. 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