C1 vs Alliance
Calderdale Firsts travelled to Lighthouse to play Alliance for the second time this season. Alliance displayed strength and confidence of the bat, quickly stretching out a lead but Calderdale retained composure and brought the score back to level by the end of the first 15 – first quarter score 14-14.
The second quarter saw Lorelle Donaldson come on at GK and Calderdale, with renewed vigour, starting to push ahead and take the lead. Effective defensive work across the team broke down Alliances flow and enabled Jess Brearley to regularly take interceptions and the shooters Megan Kennedy and Roxy Rothery to capitalise on this extra possession.
Into the second half, the defensive trio of Donaldson, Sophia Boothroyd and Becky Wood applied yet more pressure to Alliance’s attack challenging every feed, forcing errors and taking yet more possession from their opponents.
The final quarter saw Louise Stones coming on at GK and Calderdale holding strong and maintaining their advantage with some impressive feeds from both Jessica Brearley and Caroline Baldwin.
Final score Calderdale take the win 48-42 with Megan Kennedy taking Player of the Match for her flawless shooting throughout
C2 vs Rothwell
With a strong and successful performance last week Calderdale 2 were looking to take the momentum of the win into their fixture against Rothwell.
Kim Walters at centre and Lorrelle Donaldson & Jess Maloney in defence worked tirelessly to take interceptions in the first quarter but, despite the extra possession, a strong Rothwell defensive approach made it difficult for Calderdale to convert them into goals and settle into their game and were left behind on score at the close of the quarter.
With a few tactical changes in the second quarter, Calderdale improved the quality of their attack finding a more confident approach and reduced the gap to three goals behind their opponents.
The 2 teams traded points throughout the remainder of the game and despite Calderdale’s best effort, they were unable to pull ahead and the game finished as a 31-36 loss.
C3 game against Portland Sports B was cancelled due to issues with venue. Awaiting re-arranged fixture
C4 vs Leeds Lightning 2
Calderdale 4ths romped home a 59-34 victory over Leeds Lightning 2nds in the 5th Division of the West Yorkshire league.
From the off this young Calderdale side of 15-17 year olds were hungry for interceptions, with turnovers from defenders Zuzanna Nawocka and Ella Cooper pushing Calderdale into an early 4-0 lead. This gave attackers Amelia Weston, Bethan Hirst and Harriet Grace confidence to execute their set plays with precision, leaving Leeds Lightning behind the pace.
But it was a stand-out performance by Player of the Match Ellie Cardiss, who showed her versatility mid-court to relentlessly hunt down the ball, create turnover, and then deliver it at pace to her shooters.
The end result was never in doubt, only the size of the goal difference, which may prove crucial towards the end of the season. Calderdale now move up a slot to 5th place in the league
Calder 3 vs YMCA
C3 were the only Calder team playing this Saturday against the current league leaders YMCA, who had only lost one game previously this season.
The 3s started confidently - some accurate shooting by the new combination of Kim Walters and Pauline Williamson helped by incisive feeding into the circle by Lucianne Hinch and Jo Hall set the tone for the game. The first quarter ended with C3 being ahead by 17 goals to 5.
Injury to Hinch meant that changes were made at the start of the 2nd quarter with Liz Harrison coming on and changes in positions for other players to accommodate. After a short settling in period the game started to flow again with the Calder defence of Pia Rattigan and ,player of the match, Lyndsey Foster putting pressure on the YMCA shooting duo. The quarter ended with a score of 24 to 14.
Further tactical changes were made by Coach Phil Greenhough in quarter 3 with captain Kay Hollingworth replacing Molly Brearley who had done a sterling job at WD. This resulted in Calder pulling further away from their opponents and the score for the quarter ended as 40 to 22 in C3's favour.
Continued pressure down the court, especially in defence where Calder were actually at a height disadvantage, and continued accurate transitions and feeding into the shooter meant that they retained the 18 goal advantage with the game ending 49 to 31.
C1 vs Harrogate Phoenix
Calder 1 won 53-47 with Megan Kennedy winning POM for the second week running. Calder’s first team currently occupy the top spot in the Super League with one result left to come in for last Saturdays games!
C2 vs Morrisons
Calder 2 were fast off the line with a confident start against Morrisons.
Both teams moved the ball smoothly down the court and Calderdale’s defencive pairing of Jasmin Douglas and Jess Moloney worked hard to put pressure on a fast Morrison’s attack. The quarter ended with Calderdale taking a lead at 15-11.
A defensive change for Morrisons saw Calderdale’s attacking play become unsettled and they struggled to convert as quickly as in the first quarter. Hannah Yates continued to battle hard as WD and Sarah Heaton (sharing joint player of the Match with Jess Moloney) continued to rally her team. Morrisons took a lead of 8 goals by the halftime whistle.
In the third quarter, Louise Stones came on for Calderdale at GK and dedicated her efforts in putting pressure on a strong Morrisons attack. Calderdale’s shooters Laura Kennedy and Gail Gledhill continued to battle hard against a physical Morrison’s defence with excellent support from play maker Lisa Lund at WA. The third quarter ended 41- 32.
Calderdale had a much stronger second half performance but unfortunately they could not claw back the lead that Morrison’s had opened in the second quarter and the game ended 59-43.
C4 vs Yorkshire Brodleians 2
Calder 4 took on Yorkshire Brods 2nds in a well contested local derby, Brods coming out on top with a 49-26 victory.
Calderdale clung on to the shirt tails of league leaders in the first half, getting to within 2 goals, but it was the consistency of Brods’ shooters that earned them the win.
Calderdale’s Bethany Long earned her 2nd player of the match this season for her quick release passing down the attacking line.
The 4th team have no games during December, but aim to build on their firm foundations to climb the league table in the second half of the season.
Calderdale 1 vs Bradford
C1 beat Bradford 59-36 earning themselves joint second in the Superleague league table. Brilliant team effort from everyone with a 3 way POM shared by Sophia Boothroyd, Roxy Rothery and Megan Kennedy. Excellent performances from the “newbies” of the first team – Emily Woodworth, Rosie Baldwin and Lucianne Hinch!
Calderdale 2 vs Tornadoes
C2 beat Tornadoes 49-38 with Gail Geldhill winning POM. Good all round team performance with the welcomed return of Captain Sarah Heaton!
Calderdale 3 vs Chapeltown CNC
C3 were quick off the mark against a very physical Chapeltown, winning the first and only quarter by 8 goals to 7.
The opposition soon gained control in the second quarter forcing Calderdale into making basic errors, and the ruthless defence of Chapeltown dominated over Calderdale’s shooters.
Pia Rattigan, in defence, made a valiant effort earning her Player of the Match, but the accuracy of the Chapeltown shooters, who rarely missed, were a force to be reckoned with and there was no way back for Calder as Chapeltown forged ahead even further in the last quarter
Final score of 24-43.
Calderdale 4 vs Wakefield Phoenix 3
C4 beat Wakefield Phoenix 3 by 43 goals to 41 in what proved to be an exciting game throughout.
Olivia Reynolds played a great central link position for Calderdale and there was some excellent shooting from Harriet Grace and Bethan Hirst, earning Hirst the Player of the Match award.
Phoenix did not let Calderdale have it all their own way and pulled it back in the 3rd quarter to take the lead by 3 goals.
Calderdale continued to battle and had two turnovers in a row enabling them to edge ahead once again obtaining a valuable 3 winning points
. NCalderdale 2 suffered a disappointing loss on Saturday against Hi Tech 2.
On taking to the court, Calder struggled in getting the balls into the shooters with a very physical Hi Tech 2 defence forcing Calders attackers to battle for every bit of free space and making the shooting circle a difficult target for the feeders. At the other end of the court the Calderdale defence put up a good fight working hard to take as many interceptions as possible. Becky Wood worked tirelessly at WD putting a lot of pressure on her WA and Louise Stones applied the pressure at GD, making it difficult for her GA to get near to the post.
Calder were missing new centre court player Leanne Woods due to injury so it was over to Lisa Lund to don the Centre bib and lead by example by putting pressure on her counterpart. As the physicality of the game continued throughout, Hi Tech further stretched their lead to the halftime whistle.
The third quarter called for changes to be made with Lorelle Donaldson moving from GK to GA to address the need for height and solid positioning and control in what was becoming a heated attacking circle. Calder saw this move take effect immediately with the new pairing of Donaldson and Megan Kennedy seeing more of the possession than Calder had enjoyed up to halftime. Sadly, however, it was short lived with Donaldson suffering an injury in the aggressively fought circle space and retiring from the game with a sprained ankle. Laura Kennedy took over at GA and managed to sink to impressive long distance shots and both shooters benefitted from precision feeding from Gail Gledhill at WA.
In the final quarter Lund and Woods made a concerted joint effort to mark closely and block their opponents GA out of the shooting circle enabling Stones and Wood to double mark the GS. Calderdale remained strong and determined but were no match for the accurate feeding of their opponents and resigned themselves to fighting to gain a solitary point for half score. As the game came to a close, the deficit was too much and the challenge too great. Calderdale put up a good fight with every player working tirelessly throughout but the team as a whole struggled to find the unity required to control the game and in the end the Hi Tech 2 took the win 52 goals to Calder’s 23.
Calderdale 3 lost to Wakefield Wildcats 30-41. Lucianne Hinch won POM for second week on the trot with special mentions for Mollie Brearley and Pia Rattigan who, through line up changes, ended up playing nearly every position on court. No match report available
Calderdale 4 had a brilliant win against Sapphires- 36-29. Lowrie Roberts won POM with a special mention to Ella Cooper who also had a great match keeping her WA opponent out of the game. No match report available
C1 vs Milford 1
1st Team won 45-41 with Jess Brearley winning POM for the game. C1 currently stand in 1st place in the WYNL superleague division. No match report available
C2 vs Leeds Lightning
Calder 2 were stretched to the limit to keep up with top of the league Leeds Lightning throughout their match on Saturday.
Kim Roy and Gail Gledhill (Player of the Match) formed a brilliant combination in the shooting circle ably assisted by accurate feeds in from Lisa Lund and Leanne Smith. By half time Calder 2 were just two goals behind.
Rosie Baldwin made her debut for the second team and worked hard with Lou Stones in defence to provide turnover opportunities to level the score to 35 all in the third quarter. However, Leeds Lightning were stronger overall and managed to secure a win in the final few minutes (50-48).
C3 vs Shipley Swifts 3
Now 5 games into the season without a win under their belts, Calder 3 stepped onto the court with determination and confidence that they could end their losing streak.
Calder wasted no time stamping their authority on the game with Liz Harrison and Pauline Williamson providing consistently accuratley shooting in the circle and doubling their opponents score by the end of the quarter – 16 goals to 8.
Coach Greenhough was keen to keep up the momentum with subtle changes in player positions throughout the game – keeping the opposition on their toes. The second quarter saw Calder stretch their lead further with outstanding feeding of the ball up court from Olivia Baldwin and great link play between Lucianne Hinch, Baldwin and Jo Hall. Halftime score 33-12
Into the 3rd quarter and the defensive pairing of Hannah Godfrey and Zib Forest continued to pressurise their shooters keeping them to their lowest quarter goal tally all game and further stretching Calderdales lead to 49-19 by the end of the quarter.
Into the final 15 and Greenough took opportunity to mix players up, taking full advantage of the commanding lead they had established. A steady finish to the game with both teams trading points and Calder maintaining the goal difference to the end – final score 66 to 34.
C4 vs WAKEFIELD WILDCATS 6
Calderdale 4s were hoping to continue their winning streak and came on court with a speed and determination that left the opposition standing.
They took control throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters, with the score at 25 goals to 30 in favour of Calderdale. The whole team linked up well with the attackers feeding some great balls into the shooting duo of Olivia Reynolds and Harriet Grace – Grace, who rarely missed, earned the Player of the Match award as a result.
But Wakefield were not going to let Calderdale have their own way and upped their game in the last quarter with a tremendous fight back and ultimately took the game Wildcats 39 to Calderdale’s 36 in an exciting finish.
C1 lost 34-43 against Hi Tech.
POM was Roxy Rothery. No match report available
Calder 2 vs Hi Lites
Calderdale 2nd team continued their winning streak on Saturday with a convincing win against Hi Lites
Calderdale came out of the blocks determined to win in the 1st quarter. Great link up play in attack and accurate feeding into the circle from captain Sarah Heaton at C and Lisa Lund at WA combined with the experienced precision shooting duo of Paula Hird at GS player of the match and Gail Gledhill at GA saw Calderdale take a 12-5 lead.
Hi Lites came out fighting in the second and third quarter and upped their game. The tight defensive duo of Lorelle Donaldson GK and Sue Seymour GD combined with maintained pressure from WD Hannah Yates kept Calderdale in the game.
The final quarter saw Calderdale down to six when Jasmine Douglass GD, who had worked tirelessly to intercept and turnover the ball, came off with an injury. Heaton made changes and moved Lund in to defence with Yates and Calderdale focused on keeping possession of the ball.
In attack, Heaton, Hird and Gledhill continued their strong movement and with more precise shooting pulling away to secure their 5th win of the season. Final score 40-34
C3 vs Pennine Weavers
Despite their best team performance of the season, Calderdale thirds failed to secure their first win in a closely contested match.
Calderdale started off in fantastic form against Pennine Weavers taking the lead at the end of the second half (27-24) with plenty of turnovers from the defensive line up and great movement and accurate shooting in attack.
The opposition managed to disrupt play in the third quarter and stop the momentum gathered by that point. At the close of the 3rd quart both sides were level at 34 goals a piece.
Calderdale fought hard to try take control but Weavers capitalised on mistakes made to sneak a 45-41 victory.
Goal keeper Hannah Godfrey and Goal Attack Liz Harrison shared the team’s player of the match.
C4 vs Leeds Medics & Dentists
Calderdale 4ths were growing in confidence with their 2nd win of the season, beating undefeated Leeds Medics & Dentists.
A closely fought battle from the start, it was Calderdale’s full court defence that was Leeds’ undoing.
In mid-court player of the match Ella Cooper, and the energetic Olivia Reynolds worked tirelessly to cut off Leeds’ attack. Turnovers were then delivered at speed by WA Amelia Weston into the trusty shooters Bethan Hirst and Harriet Grace, who combined well to covert over a taller and more experienced opposition defence.
Calderdale increased their lead every quarter to bring home the victory – final score 25-16.
Calderdale 1 vs Alliance
Calderdale 1 travelled to new league venue Corpus Christi on Saturday to play Alliance.
Calderdale won the toss to take the first centre only for Alliance to turn the ball over and get the first points on the scoreboard. Some accurate passing from the opposition saw Alliance make a strong start with a lead of 1-7 early in the quarter. This dominance continued throughout the first 15 and left Calderdale facing a 10poitn deficit at the close of the quarter - 7-17.
The second quarter was a more convincing affair from Calderdale after coach Phil made some changes to the team structure. Fast and accurate passing from centre court to attack provided plenty of opportunity for the shooters to convert, which they did. At the other end of the court, excellent defensive pressure from Calderdale provided much needed turnovers and enabled them to close the gap on Alliance’s lead. Second quarter score 26-23.
Calderdale began the third quarter with the same drive as they had built in the second and scored immediately but not without a good fight being put up by their opposition, Alliance still pushing throughout and scoring at every opportunity they could find. In the latter end of the quarter Calderdale took the lead after accurate shooting and an all-round excellent team defensive effort. Third quarter ends 34-33.
Calderdale began the final quarter with possession of the ball but with Alliance still pressurising they forced a turnover which they then converted from. Alliance regained their lead with the next goal scored but whilst their focus was to build on this momentum, this gave Calderdale the push they needed to dig deep and battle back. Down the line passing, tight marking, picking up turnover balls and solid defensive circle pressure made sure Calderdale cemented the win. Coach’s Player of the Match went to the whole team for their winning performance finishing 45-39 and Sue Seymour and Sophia Samuels shared the Player’s Player of the Match between them.
Calderdale 4 vs Leeds Lightning
Newly formed Calderdale 4s celebrated their first victory of the season, beating Leeds Lightning 2nds 45-37.
Coach Phil Greenough tinkered with the line up at each quarter as both teams went goal for goal over the first 3 quarters, till he found the winning combination.
Defenders Rosie Baldwin and Ella Cooper restricted Leeds Lightening to just 5 goals in the final quarter. At the other end of the court joint players of the match Harriet Grace and Olivia Reynolds found their groove as their confidence grew converting an amazing 16 goals to seal the victory.
Calderdale 1 vs Wakefield Phoenix 1
Calderdale 1 won 71-42 with Player of the Match going to Jess Brearley and Sarah Heaton. No match report available
Calderdale 2 vs Ellis
Stepping out onto the court Calderdale seconds were hoping for their third win of the season. Both teams came out fighting in the first quarter but Ellis struggled to defend against Calderdale's strong attack. Playing a vital role extending Calderdale's lead, Leanne Smith made a number of impressive interceptions that were quickly converted to goals. With a commanding lead, Calder 2 pushed ahead and continued to dominate the court.
During half-time, Calderdale's coach Phil Greenhough made some changes to try out some new combinations. Ellis also re-evaluated their positions, switching up defence in an attempt to combat Calderdale's unstoppable attack. The new team dynamic worked better for Ellis and they clawed some vital goals back, edging closer to half score and the hopes of a point.
In the final quarter Calderdale were feeling the strains of the high scoring game. Ellis continued to push on in a valiant attempt to reach half score but Calderdale remained in control and denied them that consolatory point in the final seconds.
Finishing at a staggering 61-30, Calderdale 2 now sit top of table and undefeated in 3 games. Hopes are high that they can keep this up for the rest of the season! A well- earned player of the match went to Laura Kennedy who gave 110% throughout, creating opportunities and sinking the goals!
Calderdale 3 vs Wakefield Phoenix 2
Calderdale 3s faced tough opposition in Wakefield Phoenix this week.
With a much changed line up it to previous games it took Calderdale a while to get into the flow of the game but with newcomer Olivia Reynolds making an impressive debut at WA
The first quarter was closely fought with both teams trading points but saw Wakefield Phoenix taking the lead 8 -6
Captain Kay Hollingworth made a number of changes in the second quarter with Liz Harrison and Pia Rattigan showing their versatility in switching roles. Wakefield Phoenix upped their game and began to build on their lead moving to halftime score of 28 - 13
Calderdale remained focused on the game and hassled for possession with some confident and accurate shooting from Gail Gledhill and Ashleigh Hollingworth the 3rd quarter. Preventing Wakefield from creating any further points gap but unable to pull back much of the deficit, the 3rd quarter ended with Wakefield in front 32-18
In the final quarter Liz Harrison changed position to goal attack and Calderdale managed to close the gap .Gill Coldwell and Pia Rattigan (players of the match) both worked tirelessly in defence but in the end the game went to Wakefield - final score 38-27
Calderdale 4 vs Milford 3
Calderdale 4th Team came their closest yet to their 1st victory as a new squad in the West Yorkshire 5th division, playing Milford 3rd team.
Calderdale made full use of their 11 strong squad and started well with Ella Cooper intercepting Milford's first centre pass, but were unable to capitalise on it.
Despite Rosie Baldwin and Olivia Baldwin turning over ball with regular occurrence, Calderdale found it difficult to penetrate Milford's defence, finishing the first half trailing by 6 goals.
Player of the match Luci Hinch stepped it up a gear in the 2nd half, combining well with WA Beth Long and GA Bethany Hirst, Calderdale winning the 3rd quarter by 3 goals.
But they were unable to keep up the pressure & finished out the game with a 32-35 loss.
Calderdale 1 vs Wakefield Wildcats
Calderdale struggled to find their feet going into the first quarter with every goal the opposition scored taking their toll on a new combination of players. Ending the first quarter at 8-17 down to Wakefield, Coach Phil Greenough needed to make some changes.
With spirits low, Calderdale took to the second quarter apprehensively but soon began make back some of the deficit from the first. Hollie Thomas (player of the match) took charge at GA with some great movement and shooting in the circle. Sarah Heaton’s accurate feeds gave opportunities to capitalise on this new found momentum. Player moves into more familiar positions allowed the team to find their flow and bring the halftime score to 20-29 to Wakefield.
The third quarter saw the strongest all-round Calder performance with Lorelle Donaldson and Sophia Boothroyd’s defending in the circle starting to put off Wakefield’s shooters. Leanne Smith put some great pressure on the oppositions WA and hassled every feed of the ball. Determined and in control, Calderdale would not give up. Jess Brearley (coaches player of the match) remained calm and controlled the game through out with some great interceptions and focussed play. The movement and great feeds from Carolyne Baldwin, gave Roxy Rothery every opportunity to put her shots up and ultimately take the lead with the 3rd quarter 35-33 to Calderdale.
The final quarter saw an optimistic and driven Calderdale team take to the court watched over by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters – the narrow lead making the last 15 minutes an intense and nervous battle. Both teams were scoring goal after goal trading points throughout. Wakefield called “time” for the 3rd time within the game in order to re-group but, sadly for Calderdale, also to find a last big push that took them to victory. With 2 minutes to spare Wakefield took the game, final score 42-44 and leaving Calderdale ready for the re-match.
Calderdale 2 vs Rothwell
Second game of the season saw Calderdale 2 face Rothwell. A nervy start and new line up saw lots of dropped catches from both sides but once the dust settled the team found their stride.
Kim Walters at goal attack provided lots of energy to the game and helped the cause by accurately sinking her shots. Leading after the first quarter by 1 (10-9), the coach put Emily Woodworth to goal shooter, Sue Seymour to goal defence and captain Sarah Heaton to wing attack.
The dynamic and experienced duo of Louise Stones and Seymour proved vital in turning over Rothwell's possession and isolating the goal shooter to further extend Calderdale's lead by 5 at half time.
Rothwell stepped it up a gear in the 3rd and pulled the difference in score back to 2 (31-29). However, Calderdale had more left in the tank. Gail Gledhill returned to goal shooter providing some impressive long range shots.
Pia Rattigan at wing defence and Leanne Smith at centre showed the kind of stamina required to keep the win in the bag for the team.
Calderdale won the game 42-38 maintaining their winning streak for the start of the 2017-2018 season.
Calderdale 3 vs Morrisons 2
Calderdale 3 struggled in the opening quarter to get the ball to the shooters as Morrisons defenders kept a close mark on their players. The first quarter ended 7 goals to 13 with great shooting from Pauline Williamson and Liz Harrison (POM) having to fight for every shooting opportunity.
Facing tough opposition, Calder struggled to move the ball fluidly around the court. Jo Hall kept pressure on and fed great balls into the circle with help from (POM)Kay Hollingworth. Turnovers were found as Molly Brearley got her hands to some tip interceptions and Olivia Baldwin in support to pick them up. The halftime score now 16-27 in Morrisons’ favour.
The third quarter saw Calderdale pull back some of the deficit with Gill Coldwell putting in a valiant effort in defence but with Calderdale still trailing 27-40 at the start of the final quarter.
The final 15 saw Hannah Godfrey’s persistence pay off, challenging and taking hold of the maroity of the shooters rebounds and finding interceptions wherever she could to then work the ball back up court. Despite keeping heads high, Calderdale could not recover and the final score saw them lose 35-52.
Calderdale 4 vs Yorkshire Gems
Calderdale 4ths struggled from the off against an organised Yorkshire Gems.
A strong debut from Olivia Reynolds initially at GS and later moving to Centre in the second half where her energy and enthusiasm was well placed. Joint player of the match was awarded to Amelia Weston for her fast paced attack, and Beth Long for her persistent defence down court.
The final quarter saw Calderdale’s best performance as the team found some consistency of play, but it was not enough to earn a half-score bonus point, losing 13-32.