Roaring return for Wakey Wheeled Cats as they celebrate five years of roller derby

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Wakefield’s original roller derby team is set to stage a roaring return to competition on Sunday, two years after their last home game.

The Wakey Wheeled Cats, formed in 2009, will play Barnsley Black Heart Rollers at Dewsbury Sports Centre - the venue of their first ever home game four years ago.

Injuries, lack of practice space and the struggle to recruit new players meant the Cats spent the last couple of years re-building the team, which was one of the first to form in Yorkshire. But now they have a solid team and a permanent home at Lightwaves Leisure Centre and are ready to host open games again in a bid to get up the European rankings. The game will also celebrate the Cats’ fifth anniversary.

Cats’ captain Kirsty Quinn said: “When we first started up five years ago, we were in a tiny sports hall with six skaters.

“It took us a long time to get into a larger, more appropriate hall, in Lightwaves. Sadly it’s not big enough to host an open game, but we’re excited to be back in Dewsbury where we played our first intra-league game in 2010.

“We see a positive future for roller derby in Wakefield and are excited to see what the next five years will bring, all starting with the game against Barnsley. The two teams are evenly matched, so it’s sure to be a nail biter.”

Doors open at 1pm on Sunday, April 20 and discounted tickets can be bought from