Yorkshire girls get their skates on for roller derby showdown in Huddersfield

FEMALE roller skaters took Huddersfield by storm in a furious roller derby face-off.

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.

She said: “A friend of mine went to watch a game up in Edinburgh and came back and said we’ve got to find a team of our own.

“Once you start you don’t want to take the skates off.

“My husband thinks it’s great and my two children get really excited and they come and scream and shout.”

Cookie Cutlass, real name Laura Cook, said the sport could get quite rough.

“You get lots of bruises,” said the 31-year-old teacher from Paddock.

“They’re actually little badges of honour for us.

“Most of the time we don’t get any major injuries as we’re taught to fall.

“You’re not allowed to play properly until you’ve had a skills test where you’re tested on weaving, jumping, stopping and taking hits.

“But I love it because it’s so different to any other sport that women get involved in.

“It’s much more of a team sport, everybody helps each other out and you get to do a lot of things you don’t get to do in your day job like barging and bumping into people.”

Nicola added: “What’s really nice about roller derby is it’s for players of all different shapes and sizes.”

“Yeah, you can stick out your big bum out to get in the way of people,” said Laura.

The Leeds Roller Dolls made the final but lost to Lincolnshire Bombers.

Laura said: “They played very well. It was a very close match.”

 

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