Roll models raise cash for South Yorkshire hospice

Sheffield Steel Roller Girls (n black/orange) against Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls at Ponds Forge

Sheffield Steel Roller Girls (n black/orange) against Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls at Ponds Forge

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ROLLER derby players went head-to-head in a brutal bout held to raise money for a South Yorkshire hospice.

The Sheffield Steel Rollergirls took on the Lincolnshire Bombers team at Ponds Forge sports centre, as part of a 1950s-themed event called Block Around The Clock.

As well as the big game, which saw the two teams skating around the track trying to block each others’ progress, spectators were able to browse market stalls and enjoy face painting.

Circus performers also entertained the audience, and the event featured a charity raffle in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Two matches took place on the day, with Sheffield’s Crucibelles B-team beating Lincolnshire by 190-53 in the first bout.

The second game saw Sheffield win again, scoring 197 points to Lincolnshire’s 46.

Roller derby is currently one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. Originated in the 1930s, it is undergoing a surge in popularity.

Competitors in the full contact sport take part in bouts and score points by getting their ‘jammer’ - usually their fastest player - around the track ahead of opposition players.

The Sheffield Steel Rollergirls league was founded in 2008 and now has more than 70 members.

The girls practise three times a week, and extra sessions take place outdoors during the summer.