Kent Roller Girls to celebrate
Kent Roller Girls to celebrate

Kent Roller Girls are celebrating nine years of training players and officials, developing athletes and promoting the sport of roller derby in their South-East corner of England.

This important season saw Kent Roller Girls All-stars make the trip to Glasgow for their first ever WFTDA-sanctioned games in the Chaos on the Clyde tournament in August.

Their biggest challenge yet saw them play against their highest ranked opponents to-date. With Glasgow Roller Derby dominating the track all weekend and ultimately claiming the trophy, their athleticism and fierce offensive play in the first game of Day One proved too much for Kent’s All Stars with the hosts taking the win. Day Two and KRG’s renowned walls held Auld Reekie for much of the game, with Edinburgh’s reserve team just holding on to their lead to the end.

Playing three of the best teams in the UK, Kent had fielded a strong side, ultimately coming fourth, as the Liverpool Roller Birds, fresh from British Championships tier 1 victories, fought their way to a hard-won tournament second place.

The team spirit that characterises Kent Roller Girls and has drawn a host of newcomers this year, is testament to the hard work of the players and coaches. The team ethos behind their motto ‘Hustle, Unite, Commit’ is best encapsulated in the words of one of the stand-out players of the tournament.

A recent transfer to the team, Pegasus (real name Steph Johnson), described her feelings about playing in gold post-tournament:

‘It was amazing to see the team and bench crew working together and the support we give each other is amazing! ’

Kent Roller Girls are strong as ever and looking forward to their upcoming home bout on September 28th. Preparation is already underway for the game against Dublin Roller Derby’s B team. They return to training fresh from tournament reflections as well as celebrating the team’s ninth birthday.

For more information on their upcoming bout or to get tickets to the game, follow Kent Roller Girls on Facebook or Instagram.

To stay in touch with them or contact them about their home bout contact them by email on [email protected]

Pictures supplied by Krzysztof Jaros Roller Derby Photography.