C1 faced one of their toughest challenges of the season, first game after the Christmas break, against a strong Leeds Athletic side.
Calderdale started well in the first few minutes of the first quarter going into the lead by 4 goals. This was created from good turn overs in defence then accurate feeding into the circle by Carolyne Baldwin and Jess Brearley. Unfortunately it didn't last long, Leeds solid defending down court broke Calderdale's flow and went into the lead which saw Calderdale trail by 9 goals, 8-17 at the end of the first quarter.
With a full squad, coach Phil Greenough was able to make many changes throughout the game to try and break down Leeds' fast and accurate play. Calderdale fought hard to stay in the game with lots of tips and interceptions by defence Sue Seymour, Sophia Boothroyd and Emma Bullough. Leeds still ahead at the end of the second quarter.
Third quarter saw more changes, player of the match Sophia Boothroyd moved into attack showing her versatility to play in both circles which put a bit of pressure on Leeds. The new defensive duo of Amy Hunt-Brown and Sue Seymour forced errors in the Leeds attack but the opposition kept the lead going into the final quarter.
Despite a good, fair game which seemed a lot closer than it was, Calderdale were unable to pull back the deficit and lost 35-54.
C2 returned from a long Christmas break for a match which saw with a point to prove; Tornadoes wanted revenge for the defeat last time and the 2s wanted to turn around the run of defeats before the break.
The squad has been further strengthened in the new year with the return of Saleha Cooke at goal attack and new member of the second team Pia Rattigan at wing attack who both proved essential in giving the opposition defence the run around.
The first quarter started really positively with accurate passing and application of the tactics our coach has tried to instil. A lead of 12-10 going into the second quarter was over turned by Tornadoes to take the lead 26-23 at half time. Despite Louise Stones (goal keeper) and Jasmin Douglas' (goal defence) best efforts they couldn't contain the goal shooter who was banging the shots in from all over the shooting circle. Even changes in defence with Jess Maloney playing goal defence and wing defence in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, who made some fantastic interceptions, couldn't keep their attack at bay.
The team never gave up even when decisions were not in our favour. Player of the match Sarah Heaton relentlessly tried to keep up morale and the energy of the players.
Some fantastic play in the final quarter and fabulous shooting from Gail Gledhill saw a momentary come back but they had left too much to do and lost 57-44.
C3 were off to a promising start for 2017 with a convincing win against Shipley Swifts 4.
Calderdale started strongly with tight marking and interceptions in defence making the difference, ending the first quarter with a deserved 11 - 4 lead.
Changes were made going into the second quarter and Calderdale struggled to adapt in parts. Shipley took advantage, which left Calderdale only 6 goals in front at half time.
Calderdale made further player changes going into the 3rd quarter. Emily Woodworth with a deserving player of the match and Hannah Godfrey working well in their defensive circle making it difficult for Shipley to convert. At the opposite end, the shooting accuracy between Natalie Connor and Pauline Williamson, rarely missing the net, left Calderdale with a 37 - 21 lead.
There were more changes going into the final quarter but Calderdale had the game in the bag, this was an all round team performance and a deserving win of 44 goals to 29.
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