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.

We’re recruiting! Join us for our noobie programme in the New Year!

Do you want to play Roller Derby? Hereford Roller Girls is Hereford’s first and only Roller Derby Team, and we are recruiting in January!

If you fancy a new way of getting fit after Christmas, if you want to meet new people and try a new sport, roller derby could be for you!

You can join us if:

– You’re 18 or over
– Female or Male – yes, the skaters on the track are female, but men and women officiate the sport!
– You can already skate or not – most of our skaters were like Bambi on ice when they joined us, and look at them now!

Our Noobie Programme gives you 6 sessions, once a week on Monday nights at 6pm at Weobley High School. The course begins on Monday 7th January. Sessions last 90 minutes, and you’ll learn all of the skills you need to pass Minimum Skills and move onto the next level.

You’ll buddy up with our Roller Girls, who will help you learn how to skate, fall, stop, block and jam!

The 6 week course costs just £30, and we’ll give you a free session when you’ve completed it! Spaces are limited, so booking is essential, and can be done by sending us a message on here!

You will need your own kit – elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, helmets, skates and a mouthguard. We do have very limited stocks that you can borrow (bar the mouthguards), but this is on a first come, first served basis. Please message us if you’d like to borrow equipment, and we may be able to help.

Roller Derby starter kits can be purchased and we have recommendations for all budgets – please contact us if you need any advice on what to buy.

Our next intake is not until April 2013 so get your skates on, now!