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Jam Packed, Jammer packed, Pack Is Here! Yes Derby Filled To The Brim!!!

Posted on 13th January, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby. No Comments

Well hi there! Long time no read!

I haven’t written a blog since New Years Eve!!!! I try and write one a week but my life has been jam packed! (Jam packed, jammer packed pack is here! Yes Derby filled to the brim!)

We’ve all been training hard since the return from our Xmas break. We’ve been pushed, pulled,squashed,hit,crunched and all manner of moves that have raised our cardio and agility on the track (plus I think we all wanted to work off some of the boxes of chocolates we consumed over the Xmas period!)

Seems others have been discovering the benefits of  the Derby Workout too! ABC News picked up on it on Good morning America. Check out this link to see their reporter in action! Our training sesh’s are somewhat a bit more extreme but that’s why we LOVE it!

Our … Read More »



Well what’s been happening…WHAT’S NOT BEEN HAPPENING!!!!! WooooAAAAAAAgggHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted on 22nd December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby. No Comments

Well what’s been happening…or rather should I say WHAT’S NOT BEEN HAPPENING!!!!! WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! WOOOOO YAY!!!

Last Saturday, 15th December 2012, S.W.A.T took on the very lovely Plymouth City Roller Girls. This was my second bout playing for The South West Angels Of Terror. I was uber excited but the run up was slightly rocky with issues surrounding the Sports Hall and if we could actually play. These I am glad to say were ironed out by Bout Day so the game was on!…and what a game it was.

We all left early, bright eyed and bushy tailed (not really but it sounds good!) and met for the travel down to Bournemouth which was to take us about 2.5hrs on mostly B roads! Do you know what though, I didn’t even notice as we were all on top form and laughed most of … Read More »



Derek The Deer & A Magical Unicorn Share Dash’s Derby Life This Week!

Posted on 9th December, by Flash Bo-Dash in Events, knee pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. No Comments

Well what a week! I was so busy even the blog missed it’s normal Friday slot! It’s a crazy time for us photographers this time of year and I have mostly been shooting kids in Xmas hats with my trusty fluffy assistant, Derek the Deer!

Fear not though, I’m sat in my Xmas jumper and sage green Xmas treeified skinny jeans all Christmassed up writing blog no.19 , (yes 19!!!!!) for you now. I have the hat on as my boiler has broken (again) so I have no hot water OR heating! I guess it makes it feel a lot more wintry which may add to the Xmasy feel I guess! Trying to see the positive but to be honest, after getting home from training this week and discovering I had no hot water, wasn’t funny, at all! … Read More »



Knees Are Very Important In Life! (& For Roller Derby)

Posted on 30th November, by Flash Bo-Dash in Derby Skates, knee pads, pads, Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater, Tips. 2 Comments

So did we get to training last weekend??? Noooooooo is the sad sad answer.The floods were just too bad and it was touch and go whether we would make it back …..without a boat (or someone with a batman car) so ‘The Topsham Massive’ as we are collectively called in our car share, made a very grown up decision to stay in bed! Ha ha well not quite but we all were in out PJs I think when we were discussing it over the tinternet in the warm (I won’t tell you what time of day it was!)

As it happened it was the right thing to do as the rain came in hard just after training and my town was cut off from the rest of the world completely! Quite exciting really but it didn’t help matters though when I … Read More »



Ooooooooooooooo! Blog no.13. Lucky For Some!

Posted on 19th October, by Flash Bo-Dash in Roller Derby, Roller Derby Skater. 2 Comments

Well I can’t say that this week hasn’t been challenging so I can see why blog number 13 may be a bit of an interesting one…. Lucky for some!

The tooth problems? ……….well they continued ………along with a sickness bug, a headache, earache, exposed nerves in my jaw from where they took the tooth (from a traumatic extraction they called it..no kidding!) This led to a 7th emergency visit to the Dentist and to top it all off a sore throat! This was all mashed up with a pinch of a car crash where someone drove right into me on the way to Fresh Meat, stopping me getting there!

Needless to say I felt like the Gods were against me slightly in my quest to get back to skating! It’s been tough, really tough, but I’ll say it again, when something takes … Read More »



Dusty, Busty, Musty Old English Teachers, The Stresses Of A Ref And Looking Like Wallace & Grommit!

This is my 11th Blog for Roller Derby UK. That’s about 15000 words so far! Nearly enough for my book! (I like to aim high) Just maybe!?

I never thought that I would actually enjoy writing every week. I guess it helps to be passionate about the subject, but to be honest with you, I was put off taking my English education any further than the school gates when I was younger. My best friend and I spent most of the time shut in the stationary cupboard by our English teacher!

She thought she was punishing us but we didn’t half have fun in that cupboard which became our second home! There was a T.V (which didn’t work, much to our dismay, as our lesson was bang on neighbours time after lunch) There was also a window so pretending we had … Read More »



Scabs Knee Gaskets

Posted on 31st January, by Martin in pads, Review. No Comments

Scabs Knee Gaskets

As mentioned in my earlier post (Scabs Knee Pad Review) I think the size of my knees comes somewhere in the middle of Small/Medium and Large in the Scabs Elites so I needed a little extra padding underneath to keep them firmly in place. I shopped around and found some Scabs knee gaskets for £27.99. I went for a medium as I didn’t want them to cut off circulation but I also wanted them to give me firm protection and not move around. When they arrived they had Velcro on the top front and bottom front so that they stick to the knee pads. These bad boys weren’t going anywhere and I couldn’t be without them.

After a couple of weeks wear I found that the stitching was coming away from the seams. I have been very careful … Read More »


VampeRia 77 – Getting Decent Fresh Meat Skates

Posted on 22nd June, by admin in Uncategorized. No Comments

Choosing decent roller derby skates always throws up LOADS of choices.

I went for the Riedell R3’s over the Rio Rollers, (the Rios seem to be the favourite skate for people testing the water!) I figured that spending £40 on a pair and then upgrading to£115 skates a month or so down the line was false economy! I checked ebay and there weren’t any on there so that made the decision easier, if I didn’t get on with this whole Roller Derby lark they’d be easy to sell on once I got better and chose to upgrade to an even better skate once I become awesome!

I’ve had them for about 10 months now and they’re serving me well! I got the white ones with pink wheels as I thought they looked prettier than the black ones!!

Although they were cool … Read More »




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