Nottingham’s premier roller derby team, the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots secured a double win last weekend with the B team winning their debut against Derby’s Haunted City Rollers and the A team winning their fourth bout out of five this year.
Held at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus on Saturday 3 May, the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots’ A team sneaked ahead of their opponents, Southend-on-Sea’s Seaside Sirens by 13 points before the final whistle (score 182-169) and the B team delivered a decisive win against Derby with a final score of 277 – 60.
Team captain of the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots (A team) and Head of Training, Joannasaurus said, “We are all so proud of our B team skaters, a good number of us screamed ourselves hoarse for them before our own bout! Haunted City and Seaside Sirens brought such good games to us and we had a really great day, they’re both lovely teams.
“As a league, we’ve grown steadily and have worked hard to ensure everyone is strong and ready for anything the opposition might throw at them so competition for spots on the A and B teams is now friendly but fierce!”
In the first bout, Haunted City (Derby) were first to put points on the board but Harlots B very quickly snatched the lead back and surged ahead with solid performances from the jammers and tight packs swarming Haunted City’s jammers.
The second bout was very tense, with the Seaside Sirens putting the first points on the board but Harlots A found their focus and brought the half time score to a nail-biting 93 NHH – 90 SS.
The second half was very intense for fans of the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots as there were several lead changes with never more than a few points difference. With 10 minutes to go, the Harlots’ lead was beginning to look convincing but tough offensive blocking from the Seaside Sirens helped their jammers to close the points gap. Final score NHH 182 – SS 169.
As with all bouts, local businesses such as Hoolio the Owl and Derby Store UK set up shop to help give the bout a great small community atmosphere along with lots of home baked goodies such as cupcakes and cookies. The Nottingham Hellfire Harlots’ charity of 2014, Freed Beeches were also present to highlight the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots’ #HarlotHappyBody social media campaign that discusses body positivity and was recently discussed on BBC Radio Nottingham. The Harlots also requested donations for the Hope Food Bank and were once again, overwhelmed by the fans’ generosity.
For the latest information about the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots’ upcoming bouts, and their work with their 2014 charity, Freed Beeches, see their website http://hellfire-harlots.co.uk/events/
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