Calderdale must stew after loss

Calderdale are without a game tomorrow, denying them the chance to get a painful West Yorkshire Super League loss out of their system.

They were thrashed 52-27 by Leeds Athletic at Whitcliffe Mount and had all on to salvage a losing bonus point.

Leeds were incredibly fast down court and Calderdale were unprepared, falling 16-6 behind after the first quarter.

No changes were made in the hope that Calderdale would wake up and although the Leeds attack was put under more pressure and a couple of interception were made, the shooters failed to convert.

With Calderdale trailing 29-11 at half time drastic measures were needed. Elaine Douris replaced Lauren Liburd at goal shooter and Jane Parker, Natalie Castell, Pia Rattigan, Louise Stones and Sophia Samuels were all given different roles.

Movement down court was greatly improved and Calderdale found the flow of the game, limited Leeds and scoring themselves through Douris.

Calderdale still trailed 40-18, but they dug deep and moments of brilliance ensured the game wasn’t a total disaster.

Calderdale 2 had earlier beaten Premier Division newcomers Fusion 2 55-34 at the Cleckheaton venue to make it three wins out of three this season.

Their confidence showed in a superb start, brilliant movement from Lisa Lund opening up space for shooters Gail Gledhill and Laura Kennedy to establish a 10-6 lead.

Fusion really picked up their attacking play and Calderdale struggled to retain their four goal lead. However, Saleha Cooke and Gill Coldwell were giving 100 per cent and Calderdale clung on to lead 19-18.

At half time captain Sarah Heaton came on in centre court and Calderdale quickly took control with some fabulous interceptions in defence and accurate shooting from Kirsty Hammond and Gledhill.

Good team work enabled them to surge into a 40-23 lead.

In the last quarter, Fusion 2 were reduced to six players by injury but fought to limit the damage, Coldwell and Lund being Calderdale’s players of the match.

Calderdale 3 produced an excellent team effort to beat their Shipley counterparts 35-24 at Halifax High School.

Poppy Briggs made her seasonal debut at goal attack alongside Pauline Williamson, Hollie Thomas, Megan Woodworth, Jo Williamson, Suzanne Forrest and Heather Parkinson in the starting seven.

Calderdale made a solid start with the shooters quickly finding their feet, aided by strong feeds from Thomas and Woodworth. They finished the first quarter 10-9 up.

The home side then really stepped up a level and some confident play took them into a 21-12 half time lead.

Georgina Parkinson came on for the second half and Calderdale maintained their nine-goal lead before extending it in the final quarter.

Heather Parkinson was the players’ player of the match and Briggs the coach’s choice.




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