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! 

HRG Statement RE: France Tournament

It is with great sadness we must announce that despite a lot of hard work and support from the wonderful people of Herefordshire (and beyond!), we are unable to travel to France to compete in Roller Derby Caen – The Leopard Avengers‘ tournament, Slip It! 2.

This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, and it’s been made with heavy hearts from all of us at HRG. Many of you know we are a small team; we have never bouted with the full 14. Due to injuries and – happily! – pregnancies, our numbers have been reduced further in the last couple of months. We don’t think it’s right to take a very small team and potentially risk more injuries when we have the British Championships ahead of us this season.

We hope you can all understand why we’ve taken the decision we have. The money from our fundraising efforts will not go to waste – we have a lot of traveling ahead of us this season and the money raised will help us fund travel for our skaters and our officials. Travel is a huge cost for us so we hope you appreciate our decision as a team to use the money you helped us to raise in this way.

Although we are disappointed, we see this as a minor setback in our progress. More and more recruits are coming through our noobie programmes, so we are confident our numbers will continue to grow throughout the season. This season is going to be our biggest yet as we compete in the Regional West Division of the British Championships, and we remain hopeful that there will be more opportunities to compete in tournaments in the future. Thank you, as always, for your fantastic support!

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.

Hereford Roller Girls 181 Point Victory Over North Wales Roller Derby

Hereford’s Horror Bulls finished 181 points up against North Wales Roller Derby on 21st June. The game ended Hereford 213 – North Wales 32, and was the Horror Bulls third game in the Heartland Series North West Tournament.

The game started well for the Horror Bulls with a lead of 2 points in the first jam. An injury saw the second jam called early, but moments later blocker Eve.L Hart #21 knocked the North Wales jammer off her feet, while Hereford’s Treble Maker #909 took them to an 11 to 0 lead. Soon North Wales put 4 points on the board against Hereford’s 21, but Hereford kept pushing forward. The game went into the half time 98 – 15 to Hereford.

Blocker 21.06.14

In the second half North Wales came back fighting, but Wild #59 took the first jam for Hereford. A power jam 13 minutes in saw North Wales add more points to the board. The teams both held tight walls, but ultimately the Horror Bulls pulled it together and finished in front with an impressive 213 to 32.

Score Board 21.06.14
At the end of the bout Horror Bull’s team captain Turner was awarded Speediest Skater, Eve.L Hart won Best Blocker, Treble Maker was MVP (Most Valuable Player) and Wild won Best Jammer.

Bout photo courtesy of MDP Images, © Pete Florey 2014