By Bev Simmonds-Owen
It’s been a fantastic season so far for Neath Port Talbot roller derby, who are currently top of their tier in the British Championships.
Roller derby has a reputation as a tough sport, but teams don’t come much tougher than NPT, who despite being a small team and often having to play several players short, have amazed fans of the sport with their outstanding season, including a leap 130 places upwards in the European rankings.
“Last year we were ranked 275th in Europe but this season we have a new ranking as 141st, which is quite a jump,” said Carys-Matic, from Sandfields, one of the star ‘jammers’ of the NPT team.
Last year the NPT Team lost four out of five matches, with their highest score being 36 and their lowest hitting minus 234, so the turnaround this year has been unexpected. So winning every single match in their tier this year and coming away with a low score of 151 and a high score of 394 so far, they have blown even their own expectations out of the water.
Their last match was in May when they beat the Wakey Wheeled Cats by 224-73 however the highlight of their season so far has been the local derby against Swansea’s Reapers with a score of 337-68.
Their next match will be the last of the season and will be held on 31 July at Circus Eruption, Llansamlet against Wiltshire Roller Derby team. The match promises to be closely-fought, as Wiltshire are also undefeated this season and the fixture will decide the tier’s victor.
The NPT team – which features the steelworks on its logo – is also appealing for the loan of a Save Our Steel banner for their next game.
Carys-Matic said: “We would love to have a Save Our Steel banner or flag to display at our games as the steelworkers’ plight is important to us, but we have no idea where we can borrow one.”
Contact Port Talbot Magnet if you have a banner the team can borrow.