It was a tough week for Calderdale 2s - injuries and work commitments leaving them weak in centre court and pulling in much needed help from squad members Sue Seymour and Liz Harrison. A number of people played out of their usual positions and the team struggled to get into the game. After a rocky start, losing the first quarter 1-12, coach Phil Greenough made some drastic changes to mix things up and try and pull the game back.
A valiant effort by Sue Seymour and Louise Stones in the second quarter saw some improvement but with Calder moving to just 4-23 at half time.
Further changes saw Mollie Griffiths moving to WD, where she defended well, getting a number of fantastic interceptions and providing more possession for Calder to pull some goals back - the third quarter ended 11-32.
Final quarter and more changes - Mollie moving again, this time to GS and Sue Seymour (a self-confessed circle player) taking the Centre bib to give the now very tired Hannah Yates a break. This was short lived though with another switch back before the final whistle.
Louise Stones got a well deserved POM for keeping her cool despite being battered and bruised by the opposing GA and giving 100% till the final minute.
Despite giving their all, the challenge proved too much and Calder couldn't get the result they wanted - final score 15-43. They are now looking forward to the next game where they hope to be back to full strength and back on winning terms.
Calderdale 3s faced Fusion with a late fixture in Normanton and both teams started out strongly.
Calderdale had youngster Bronte Woodworth making her debut with an impressive performance at WA but it was Fusion who won the first quarter with a slender one goal lead.
Dedicated Captain Kay Hollingworth made some positive changes moving herself from C to WA, Pia Rattigan moved from WD to C and Bronte Woodworth from WA to WD. Gill Coldwell switched in the circle with defensive partner Lindsey Foster. Sticking to their task and with some structured play, they opened up a 22-15 lead at the half way stage.
Calderdale edged further away in the third quarter where they were able to feed balls to their star performers, player of the match Pauline Williamson (GA) and Natalie Conner (GS) and so increased their lead to eleven goals going into the final quarter.
Life long Calderdale member, Pauline Williamson put in an outstanding performance as Calderdale finished the game in what had been a superb display from Calderdale 3 and earned them a 42-29 win!
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