Hereford Roller Girls Remain Unbeaten in 2014 Ahead of Sports Awards

Hereford Roller Girls by Emma Gardiner Photography

The Horror Bulls – Emma Gardiner Photography

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.

Roller Derby Emma Gardiner Photography

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!”

Hereford Roller Girls Emma Gardiner Photographer

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.

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