OLD Brodleians are awaiting confirmation that they have gained promotion from the West Yorkshire Premier League after beating Calderdale 2 36-28 in Saturday’s derby clash at the Lighthouse, Bradford.
Vicky Hellowell’s side pulled away in the final quarter of an extremely physical contest and believe they have finished second behind Harrogate Phoenix.
Calderdale have found their form in the second half of the season and were hoping to climb to third in the table and earn a promotion play-off match against the team finishing third from bottom of Super League.
Sarah Heaton’s team came out with all guns blazing and were 6-5 up after the first quarter. The tempo was fast and furious but nerves meant plenty of ball was turned over.
Calderdale’s Sally Greenwood and Lisa Lund found their stride and managed to get the ball into shooters Gail Gledhill and Kirsty Hammond, who converted their feeds.
Brods were without ‘flu victim Charlotte Wilson while Kelly Ramsden and Joanna Hare were on holiday but the return of Louise Helliwell meant their feeding into the circle was better than against Phoenix the previous week.
Front pair Vicky Phillips and Paula Fozzard came in for some rough treatment and Phillips was penalised for dissent.
Brods stepped up a gear in the second quarter and Gledhill was injured and had to be replaced by Laura Kennedy, unsettling Calderdale a little.
Brods’ Jess Brearley was working hard to win possession and Beth Allan marked tightly while Rose Widdison was strong at the back.
Brods took a 16-14 lead but Calderdale hit back with Michelle Haley, Saleha Cooke and Sue Seymour making numerous interceptions and the fresh legs of Natalie Castell and Claire Higgins ensuring the possession was converted into goals.
That enabled Calderdale to pull it back to 22-22 to set up a nail biting final quarter. However, Brods came up trumps when it mattered with some excellent shooting from Phillips and Fozzard.
It was a disappointing finale for Calderdale and Heaton said: “The team have had an outstanding second half of the season and credit should go to them all for some fantastic performances.”
CALDERDALE thirds went down 58-40 to Fusion in their penultimate Division One match of the season, losing their way after a promising first quarter.
Heather Parkinson’s side started really well. Their passing into the circle was good and Kirsty Parker and Pauline Williamson linked up well to gain a 12-11 lead.
However, Fusion then settled into a rhythm and their shooters hit the target.
Calderdale worked hard to keep it close, Hollie Thomas making some good interceptions in mid court, but Fusion opened up a 28-19 lead.
Wing attack Janie Twigg went off injured and Kirsty Dow came on at wing defence with Jo Williamson switching to centre and Thomas to wing attack.
Calderdale adjusted and played quite well.
There was also a change of tactics in defence with Heather Parkinson picking up the Fusion goal attack and Suzanne Forrest picked up interceptions as the score moved to 32-43.
Georgina Parkinson came on at wing attack for the last quarter with Thomas at goal attack and that led to some good moves in the circle, splitting the defence and earning some rebounds, but the damage had been done.