Drama as sub Lauren helps Calderdale turn it round

Calderdale produced the perfect response to their late collapse against Tornadoes, registering a 41-40 win over Bradford Premier.

Their foes are second in the West Yorkshire Super League but Calderdale got it together as a team and their mental attitude and spirit saw them through in the tightest of contests.

Lauren Liburd, who came on when goal attack Kim Roy got an elbow in the face, proved the heroine in a dramatic finale.

Calderdale started strongly, taking a 16-9 lead in the first quarter with Roxanne Rothery, Roy, Pia Rattigan, Jane Parker, Natalie Castell, Sophia Samuels and Louise Stones on court.

Goal shooter Rothery was given a hard time in the second quarter but Calderdale finished it 25-19 to the good.

Rattigan was replaced by Carolyne Baldwin at wing attack in the only half time change.

Calderdale started to make silly errors and Bradford had reduced the deficit to two goals entering the final quarter.

In a nail biting finale, Calderdale started to lose their grip and Bradford went three goals up with three minutes left.

Roy then suffered a bloody nose and Liburd provided the explosive change of game style that Calderdale needed, flying past Bradford’s defence and converting within seconds of taking to the court.

When Bradford ball was turned over, Liburd hit the target again and Calderdale managed to equalise from their centre pass to make it 40-40.

It was Bradford’s restart for the last 30 seconds and Calderdale would have settled for a draw but Castell intercepted and Calderdale got the ball down court quickly for Liburd to drop in the winning goal.

Calderdale seconds made it seven wins out of seven in the Premier Division this season with a 43-37 success over Hi Lites.

Sarah Heaton’s team were under no illusion that this would be an easy game but the whole team stepped up to the mark against tough opposition.

Both teams started strongly with Calderdale’s Sally Greenwood and Lisa Lund showing great form in centre court with some excellent feeds in to the shooting circle for Gail Gledhill and Claire Higgins to convert.

The teams were matching each other goal for goal, the quarter ending 11-10 in Calderdale’s favour.

Hi Lites fought back but joint players of the match ‘Super’ Sue Seymour and Saleha Cooke were a strong defensive pair, restricting the damage when Calderdale made unforced errors.

The third quarter saw the introduction of Heaton at centre and Kirsty Hammond at goal attack. They helped break down the opposing defence and Hammond was on top form, converting goal after goal.

Calderdale still trailed 29-26 and needed to dig deeper in the final quarter. Higgins re-joined the play and, aided by a string of interceptions from goal defence Cooke, Calderdale hit top gear and stormed away for a clear-cut success.