Sarah’s girls bid for place in top division

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NETBALL: CALDERDALE Seconds will put the finishing touches to preparations for their biggest match in recent times at a training session tomorrow.

They take on Shipley firsts at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre on Saturday (12.45) with a place alongside Calderdale firsts in the West Yorkshire Super League next season up for grabs.

Sarah Heaton’s side have finished third in the Premier Division and Shipley have finished third-from-bottom in the section above. Automatic promotion and relegation between the divisions only applies to the top two and bottom two.

Calderdale were due to train for the final time this season last Thursday and have already had their presentation evening.

However, captain Heaton has arranged an extra session in the hope that Calderdale can win and give the club a further boost in its determined efforts to move forward.

Calderdale are launching a third team for next season, having revamped their set-up, and Heaton said: “It is extremely important that we win.

“Lots of things are happening at the club and hopefully we can start to reap the rewards.”

Calderdale know plenty about Shipley, the sides having drawn at first team level 11 days ago, and they also have an ex-Shipley player in their ranks in first teamer Jane Parker.

Goal defence Saleha Choudhury has been in particularly good form while goal attack Kirsty Hammond and goalkeeper Michelle Haley have had excellent first seasons at the club.

Heaton has plenty of players to choose from and faces a major dilemma in who to select but expects the club to turn out in force to support their promotion bid.

OLD Brodleians lost the final game of their West Yorkshire League Division One title-winning season to Garforth at Whitcliffe Mount on Saturday.

It was only their third defeat of the campaign and with the main business of the season completed they fielded a very young side.