Calderdale 1 vs Wakefield Wildcats
Calderdale struggled to find their feet going into the first quarter with every goal the opposition scored taking their toll on a new combination of players. Ending the first quarter at 8-17 down to Wakefield, Coach Phil Greenough needed to make some changes.
With spirits low, Calderdale took to the second quarter apprehensively but soon began make back some of the deficit from the first. Hollie Thomas (player of the match) took charge at GA with some great movement and shooting in the circle. Sarah Heaton’s accurate feeds gave opportunities to capitalise on this new found momentum. Player moves into more familiar positions allowed the team to find their flow and bring the halftime score to 20-29 to Wakefield.
The third quarter saw the strongest all-round Calder performance with Lorelle Donaldson and Sophia Boothroyd’s defending in the circle starting to put off Wakefield’s shooters. Leanne Smith put some great pressure on the oppositions WA and hassled every feed of the ball. Determined and in control, Calderdale would not give up. Jess Brearley (coaches player of the match) remained calm and controlled the game through out with some great interceptions and focussed play. The movement and great feeds from Carolyne Baldwin, gave Roxy Rothery every opportunity to put her shots up and ultimately take the lead with the 3rd quarter 35-33 to Calderdale.
The final quarter saw an optimistic and driven Calderdale team take to the court watched over by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters – the narrow lead making the last 15 minutes an intense and nervous battle. Both teams were scoring goal after goal trading points throughout. Wakefield called “time” for the 3rd time within the game in order to re-group but, sadly for Calderdale, also to find a last big push that took them to victory. With 2 minutes to spare Wakefield took the game, final score 42-44 and leaving Calderdale ready for the re-match.
Calderdale 2 vs Rothwell
Second game of the season saw Calderdale 2 face Rothwell. A nervy start and new line up saw lots of dropped catches from both sides but once the dust settled the team found their stride.
Kim Walters at goal attack provided lots of energy to the game and helped the cause by accurately sinking her shots. Leading after the first quarter by 1 (10-9), the coach put Emily Woodworth to goal shooter, Sue Seymour to goal defence and captain Sarah Heaton to wing attack.
The dynamic and experienced duo of Louise Stones and Seymour proved vital in turning over Rothwell's possession and isolating the goal shooter to further extend Calderdale's lead by 5 at half time.
Rothwell stepped it up a gear in the 3rd and pulled the difference in score back to 2 (31-29). However, Calderdale had more left in the tank. Gail Gledhill returned to goal shooter providing some impressive long range shots.
Pia Rattigan at wing defence and Leanne Smith at centre showed the kind of stamina required to keep the win in the bag for the team.
Calderdale won the game 42-38 maintaining their winning streak for the start of the 2017-2018 season.
Calderdale 3 vs Morrisons 2
Calderdale 3 struggled in the opening quarter to get the ball to the shooters as Morrisons defenders kept a close mark on their players. The first quarter ended 7 goals to 13 with great shooting from Pauline Williamson and Liz Harrison (POM) having to fight for every shooting opportunity.
Facing tough opposition, Calder struggled to move the ball fluidly around the court. Jo Hall kept pressure on and fed great balls into the circle with help from (POM)Kay Hollingworth. Turnovers were found as Molly Brearley got her hands to some tip interceptions and Olivia Baldwin in support to pick them up. The halftime score now 16-27 in Morrisons’ favour.
The third quarter saw Calderdale pull back some of the deficit with Gill Coldwell putting in a valiant effort in defence but with Calderdale still trailing 27-40 at the start of the final quarter.
The final 15 saw Hannah Godfrey’s persistence pay off, challenging and taking hold of the maroity of the shooters rebounds and finding interceptions wherever she could to then work the ball back up court. Despite keeping heads high, Calderdale could not recover and the final score saw them lose 35-52.
Calderdale 4 vs Yorkshire Gems
Calderdale 4ths struggled from the off against an organised Yorkshire Gems.
A strong debut from Olivia Reynolds initially at GS and later moving to Centre in the second half where her energy and enthusiasm was well placed. Joint player of the match was awarded to Amelia Weston for her fast paced attack, and Beth Long for her persistent defence down court.
The final quarter saw Calderdale’s best performance as the team found some consistency of play, but it was not enough to earn a half-score bonus point, losing 13-32.
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.
Its finally come around again - the new 2017/18 netball season
With training now in full swing we look forward to another year of great netball with all teams ready to take on the fantastic standard of competition the WYNL and YRL have to offer
As with each new season we say a sad goodbye to a few players who have moved on to new challenges in their lives that take them away from our club. You will be missed but hope to see some of you again soon.
In balance, we also welcome new players to the club with a number of newbies coming from recent Young Adult Training Sessions held in July. We've seen some serious potential in some of our new girls and are looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the team.
We also welcome back a few familiar faces who have had some time away from the club but just couldn't stay away any longer - great to have you back!
First fixtures will be at the end of this month with all teams in competition on the 23rd Sept so good luck to all players involved!
Here's to another great season!
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