Calderdale 1s beat Shipley Swifts 1 this weekend in an intense match at Park Lane High School in Halifax.
Calderdale got off to a flying start in the first quarter with their defence, Sophia Boothroyd and Amy Hunt-Brown turning over possession in Shipley’s attacking circle. In attack, possession was quickly converted into goals, where
Calderdale utilised their combinations of Kim Walters, Roxy Rothery and Megan Kennedy to keep Shipley’s defence on the back foot. Core strength in the shooting circle made interceptions increasingly difficult and the attacking circle was fed with speed and accuracy by Jess Brearley and Carolyne Baldwin.
Calderdale kept their lead throughout the entire game, aided particularly by Emma Bullough (player of the match) who maintained pressure in centre-court, forcing errors from Shipley.
In the final quarter, an injury forced Calderdale into making a change in the defensive circle. Claire Hunt-Brown stepped up to the challenge and gave an amazing last minute performance to ensure that the Hunt-Brown duo didn’t conceive many goals.
Gritty determination and a positive team spirit from all players led to a superb defeat - Calderdale 54 - 36 Shipley.
Calderdale 2 faced Shipley Swifts 2 who were still to get a win in the Premier League.
The first quarter of the game was dominated by Calderdale with strong defence Clare Hunt-Brown and Jasmin Douglas new to the second team this season. Late in the first quarter Calderdale had an injury to goal keeper Clare Hunt-Brown seeing Jess Moloney making her debut to the second team as the replacement. Turning balls over in the centre third and getting them down to the shooting pair Megan Kennedy and Paula Hird, Calderdale established a 1st quarter lead of 16-8.
In the second quarter the lead was stretched further with centre court players Team Captain Sarah Heaton, Mollie Griffiths, Hannah Yates who received POM for her superb interceptions, and Gail Gledhill at goal attack, finishing at half time 27-15.
In the third quarter Jo Hall took the position of WA and instantly added strength to the Calderdale side, but Shipley Swifts applied pressure. Despite this Calderdale showed composure finishing the third quarter 40-26.
Changes where made in the fourth quarter seeing Megan Kennedy coming off and Paula Hird and Gail Gledhill taking the positions of GS and GA. Shipley Swifts added pressure in the defensive circle making it difficult for the ball to be played in to the shooting pair. Calderdale had to keep centre court tight passing the ball round until it could be fed into the shooting circle finishing the game 46-35.
Calderdale 3 were without three key shooters for their game with Rothwell 2s
Calderdale started strongly with Emily Woodworth and Pia Rattigan, in the absence of regular shooters, working well in the attacking circle against a physical Rothwell defence.
Rothwell were dogged and fought hard to keep Calderdale’s lead slender. Defensively Calderdale were very strong with Hannah Godfrey (GK), Lyndsey Foster (GD) and Gill Coldwell (WD), on top of their games. The first quarter ended with Calderdale narrowly in the lead.
In the second quarter Captain Kay Hollingworth brought on key feeder of the game, Jo Hall who soon started feeding some great balls in to Calderdale’s attacking circle. Molly Brearley played a big part in pinning Rothwell in the centre third. With Hall and Hollingworth, Calderdale’s centre court was strong and with Gill Coldwell and Lyndsey Foster fighting hard in a very physical defensive circle, Calderdale ended the second quarter with a slender one goal lead (18-17).
Rothwell then upped their game and produced a strong third quarter to open up the goal advantage. Lyndsey (Zib) Foster and Pia Rattigan were joint players of the match but despite a very strong defensive performance, tiredness took it’s toll on Calderdale who were eventually beaten 38-31.
Calderdale 1s make it 3 out of 3 with a convincing win over Harrogate Phoenix 51 - 39.
Calderdale had new defensive and shooting combinations from previous weeks as they saw Sue Seymour return to the side as GK, Amy Hunt-Brown out at GD, Captain Sophia Boothroyd at GA and player of the match Kim Walters at GS. Calderdale led from the start and never looked in danger, opening up a 15 - 12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The 2nd quarter saw 3rd teamer Jo Hall make her 1st team debut of the season at WD, and Calderdale started to come into their own with some free flowing netball down the court, great tips and turnovers from Seymour and Hunt-Brown for the attack to capitalise on.
Young star Emma Bullough returned to the court in the 3rd quarter with instructions to mark her upponent tightly, & Calderdale stretched their lead to 7 goals. Calderdale stayed in control to stretch away for a comfortable win.
Calderdale 2s had a disappointing 51-29 defeat against Wakefield Phoenix 1 in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League.
The game started off fast paced with 3rd teamer and player of the match, Pia Rattigan helping out her 2nd team colleagues, putting up some lovely shots and drives as GA. In the second quarter C2 defence Clare Hunt-Brown GD and Louse Stones GK stuck to their set plays and put pressure on the Wakefield attacking circle. Interceptions from Jasmin Douglas WD were supported by Hannah Yates WA and Sarah Heaton C, getting the ball back into attack. Unfortunately this wasn't enough and Wakefield Phoenix extended their half time lead to 27-14.
The third quarter had fresh legs with Gill Coldwell at WD and Paula Hird at GS, both players making an instant impact with additional pressure and interceptions in defence, and lovely long shots from attack. Gail Gledhill switched to GA in the final quarter and the changes worked well moving the ball in and out of the circle to get within shooting range, but it was too little too late, and Wakefield Pheonix romped home the victors.
Calderdale 1's campaign to improve on last season's 3rd place in the WY Super League looks on track with a convincing 58-46 victory against last season's winners, Hi Tech.
Right from the first whistle Calderdale stamped their authority on the game, converting turnover on Hi Tech's first centre pass. Calderdale's shooting partnership of Megan Kennedy and Kim Walters showed their composure under strong defensive pressure from Hi Tech's, finishing the first quarter with a marginal 14-12 2 goal lead. Calderdale continued in the same vein, increasing their lead to 4 goals.
Coach Phil Greenough had been working on the speed of link play down court, and that paid off with a master class in the 3rd quarter from mid court players Emma Bullough, Jess Brearley, and Carolyne Baldwin. But it was the number of athletic turnovers that made Brearley player of the match, and saw Calderdale stretch their lead to 10 goals.
Despite Hi Tech switching their players around they had no answer to Calderdale's dominance, and Captain Sophia Boothroyd and GK Amy Hunt-Brown continued to pick off interceptions with ease.
Calderdale 2 faced one of their toughest challenges of the season against a strong ANC side which ultimately came down to fitness in the final quarter.
The first half of the game was evenly matched by both teams in both defence and attack, with a 20-20 score at half time.
In the 3rd quarter ANC continued to apply the pressure in defence with a zone down court, creating turnover ball in their favour. They took advantage of every turnover and once on the attack took every opportunity given with a goal conversion. Centre court players captain Sarah Heaton, player of the match Jasmin Douglas, and newcomer Liz Harrison fought hard to breakdown the zone and worked tirelessly to bring the ball down court into the Calderdale attack, but ANC started to pull away, finishing the third quarter 30-25 to ANC. The experienced shooting duo of Paula Hird and Gledhill played with great composure and tactical awareness, but the ANC defence were tall and intercepted a lot of feeds into the circle, ultimately gaining an advantage.
In the fourth quarter Calderdale tried a change in tactics, WD Douglas marking the ANC GA, and the defensive duo of Louise Stones and Clare Hunt-Brown marking even tighter in the circle on the GS, but the ANC shooter was 100% accurate with every shot once in the circle. The final score finished 40 -32 to ANC.
Calderdale 3 made a slow start against Wakefield Phoenix 2nds making a few basic errors, letting Phoenix gain the initial lead. But Calderdale began to pull it back with the first quarter ending 7-5 to Phoenix.
Captain Kay Hollingworth made changes in the second quarter with Emily Woodworth coming into the shooting circle. Calderdale continued the great attacking play with Natalie Connor's consistent shooting and strong holds. The defence, in particular player of the match, Jess Moloney, made some great interceptions allowing for some key turnovers in the game, which resulted in a close finish again for the second quarter at 14-13 to Phoenix. Hollingworth made further changes to the team adding the young Molly Brearley and Lyndsey Foster to the defence with Brearley's speed putting extra pressure on Phoenix.
Calderdale managed to retain their consistency in the third quarter and continued to provide Phoenix with a challenge, ending the third quarter at 20-18 to Phoenix. Final changes were made in the last quarter bringing back on experienced shooter Pauline Williamson and regular Goal Keeper, Hannah Godfrey. Calderdale started well, at one point drawing 22-22.
Unfortunately, Phoenix tightened up their defence and took advantage of Calderdale's errors, allowing them to edge away and take the lead. Despite Calderdale's best efforts, Phoenix widened the gap and pulled away, with the final quarter ending 28-22 to Phoenix.
It's 5 wins out of 5 so far for Calderdale!
Calderdale 1 kept their composure beating an aggressive Bradford 46-40.
After a bit of a shaky start they settled into the new midcourt combinations of Pia Rattigan at WD, newcomer and joint player of the match Emma Bullough at C, and Jess Brearley at WA. Despite a period of adjustment Calderdale finished the first quarter 1 down. The height of Megan Kennedy put Bradford's defence under pressure, and a great dodge saw her lose her defender to convert from under the post. GA Kim Walters converted 2 in a row following an interception from Caroyne Baldwin, alowing Calderdale to nudge into a narrow half time lead of 21-20.
Amy Hunt-Brown made her debut for Calderdale, but despite her best efforts towering over her opponents, it didn't deter Bradford's rangey GS from sinking distance shots. The other joint player of the match Roxy Rothery retrieved a fantastic rebound way off the back of the court, and converted. The same accuracy also saw Rothery convert an athletic turnover by her new 1st team captain, Sophia Boothroyd off a Bradford centre pass. Great defensive and back-up play from the youthful Bullough saw Calderdale extend their lead to 37-31 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Calderdale lost their captain Boothroyd in the final quarter to a blood injury followng an elbow to the face. Her replacement, and former 1st team captain, Louise Stones made numerous interceptions to keep Bradford under control, and a Rothery screen allowed shooting partner Walters to convert and maintain Calderdale's 6 goal lead to the final whistle.
Calderdale 2 took their second win of the season in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League with a hard fought match against Rothwell at Park Lane. The final score of 45-28 did not reflect how close several periods of the match were.
Captain Sarah Heaton picked the same attacking line-up of Megan Kennedy, Gail Gledhill and Lisa Lund with herself as centre. Calderdale used Kennedy’s height and positioning under the post to their advantage. Accurate feeding from the attacking players caused the Rothwell defence problems. At the other end Calderdale’s defensive trio Louise Stones, Clare Hunt-Brown and Jasmin Douglas stayed tight on their opponents and restricted their shooting chances. The first quarter ended 14-6 to Calderdale.
Rothwell used their speed and athleticism to put pressure on Calderdale’s passing down court in the second quarter. They speeded up their attacking play and produced more shooting chances but Calderdale kept the lead at 26-17.
In the third quarter Heaton replaced Gledhill with Mollie Griffiths and Douglas with Hannah Yates. Rothwell also made several changes and their replacement shooter was put under pressure straight away by the Calderdale defence who made repeated interceptions and pressurised them into making numerous mistakes. Calderdale increased their lead to 38-21.
Griffiths replaced Kennedy at shooter in the final quarter with Gledhill returning at goal attack. Both teams cancelled each other out with tight defences and interceptions restricting shooting chances to score seven apiece. The Calderdale squad had put a lot of effort and fight into this game and pushed through the bad periods to come away with a good win, they are sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Calderdale 3 got off to a promising start against experienced Huddersfield team, Caboodle, finishing the first quarter ahead 13-7.
The second quarter got underway with Emily Woodsworth and Lynsdey Foster both making their Calderdale debuts as a great defensive duo, allowing the opposition to only score 1 goal in this quarter.
Calderdale gave a great team performance stretching the lead to a final score of 34-19. Jo Hall's consistency and great feeding earned her player of the match.
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