ROLLER Derby rivalries were settled on the track as Leeds Roller Dolls hosted the first Northern Series tournament on Saturday.
The Dolls hosted the first of four days of competition that will see Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Newcastle Roller Girls and Manchester’s Rainy City Roller Girls fight it out to be crowned the best in the north.
After a bitterly fought game against Rainy, Leeds lost out 140-178.
But with games in September, October and November, there’s still time to make up for it.
Captain Hayley Avron said: “We wanted to start something to generate some local interest in LRD and what better than starting up a local rivalry. For me it’s more exciting to have a series of bouts over a period of time because you get to prove your mettle on more than one occasion.
“Teams can really improve dramatically in a relatively short period of time so the team that may be the underdog at the start of the series could well be favourites at the end.”
The day’s competition, held at Morley’s Futsal Arena, also saw Middlesborough beat neighbours Newcastle, 185 points to 121.
You can next see Leeds Roller Dolls in action on Saturday September 20 at Futsal, where the league will host the fifth annual Great Yorkshire Showdown.
Visit www.leedsrollerdolls.com for nformation and advance ticket sales.
ROLLER derby sees teams of skaters take to a flat track in a fiercely competitive, athletic and highly-tactical game.
Each hour-long game is split into two-minute ‘jams’ where five skaters from each team are pitted against each other.
The jammers, who wear stars on their helmets, score points while blockers do their best to get in the way of the opposition - all watched by a team of referees to ensure the rules are stuck to. Big hits, spectacular jumps and even bone-breaking injuries, are common.