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.