Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls hosted the first games of the 2017 British Roller Derby Championships (Tier 4 East Bracket) at Newark Showground last weekend.
The event saw Lincolnshire Bombers play Suffolk Roller Derby, and Wiltshire play Oxford Roller Derby.
This match was set to be an important one for the local team, the Lincolnshire Bombers played Suffolk last year but suffered a loss late into the second half of the game. This time they had their sights set on a win.
The Bombers started the first half strongly, edging away with the lead, but helped by enthusiastic away supporting fans, Suffolk began to claw back.
With the home crowd well and truly behind them. the Lincolnshire Bombers kept fighting hard, going into half time with a leading score of 154 – 78.
Suffolk came out strongly in the second half, and the Bombers suffered through penalties. A relentless attack saw Suffolk take advantage and build on their points.
However, the Bombers remained valiant, fighting to the very end to hold their lead and by the final whistle, they were thrilled to take the win, 255-175.
Louise ‘Kent’ush This’ Kent, Captain for Lincolnshire’s Travel Team, said “The Bombers were determined to set ourselves high standards and to perform well in the British Championships. We have decided on new strategies, new training regimes and really pulled together as a team. This weekend marked the first event of our British Champs season and to start it with a huge win for the team felt incredible.”
The Bombers Junior league, the Bombinos, were also in attendance at the weekend and showed off their talents during the half time breaks. The juniors show a promising future of talent building within the league.
In the other game, Wiltshire vs Oxford, Wiltshire scooped a 164-113 win. Both teams looking strong and held their defence from the start, but despite both teams being evenly matched in the first half, Wiltshire soon pulled away with some solid jams and managed to hold the advantage right until the end.
The next game for the Lincolnshire Bombers sees them head to Northampton to take on Vendetta Vixens in May and they’ll be keen to fight hard to repeat the huge success of the Suffolk game.
Photograph – Peter Worth