On the 16th of February, Kent Roller Girls will be taking on Cambridge Rollerbillies at the Bay Sports Arena. The last time these two teams met to play competitively was 2015 at the British Championships.
Roller Derby is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, with new leagues forming all over the globe. A full-contact sport played on quad roller skates, this sport was revived in its current format in the 2000s, when a female-led grassroots movement of teams with a DIY ethos started appearing in the USA.
Demi Lition takes on Cambridge’s jammer at the front of the pack.
We’re excited to have skaters playing in February who also played this game 4 years ago. Jammer JoCommotion was one of the most successful point scorers in that game and throughout our British Champs journey that year. Will she be able to keep up up her lead jammer winning streak? Judging by her performance in training so far this year we think she’s definitely one to look out for!
JoCo on a point scoring lap.
Both Kent’s A and B teams will be playing in this double header against the Rollerbillies’ A and B teams – this should be a tough game for both teams, and an exciting double-header to watch! El Viral, a recent graduate from our Recreational League, is rostered to play as part of the B Team (known as the Knightmares) in February. We asked her how she felt about the upcoming game:
I’ve trained for a really long time to get here, and it’s so exciting to be playing my first game with my teammates! It’s nerve-wracking, but I know that we will have fun, work hard, and support each other on and off track – can’t wait to take on Cambridge!
Cambridge put up some tough defensive walls and walked (skated) away with the win.
Founded in 2010, Kent Roller Girls are Kent’s longest-established roller derby league. Founder Demi Lition can be seen playing alongside the rest of our All Stars. Hellen Degenerate will be taking on the role of captain for this game. She told us a bit about how she’s feeling:
I have had the pleasure of skating for Kent Roller Girls for the last 7 years and am even more lucky to be captaining the All Stars in the upcoming game against Cambridge.
We have had some new skaters come up from our recreational league recently which I feel has been so good for the team. We are training hard and I’m so proud of the attitude, effort and commitment being put in from the team, and the league as a whole. We wouldn’t be where we are without everyone in the league – both skating and non-skating members.
I am the vice-captain so am stepping up for this game, I want to be the best on the day captain I can be for my team. I am proud to be able to skate out in my gold shirt and can’t wait to see what this season brings.
Hellen and Indy trap the jammer and take away her speed.
Despite a gap in the rankings (Cambridge are 70th in Europe, whereas Kent sit at 97th) both teams have undergone many line-up changes recently. This game will showcase just how quickly each team can adapt and how well they’ve trained to work as one unit. It’s guaranteed to be an exciting one to watch!
Jammer Boots fights her way through the chaos to score points.
Doors will be open at 12:30. Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door, with under-12s free of charge. Get your tickets here! There will be a bar, a range of stalls, a raffle for our chosen charity Rising Sun and loads of KRG merch to buy to show your support!
If you’d like to try your hand at the sport yourself, Kent Roller Girls’ FREE Open Day takes place Sunday 10th February – you must be over 18, and all you need to bring along is a mouthguard.
Photos by Peter Worth