Calderdale sides suffer rare setbacks

After three wins the weekend before, Calderdale’s West Yorkshire League teams were brought back down to earth with a bump on Saturday.

All three lost and the first and seconds may welcome a week off before their last couple of fixtures this season.

The firsts, aiming for second place in Super League, went down 56-50 to old adversaries Hi-Tech Cougars.

They were below par and after a fairly even first half which finished with the visitors leading by one goal, Calderdale fell further behind.

Goal attack Lauren Liburd and goal defence Sophia Samuels were joint players of the match for Calderdale, who play Harrogate Phoenix on March 23 before a tough game with Leeds to end with.

Calderdale seconds’ superb unbeaten run this season was ended by Farsley Celtic, who ran out 44-38 winners.

They started with Gail Gledhill (GS), Kirsty Hammond (GA), Laura Kennedy (WA), Sally Greenwood (C), Gill Coldwell (WD) Saleha Cooke (GD) and Sue Seymour (GK).

Calderdale showed some good movement early on with player of the match Sally Greenwood making some outstanding interceptions to help them to a 10-9 lead after the first quarter.

Captain Sarah Heaton came on at wing attack and the fresh legs helped Calderdale keep the lead.

Cooke and Seymour proved a strong defensive pairing while Greenwood and Heaton made some excellent feeds into the circle for Gledhill and Hammond to convert.

The third quarter saw the sides match each other goal for goal. Calderdale were making unforced errors but managed to keep a three goal lead going in to the final 15 minutes.

Claire Higgins came on at goal shooter and Calderdale were not prepared for Farsley’s change of gear. They quickly converted a number of goals to take the lead for an ultimately comfortable success.

However, Calderdale cannot be too disheartened having shown on numerous occasions that they are ready for Super League. One more point will ensure they are champions and they will hope to collect that against Wakefield Wildcats firsts tomorrow week.

Calderdale thirds suffered an agonising 29-28 defeat to Portland Sports B in Division One.

Their starting seven comprised Pauline Williamson GS), Poppy Briggs (GA), Jo Williamson (WA), Hollie Thomas (C), Megan Woodworth (WD), Suzanne Forrest GD) and Kirsty Dow (GK).

Briggs was at goal attack for only the second time this season and the shooting pair struggled to convert after Calderdale moved the ball up court well.

A strong defensive performance limited the deficit to 8-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Briggs switched to wing attack, Jo Williamson to centre and Thomas to goal attack and although the shooters again took time to find a rhythm, the added height in shooting circle meant more rebounds.

Towards half time the shooting began to improve and with a burst of encouragement from their supporters Calderdale managed to take a 15-13 lead.

Calderdale made no further changes for the rest of the contest and they showed strength and determination in the next 15 minutes to go 25-21 up.

Much of the extra possession was down to player of the match Woodworth, who made countless interceptions.

At the start of the final quarter Calderdale lost some focus and Portland scored four consecutive goals to level matters.

The sides traded goals until Portland made one final break and snatched the spoils.

The thirds face Huddersfield Giants 1 in Bradford tomorrow.