Yorkshire girls get their skates on for roller derby showdown in Huddersfield
Oct 25 2010 by Nick Lavigueur, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
FEMALE roller skaters took Huddersfield by storm in a furious roller derby face-off.
More than a hundred rollergirls from all over the north went head to head to battle for glory at the season’s finale Great Yorkshire Showdown event at Huddersfield Sports Centre.
Roller derby, an all female sport of blocking and manoeuvring around a court, has been booming since it featured in Hollywood movie Whip It.
More than 50 teams have sprouted up across the country and local team the Leeds Roller Dolls features several Huddersfield based members.
The feisty crew of roller dolls give themselves mean sounding aliases including Richter Scale, SJ Slay, Chernobelle, and Shere Carnage.
And yesterday the sassy West Yorkshire lasses strapped on their skates to compete against six other teams including, Wakefield Wild Cats, Liverpool Rollerbirds, Newcastle Rollergirls, Sheffield Steel Rollergirls, Manchester Roller Derby and the Lincolnshire Bombers.
Hundreds of supporters from all over the north packed into the hall to back to their teams as the girls bumped, barged and battled for points.
Mum of two, Nicola Perren, aka Bob ’n’ Weave, said she had been hooked by the new sport the minute she got her roller boots on.
The 39-year-old from Meltham said she had been playing for more than a year and was loving every minute of it.