Calderdale 1s lost to a strong Wakefield Wildcats team 37-54 on Saturday, who are 1 place above them in the West Yorkshire super league.
The starting line-up was Megan Kennedy at goal shooter, Roxanne Rothery goal attack, Carolyne Baldwin wing attack, Jess Brearley centre, Emma Bullough wing defence, Sophia Boothroyd goal defence and Sue Seymour goal keeper.
Calderdale started under pressure but a strong defensive effort limited Wildcats to few opportunities in the starting minutes. As it progressed, Wildcats’ attack found their rhythm and the quarter ended 13-9.
Calderdale hung on with experienced shooters Rothery and Kennedy taking advantage of opportunities given from fantastic feeds by Baldwin and Brearley.
Switches to the line-up in the third quarter saw Boothroyd move to goal attack and Bullough move to goal defence. Great pressure from Seymour on the backline and centre court play from Brearley allowed Sophia to take advantage of her athleticism with many opportunities at goal.
Emily Woodworth added to consistent defensive pressure from the whole team going into the fourth quarter. Calderdale were met with fast and determined play from Wildcats’ attackers, leaving the score 56-37 at full time.
It was a hard fought and physical game. Sue and Carolyne were joint players of the match, with just one game left this season.
Calderdale 3s had a comfortable victory over Whitcliffe 2 in their penultimate game of the season, beating them by 19 goals.
The first quarter was tentative from both sides but Calder pulled steadily away with the quarter ending 11 goals to 3 to Calder.
Further improvements with some good consistent transitions down the court and feeding of the ball into the shooting circle meant the 2nd quarter ended 22 goals to 10 to Calder.
The 3rd quarter saw Calder up their game and with consistently accurate shooting from player of the match Natalie Conner and Pauline Williamson, good feeding into the circle, at speed, by Kay Hollingworth and Liz Harrison they pulled further away from the opposition.
In the defensive circle Emily Woodworth and Gill Coldwell achieved many turnovers with good interceptions and were ably supported on the circle edge by Molly Brearley.
The final score of 43 to 24 reflected Calderdale's all around superiority in this game.