The second round of Women’s British Roller Derby Championships T3 Regional West division features two teams making their tournament debuts! We’re really excited to welcome our first team from Northern Ireland to the tournament too!
The opening game is between Swansea City Roller Derby vs Belfast Roller Derby.
Swansea had a strong win on Gameday 1, beating Hereford by 314-62, with The Mortician topscoring with 136, Little Myy with 70 and Victory with 40, jumping from 52nd in the European rankings to 38th.
Currently 56th in the European rankings, Belfast won 7 out of 9 games in 2014, with their last game being a 187-183 victory over Heartland 2014 Champions Cambridge Rollerbillies in October 2014.
The teams have played twice before, in the Quad Nations tournament in August 2013. Swansea took both victories, 98-45 and 238-173.
Flat Track Stats gives an 79% probability of a Swansea victory with a ratio of 37:26 in the European Rankings.
In the second game, Hereford Roller Girls face Champs debutants Dolly Rockit Rollers.
Hereford lost on the opening gameday to Swansea, after making the Heartland finals in 2014. Top scoring versus Swansea were Wild with 35, and Van Kell’sing and Turner, notching 10 and 9 points respectively, dropping from 84th to 110th in the European rankings as a result. They are currently 22nd in the UKRDA rankings.
Dolly Rockits had a 2014 record of 3 wins in 11 games. Their most recent game was in January 2015, where they beat Rebellion 213-110. They are currently 103rd in the European rankings and 31st in the UKRDA rankings.
The teams have never met before. Flat Track Stats gives a 63% probability of a DRR win with a 9:7 ratio in the European rankings, while the UKRDA rankings suggest a 62% probability of a Hereford win with a ratio of 17:15. Should be a close one!
Two great games are in prospect, with doors opening at 1.45pm at Neath Sports Centre.
Details for the Gameday can be found here.
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!