Come Hell or High Water, Nottingham Roller Derby team the Hellfire Harlots are a determined and terrifying team of sportswomen to face… and Bristol Harbour Harlots squared up to them with their best game faces. Both teams have a fearsome reputation and in the opening moments of the game, there was a tense feeling that this bout could be dominated by either team.
On Saturday 02 June, the Hellfire Harlots played Bristol Harbour Harlots in a nail-biting bout – but which ‘Harlots’ would reign victorious?
Held at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Bilborough, Nottingham, the Hellfire Harlots won with a final score of 203 – 118.
At the start of the bout, Bristol got a small and early lead but Nottingham surged ahead when Coco De Maul eked every last point from the team’s first powerjam, scoring 25 points. This early powerjam meant that the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots were able to hold on to their 30 point lead until half time was called. Half time score was Bristol 59, Nottingham 89.
Early on in the second half, Bristol closed the points gap and for a moment it seemed as though they could possibly snatch the win from the Hellfire Harlots. Unfortunately for the Bristol Harbour Harlots, the pivot line start they initiated did not pay off when the Hellfire Harlots got a much-needed powerjam to increase the point difference from just 16 at that point to 37. As the Bristol skaters seemed to tire, the Hellfire Harlots seized another powerjam and dominated the game from that moment on.
El Visious, the Hellfire Harlots’ team captain said after the bout: “Bristol put up an admirable fight and it was a great game. Even though roller derby looks like an aggressive sport, we were still able to have a laugh and a joke with our opponents before, during and afterwards.
“It was really great having teams from Wolverhampton and Hull come to Nottingham to skate at our bout as well, and I’d like to thank the skaters and their supporters for coming along and being a part of the day.”
The Wolverhampton Honour Rollers (WHR) and Hulls Angels Roller Derby (HARD) played the warm up bout with Wolverhampton winning 196 – 123 points. Wolverhampton steamed ahead early on in the game but in the second half, Hull clawed back some much needed points but could not close in enough on Wolverhampton’s lead.
The Hellfire Harlots also ‘won’ the bout’s after party, hosting Rock N Rolla, a night of alternative anthems with three of Nottingham’s skaters el Visious, Scarlett O’Harder and Wren E. Gade each DJ’ing at The Maze on Mansfield Road.