Hereford Roller Girls’ Horror Bulls have secured their place at the finals of the Heartland Series Roller Derby Tournament, with a 363 to 58 point win against South Wales’ Reaper Roller Girls.
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The Bulls – who won Senior Team of the Year in the 2013 Herefordshire Sport Awards – took an immediate lead and, despite the best efforts of the Reapers, the half time score was 162 to 29 to Hereford. The South Wales team came back fighting, but they just couldn’t break the Hereford defence or hold back the jammers. The final score of 363 to 58 guarantees the Horror Bulls their place at the finals weekend in November.
After the game awards were given out, Jessica Warrington won Best Blocker, Kelly Michael won Best Jammer, Most Valuable Player was Kim Wild, and a special Team Spirit award went to team captain Becce Turner.
“It was an incredible game with a result that was testament to the hard work of everyone at HRG throughout the season,” said Becce. “We went into the competition with the aim of reaching the finals, and have trained incredibly hard to get where we are. We won’t be resting now; we’re unbeaten this season and our aim is to keep it that way.”
The Heartland Series is Europe’s largest inter-league flat track roller derby tournament, with 24 teams in 4 divisions, with Hereford’s Horror Bulls in the North West Division. There is one game left to play in the divisional stage, but Hereford’s unbeaten season mean they are the first team of the whole series to qualify for the 2014 finals.
This was also Hereford’s first UKRDA (United Kingdom Roller Derby Association) sanctioned game, they will now join the UK’s own national ranking system. The Horror Bulls are already ranked in Europe, and are currently 85th out of over 350 teams – and that is likely to change when the updated rankings are released on Wednesday (10th September).
The Horror Bulls last game of the North West division is an away game against Derby’s Haunted City, on 12 October. This will be hosted by Shrewsbury’s Evolution Roller Girls and full details will be released in the coming weeks.
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