On 6th April, at the Bay Arena in Herne Bay, Kent Roller Girls – the county’s only official WFTDA roller derby league – took on the London Rockin Rollers, and the KRG All-Stars proved their credentials as one of the South-East’s highest-ranking derby teams. Remaining undefeated this year, they hosted an exciting showcase of athletic skill and roller-skating prowess which also featured their B-team who continue to prove tough to defeat on track.
The initial game was the Knightmares – Kent’s B team – vs LRR’s Badasses and it was a fierce fought contest, show-casing the high level of skaters coming into the sport. LRR met some high point-scoring jams from Kent with fierce jamming and defence of their own as they blocked their way to a win for London. As well as the dynamic new jammers in the Kent line-up Kent were well-served by defensive titans Grazed Anatomy and Grymkhana. Some way into her first season with the Knightmares, double-threat (a blocking player who occasionally dons the point-scoring helmet cover), DreadBlock picked up the award for MVP landing some huge hits and leaps. Best Jammer for the Kent side Baby Ache simply slid through the opposition.
The All Stars opened the point-scoring in the second game with Tenacious scoring a huge 24 point jam in the first two minutes of the game. Establishing a quick lead, and getting more points on the board, Kent extended their formidable gap in the second half, with jammers enabled by a defensive triumvirate that proved impassable for LRR. Demi Lition, in her eleventh year of roller derby and Helen Degenerate – captain of the All stars were joined by Whizz Skid, otherwise known as local school teacher Keilly Bowyer. Keilly was overall best blocker of the day as friends and family as well as local roller derby fans cheered their team to victory and a score of 266-100 cementing Kent’s ranking of 61 in Europe
Images from Michael East Photos