LEEDS ROLLER Dolls took America by storm when they won all three of their games during their first stateside tournament.
The Dolls’ travel team, the Rebel Roses, are now heading for their next game in the British Championships after a successful trip to Florida for the Beach Brawl tournament.
Winning all three of their games - one by almost 600 points - will mean a jump in the global rankings for the team, who play home games at Leeds Futsal Arena.
During the tournament on June 12 - 14, the Dolls played Columbia’s Rock n Roller Queens, winning 258 to 101; Kentucky’s Vette City Roller Derby, where they won by a massive 669 to 79 and Lehigh Valley Rollergirls from Pennsylvania, 306 points to 119.
Captain Hayley Avron said: “We achieved exactly what we went to the States to do - in fact we performed better than expected overall.
“I don’t think anyone was expecting such an enormous score differential against Vette City. They did only have nine skaters and were maybe tired from their game earlier in the day, but our bench coach helped us to maximise on the points we earned in that game.
“We’re hoping that we’ll get a pretty big jump in the global WFTDA rankings off the back of the weekend of games. We won’t be resting on our laurels though - we still have some tough opponents to face in our British Championships games this season, and have a lot of planning to do for next season, building on our successes to keep growing as a team and a club.
“I’m really proud of the hard work that we all put in to getting to the States and pulling off three convincing wins. We’ve had injuries and team changes, even as recently as the start of the year, but everyone pulled together to make it happen.
“The support we had from the rest of the club was brilliant, and we’re so thankful to everyone who donated to get us to the tournament – it really felt like Leeds was behind us.”
The Dolls are also recruiting new skaters and will hold an open day on June 28, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Rebel Roses take on Hull’s Angels Roller Derby at Hull on July 19.