Calderdale 2 showed Tornadoes they were a force to be reckoned with in their first game of the season back in the Premier Division.
With newcomers to the club Hannah Yates, Mollie Griffiths and freshly promoted from the third team Jasmin Douglas vying for a place on court squad selection was a tough call this week.
A nervy start from both teams saw a lot of turn over, however C2 soon got into their confident stride and matched the opposition goal for goal. Clare Hunt-Brown and Louise Stones soon worked out a solid tactic to reduce Tornadoes chances of scoring by double marking their dominant and accurate goal shooter. After the first quarter C2 led 15-12, to keep continuity the team remained unchanged for the second quarter. Gail Gledhill's wealth of experience showed at goal attack as she drew the defence out of the circle to expose a gap for Lisa Lund and Sarah Heaton to fire in some accurate passes to Megan Kennedy. Half time saw Calderdale 2 leading by 8 (26-18).
Much deserved player of the match Hannah Yates at wing defence made some outstanding interceptions and further strengthen the teams performance. Mollie Griffiths replaced Gail Gledhill at goal attack during the third quarter and continued to increase the pressure on Tornadoes and up the goal tally to finish 38-27.
The final quarter saw Jasmin Douglas replace Hannah at wing defence, she made an instant impact making numerous interceptions. The goals continued to keep on coming to the end with a final score of 51-36.
Calderdale 3s came on court ready for battle against a young and eager to win, Shipley Swifts 4, for the first matches of the season.
Calderdale started the match with an experienced 7, which consisted of a new shooting combination of veteran, Pauline Williamson, and Liz Harrison, and new defensive duo Gillian Coldwell and Hannah Godfrey. All players settled into the match well and were never under any great pressure, keeping the young Shipley side at bay, finishing the first quarter by 13 goals to 4, which was aided by the ever accurate feeding from Wing Attack, Jo Hall.
In the second quarter Captain, Kay Hollingworth, and eventual player of the match, Pia Rattigan switched roles from WD to Centre, Rattigan getting several interceptions in her defensive play, with Calderdale winning the second quarter by one goal.
At half time newcomers Natalie Connor and Molly Brearley were brought on as Goal Shooter and Wing Attack, making an immediate impact on the game. And in the final quarter, Andrea Moroney also made her Calderdale debut playing Wing Attack, linking well down court with Coldwell and Hall. Although the change of players made by Shipley helped them edge back into the game in the last quarter, they never recovered from the first quarter and Calderdale's experience held out finishing by 41 goals to 32.