Hereford Roller Girls Remain Unbeaten in 2014 Ahead of Sports Awards

Hereford Roller Girls by Emma Gardiner Photography

The Horror Bulls – Emma Gardiner Photography
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Hereford Roller Girls’ A Team The Horror Bulls maintained their unbeaten season with a home win on Sunday 2nd November against Birmingham Blitz Dames‘ Bomb Squad. The final home game of the season for the Horror Bulls was also the debut appearance for Nikki Wild (Nikkablocker Fury) and the team unveiled their new bout tops, sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery and produced locally in Hereford by Silver FX.

It was a close game throughout, with both teams displaying excellent tactics, teamwork and skill. The Bulls took the lead from the start, and were able to maintain it throughout to win 149 – 108.

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Bomb Squad’s Ann T. Venom and Horror Bull Wild face off – Emma Gardiner Photography

Despite the win, the result sees the Bulls fall to 74th in the European Rankings. The Bomb Squad climb to 135th. “The Bomb Squad are a fantastic team,” said Captain Becce Turner. “We have practiced with them before and their strength and discipline has always impressed us. We are sure they will rapidly climb up the rankings if they keep playing as they did yesterday.”

“We head to the Heartland Finals in three weeks,” said Vice-Captain Kim Wild, who won the bout’s Most Valuable Player award for the Horror Bulls. “Today’s game was the perfect preparation for that; physically and mentally demanding with heavy hits and a fight to the end. We loved every minute!”

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Treble Maker fights through the pack – Emma Gardiner Photography

Turner was named The Bulls’ Best Jammer, with Mandy ‘D’Manding’ Counley-Worrall being named Best Blocker.

More awards could be on the cards on Tuesday 4th November; Hereford Roller Girls have been shortlisted for Community Club of the Year and Turner is one of three finalists for Senior Sportsperson of the Year at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.
Thanks to Emma Gardiner for supplying photos from the bout. Visit her website to see more of her work or you can see more photos from the bout on her Facebook page.

Heartland Series: Hereford Roller Girls’ Horror Bulls 368 – Haunted City 48

Hereford Roller Girls

Standing: Dee Montague (Line Up Manager), Kim Wild (Vice-Captain), Zoe Butler, Nikki Gray, Kelly Michael, Tristan Dodd (Bench Manager), Front row: Julie Truelove, Louise Braithwaite, Becce Turner (Captain), Kelly Prosser, Minx Dodd and Mandy Counley-Worrall.

Hereford Roller Girls (HRG) A Team the ‘Horror Bulls’ travelled to hosts Evolution Roller Girls today (Sunday 12th October) to take on Derby’s Haunted City Rollers in the final Heartland Series Roller Derby North West Division Game.

The Bulls took a team of just 10 players (up to 14 skaters are permitted per squad) due to a few injuries picked up during the campaign, so knew they were in for a challenge against Haunted City’s 13 skaters. Haunted City were bottom of the table without a win, but had impressed throughout the campaign with game-on-game improvements and a reputation for heavy hits and tenacious attitude.

The Bulls started strong and despite starting the first jam at a disadvantage when Haunted City were awarded Lead Jammer, they pushed to ensure the jam was called before City could score any points. The Bulls took control and the halftime score was an impressive 162 – 21 to Hereford.

As has been the case in many HRG games throughout their bouting campaign, the Bulls came back stronger after the break; nerves had settled and their notorious agility ensured they stormed to a massive 368 – 48 victory. Best Blocker was awarded to Zoe Butler, Captain Becce Turner was named Best Jammer, and Vice-Captain Kim Wild was named Most Valuable Player.

The victory ensured that HRG remain unbeaten in 2014 and go into the November National Finals of the Heartland Series Roller Derby as North West Division winners. In ever-changing European Rankings, HRG are placed at 75th, but with their win and points differential will likely see them climb up the table of over 350 teams by the time the rankings are updated this week. (EDIT: on 13th October HRG climbed 12 places to 63rd in Europe!) The Bulls are ranked 12th in the UK in the UK Roller Derby Association Rankings.

“As a team we’ve worked incredibly hard in the three years we’ve been established,” said Turner. “We were honoured to be invited to take part in the Heartland Series, and knew we would be up against some tough competition. We set out to win our division and we’re delighted to make the finals. The hard work and commitment of every single member of HRG has paid off, and now we need to build on that to make sure we’re at the top of our game in November for the finals.”

The team’s success has not gone unnoticed; following the Bulls being named Senior Team of the Year at the Herefordshire Sports Awards in February, they’ve been shortlisted to win Community Club of the Year at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards in November. Turner has also been shortlisted for the Senior Sportsperson of the Year Award.

In addition to this, HRG have been invited to take part in a tournament in Caen, France in January. Hereford are the only UK team invited to compete and this will be their first international trip together. The Bulls are currently fundraising for the trip and the first event is a bag pack at the Morrison’s Hereford store on Saturday 18th October. There will also be a punk benefit at the Jailhouse ‘Night of the Living Shred 2‘ on 31st October, with hardcore punk from bands such as Brain Wreck, Fetus Christ and Skinhorse. There’s another fundraising event later in the year, with a quiz night at Hereford City Sports Club on the 29th November.

The Bulls make a rare appearance at home on Sunday 2nd November in their last home game of the season when they take on Birmingham Blitz Dames B Team. Buy tickets or find out more on the Facebook event page.

The Heartland Series comes to Hereford!

 

heartland event bannerThe Heartland Series is Europe’s largest interleague Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Tournament. Twenty four leagues from England and Wales have been divided into four regional divisions for double-header bout days spanning the year, with a walloping two-day play-off weekend in November to find who will be Heartland Champions for 2014! HRG’s Horror Bulls were victorious in the first Heartlands bout of 2014, and their next bout sees them take on Shropshire’s Evolution Rollergirls in their second fixture of the tournament.They’re joined by Derby’s Haunted City Rollers and Swansea’s Reaper Rollergirls, who are playing their debut bouts of the tournament.Phobia – Metal/Rock will be spinning the wheels of steel, metal and rock to bring joy to your ears, while the women on the track will be aiming to bring joy, shock and awe to your eyeballs.Get your tickets quick for this one – it’s going to be a belter and is likely to sell out!12.45 – Doors open13.30 – Haunted City Rollers – Derby vs. Reaper Rollergirls

15.30 – Hereford Roller Girls vs. Evolution Rollergirls

Venue: Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford. HR4 9UD.
Please be aware that car park charges are now in place at the leisure centre. £1 for 3 hours, or all day parking at the venue is £5.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Hereford Roller Girls A team the Horror Bulls take on Kent’s Knightmares in a closely fought home game

Hereford Roller Girls A team the Horror Bulls played Kent’s Knightmares in a closely fought home game. The two teams met for the first time at Hereford Leisure Centre, on 6 October, in a bout that ended 102 to 143 to Kent. The game was thefirst under Hereford’s new captain Becce Turner and vice captain Kim Wild. Hereford’s founder and head coach Zoe Butler carried the flag in her first game with the team.

The Hereford team secured a victory in their last game against Lincolnshire, but having never played Kent before there were no expectations. The game started with an early trip to the penalty box for the Hereford jammer, with Kent taking 15 points to 0. Hereford’s jammers found themselves up against a strong defence, but they fought hard with their blockers holding back Kent for as long as possible. A successful power jam in Hereford’s favour saw the score narrow but Kent kept their lead and ended the first half ahead, 47 to 103.

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Photo by Kirsty Pye

Hereford came back  fighting, determined to turn the score around. The opening jam of the second half saw Kent face Hereford’s jammer Jes Warrington. Kent took lead, but was forced to call the jam with only 2 points after Warrington came out of the pack right behind her. Hereford then successfully pulled back points in the next two jams.

Hereford kept the score steady for the rest of the second half, with points alternating from side to side. Both teams fought hard, with quick tactical changes and tight teamwork from each side. The fast paced and intense game ended 102 to 143 to Kent

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Captain Becce Turner commented “I’m proud of each and every one of the team. It was a tough game and we learnt a lot. The score was very close, which against such an established team was an achievement that I’m proud of. We have plenty of new skills and tactics to work on, and we will come back stronger than ever.”

Turner was also very happy to win Best Jammer for the Hereford team, with Zoe Butler taking home Best Blocker, and vice captain Kim Wild awarded Most Valuable Player and Audience’s Favourite.

Three rookie Hereford skaters also took part in a warmup bout before the main game, skating alongside mixed teams of new and upcoming skaters from across the UK.

Hereford’s next bout is an away game against Nottingham on 30 November. Visit temp.herefordrollergirls.co.uk for more information on the team’s upcoming events and recruitment.

Hereford Roller Girls are now recruiting for a men’s team, the training sessions are Mondays 6pm to 7.30pm at Weobley High School. Email hereford.rollergirls@gmail.com for more information.