Calderdale Netball Club’s first team are guaranteed a place in West Yorkshire Super League again next season thanks to a helping hand from Farsley Celtic.
Celtic were 57-39 winners away to Hi-Lites yesterday and that means Hi-Lites were unable to overtake Calderdale and have finished third-from-bottom.
Calderdale are therefore spared a play-off game against the third-placed finishers in the Premier Division, Wakefield Phoenix, for a place in the top flight in 2014-2015.
Calderdale had finished their programme the previous Saturday with a 57-45 win away to bottom club Tornadoes.
However, it is far from all good news for the Calderdale club whose second and third teams have been relegated.
Old Brodleians will be facing Calderdale firsts next season after being promoted as runners-up to Tykes 1 in the Premier. They finished their campaign with a 52-25 success away to ANC last weekend.
Calderdale 3 have won only one match in Division One. They completed their programme with a 55-15 defeat by runaway champions Wakefield Wildcats 1 yesterday.
First team captain Jane Parker had two out of three shooters unavailable for the finale against Tornadoes.
However, Laura Kennedy and Kim Roy stepped in to bail them out for their most crucial match of the season and the side did more than enough to collect three precious points.
Calderdale 2 knew it was going to be a tough against Shipley but after two wins in a row were ready for a battle.
They started strongly, accurate passing and excellent feeding into the attacking circle by wing attack Lisa Lund and centre Sarah Heaton allowing Elaine Douris and Kim Roy the opportunity to score.
It was goal for goal throughout the first quarter, which ended 9-9.
Calderdale found it difficult to move the ball down court and struggled to break Shipley’s defensive zone in the next 15 minutes and fell behind 20-17.
Calderdale continued to defend well down court and there were some brilliant interceptions from wing defence Megan Woodworth, who was their player of the match.
Goal defence Kate Ineson and goalkeeper Sue Greenwood forced errors from Shipley’s attack and collected possession from the few missed shots.
Trailing 31-27 heading into the final quarter, Calderdale brought on Kirsty Dow to try to create some space in mid-court and help the flow of the game.
However, despite Calderdale’s determination, Shipley further extended their lead.