Calderdale 1 had a tough game this week against a very physical Bradford Premier. It was always going to be a difficult game with 4 first teamers missing, but they stepped up and were positive about the game.
Despite being 8-1 down after the first 5 minutes, they clawed it back to be two goals down at the end of the first quarter. After coach Phil Greenough's quarter time team talk Calderdale knew what they then needed to do to turn it around.
Some great circle defence from Sue Seymour and 3rd teamer player of the match Emily Woodworth saw tips and interceptions, but Calderdale struggled to get the ball down in to attack so we were still down by two goals at half time (25-23).
In the third quarter captain Sophia Boothroyd and Jess Brearley were working hard to get the ball into the attacking third with the back up of 3rd teamer Jo Hall and Seymour. But Bradfords defence got tighter and there shooters weren't missing. At the end of the third quarter the gap increased to 4 goals (37-33).
The final quarter was tough trying to maintain the consistency of play and convert turn overs into goals. With Calderdale only having 7 players struggled to keep up their energy levels. Unfortunately Bradford pulled away with the result 52-44.
Calderdale 2 are in the Premier Division relegation zone together with their opponents Rothwell 1, who are working their way back up the league table.
Calderdale started strong with Gail Gledhill WA doing some lovely feeds into the circle to new player Izzy Ross GA and Paula Hird GS, shooting some lovely balls into the net. Attack was definitely on point with Calderdale taking the lead 12-8.
In the second quarter Calderdale's defence kicked it up a notch with great team work by Jasmin Douglas GD and Louse Stones GK putting pressure on Rothewell's attack in the circle. With a change over the support from Jessica Maloney WD and her interceptions, Calderdale managed to keep the lead 26-17.
The third quarter saw great leadership by captain Sarah Heaton who pushed the team and assisted with various turnovers leaving Calderdale staying strong at 35-28.
The final quarter saw both teams fighting hard for victory. Birthday girl and this weeks player of the match Pia Rattigan WA came out with some lovely interceptions and feeds into the circle. Final Score with Calderdale 2 taking victory 45-38.
A determined Calderdale 3 played Pennine Weavers (formerly Caboodles), missing several key players called up to the first team. They knew it would be a tough one against an experienced opposition.
The first quarter could not have been closer with little separating each team, but Pennine edged into the lead ending the quarter by 8 goals to 7.
Calderdale began their fight back in the second and third quarters breaking the opposition's defence with some exceptional shooting from eventual player of the match, veteran Pauline Williamson, and Natalie Connor. Calderdale edged further forward spurred on by the solid defence of Hannah Godfrey, Lyndsey Foster and Gill Coldwell, the latter providing consistent and effective support down court allowing centre court players, Kay Hollingworth and Liz Harrison to feed accurately to the shooters. The score at the end of the third quarter was 29-26 in Calderdale's favour.
In the last quarter, Pennine upped their game, capitalising on Calderdale's errors and continued to gain ground with the match ending in a thrilling 38-38 draw.
C1 faced one of their toughest challenges of the season, first game after the Christmas break, against a strong Leeds Athletic side.
Calderdale started well in the first few minutes of the first quarter going into the lead by 4 goals. This was created from good turn overs in defence then accurate feeding into the circle by Carolyne Baldwin and Jess Brearley. Unfortunately it didn't last long, Leeds solid defending down court broke Calderdale's flow and went into the lead which saw Calderdale trail by 9 goals, 8-17 at the end of the first quarter.
With a full squad, coach Phil Greenough was able to make many changes throughout the game to try and break down Leeds' fast and accurate play. Calderdale fought hard to stay in the game with lots of tips and interceptions by defence Sue Seymour, Sophia Boothroyd and Emma Bullough. Leeds still ahead at the end of the second quarter.
Third quarter saw more changes, player of the match Sophia Boothroyd moved into attack showing her versatility to play in both circles which put a bit of pressure on Leeds. The new defensive duo of Amy Hunt-Brown and Sue Seymour forced errors in the Leeds attack but the opposition kept the lead going into the final quarter.
Despite a good, fair game which seemed a lot closer than it was, Calderdale were unable to pull back the deficit and lost 35-54.
C2 returned from a long Christmas break for a match which saw with a point to prove; Tornadoes wanted revenge for the defeat last time and the 2s wanted to turn around the run of defeats before the break.
The squad has been further strengthened in the new year with the return of Saleha Cooke at goal attack and new member of the second team Pia Rattigan at wing attack who both proved essential in giving the opposition defence the run around.
The first quarter started really positively with accurate passing and application of the tactics our coach has tried to instil. A lead of 12-10 going into the second quarter was over turned by Tornadoes to take the lead 26-23 at half time. Despite Louise Stones (goal keeper) and Jasmin Douglas' (goal defence) best efforts they couldn't contain the goal shooter who was banging the shots in from all over the shooting circle. Even changes in defence with Jess Maloney playing goal defence and wing defence in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, who made some fantastic interceptions, couldn't keep their attack at bay.
The team never gave up even when decisions were not in our favour. Player of the match Sarah Heaton relentlessly tried to keep up morale and the energy of the players.
Some fantastic play in the final quarter and fabulous shooting from Gail Gledhill saw a momentary come back but they had left too much to do and lost 57-44.
C3 were off to a promising start for 2017 with a convincing win against Shipley Swifts 4.
Calderdale started strongly with tight marking and interceptions in defence making the difference, ending the first quarter with a deserved 11 - 4 lead.
Changes were made going into the second quarter and Calderdale struggled to adapt in parts. Shipley took advantage, which left Calderdale only 6 goals in front at half time.
Calderdale made further player changes going into the 3rd quarter. Emily Woodworth with a deserving player of the match and Hannah Godfrey working well in their defensive circle making it difficult for Shipley to convert. At the opposite end, the shooting accuracy between Natalie Connor and Pauline Williamson, rarely missing the net, left Calderdale with a 37 - 21 lead.
There were more changes going into the final quarter but Calderdale had the game in the bag, this was an all round team performance and a deserving win of 44 goals to 29.
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