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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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Spring Equi-KNOCKS review

Posted by hooligal on April 2, 2009

rockin-rollers-poster2smallMarch 21st saw the London Rockin Rollers, after FINALLY securing a venue in London, play their first home game against Glasgow Rollergirls Irn Bruisers. Much hard work went into making the bout a night to remember, with lights, a halftime surfcore band Jimmy and the Destroyers, rolling merch girls, kickin DJ Chris Setzer and of course…ROLLER DERBY!

The crowd came out en masse, we sold out to capacity and had to turn people away at the door. The venue was alive and buzzing and after pouring some coke on our slippy wood floor, we were ready to play!

Both teams had not played each other, and had not seen each other play in a very long time. We both went in blind to the other teams strengths and weaknesses, and both teams were certain they would win (arn’t they always?!).

Glasgow turned out to be a highly defensive team of hard hitters, while our jammers are fast and wiley, the hits of their blockers were a shock to the system early in the game. It seemed to be a battle of defence vs offence, and our

Jammers neck and neck (photo by Spida-X)

Jammers neck and neck (photo by Spida-X)

girls quickly learned to distract the glasgow blockers as our jammer came through. Unfourtuetly for us, their jammer tended to follow ours through the pack!

Glasgow secured an early lead, staying at least 10 points ahead for most of the game. It was tough and bodies were flying. A scary moment in the first period when Switchblade Sarah went down on her face and didn’t get up.

Medics rushed on as the jam was called off, and we were all frightened for her. But she got up soon to the roar of the worried crowd, and after a good rest, went on to play a fantastic game!

Halftime came for a much needed break and as the band came on the score was GRG 60 LRR 46.

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Glasgow Jammer Goes Down (Photo by Spida-X)

Second half brought the LRR back with new vengence and determination to win the game. First jams saw us close the gap to 62 to 56 and keep the points close for many jams to follow. But GRG were determined to hold onto their advantage, and went on to win the game 106 to 83.

Like most derby matches, the best part was the lovely girls of the visiting team who were overjoyed with the medals and gift bags, and glad to have had such a great time and a great crowd. No grudges held, we all went to the after party for a much needed drink and to compare bruises. A great day for all!

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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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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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Fabulous Glasgvegas Bootcamp!

Posted by hooligal on September 24, 2008

American skating legends and owners of Sin City Skates are flying their way into the city of Glasgvegas…I mean, Glasgow, Scotland for a special weekend bootcamp! Be sure to catch all your favourite UK rollergirls at this one, with training sessions and mixed scrimamges, and of course a wee bit of scottish whiskey (ok maybe thats just me?). Head on over to http://www.glasgowrollergirls.com to get info or tickets!

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First Intraleague in Scotland – Molls vs Dolls

Posted by hooligal on September 24, 2008

“Pulp Friction” saw the Dolls take on the Molls in Glasgow Rollergirls’ first ever Intra-league bout. The line-ups included guest-stars from our friends the London Rollergirls and with both teams evenly matched, it promised to be an electrifying game.

There was bad luck in store for the Molls, however, when an injury just days before the bout meant they were without their star jammer Maddy Hackit, but they weren’t going to give up without a fight! Both teams were determined to give the crowd a bout to remember, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Marla Mayhem for the Dolls (in red) and Jaci Dodger for the Molls (in black) got things underway in the first jam. Marla was first to speed out of the pack, gaining lead jammer status and scoring an impressive 9 points to Dodger’s 0. Jam 2 saw Missyle Elliot (Molls) line up against Sister Grimm (Dolls), but with no lead jammer the jam ran to the full 2 minutes with no points for either team. Betty Go Go gained lead jammer status for the Molls in jam 3 with Mistress Malicious hot on her heels, but neither jammer managed to score any points on their second pass through the pack and Betty called off the jam. In jam 4 Marla Mayhem and Jaci Dodger lined up against each other once again. Although Marla gained lead jammer status, Dodger got the upper hand this time. She got the Molls’ first points of the game, scoring 5 points to Marla’s 3. Missylle Elliot’s 5-0 jam over Sister Grimm in the 5th meant the Dolls’ early lead narrowed to 12-10. Another scoreless jam for both teams followed before disaster struck for the Molls in jam 7. A heavy hit from the Dolls’ defences sent Jaci Dodger crashing to the floor, landing awkwardly on her back. Meanwhile, lead jammer (and birthday girl) Venus Velocity easily picked up another 7 points for the Dolls, helping them increase their lead to 19-10. Amazingly Dodger managed to finish the jam despite being in obvious pain, but her injury proved severe enough for her to have to sit out the rest of the game.

In the next few jams the Molls hit their stride, gaining lead jammer status four out of six times. The red jammers were consistently blocked by walls of black until the Molls took the lead for the first time in jam 12 thanks to Fox Sake’s 5-0 jam against Marla Mayhem. Jams 8 to 13 saw a total of 23 points scored for the Molls (Missyle Elliot [8], Armalite Angie [2], Mouchete [5], Fox Sake [5], Troublegum [3]) against 10 for the Dolls (Marla Mayhem [4], Sister Grimm [1], Mistress Malicious [5]), bringing the score line to 29-33 to the Molls. Jam 14 was scoreless, leaving Venus Velocity and Mouchete to battle it out in the 15th and final jam of the first period. Both jammers were sent to the penalty box and so the jam, and the first period, ended at 29-33 to the Molls.

In the first jam of the second period, the Molls extended their lead with Fox Sake scoring 9 points to Venus Velocity’s 0, equalling Marla Mayhem’s high score in jam 1 of the first period. By jam 3 the scores were tied at 42-42 thanks to Mistress Malicious and Marla Mayhem pulling back 4 points and 9 points respectively for the Dolls. The lead changed hands again when the Molls scored 8 points in jams 4 and 5. Mistress Malicious managed to pull back 3 points against Molls’ Team Captain Viper Den in jam 6, but the Dolls’ score remained stuck at 45 as they started to rack up the penalties over the next 3 jams. While the Dolls lolled in the penalty box, the Molls took the lead again, ending jam 11 with a score of 49-61 in their favour. But with the end of the second period fast approaching, the Dolls weren’t ready to give up. They dominated the next three jams with Nuke Leah [5], Sister Grimm [2] and Marla Mayhem [5] all tearing through the pack to even up the scores at 61-61. With only a few seconds left on the clock, the 15th and final jam began with Venus Velocity and Viper Den on the jammer line. With no lead jammer called, the battle was on…but the clock reached zero before either girl could score the elusive winning point. How’s that for a nail-biting finish? A quick discussion between Captains and Officials followed and it was decided not to have an overtime jam, everyone was a winner.

Final score: DOLLS 61 – 61 MOLLS

After the celebrations, Pulp Friction came to a close with the post-bout awards. Mistress Malicious was awarded Penalty Goddess for the Dolls. And also for the Dolls, Silky Briefs and N-emma-si5 got the honour of Double Trouble. Mouchete picked up the Penalty Goddess award for the Molls and Whiskey Galore was named their Best Blocker. Viper Den was awarded MVP and Best Skate-Out Outfit for the Molls, and Maddy Hackit picked up the prize for Best Outfit.

Glasgow Rollergirls would like to thank all the event crew and Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Rollergirls for making Pulp Friction run like clockwork. Very special thanks go out to the LRG girls and refs who travelled all the way across the border to skate with us – we love you!! And finally, the biggest thanks of all to our fans who came out to cheer us on – see you all next time!

Whiskey “Scoop” Galore – GRG

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London Brawling vs Irn Bruisers video interview

Posted by hooligal on April 24, 2008

Lesbilicious magazine caught some of the derby action in London England, and asked them some fun and silly questions:

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UK Midlands bout: Crash of the Titans!

Posted by Fury on March 21, 2008


Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames ENGLAND vs. Glasgow Rollergirls SCOTLAND  

 

The roller derby scene is thriving the UK, with 10 current leagues and new ones springing up every week in places like in Windsor, Manchester, Brighton and Essex. This roller riot is cross between x-treme games and burlesque. It’s fast, furious and a bit sexy too! 

Roller derby makes curious fans into quick converts. Neophytes should check out the rules. And, yes, it is based on the roller derby you know from the kitsch 1970’s. Except, now, nobody’s faking.  

Formed in 2006 and after training hard for a year, the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames are in a successful inaugural season. The hometown roller derby queens, the ‘Dames are set to pour salt on the wounds of an ancient grudge.  

Tickets £7 Advance, £8 Door Tickets and more information www.blitzdames.com. Following the bout, the Dames will be holding their celebration after party at Subside Bar, Fletchers Walk, 4 Paradise Pl, Birmingham, B3 3HJ.  

 

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Spotlight!

Posted by hooligal on March 4, 2008

Brand new: our first spotlight! THis month on: THE GLASGOW ROLLERGIRLS! Go check it out: just follow the link at the top of the page that says ‘Spotlight’ 🙂

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