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! 

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.

 

HRG Wins Community Club of the Year at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Awards

Hereford Roller Girls Community Club of the Year Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Awards

L-R: Kelly Prosser, Becce Turner, Zoe Butler, Dee Montague and Jessica Warrington with the award

Hereford Roller Girls won Community Club of the Year at the 2014 Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards, presented by BBC Hereford & Worcester‘s Elliot Webb at Sixways Stadium on Tuesday 4th November.

HRG was shortlisted alongside Worcester Swimming Club and Ross Juniors FC, having been chosen from nominations for teams across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Captain Becce Turner was also a finalist in the Senior Sportsperson of the Year category. To be shortlisted for two awards is a fantastic achievement for the club, whose A Team The Horror Bulls have only been bouting for two years.

Hereford Roller Girls Elliot Webb

Becce, Jessica, Dee, Zoe and Kelly with host Elliot Webb showing the HRG horns!

In that time they have rocketed up the European Rankings (currently 74th), debuted in the UKRDA Rankings at 12th, reached the Heartland Series Roller Derby finals – which will be played later in the month – and are unbeaten in 2014.

As Community Club of the Year in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, HRG will represent the two counties at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards at Villa Park on Thursday 27th November, where they are among six finalists from across the region.