City roller girls to host league event
PLYMOUTH City Roller Girls are to host the inaugural roller derby game for a newly formed South West League.
The event will take place at the Life Centre on Saturday October 27.
The sport has taken off in popularity in the past two years with teams springing up all over the South West.
Organisers say it is a huge honour for Plymouth City Roller Girls (PCRG) to be chosen to host the very first league event.
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PCRG's Captain, Elizabeth Cheeseright (AKA Kathleen Hamma) has been instrumental in setting up the league.
She said: "I have had the idea since the founding of Plymouth City Roller Girls. For me it was about creating a true competitive element for the team.
"I wanted us to have something specific to train for and to be able to measure ourselves against four other teams consistently.
"Having this regional playoff set up means that we will know which team is truly the best in the South West and the rivalries will continue to grow and have a meaningful basis."
She said the team had grown in numbers, strength and popularity. "The last year has been the real test for the team – transitioning from a start-up team to one with expectations of winning games whilst continuing to build the brand and spread the name of PCRG around the South West and throughout the derby community."
Like most derby teams, PCRG has attracted women from all walks of life.
The South West Tournament will run from October with bouts played every month until the League Final played in March 2013. Regional teams involved in the league are Plymouth City Roller Girls, South West Angels of Terror (Exeter), Kernow Rollers, Dorset Roller Girls and Wiltshire Roller Girls.
A fundraising after-party will be held at Henry J's on Mayflower Street in aid of Amy's House, a children's charity.