Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls
|Metro area||Lincoln, England|
|Teams||Bombshell Bruisers (travel team)
The Damebusters (B Team)
|Venue||Yarborough Leisure centre, Lincoln.
Grantham Meres leisure centre.
Established in 2008, the league started out with five members, including long-term director and founder She'za Payne.
The Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls are an amateur, all female roller derby league skating in Lincolnshire. The sports team is run by their participants, also known as skaters, on a not-for-profit basis.
The Lincolnshire Bombers were one of the founding members of the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA). The league is still a member of the UKRDA to date, but no longer serve on their director board.
As a league, the Lincolnshire Bombers travel Europe and the UK playing roller derby.
Named in homage to Lincolnshire's RAF history, the Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls (LBRG) were founded in 2008 by Emma Tremlett and four other members. By late 2008 the league had grown to 25 members, leading them to start their first roller derby season in 2009.
At the time LBRG were founded, there were only a handful of leagues in the UK and none based in the East Midlands.
In 2009, LBRG secured sponsorship from Motörhead. The seal was a two-year sponsorship that saw the team move from their traditional RAF-inspired uniforms to printed T-shirts with the "Motörhead" logo on their backs.
About the sponsorship, Motörhead said: "One look at these wild women is enough to make it clear that we're a match made in hell! These girls are so mean that if they moved next door, not only would your lawn die, but they'd kick yer ass too!"
The sponsorship deal also resulted in some members of LBRG dancing on stage with Motörhead at a gig in Nottingham.
The league also hosted their own home game for the first time, titled "The Carnival of the Strange".
The Carnival of the Strange saw two games, a mixed female game inviting skaters from across the UK, and the first ever open men's roller derby game in the UK.
Off the back of the Whip It film release, the Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls launched a "Be Your Own Hero" recruitment campaign in 2010. The campaign was a success and saw one of LBRG's biggest recruitment sessions.
In 2010, LBRG also suffered a league split, which saw the formation of the second female roller derby league in Lincoln, the Imposter Roller Girls (IRG).
The scores were:
|Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls||79||Central City Rollergirls||130|
|Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls||20||Auld Reekie Roller Girls||147|
|Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls||78||Royal Windsor Rollergirls||149|
Great Yorkshire Showdown 2010
The Lincolnshire Bombers also took part in the Great Yorkshire Showdown tournament in 2010, hosted by the Leeds Roller Dolls in October that year. The event was a B-level tournament and saw the Lincolnshire Bombers play against seven other teams from across the north of England, including Manchester Roller Derby, Liverpool Roller Girls, Newcastle Roller Girls, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Sheffield Steel Rollergirls, Wakey Wheeled Cats and Leeds Roller Dolls.
The tournament marked the first ever appearance of a non-A-team version of the Lincolnshire Bombers Rollergirls, as the team included skaters who had previously only played "rookie-level" challenge games.
After three 30-minute games, LBRG took the top spot in the tournament, successfully claiming the first ever Great Yorkshire Showdown champion title.
WFTDA Apprentice league acceptance
In September 2011 the Lincolnshire Bombers joined a small number of UK teams accepted onto the WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association).
On 12 November 2011, the Lincolnshire Bomber Roller Girls played their first WFTDA qualifying game against visiting Sioux Falls Roller Dollz from South Dakota, USA. the game was a closed door bout, aimed at LBRG gaining valuable experience against a highly experienced American Team.
In June 2012, Lincolnshire were accepted as full members of the WFTDA.
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