Calderdale 1 vs Wakefield Wildcats
Calderdale struggled to find their feet going into the first quarter with every goal the opposition scored taking their toll on a new combination of players. Ending the first quarter at 8-17 down to Wakefield, Coach Phil Greenough needed to make some changes.
With spirits low, Calderdale took to the second quarter apprehensively but soon began make back some of the deficit from the first. Hollie Thomas (player of the match) took charge at GA with some great movement and shooting in the circle. Sarah Heaton’s accurate feeds gave opportunities to capitalise on this new found momentum. Player moves into more familiar positions allowed the team to find their flow and bring the halftime score to 20-29 to Wakefield.
The third quarter saw the strongest all-round Calder performance with Lorelle Donaldson and Sophia Boothroyd’s defending in the circle starting to put off Wakefield’s shooters. Leanne Smith put some great pressure on the oppositions WA and hassled every feed of the ball. Determined and in control, Calderdale would not give up. Jess Brearley (coaches player of the match) remained calm and controlled the game through out with some great interceptions and focussed play. The movement and great feeds from Carolyne Baldwin, gave Roxy Rothery every opportunity to put her shots up and ultimately take the lead with the 3rd quarter 35-33 to Calderdale.
The final quarter saw an optimistic and driven Calderdale team take to the court watched over by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters – the narrow lead making the last 15 minutes an intense and nervous battle. Both teams were scoring goal after goal trading points throughout. Wakefield called “time” for the 3rd time within the game in order to re-group but, sadly for Calderdale, also to find a last big push that took them to victory. With 2 minutes to spare Wakefield took the game, final score 42-44 and leaving Calderdale ready for the re-match.
Calderdale 2 vs Rothwell
Second game of the season saw Calderdale 2 face Rothwell. A nervy start and new line up saw lots of dropped catches from both sides but once the dust settled the team found their stride.
Kim Walters at goal attack provided lots of energy to the game and helped the cause by accurately sinking her shots. Leading after the first quarter by 1 (10-9), the coach put Emily Woodworth to goal shooter, Sue Seymour to goal defence and captain Sarah Heaton to wing attack.
The dynamic and experienced duo of Louise Stones and Seymour proved vital in turning over Rothwell's possession and isolating the goal shooter to further extend Calderdale's lead by 5 at half time.
Rothwell stepped it up a gear in the 3rd and pulled the difference in score back to 2 (31-29). However, Calderdale had more left in the tank. Gail Gledhill returned to goal shooter providing some impressive long range shots.
Pia Rattigan at wing defence and Leanne Smith at centre showed the kind of stamina required to keep the win in the bag for the team.
Calderdale won the game 42-38 maintaining their winning streak for the start of the 2017-2018 season.
Calderdale 3 vs Morrisons 2
Calderdale 3 struggled in the opening quarter to get the ball to the shooters as Morrisons defenders kept a close mark on their players. The first quarter ended 7 goals to 13 with great shooting from Pauline Williamson and Liz Harrison (POM) having to fight for every shooting opportunity.
Facing tough opposition, Calder struggled to move the ball fluidly around the court. Jo Hall kept pressure on and fed great balls into the circle with help from (POM)Kay Hollingworth. Turnovers were found as Molly Brearley got her hands to some tip interceptions and Olivia Baldwin in support to pick them up. The halftime score now 16-27 in Morrisons’ favour.
The third quarter saw Calderdale pull back some of the deficit with Gill Coldwell putting in a valiant effort in defence but with Calderdale still trailing 27-40 at the start of the final quarter.
The final 15 saw Hannah Godfrey’s persistence pay off, challenging and taking hold of the maroity of the shooters rebounds and finding interceptions wherever she could to then work the ball back up court. Despite keeping heads high, Calderdale could not recover and the final score saw them lose 35-52.
Calderdale 4 vs Yorkshire Gems
Calderdale 4ths struggled from the off against an organised Yorkshire Gems.
A strong debut from Olivia Reynolds initially at GS and later moving to Centre in the second half where her energy and enthusiasm was well placed. Joint player of the match was awarded to Amelia Weston for her fast paced attack, and Beth Long for her persistent defence down court.
The final quarter saw Calderdale’s best performance as the team found some consistency of play, but it was not enough to earn a half-score bonus point, losing 13-32.