You would expect a contact sport on roller skates to be exciting but on Saturday, the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots raised the bar in their game against Central City Rollergirls at Nottingham Trent University.
Following the two league’s B team game where Harlots B suffered a heart-breaking defeat with a score of NHH B 126 – 180 CCR B, Harlots A vowed to avenge their B team and subsequently battled to prevent a double defeat on their home territory, Lee Westwood Sports Centre.
A solid start from the Nottingham team stole an early lead but Central City (who are based in Birmingham) got wise to the Harlots’ game and found a way to shut down their lead. The final 15 minutes of the game were agonising for fans to watch as the game leader changed every few moments. It was a late powerjam for Harlots jammer, Mak who initially closed the small points difference. In a final 2 nail biting jams, Jo Scott snatched those vital final points to win. The final score stood at Nottingham Hellfire Harlots (A) 189 – 185 Central City Rollergirls (A).
Team Captain for the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots (A), Rosie Peacock commented, “Central City were fantastic opponents and gave us an excellent game. Although we had an early lead, they soon closed the gap and we couldn’t let our focus slip for a moment as there were several lead changes in the final few minutes – it was really edge of your seat stuff!”
Vice Captain, Louisa Ellins added, “When it came to the crunch at the end with one jam left and only two points in it, we really held our nerve and played clean and smart. It’s a great boost for us to go in to our next game on 19th September for British Championships.”
With barely any time to take stock of their success, the team will travel to London on 19th September for the Tier 2 divisional playoffs to play Royal Windsor Roller Girls. The winner will be promoted to the top tier of the tournament, joining the country’s top roller derby teams. The four teams will then play again that day with either Newcastle Roller Girls or London Rockin’ Rollers for their final ranking in the division.