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

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

British Championships: Horror Bulls Take On Birmingham Blitz Dames

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.

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.

RetroDec’s new Horror Bull inspired jewellery

Our amazing new sponsors Retrodec can now reveal their new range of jewellery and accessories for us, the Hereford Roller Girls!

“Inspired by HRG’s logo, encorporating the iconic Hereford Bull and the “Horror Bulls” motto, “Skate and Surrender” on a tattoo type scroll, this fabulous range includes necklaces, earrings, rings and keyrings. Custom designed and manufactured for Retrodec by the wonderful Drown Soda!”

We absolutely love them and can’t thank them enough! <3

Hereford Roller Girls are fundraising again!

This time we’re teaming up with Herefordshire Learning Disability Trust to bring you a fun filled evening of BRAIN TEASING QUIZ, BBQ and SUPER PRIZE RAFFLE for all the family!

The quiz will be MC’d by Sunshine Radio‘s very own LEON OLDMAN, also of TGS Bar Wars fame.
Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 for under 12s. (this includes one free item from the BBQ) Teams of a maximum of 6, mixed (adult and child) teams are encouraged, as there will be a children’s round, Be Warned ;o)
Tickets will be issued once a team registration form is completed. Deadline for these is Monday 9th July. Please leave your email address if you would like a form emailing to you :o)

The BBQ is courtesy of THREE COUNTIES FINE FOODS Ltd; a team of award winning master butchers from Herefordshire with over 25 years of combined experience in butchery and catering, using traditional methods.

The evening is aimed at families of all ages and abilities, with good disabled access, private bar and good FREE parking close by!

We hope you can join us to raise funds for Herefordshire Learning Disability Trust and Hereford Roller Girls, it promises to be an awesome night!

It’s been a busy few months!

Back in May, we had our very first practice, closed doors, bout against CCR’s Raging Belles. It was a fantastic game and we all learnt so much. We’d like to thank Central City Rollergirls for the opportunity and coming down to Horrorford to help us out! We look forward to seeing you all again soon. It was an incredible experience and left us thirsty for more. So, we’re looking for teams we can compete against, be it practice behind closed doors, or open to the paying public! If you’re part of a team who’d like to play us, please contact us at hereford.rollergirls@gmail.comRoller girl events…

Not only do we skate but  we also like to help raise money for charities. We have a heap of fundraisers coming up, and would love it if you could join us, or donate money to some fantastic causes.

We will be walking the Walk of Worcestershire on the 1st of July, 10 miles without wheels on our feet in aid of Acorn’s Children’s Hospice Trust. If you would like to sponsor us, we would be truely grateful. Please visit our Justgiving page, even if it’s just a few pennies!

We will also be hosting our very own quiz night on the 13th July, venue TBC, hosted by the lovely Leon Oldman of TGS’s Bars Wars and Sunshine Radio fame! More details of this to come so keep your eyes peeled!

Join us!
Do you want to learn to play Roller Derby? You can join us at Weobley School on Monday nights from 6 – 7:30pm, and we’ll teach you all of the skills you need to be a badass derby girl! (Or an amazing male or female Derby Zebra, aka Referee!) Sessions cost £5, and if you need the kit (skates, pads, helmet) we can provide it until you have your own – you’ll also need a mouthguard. If you want to join us, you’ll need to be 18 or over and you must book your space before coming along. If you need to loan our equipment, you’ll need to message us before 5pm on the Friday evening prior to the session. To book or to find out more, you can contact us here

Get involved in something awesome!!

Photo’s courtesy of Ben Darby