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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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London in Stuttgart Part II

Posted by hooligal on October 21, 2008

Now its time for the video section of our internationally mixed game of Germany’s Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz vs England’s London Rockin Rollers.

You can catch the better quality version of this video here, and the whole article here.

Final Score: London Rockin Rollers 81 – 76 Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz

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Roller Blitz Old Skool Roller Disco in Birmingham, UK

Posted by Fury on May 20, 2008

 

Sweet, sweet Brummie Roller SkatingThe UK has a thriving roller disco scene and now Birmingham is about to revitalise the beloved roller disco locally and polish it to a mirror-ball shine. The Roller Blitz event promises to bring the joy of eight on the floor to a new audience, showcase Britain’s VIP jam skaters, and give the rest of us an excuse to dust of our skates for a groovy alternative way to fitness. 

The floor has bags of room for everyone, there will be games and a raffle. Besides, there’s little else this fun that donates a portion of the profits to Cancer UK. Set your supersonic sights on B4 7ES and come skate with us!
http://www.myspace.com/rollerblitz

 

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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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I’m Dreaming of Dry and Smooth Concrete

Posted by hooligal on January 26, 2008

Challenges in the International Derby World

Aside from being cut off from the American roller derby world, there are a few challenges I’ve noticed that face an English roller derby league and their skaters. Along with learning how to build a league from the ground with virtually no help from outside sources, they then have to teach their skaters, find practice space, and raise awareness of their newly acquired sport, the likes of which the international world has never seen before. Roller Derby in past days was purely a North American phenomenon, and never reached the shores of England, Germany, Australia, and other places until now.

Coming from Canada, the hockey capital of the world, I’ve taken for granted the vast number of hockey arenas that sit open waiting for derby girls to fill them during the summer months. Not to mention there’s always ball hockey spaces, because Canadians will find any way to play hockey, even without skates! Here in England, where there is no or little snow or ice, hockey is just not a popular sport. Football (soccer) is the game here, but you cannot play roller derby on a football pitch! So finding practice space large enough to house at least a track has proved difficult. We have practiced in very small school gyms and halls, the largest being vast enough to hold a track, but only so much so that we are smashing each other up into the walls. This still leaves us the problem of finding bout venues! The London Roller Girls have found one of passable size, but still have to turn fans away due to lack of capacity. Which seems good, in terms of saying that your bout was sold out, but really, that could be that many more people whom could have seen roller derby!

Furthermore there is the sheer expense of paying for our practice space, in one of the most expensive and crowded cities in the world. Our league dues cover it, and we scrape by, but I can only think of how much more space leagues in the arenas of Canada for a fraction of the cost. Then we also have to pay outrageous transport fees for the tube (subway), train, or petrol if you are driving. London is a very large city and our skaters are dotted from one end of it to another. From where I stay (in a suburb of London called Staines) it costs me £10 to get a travelcard, which will get me both to and from practice. That’s $20 American! Every practice! And then it takes about an hour and a half to get there. Almost the same if you’re driving through London traffic.

So I don’t go to midweek practices. I can’t afford it and it’s much too far. I figure, I can skate outside during the week, its free, its local, and I don’t have to listen to a coach (I’m notorious for not listening to the coach, hehe). But wait, there’s problems there too! Again I have taken for granted something from my homeland of Canada: smooth and dry concrete! England is famous for its rain. Even in the winter whilst I think there is no snow and that’s a good thing skating wise, it rains almost every day. Or looks like its about to any minute. Or has earlier and the pavement is still wet. The days that it is dry enough to skate, there is another problem: the sidewalks, roads and parking lots are made of what looks like gravel stuck in cement. Very rocky, not smooth, and never, ever even. In a semi-smooth parking lot you will still find huge dips, bumps and mounds. And I’m not just making a mountain out of a molehill here, they are some seriously bad conditions!

Looking for local skating, my team-mate Margy Bargy and I did find a fairly nice path down by the river Thames. However, upon skating down it, we ran into patches that are nothing but large dips and bumps. Even further down the path we ran into a dirt path. End of the road. These are the conditions we have to skate in here.

Hyde Park seems to apparently be one of the only good places to skate in though, in the summer when its nice out. You can get the whole league out and have a picnic. I’ve never been there though, it’s too damn far and not worth the journey until the weather is a bit nicer.

However, they say what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. All the obsticles that derby girls here have to face never hinders them from their reason for being. More and more leagues are popping up all over the UK, and around the world, in places that have never seen derby in any form before. They each face unique roadblocks and isolation from experienced leagues to help them. And yet they pull though. Why do they do it? For the love of derby of course!

Still, I wish I could find some smooth, dry concrete!

Here’s a video I made about…pavement..yea thats right..pavement. 

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