting on the wing was Hannah Yates WD with some great interceptions to assist turnover.
The third quarter saw great leadership by captain Sarah Heaton C who pushed the team to dig deep, again assisting with various turnovers, however Morrisons won this quarter 47-27.
The final quarter and the final push with both teams fighting hard, another change in defence with Jasmin Douglas WD pushing hard and assisting with turnovers, also a debut for new player assisting Calderdale 2 was Amelia Weston WA who showed great potential and skill on court. Final score 58-37 with Calderdale achieving over half score to top of the league Morrisons.
C3 vs Morrisons 2
This was a lack lustre performance from C3, although the final score of 58 to 31 in Morrisons favour was somewhat flattering to them.
Morrisons took full advantage of their tall shooters and used them effectively against a determined C3 defence.
C3 starting line up of Williamson, Harrison, Hollingworth, Hall, Hinch, Foster and Godfrey started well but as the opposition shooters gained in confidence, the gap between the teams started to grow.
Second quarter changes, with Brearley coming on at WD could not stem the tide and the opposition continued to pull away.
Further positional changes made by Captain Kay Hollingworth could not affect the outcome and despite effective shooting from player of the match Liz Harrison the final result was a disappointing loss for C3
C4 vs Yorkshire Gems
Calderdale 4ths showed good form against joint top of the 5th division, Yorkshire Gems, losing by a nail bitingly narrow margin of 3 goals, 31-34.
The speedy Wing Attack Amelia Weston coupled well with her energetic mid court partner Liv Reynolds to fire balls at pace up court supplying fellow shooters, but Gems’ tall defence broke down their feeds into the circle and turned over any missed shots.
Gems increased their lead to 8 goals by half time, but the Calderdale youngsters weren’t beaten yet & attacked the last 2 quarters with confidence. Lowrie Roberts leading from the front slotted away goals calming her teammate’s nerves, but it was fellow shooter, Harriet Grace, who took player of the match for her consistency under the post at range, against a tall defence.
Calderdale won the last 2 quarters and put Gems under a massive about of pressure, but it wasn’t enough to claw back Gems’ lead.
The pieces of the jigsaw are slotting together nicely for this newly formed team of youngster competing for the first time in the adult West Yorkshire league
Calder 3 vs YMCA
C3 were the only Calder team playing this Saturday against the current league leaders YMCA, who had only lost one game previously this season.
The 3s started confidently - some accurate shooting by the new combination of Kim Walters and Pauline Williamson helped by incisive feeding into the circle by Lucianne Hinch and Jo Hall set the tone for the game. The first quarter ended with C3 being ahead by 17 goals to 5.
Injury to Hinch meant that changes were made at the start of the 2nd quarter with Liz Harrison coming on and changes in positions for other players to accommodate. After a short settling in period the game started to flow again with the Calder defence of Pia Rattigan and ,player of the match, Lyndsey Foster putting pressure on the YMCA shooting duo. The quarter ended with a score of 24 to 14.
Further tactical changes were made by Coach Phil Greenhough in quarter 3 with captain Kay Hollingworth replacing Molly Brearley who had done a sterling job at WD. This resulted in Calder pulling further away from their opponents and the score for the quarter ended as 40 to 22 in C3's favour.
Continued pressure down the court, especially in defence where Calder were actually at a height disadvantage, and continued accurate transitions and feeding into the shooter meant that they retained the 18 goal advantage with the game ending 49 to 31.
C1 vs Harrogate Phoenix
Calder 1 won 53-47 with Megan Kennedy winning POM for the second week running. Calder’s first team currently occupy the top spot in the Super League with one result left to come in for last Saturdays games!
C2 vs Morrisons
Calder 2 were fast off the line with a confident start against Morrisons.
Both teams moved the ball smoothly down the court and Calderdale’s defencive pairing of Jasmin Douglas and Jess Moloney worked hard to put pressure on a fast Morrison’s attack. The quarter ended with Calderdale taking a lead at 15-11.
A defensive change for Morrisons saw Calderdale’s attacking play become unsettled and they struggled to convert as quickly as in the first quarter. Hannah Yates continued to battle hard as WD and Sarah Heaton (sharing joint player of the Match with Jess Moloney) continued to rally her team. Morrisons took a lead of 8 goals by the halftime whistle.
In the third quarter, Louise Stones came on for Calderdale at GK and dedicated her efforts in putting pressure on a strong Morrisons attack. Calderdale’s shooters Laura Kennedy and Gail Gledhill continued to battle hard against a physical Morrison’s defence with excellent support from play maker Lisa Lund at WA. The third quarter ended 41- 32.
Calderdale had a much stronger second half performance but unfortunately they could not claw back the lead that Morrison’s had opened in the second quarter and the game ended 59-43.
C4 vs Yorkshire Brodleians 2
Calder 4 took on Yorkshire Brods 2nds in a well contested local derby, Brods coming out on top with a 49-26 victory.
Calderdale clung on to the shirt tails of league leaders in the first half, getting to within 2 goals, but it was the consistency of Brods’ shooters that earned them the win.
Calderdale’s Bethany Long earned her 2nd player of the match this season for her quick release passing down the attacking line.
The 4th team have no games during December, but aim to build on their firm foundations to climb the league table in the second half of the season.
Calderdale 1 vs Bradford
C1 beat Bradford 59-36 earning themselves joint second in the Superleague league table. Brilliant team effort from everyone with a 3 way POM shared by Sophia Boothroyd, Roxy Rothery and Megan Kennedy. Excellent performances from the “newbies” of the first team – Emily Woodworth, Rosie Baldwin and Lucianne Hinch!
Calderdale 2 vs Tornadoes
C2 beat Tornadoes 49-38 with Gail Geldhill winning POM. Good all round team performance with the welcomed return of Captain Sarah Heaton!
Calderdale 3 vs Chapeltown CNC
C3 were quick off the mark against a very physical Chapeltown, winning the first and only quarter by 8 goals to 7.
The opposition soon gained control in the second quarter forcing Calderdale into making basic errors, and the ruthless defence of Chapeltown dominated over Calderdale’s shooters.
Pia Rattigan, in defence, made a valiant effort earning her Player of the Match, but the accuracy of the Chapeltown shooters, who rarely missed, were a force to be reckoned with and there was no way back for Calder as Chapeltown forged ahead even further in the last quarter
Final score of 24-43.
Calderdale 4 vs Wakefield Phoenix 3
C4 beat Wakefield Phoenix 3 by 43 goals to 41 in what proved to be an exciting game throughout.
Olivia Reynolds played a great central link position for Calderdale and there was some excellent shooting from Harriet Grace and Bethan Hirst, earning Hirst the Player of the Match award.
Phoenix did not let Calderdale have it all their own way and pulled it back in the 3rd quarter to take the lead by 3 goals.
Calderdale continued to battle and had two turnovers in a row enabling them to edge ahead once again obtaining a valuable 3 winning points
. NCalderdale 2 suffered a disappointing loss on Saturday against Hi Tech 2.
On taking to the court, Calder struggled in getting the balls into the shooters with a very physical Hi Tech 2 defence forcing Calders attackers to battle for every bit of free space and making the shooting circle a difficult target for the feeders. At the other end of the court the Calderdale defence put up a good fight working hard to take as many interceptions as possible. Becky Wood worked tirelessly at WD putting a lot of pressure on her WA and Louise Stones applied the pressure at GD, making it difficult for her GA to get near to the post.
Calder were missing new centre court player Leanne Woods due to injury so it was over to Lisa Lund to don the Centre bib and lead by example by putting pressure on her counterpart. As the physicality of the game continued throughout, Hi Tech further stretched their lead to the halftime whistle.
The third quarter called for changes to be made with Lorelle Donaldson moving from GK to GA to address the need for height and solid positioning and control in what was becoming a heated attacking circle. Calder saw this move take effect immediately with the new pairing of Donaldson and Megan Kennedy seeing more of the possession than Calder had enjoyed up to halftime. Sadly, however, it was short lived with Donaldson suffering an injury in the aggressively fought circle space and retiring from the game with a sprained ankle. Laura Kennedy took over at GA and managed to sink to impressive long distance shots and both shooters benefitted from precision feeding from Gail Gledhill at WA.
In the final quarter Lund and Woods made a concerted joint effort to mark closely and block their opponents GA out of the shooting circle enabling Stones and Wood to double mark the GS. Calderdale remained strong and determined but were no match for the accurate feeding of their opponents and resigned themselves to fighting to gain a solitary point for half score. As the game came to a close, the deficit was too much and the challenge too great. Calderdale put up a good fight with every player working tirelessly throughout but the team as a whole struggled to find the unity required to control the game and in the end the Hi Tech 2 took the win 52 goals to Calder’s 23.
Calderdale 3 lost to Wakefield Wildcats 30-41. Lucianne Hinch won POM for second week on the trot with special mentions for Mollie Brearley and Pia Rattigan who, through line up changes, ended up playing nearly every position on court. No match report available
Calderdale 4 had a brilliant win against Sapphires- 36-29. Lowrie Roberts won POM with a special mention to Ella Cooper who also had a great match keeping her WA opponent out of the game. No match report available
C1 vs Milford 1
1st Team won 45-41 with Jess Brearley winning POM for the game. C1 currently stand in 1st place in the WYNL superleague division. No match report available
C2 vs Leeds Lightning
Calder 2 were stretched to the limit to keep up with top of the league Leeds Lightning throughout their match on Saturday.
Kim Roy and Gail Gledhill (Player of the Match) formed a brilliant combination in the shooting circle ably assisted by accurate feeds in from Lisa Lund and Leanne Smith. By half time Calder 2 were just two goals behind.
Rosie Baldwin made her debut for the second team and worked hard with Lou Stones in defence to provide turnover opportunities to level the score to 35 all in the third quarter. However, Leeds Lightning were stronger overall and managed to secure a win in the final few minutes (50-48).
C3 vs Shipley Swifts 3
Now 5 games into the season without a win under their belts, Calder 3 stepped onto the court with determination and confidence that they could end their losing streak.
Calder wasted no time stamping their authority on the game with Liz Harrison and Pauline Williamson providing consistently accuratley shooting in the circle and doubling their opponents score by the end of the quarter – 16 goals to 8.
Coach Greenhough was keen to keep up the momentum with subtle changes in player positions throughout the game – keeping the opposition on their toes. The second quarter saw Calder stretch their lead further with outstanding feeding of the ball up court from Olivia Baldwin and great link play between Lucianne Hinch, Baldwin and Jo Hall. Halftime score 33-12
Into the 3rd quarter and the defensive pairing of Hannah Godfrey and Zib Forest continued to pressurise their shooters keeping them to their lowest quarter goal tally all game and further stretching Calderdales lead to 49-19 by the end of the quarter.
Into the final 15 and Greenough took opportunity to mix players up, taking full advantage of the commanding lead they had established. A steady finish to the game with both teams trading points and Calder maintaining the goal difference to the end – final score 66 to 34.
C4 vs WAKEFIELD WILDCATS 6
Calderdale 4s were hoping to continue their winning streak and came on court with a speed and determination that left the opposition standing.
They took control throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters, with the score at 25 goals to 30 in favour of Calderdale. The whole team linked up well with the attackers feeding some great balls into the shooting duo of Olivia Reynolds and Harriet Grace – Grace, who rarely missed, earned the Player of the Match award as a result.
But Wakefield were not going to let Calderdale have their own way and upped their game in the last quarter with a tremendous fight back and ultimately took the game Wildcats 39 to Calderdale’s 36 in an exciting finish.
C1 lost 34-43 against Hi Tech.
POM was Roxy Rothery. No match report available
Calder 2 vs Hi Lites
Calderdale 2nd team continued their winning streak on Saturday with a convincing win against Hi Lites
Calderdale came out of the blocks determined to win in the 1st quarter. Great link up play in attack and accurate feeding into the circle from captain Sarah Heaton at C and Lisa Lund at WA combined with the experienced precision shooting duo of Paula Hird at GS player of the match and Gail Gledhill at GA saw Calderdale take a 12-5 lead.
Hi Lites came out fighting in the second and third quarter and upped their game. The tight defensive duo of Lorelle Donaldson GK and Sue Seymour GD combined with maintained pressure from WD Hannah Yates kept Calderdale in the game.
The final quarter saw Calderdale down to six when Jasmine Douglass GD, who had worked tirelessly to intercept and turnover the ball, came off with an injury. Heaton made changes and moved Lund in to defence with Yates and Calderdale focused on keeping possession of the ball.
In attack, Heaton, Hird and Gledhill continued their strong movement and with more precise shooting pulling away to secure their 5th win of the season. Final score 40-34
C3 vs Pennine Weavers
Despite their best team performance of the season, Calderdale thirds failed to secure their first win in a closely contested match.
Calderdale started off in fantastic form against Pennine Weavers taking the lead at the end of the second half (27-24) with plenty of turnovers from the defensive line up and great movement and accurate shooting in attack.
The opposition managed to disrupt play in the third quarter and stop the momentum gathered by that point. At the close of the 3rd quart both sides were level at 34 goals a piece.
Calderdale fought hard to try take control but Weavers capitalised on mistakes made to sneak a 45-41 victory.
Goal keeper Hannah Godfrey and Goal Attack Liz Harrison shared the team’s player of the match.
C4 vs Leeds Medics & Dentists
Calderdale 4ths were growing in confidence with their 2nd win of the season, beating undefeated Leeds Medics & Dentists.
A closely fought battle from the start, it was Calderdale’s full court defence that was Leeds’ undoing.
In mid-court player of the match Ella Cooper, and the energetic Olivia Reynolds worked tirelessly to cut off Leeds’ attack. Turnovers were then delivered at speed by WA Amelia Weston into the trusty shooters Bethan Hirst and Harriet Grace, who combined well to covert over a taller and more experienced opposition defence.
Calderdale increased their lead every quarter to bring home the victory – final score 25-16.
Calderdale 1 vs Alliance
Calderdale 1 travelled to new league venue Corpus Christi on Saturday to play Alliance.
Calderdale won the toss to take the first centre only for Alliance to turn the ball over and get the first points on the scoreboard. Some accurate passing from the opposition saw Alliance make a strong start with a lead of 1-7 early in the quarter. This dominance continued throughout the first 15 and left Calderdale facing a 10poitn deficit at the close of the quarter - 7-17.
The second quarter was a more convincing affair from Calderdale after coach Phil made some changes to the team structure. Fast and accurate passing from centre court to attack provided plenty of opportunity for the shooters to convert, which they did. At the other end of the court, excellent defensive pressure from Calderdale provided much needed turnovers and enabled them to close the gap on Alliance’s lead. Second quarter score 26-23.
Calderdale began the third quarter with the same drive as they had built in the second and scored immediately but not without a good fight being put up by their opposition, Alliance still pushing throughout and scoring at every opportunity they could find. In the latter end of the quarter Calderdale took the lead after accurate shooting and an all-round excellent team defensive effort. Third quarter ends 34-33.
Calderdale began the final quarter with possession of the ball but with Alliance still pressurising they forced a turnover which they then converted from. Alliance regained their lead with the next goal scored but whilst their focus was to build on this momentum, this gave Calderdale the push they needed to dig deep and battle back. Down the line passing, tight marking, picking up turnover balls and solid defensive circle pressure made sure Calderdale cemented the win. Coach’s Player of the Match went to the whole team for their winning performance finishing 45-39 and Sue Seymour and Sophia Samuels shared the Player’s Player of the Match between them.
Calderdale 4 vs Leeds Lightning
Newly formed Calderdale 4s celebrated their first victory of the season, beating Leeds Lightning 2nds 45-37.
Coach Phil Greenough tinkered with the line up at each quarter as both teams went goal for goal over the first 3 quarters, till he found the winning combination.
Defenders Rosie Baldwin and Ella Cooper restricted Leeds Lightening to just 5 goals in the final quarter. At the other end of the court joint players of the match Harriet Grace and Olivia Reynolds found their groove as their confidence grew converting an amazing 16 goals to seal the victory.