PREVIEW – Women’s T2 North – Gameday 1

The opening game of Tier 2 North for the Women’s British Roller Derby Championships is Hot Wheel Roller Derby vs Nottingham Hellfire Harlots in the Tier 2 UKRDA National North division. Currently 24th in Europe, Hot Wheel ended the 2014 season winning only 4 out of 12 games, but this did include victories against Middlesbrough, Leeds and Newcastle, and playing a series of higher ranked teams throughout the year. Their last game was a 171-91 defeat to Croydon Roller Derby in December.

Currently 29th in Europe, Nottingham Hellfire Harlots won 5 out of 9 games in 2014, including victories against Windsor, Manchester and Leeds. Their last game was a 252-109 defeat to Rainy City in November.

The teams have played twice before, Hot Wheel winning 147-133 in March 2012 and 170-138 in July 2013. Flat Track Stats gives a 69% probability of a Hot Wheel victory with a ratio of 16:13.

In the second game, hosts Manchester Roller Derby’s Checkerbroads face Newcastle Roller Girls. Ranked 32th in Europe, the Checkerbroads have already kicked off their season at Tattoo Freeze with a 166-98 victory over Portsmouth Roller Wenches. In 2014, their record was winning 4 out of 6 games, including victories over Bristol Roller Derby and local rivals Liverpool Roller Birds.

Newcastle are ranked 27th in Europe. With a winning record of 7 out of 13 in a busy year, with victories against Rainy City and London Rockin’ Rollers, they also played their first WFTDA sanctioned games against Leeds Roller Dolls and Rainy City.

The teams have played twice before, Newcastle edging Manchester 142-120 in September 2013 and Manchester taking the win 172-156 in July 2012. Flat Track Stats tips a Manchester win just with a 51% probability, but with a ratio of 2:2, suggesting this one is really too close to call!

A fine day of derby in prospect for day 1! Join the fun at Manchester Academy from 1pm.

Details for the Gameday can be found here or at the Facebook event.

The British Roller Derby Championships is Europe’s largest interleague Women’s and Men’s Flat Track Roller Derby Tournament. 72 women’s leagues from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are divided into four tiers for double header bout days spanning the year, with a playoffs to find who will be British Roller Derby Champions for 2015! For the first time, 14 men’s teams will also participate in the debut men’s British Championships tournament, with three tiers of double header action across the year!

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