Despite Calderdale 1s putting up a good show against last season's league winners Hi Tech, they fell short of the mark with a respectable 44-50 defeat but lots of positives to take away.
Calderdale's nerves showed through with a hesitant start and a number of missed shots that Hi Tech capitalised on. They finished the 1st quarter down 10-16, but the enthusiastic Amy Hunt Brown and Captain Sophia Boothroyd went hunting down mid-court interceptions in the 2nd quarter, cutting off the supply of possession to Hi Tech's main player, their rangey goal shooter. This revitalised the team and they matched Hi Tech goal for goal, going into half time down 22-29.
Self belief started to creep into Calderdale's psyche, continuing the momentum with some great scoring from tireless player of the match Kim Walters, and Megan Kennedy. Jess Brearley and Carolyne Baldwin absorbed the nail biting pressure in the 3rd quarter by treasuring the ball and keeping possession with patient play into the shooting circle, and Calderdale drew level 33 all. Hi Tech replied by scoring 3 goals in succession finishing the 3rd quarter 33-36.
Despite Calderdale's best efforts they were unable to hold on to the momentum and Hi Tech turned the screw to run home the victory. Not a great result, but a great team performance.
Calderdale 3 were keen to gain a win against league leaders, Rothwell 2, following a close defeat against them in the first half of the season, but sadly it was not meant to be.
Calderdale 3 came out of the blocks with determination and with the coach's team selection taking some players out of their regular positions. This would turn out to be their best scoring quarter of the match with shooting duo Pauline Williamson and Natalie Connor on good form against a very strong Rothwell defence, ending the quarter down by 11 goals to 13.
Rothwell continued to chip away at Calderdale, taking advantage of their basic errors and stretching their lead in the second quarter to 17-23.
The return of the regular defence of Gill Coldwell, Lyndsey Foster and Hannah Godfrey made a difference to the opposition's shooters, but the sin-binning of WD Coldwell, for repeated offside offences gave Rothwell the opportunity to extend their lead even further, finishing that quarter by 20-37. But this did not stop Coldwell from ultimately receiving the Player of the Match award.
The last quarter saw Greenough making more centre court changes, moving Captain Kay Hollingworth to C, playing alongside Jo Hall at WA and moving Liz Harrison into the shooting circle. Though the quarter was more controlled, the damage was already done and Calderdale could not recover, loosing 25 to 48 goals, but still gaining a valuable point.