Last Saturday the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots stormed in to the premiership of British roller derby by placing second in the British Championships Tier 2 division.
Playing at Newham Leisure Centre in London, hosted by the London Rockin’ Rollers, Nottingham’s top team firstly played against Royal Windsor Roller Girls to battle for the chance of being in the final against Newcastle Roller Girls. With a convincing score of Royal Windsor 143 – 223 Nottingham Hellfire Harlots, our local team prepared themselves for the final whilst Royal Windsor and London Rockin’ Rollers skirmished for third and fourth place.
Having recently beat Central City Rollergirls (who were recently relegated from Tier 1) by a slim margin of 4 points, the Harlots were feeling confident that they were ready to play at the standard needed to snatch promotion. A hard-fought bout ensued, and whilst they placed second against Newcastle with a score of Newcastle 191 – 117 Nottingham, both Newcastle and Nottingham will be promoted to Tier 1. Delighted with the outcome, the Harlots briefly celebrated receiving their trophy and medals before boarding the team coach back home to Nottingham.
Nottingham Hellfire Harlots Captain, Rosie Peacock said, “This is an incredible achievement for our team and we are so excited to not only place second in the division but to be promoted to Tier 1 next year.
“Our first game of the Playoffs against Royal Windsor Roller Girls was always going to be tough with the stakes so high but we knew that if we held our nerve we could walk away with a win and play fellow Tier 2 North Division team, Newcastle Roller Girls, to fight for first place over all.”
Harlots Vice Captain, Louisa Ellins added, “Newcastle are tough opponents who have had an incredible year and we’re really looking forward to meeting them on the track again next year.
“We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us to prove we deserve to be in Tier 1 but we are seeing personal trainer, James Quinn to improve our stamina, strength and balance so we come out fighting next year.”
The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are looking to expand the league and are recruiting new skaters from Thursday 8th October. Check out their website www.hellfire-harlots.co.uk for more details about how you can sign up to skate with Nottingham’s best.
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt