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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 »



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 »



Roller Derby Helmet Buying

Posted on 27th June, by admin in Helmet. No Comments

Helmet buying = NIGHTMARE!!!!

Getting a helmet that fits became the bain of my life!! S M L or S/M L/XL?

I measured my head using advice from various websites online and found my head measurements to be 56-57cm. This was smack in the middle of S/M and L/XL. Great!! I figured, to make sure it was a good fit, I’d go for a S/M TSG  when it arrived it was unbelievably tight, it practically cut off the circulation to my brain! I sent it back now I’m £6 lighter from postage costs. Since TSG sizes seemed to be so far out I decided to go for a Medium Capix branded helmet instead, when this arrived it was massive!! I soon realised that different brands would range in sizes just like H&M clothing sizes may differ from Next clothing sizes, … Read More »


Roller Derby Tips – Positional Blocking

Posted on 24th June, by Martin in Blocking, Tips. No Comments

 

Passed my written skills test tonight! Yay! What a good way to start off a training session.

We worked on positional blocking tonight, I have to say I’ve never been very good at this.

The main aim of this is to use your bum to stop the other skater getting past you. We were told to get as close as we could to the skater we were blocking but no matter how hard I tried I always seem to roll off too fast and they skated right on by! Our trainer suggested getting into the Plough stop stance and it worked a treat!! My partner ended up tripping up and taking me down with her which meant she got the major penalty and off to the sin bin she went!

TOP TIP
Therefore today’s top tip for nailing the back blocking technique… … 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 »


Vamperia 77 – Pads for Starters

Posted on 7th June, by Martin in elbow pads. No Comments

When setting out to buy my first set of pads we were advised by our coach to spend more on them than anything else to begin with as safety was the most important thing!

I, as most of our new team did, decided to go for the triple pack pads though, the favourite being the SFR white ones with pink stitching for £24.99. We soon realised that this was most certainly not the best option we could have gone for! The knee and elbow pads offered very little protection. The first thing I upgraded was the knee pads. I went for a pair of TSG All Terrains. They are very good and I managed to get a brand new pair on eBay for £14, (apparently normal rrp is £35), they didn’t break the bank but are very comfortable and do an … Read More »




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