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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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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

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Blitz Dames Victory in Battle with Stuttgart

Posted by Fury on November 28, 2008

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Making roller sports history again, the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames hosted the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz in the first ever pan-European bout held in the UK.  The bout was an heart-pounding, ever-changing competition that many Midlands fans said was the most exciting derby match they’d ever seen. 

The teams consisted of abbreviated 12 player rosters, although Birmingham’s jammer Roisin Roulette soon had to remove herself from the competition due to illness, resulting in a team of 11 for most of the bout.  Birmingham was also skating without two of their most experienced players, having lost Bee Sting to an injury and Sleazy Rider rider to work obligations (something has to keep us in skates!).  But, the Dames were bolstered by the presence of Helen Fury – who cancelled a holiday to fill in at very short notice, jammer Tear E. Hatchet – just back from injury herself, and the debut of blocker Victoria Cross.   Stuttgart Valley Rollergirls showed their own dedication to the derby grail even before the bout began, having persevered through a series of travel nightmares that extended their trip to Birmingham by 10 hours!

First Period

Scoring was close for the first few jams as the teams evaluated each other.  SVRG’s Blitzkrieg Baby grabbed the first lead jammer status of the evening, but no points were scored in that jam.   Early on Stuttgart showed their ease with body checks and general derby physicality, whilst the Dames started with a strong defensive strategy.  Differences of opinion over WFTDA guidelines and the still-young 3.1 ruleset emerged early, and sometimes re-appeared throughout the bout, but Justine Credible fulfilled her first bout as head ref with grace and authority, calling official time outs as needed.  

By the second jam, Birmingham was creating chaos as jammer Violet Attack earned the lead jammer moniker and called off the jam just as SVRG’s jammer Dolly BustHer reached the pack, Birmingham’s more experienced blockers also showed their offensive side by creating chaos with hard checks.   Stuttgart’s Miss Tsunami roared into the third jam to score 4 points to Blitzdame’s 0 and by the end of jam four the score was nearly tied, at Birmingham 6, SVRG 5. 

In the fourth jam Roisin Roulette jammed her first and only run, despite her condition.  With the help of the Dames’s blockers to clear a path, she gained two points as Polly Purgatory scored zero. Fortune appeared to turn as SVRG’s Public Enemy initially grabbed lead jammer status and two points the next jam, but was soon trapped by blockers Kiki Kasplat (who executed one near-horizontal block)and pivot Elle Fire as Union Jack jammed for four points and called off the jam.  Jam 5 was an immediate reversal as the Dames’ Tear E. Hatchet gained lead jammer, but the SVRG got the point spoils, at 4 to Dames 0.  This success came at a price, and Stuttgart started jam 8 with a full penalty box.  As the jam whistle blew, SVRG had one extra skater on the track, providing some confounding moments until the ref crew sorted the situation.  The UK’s youngest rollergirl, Birmingham’s Gun Bunny, came out blazing to the lead jammer status in her first jam of the game despite a recent roller derby hiatus.  In this close race, both teams garnered another three points.

It wasn’t all smooth bearings for Gun, however, as in Jam 16 she was the target of a full-body take-down hit from Miss Tsunami that threw both players far out of bounds, after the jam had been called off!  Fortunately the medical staff checked her over and she was soon bout-fit again, and Tsunami was sent off to the penalty box after an official time-out.  The Dames came back for jam 17 in energetic fashion as Tear E. scored lead jammer and four points, whilst SVRG’s Public Enemy failed to score.

Throughout the first period, and indeed the entire game, Blitzdames’ Hilda Blizzhard and Stuttgart’s Dolly BustHer showed impressive versatility in a variety of roles, from jamming to quick pack blocking strategy.  Pack performance was also demonstrated by Saintly Sin of Birmingham, who showed tactical agility in defensive and active blocking roles.  The Blitzdames had a more unified strategy than SVRG throughout the first period, allowing them to achieve a 19 point lead by the end of the first half, at a score of 49-30.

Second Period
The Birmingham Dames were beginning to feel the strain of being a jammer down, and SVRG increased their focus to gain momentum in the second half.  However, Birmingham’s line up managers, Von Bitch and Jack Attack from the London Rockin Rollers, rallied to reorganise the team through the entire second period.   These honorary BlitzDames for the evening showed precision in their ability to rotate tired skaters and match skater skills to track needs.  Newer Blitzdames skaters Diamondback Belle and Victoria Cross also volunteered for increased track time, both blocking actively and keeping the pack pace.

The first jam started off well for SVRG, with 3 points to Blitzdames’ 1.  The next jam saw the Dames change focus to holding Stuttgart’s jammer in the pack, keeping them from scoring at all whilst Violet Attack fought her way through to still gain 4 points.  SVRG’s Miss Tsunami demonstrated quick thinking and quick footwork to slip past blockers in jam 3 as the Dames were clearing a path for their own jammer.  Tsunami then scored 6 points, and called the jam off just in time to allow the Dames only one point.  The fourth jam was marked by confusion as Polly Purgatory unsuccessfully attempted to call the jam off despite no lead jammer.   During this jam Blitzkrieg Baby showed renewed determination as took down Violet Attack. By the end of this jam Stuttgart had lessened the divide to only 9 points, at 56-47. 

In jam 5, Stuttgart got lead jammer but Blitzdames’ Tear E. outscored her, with four points to Public Enemy’s three. Then, in jam 6, the Dame’s pivot, blocker 2 and blocker 3 ran a combination at the front of the pack to envelope Blitzkrieg Baby within the pack whilst Gun Bunny scored a fantastic eight points and called the jam, with Stuttgart’s jammer only managing to gain four points. This again increased the Dames margin, and was followed up with an another six Birmingham points to SVRG’s three in Jam 7 with Violet Attack facing Public Enemy, for an overall score of 74-57 in the Dames’ favour.

In the next jam SVRG’s jammer Polly Purgatory was met a solid defensive wall at the front from Birmingham blocker Helen Fury and
Union Jack-U-Up after her first pass. Polly stepped inside the track to pass the wall and this time was promptly sent off to the box for the major penalty of cutting the track. However, SVRG rallied and blocked effectively to prevent the Dames’ jammer capitalising on having the being the only jammer on the track.

In jam nine there was no lead jammer and Birmingham’s pivot was sent to the penalty box. During the long two minute jam the Dames scored zero while veteran Birmingham skaters flew to the front of the pack in a display of impromptu leadership to hold SVRG’s jammer Miss Tsunami after she scored one point.  Miss Tsunami then fouled, resulting in a visit the the penalty box before the full two minute jam finished.

In jam 10 The SVRG’s jammer, Blitzkrieg Baby showed impressive stamina. Helen Fury first took Blitzkrieg out, but didn’t know when to stop and had to spend some quality time in the penalty box for blocking out of bounds.  Union Jack U-Up continued the punishment by delivering a stunning block to take out Blitzkrieg Baby again, legally this time. However, Blitzkrieg still managed to gain nine points during the long two minute jam.  With Birmingham ganering only three points this jam, the gap was again closing.  Blitzkrieg amazingly stepped back on the track as a blocker for the next jam, but soon left for a tripping penalty.  During that jam SVRG’s Public Enemy scored 2 points and strategically called off the jam before Birmingham’s jammer hit the pack.

SVRG again made a strong showing in jam 12 as Polly Purgatory took lead jammer status and scored four points to Birmingham’s zero.  This made the score the closest since the beginning of the game, at 77-73.  By jam 13 both teams were showing signs of fatigue.  SVRG’s jammer lost focus and had to go to the penalty box soon after getting lead jammer status.  Birmingham’s jammer was noticeably coasting more, and missed inside holes as she skated behind a two-blocker SVRG wall at the front of the pack, whilst a second Dame missed her pivot’s cues to stay back so that the SVRG skaters would hit 20 feet and have to let the jammer go.  Several fans in the stands expressed their frustration as neither team scored during the two minutes.

bob2By jam 14 both teams pulled out their ‘dream team’ line-ups, and the Dames again managed to widen the gap just a fraction, by scoring 4 points to Stuttgart’s 2.  With the score at 81 -75 and very little time left on the clock, jam 15 also required veteran-heavy skater presence on the track.   Birmingham jammer Violet Attack came out again against Blitzkrieg Baby.  Knowing that if the scores remained the same it would be a Birmingham victory, Violet Attack got in front of her opposing jammer and did some amazing positional blocking preventing the Stuttgart jammer from scoring at all.  Neither jammer passed through the startled pack a second time. Some of the crowd were bewildered, with Violet Attack receiving boos from the Stuttgart supporters but cheers from those supporting Birmingham. This was a fine demonstration of tactical thinking, positional blocking and the power of a properly deployed backside winning it for Birmingham (and England!), final score Blitzdames 81-75. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday the HURTeenth! Blitz Dames vs Team Canada!

Posted by Fury on June 9, 2008

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Leeds Dolls on BBC

Posted by hooligal on April 25, 2008

Leeds Roller Dolls out of England appeared on BBC News! Check it out:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7367333.stm

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Breaking News: Beast of the East Results!

Posted by hooligal on April 20, 2008

From Derbyluv.com :

The BEAST. OF. The. EAST!

First off, kudos to MTLRD for pulling this event together and setting up this tournament. What a derby crash course for those that aren’t familiar with it, what a challenge for the newer teams, and what a chance to show off for the established teams.

Here’s a breakdown – well as much as I caught(I was stuck working the bar longer than my planned shift), but I will try to get the proper results and scores from our Head Ref later…

Steel Town Tank Girls (W) vs Smoke City Betties (L)
La Racaille (W) vs The Bytown Blackhearts (L)
Death Row Dames (L) vs Devil Dollies (W)
Steel Town Tank Girls (L) vs La Racaille (W)
ToRD D-VAS (L) vs MTLRD Les Contrabanditas (W)
Semi-Final 1: Les Contrabanditas (L) vs La Racaille (W)

ToRD Gore Gore Rollergirls (L) vs Hamilton Harlots (W)
Bay Street Brusies (W) vs Thames Fatales (L)
London Thrashers (L) vs ToRD Chicks Ahoy (W)
Death Track Dolls (L) vs Les Filles du Roi (W)
Chicks Ahoy (L) vs Les Filles du Roi (W)
Hamilton Harlots (W) vs Bay Street Bruisers (L)
Semi-Final 2: Hamilton Harlots (W) vs Les Filles du Roi (L)

Beast of the East: Hamilton Harlots

Special nods go out to the London Thrashers, Death Row Dames, and the Thames Fatales. This was one of the first games for some of these teams, and kudos to them for working hard and doing ther best. London played with 7 players against a full bench of Chicks Ahoy, and that was awesome.

Other special notes, the teams to beat will obviously be the Hamilton Harlots, Les Filles du Roi, and a runaway win in their second appearance in MTL La Racaille. Iron Wrench, jammer and captain of La Racaille created a buzz amongst the crowd with her speed and natural agility. Hamilton Harlots, though, deserved the Beast of the East title, they skated tight, fast, and smart. Since I’m moving to Hamilton in a couple of weeks, my response was, ” I wanna grow up to be a Harlot someday.”

Okay then, it was a long day and a crazy after party, so I will see about getting those scores. In the meantime, you can check out all these teams online for news on their season openers.
Derby Luv to ya!

Nia Capps

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Wild Rose Challenge Footage

Posted by hooligal on April 13, 2008

NUTV footage from the Wild Rose Challenge last weekend. CRDA Hellion Rebellion VS Oil City Derby Girls.
http://www.nutv.ca/streaming/videoplayer.php?table=otherbroadcasts&id=14

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A Guide for the Derby Widow

Posted by Fury on April 8, 2008

So, fellas, and some lucky ladies, your partner has joined the derby.  You thought it would be fun for your woman to pick up a new sport, and now you sit in a house full of sexy hosiery wondering when you will see your partner again.  This is a challenging time fraught with confusion and loneliness.  Know that you are not alone.  The mourning process is real.  Every widow’s experience is unique, but you may recognise the following: 

  1. Denial – Many of us are ashamed to admit that early in the derby widow experience, it is actually exciting.  Suddenly, it’s ok to watch a mass of women in short skirts plow into each other without turning off the internet browser filter. Your home is often filled with your wife’s hot, hilarious teammates.  Your lover’s fitness is advancing at an astonishing rate, she’s taken over changing tyres, and she seems to have found an inexplicable comfort with firearms.  When she drags you to the local all-night roller disco, you beam with pride at her skating skills.
  2. Anger- It’s 9:30 p.m. and you haven’t seen Madamoiselle de Derby since yesterday.  The house is littered with skates or wristguards that smell like week-old roadkill that previously subsisted on a diet of limburger.  She’s spending all her time doing ‘tracking stats’, writing ‘line-ups’ or glued to some message board discussing the merits of taping make-up sponges to her blisters.  Then, when you slump off to the pub to drown your sorrows with your mates, she rolls in two hours after you, red-faced and laughing about the ‘after party’. 
  3. Bargaining – You are a product of the modern age, no?  You can handle this if she’ll just give in a bit. But your attempts to keep Wednesdays for ‘us’ time and coax her to take the summer hols somewhere where she can’t visit a local league just aren’t making it go away. 
  4. Sadness – You miss her.  It’s common to experience ‘What if’ questions at this stage, like ‘What if I had just encouraged her to join something more delicate, like street fighting or kendo instead?’
  5. Acceptance – Hard as it may be to understand this, you will eventually learn to embrace your roller derby girl.  You may start to realise that your mates crowd around with anticipation to hear about the latest pile-up at practice, that when you finally watch a bout it feels like your first rock concert, or that you’ve tried on the referee stripes and have developed a taste of your own for the track.  The women of the roller derby are a rare breed who will find the derby with or without you.  All you can do is thank the derby goddesses above, and start on that sign for the next bout.

For more to soothe your soul, visit Birmingham’s own original roller derby league at http://www.blitzdames.com.  Better yet, come to our next bout on the 12th of April at Cocks Moors Leisure Centre and see what the obsession is about.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m and the action starts at 7:00.  Tickets now available online.

Written by “Helen Fury”, #10 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames, and approved by my own dear derby widow.

 

 

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TCRG Season Kick Off

Posted by hooligal on April 7, 2008

It’s the Riot Girls vs the Faster Pussycats as Terminal City Roller Girls kick off the begining of their 2008 season.  The action takes place April 12 at Kerrisdale arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. More information can be found at www.terminalcityrollergirls.com .

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