... a bit Suffolk
fr 23 Nov
It was ten plus minutes into the first half of last night's Shock and Awe in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk before a New York Shock Exchange skater visited the penalty box whilst the mixed league Brawl Street Crash had made a block booking, not scored
at all and were 80+ points behind. It's not clever what NY do, pursue the other jammer and support your own, but they do it so well. The other jammer goes out of bounds? When he comes back on knock him straight out again ... and again ... and again, a bit brutal to watch. Some balance was achieved by Brawl Street helped by Mr Furieux's jamming whose fluid Gallic grace much entertained us, final score 378-78 .. you can probably guess who won. Favourite new to us derby name Maulin' Brando.
mo 22 Oct
We were deeply shocked in Bletchley Saturday when the MK Concrete Cows didn't win the skateout! Undoubted skateout winners were the mixed league Meerkats with a shhhhhh quiet jobbie, other novelties were twin refs, dj Steve Scott's inspired choice of the Vision On gallery music for the slomo demo jam and the demo not the lead jammer's slomo frustration when the demo lead jammer called it off.
We were struck in the main bout by the jamming of Cow #15 Jay which was not only physical but also considered. Because we're a bit useless we can only say that the Cobras won the support bout, Romsey Town Rollerbillies the main and both wins were comfortable.
su 14 Oct
In Bletchley (home of the code breakers) last weekend we photographed another roller derby. On the way there something had happened on the M1 irritatingly clagging up the A5 with creeping traffic but we did see a bride in a bridal white carriage drawn by two horses wearing white plumes and followed by a white stretch limo ... nice.
mo 20 Aug
Not surprisingly Saturday the hottest day of the year so far in the Bunyan Sports Centre Bedford had a listless crowd for The Seabourne Menace but that didn't stop highly committed skating and the bloke coaches of the MK Concrete Cows 185 v 176 Hertfordshire Hell's Belles bout adding a male edge, though the on the track jammer's twisted axle did prompt confused inactivity on the bench. The MK Cows as so often before easily won the skate out.
Although hosts the Bedfordshire Roller Girls lost in the end 111-264 to the continental flavoured Oxford Roller Derby the Beds ladies were happy to continue even though the refs had decided the bout was over ... and then there was good clean fun to be had with balloons.
th 31 May
It's a five hour round trip near the coast to Grantham for the Lincolnshire Bombers' Ladies That Crunch and a lot longer from Cardiff but the Tiger Bay Brawlers and the Cardiff Roller Collective both won their bouts so must have thought it worth it. Similarly to our last Grantham visit the Bombers turned out iron skaters including Fish who contested both bouts. Regrettably the pa mike didn't work for most of the afternoon and it was difficult to follow events with out a commentary especially as the
scoreboard's game clocks were difficult to read from the other end of the hall but as always derby is a joy and we learnt some new offences the jammers can commit ... and if you think Cardiff's a long way the Bombers are anticipating a visit from Aberdeen of the Granite City Roller Girls.
we 18 Apr
The Romsey Town Rollerbillies had their first home bout Saturday in a large Cambridge sports hall on the first floor?! and universally painted a green which though it complimented the Billies uniform gave everything an underwater look. For the first jams the blockers lined up on the jammers line (as is the present fashion) with resulting heaving masses of humanity looking a bit like man derby. The scoreboard failed to work for most of the first half making it hard to follow things and requiring announcer Dan Gleibitz Mossman to make length of the hall dashes to confirm the score. In the end the Brighton Rockers beat the Billies 304-60 and the badger ladies were absolute sweeties.
we 28 Mar
Rather like Benhall when you say Houghton Regis most nearthecoasters ask Where's that?, but the satnav found it alright (unlike last time) for Co-Eduskation on Sunday. A mixed bout in both gender and league but without the spectacular height differences of Grantham. What did for Team Black (they lost 106-206) was not brutal blokey blocking but the ankle wrenching sideways cuts of Team White's male jammers. Nice to see Team Black's blocker's occasionally getting involved on their power jams unlike the present fashion for the jammer's blockers to stay out of the way. Presumably just because of life's randomness lots of official timeouts in the second half and a ref unable to escape from the pa's cables without assistance. Cracking stuff Gromit!
sa 10 Mar
The Meres Leisure Centre is a cold war concrete bunker set in a barren industrial wilderness on the outskirts of Grantham where you have to pay for more than two sachets of salt with your chips, living proof that councils can't do fun ... but by some oversight last Saturday they'd allowed the Lincolnshire Bombers to provide fun on turbo boost inside with the hosts beating but not drubbing the Birmingham Blitz and an outstanding bout from the Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder the men's team against a mixed (in both league and gender) team. The bout had only one point in it at the start of the final jam! Inevitably the gentlemen tend to be bigger than the ladies but this puts their shoulders in the wrong place for blocking so things tend to cancel out.
we 7 Mar
That's nice, our snap of Milton Keynes Concrete Cow Kim 'Kapow' Powell and a baby at Foul Portents is derbylife.com's pic of the day.
mo 6 Feb
It was snowing in Framlingham when we woke up Saturday morning, the A428 was clagged with traffic diverted from the A14 and the satnav went into a tizz around Bedford but at the Bletchley Leisure Centre it was such a full house for Foul Portents that 80 had been turned away. The Beds Rebellion destroyed the Vendetta Vixens but the foxes are newly hatched and will get better. The MK Concrete Cows' twitchily original skateout led to a 171-77 win over Oxford Rollerderby who weren't as outgunned as the score suggest. Next End of the World Series match in April in Bedford ... can't wait.
tu 31 Jan
we 18 Jan
We were back in Cambridge Sunday, this time to shoot the Billies for Leadjammer magazine and to see the Billies play choochoos.
th 12 Jan
Last Sunday we travelled to Cambridge to see hosts the Romsey Town Rollerbillies scrimmage against the MK Concrete Cows and it was well worth the effort.
fr 15 Apr
Last weekend we got to stand in the track centre for the first time at Anarchy In The UK in a large town near Chelmsford and our word that bit closer the roller derby action is much faster ... made us quite dizzy.
su 21 Mar
London Roller Girls lost 63-84 to Texas last night, even stevens all the way until some jammer penalties hurt LRG badly near the end. Cracking roller derby as always but in the industrial wilderness that is the ExCel Centre and £10 to park! Ah well that's a large town near Chelmsford for you ... lot's more pix on that there Facepack.
As is the way the signs for the Chelmsford Riverside Centre come and go but we did find it and inside an encouragingly good turn out of all ages and all abilities for the Triple Sword Roller Girls. The gentle voiced coaching sensibly first dealt with how to stop and there was one to one guidance as well. The TSRGs have been through some changes since their practice in May last year with the league splitting in two and one half now on Canvey Island. Can't wait to see their first scrimmage.
su 6 Dec
Yesterday's Winter Wonderslam in a large town near Chelmsford was the expected roller derby mix of madness, theatre, skill, physical endeavour and good solid fun even if it was a bit of a runaway for The Steamrollers ... and thankfully nobody hurt.
mo 20 Jul
Yesterday's Roll Britannia in a large town near Chelmsford and the echoing confines of Earls Court had all the rowdy noisyness of a swimming gala and, despite the contact nature of roller derby, essential goodwill. A cracking day out with outbreaks such as spontaneous Jacko zombie dancing and spectator versus mascot racing. Surely a bit of colourful, sexy, carrying on near the coast would make a nice change from all that relentless scrummy cake and nature notes?