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.