Hereford Roller Girls Victory Over Lincolnshire Dame Busters

Hereford Roller Girls’ (HRG) Horror Bulls travelled to Lincolnshire on Saturday 6th July to take on the long-established Lincolnshire Bombers’ B Team, Lincolnshire Dame Busters.

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Until Saturday, Lincolnshire Dames (LD) were placed 48 places above Hereford Roller Girls on the European Rankings table. With only 11 players out of a possible 14 on the roster, and temperatures soaring, the bout promised to be a challenging one and HRG were definitely seen as the underdogs.

LBD started the bout promisingly; their defensive walls of blockers were very strong and their jammers were able to fight their way through the HRG defence. The first jam ended with LBD winning 9-1, with the scores close at 34-32 to the home team 15 minutes in.

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With power jams in HRG’s favour, the tables soon turned and HRG were 66-32 up, and at half-time it was 53-90 to HRG.

A tough second half saw a very physical game with HRG rising to the challenge to keep their endurance and discipline to maintain a strong defence. The scores were tight, but HRG were able to distance themselves from the opposition, to win 165-115.

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“We knew we were in for a tough time and knew that the bout would be a huge challenge, physically and mentally,” said Dee Montague (Quaddie Foul-Her), Horror Bulls Captain. “We kept our focus and knew that our tactics were strong and were well rewarded for our efforts. We enjoyed the bout so much, and Lincolnshire were fantastic hosts.”

Emma Hughes picked up the Best Jammer Award on what was her last bout for the team before she returns to her native Merseyside, and Jes Warrington (Gore Jes) picked up another Best Blocker Award. Kim Wild’s strong blocking and jamming saw her pick up the Most Valuable Player award.

“We’re delighted that Emma picked up another award, and wish her all the best,” said Dee. “She’s been an incredible asset to our team, and we’re going to miss her very much indeed!”

Photography courtesy of Peter Worth www.peterworth.com

HRG gets a boost from two local companies.

Hereford Roller Girls have announced a new sponsorship deal with two local businesses, Wye Valley Brewery and Wye Valley Brewery’s flagship pub The Barrels.

Skaters from the club are celebrating after securing the sponsorship, which has helped the team’s 2013 season get off to a great start.

Hereford Roller Girls is the first, and only, roller derby team in Herefordshire. They compete regularly against other teams from the UK, and the sponsorship will be used to buy much needed new uniforms.

Wye Valley Brewery is a family-run business, the company supports local community activities, they could see the potential in this local team and wanted to help. Vernon Amor, managing director of Wye Valley Brewery commented: “Roller Derby looks like a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun, just like running a brewery! We pride ourselves in supporting local community based activities. Roller Derby is a feisty, fast-paced and exciting alternative sport, and we love the passion the Hereford Roller Girls have for Roller Derby.”

Hereford Roller Girls formed in 2011 with a handful of skaters, and has now grown to a full team. This group of women, many of whom had never skated before, now practice three evenings a week. Skaters and volunteers have spent the last two years raising funds for the club, securing sponsorship from two businesses is a big boost to the team’s morale. Hereford Roller Girl’s Team Captain Dee Montague commented. “The sponsorship means a lot to the skaters, as it really shows that local businesses believe in what we do and want us to succeed.”

The Barrels is Wye Valley Brewery’s flagship pub, skater Kim Wild works for the pub and it was her enthusiasm for the sport that first interested the manager Philip Pryce. The team began to use the Barrels after their games and were delighted with the warm welcome shown by Philip and his team. The relationship between the organisations grew, and the pub wanted to join Wye Valley Brewery to become a sponsor. Philip commented: “It just seemed the natural thing to do to help with sponsorship.”

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Will the Horror Bulls start the season with victory?

Hereford Roller Girls are excited to commence their 2013 season, beginning on Sunday 24th February when they play host to Nottingham Roller Girls.

It will be the first time the two teams have met, and HRG’s Horror Bulls are aiming to start their 2013 season with a win following on from their victory over Evolution Roller Girls back in October last year. They have been training hard all winter to ensure Nottingham don’t go down without a fight!  Make sure you’re there  to share the occasion with us!

The doors open at 12.30pm, with the bout starting at 1.30pm. Tickets are £5 in advance from our shop, or £7 on the door. Children aged 5 and under get in for free!

For those of you who haven’t been to see us yet, ‘home’ is Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford. HR4 9UD, and there is plenty of free parking.

If that wasn’t enough, you can come and meet the teams at our after party at The Barrels and drink some lovely Wye Valley ale with us!!

Look forward to seeing you there!