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Newport’s Roller Derby team climb from 187th to 158th in Europe

They host Bristol Bees plus Bridgend Mens vs Bristol Mens at Cwmbran Stadium on Sunday 29 October

Riot City Ravens have rocketed 29 places up the European Roller Derby Rankings following an epic 224-69 win away at North Wales on Saturday (23rd September).

In what was expected to be a tight game between two closely matched teams, Ravens, who train at Newport Live’s Active Living Centre and are sponsored by Tiny Rebel Brewing Co, took control from the first whistle – despite being low on numbers due to injuries.

Excellent jamming from Claire Jenkins and match captain Claire Taylor, plus strong defence and impeccably timed offence from the Ravens’ ever improving squad of blockers, saw the Ravens lead 111-20 at half time. North Wales improved in the second half, but couldn’t stop Riot City from wreaking havoc and taking the victory.

We’ve been training hard and practicing drills during the summer, since our British Championships season finished, and I’m delighted with how well our hard work paid off on Saturday,” said Head Coach and Blocker Alex Miller. “Our next game is against the higher ranked Bristol Bees, so it’s predicted to be a tougher game, but we’ll keep training hard over the next month.”

Ravens will host Bristol Bees at Cwmbran Stadium on Sunday 29th October, as well as a men’s game between Bridgend Roller Derby and Bristol’s men’s team. As well as the two games, there will be a bar selling Tiny Rebel beer and soft drinks, plus a cake stall, raffle and merch stalls. Doors will open at 12pm. Tickets are £4 when bought in advance from tinyurl.com/riot291017, £6 on the door. Under 12s get in free with a paying adult.

We’d love to have a big crowd for our next game,” said Alex. “We don’t get to play home games very often, so if you’ve been meaning to come and discover derby, don’t miss your chance!”

For more information about Riot City Ravens, their upcoming games and how to get involved with the club, visit facebook.com/riotcityravens, or follow them on Twitter @RiotCityRavens or Instagram @riotcityravens.



Riot City Ravens was formed in July 2014 and is an all-female Roller Derby League based in Newport, South Wales (UK), offering training for skaters of all abilities (from total beginners to experienced derby players). We welcome male participants as beginner skaters and volunteers including referees and non-skating officials.

For more information on membership to attend our training please contact: riotcityravens@gmail.com

Riot City Ravens Roller Derby League is dedicated to promoting the sport of women’s flat track roller derby in Wales. We aim to provide a supportive community for all our members based on democracy within the team, true to the for the skates, by the skaters” ethos.

We provide coaching for all ability levels and strongly encourage the growth and development of both individuals and the team as a whole.

We aim to provide a safe, fun, professionally run and competitive league, with dedicated members to help everyone reach their own personal goals.

What is Roller Derby?

Roller derby is a full contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around an oval track. Game play consists of a series of 2 minute ‘jams’ in which each team has a scoring player, the ‘jammer’, who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team, and four ‘blockers’. Each team aims to help their jammer score points, while stopping the oppositions jammer from doing so – in effect, playing both offence and defence simultaneously.

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