It's 5 wins out of 5 so far for Calderdale!
Calderdale 1 kept their composure beating an aggressive Bradford 46-40.
After a bit of a shaky start they settled into the new midcourt combinations of Pia Rattigan at WD, newcomer and joint player of the match Emma Bullough at C, and Jess Brearley at WA. Despite a period of adjustment Calderdale finished the first quarter 1 down. The height of Megan Kennedy put Bradford's defence under pressure, and a great dodge saw her lose her defender to convert from under the post. GA Kim Walters converted 2 in a row following an interception from Caroyne Baldwin, alowing Calderdale to nudge into a narrow half time lead of 21-20.
Amy Hunt-Brown made her debut for Calderdale, but despite her best efforts towering over her opponents, it didn't deter Bradford's rangey GS from sinking distance shots. The other joint player of the match Roxy Rothery retrieved a fantastic rebound way off the back of the court, and converted. The same accuracy also saw Rothery convert an athletic turnover by her new 1st team captain, Sophia Boothroyd off a Bradford centre pass. Great defensive and back-up play from the youthful Bullough saw Calderdale extend their lead to 37-31 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Calderdale lost their captain Boothroyd in the final quarter to a blood injury followng an elbow to the face. Her replacement, and former 1st team captain, Louise Stones made numerous interceptions to keep Bradford under control, and a Rothery screen allowed shooting partner Walters to convert and maintain Calderdale's 6 goal lead to the final whistle.
Calderdale 2 took their second win of the season in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League with a hard fought match against Rothwell at Park Lane. The final score of 45-28 did not reflect how close several periods of the match were.
Captain Sarah Heaton picked the same attacking line-up of Megan Kennedy, Gail Gledhill and Lisa Lund with herself as centre. Calderdale used Kennedy’s height and positioning under the post to their advantage. Accurate feeding from the attacking players caused the Rothwell defence problems. At the other end Calderdale’s defensive trio Louise Stones, Clare Hunt-Brown and Jasmin Douglas stayed tight on their opponents and restricted their shooting chances. The first quarter ended 14-6 to Calderdale.
Rothwell used their speed and athleticism to put pressure on Calderdale’s passing down court in the second quarter. They speeded up their attacking play and produced more shooting chances but Calderdale kept the lead at 26-17.
In the third quarter Heaton replaced Gledhill with Mollie Griffiths and Douglas with Hannah Yates. Rothwell also made several changes and their replacement shooter was put under pressure straight away by the Calderdale defence who made repeated interceptions and pressurised them into making numerous mistakes. Calderdale increased their lead to 38-21.
Griffiths replaced Kennedy at shooter in the final quarter with Gledhill returning at goal attack. Both teams cancelled each other out with tight defences and interceptions restricting shooting chances to score seven apiece. The Calderdale squad had put a lot of effort and fight into this game and pushed through the bad periods to come away with a good win, they are sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Calderdale 3 got off to a promising start against experienced Huddersfield team, Caboodle, finishing the first quarter ahead 13-7.
The second quarter got underway with Emily Woodsworth and Lynsdey Foster both making their Calderdale debuts as a great defensive duo, allowing the opposition to only score 1 goal in this quarter.
Calderdale gave a great team performance stretching the lead to a final score of 34-19. Jo Hall's consistency and great feeding earned her player of the match.
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