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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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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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Roll Britannia Teams Announced!

Posted by hooligal on March 30, 2009

Here you have it, the list of teams participating in the Roll Britannia European Tournament in July.

Auld Reekie Roller Girls (Twisted Thistles)
Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames (Brummie Bombshells)
Central City Rollergirls (Belles of Centrinnians)
Glasgow Roller Girls (Irn Bruisers)
Leeds Roller Dolls
London Rockin Rollers
London Rollergirls (London Brawling)
Rainy City Rollergirls
Romsey Town Rollerbillies
Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz

Who will come out on top? You’ll have to come see to find out!

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SMACK ATTACK! Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames vs Middlesbrough Milk Rollers

Posted by blitzdames on March 12, 2009

Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames will host Middlesbrough Milk Rollers on March 21st 2009.

This is the first public bout for MMR who are bringing along with them guest skaters from Auld Reekie Roller Girls (Edinburgh Scotland)  and from the Bedford Bandits Roller Derby.

This is the 8th interleague bout for the Dames who will be introducing their fresh meat skaters for this bout.

Tickets now on sale through their website: www.blitzdames.com

Tickets by post through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/58396

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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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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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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

N17

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RD:UK – Roller Derby UK Photobook Released

Posted by hooligal on December 24, 2008

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Roller Derby is new and young in the United Kingdom but growing at a rapid pace. David Coxsell aka Spida brings 98 pages of candid and posed photos of rollergirls with quotes and interviews.

Over a three month period in the later part of 2008, David travelled up and down the country visiting groups of girls who are curently active in a growing sport. The sport is known as Roller Derby, is played on quad skates and is taking the UK by storm.

His aim was to capture images to help illustrate the wonderful world of Roller Derby for all those who are new and old to it.

“Roller Derby is a hard hitting full contact sport for women of all ages, size and shape. That means almost anyone can get involved so take a look inside and see if it appeals to you. If it does grab hold of a pair of skates, seek out your nearest local Roller Derby League and join in with the fun.”

You can grab yourself a copy at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/515787

There will be a review here as soon as I get my hands on it!

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