They are fierce, they are fast and they play a contact sport on roller skates! On Saturday 27th June at Nottingham Trent University, the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots hosted the most recent instalment in Tier 2 North British Championships of roller derby.
Four teams from Tier 2 of the roller derby British Championships (or British Champs) met again on the track with the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots taking on Manchester Roller Derby’s Checkerbroads and Newcastle Roller Girls facing Hull’s Angels Roller Dames.
The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots took their third win of the tournament so far, showing Manchester whose house they were in and whose rules they were playing by with a convincing win against the Checkerbroads, delivering a score of 209 – 58. Newcastle also enjoyed a win in their game with Hull, 505 – 60.
Rosie Peacock, Team Captain for the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots commented, “It was a very physically challenging game with the heat, humidity and Manchester’s tough defensive play. We’ve been working hard on breaking down opponent’s walls and this certainly paid off!
“Manchester were a really tough team on track but as always, absolutely legends off track. We want to thank them for travelling to give us such a great challenge and wish them the best in the rest of the British Championships”
The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots not only got to host two great games, the official Robin Hood and Maid Marion, Tim Pollard and Sally Chappell came to support the Harlots, watching the games and posing for pictures with fans.
You can also come and see the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots at home again on 5th September, check out the team on Facebook.
ABOUT BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
The British Roller Derby Championships is Europe’s largest inter league Women’s and Men’s Flat Track Roller Derby Tournament. 72 women’s leagues from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are divided into four tiers for double header bout days spanning the year, with a playoffs to find who will be British Roller Derby Champions for 2015!
The British Championships is the first British roller derby tournament to feature a fluid structure for progression and development, featuring promotion and relegation at the end of end of the year.
In all divisions, each team plays each other once. Winning teams get 3 points for a win and 0 points for a loss. These points are totalled up and teams are placed in their divisional table in order of points scored. In the event of multiple teams having the same tournament points, game points differential will be used to define the higher placement (game points differential = total game points scored – total game points conceded).
As a summary, here’s how Tier 2 will work out:
Top 2 teams from each division (T2 North and T2 South) proceed to the playoffs (four teams in total)
Top two finishers from playoffs are promoted to Tier 1
Bottom two teams from each division are relegated to Tier 3 (4 teams in total).
ABOUT THE NOTTINGHAM HELLFIRE HARLOTS
The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots (NHH) were established in May 2010 and the team is entirely run by the skaters, for the skaters.
The Nottingham-based roller derby team are WFTDA Members and are currently ranked 20 of 372 teams in Europe. The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are in the Tier 2 North Division of the British Championships.
The team are supporting the Sports England #ThisGirlCan campaign to encourage more women in to sport and recently took part in Nottingham Council’s FreeSport scheme.
Other cool things the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots have done:
Won Nottingham Sports Club of the Year 2012
Won Broxtowe Borough’s Sports Club of the Year 2011
Established their B-team in 2014 who remain unbeaten
The A team has played internationally, with bouts in Sweden, France
Three skaters made the shortlist for two national teams (Team England
and Team Sweden) in 2014.
The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots’ biggest win in 2013 was to Newcastle
Roller Girls (NRG) in March by 162 points.
Took part in the Nottingham Playhouse’s Mass Bolero, honouring local
legends Torville and Dean.
With over 75 members attending training sessions every week, the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are a growing team who are dedicated to training hard to become one of the UK’s best roller derby teams.