After a poor start to 2017, Calderdale 1 ended February with their first win of the year following a convincing 64-46 victory over old rivals Shipley 1.
Calderdale lead from the start and never looked in danger with an accurate shooting combination of Roxy Rothery and Kim Walters helping open up a 20 - 12 lead at the end of the quarter 1.
The 2nd quarter saw a significant defensive improvement all over the court which applied extra pressure on their opponents, leading to some excellent turnovers.
A half time score of 36 -24 allowed coach Phil Greenough make a number of changes with Walters moving from GA to WD, Amy Hunter-Brown from WD to GK, Sue Seymour from GK to GD and captain Sophia Boothroyd from GD to GA. The changes didn't affect the momentum and enabled Calderdale to increase their advantage by five goals as quarter three ended 50 - 33.
The final quarter saw further tinkering as Carolyne Baldwin shifted from WA to WD, Walters back to GA and Boothroyd to WA. Calderdale eased off the gas somewhat in attacking areas as the game drew to a close but the defensive combinations continued their dominance over a spirited but ultimately defeated Shipley outfit.
Final score 64 - 46. Player of the Match: Roxy Rothery
Calderdale 2 had another well deserved victory, beating Shipley 2nds 38-35.
After a frantic start Calderdale settled down and took a narrow 2 goal lead at the end of the first quarter.
The welcome return of vice captain Lisa Lund, fresh back from injury, steadied the ship in the 2nd quarter. Defence stayed strong for the duration of the game, with great team work from Jasmin Douglas and Lou Stones, who were a force to be my reckoned with.
Lots of interceptions from Douglas earned her a well deserved player of the match. To compliment this, the attack worked well with Paula Hird creating scoring opportunities and sinking them at every available opportunity. Calder 2's captain, Sarah Heaton, played an integral role, keeping the girls motivated and ensuring the play flowed seamlessly from the defence to attack.
With only 3 games left in the season against tricky opponents Calderdale 2 need to continue their winning streak to avoid relegation.
Calderdale 3 clung on to the potential 3rd place finish and promotion play-off with a sweet victory over Fusion 34-27.
A convincing first quarter saw Calderdale go into a comfortable 9-2 lead, with impressive defence from Hannah Godfrey and Gill Coldwell at GD. Veteran Pauline Williamson's enthusiasm kept the team moving and motivated to go for every ball and every possible interception.
Calderdale maintained their impressive goal difference in the second quarter thanks to Natalie Connor and Williamson hardly missing a shot, both creating great space for each other. Defensive turnovers and rebounds were supported by Liz Harrison at WD and captain Kay Hollingworth at WA leaving the score at 23-7.
In the third quarter it slowly started to go downhill and Fusion brought it back to a 10 goal difference.
Calderdale struggling with centre passes in the final quarter utilised a pass back to Coldwell and Molly Brearley. But it was a constant fight for both teams to get the ball into the circle. Unforced errors were made, but Calderdale clung on to the 34-27 victory.
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