Leeds’ roller derby teams go head to head in British Championships tie

Hot Wheel Roller Derby will take on rivals Leeds Roller Dolls on Saturday.''Hot Wheel captain Philippa Donnelly. 'Picture: Andy Sainter
Hot Wheel Roller Derby will take on rivals Leeds Roller Dolls on Saturday.''Hot Wheel captain Philippa Donnelly. 'Picture: Andy Sainter
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CITY rivalries will be settled on the track when Leeds’ two roller derby teams face off against each other in a British Championships tie on Saturday.

Hot Wheel Roller Derby will host the game against Leeds Roller Dolls at The Edge sports centre at the University of Leeds.

Leeds Roller Dolls in action against Rainy City Roller Girls. Credit: Andy Sainter.

Leeds Roller Dolls in action against Rainy City Roller Girls. Credit: Andy Sainter.

The game is the final round of the teams’ bracket of the British Championships, a new tournament structure introduced for the first time this year, and will also see teams from Hull, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham play.

Hot Wheel captain Philippa Donnelly said: ““Having both Leeds teams playing on the same bill, let alone against each other, is great for the sport in the area, which is growing and growing, and we hope to see lots of new and familiar faces in the crowd.

“Our coach, John ‘Jerry Attric’ Kirkham, actually brought roller derby to Leeds by starting the Leeds Roller Dolls back in the day, and of course there’s the usual friendly rivalry there always is between local teams, so it should be a really exciting game.

“If you’re even a little bit curious about it, please come along.”

Currently Hot Wheel are ranked in third place in the bracket, with the Dolls at fourth, and with the results of all three games deciding who goes through to a play-off in September for a chance to move up divisions, there is everything to play for.

Doors open at 1pm and tickets will be available on the door.

Hot Wheel train at Ramgarhia Sikh Sports Centre on Chapeltown Road and Kippax Leisure Centre.

New skaters are always welcome, and no previous experience is necessary, just email info@hotwheelrollerderby.co.uk.

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