Hockey: Hard going after promising start

Calderdale suffered a second defeat in eight days at the hands of Tornadoes in spite of a promising start to Saturday's West Yorkshire Super League contest.

They opened up a seven-goal lead at the start of the first quarter but it wasn't long before Tornadoes settled into their stride and started to claw back the deficit through accurate shooting and defensive pressure. At the end of the first quarter it was 9-9.

Tornadoes dominated for the next 15 minutes as Calderdale's attack was put under pressure, resulting in unforced errors, and the defence was unable to respond to the quality of attacking play and feeds into the shooter.

The first half ended 24-17 to Tornadoes.

Coach Claire Rhodes made drastic changes at half time with player of the match Jane Parker moving to wing attack to take on the responsibility of being the main shooting circle feeder and Pia Rattigan replacing Parker at centre.

In defence Sue Seymour moved to goal keeper with Kate Ineson moving to goal defence and captain Lee Davis moving out of the defensive circle to wing defence.

These changes had an immediate impact with Rattigan turning over Tornadoes ball with her usual quality interceptions.

However, Calderdale were unable to stop Tornadoes increasing their lead to 35-25.

In the final quarter there was a strong performance from the defence with Gill Coldwell, replacing Davis who had a recurrence of a knee injury, Seymour, Ineson and Rattigan all putting pressure on the Tornadoes attack and making interceptions.

The accurate Tornadoes shooting and their full court defence still enabled them to run out comfortable winners.

Calderdale 2 had a comfortable 46-31 victory over Yorkshire Terriers at Halifax High on Saturday, helped by strong showings in the second and final quarters.

The match got off to a slow start but once Calderdale's shooters Kirsty Hammond and Pauline Williamson got their eye in the confidence on court became apparent.

They led by only one goal at the end of the first 15 minutes but then took charge with some great interceptions from goalkeeper Michelle Haley and exceptional defensive work down court from Sarah Heaton and player of the match Gill Coldwell.

Calderdale extended their advantage to 23-17 by half time and after making a couple of changes retained their six-goal advantage throughout the third quarter. Terriers worked hard while Calderdale's attacking centre court duo Lisa Lund and Kirsty Parker combined well to ensure both shooters were kept busy.

Goal defence Saleha Choudhury's fighting spirit and tight defensive work kept Terriers out of the picture as Calderdale finished strongly, scoring 12 goals to their opponents' three in the final 15 minutes.

OLD Brodleians were 45-28 winners against Shipley 4 to maintain their fine form in Division One.

Goalkeeper Lauren Devine had a superb game, turning the ball over several times to allow Brods to stay ahead in a tough match.

They were determined to give some of their younger players court time and India Shibil, playing a main role at goal attack, did a very good job. Charlotte Elveridge played at shooter and kept hitting the target to complement the defensive effort.

Brods dominated the first three quarters before easing off later on.

Brods are playing at Halifax High School again in a re-arranged match against Templars on Saturday (11.30).

More netball on Saturday