Saturday 18th February saw the Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls host the first games of the 2017 British Roller Derby Championships, Tier 4 East bracket at Newark Showground. The Bombers played Suffolk Roller Derby, whilst the other visiting teams Wiltshire played 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, so this time they had their sights set on a win. The Bombers started the first half strong, edging away with the lead, but Suffolk did their best to claw this back, helped by their enthusiastic fans who’d travelled up to offer their support. However, the cheers from the home crowd helped the Bombers to keep fighting hard and half time saw the scores at 154 – 78 in Lincolnshire’s favour. The second half saw some damage put down by Suffolk, as the Bombers suffered with penalties, a seemingly revolving door of visits 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, were thrilled to take the win, 255-175, a fantastic start to their season. Louise ‘Kent’ush This’ Kent, Captain for Lincolnshire’s Travel Team said “The Bombers have been determined to set ourselves high standards and to perform well in the British Championships. We have decided new strategies, new training regimes and really pulled it 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, showed off their talents during the break in games, clearly showing the future talent building within the league. Wiltshire vs Oxford was the next Championship game of the day, with both teams looking strong and holding defence well from the start. For the most part of the first half, the scores were very close, both teams being evenly matched. But Wiltshire soon pulled away with some solid jams and managed to hold the advantage right until the end, winning 164-113. The next game for the Bombers will see them head down 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.

Zoe Mills

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