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Town's First Roller Derby Team To Make Debut

Wednesday February 12 2014

The Black Heart Rollers The Black Heart Rollers

THE town's first roller derby team are all set to make their debut this weekend.

The Barnsley Black Heart Rollers, formed in August 2012, will take on Mansfield Misfits at the Metrodome on Saturday.

The full-contact sport is made up of two teams of five, who roller skate in the same direction around a track.

Amie Richards, 27, of Honeywell Grove, Honeywell, joined the team in the summer. She said: "We're all really looking forward to it and we're hoping to have quite a lot of games. We're not in a league at the moment so we're just playing friendlies."

Play consists of a series of short matches known as 'bouts' and both teams have a scoring player, known as the jammer, who has to score points by lapping members of the other team.

The rest of the team then assist their own jammer by hindering the opposing jammer.

Amie added: "I'm really passionate about it. Barnsley has never had a team before, we're the first team and this is our first ever game. We want to get as much support as we can."

The team currently has 21 members, with ages ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s, but is looking to take on more. Training is at Barnsley Academy School on Thursdays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 2.30pm.

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Reply Posted by greg b on Friday February 14 2014 at 12:17
How can I join?

Very enthusiastic 34 year old ex roller hockey player.

Reply Posted by Jennie on Friday February 14 2014 at 12:29

Reply Posted by b on Friday February 14 2014 at 12:33
is this an all girls team?

Reply Posted by Fairy on Friday February 14 2014 at 12:37
The team is all female, however men are welcome. we also need men to skate with us to referee and most men also train with the Sheffield men's team to combine playing derby and riffing.

Reply Posted by greg b on Friday February 14 2014 at 12:41
I will definatly be looking into this. It is something I enjoyed as a teen playing roller hockey. Willbe intouch tonight possibly as still at work.

Reply Posted by Martha Scarkill on Friday February 14 2014 at 15:35
Hi Greg. I'll send you over an email and we will go from there! Try and come down tomorrow too and we can talk in person.

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