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! 

Meet Your 2015 Horror Bulls Captains…

Hereford Roller Girls’ A Team The Horror Bulls has announced the new Captains for the upcoming 2015 season ahead of their participation in the Regional West Division of the British Roller Derby Championships.

Hereford Roller Girls Roller Derby Hereford

Zoe Butler (Eve L. Hart)

Founder, Head Coach and Chair of HRG Zoe Butler takes over as Captain from fellow coach Becce Turner, who stepped down at the end of 2014 following the Bulls’ most successful season so far in their three years of playing roller derby. Louise Braithwaite is Vice Captain, succeeding Kim Wild.

“Having never fulfilled the role of Captain since forming HRG due to being off skates for the first half and then returning to rebuild my skills, I am honoured to represent the Horror Bulls as Captain in 2015,” said Zoe, who formed the team after leaving Birmingham’s Central City Rollergirls to bring roller derby to her hometown. “There isn’t a team I am prouder to be part of and to go out as Horror Bulls Captain is a real privilege.”

Louise Braithwaite (Treble Maker)

Louise Braithwaite (Treble Maker)

Butler’s first game as Captain is the Bulls’ first game of the season, at their new home at The Hereford Academy on Sunday 1st February. The Bulls take on Swansea City Roller Derby in their first Regional West Division game of the British Championships, and also host the game between Birmingham Blitz Dames and Nottingham Roller Girls.

The Bulls’ participation in the first ever British Championships will be a challenge following their fantastic success in the Heartland Series last season, where they finished their division as unbeaten champions. “The Championships sees us playing teams who are ranked higher, and in many cases have more bouting experience than the teams we played against last season,” says Butler. “We’ve been training hard and – as always – will be playing to win. We hope that with our rising profile, more Herefordians will come and discover roller derby and support us in our campaign.”

Tickets for the double header are available now for an early bird rate.

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!