Roller derby girls do well in closely fought bout

Hereford Roller Girls took on Kent’s Knightmares in a closely fought home game that ended 102–143 to the away team.

The two teams met for the first time at Hereford Leisure Centre on the 6th October with the Horror Bulls, Hereford’s A-team, playing their first game under new captain Becce Turner and vice captain Kim Wild.

Photo: Kirsty Pye

Photo: Kirsty Pye

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, 47–103.

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 two 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 102–143 to Kent.

“I’m proud of each and every one of the team, it was a tough game and we learnt a lot,” said captain Becce Turner.

“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 warm-up 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 the 30th November. Visit their website 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–7.30pm at Weobley High School. Email hereford.rollergirls@gmail.com for more information.

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