Oh Boy!!!!! What a Month! This one has been crammed full of Derby goodness with me right in the middle of it lapping every second up. Sometimes I do feel like my everyday life is no longer separate from my Derby life as it’s being gradually sucked into a big Derby sponge! Sometimes I need to squeeze that sponge out though and take a step back as it’s easy to suddenly wake up and realise you haven’t seen non Derby related friends for ages, or worn anything other than Dri-fit and team colours!
I had the perfect opportunity to change this one Sunday at the end of April. I was carrying on as usual when I was introduced to the possibility of being in a music video which was being shot locally! The band, The Computers, were taking over a … Read More »
Hard to start a blog when it’s so Sunny outside! I have been massively sidetracked with important stuff and some not so important stuff today, but thought I would just start typing and see where it goes!
I guess one of the biggest things since we spoke last was that my team S.W.A.T (South West Angels Of Terror) played in and won the final of The South West League.
Wiltshire, Dorset, Plymouth, Kernow and us have been playing against each other in double header bouts since October last year to see who would be crowned the best team in The South West League, for the years 12/13. So far we hadn’t lost a game, so spirits were high and on 6th April this year we took the title and the lovely trophy that had been made to mark the occasion!
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Last Weekend was magic! In fact the whole week was a whirl of fast paced Derby goodness with a humongous chunk of PR frivolity chucked in!
Are we sitting comfortably? Then I will begin:..It started when we had a very special phone call at SWAT headquarters from non other than The Sun newspaper ! We had been chosen (thanks to some help from Roller Derby UK) to feature in a double page spread about the sport we all love! Football, I mean ROLLER DERBY!!!!!
What an honor! Now we knew we’d been working hard on and off the track, but to be noticed by a national paper wasn’t something that happens every day! The buzz started to vibrate round our PR minds.What would they focus on? Would it portray Derby under the light it should be, a serious, hard, … Read More »
Sometimes you have to just start! – My first blog for a while, but it’s crammed with lots of Roller Derby goodness!
Well I didn’t think that would happen!
Writers block, laziness, busyness, business, not knowing what to say, knowing what to say and not wanting to? For whatever reason my blog history now has a massive gaping hole in it!
This is my first blog since January.
I’ve started to write it in my head many times but never put fingers to keys and actually done it! So much has happened, almost too much and I think that has actually stopped me writing it as the enormity of the task, how to cram it all in, just got too big! The thing is, for you the readers, reading a novel of a blog would have been as much of a chore as me writing it so today, I’ve just got myself into gear and just started typing! What will be will be (and hopefully … Read More »
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!
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Well whatâ€™s been happeningâ€¦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 didnâ€™t even notice as we were all on top form and laughed most of … Read More »
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 »
Well the big thing in my Derby life was that I popped my bout cherry with the SWAT girls on Saturday (technically being a Fairy in the bout in Gloucester was my first bout, but this was my first playing on the Travel Team for SWAT) So how was it? Well I wasn’t sick, I didn’t wet myself and I actually enjoyed it so all was good! My first line up was with Bolty next to me and there was a definite stare out fest between their jammer and us with Fanny Havok giving as good as she got! It all went so fast though and it was over before it had begun in my mind and all I wanted to do was carry on and do it again! Definitely felt I had more to give and I’m raring to … Read More »
Saturday went very well! Couldn’t go any better really as my team S.W.A.T won! The main bout was a joy to behold as ‘The Big Girls’ played with skill and passion and all us Fresh Meat graduates became ever so more slightly in love with our team and the game!
I sat in my fav position, a suicide seat and took my trusty camera. I wasn’t going to take many shots but my passion took over and I couldn’t help myself! Here are some shots that document some fun and frivolity that happened on the track, yet also shows the dedicated strength and perseverance on the faces of all the girls that played. Good game SRT!
So how did my first bout go? I LOVED IT! Every second of it from the arrival, … Read More »
So you may be wondering (like I did) Roller Derby sounds awesome but what the heck are the rules?
If so I have put this blog post together to give you a basic understanding of the players needed, what they need to do and how you can score points.
So as you can see from this diagram the track is a sort of oval-roundy shape! It’s probably this shape as it is easy to go around in than a square and unlike a circle you don’t get a straight to pick up speed.
As a general rule of thumb all of the skaters need to skate in the anti-clockwise direction (the way the arrow is pointing).
There are two teams (in this case a red team and a green team). Each team on the track is made up of 5 girls. 3 of … Read More »