SWAT deliver the goods to see off Croydon

Action from the roller derby meeting between SWAT and Croydon. Picture: Graeme Willetts.

Action from the roller derby meeting between SWAT and Croydon. Picture: Graeme Willetts. - Credit: Archant

The South West Angels of Terror Roller Derby Team (SWAT) were victorious in their latest outing in the in British Roller Derby Championships Tier Two South when they defeated Croydon Roller Derby 155-108.

The match, held at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton, saw SWAT take an early lead, but Croydon hit back quickly to launch a period of excellent play between two clearly well-matched teams.

Both had strong defence and offence with each side’s blockers building solid walls and providing strong hits to such a degree that the jammers often struggled to get through the packs as they were hit off track time after time!

The game continued in this way with the lead changing hands a number of times through the half-time.

After the break is was SWAT jammer Whizz Kizz who made the decisive plays to give SWAT a serious foothold in the game.


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Having first smashed through the Croydon walls, she went on to score 16 vital points for her team. Driven on by this inspired play, SWAT began to control proceedings and moved away from Croydon in terms of the score line.

One noticeable feature of the contest was the electric atmosphere in the hall with a large crowd on the edge of their seats, cheering and chanting for their favourite team!

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The visitors did their best to fight back, but SWAT were equal to the challenge.

jammer Dot S Lash, who opened the game with the first jam, effortlessly skated the final jam with the opponents jammer in the penalty box to complete the scoring and put a polished seal on proceedings.

The other match at the venue saw Big Bucks defeat Portsmouth Roller Wenches 171-167.

SWAT are next in action at Bristol on August 7, when they will take Portsmouth Roller Wenches.

You can find out more about SWAT and indeed the increasingly popular local roller derby at www.swatrollerderby.com

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