The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots brought home a crucial win this weekend against Leeds Roller Dolls, qualifying them for the British Championships Roller Derby Tier 2 playoffs and seizing them the chance for promotion to Tier 1, the Premiership.
With a score of Leeds 111 – 189 Harlots, this was the Harlots’ fourth win in the 2015 tournament, and their final opponents in their tier, the Newcastle Roller Girls have also won four games. As the remaining contenders in Tier 2 North, the Harlots and Newcastle will go head-to-head for the divisional title next month although both teams will still go to the playoffs with Tier 2 South in September for the chance to be promoted to Tier 1 in 2016.
Rosie Peacock, Team Captain for the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots said “We are so pleased with our win against Leeds! Our focus, teamwork and physical game controlled the game from the first whistle to the last.
“Our next game (hosted by Hot Wheel Roller Derby in Leeds) against Newcastle Roller Girls will be our toughest game to date as we are both undefeated in British Champs Tier 2 North. We have had a great season so far and to have fought our way in to the finals with the chance of promotion to Tier 1, we won’t let this opportunity slip through our fingers.”
Not only did Saturday’s bout have massive implications for the Harlots’ future in the British Championships tournament, the Leeds game moved the Harlots to the fifth ranked team in the UK and 18th in Europe.
Want to see the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots in action? The Harlots next home game is on 5th September where their A and B teams take on Central City Rollergirls’ A and B teams in a spectacular double header! Keep an eye on the Harlots’ Facebook fan page for the details.