... a bit Suffolk
|tu 21 Mar|
At 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|
|th 23 Feb|
There 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|
Our 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|
|mo 19 Dec|
Sunday 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|
The long bar at Epic Studios Norwich has been moved from one wall to another (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|
One 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|
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|
Entertaining 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|
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.