After a poor start to 2017, Calderdale 1 ended February with their first win of the year following a convincing 64-46 victory over old rivals Shipley 1.
Calderdale lead from the start and never looked in danger with an accurate shooting combination of Roxy Rothery and Kim Walters helping open up a 20 - 12 lead at the end of the quarter 1.
The 2nd quarter saw a significant defensive improvement all over the court which applied extra pressure on their opponents, leading to some excellent turnovers.
A half time score of 36 -24 allowed coach Phil Greenough make a number of changes with Walters moving from GA to WD, Amy Hunter-Brown from WD to GK, Sue Seymour from GK to GD and captain Sophia Boothroyd from GD to GA. The changes didn't affect the momentum and enabled Calderdale to increase their advantage by five goals as quarter three ended 50 - 33.
The final quarter saw further tinkering as Carolyne Baldwin shifted from WA to WD, Walters back to GA and Boothroyd to WA. Calderdale eased off the gas somewhat in attacking areas as the game drew to a close but the defensive combinations continued their dominance over a spirited but ultimately defeated Shipley outfit.
Final score 64 - 46. Player of the Match: Roxy Rothery
Calderdale 2 had another well deserved victory, beating Shipley 2nds 38-35.
After a frantic start Calderdale settled down and took a narrow 2 goal lead at the end of the first quarter.
The welcome return of vice captain Lisa Lund, fresh back from injury, steadied the ship in the 2nd quarter. Defence stayed strong for the duration of the game, with great team work from Jasmin Douglas and Lou Stones, who were a force to be my reckoned with.
Lots of interceptions from Douglas earned her a well deserved player of the match. To compliment this, the attack worked well with Paula Hird creating scoring opportunities and sinking them at every available opportunity. Calder 2's captain, Sarah Heaton, played an integral role, keeping the girls motivated and ensuring the play flowed seamlessly from the defence to attack.
With only 3 games left in the season against tricky opponents Calderdale 2 need to continue their winning streak to avoid relegation.
Calderdale 3 clung on to the potential 3rd place finish and promotion play-off with a sweet victory over Fusion 34-27.
A convincing first quarter saw Calderdale go into a comfortable 9-2 lead, with impressive defence from Hannah Godfrey and Gill Coldwell at GD. Veteran Pauline Williamson's enthusiasm kept the team moving and motivated to go for every ball and every possible interception.
Calderdale maintained their impressive goal difference in the second quarter thanks to Natalie Connor and Williamson hardly missing a shot, both creating great space for each other. Defensive turnovers and rebounds were supported by Liz Harrison at WD and captain Kay Hollingworth at WA leaving the score at 23-7.
In the third quarter it slowly started to go downhill and Fusion brought it back to a 10 goal difference.
Calderdale struggling with centre passes in the final quarter utilised a pass back to Coldwell and Molly Brearley. But it was a constant fight for both teams to get the ball into the circle. Unforced errors were made, but Calderdale clung on to the 34-27 victory.
Calderdale 2's had a tough opponent this week, taking on the undefeated Wakefield Phoenix.
Calderdale had a slow start trying to keep up with the fast pace of their opponents. Once settled with a new defensive combination, Calderdale managed to pull it back with some accurate shooting from GS Paula Hird and GA Saleha Cooke. The first quarter finished with Wakefield leading 14-9.
Calderdale were not going to make this match easy for Wakefield Phoenix, with some great interceptions from GD and POM Jasmin Douglas disrupting their flow at every opportunity. 2nd quarter finished with Wakefield holding their lead at 25-16
C Sarah Heaton and WA Pia Rattigan maintained possession with some accurate feeding into the shooting circle but this wasn't enough to see off the Wakefield Phoenix defence, who were strong throughout. Third quarter score 41-23 to Wakefield
Calderdale held on to the end and, though taking a loss, managed to secure a point on the league table finishing 33-50 to Wakefield Phoenix
Calderdale 1s suffered an agonising defeat against Harrogate Phoenix Netball Club this weekend in an intense match at Halifax Academy High School on Saturday.
Calderdale got off to a tough start in the first quarter, despite their defence’s (Sophia Boothroyd, Sue Seymour and Amy Hunt-Brown) attempts at turning over possession in Harrogate’s attack. In Calderdale attack, possession was quickly converted into goals, where Calderdale utilised Roxy Rothery and Megan Kennedy. Sadly, they were unable to keep Harrogate on the back foot with the first half ending at Calderdale 20 – 24 Harrogate.
Calderdale coach made some crucial changes to allow Calderdale to use Kim Roy’s tireless energy to put more pressure on Harrogate’s WA who fed the their attacking circle with speed and accuracy.
Despite managing to win the third quarter, Harrogate maintained pressure, forcing errors and making it increasingly difficult for Calderdale to feed the ball accurately.
The match ended Calderdale 47 – 52 Harrogate but gritty determination and a positive team spirit from all players will allow Calderdale to come back stronger in weeks to come and reflect on areas for improvement.
Despite Calderdale 1s putting up a good show against last season's league winners Hi Tech, they fell short of the mark with a respectable 44-50 defeat but lots of positives to take away.
Calderdale's nerves showed through with a hesitant start and a number of missed shots that Hi Tech capitalised on. They finished the 1st quarter down 10-16, but the enthusiastic Amy Hunt Brown and Captain Sophia Boothroyd went hunting down mid-court interceptions in the 2nd quarter, cutting off the supply of possession to Hi Tech's main player, their rangey goal shooter. This revitalised the team and they matched Hi Tech goal for goal, going into half time down 22-29.
Self belief started to creep into Calderdale's psyche, continuing the momentum with some great scoring from tireless player of the match Kim Walters, and Megan Kennedy. Jess Brearley and Carolyne Baldwin absorbed the nail biting pressure in the 3rd quarter by treasuring the ball and keeping possession with patient play into the shooting circle, and Calderdale drew level 33 all. Hi Tech replied by scoring 3 goals in succession finishing the 3rd quarter 33-36.
Despite Calderdale's best efforts they were unable to hold on to the momentum and Hi Tech turned the screw to run home the victory. Not a great result, but a great team performance.
Calderdale 3 were keen to gain a win against league leaders, Rothwell 2, following a close defeat against them in the first half of the season, but sadly it was not meant to be.
Calderdale 3 came out of the blocks with determination and with the coach's team selection taking some players out of their regular positions. This would turn out to be their best scoring quarter of the match with shooting duo Pauline Williamson and Natalie Connor on good form against a very strong Rothwell defence, ending the quarter down by 11 goals to 13.
Rothwell continued to chip away at Calderdale, taking advantage of their basic errors and stretching their lead in the second quarter to 17-23.
The return of the regular defence of Gill Coldwell, Lyndsey Foster and Hannah Godfrey made a difference to the opposition's shooters, but the sin-binning of WD Coldwell, for repeated offside offences gave Rothwell the opportunity to extend their lead even further, finishing that quarter by 20-37. But this did not stop Coldwell from ultimately receiving the Player of the Match award.
The last quarter saw Greenough making more centre court changes, moving Captain Kay Hollingworth to C, playing alongside Jo Hall at WA and moving Liz Harrison into the shooting circle. Though the quarter was more controlled, the damage was already done and Calderdale could not recover, loosing 25 to 48 goals, but still gaining a valuable point.
Calderdale 2 played ANC in their bid to work their way back up the league table.With both teams sitting next to each other in the league table, ANC were looking to get out of the relegation zone and C2 were focussed on staying out of it
Calderdale started strong with Hannah Yates (WA) doing some lovely feeds into the circle to Saleha Cooke (GA) and Paula Hird (GS) shooting some lovely balls into the net. Attack was definitely on point with Calderdale leading 16-6 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Calder defence kicked it up a notch with great team work by Jasmin Douglas (GD) and Louise Stones (GK) putting pressure on attack in the circle. With a change over the support from Jessica Moloney to WA and Hannah Yates to WD both made excellent interceptions, Calderdale managed to keep the lead 28-15.
The third quarter saw great leadership by Captain Sarah Heaton (C) who pushed the team and assisted with various turnovers leaving Calderdale staying strong at 40-25.
The final quarter and the final push with both teams fighting hard this week’s POM was Hannah Yates with coach’s POM being Paula Hird. Final Score with Calderdale 2 taking victory 52-35.
An awesome all-round team performance from Calderdale 3 as they took on strong opposition Wakefield Pheonix 2. The thirds had a score to settle after losing to Wakefield earlier in the season. And they didn’t disappoint…
With an outstanding opening quarter, which saw excellent shooting from new pairing Emily Woodworth and Pauline Williamson. Backed up by a superb defensive line-up from Lyndsey Foster, Hannah Godfrey, and Gill Coldwell they finished 14-4 ahead after the first 15 minutes.
Wakefield changed their defence and Calderdale struggled to maintain their game plan in the second quarter but managed to stay ahead by seven goals at half time.
Molly Brearley replaced Coldwell in the third quarter and Liz Harrison moved to centre as Captain Kay Hollingworth took her position at wing attack.
The team settled back into their game, forcing Wakefield to make mistakes and delivering some great balls into the attacking circle. Spurred on by the arrival of club coach Phil they maintained their lead 30-23 at the end of quarter three.
Godfrey, who had tirelessy put the pressure on Wakefield’s tall shooter, was replaced by Coldwell in the last quarter. Calderdale were determined to take home the spoils and continued to work hard until the end. It was a closely fought contest but some last minute interceptions from Brearley and Harrison, were converted by Woodworth. The final score was 39-35 and once again Williamson was voted player of the match.