Hereford Roller Girls Remain Unbeaten in 2014 Ahead of Sports Awards

Hereford Roller Girls by Emma Gardiner Photography

The Horror Bulls – Emma Gardiner Photography
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Hereford Roller Girls’ A Team The Horror Bulls maintained their unbeaten season with a home win on Sunday 2nd November against Birmingham Blitz Dames‘ Bomb Squad. The final home game of the season for the Horror Bulls was also the debut appearance for Nikki Wild (Nikkablocker Fury) and the team unveiled their new bout tops, sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery and produced locally in Hereford by Silver FX.

It was a close game throughout, with both teams displaying excellent tactics, teamwork and skill. The Bulls took the lead from the start, and were able to maintain it throughout to win 149 – 108.

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Bomb Squad’s Ann T. Venom and Horror Bull Wild face off – Emma Gardiner Photography

Despite the win, the result sees the Bulls fall to 74th in the European Rankings. The Bomb Squad climb to 135th. “The Bomb Squad are a fantastic team,” said Captain Becce Turner. “We have practiced with them before and their strength and discipline has always impressed us. We are sure they will rapidly climb up the rankings if they keep playing as they did yesterday.”

“We head to the Heartland Finals in three weeks,” said Vice-Captain Kim Wild, who won the bout’s Most Valuable Player award for the Horror Bulls. “Today’s game was the perfect preparation for that; physically and mentally demanding with heavy hits and a fight to the end. We loved every minute!”

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Treble Maker fights through the pack – Emma Gardiner Photography

Turner was named The Bulls’ Best Jammer, with Mandy ‘D’Manding’ Counley-Worrall being named Best Blocker.

More awards could be on the cards on Tuesday 4th November; Hereford Roller Girls have been shortlisted for Community Club of the Year and Turner is one of three finalists for Senior Sportsperson of the Year at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.
Thanks to Emma Gardiner for supplying photos from the bout. Visit her website to see more of her work or you can see more photos from the bout on her Facebook page.

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!