Calderdale 1s made it three wins in a row getting back to good form. The convincing 73-56 victory against mid-table Farsley Celtic sees the 1st team close to securing at least 4th place in the West Yorkshire Super League. Two points behind third placed Wakefield Wildcats who they are playing this coming Saturday.
The first quarter was a fast paced back and forth affair whilst the teams settled into the game with Calderdale leading 18-16 at the end of the first 15, both teams taking advantage of unforced errors.
The second quarter saw a solid defense from Sue Seymour, Sophia Bothroyd and Emma Bullough with opportunities to intercept and defend the ball well. The attack of Kim Walters and Megan Kennedy in the circle capitalised further on the errors of Farsley Celtic and accurately converted the shots to lead 36 - 31 at half time.
Coach Phil Greenough changed the team at half time, to move Boothroyd from defence to attack and Walters the reverse. This allowed the centre court players Carolyne Baldwin and Jess Brearley to utilise the space more and play the long balls into the shooting circle. From interceptions in the defence to converting the chances in attack Calderdale looked confident and determined to finish the quarter on a high, 57 - 45.
The final quarter saw Walters and Boothroyd revert back to normal positions to further distract the Farsley team who were unable to adapt their style of play. Calderdale played out the game strong to finish 73-56 with player of the match going to Boothroyd for a brilliant performance.
Calderdale 2s played Ellis in a tightly fought bottom of the table relegation battle. Calderdale may have lost the battle by 1 goal 40-41, but they gained the essential 1 losing bonus point to secure their place in the West Yorkshire Premier League next season.
The first quarter saw a long period of adjustment as the Calderdale attack called up evergreen 3rd teamer Pauline Williamson to replace their absent regular shooters. Unforced errors throughout the team saw them go into the 1st quarter behind 10-14.
The new shooting combination of Williamson and Saleha Cooke kept their composure while their mid-court colleagues captain Sarah Heaton and Hannah Yates provided consistent support, but it wasn't enough and the dominant Ellis defence enabled them to stretch their lead over Calderdale to 10 goals.
Coach Phil Greenough gambled with his half time changes and gave the GA bib to defender Jess Maloney in an attempt to mix things up and get some height into the shooting circle. The new combinations and confident feeds from WA Pia Rattigan saw Ellis's lead reduced to 7 goals. Calderdale were always on the back foot, but their defence was solid and refused to give up. Louise Stones, Clare Hunt-Brown, and tireless player of the match Jasmin Douglas were the thorn in Ellis's side, forcing turnovers and spurring their attack on to convert. C
ooke returned to GA and Calderdale 2nds fought to the last minute managing to equal the score with Ellis, when a penalty was given in the circle on the final whistle, allowing Ellis to gain the final goal to take the lead.
Calderdale 3s always knew it would be a tough battle against similar placed in the league, Chapeltown CNC, and a battle it was!
Calderdale made a slow start, even with the tight marking from Wing Defence, Molly Brearley, finishing the first quarter with a disappointing score being behind by 8 goals to 18.
Once the new combination of shooting duo, Liz Harrison and eventual player of the match, Emily Woodworth, settled into the game after working tirelessly against Chapeltown's solid defence, Calderdale edged closer to their rivals, still behind, but finishing the second quarter 21-27.
The third quarter saw Calderdale's best play as Chapeltown started to tire. Jo Hall and Gill Coldwell took advantage of their opponent's mistakes, picking up several loose balls and edging the score closer by 37-39, still in Chapeltown's favour.
An exciting fourth quarter saw Calderdale's regular defensive duo, Lyndsey Foster and Hannah Godfrey, putting further pressure on a now riled Chapeltown, but even the accurate feeding into the shooting circle from Kay Hollingworth was not enough to pull back and take full points, ending the match 47-49, though Captain, Hollingworth, was satisfied with the team performance and coming away with no serious injuries from such a physical game.
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