It’s All About The Finals!

Hereford Roller Girls by Emma Gardiner Photography

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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.
Visit www.heartlandseries.co.uk for more information and to buy tickets.
Hereford Roller Girls Community Club of the Year Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Awards

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.

 

Flat Track Stats Rankings: HRG climb to 63rd in Europe

Hereford Roller Girls European RankingFollowing the Horror Bulls’ huge win over Haunted City in the final North West Division game of the Heartland Series, we have climbed 12 places to 63rd in Europe.

It’s been incredibly hard work, but we’re delighted with our rapid progression through the rankings, made up of 373 teams – and we’ll keep up the hard work as we make our way to the Heartland Series Finals in November.

On Sunday 2nd November we play our last home bout of the season at Hereford Leisure Centre. Tickets are available now – come and see us do our thing!

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.

Horror Bulls Secure Their Place in Finals of Europe’s Biggest Roller Derby Tournament

Hereford Roller Girls’ Horror Bulls have secured their place at the finals of the Heartland Series Roller Derby Tournament, with a 363 to 58 point win against South Wales’ Reaper Roller Girls.

Hereford Roller Girls Questionmark Photography

Photo: Questionmark Photography

The Bulls – who won Senior Team of the Year in the 2013 Herefordshire Sport Awards – took an immediate lead and, despite the best efforts of the Reapers, the half time score was 162 to 29 to Hereford. The South Wales team came back fighting, but they just couldn’t break the Hereford defence or hold back the jammers. The final score of 363 to 58 guarantees the Horror Bulls their place at the finals weekend in November.

After the game awards were given out, Jessica Warrington won Best Blocker, Kelly Michael won Best Jammer, Most Valuable Player was Kim Wild, and a special Team Spirit award went to team captain Becce Turner.

“It was an incredible game with a result that was testament to the hard work of everyone at HRG throughout the season,” said Becce. “We went into the competition with the aim of reaching the finals, and have trained incredibly hard to get where we are. We won’t be resting now; we’re unbeaten this season and our aim is to keep it that way.”

The Heartland Series is Europe’s largest inter-league flat track roller derby tournament, with 24 teams in 4 divisions, with Hereford’s Horror Bulls in the North West Division. There is one game left to play in the divisional stage, but Hereford’s unbeaten season mean they are the first team of the whole series to qualify for the 2014 finals.

This was also Hereford’s first UKRDA (United Kingdom Roller Derby Association) sanctioned game, they will now join the UK’s own national ranking system. The Horror Bulls are already ranked in Europe, and Saturday’s win sees them climb a massive 15 places to 70th out of over 350 teams.

The Horror Bulls last game of the North West division is an away game against Derby’s Haunted City, on 12 October. This will be hosted by Shrewsbury’s Evolution Roller Girls and full details will be released in the coming weeks.

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