Kent Roller Girls welcomed Surrey to the Herne Bay Arena this weekend for our third game in Tier 3 South of the British Roller Derby Championships.
The county match-up was our toughest game yet in the tournament, but our preparation showed with the KRG being the first to score, taking the lead to 17-0 after the first few jams.
There was some impressive footwork from our jammers Tenacious, Vikispeedia, Bionic Bessi and Foxygen, as they juked and ducked around Surrey’s defensive blocking players. Likewise, while Surrey’s jammers put up a fantastic show of power and speed, our blockers slowed them down with a solid wall of skaters. By halftime we had a 134-56 lead. Both teams fought a hard fight in the second half but our tenacity paid off, taking the win 247-100. KRG captain, Jennapocalypse, said “I couldn’t be prouder. We have been working really hard and it shows. We came together as a team and it was that that won us the game.”
After Cornwall’s solid 219-108 win over North Devon’s Grin N’ Barum earlier that day, we needed to win by 25 points to stay top of the division’s table. This decisive win leaves us equal on points with second place Cornwall, both having won 3 games, but ahead by 121 on score differential. We are fighting Cornwall for the top spot in the table and, in turn, promotion to division 2, so we can’t afford to relax for a minute!
On 3 July we face off against Plymouth at Surrey’s home venue in Guildford in our next champs game, then later that month we face the formidable Cornwall in our last game of the tournament.
On May 29th members of Kent Roller Girls will be skating a marathon at the South Coast Roll in aid of Canterbury Food Bank.
The South Coast Roll is an annual event held at Goodwood race track in West Sussex. Those aiming to skate a full marathon (that’s 26 miles!!) need to complete 11 laps of the undulating track, whatever the weather. Last year saw our skaters battling strong winds and rain so we’re hoping that things improve on that front this time round!
If you’d like to support the team just go to our Just Giving crowdfunding page. The food bank (registered charity no. 1153791) is an excellent cause and any amount that you can donate is greatly appreciated and goes towards helping them support low income families and individuals across the Canterbury district.
Kent Roller Girls currently sit top of our division in this year’s British Roller Derby Championships following a decisive win on the 23rd April, against Bath.
We hadn’t played Bath before as they were promoted from Division 4 after last season. Both teams took a few jams to get into their rhythm but KRG started strongly with an opening 5 points from our superstar jammer, Vikispeedia. We picked up our momentum in the first half and continued to dominate despite Bath’s tenacity, ending the second half 195-27 to KRG.
Bath rallied at the beginning of the second half, looking threatening against our defence. A strategic timeout from our amazing bench coach on the day, Demi Lition, helped us get the initiative back. The game ended on an impressive 306-95 to KRG!!!
The large score differential puts us on top of the table, ahead of Cornwall who we face in the final weekend of the Championships.
Our next Championships game is at home in Herne Bay on 21 May against the formidable Surrey. Surrey looked impressive against Plymouth this weekend, snatching a narrow victory, so the match-up between the county teams promises to be exciting. Tickets are now available for the game, which is a double-header also featuring Cornwall vs Grin n Barum from North Devon. Get tickets at the link on our website, or see the event page on Facebook
All photos by www.RollerDerbyPhotography.co.uk