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Roll Britannia – The draw has been made!

Posted by hooligal on June 30, 2009

The teams have been seeded for the first Euro tournament -Roll Britannia. You can read the official post, plus times and structure on the Roll Britannia website here.

Before the draw all participating leagues were asked to rank the participants from 1-12, one being the opinion of being the strongest, 12 the least experienced/weakest. The top four teams were put in one pot, the next four in another pot, and the last 4 in a third pot. One team was drawn from each pot for a group, with no local teams being drawn together (placed in the next group if drawn) so London Rollergirls would not play London Rockin Rollers, Glasgow would not play Auld Reekie, etc, in the first round,

Below are my opinions and predictions on the groups, and the tourny in general.

*Please note that these are MY personal opinions and do not represent my league, Roll Britannia or anyone else who may post on Inter Derby*

Group A

Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames
Leeds Roller Dolls
Berlin Bombshells
Birmingham have recently beat the Leeds Roller Dolls in an interleague game, and have also had quite a full on season this year, giving them much experience. Berlin and Leeds are a fairly new teams without much bouting experience. I would expect Birmingham to come out on top of this group, the question being who will win in the Berlin vs Leeds game.
Hooli’s Predictions: Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames

 
 


Group B

Auld Reekie Roller Girls
Central City Rollergirls
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Auld Reekie are quite a new team but have been taking UK derby by surprise, recently drawing against the far more experienced Birmingham in a recent game. They’ve also played Central twice both at home and away, winning both, but the lead changed hands many times. It will be interesting to watch these two teams go for broke against each other in the tournament. Not sure who will come out on top, but the scottish breed tough women, so I’m going to say Auld Reekie. The Royal Rebels are a mixed team of Royal Windsor Rollergirls, Rebellion Rollergirls and Middlesbourgh Milk Rollers. Windsor lost a tough game against the London Rockin’ Rollers recently,  and Middlesbourgh lost against Birmingham earlier this year, so the team has some bouting experience, but not much compared to the other two teams in this group. The one to watch out for on Royal Rebels will be Inky Minx, who has guest skated in many bouts, including a London Rollergirls championship. I think it will be a close game between them and Central, but Central may come out on top.
Hooli’s Predictions: Auld Reekie Rollergirls

 
 

Group C

Glasgow Roller Girls
London Rockin Rollers
Rainy City Rollergirls
Expected to be one of the most exciting seed groups of the _DSC1206weekend, and I’m not just saying that because its my league in it. London opened their season this year with a bout against Glasgow, a hard fought game with the points coming close at one point, but Glasgow ultimately took the win in the end. London will certainly be looking for a revenge win. But no one will be taking Rainy City too lightly, they have just played their first intraleague game with Glasgow guest skaters, and I am inclined to be a bit wairy of Northern teams, there seems to be steroids in the air up there or something. Anyway, this seed finds teams playing each other with fairly good knowledge of the other teams, with the exception of London against Rainy City.
Not sure who will come out on top here, Glasgow or London. I’m going to be biased and say London 😉
Hooli’s Predictions: London Rockin’ Rollers

 
 

Group D

London Rollergirls
Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz
Team East Angrier
Ah the poor teams who’ve been drawn with the hosts, London Rollergirls. The first and clearly number one league in Europe, LRG have a year more experience over all other leagues, plus two full seasons. Beating any team that comes to play them by incredable margins, the bets would be on LRG to win the whole tournament. But its not set in stone. Anything could happen. Stuttgart have a good squad and plenty of bout experience. I also know from experience that these are the kind of girls who go back to training two days after a bout (I need at least three recovery!). These hardcore Germans arn’t going to take anything lightly, and could very well cause upset if they try. Team East Angrier are a mixed team of Romsey Town Rollerbillies and Brawlin’ Angels Rollergirls. Neither of these leagues have bouted, although two Brawlin’ Angels did guest skate for Windsor in their bout against London.
But I’m inclined to go with popular vote and say London Rollergirls will take this group.
Hooli’s Predictions: London Rollergirls

 
 

SEMI FINALS
Based solely on my unqualified predictions in the seeding round, heres how I think the semi’s might go:
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This would be a great one to see, as these two teams recently tied each other in a Birmingham home bout. Not having seen that bout, I can’t really tell you anything about how this game might go, other then Scot’s tend to be hard hitters, while Birmingham have some quick and nimble jammers. If they keep their pack together and play smart, they may win, but if Auld Reekie know this as well, I think they may come out on top.
Hooli’s Predictions: Auld Reekie Rollergirls

 
 

London Rollergirls vs London Rockin’ Rollers

Besides being biased and confident my team will make it to the semis, it would also mean the much anticipated London vs London game. Although I would much prefer to see a London v London final, such is the luck of the draw. As stated before, LRG are a highly experienced team, while LRR have only played a handful of games over the last two years. As with any two leagues in the same city, this will be an emotionally fueled game, just the same as derby games in football (soccer-a derby is when two rival teams play each other, and usually are local such as West Ham vs Tottenham). It will be a derby derby! Both Londons will give it all they’ve got, and as much as I will envision positive outcomes for my own team, I’m going to take popular vote on this one as well and say LRG will take this one.
Hooli’s Predictions: London Rollergirls

 
 

The Finals
Auld Reekie vs London Rollergirls
Auld Reekie have never played London, so it will be a great learning curve for them. While this could possibly be a Birmingham vs London final, Birmingham recently suffered a defeat against London and I’d like to see a different team play them.
Hooli’s Predictions: London Rollergirls

 
 

Third place final:
Birmingham vs London Rockin Rollers
l_9e6ca352f70a1d234821e2f6012cb9e6Birmingham and LRR have not met since 2007 in the first interleague bout in the UK, where Birmingham won with a contested one point victory. But all that aside, both teams have come a long way since then, and its very hard to say who will come out on top here. It could very well be another 1 point difference this time. So for lack of knowing who exactly will come out on top here, I’m gonna say my league 😛
Hooli’s Predictions: London Rockin’ Rollers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Again, these are just my opinions on what I’ve seen and heard, with a little bias towards my own league. Glasgow could very well beat us and then go on to play the LRG. Central may beat Auld Reekie and then there may be a Birmingham vs Birmingham semi finals (which would be crazy if there was a London vs London one as well!!). Anything could happen, anyone can win and cause great upset. The thing about this first tournament is that no teams have ever been ranked in Europe ever, so no one has any idea what secrets some of them may hold. But it will sure be exciting, so book a flight, buy a ticket and come see history unfold!
*Last day for early bird weekend tickets is today, so if you want to save some money, buy now!*
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Bloggers Wanted!

Posted by hooligal on June 16, 2009

I’ve had quite a few people sign up to blog and then, well…as you can see they don’t. But the invitation is still open! Anyone who wants to use this blog to spread international derby love is welcome to! Just give me an email and I’ll set you up. I’m really looking for people to cover australia and canada especially, I pretty much have europe covered, but have no idea whats going on down under (except I know theres alot happening, new leagues all the time!). As well, extra european bloggers are welcome as well.

So feel free to drop me a line and become an Inter Derby blogger!!

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A Midsummer Nights Scream

Posted by hooligal on June 16, 2009

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