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Welsh roller derby girls prove themselves to be second best in Europe

Roller derby team Tiger Bay Brawlers have triumphed in Europe, winning second place in their first-ever tournament.

The Cardiff-based team narrowly missed out to the Berlin Bombshells in the final bout of 2013: A Skate Odyssey, which was held in Belgium. Brawler Allie Brock told WalesOnline the team are delighted with the stellar result from their first tournament.

Speaking to us as the team made their way back from Gent on Monday, she said: “It’s just incredible, we can’t believe it.

“The final was very close, but we don’t want to take away from what we’ve achieved as a team this weekend. We had some amazing support from not just our own fans, but fans from other teams too.

“We got to play some really top-class teams – these are teams that in the past we have always watched and admired and this weekend we finally got to play them. That was a real buzz.”

Ten teams battled it out against one another at the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) tournament, hosted by Gent’s Go Go Girls. The Brawlers faced off tough competition from Helsinki Roller Derby and Malmo’s Crime City Rollers before facing the Berliners.

After a struggle in the first half, which ended 110 to 15 to Berlin, the Brawlers battled back to finish with a score of 149 to Berlin’s 152 – losing by a mere three points.

The Brawlers now plan to learn as much as possible from their European experience this weekend. Allie said: “We’ll be watching the bout footage back and seeing where we went wrong and what we can improve on.

“Now we’ve got this tournament under our belt we can start to learn from it, and in our upcoming off-season will be honing our skills to ensure that our performance continues to improve.”


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Info:

  • Roller Derby is a a sport which involves ‘jams’, short bouts between teams in which one designated member of each team aims to score points against the other team by lapping the members of the opposing team. This player is called the ‘jammer’.
  • It’s a contact sport, and players aim to defend their own jammer, while also trying to avoid being lapped by the other team’s jammer.

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