Milton Keynes Roller Derby’s women’s A team, the Concrete Cows, are still looking for their first 2015 British Championships win after a 178-122 defeat to Kent Rollergirls in Herne Bay on Saturday.
Fresh off the back of their international victory against Copenhagen, the Cows started brightly, rushing into a 43-15 lead midway through the first half, through clinical jamming by Rowena Fellows, Sarah Stevens and Katie Thomas.
However, Kent began to find their form and the Cows found Kent’s strong walls and physical blockers tough to get through.
Struggling in the sweltering conditions, the Cows fell behind towards the end of the second half and, despite a late 9 point jam from Fellows, the Cows went into the half time break with a 86-58 point deficit.
Kent again started strongly, extending their lead in the early second half to a 50 point gap.
The Cows mixed up their strategy and determined blocking from Victoria Griffith and agile jamming skills from Dani Arancio brought them back into the game, reducing the gap to 121-99 points.
It wasn’t enough though and, despite a brave performance from the Cows, Kent ran out 178-122 winners.
Milton Keynes Roller Derby’s men’s team, the Quads of War, play their fourth British Championships game on Sunday at home to Barrow Infernos at Bletchley Leisure Centre from 1.30pm.
The Cows’ next Championship game is also at home, against Lincolnshire Bombers at Bletchley on Sunday August 2.