Sheffield’s Hallam Hellcats Roller Derby beat Borderland Brawlers in their first ever home bout.
The victory moved them up to second in the Local Central North tier of the British Roller Derby Championships, Europe’s largest intraleague flat track roller derby tournament.
The Championships is being held for the first time in 2015, taking over from The Heartland Series tournament previously held in 2013 and 2014.
Wolverhampton Honour Rollers and Wakey Wheeled Cats kicked off proceedings at Concord with a hard-fought game that resulted in a 264-61 victory for Wolverhampton.
The Hellcats had a great start, with Stella McCarnage taking lead in the first jam and scoring five points.
Hallow Queen and Wilma Wheelsmove took the lead for the following two jams, with a score of 13-4 after the opening minutes.
A power jam expertly navigated by Stella put daylight between the teams with a whopping 27 point jam, 40-4. Ten minutes in and Hallow Queen stole the show with a backwards scoring pass, followed by a massive take down from Dee Dee of the Brawlers.
By half time the Hellcats were 118-64 up but Brawlers came back strong, picking up 31 points at the start of the second half without reply. After a quick timeout and pep talk from bench coach Doug Hisgrave, Hellcats picked up the pace again, with multiple acrobatics including apex jumps, one footed transitions, and dips from jammers Hallow Queen, Wilma Wheelsmove and Stella.
After an incredibly tense final ten minutes, with multiple timeouts called by the referees and a strong defence from the Brawlers, Hellcats won the day with a score of 202-182.
The whole day itself was a resounding success, with over 100 tickets sold, and free pizza delivered at half time.
Hellcats are holding a recruitment day for new skaters on September 13 at Goodwin Sports Centre between 1 and 3pm for women aged 18 and upwards.
* Roller derby explained: It is a fast and furious full contact sport played on roller skates on an oval track. The game originated from America and is quickly spreading worldwide. The aim of is for one member of the team (known as the jammer) to lap the opposing team to get as many points as they can whilst the opposing team will attempt to block them using tactical techniques.
* Facebook page Hallam Hellcats Roller Derby.