Kent Roller Girls will be taking on the Portsmouth Roller Wenches on the 26th of May at the Herne Bay Arena. Roller derby is an aggressive, fast paced, full contact sport played on roller skates and this game looks to be a close match, with the two teams having faced each other on track several times over the years and being very close on the European rankings. The photos on this page are from the last time we invited the Wenches to our home at the Bay.
This will be Kent Roller Girls second home game of the season with their first seeing them take a victory of over 300 points in their win against Chelmsford’s Killa Hurtz Roller Derby. The home games are open to all spectators and are an action packed and noisy affair with a bar, music, announcers, cheering crowds, charity fundraising and local craft stalls to browse through. Doors will open at 12.30pm and the first whistle is at 1pm.
This match will be a double header with both leagues’ A and B teams battling it out on the track. KRG’s B team, The Knightmares, is made up of a number of newer skaters who will be playing in front of their home crowd for the first time.
Team Captain, Erin Donovan (Commander Pain Shepard) said, ‘As captain, I’m honoured to be leading Kent Roller Girls into battle against these fierce opponents! Everyone has been working extra hard in preparation for this game, doing lots of off-skates training and increasing the intensity of our training sessions. It’s been nearly 4 years since our teams last met, and in that time we’ve both gone through a lot of changes, so it’s going to be a very exciting game to watch!’.
Kent Roller Girls train up new skaters each week in Herne Bay by running a recreational league for over 18s alongside their competitive teams. Those wishing to have a try at the sport are always welcome, whether to learn to skate, referee or officiate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Photos by Andrew Paul Hayward