IT’S rough, it’s tough, and it’s strictly for the girls.
Sheffield Steel Rollergirls are busy preparing for a real grudge match.
The tough as teak team from the Steel City take on Windsor Royal Girls in a boxing-style bout tagged Blocky Balboa at Ponds Forge on Saturday.
And both teams expect it to be vicious, after a rough and tumble first encounter last year.
Back in January 2010 the Sheffield girls nervously laced up their skates, secured their helmets and slipped in their mouth-guards as they prepared to play their toughest Roller Derby game ever. To add spice, just like Rocky, the girls were massively the underdogs. But they were to give their all in a game which saw blood, sweat and tears and the Sheffield girls returned home with a 97 to 92 win.
A year-and-a-half later comes the rematch - and both teams have been training hard for war.
Team spokeswoman Emma King, aged 27, from Heeley, said: “Yes we’ll get battered and bruised but we never give up, no matter what.”
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