Calderdale 1 beat Farsley Celtic 47-42 in the West Yorkshire Super League this weekend, in an intense match at Lighthouse in Bradford.
Calderdale got off to a slow start, losing the first quarter 10-11. A few tactical changes by Calderdale’s coach meant that more defensive play down court in the second quarter enabled Calderdale to turn the game around and the half time score was Calderdale 23 – 20 Farsley.
Great defensive play by Jess Moloney and Sophia Samuels (joint players of the match) forced errors from Farsley, allowing Calderdale’s attacking players (Megan Kennedy, Roxy Rothery) to convert into goals, giving Calderdale a further lead after the third quarter.
Defensive play down court by Jess Brearley (coach’s player of the match), Louise Stones and Hollie Thomas made it increasingly difficult for Farsley to keep possession. Sarah Heaton and Carolyne Baldwin fed the ball well into the attacking circle and the final score after a hard-fought match was Calderdale 47- 42 Farsley.
The much awaited Calderdale 2 2017/2018 season started with a nail biting 33-31 win over ANC in the West Yorkshire Premier League.
Calderdale 2 came out strong, storming ahead in the first quarter to command a healthy lead. The new addition of Lorelle Donaldson as goal defence was noticeable from the start. Earning herself player of the match its evident that she will be a vital asset to the Calderdale 2's already strong defence. ANC looked sluggish and were slow to get going in the first, conceding 6 goals before getting on the score sheet. Towards the end of the first quarter ANC's defence ramped it up a notch, making it difficult for Calderdale's attack. During quarter-time Calderdale made some changes to combat the strengthening ANC defence.
Straight into the second and Calderdale's substitutions seem to be doing the job; creating opportunities, delivering turnovers and sinking the shots. The pace quickened and ANC responded. At half time Calderdale were leading by 4.
Towards the end of third quarter ANC seized an opportunity and take the lead for the first time in the match. Calderdale answerd right back and dug deep with Lorelle making some vital turnovers and Paula Hird delivering the essential goals to ensure Calderdale ended the third in the lead.
The fourth quarter ANC came out hungry for the win, sensing Calderdale's tiring team, a string of beautiful play and strong shooting saw them draw level. Calderdale kept their heads, playing it round to ensure possession was kept and taking the chances when they arose to come out victorious.
The first match of the season against Zodiacs was always going to be a difficult task for Calderdale 3 in the West Yorkshire 3rd Division, having 5 regular players not available due to work and holiday commitments.
Zodiacs came out all guns blazing pulling away in the first quarter with 15 goals to Calderdale's 4 goals. Pia Rattigan was drafted into the team, doing an exceptional job in a unfamiliar role at Goal Defence, until injury struck, and having no subs, Rattigan switched roles with Goal Keeper, Hannah Godfrey.
The relentless running and interceptions from Centre, Jo Hall, earned her Player Of The Match, linking in well with Wing Attack, Ashleigh Hollingworth, who did some great feeding into the shooting circle in her debut for Calderdale.
Captain, Kay Hollingworth made centre court switches in the third quarter, but this was to no avail, even with some impressive movement and shooting from the regular combination of Liz Harrison and Pauline Williamson.
Calder thirds made a valiant effort, but the goal deficit from the first quarter was too much to recover from and though Zodiacs were never in any real threat of loosing the match, the final score of 25 to 46 did not reflect in the game.
Calderdale 4 lost their first game to Mirfield Tornadoes 27-35 who had dropped down from the 4th division, but showed great potential for the future.
A nervous 7 stepped on court at Thornhill Leisure Centre in Normanton not knowing what to expect, but collecting a missed shot from Tornadoes they surprised themselves when the youngest player on court, 14 year old Harriet Grace, capitalised by calmly converting her first shot from range to go into the lead 1-0.
After just 4 training sessions the young squad had picked up and executed a number of set plays, with Amelia Weston bringing the ball out of defence and firing it down court to Beth Long, who's patient support play around the edge of the circle found her best friend and GA Bethan Hirst. Lowrie Roberts used her height and skills in defence to limit the opposition to just 6 goals in the 2nd quarter.
The Tornadoes defence realised that they coudn't go easy on the young Calderdale team, and stepped up the pressure. Calderdale going into half time still in contention just 1 goal behind with a score of 14-15.
The wheels fell off in the 3rd quarter when player of the match, Rosie Baldwin, switched from C to her usual position of GD, injuring herself attempting one of her trademark flying interceptions, and the young squad fell behind by 9 goals.
In the last quarter they showed good stamina & determination. Baldwin came back on court and Hirst outpaced her Tornadoes defence winning most of the centre passes. Ella Cooper's tight circle defence picked up some good taps and interceptions to rattle Tornadoes and Calderdale won the final quarter, but it wasn't enough to scrape back the lead.