2014 was a year of hard slog for the Harlots but 2015 is finally turning around for these 14 strong willed women who are determined to make 2015 the year everyone knows who the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are and what they stand for.
A dry bouting spell in the latter part of 2014 due to venue issues losing them two big sanctioned games, meant that other bouting teams were able to increase their UKRDA, Europe and WFTDA rankings whilst the harlots’ remained static.
Never down for long and with a renewed focus and mental strength, the team started the year off with a victory against long time adversaries – Hot Wheel Roller Derby – in their first British Championships game.
They followed this with a respectable win against the Birmingham Blitz Dames who had weeks before tried to mess with their buddies Nottingham Roller Girls at their T3 British Champs game but the Harlots showed Birmingham what Nottingham is made of!
With two wins under their belt, this spurred the 14 skaters on to a fantastic bout against Hulls Angels Roller Dames (H.A.R.D) in the second round of the T2 British Championships game. The Harlots dominated from the start but the second half was a spectacular show of control as the Harlots allowed their opponents to score just five points in 30 minutes. Final score Nottingham Hellfire Harlots 344 – 35 H.A.R.D.
With the Harlots hungry to keep up their winning streak, they faced old opponents, London Rockin’ Rollers (LRR) who beat them by 61 points back in 2013. Their determination paid off and not only did the Harlots shut down LRR’s well-known jammers, their win over LRR was greater than predicted and this win pushed them up to the dizzy heights of 7th in the UK and 14th in Europe.
So what’s next for the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots?
The Harlots are continuing their on and off skates training in preparation for their first world ranked tournament. A Skate Odyssey hosted by Ghent GO-GO Roller Girls will take place over three days 15th – 17th May. You can watch this up and coming team (who are one of the top seeds for this tournament) on WFTDA TV and see for yourself why the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots are the team to watch in roller derby right now.
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