Calderdale make Lite of latest challenge

CALDERDALE rattled up another hat-trick of West Yorkshire League victories on Saturday, the firsts showing the way by romping to a 64-32 win over Hi Lites at Whitcliffe Mount.

They started favourites to make it four wins in as many weeks in Super League and never looked back after taking an early lead.

Once they had settled, Calderdale put Hi-Lites under pressure with superb defensive play from vice captain Jane Parker and goal defence Sophia Samuels.

Player of the match Pia Rattigan gave an exceptional performance, creating space in the attacking circle with her perfectly timed and accurate balls into the shooters. The score at the end of the first quarter was 17-8.

Calderdale lifted the quality of their play even higher in the second quarter. Shooters Roxy Rothery and Lauren Liburd were in fantastic form with a shooting average of better than 90 per cent.

The watertight defence continued with Kate Ineson and Samuels making numerous interceptions which were converted into goals with speed and skill to extend the lead to 35-14.

Hi-Lites dug deep and seemed determined to make a comeback but Calderdale continued to obstruct their attack, goalkeeper Lee Davis leading the defensive play.

Hi-Lites narrowed the gap to 46-22 after the third quarter but Calderdale pushed on again and another fantastic team effort has enabled them to target a third-place finish.

Calderdale now get a weekend off before what is likely to be a much tougher test against Shipley firsts at the Lighthouse near Odsal top.

CALDERDALE 3 maintained their impressive recent form with a hard-fought 37-33 success against second-placed Wakefield Pheonix in Division One.

Play was scrappy in the first quarter, a fast pace leading to mistakes. Wing attack Georgina Parkinson, goal attack Kirsty Parker and goal shooter Pauline Williamson did enough to help Calderdale into a 9-7 lead.

Hollie Thomas came on at centre for the second quarter and Janie Twigg moved to wing attack. The defence settled well and Wakefield struggled to get the ball into the shooting circle.

Suzanne Forrest pushed the goal attack out wide and Kirsty Dow put pressure on the passers, meaning player of the match Heather Parkinson made a lot of interceptions and tips.

Calderdale reached half time 18-14 to the good and extended their advantage by one more goal in a very close third quarter.

Everyone worked hard to turn over possession, but the Wakefield defence was very strong.

Calderdale knew they had to stay composed in the closing stages and they did that with Thomas and Twigg keeping the game flowing with some good passes into shooters and the defence standing firm.