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tu 21 Mar
2017

East Anglo Smackson v Knights of OldhamAt the Sewell Park Academy Norwich Saturday the caretaker (he probably has a posher job title than that) untypically was friendly (he sorted out the machine giving us the wrong coffee) and actually watched the roller derby.  The officials' sweetie stash included old fashioneds and surprisingly some remembered four for a penny Blackjacks, Fruit Salads and Mojos.  Despite committed derbying from the Knights of Oldham an East Anglo Smacksons win and thankfully no serious injuries.  Derby name of the day Rolling for Soup.

su 26 Feb
2017

Artful Dodgers junior roller derbyQuite a wait for roller derby to arrive in Suffolk, now we're watching out for junior derby in East Anglia.  There's been mutterings at Norfolk Roller Derby and it's reached Kent.

th 23 Feb
2017

Dainty Dolly MitchellThere was a period mid last century when with variety and the wireless you could make a living from whistling and playing the harmonica.  As we've pointed out before earlier in that century you could make a living from rolling ... just l♥ve Dainty Dolly Mitchell.

we 8 Feb
2017
International Derby Photographer Day

East Anglo Smacksons v Weald WarriorsOur first roller derby of the year East Anglo Smacksons v Weald Warriors was in a new to us  venue, the Sewell Park Academy Norwich.  Unlike most UK sports halls Sewell Park is well lit but not quite big enough for comfortable derby with the ref lane on one straight being little more than two feet wide.  Regrettably there was a problem with the scoreboard projector (like our remote flash) because in the latter part of the bout it was often a one point game with frequent lead changes.  In the end a Smacksons win.

sa 7 Jan
2017

Roller skating in the 1950sA 1950s roller skate wedding1950s roller derby skater Jean PorterRolling on cards in the 1950s with a roller skate wedding, roller derby without a helmet and roller skating as a seaside pursuit at Great Yarmouth.

mo 19 Dec
2016

Vixen Mortar proposing marriage to DaniHellSunday we only made it to the second bout of Norfolk Roller Derby's Christmas Cup (Ouse Yer Daddies 226-183 Yare Yare Yares) but very glad we did, we got a bag of home baked vegan biscuits from head NSO H.P. Shovecraft to take home and we got to see Vixen Mortar's marriage proposal.  Our first proposal though we have snapped a derby wedding ... derby weddings ... they seem to have gone away.  Derby name of the day Meaner Simone.

tu 1 Nov
2016

The long bar at Epic Studios Norwich has been moved from one wall to anotherHalloween atmospheres at Mustard City (but still a decent cup of coffee for £1.50) moving one set of roller derby spectators from along the back straight to across turns one and two for a Mustard City Rollers co-ed double bout.  Suitable Halloween atmosphere, Suffolk RD skater Bella Hellatrix Pritchard confused us by wearing a borrowed shirt to skate as a guest with Borderland Brawlers and Skippy learnt not shake hands with an opponent during a jam.  Felt the derby l♥ve.

mo 15 Sep
2016

Natastrophe and Coco coaches of the Smash Hit BrollersOne of the many things we like about roller derby is it usually finds a fix: at Easton College banquettes (there are such things) taken from the foyer to make a penalty box when the usual gym forms went missing.  Saturday at UEA Norwich the lead connecting the laptop to the scoreboard projector was missing, so someone nipped out and bought another projector!  No tutti frutti.

sa 3 Sep
2016

H.P. Shovecraft emailed pointing out that removing the star panty in the penalty box is specifically illegal in next year's WFDTA rules.  We do dearly love roller derby but how can you take seriously a sport where a skill is putting a hat on?  But then taking off a skin suit whilst running is a triathlon skill ...

su 21 Aug
2016

A roller derby thank youEntertaining roller derby at UEA Norwich Saturday and tutti frutti ice cream.  Much passing of the star in both bouts plus taking off the jammer helmet cover whilst in the penalty box seems to have become a thing.  A bit naughty in our opinion because it's not clear at a glance it's a power jam or a jammer coming back on ... WFDTA rules.  (Don't think the rules cover a star panty dangling from the velcro on an opponent's elbow pad which happened in the Black Shucks v Hulls Angels bout.:)

fr 5 Aug
2016

Last Sunday at Easton College Norfolk there was a cracking roller derby scrimmage between hosts the East Anglo Smacksons and from Kent Medway Mayhem with the Weald Warriors ... only eight points in it at the start of the final jam.

tu 26 Jul
2016

Roller derby ref Mimey Vice joins our 2,000+ views on Flickr album.

th 21 Jul
2016

Saturday in Ipswich despite losing Inky Minx to the London Roller Girls this year Rebellion Roller Derby had a comfortable 282-93 win against a not a pushover Vendetta Vixens plus they made the team photo of the year.  Creepy?  Oh yes, they can do creepy.

mo 4 Jul
2016
American Independence Day

Staff at Wolverhampton roller rinkWhat surprises us about roller skating at the beginning of last century (apart from how universal roller rinks were in the UK and US) is how many staff were employed (34 at Earl's Court) and usually included women ... presumably to teach the ladies.  A worrying detail is the absence of toe stops but then there weren't any on our Jacoskates we just wore out the toes of our shoes.

we 29 Jun
2016

Norfolk Brawd Khilleesi and Killa Hurtz PrincessTragedy!  At the Norfolk Brawds roller derby Saturday no tutti frutti!!  Had a coffee flavour cone instead which was very good but not tutti frutti ... and there was roller derby with the Brawds having a surprisingly easy win over Killa Hurtz pole vaulting the Brawds into the second place of their division ... or it will do when the British Championship web site catches up.

mo 13 Jun
2016

Easton College Norfolk scrimageThere were two closed door scrimmages at Easton College Norfolk yesterday and a proper scoreboard.  We can tell you all four teams (three of which were mixed by league and gender) scored points but two of the teams scored more points than their opponents and they won.

mo 23 May
2016

Little Ludo The Skatorial Marvel and Kaufmann's Roller Skating Girls ... when you could make a living from roller skating.

su 1 May
2016
International Dawn Chorus Day

In East Anglia next weekend two mixed league roller derby events for novices and improvers; Saturday it's The Debutantes' Brawl in Norwich and the following day the triple bouter Pack Is Here in Ipswich.

tu 12 Apr
2016

Womens' and mens' roller derby Saturday at UEA ... expect many of the Norfolk Roller Derby faces in this music vid to be there.

we 23 Mar
2016

In the Epic Studios Norwich this Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby (née Brawds) present a co-ed intra-league Sur5al format roller derby, we'll be there.

su 20 Mar
2016

In Ipswich last Sunday the first roller derby bout day of the British Championships Tier 3 Men's Regional South ... rolls off the tongue eh?

sa 12 Mar
2016

Suffolk Roller DerbyTomorrow male roller derby in Ipswich.  A Brit Champs double bouter with hosts Suffolk playing Nottingham and Bristol playing from Stamford Brawls of Steel.  Tickets eight quid on the door or six online from Suffolk Roller Derby.

su 6 Mar
2016

Celebrations BEFORE the scrimmageUntypically the Norfolk Brawds' training scrimmage the week before last was on a Friday.  Two giant teams (maybe eighteen skaters per team rather than the regulation fourteen) with fresh meat and A/B teamers mixed in.

fr 12 Feb
2016

We like a guiding principle that's been pared down to a few words (Don't getNorfolk Brawds B v Suffolk Roller Derby involved Michael The Godfather) so much enjoyed Philthy Delphia's shouted Git It And Quit It to a lead jammer last Saturday.  She was advising from the outfield the Norfolk Brawds B team in a scrimmage with Suffolk Roller Derby.  The bout went both ways ending in a Brawds win.  Rewardingly the scoreboard had the perception to keep moving about so everyone could see it.  Thankfully no major injuries ... good stuff!

su 24 Jan
2016

Crikey!  A Chelmsford Killa Hurtz Girl on a corner in Wimslow Arizona and isn't she a sight to see.

sa 23 Jan
2016

The London Rockin' Rollers (not to be confused with the London Roller Girls) are recruiting a head coach ... #rollerderby eh?

th 21 Jan
2016

Smilies at Suffolk Roller Derby Suffolk Roller Derby held their first fresh meat of 2016 earlier this month at the Inspire centre Ipswich.  We reckon there were 14 newbs ranging from ready to go to never been on skates before.  New male and female faces always welcome Fridays but to ensure there's enough loan equipment it helps to contact them first.

su 3 Jan
2016

Etiquette tips for Edwardian roller skaters.

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