After suffering a couple of defeats, Calderdale 3 were aiming for a much needed win against bottom of the table, Whitcliffe 2, and even though Calderdale were missing several key players who were called up to the second team, they were determined to come away with no less than 3 points.
They set off at a flying pace in the first quarter taking advantage of Whitcliffe only having 6 players, and finished the first quarter leading by 15 goals to 3.
Captain Kay Hollingworth and Liz Harrison switched centre court roles in the second quarter and maintained the goal difference with some fine shooting from Pauline Williamson and Natalie Connor, who rarely missed their shots.
Jo Hall was brought on for the last 2 quarters making an immediate impact with some accurate feeding into the circle. The defensive trio of this week's player of the match Molly Brearley (WD), Lyndsey Foster (GD) and Hannah Godfrey (GK) worked endlessly and frustrated the oppositions with their tight marking and many interceptions forcing Whitcliffe 2 to make changes, but it was an impossible task and to no avail for them against such a determined Calderdale team, with the final score 68-10.
Calderdale 2 travelled to Huddersfield University for their match against Ellis with a very different line-up. The second team had 5 regular players missing on Saturday due to injuries and holidays and then had to give inspirational captain Sarah Heaton to the 1st team. Thankfully four 3rd team players, Jess Maloney at GK, Gill Coldwell at WD, Pia Rattigan at C and Emily Woodworth later on in defence, stepped up and gave a good performance.
Calderdale started the first quarter very well and matched Ellis goal for goal. Positive play in the goal third by Rattigan and wing attack Mollie Griffiths created opportunities for Calderdale’s shooters Paula Hird and Gail Gledhill. The score was an encouraging 8-8.
The second and third quarters saw Ellis change their defence players around and were able to cut off the supply to Calderdale’s shooters by intercepting loose passes and reducing space around the circle. Maloney, Coldwell and goal keeper Jasmin Douglas were working hard to stop Ellis’ attack but Ellis played with speed and accuracy.
The rest of the match continued in the same way and although Calderdale’s players never stopped trying, they were not able to recover and gain a bonus point for half score - Ellis won the match 52-24 . That fighting spirit earned Douglas the player of the match.
Calderdale 1 lost to Wakefield Wildcats 47-42 with Sophia Boothroyd as POM. It's a painful result as they were drawing almost all the way through the match and playing some brilliant netball in parts. There is only goal difference separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in the Superleague so a high score next Saturday against Hi-Lites will make all the difference.
After a disappointing loss last Saturday, Calderdale 1s came back fighting in their match against Alliance West this week. The game appeared to be won in the first quarter as Calderdale shooters Megan Kennedy and Roxanne Rothery dominated the shooting circle putting Calderdale at a comfortable lead from the get go.
After a few changes on both sides, Alliance West put on a strong defensive barrier in the 2nd quarter clawing back the points. But it was still no match for the skilful ball placement of Carolyne Baldwin and the athletic abilities of Jessica Brearley, who picked off multiple interceptions.
The last two quarters were reclaimed by the Calderdale side with help from Sarah Heaton who made passage of play quick and unstoppable for Alliance West. The defence of Amy Hunt-Brown and outstanding defensive play by Emma Bullough kept the oppositions score down enough so that the super shooting accuracy of Kim Walters could made use of. The final score being 45-32 to Calderdale Firsts, players of the match awarded to Emma Bullough and Jessica Brearley.
After a few losses in recent games, Calderdale 3s were keen to get back to winning ways in their fixture against Chapeltown CNC 1 this weekend.
The first quarter was closely matched between the 2 teams with goals being traded with little pull away from either side. Liz Harrison and Pauline Williamson looked comfortable in the shooting circle finding space and taking confident feeds from Jo Hall and Pia Rattigan. The quarter finished with C3 trailing by 1 point (10-11)
No changes made going into the second quarter, hoping for a continued strong performance. Gill Coldwell and Linsdey Foster hassled their circle opponents and with support from Molly Brearley (who ultimately got POM for her determined approach throughout the game) Calder forced a few turnovers but were unable to capitalise on them with possession lost further up the court. Chapeltown increased their lead to 4 by halftime (19-23).
The third quarter saw Rattigan and Hall switch bibs, Natalie Connor enter the shooting circle in place of Williamson and Coldwell off for Hannah Godfrey in defence. Calderdale hoped to capitalise on the added height of Connor in attack but as the game became more physical, holding ground in the circle was difficult and the feeding became more challenging. Through a few unforced errors and rushed passes Calder dropped another couple of goals finishing the 3rd 6 down (28-34).
The only 4th quarter change saw Coldwell return to defence in place of Foster and the new defensive partnership were driven and keen to take control in the circle. Calderdale traded points for much of the quarter with Brearley successfully battling for loose passes and interceptions. A Chapeltown player injury late into the game gave Calderdale 3 minutes of remaining game time after restart to make the most of their opponents' new, unfamiliar player combination. Calder quickly pulled back some deficit taking 4 goals with no response from Chapeltown. But with the opposition keen to play a possession game and time not in Calder's favour it was too little too late and final score was a loss for Calderdale 29-32.
Calderdale 1 knew it was going to be a tough match against Leeds Athletic this week so had to step up and be positive about the game.
The first quarter was challenging (8-1 down at one point) but pulled back before the end of the quarter to just 2 in it. This was going to be a very physical game.
Going into the second quarter, after having a team talk with coach Phil, Calderdale knew what they needed to do to turn this around. Some great circle defence from Sophia and Emma converted into shots by shooters Roxy and Megan - all square (28-28) at half time.
In the third quarter Carolyne and Jess worked together with the back up of Sarah to get the ball into the circle. Leeds' defence got tighter but Calderdale's shooters stepped up. The quarter ended with Calderdale down by 3.
The fourth quarter was tough and Calderdale still had to try and maintain their consistency of play. Lots of supporters really encouraged the team to push through the last 15 minutes but unfortunately Leeds pulled away and took the win - final score Leeds Athletic 59-49 Calderdale 1.
Calderdale 1 continued their winning streak on Saturday with a win against Farsley Celtic.
They knew it was going to be a tough one but with 4 wins out of 4 games they were ready for the battle and to continue the season on a high.
Both teams started strong in the first quarter and were head to head all the way through finishing 11-11.
Coach Phil G made an unusual change going into the second quarter moving Roxy, who received player of the match, from their attacking circle to the defending circle. Roxy Rothery now GK and Captain Sophia Boothroyd GD used hassling tactics to try and force errors from Farsleys attack and capitalise on the few missed shots turning the ball over into Calderdale's favour. Calderdale moved into the lead by 4 at half time.
The second half saw great link up play in attack and accurate feeding into the circle from Carolyne Baldwin and Jess Brearley. This, combined with strong movement and precision shooting from Megan Kennedy and Kim Walters, saw Calderdale increase their lead to 39-31.
Farsley came out fighting in the final quarter and upped their game but WD Emma Bullough continued to defend well down court seeing some brilliant interceptions and tips forcing errors in the Farsley Attack.
Despite a strong fight back from Farsley Celtic, Calderdale maintained their momentum in attack and defence, resulting in a 55-46 win.
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