Big finish earns derby victory

Calderdale firsts made it two wins out of two in West Yorkshire Super League with victory over promoted local rivals Old Brodleians.

They led just 27-26 heading into the final quarter against a Brods side containing several ex-Calderdale players but pulled away for a 42-32 victory.

Kim Roy converted all her early shots and capitalised on ball won by Sophia Samuels.

Calderdale led 9-7 after the first quarter and when the Brods defence increased the pressure on Roy, fellow shooter Roxy Rothery took control.

Down court Calderdale were picking up interceptions but their play was cautious at times and Brods edged 18-17 up.

Calderdale produced some flowing netball but Brods were in no mood to be brushed aside.

Tactical changes proved decisive with Samuels moving to keeper and Louise Stones to goal defence.

Wing attack Nat Cassell, the player of the match, and centre Caroline Baldwin changed positions and the Brods defence was unable to respond to the speed of Calderdale’s attack.

Calderdale were equally dominant at the other end of the court to pull clear.

Calderdale 2 had a satisfying 43-29 win over their Shipley counterparts in the Premier.

If ever there was a grudge match this was it. Two seasons ago they beat their long-standing rivals in a play-off for promotion, only to have their rise denied by a scorecard issue.

Shipley turned up for the re-match without bibs or a ball, but rather than take the points on a technicality Calderdale wanted to win on the court, so loaned their foes kit.

Calderdale made a slow start with hesitant passes and nervous shots but accurate feeds into the circle by Lisa Lund allowed player of the match Kirsty Hammond to get into her stride and there was no stopping her. With shooting partner Laura Kennedy outwitting the Shipley defence, Calderdale led 9-6 at quarter time.

Gill Coldwell led the charge from the rear, helping to extend the lead to 19-15 by half time.

Captain Sarah Heaton brought on goal attack Claire Higgins and last season’s player of the year Sally Greenwood as centre. That led to Calderdale’s best quarter and they extended their advantage to 32-21.

A change in Shipley’s attack put goal defence Saleha Cooke under pressure, but her agility and strength saw her through.

Calderdale 3 gained their first win of the season with a comfortable 40-25 success over Milford firsts at Whitcliffe Mount.

Much of the damage was done in the first quarter, Calderdale romping 11-3 ahead.

A bright opening featured excellent defence from goalkeeper Suzanne Forrest, goal defence Heather Parkinson and wing defence Kirsty Dow and fine shooting from Pauline Williamson and Hollie Thomas .

Milford pulled one goal back in the second quarter but at half time Elaine Douris picked up the goal shooter bib and Georgina Parkinson give the wing attack bib to Claire Higgins. Calderdale pushed ahead 30-17.

In the final quarter Georgina Parkinson replaced Dow at wing defence and with centre Megan Woodworth linking well the lead wasn’t threatened. Forrest was player of the match and Thomas the coach’s choice.