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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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A Midsummer Nights Scream

Posted by hooligal on June 16, 2009

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Dames and Dolls

Posted by blitzdames on April 28, 2009

And here are the thoughts of the Birmingham Blitz Dames’ Diamondback Belle, on our most recent home bout Dollhouse Devastation

Wow! What a fantastic bout on Saturday 18th April. First and foremost, I and everyone in the Blitz Dames want to thank Leeds Roller Dolls for being such fantastic girls, on and off the track. Leeds are definitely going to be a league to watch out for!

They gave us a really good game, but BBDD’s experience in bouting interleague pulled them ahead of the pack. Our girls love to play Derby, as hard and as often as we can!

We had a great crowd – Derby girls from up and down the country game along and gave Leeds sterling support, while we received much love, hollering and stomping from our regular home supporters (and we may have even recruited some Death Metal Jeerleaders – watch this space!).

The first jam showed straight away how close a game this was going to be, with Gun Bunny (BBDD) and Rushin’ Doll (LRD) both speeding to the front of the pack, with neither quite able to break through. Rushin’ was sent flying off the track first – apparently by one of her own blockers – with Bunny quick to join her on the side.. Both girls were fast back on their skates, but Bunny took lead jammer… this time.

Second up was our newest Jammer – Kiki Kasplat – against LRD’s guest skater (AARG), Candy Savage (definitely a girl to look out for on the track). Candy powered through the back, only to be held back by a strong wall from BBDD’s Union Jack-U-Up and Saintly Sin. She broke through and took lead jammer, scoring points for LRD.

The first half was neck and neck with first the Dames, then Leeds, then the Dames pulling ahead. It was also definitely eventful as our own jammer Kiki Kasplat received a double block from the Leeds defence that put her in the hospital! Get Well Soon to our Keeks, who split open her appendix scar in the name of Derby – ouch!

With Kiki off the track, Twink T was doing some amazing skating and quickly caught up with the pack second time round, but couldn’t get beyond BBDD’s Victoria Cross’ fine Derby ass and brilliant positional blocking, forcing Twink to call off the jam.

At the end of the first half it could have gone either way with the scores at 51 to the Home team and 44 to Leeds Roller Dolls.

The start of the second half saw BBDD Jammer Gun Bunny nip right through to the front of the pack as our own Bee Sting blocked LRD Jammer, Twink T into the ref not once, but twice! It’s a dangerous job, reffing these roller girls!

Then there was a Derby pile-up on the track as BBDD’s Union Jack-U-Up wiped out the Leeds jammer, Candy Savage and took three Leeds blockers AND our own Gun Bunny with her. Bunny looked out for the count as trackside paramedics shone a light into her eyes but, although she was off for the next three jams, we’re glad to say she was up and partying late into the night. Candy escaped with an ice pack on her ass and was quickly back on the track.

There was plenty more drama to come with Bee Sting being majored off the track for a magnificent BOOBY block! Some less than eagle-eyed observers have suggested that hands were used, but no, Bee turned around as LRD Jammer Frantic took her second lap through the pack and sent her flying with a power block straight from her Bristols.  

Now, Derby Fact Fans (and those just wondering what the hell happened!), this block would have been perfectly legal, even though Bee was facing backwards, if she had continued to move in the normal skating direction or anti-clockwise – you don’t have to be facing the right way, just skating the right way! But Bee’s failed to execute it correctly – her skates moved clockwise and so she was straight in the penalty box to appreciative cheers from the home crowd – naughty, naughty Bee!

Frantic was straight back up and breaking back through the pack but was taken out in a fantastic sweeping block from BBDD’s Roisin Roulette.

Roisin herself was up and jamming soon after, but was soon in the box, alongside BBDD Pivot, Sleazy Rider. There was a brief moment of chaos and Sleazy was ejected from the period for Gross Miscounduct. As the dust settled and the Jam was reset, we found out that Sleazy had removed her pivot helmet in the Penalty Box, which led to another BBDD pivot being put on the track. Sleazy was hollering and waving the panty, but she couldn’t make herself understood in time, so the BBDD pivot on the track was majored straight off. The refs are harsh, but they are fair and their decisions are always final, so Sleazy was out of the remainder of the period.

By this point though the Dames were powering ahead, with Union-Jack-U-Up breaking through the pack once, twice, three times in the penultimate jam before being sent off, leaving the Dames with no Jammer against the whip-fast Frantic for the start of the final jam. Frantic dived through the pack, but couldn’t get past a Helen Fury and Roulette defence at the front of the pack, leaving Union to take the lead straight out of the penalty box and bring the bout home, 141 points to LRD’s 88.  

Well, we’ve had a fantastic season so far, playing great teams and getting a lot of experience doing what we love to do best – playing Roller Derby! Our next bout is away against London Roller Girls on June 6th, then we’re back on home turf to take on the formidable Auld Reekie Roller Girls on June 20th to wrap up a fantastic, bout-iful season – see you all there!

 

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First European Tournament | Roll Britannia

Posted by hooligal on February 25, 2009

RB_Logo_Simple_Colour5.inddThe biggest thing to hit international derby is coming – ROLL BRITANNIA! Teams from across europe will come to London for two days of hardcore roller derby action!

It’s unconfirmed, but you can bet that some of the biggest leagues will be there. It’s hosted by the London Roller Girls, my own league the London Rockin Rollers will be there, Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames, Glasgow Roller Girls, Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz may all be attending. It may be the first time for you to catch in action some leagues who’ve not bouted before such as Leeds Roller Dolls, Lincolnshire Bombers, Middlesbourgh Milk Rollers, Windsor Rollergirls, Berlin Bombshells, and maybe even Stockholm Roller Derby! Who knows, stay tuned as we will let you know as soon as we find out who will be playing.

If you’re a derby league in europe, registration is open now and it closes March 20th. Email rollbritannia@londonrollergirls.com for the form! Register early because there are limited spots!

Maybe you just want to come and check out what derby in Europe is all about, well of course spectators are more then welcome to come!

Book your flights to London for JULY 18th. The action starts at 8:00am and finishes the next day (July 19th) at 8:00pm.

Check out the facebook event here:

http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=7509479638&view=user#/event.php?eid=51372236817

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Spring Equi-KNOCKS – LRR vs GRG

Posted by hooligal on February 17, 2009

London Rockin Rollers are proud to present their first home bout in London against Glasgow Roller Girls’ Irn Bruisers!

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Blitz Dames skate to victory in Stuttgart

Posted by blitzdames on February 6, 2009

Final Score 98 – 71: The Blitz Dames skate to victory in our first international away bout!

Well, the travel team are having a well-deserved rest after a fantastic weekend in Stuttgart, hosted by the fast, fierce and foxy Stuttgart Valley RollerGirlz at the Sport Stuttgart Arena. It was the first time the Dames have travelled abroad for a bout and it was definitely well worth the air fare!

We pulled ahead to a decisive lead early in the bout, but it was very evenly matched for the rest of the first half with Stuttgart giving as good as they got. The Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames led 68-39 at halftime.

In the second period, Stuttgart came out hitting hard and gained some ground on us, but they were no match in the end for the stunning jamming skills of Hilda Blizzhard, Tear E. Hatchet, Union Jack-U-Up and especially Violet Attack, who zipped through the pack again and again!

Stuttgart were great hosts as well as great players. They and their massive crowd of enthusiastic supporters couldn’t have given us a warmer reception, or a better afterparty! We partied till the wee hours at the Keller Klub, with badass music, a riotous burlesque show and the crazy band, Action Team (imagine Electric Six crossed with the 118 118 guys…), plus plenty of beer a-flowing.

Kudos also to the stripey ones. As well as SVRG’s own refs, and two of our lovely Blitz Dames (Justine Credible and Kiki Kasplat), we were lucky enough to be joined by LRG’s own Ballistic Whistle and Crash Test from Canada’s Terminal City RollerGirls. Crash Test congratulated us afterwards on skating well and playing ‘a good, clean game – for roller derby!’

The Blitz Dames after their win

The Blitz Dames after their win

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Canadian Globe and Mail cover European Flat-Track

Posted by hooligal on February 5, 2009

A picture of the recent bout in Stuttgart between the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz and the Birmingham Blitz german1Derby Dames appeared in the Canadian Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090202.wdip0203/PhotoGallery02

Canadian derby girls are asking, ‘Hey, why not a Canadian league?!’. Fair enough, but us European derby players won’t complain ;).

So to even the score I searched the Globe and Mail site for other derby related articles:

Stoli Von Stingray of the Terminal City Rollergirls (Vancouver, BC) is featured in this documentary showing the difference between her day job and night persona, and her personal take on derby.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080915.wvroller0916/VideoStory/VideoLineup/Life

A typical roller derby article featuring Montreal Roller Derby.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071123.wlderby23/BNStory/GlobeSports/

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Stuttgart Awaits the Blitz Dames

Posted by blitzdames on January 23, 2009

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Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz vs Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames

The Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames will be heading to the old country (Europe) for the rematch against the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz which is hopefully entitled: ‘New Year’s Massacre’ on 31st January 2009.

SVRG came to England for the UK’s first ever pan-European roller derby bout on 22nd November 2008 for ‘Band of Brawlers’ with the Blitz Dames emerging victorious in a very closely fought game with the final score of 81-75.

The Blitz Dames’ travel team has had some unexpected issues with KiKi Kasplat having emergency surgery Christmas day and Saintly Sin having a accident resulting in a torn ligament, subsequently with other absences, the Dames will have only 10 on their bouting team.

This bout will serve as the ‘Dames sixth interleague game, where they are 3 wins to 2 loss and their first ever away game.

Follow the action and get score updates on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/blitzdames

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Some stats…

Posted by Holy Hooligan on January 10, 2009

A few days ago I put a post on my swedish blog that caused a bunch of comments from skaters that don’t know a word of swedish. The reason? I had put together a list of all european games played. And I also did a very amatureish ranking of all the teams that have played inter league games.

After a while Tear E. Hatchet of BBDD translated it all. It is her translation I post here. I thought you all might enjoy it. Just don’t take the ranking part too serious!

————original post————

European rollerderby hasn’t come as far as it’s American counterpart, which is of course sad. But it also has its advantages. For one it makes it incredibly much easier to overview!

Statistics are always great fun for all sports geeks, so I compiled a list of all the games played in Europe and thus have produced a very lakcing and unscientific European league table. I am only taking interleague matches into consideration, but I am listing the other games as well.

Firstly, a list of all games played by European teams

Firstly, a list of all games played by European teams

Date Home Away
2007.05.13 Black(SVRG) 65 White(SVRG) 64
2007.08.10 Team World(Rollercon ’07) 46 Team USA(Rollercon ’07) 26
2007.09.08 Team Pink(LRG) 77 Team Black(LRG) 100
2007.10.14 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 94 London Rockin’ Rollers 71
2007.10.27 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 110 London Rockin’ Rollers 109
2007.12.22 Ho Ho Ho’s(SVRG) 81 Hells Belles(SVRG) 80
2008.01.19 Team Black(LRG) 77 Team Pink(LRG) 96
2008.03.29 London Rollergirls 163 Glasgow Rollergirls 31
2008.04.12 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 91 Glasgow Rollergirls 74
2008.06.06 Glasgow Rollergirls 41 Team Canada 102
2008.06.07 London Rollergirls 128 Team Canada 45
2008.06.13 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 69 Team Canada 158
2008.07.19 Team Pink(LRG) 89 Team Black(LRG) 79
2008.07.30(?) Team UK(Rollercon ’08) 43 Team Australia(Rollercon ’08) 28
2008.09.27 Suffra Jets(LRG) 126 Ultraviolent Femmes(LRG) 94
2008.09.27 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 76 London Rockin’ Rollers 81
2008.10.25 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 23 London Rollergirls 274
2008.11.22 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 81 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 75
2008.12.06 Steam Rollers(LRG) 89 Suffra Jets(LRG) 103

The games that should contribute to some form of league table are the following:

All european inter league games

Date Home Away
2007.10.14 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 94 London Rockin’ Rollers 71
2007.10.27 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 110 London Rockin’ Rollers 109
2008.03.29 London Rollergirls 163 Glasgow Rollergirls 31
2008.04.12 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 91 Glasgow Rollergirls 74
2008.09.27 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 76 London Rockin’ Rollers 81
2008.10.25 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 23 London Rollergirls 274
2008.11.22 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 81 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 75

Which would produce a table that looks something like this. A win gives two points. The reason for this is that I am keeping the door open for variations inthe results, despite the rules not allowing it. You never know what could happen in the case of aborted games and the like.

Europetable 2008.12.23

Team Games played Points + Points – Pooints difference Games won Games lost Total
Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 4 305 532 -227 3 1 6
London Rollergirls 2 437 54 +383 2 0 4
Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz 3 245 233 +12 1 2 2
London Rockin’ Rollers 3 261 280 -19 1 2 2
Glasgow Rollergirls 2 105 254 -149 0 2 0

As we can see this table is hardly exact nor entirely fair. Most of us would probably rate the London Rollergirls as the clear number ones. But if you use a system like this, the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames have actually won more games. To make a system like this fair, significantly more games have to be played. And even then it will not work because it is adapted to league play. But at least it will give a bit of an indication.

Some form of proper ranking or at least as close as we can get to it will hopefully materialise this summer, as the LRG have invited all European leagues for a tournament in London between July 18-19. With any luck we might even see Stockholm Rollerderby live by then!

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My Derby Year – 2008

Posted by blitzdames on January 7, 2009

Roisin Roulette N17 - Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames

Roisin Roulette N17 - Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames

My name is Roisin and I am addicted to skating.

 

 

I first came to the Blitzdames open practice in September last year, then took a couple of months off for an op, coming back in November 2007.  I’ve had quad skates and in-lines before, skated on streets and in parks and at roller discos but never really learned to do any more than go quite fast and stop quite slowly.  I think I have skated more in 2008 than all the rest of my life put together; and as I learned to skate in 1975, that’s quite something.  It has all been great.  So what were the highest points of 2008?

Early in the year, the Blitzdames took a minibus load of skaters down to the London Roller Girls Boot Camp.  This was a grand day out, marred only by Kiki Kasplat breaking her thumb in the newbie scrimmage (some girls apparently didn’t understand the ‘light contact for safety reasons’ instructions) and Rip Lashes sustaining a knee injury; I also travelled to Tottenham Green to watch 3 bouts in London in 2008 and enjoyed the atmosphere, skating and cupcakes.  Sadly our home venue doesn’t let us sell food or drink….. Blitzdames also travelled to support their favourite teams bouting in Glasgow.

 

We had a great mixed practice with Middlesbrough in the spring and were kindly provided with beds or floorspace and a top night out in Middlesbrough with the Milk Rollers, which we  followed by skating (somewhat gingerly) with Leeds Roller Dolls the next day.

 

My first bout was against Glasgow  in April – the first bout for me and quite a few other Blitzdames; we had seen Glasgow bout in London (with our Violet Attack guest skating) so we knew it was going to be a close game;  they had 13 skaters to our ten and were in the lead at half time.  I think our endless endurance drills paid off and we came back to win by a narrow margin.  It was a fiercely contested bout; I played blocker and jammer and was knocked into a complete backwards somersault at one point.  Just before the end of the bout I trailed my right hand behind me as I fell and bent back 3 fingers –  two of them are still swollen now in December… for months I couldn’t dress or wipe without thinking of the Glasgow girls…!

 

In sunny May we skated 20 hot and bumpy outdoor miles round Cannon Hill Park raising money for PHAB camps (a local children’s charity), and hosted a roller disco.  With cakes! 

 

June was all about the Team Canada bout; we met them at their hostel and had a meal together the night before and partied with them after the bout, but the actual bout was the most physical and competitive event in which I have ever been involved.  I hit the wall wheels first on two occasions, and we have a big venue with loads of trackside clearance.  Every Dame was battered and bruised after that one; Gun Bunny broke a toe but still get her heels on for the after party.

 

In July we screened the UK premier of Hell on Wheels and on the same day had a boot camp/open scrimmage event.  Some of our girls went to Rollercon; the rest of us made the most of the summer and skated outdoors in venues as far afield as Wolverhampton and Kings Norton.

 

August and September were quieter months, apart from Leeds Boot Camp, with some time spent fund raising and promotional skating.  Eliza Doolethal broke her hand in practice.  We had a fabulous day shooting our 2009 calendar at various glamorous locations round Birmingham; my husband remarked that if we spent as much time training as we did posing we’d surely be world beaters by now, but he’s just jealous.  And he can’t skate. 

 

In October we travelled to Glasgow for the fabulous Glasvegas training camp hosted by the Glasgow girls with Ivanna S Pankin and Trish the Dish; we bouted London Roller Girls travel team, London Brawling, the following week and although we knew they were very good we were still surprised by the eventual score.  We had Armalite Angie, Marla Mayhem, Sister Grimm and Liv or Die helping out as we had injuries and unavailable skaters; hopefully the rematch will be closer… we definitely learned from the experience.

 

We had planned a bout against Birmingham Alabama this winter but the Tragic City girls couldn’t raise the funds needed to travel and we had to find a replacement fixture at short notice.  So November brought the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz to Birmingham and a more evenly matched bout, although there were a number of issues with interpretation of the rules.  Bee was injured, Sleazy Rider was away, Gun Bunny hadn’t jammed for months, Eliza Dolethal was still out, and I was vomiting on the day and had to sit the match out after the first few jams, so we were pleased to win.  We’re looking forward to going to Stuttgart in January for the return match.  (Birmingham Alabama is rescheduled for summer 2009).

 

There has been plenty of drama off track too; engagements, break ups, moving in and moving out, derby weddings, tempers lost and truces reached; skaters have taken on and given up responsibilities in the league for work and family reasons; Helen Fury and the Skatrix (now known as Cupid Stunt) are tearing themselves away to concentrate on developing Severn Roller Torrent and Justine Credible has taken over as our Head Ref.

And that’s just the stuff I’m allowed to mention…

 

So, in December we’re having an open practice on 6th (new starters welcome) and a mixed practice with the Leeds Roller Dolls on the 13th.  That’s a pretty busy derby year for a league which this time last year was struggling to recover from the mass departure of the girls who then formed Central City Rollergirls.  Maybe we’ll see them on the track next season. 

 

Maybe we’ll see you?

 

Happy New Year everyone. 

 

Roisin Roulette

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