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.