Kent Roller Girls’ last 2 British Championship games were just 2 weeks apart, with KRG vs Plymouth City Roller Derby on July 3rd followed by KRG vs Cornwall Roller Derby in the Championship Tier 3 South final on July 17th. These last two games would determine, firstly, whether the league would be heading to playoffs, and secondly, whether they would be heading there as champions.
Game 4 – vs Plymouth City Roller Derby:
Kent looked strong from the outset, racking up points before Plymouth managed to get any on the board. Plymouth were determined but only managed 13 to Kent’s 158 by half-time.
Despite being the first to score after the half-time break, Plymouth continued to be dominated by Kent as our jammers Tenacious and Foxygen carried on the scoring streak. The game finished with Kent on 277 to Plymouth’s 35. Despite the large differential both teams agreed that it was a great game.
This win put Kent at the top of the Tier 3 table and guaranteed us our place at the promotion playoffs in September.
Game 5 – vs Cornwall Roller Derby
After wins against Plymouth, Bath, Surrey and North Devon both teams entered this game undefeated and having secured places at the promotion playoffs in September. The game was expected to be incredibly tight with only two places between the teams in the UK rankings.
Cornwall scored first after the whistle, finishing the first jam 2-1. Cornwall had clearly done their homework as they earmarked our jammer, Tenacious, who has impressed in every game this season with her ducking and weaving style, and held her to no points in the second jam. Despite Cornwall’s best efforts, we picked up momentum, adding a few points in each jam. An impressive showing from Bionic Bessie racked up 14 points in one jam as our blockers held Cornwall’s jammer to zero. Kent finished the first half up 101-39.
The beginning of the second half brought danger for Kent as Cornwall took advantage of fatigue, gaining 20 points to our 5. Thankfully, after a strategic time out from bench coach Rosa Lethal, we found our second wind. Cornwall continued to fight but we proved too strong for them as they continued their momentum to finish 160-95.
We are incredibly proud of what our team have achieved this Champs season, winning all 5 of our games and taking the trophy for 2016. All our skaters have stayed true to our ethos of Hustle, Unite, Commit and have really given their all over the past 5 months. We can’t wait to head to playoffs in September to see what next year holds for us!!
But you don’t have to wait that long to see us play again; we have a open mixed scrimmage coming up on August 20th as part of Herne Bay Festival. The game is at our home ground, the Bay Arena, and is free to enter. The teams will be made up of skaters from across the South East and is looking to be a great game. More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709493202658414/
Photos courtesy of Elissa Morton & Gabriel Monteregge (KRG vs PCRD) & Paul Delooze / http://www.rollerderbyphotography.co.uk (KRG vs CRD)