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

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

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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.

Learn To Skate With Hereford Roller Girls

If our 181 point victory last month has inspired you to give Roller Derby a try, you’re in luck – our summer recruitment is continuing throughout August.

We’re looking for both men and women to come along and give it a go, before our full intake programme starts in September. All abilities are welcome, we’ll teach you to skate, and teach you the skills to play this energetic, full contact sport. If you fancy getting involved in a non playing role, we’re also looking for skaters to join us as referees, and non skaters to join us as our Non Skating Officials.

Training sessions are £5 each, and run Tuesdays 7-9pm at Weobley High School. The sessions are weekly and you’re welcome to join any time throughout July and August.

You’ll need some kit – quad skates, elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, helmet and mouthguard. We have limited stock to borrow (bar the mouthguard), but this is on a first come basis – so if you need to borrow equipment message us 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.

If you’re over 18 and want to give it a go email vankellsinghrg@gmail.com to book your place.Horror Bulls (C) Questionmark Photography

Photo by kind permission of Questionmark Photography.