Calderdale completed their 2012 programme in the West Yorkshire Super League with a 43-25 victory over old rivals Shipley 1 at Whitcliffe Mount.
The result was never really in doubt, Calderdale increasing their advantage in every quarter with Lauren Liburd’s shooting again a key factor.
Liburd (GS) lined up alongside Kim Roy (GA), Jane Parker (WA), Carolyne Baldwin (C), Pia Rattigan (WD), Louise Stones (GD), Sophia Samuels (GK) in the starting seven.
Calderdale were 10-7 up at the end of the first quarter and took advantage when Shipley’s excellent young goal shooter went off with an ankle injury, extending their lead to 20-12 by half time.
Calderdale brought on Roxy Rothery and Nat Castell for the second half and made other positional changes but it was business as usual for player of the match Liburd who helped stretch the advantage to 31-20 in the third quarter.
Shipley’s goal shooter returned but the momentum was firmly with Calderdale and Rattigan returned to help the side win the final quarter 12-5.
Calderdale’s promotion-gunning second team were without a match and the thirds were beaten 50-40 by a Templars side who were just above them in Division One.
They made a promising start with a line up of Elaine Garratt (GS), Georgina Parkinson (GA), Megan Woodworth (WA), Hollie Thomas (C), Kirstie Dow (WD), Suzanne Forrest (GD) and Heather Parkinson (GK).
After five minutes of trading points, Calderdale stepped it up and took a comfortable five goal lead with the help of accurate shooting and a few forced errors from Templars.
Calderdale made one change for the second quarter with Jo Williamson coming on for Dow.
Templars stormed back, returning the pressure and producing almost faultless shooting to wipe out the deficit and take a three goal lead.
Lee Davis came on at goalkeeper for the second half and Calderdale made other positional changes.
However, in spite of a valiant team effort Templars extended their advantage to five.
Calderdale’s player of the match Thomas went to goal attack and Williamson to centre in one last throw of the dice.
There was some good pressure and forced turnovers but not enough to offset Templars’ consistent shooting.
The thirds are next in action against Whitcliffe Sports at Whitcliffe Mount on Saturday January 5.
The firsts play Bruntcliffe in Bradford a week later and the seconds resume against Fusion 1, also at Bradford, on the same date.