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.

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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.

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Hereford Roller Girls A team the Horror Bulls take on Kent’s Knightmares in a closely fought home game

Hereford Roller Girls A team the Horror Bulls played Kent’s Knightmares in a closely fought home game. The two teams met for the first time at Hereford Leisure Centre, on 6 October, in a bout that ended 102 to 143 to Kent. The game was thefirst under Hereford’s new captain Becce Turner and vice captain Kim Wild. Hereford’s founder and head coach Zoe Butler carried the flag in her first game with the team.

The Hereford team secured a victory in their last game against Lincolnshire, but having never played Kent before there were no expectations. The game started with an early trip to the penalty box for the Hereford jammer, with Kent taking 15 points to 0. Hereford’s jammers found themselves up against a strong defence, but they fought hard with their blockers holding back Kent for as long as possible. A successful power jam in Hereford’s favour saw the score narrow but Kent kept their lead and ended the first half ahead, 47 to 103.

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Hereford came back  fighting, determined to turn the score around. The opening jam of the second half saw Kent face Hereford’s jammer Jes Warrington. Kent took lead, but was forced to call the jam with only 2 points after Warrington came out of the pack right behind her. Hereford then successfully pulled back points in the next two jams.

Hereford kept the score steady for the rest of the second half, with points alternating from side to side. Both teams fought hard, with quick tactical changes and tight teamwork from each side. The fast paced and intense game ended 102 to 143 to Kent

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Captain Becce Turner commented “I’m proud of each and every one of the team. It was a tough game and we learnt a lot. The score was very close, which against such an established team was an achievement that I’m proud of. We have plenty of new skills and tactics to work on, and we will come back stronger than ever.”

Turner was also very happy to win Best Jammer for the Hereford team, with Zoe Butler taking home Best Blocker, and vice captain Kim Wild awarded Most Valuable Player and Audience’s Favourite.

Three rookie Hereford skaters also took part in a warmup bout before the main game, skating alongside mixed teams of new and upcoming skaters from across the UK.

Hereford’s next bout is an away game against Nottingham on 30 November. Visit temp.herefordrollergirls.co.uk for more information on the team’s upcoming events and recruitment.

Hereford Roller Girls are now recruiting for a men’s team, the training sessions are Mondays 6pm to 7.30pm at Weobley High School. Email hereford.rollergirls@gmail.com for more information.

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