Local Rebels win at Home Women’s Roller Derby British Champs game

    Photo courtesy of Daniel Drury Photography

    Last Sunday 15 July 2018, Milton Keynes-based Rebellion Roller Derby took their fourth win at their home game of the Tier 2 North Division Women’s British Championship.

    The home team beat Auld Reekie All-Star Reserves 254 to 128 at the Bunyan Sports & Fitness Centre, Bedford and now Rebellion, located in Newton Longville is through the Tier 2 North Division Final, set to take place in Stoke-on-Trent this September.

    The all-female team which trains in Newton Longville have been playing the roller skating quad-sport locally since 2009. This fast-paced extreme sport has grown massively over the last 10 years in the UK and it’s popularity doesn’t show signs of stopping with Women’s World Cup Final streamed on BBC Sport earlier this February.

    Rebellion Roller Derby, which is currently ranked as 16th in the UK, and 35th in Europe, hosted the fourth round of five Tier 2 games and welcomed teams and support from Wirral Savage Lillies, Sheffield Steel Rollergirls as well as Auld Reekie Allstars Reserves.

    Promoted after a clean run of wins last year from Tier 3 to Tier 2, Rebellion have continued their winning streak by beating Auld Reekie Allstars by 126 points. This follows a spectacular win against Wirral Roller Derby Savage Lillies (416-61) in April in the Rebels first game of this year’s Championships, against Norfolk in May (2017-194), and most recently in Edinburgh in June where they beat Sheffield Steel Roller Girls by 134 points (279-145).

    Now through to the finals Rebellion look certain to score highly against other Tier 2 winners when they play them at the British Championship Playoffs on 15-16 September.

    Rebellion Coach and Team England Men’s Skater Dave Waterman says, “We’re delighted to continue with our winning streak so far. It’s testament to the all the hard work the team put in every week. We excited to see where this takes us and how we can continue to evolve our strategy and performance and of course recruit skaters and officials to grow our team further.”

    Having recently moved to their new Milton Keynes-based training venue, the team are focused on growing their presence in the area.

    Rebellion Captain Louise Doyle comments, “It’s great to be located in Milton Keynes, a large part of our team live in MK and we’re hoping to attract more talent at our upcoming Beginners intake session that starts on 29 July. Later this year we plan to hold closed door games at our training venue – Experience the Country (Outdoor pursuits, Newton Longville) but we’re keen to hold next year’s, hopefully Tier 1 Championship games within Milton Keynes.”

    Tier 2 British Championships Playoff takes place on 15-16 September at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent.

    For more information, visit the Rebellion Roller Derby website for more information.

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