Calderdale 2's had a tough opponent this week, taking on the undefeated Wakefield Phoenix.
Calderdale had a slow start trying to keep up with the fast pace of their opponents. Once settled with a new defensive combination, Calderdale managed to pull it back with some accurate shooting from GS Paula Hird and GA Saleha Cooke. The first quarter finished with Wakefield leading 14-9.
Calderdale were not going to make this match easy for Wakefield Phoenix, with some great interceptions from GD and POM Jasmin Douglas disrupting their flow at every opportunity. 2nd quarter finished with Wakefield holding their lead at 25-16
C Sarah Heaton and WA Pia Rattigan maintained possession with some accurate feeding into the shooting circle but this wasn't enough to see off the Wakefield Phoenix defence, who were strong throughout. Third quarter score 41-23 to Wakefield
Calderdale held on to the end and, though taking a loss, managed to secure a point on the league table finishing 33-50 to Wakefield Phoenix
Calderdale 1s suffered an agonising defeat against Harrogate Phoenix Netball Club this weekend in an intense match at Halifax Academy High School on Saturday.
Calderdale got off to a tough start in the first quarter, despite their defence’s (Sophia Boothroyd, Sue Seymour and Amy Hunt-Brown) attempts at turning over possession in Harrogate’s attack. In Calderdale attack, possession was quickly converted into goals, where Calderdale utilised Roxy Rothery and Megan Kennedy. Sadly, they were unable to keep Harrogate on the back foot with the first half ending at Calderdale 20 – 24 Harrogate.
Calderdale coach made some crucial changes to allow Calderdale to use Kim Roy’s tireless energy to put more pressure on Harrogate’s WA who fed the their attacking circle with speed and accuracy.
Despite managing to win the third quarter, Harrogate maintained pressure, forcing errors and making it increasingly difficult for Calderdale to feed the ball accurately.
The match ended Calderdale 47 – 52 Harrogate but gritty determination and a positive team spirit from all players will allow Calderdale to come back stronger in weeks to come and reflect on areas for improvement.