Hereford Roller Derby Bring Home First Win Against Plymouth City Roller Girls

HRG
February 14, 2017
Photo: John Baker
Photo: John Baker

 

The start of Hereford Roller Derby’s British Championship 2017 season has began with a fantastic game against Plymouth City Roller Girls.

Photo: John Baker
Photo: John Baker

The game on the 11th February started with HRD captain Plant #31 gearing up on the jammer line & scoring 3 points for HRD in the first jam. PCRG put up a great match, during the next few jams the lead changed several times, as HRD & PCRG battled for each & every point. With 5 minutes to halftime & the score at 63 to 53 in favour of PCRG, HRD really dig deep & get another 6 points on the scoreboard before the whistle.

Photo: John Baker
Photo: John Baker

The second half kicks off with a power jam for Plymouth, however, the HRD blockers use everything they’ve got to stop PCRG taking advantage of this, bringing the score ever closer together to 83 to 79 to PCRG, shortly after HRD bring that score to an even 83 to 83.

From that point on HRD are really on top form & work perfectly together to fight for every point possible, even with a few more lead changes along the way, HRD don’t let that stop them, with 20 minutes to go & the score so tight at 99 to 91 in favour of HRD, it’s really down to the wire.

Photo: John Baker
Photo: John Baker

With the final moment of the game fast approaching & everything still all to play for, both PCRG & HRD bring out the big hitters & really work hard for each point. The opportunity of a power jam sees HRD working effectively together really powering towards the final whistle. With 2 minutes to go, the score is HRD 166 to PCRG 134.

During the final moments & keeping calm under the building excitement within the hall, HRD take home the victory with a final score of HRD 173 & PCRG 138.

After a brilliant game, the awards presented by PCRG to HRD are given to Raypunzel #79 for Best Jammer, Jeff #195 for Best Blocker & Butler #21 for MVP.

Photo: John Baker
Photo: John Baker

Hereford Roller Derby get ready for British Championships 2017

HRG
February 9, 2017
Photo: Francis Williams
Photo: Francis Williams

After taking a year off from the British Championships, Hereford Roller Derby are back and ready for a great season. During the year Hereford have built on their A Team, the Hereford Horror Bulls and focused on developing players both new and experienced alike.

Hereford Roller Derby’s first bout of the 2017 season is away against Plymouth City Roller Girls, the bout on the 11th February is going to be the first time HRD & PCRG have played against each other since 2014 during the Heartland Series.

On the 23rd April Hereford will next play against Severn Roller Torrent in Gloucester, this will be the first time that the two teams will play each other in a championship bout, though they have previously met a few times in closed-door scrimmages & open skater tournaments over the years.

The Horror Bulls in action - photo credit Stephanie Turner
The Horror Bulls in action – photo: Stephanie Turner

The next bout for HRD will be on the 20th May, when Hereford will host a double-header & welcome Neath Port Talbot Roller Derby, Reaper Roller Derby & PCRG at The Hereford Academy on Marlbrook Road. On the day HRD will take on NPTRD & RRD will face PCRG.

The final bout of Hereford’s 2017 British Championship season is away at RRD in Swansea on the 5th August, as with SRT, HRG have played against RRD in a closed-door scrimmage, however this was in 2013 so it’ll be exciting to see how both teams have evolved & grown within these four years.

 

Team Captain #31 Christina Plant - photo: Becce Turner
Team Captain #31 Christina Plant – photo: Becce Turner

HRD Captain #31 Christina Plant says “The team have trained hard this last year and are now back stronger then ever. I feel extremely honoured to be captain of the 2017 team and to lead HRD into the Champs. Watch this space Derby world – We’re back!”

If you want to come to watch Hereford Roller Derby in action on the 20th May 2017, keep an eye on HRD’s facebook page. There will also be updates from all of our upcoming bout within the British Championship 2017 season & information about how you could be part of HRD, whether it be through our Learn to Skate & Novice Programs, as a skating referee or as a NSO (non-skating official).

Latest News From Hereford Roller Girls

HRG
January 8, 2016
Horror Bulls in action vs. Plymouth - Questionmark Photography Hereford Roller Girls
Horror Bulls in action vs. Plymouth – Questionmark Photography

There’s a lot of change ahead for roller derby in Herefordshire, as the county’s only senior league, Hereford Roller Girls, aims to boost its members.

Following a successful 2015 British Championships season for HRG’s A Team The Horror Bulls, the club has collectively decided to withdraw from the competition and concentrate on developing and growing the squad on a long term basis. Despite being ranked 30th in the UK and 90th in Europe, The Horror Bulls have never competed in a game with a full squad in its history. With this and injuries taken into account, competing in a tournament comes with multiple risks, so the aim for the club now is to boost its number of members, as they continue to play competitive games outside of the British Championships structure.

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Jess Warrington – AKA Gore Jess 247

The club has also bid farewell to two key players for The Bulls, Kim Wild (top photo, Horror Bulls Jammer) and Jess Warrington (left), who have recently transferred to other leagues. Kim took part in trials for one of UK’s top teams, Cardiff’s Tiger Bay Brawlers, and was selected to join the club. Jess moved to Cheltenham some time ago but although she commuted regularly to remain a Horror Bulls skater during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, she has now joined Gloucestershire’s Severn Roller Torrent. Everybody at HRG is sad to see these two brilliant skaters leave, but collectively thank them for their incredible contributions on and off skates to the club, and wish them all the very best for their future derby careers.

As is the case for many clubs, recruiting for roller derby in a small city has proven challenging for HRG, but with more regular skaters than ever, it’s a promising time for the club. Many skaters are on the cusp of training and being eligible for selection with The Horror Bulls and with the focus on training and recruitment in the first half of 2016, the squad is sure to grow. In addition to building The Horror Bulls, the club is still hoping to develop a men’s team, as well as its team of officials – referees and non-skating officials.

Big G! Referee at Hereford Roller Girls - Questionmark Photography
Big G! Referee at Hereford Roller Girls – Questionmark Photography

If you’re 18+ and of any gender, and you’d like to learn to play roller derby or become a referee with Hereford Roller Girls, the club is offering skating lessons from Tuesday 19th January at Weobley High School. For competent skaters or those who have completed the learn to skate programme, the next novice intake will begin on Tuesday 1st March. Visit facebook.com/herefordrollergirls for more information on the sessions and how to book. If you’re interested in joining the club as a non-skating official, you can contact the club via Facebook or by emailing hereford.rollergirls@gmail.com. Don’t worry if you have no experience, HRG will teach you all you need to know!

British Championships: Horror Bulls Take On Birmingham Blitz Dames

HRG
July 11, 2015
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Questionmark Photography

Hereford’s A-team, the Horror Bulls, are heading to Birmingham on Saturday 18th of July to take on Birmingham’s Blitz Dames in their 4th game of the British Championships. Check out the Facebook event page for more information and tickets.

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Questionmark Photography

At this stage in the Championships, Hereford are tied with Birmingham Blitz Dames and Swansea City Roller Derby on 6 points each after three games, so the last qualifying spot for playoffs is still up for contention. Belfast have already qualified.

To qualify for the playoffs, the Horror Bulls must beat both Birmingham and Belfast with quite a large score differential. With Birmingham being ranked 30th in Europe and Hereford ranked 94th, a big win on the 18th is possible but a steep challenge nonetheless. The Bulls are hoping to capitalise on their run of wins against Nottingham Roller Girls and Leicester’s Dolly Rockit Rollers.

Hereford faced Birmingham’s B Team, the Bomb Squad, late in 2014 and took the victory so this week’s bout will be somewhat of a grudge match! Blitz Dames will be on home territory so it will no doubt be an exciting game.

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Hereford will be hoping Stephen “The Hawk” Hawkins will be supporting! Questionmark Photography

August will see the club opening up their session to prospective new recruits to attend and see what being a Hereford Roller Girl (or guy!) is all about before starting the official recruitment drive in September. If you think you’d like to get involved – on or off skates – please email hereford.rollergirls@gmail.com and head over to our Facebook page to keep up to date with all of our events.

British Championships: Horror Bulls head to Nottingham

HRG
March 21, 2015

Hereford Roller Girls’ A Team The Horror Bulls head to Nottingham on Sunday 29th March for their third British Championships game of the season.

The Bulls will aim to make it third time lucky against Nottingham Roller Girls, having lost their previous two encounters against them. They will be boosted by their win against Leicester’s Dolly Rockit Rollers at the beginning of the month in Swansea, but it promises to be a tough match at Nottingham’s home venue. Full details of the game, including a link for tickets, can be found on the Facebook event page.

Hereford Roller Girls Emma Gardiner Photographer
Emma Gardiner Photography

The Bulls, who retained their Senior Team of the Year award for the second year at the Herefordshire Sports Awards, are currently 4th in the Regional West Division, with Nottingham placed at 6th.

The club is looking to build on the success of the Bulls with the next recruitment intake, which starts on Tuesday 7th April. As well as looking for the next crop of talent to boost the Horror Bulls squad, the club aims to develop their referee and non-skating official team and develop a men’s team. You can find details on the Roller Derby recruitment page.

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Photos by Questionmark Photography