SWAT launch new campaign with fine win in Kent

PUBLISHED: 09:17 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 07 March 2017

The SWAT Roller Derby team with Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes

The SWAT Roller Derby team with Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes

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A new season of Roller Derby began for SWAT (South West Angels of Terror) began with a splendid 153-119 success on their long trip to Herne Bay, Kent where they took on Kent Roller Girls in the opening game of this year’s British Championships Tier Two campaign.

As an added bonus on a special day for the SWAT team, Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes was at the meeting and posed for a photograph with the team after the match.

SWAT were quickly into gear at the start of what is their second season at this level following promotion from the regional league.

From the first whistle the jammers began to score points against the opposing teams’ blockers. Continually breaking through the walls, it wasn’t long before the points were racking up. Both teams, hungry for the win made tough, strong walls for jammers to get through and showed power with their strong hits.

The first half wasn’t short of excitement with power jams and grand slams (this where the jammer continually succeeds in lapping the opposing teams’ jammer for points), scored at every opportunity. SWAT consistently came out of the pack first taking the accolade of lead jammer; this didn’t deter Kent who gave as good as they got for long periods.

Jammer Dot Slash (TJ Usher) wowed the crowd by scoring 25 points in one jam whilst the formidable SWAT blockers locked down Kent jammer preventing her scoring points and, at half-time, SWAT held a 77-55 lead.

In the second half the tempo of the game continued with neither side showing any signs of tiring. SWATs jammers combined their power, agility and quick-thinking to keep the score board tipping in their favour, continuing with the high scoring jams whilst the blockers played both offensive and defensive, covering the track and slowing Kent down.

SWAT captain, Queena Hearts (Julie Coyne), said: “The team have all been working hard to prepare for our first game of the new season and it showed. Kent were formidable opponents coming in with a lot of big hits, but we held it together, worked really well as a team and came out on top with some high scoring jams and well executed strategies. We’re all really looking forward to the next game! “

For more information on SWAT Roller Derby or to get involved see www.swatrollerderby.com

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