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

Latest News From Hereford Roller Girls

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 head to Nottingham

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.

Roller Derby Hereford

Photos by Questionmark Photography

Horror Bulls Take the Win in Swansea Ahead of Recruitment Drive

Hereford Roller Girls’ Horror Bulls came away with a close win from their second game in their British Championships campaign, when they played Leicester’s Dolly Rockit Rollers in Swansea at the start of the month.

Hereford Roller Girls on track with Swansea

Horror Bulls vs Swansea by Questionmark Photography

The Bulls were off to a flying start, taking the lead early on, however the DRR fought back and were leading 66-58 at half time. Despite the disruption of a number of official reviews and relentless challenging from DRR, The Bulls worked hard and kept their focus to take the win, with just ten points separating the teams. The final score was HRG 133 – 123 DRR.

“It was a hard fought game; DRR were fantastic opponents and we are delighted to have come out of it with our first win of the British Championships season,” says Zoe Butler, Captain. “Our next game is away at Nottingham Roller Girls on March 29th; we’ve played – and lost – against NRG twice before so are working hard to make it third time lucky to get the win.”

Alongside the Bulls’ British Championships campaign, HRG are recruiting again in April, and are looking for men and women to skate, referee and officiate. As well as looking for the next wave of talent to join the Horror Bulls, the club aims to form a men’s team as well as develop the referee team. Those wishing to get involved off-skates can also get involved in officiating.

Lisa Edwards joined the club in September 2014. “I didn’t know what to expect or how I’d take to it; I was a complete beginner. After that first session I was completely hooked! The club has some fantastic coaching strategies that make learning to roller skate and play roller derby a lot of fun. Six months on I have progressed to an intermediate level, I’ve officiated in bouts, am starting to train with the Horror Bulls and I’m now a full member of the club. I’d encourage anyone to give it a go and hope that I’m proof that you don’t have to have skated before to make progress and have a lot of fun!”

Roller Derby Hereford“Most of the Horror Bulls – who are now playing in the British Championships – had never skated before joining in at our sessions,” says Zoe. “Lots of people think they need experience, but all we ask for is enthusiasm. We have a few men skating with us but not enough to start a team, which is our next big aim, alongside developing our Referee & Officials crew.”

Sessions start on Tuesday 7th April. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. Booking is essential and details can be found on our recruitment page, or via facebook.com/herefordrollergirls.

Horror Bulls Prepare for British Championships

Hereford Roller Girls, Roller Derby, Rogue Runner

Photo by Jessica Warrington (Gore Jes)

Hereford Roller Girls’ A Team the Horror Bulls welcomed London Rollergirls and Team England star Rogue Runner to guest coach them ahead of their British Roller Derby Championships Regional West Division opening bout on Sunday 1st February.

The Bulls host two bouts at their new home venue, The Hereford Academy; Birmingham Blitz Dames play Nottingham Roller Girls, and the Bulls take on Swansea City Roller Derby’s A team the Slayers.

Rogue Runner’s LRG team is ranked 1st in Europe and 6th in the world. Team England broke records at the World Cup in December to score more points than any other team against the invincible Team USA to take second place and the silver medal. Rogue (real name Jessica McCarroll) runs Fitness Gone Rogue personal training, and HRG welcomed her to coach them and guests from Shrewsbury’s Evolution Rollergirls.

Rogue Runner Fitness Gone Rogue Hereford Roller Girls

Photo by Jessica Warrington (Gore Jes)

“Like lots of roller derby teams, our coaches often play on the team as well as coach,” said Zoe Butler, Horror Bulls Captain and Head Coach. “Guest coaches offer the team a fantastic opportunity to all train together, and our session with Rogue was fantastic; we learned a lot and picked up some great tips to take into the British Championships!”

The Bulls are currently ranked 83rd (out of 340 teams) in Europe, with the Slayers placed above them at 52nd. The Blitz Dames are ranked at 26th and Nottingham are placed 118th. “This season will be our biggest yet,” said Butler, who founded HRG in 2011 having played for Birmingham’s Central City Rollergirls for 4 years beforehand. “But we’re very excited, we’ve been training very hard and are focused on what’s ahead of us.”

Tickets for Sunday’s bout can be purchased here until 9pm on Friday 30th January, and – unless they sell out – will also be available on the door. Doors open at 12:30pm with the first game starting at 1:30pm and the second at 3:30pm. Join the Facebook event page here!