Calderdale 3s faced their final pre-Christmas League match against Rebels at Halifax High School, having surprised even themselves with a string of great results in the first half of the season.
They went into the match short of a few key players due to absences and lost the first quarter 10-5 to Rebels.
The second quarter took a further 2 goal deficit, ending 14-21 to Rebels, despite the great effort from Liz Harrison keeping the ball in the attacking circle.
The third quarter saw an 11 goal difference 23-34 to Rebels.
Finally, with a few changes in the last quarter, Lyndsey Foster and Sue Seymour (player of the match) fought in the defensive circle to bring the goal difference down to 6, 38-32 to Rebels.
Although, not enough to win the match the thirds are confident to continue fighting for their seasons success in the new year.
It was a tough week for Calderdale 2s - injuries and work commitments leaving them weak in centre court and pulling in much needed help from squad members Sue Seymour and Liz Harrison. A number of people played out of their usual positions and the team struggled to get into the game. After a rocky start, losing the first quarter 1-12, coach Phil Greenough made some drastic changes to mix things up and try and pull the game back.
A valiant effort by Sue Seymour and Louise Stones in the second quarter saw some improvement but with Calder moving to just 4-23 at half time.
Further changes saw Mollie Griffiths moving to WD, where she defended well, getting a number of fantastic interceptions and providing more possession for Calder to pull some goals back - the third quarter ended 11-32.
Final quarter and more changes - Mollie moving again, this time to GS and Sue Seymour (a self-confessed circle player) taking the Centre bib to give the now very tired Hannah Yates a break. This was short lived though with another switch back before the final whistle.
Louise Stones got a well deserved POM for keeping her cool despite being battered and bruised by the opposing GA and giving 100% till the final minute.
Despite giving their all, the challenge proved too much and Calder couldn't get the result they wanted - final score 15-43. They are now looking forward to the next game where they hope to be back to full strength and back on winning terms.
Calderdale 3s faced Fusion with a late fixture in Normanton and both teams started out strongly.
Calderdale had youngster Bronte Woodworth making her debut with an impressive performance at WA but it was Fusion who won the first quarter with a slender one goal lead.
Dedicated Captain Kay Hollingworth made some positive changes moving herself from C to WA, Pia Rattigan moved from WD to C and Bronte Woodworth from WA to WD. Gill Coldwell switched in the circle with defensive partner Lindsey Foster. Sticking to their task and with some structured play, they opened up a 22-15 lead at the half way stage.
Calderdale edged further away in the third quarter where they were able to feed balls to their star performers, player of the match Pauline Williamson (GA) and Natalie Conner (GS) and so increased their lead to eleven goals going into the final quarter.
Life long Calderdale member, Pauline Williamson put in an outstanding performance as Calderdale finished the game in what had been a superb display from Calderdale 3 and earned them a 42-29 win!
Calderdale 1s were back to winning ways after facing two of the top teams over the past few weeks with a convincing 66-40 win against Hi-Lites.
Calderdale started strongly in the first quarter, dominating from the offset. Excellent feeds into the circle from Jess Brearley (C), Carolyne Baldwin (WA) and Kim Walters (GA) could not be stopped by the opposition’s defence. Megan Kennedy (GS) capitalised on these opportunities to make the score in the first quarter an impressive 25-9.
Roxy Rothery came on at goal attack in the second quarter, upsetting the defence with extra height and accuracy. Brearley’s energetic link play between the attack and defence allowed them to keep a comfortable lead going into the second half.
Calderdale’s defence Sophia Boothroyd (GD), Amy Hunt-Brown (GK) and Emma Bullough (WD) dictated play in the third quarter, communicating well together to pick off multiple notable turnovers. The score reflected this, stretching Calderdale’s lead to 26 goals ahead.
Hi-Lites came back fighting in the last 15 minutes, restricting Calderdale’s attack to keep the goal difference the same all the way until the whistle. Boothroyd gained player of the match for consistent and powerful defensive play.This convincing win has allowed Calderdale to maintain an impressive third place in the West Yorkshire Super League, keeping the pressure on the top two teams.
Calderdale 2s were in need of a win against Milford on Saturday after a recent dip in form and a string of injuries.
One of Calderdale's legends and regular umpires, Alex Wilson, made a return to Calderdale in the attacking circle with Paula Hird, keeping up with Milford goal for goal in the first quarter. While in defence, a new combination of Louise Stones just back from injury, Jasmin Douglas (Player of the match) and Sue Seymour on loan from the first team, took a while to settle in but helped to keep Milford to an even score at half time (18-18).
Despite Calderdale's best efforts, Milford found another gear in the last quarter to create a 10 goal lead with the final score 42-32.
Calderdale 3s were hoping to build on what had been a great result last week.
Unfortunately that was not to be - with some regular players missing and with a mix up that saw them start with just 6 players the 3rds never really recovered their composure.
There was some accurate shooting from Natalie Connor and player of the match Pauline Williamson, but the game was strewn with errors and despite halving an 8 goal deficit from the 1st quarter and only losing the 3rd quarter by 1 further goal, the final quarter saw Zodiacs pull further away to win by 35 to 49.