Calderdale hopes soar after quick hat-trick

IT was a red letter day for the three Calderdale Netball Club teams who all won on the same day in the West Yorkshire League for the first time.

The firsts produced an excellent team effort to beat Tornadoes 51-38 at Halifax High School in Super League and that was matched by the seconds, 33-21 victors against Garforth at Whitcliffe Mount in the Premier.

The new third team, the only one of the trio to have managed a win on the previous two weekends, completed the full house with a 51-29 success over Huddersfield Giants at Halifax High.

The firsts had lost twice to Tornadoes from Huddersfield last season but they gained the upper hand in the second quarter of Saturday’s rematch and never looked back.

The teams matched each other goal for goal in the first quarter. Jane Parker returned at centre and worked hard to keep possession and direct Calderdale’s attack.

Kim Roy and Lauren Liburd were put under immediate pressure in the shooting circle but responded well and maintained their concentration. Tornadoes led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.

As Calderdale settled, the balance started to shift in their favour. The previous week’s player of the match Pia Rattigan connected superbly with the shooters and defenders Sophia Samuels, Louise Stones and Kate Ineson read the game well and gained interceptions which were converted into Calderdale goals.

Calderdale led 25-18 at the end of the second quarter and continued to work hard and gather momentum.

Liburd was put under immense pressure but kept cool and maintained her fantastic scoring form to earn the player of the match award.

Hollie Thomas made her first team debut in the final quarter and immediately slotted into Calderdale’s storming attack, helping to ensure a clear-cut success in a tough contest.

The seconds were involved in another fluctuating match, but this time came through strongly.

They were without injured goal shooter Gail Gledhill and started nervously. However, accurate shooting from Claire Higgins and Kirsty Hammond ensured they finished the first quarter with a 7-5 lead.

Calderdale struggled to keep possession with lots of passes going astray. Play became sloppy and players found it difficult to find space, Garforth narrowing the gap by one goal in the second quarter.

Lisa Lund moved from centre to wing attack which appeared to give her new drive and she fought for every ball. Laura Kennedy switched to centre and that instantly created more space on court.

The defence of Sue Seymour, Gill Coldwell and Michelle Haley remained consistent with numerous interceptions and rebounds.

Finally the seconds were starting to play the netball they are capable of and dominated the last two quarters, winning them by five and six goals.

Player of the match was Kirsty Hammond for her shooting skills and tactical awareness in drawing the goalkeeper out of the circle.

Calderdale thirds followed up their success over Templars with a convincing win.

Giants scored the first goal in spite of Calderdale having the opening centre pass but Calderdale raced into a 14-8 lead with accurate shooting from Pauline Williamson and Georgina Parkinson.

The second quarter was Giants’ best of the match but they still fell further behind, trailing 25-15.

Jane Parker picked up the goal attack bib from Parkinson and Calderdale cashed in on poor passing from Giants to quickly turn defence into attack. Kirsty Parker and Hollie Thomas worked the ball well around the circle to make sure every attacking opportunity was converted.

This was Calderdale’s best quarter with great defence from Veronica Foster-McBride, Suzanne Forrest and captain Heather Parkinson helping them move 39-21 ahead.

Georgina Parkinson returned for the fourth quarter, replacing Kirsty Parker at wing attack, and Calderdale had no trouble retaining their convincing lead.

Williamson’s fine shooting and movement in the circle and Thomas’s all round good play earned them the joint player of the match award.

SATURDAY: Calderdale 1 v Shipley 2 at Bradford 1 (12.45), Calder 2 no game, Calderdale 3 v Yorkshire Terriers at Halifax High School (12.45).