PREVIEW – Women’s T4 South West – Gameday 1

For the opening game of the Women’s British Roller Derby Championships T4 division in the South West division, we welcome THREE new teams to the tournament. The opening game features Heartland Series veterans Wiltshire Roller Derby vs debutants Grin n Barum Derby Girls. Currently 257th in Europe, Wiltshire ended the 2014 season winning 4 out of 8 games, including victories over Basingstoke and Surrey. Their last game out was a 225-94 loss to Dorset in the Heartland Series South West division.

Currently 251st in Europe, Grin n Barum only won 1 out of 3 games in 2014, beating Severn Roller Torrent B in May, and they competed in the SW UK tournament. Their last game was a 170-40 defeat to Cornwall Roller Derby.

The teams have never met before. Flat Track Stats gives a 62% probability of a Grin n Barum win with a ratio of 33:29 in the European rankings.

In the second game, both teams will be playing their first Championships game and only their second public game! Hosts Bridgend Roller Derby face Riot City Ravens. Ranked 197th in Europe, Bridgend won their first public game versus Barnsley Black Heart Rollers in October 252-69.

Riot City are currently unranked. They won their first game against the Rebjects exhibition team 252-166.

The teams have never met before. As Riot City are unranked, FlatTrackStats does not offer a prediction.

The history of this tournament is founded on the grass roots game, so it’s fantastic to see so many new teams taking part in the Champs this year. SHould be an excellent dau of derby in South Wales today. Join the teams in Neath Sports Centre from 1.30!.

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!

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