Netball: Tornadoes blow hot in late stages

Calderdale were overhauled in the final quarter by Tornadoes and lost 33-27 in Saturday's West Yorkshire Super League match at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.

They got off to a good start with defenders Kate Ineson and Sue Seymour making several interceptions and forcing the Tornadoes attack into errors.

Down court, players of the match Jane Parker and Claire Higgins were working well to produce some good quality attacking moves as Calderdale capitalised on turnovers.

The new shooting combination of Laura Kennedy and Roxy Rothery were producing some free flowing attacks and Calderdale finished the first quarter 12-9 ahead.

Calderdale took time to adjust to changes made by captain Lee Davis but she and Seymour were strong in defence as the three-goal lead was maintained up to half time, at 22-19.

Tornadoes stepped up a gear in attack and defence and the teams were evenly matched.

It was 30-28 entering the final 15 minutes but Tornadoes finished the stronger to snatch the spoils.

The damage was done in the second quarter as Calderdale Seconds lost 32-27 to Fusion when they returned to West Yorkshire League Premier Division action after the Christmas break.

Calderdale took a while to get into their stride and although there was some lovely attacking play by wing attack Lisa Lund and centre and captain Sarah Heaton they fell 8-6 behind.

Fusion produced some controlled and physical play, knocking Calderdale out of their stride to surge 20-11 ahead.

Calderdale made changes for the third quarter, moving Saleha Choudhury into goal attack and Sally Greenwood to centre. The new combination meant that Fusion struggled to keep possession, Choudhury making some impressive interceptions and Gill Coldwell, Olivia Baldwin and Michelle Haley also winning possession.

Accurate shooting from Gail Gledhill and Choudhury meant Calderdale gained a little ground but they still trailed 27-20 entering the final quarter.

Heaton returned to the action and good passing between her and Greenwood, plus accurate shooting from Choudhury and Gledhill, allowed Calderdale to claw back goals.

Player of the match Coldwell continued to produce excellent defence and although Calderdale outscored their opponents 7-5 in the closing 15 minutes, it was to no avail.

OLD Brodleians blitzed Division One title rivals Wakefield Phoenix 51-18.

Phoenix went into the game trailing only Vicky Hellowell's side in the table but they had no answer to an outstanding defensive effort from Sophie Morley, Lauren Devine and Charlotte Wilson.

Goal attack Paula Fozzard was in fine form and goal shooter Vicky Phillips demonstrated her usual accuracy as Brods advertised their championship credentials.