Kent Roller Girls All-stars made the trip to Glasgow for their first
ever WFTDA-sanctioned games in the Chaos on the Clyde tournament this August.
Their biggest challenge yet saw them play against their highest ranked opponents to-date. With Glasgow Roller Derby dominating the track all weekend and ultimately claiming the trophy, their athleticism and fierce offensive play in the first game of Day One proved too much for Kent’s All Stars: the hosts taking the win. Day Two and KRG’s renowned walls held Auld Reekie for much of the game, with Edinburgh’s reserve team just holding on to their lead to the end.
Playing three of the best teams in the UK, Kent had fielded a strong side, ultimately coming fourth, as the Liverpool Roller Birds, fresh from British Championships tier 1 victories, fought their way to a hard-won tournament second place.
The team spirit that characterises Kent Roller Girls and has drawn a host of newcomers this year, is testament to the hard work of the players and coaches. The team ethos behind their motto ‘Hustle, Unite, Commit’ is best encapsulated in the words of one of the stand-out players of the tournament. A recent transfer to the team, Pegasus (real name Steph Johnson), described her feelings about playing in gold post-tournament:
‘It was amazing to see the team and bench crew working together and the support we give each other is amazing!’
KRG are celebrating nine years of training players and officials, developing athletes and promoting the sport of roller derby in their South-East corner of England.
Photos by Krzysztof Jaros Roller Derby Photography