Triangle hot on the trail of another rise

triangle look in good shape to mount another promotion challenge in the North Bridge LC Monday League.

The team formed six years ago from mums of children at Triangle Primary School have already gone up twice and they boosted their hopes of a step up to Division Three next season with a 23-19 win over Twinkles at The Ridings this week.

However, the fourth division is arguably the most competitive in the league with only eight points between leaders Old Brodleians 2 and third-from bottom Twinkles so it promises to be an exciting climax to the season.

Triangle goal shooter Sara Brockbank believes up and coming matches against Falconers and Tommos may decide if her side has what it takes to climb again.

“It is really, really close this year. Every game is a challenge in this division,” she said.

“Promotion would be good but we play because we love it and it is a nice division to play in.”

Triangle, who also play in the Calderdale League on a Thursday evening and used to carry a “Trojans” monicker, must be just about the most settled team in the league.

Captain Sharon McElhone plays at wing attack and it is the job of her and centre Amanda Dewhirst to keep Brockbank and goal attack Nicola Smith supplied.

Philippa Russell and Rebecca Ogden are the usual defensive pair with assistance from wing defence Colette Scholefield while Karen Souter is the team’s vital eighth player in case of injury or other commitments.

All except Souter have been together from the start and that means they have had plenty of time to gel.

“As time goes on we have got better and better,” said Brockbank.

“Our strength is that we are absolutely a team, with no stars but no weak links at all. The defence is very strong and we are quite tall which also helps.

“We are all really good mates, there’s no bitchiness and we’re a bit older than some of the other teams.”

In other results affecting the top, Tommos lost 22-14 to Emeralds and surrendered second place to Falconers, who got the better of Sparkles by 24-16.

Brods extended their lead to two points, Lucy Bowman’s side beating next-to-bottom Ravens 20-17.

The sides traded goals in a first half which finished 9-9. However, Brods defenders Ella Davies and player of the match Megan Brearley then turned the screw, working really hard to keep the ball out of the shooting circle.

At the other end of the court Faye Rhodes and Bowman were sinking shots from all angles to help Brods into a four-goal lead and they maintained their advantage against a Ravens side who also emerged with plenty of credit.

The five Division Two contests at North Bridge were all cliffhangers won by three goals or less.

Runners edged out Panthers 22-21 in the battle of the top two while Rockets went second after a 19-16 success against another of the promotion contenders, Queens.

Gems’ match against Barki Belles in Division Six was cancelled and Wasps took advantage of their inactivity to take over at the top with a hard-fought 15-12 win over West End Girls.

The pick of next Monday’s action seems likely to be the clash of the second and third-placed clubs in the top flight, Townies and Old Brods.

Division Two: Robins 20 Jets 18, Rockets 19 Queens 16, Blue Mavericks 20 Heath Ladies 23, Panthers 21 Runners 22, ROKT 17 White Rose 16.

Division Four: Emeralds 22 Tommos 14, Twinkles 19 Triangle 23, Falconers 24 Sparkles 16, Sapphires 13 Impact 13, Old Brods 2 20 Ravens 17.

Division Six: Wasps 15 West End Girls 12, Pink Fizz 17 Diamonds 9, Averages Joes 3 Harlequins 29, Ladybirds 19 Sowerby Stars 17, Barki Belles v Gems cancelled.

MONDAY’S FIXTURES (division in brackets) - at North Bridge: 7.0, Yo-yos v Pumas (1) and Black Jacks v Twinkles 2 (5); 7.35, Hi-Tech Cougars v Ryburn Utd (1) and Wolves v Rangers (5); 8.10, Arrows v Jokers (1) and Thundercats v Jewels (5); 8.45, Townies v Old Brods (1) and Dynamite v Hillside Services (5); 9.20, Towergate v Tigers (1) and Dovetails v Roxy Rebels (5).

At The Ridings: 7.0, Sparks v Unity (3); 7.35, Innscribe v Halifax (5); 8.10, XL v Lee Green (5); 8.45, Jaguars v TAGS (5).