Emma Gardiner Photography
Hereford Roller Girls A Team the Horror Bulls head to the finals of Europe’s biggest flat-track roller derby tournament on Sunday 23rd November at Newark Showground. The Horror Bulls topped the North West Division of The Heartland Series, and go into the finals on Sunday undefeated in 2014. They were the first team to be declared finalists across all four divisions.
Their first game is against South West Division runners up, Plymouth City Roller Derby. If they win that, they will play either Severn Roller Torrent or Milton Keynes Roller Derby, and the winner goes through to the final; potentially the Bulls will play three games in one day.
Kelly Prosser, Becce Turner, Zoe Butler, Dee Montague and Jessica Warrington with the Community Club of the Year award
The Heartland Finals won’t be the only trophy the Hereford Roller Derby club will be chasing; the Roller Girls were named Community Club of the Year at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards, and as a result are finalists at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards, which take place at Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday 27th November.
The club will celebrate a fantastic year with their end of season party at Hereford City Sports Club on Saturday 29th November. The party will be a fundraiser for the Bulls’ trip to France in January 2015; they are the only UK team invited to compete in Roller Derby Caen’s ‘Slip It! 2’ tournament. Tickets to the party are £5 and include food and a quiz. Full details can be found on the Facebook event page
L-R: Kelly Prosser, Becce Turner, Zoe Butler, Dee Montague and Jessica Warrington with the award
Hereford Roller Girls won Community Club of the Year at the 2014 Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards, presented by BBC Hereford & Worcester‘s Elliot Webb at Sixways Stadium on Tuesday 4th November.
HRG was shortlisted alongside Worcester Swimming Club and Ross Juniors FC, having been chosen from nominations for teams across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Captain Becce Turner was also a finalist in the Senior Sportsperson of the Year category. To be shortlisted for two awards is a fantastic achievement for the club, whose A Team The Horror Bulls have only been bouting for two years.
Becce, Jessica, Dee, Zoe and Kelly with host Elliot Webb showing the HRG horns!
In that time they have rocketed up the European Rankings (currently 74th), debuted in the UKRDA Rankings at 12th, reached the Heartland Series Roller Derby finals – which will be played later in the month – and are unbeaten in 2014.
As Community Club of the Year in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, HRG will represent the two counties at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards at Villa Park on Thursday 27th November, where they are among six finalists from across the region.
The Horror Bulls – Emma Gardiner Photography
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.
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!”
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
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