Calderdale’s derby foes get a frosty reception

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Calderdale won the big derby match in West Yorkshire Super League with a 45-31 win over Old Brodleians at Halifax High School.

It was bitterly cold in the sports hall, as well as outside, but Calderdale were quickest off the mark and did most of the damage in the first half.

They started with Louise Stones and Sophia Samuels in the defensive circle, Lauren Liburd and Roxy Rothery as shooters and Natalie Castell, Carolyne Baldwin and Pia Rattigan the mid-court trio.

At half time Jane Parker came on at centre for Baldwin and Kate Ineson replaced the injured Castell in the final quarter.

Brods did pick up after their poor start and had narrowly the better of the third quarter while there was little between the teams in the final 15 minutes.

Their star player was wing defence Niaomi Dyer who fed some brilliant passes through to shooter Paula Fozzard-Bowers.

The Hipperholme side also defended much better in the second half, enabling them to gain some turn overs.

Rattigan was Calderdale’s player of the match while Samuels took the coach’s award.

Calderdale thirds’ disappointing run continued with a 50-29 defeat by Milford.

The home side started with Libby Illingworth at goal shooter, Hollie Thomas at goal attack, Georgina Parkinson at wing attack, Megan Woodworth at centre, Kirsty Dow at wing defence, Suzanne Forrest at goal defen ce and Heather Parkinson at goal keeper.

Calderdale started promisingly, turned over the ball from a couple of Milford centre passes and with Thomas and Illingworth connecting well they went 5-0 up.

That was as good as it got, the visitors warming to the task and taking a 10-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Thomas went to centre and the experienced Pauline Williamson came on at goal shooter with Illingworth switching to goal attack.

Calderdale took time to get used to the adjusted line-up andMilford got stronger in spite of good pressure from Woodworth at the top of circle.

Trailing 26-16, Calderdale paired Georgina Parkinson and Illingworth in the shooting circle with Poppy Briggs on at wing attack but they found it tough to find holes in Milford’s defence.

The visitors increased their lead to 38-21 heading into the final quarter.

Lee Davies came on at goalkeeper with Heather Parkinson moving to wing defence as Thomas came off with an injury.

All the Calderdale players worked really hard but to no avail, Illingworth getting the coach’s player of match award and Heather Parkinson the players’ player.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Calderdale v Leeds Athletic at Bradford No 1 (12.45), Calderdale II v Fusion II at Bradford No 2 (12.45), Calderdale III v Shipley III at Hanson (10.15).

Monday’s programme at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax was postponed due to the bad weather. Matches will be rearranged at the end of the season.

Next week’s fixtures (division in brackets) - at North Bridge: 7.0, Average Joes v Batley Panthers (6) and Innscribe v Queens (2); 7.35, Ladybirds v Rubies (6) and Yo-yos v Jets (2); 8.10, Sowerby Stars v Diamonds (6) and Pumas v Rockets (2); 8.45, Twinkles 3 v Warriors (6) and TAG v Robins (2); 9.20, Barki Belles v Harlequins (6) and White Rose v Blue Maverick (2).

At The Ridings: 7.0, Falconers v Twinkles (4); 7.35, Sapphires v Twinkles 2 (4); 8.10, Impact v Dovetails (4); 8.45, Ravens v Tommos (4); 9.20, Calder Utd v Sparkles (4).