Milton Keynes Roller Derby’s Quads of War team faced their toughest ever challenge when they competed in the Men’s European Championships held over two days in Birmingham at the weekend.
The Quads were up against it from the start, facing Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder, ranked third in Europe, in their first game. The MK boys were caught slightly off guard to begin with and struggled to control the pace of the game, quickly finding themselves down on points.
Towards the halfway point of the match they managed to regroup and enact some good offensive play, scoring some much needed points. However, their comeback was a little too late and Lincolnshire took the victory with a score of 143-64.
That defeat saw The Quads next face The Expendables 2.0 – a European all-star team. Despite formidable opposition, The Quads started out much stronger against them, managing to keep the scoreline close and match them with skill and determination.
However, the ability and experience of The Expendables became a little too much for The Quads and the MK boys started to pick up some penalties. The all-star team capitalised on every opportunity and soon broke the hundred score barrier. The Quads valiantly continued to battle on, but the game ended 126-32 to The Expendables.
This loss saw The Quads of War having to leave the competition on day one, but they definitely left a resounding impression on the men’s roller derby world. By the end of the tournament on Sunday, The Quads were ranked at number 10 in the official men’s roller derby European rankings.
The Quads next face the formidable Crash Test Brummies of Birmingham towards the end of September. They will also be working hard towards the European Championships of 2014.