... a bit Suffolk
|mo 12 Jun|
Pretty obvious why on the outskirts of Stamford the shiny new sports centre and home of the Daniels is called Borderville ... it's maybe just 100 yards from the county border with Rutland. On Saturday a clash with a children's party in the hall slowed things down but the track was already laid, the bouncy castle soon packed away and NSOs instructed. A bunch of friends, relatives and potential derbyists got to see a lively Borderland Brawlers scrimmage and were soon picking it up ... two small boys near us were advising the jammer to pass the star. Derby name of the day Eiffel Power.
|sa 13 May|
We liked the dungarees/bare foot boys look of the Norfolk Brawds' coaches and helpers at last week's Bouty McBout Face roller derby.
|tu 9 May|
The Spectrum Leisure Centre Guildford is a warren with an ice rink, swimming pool and of course a bloody Costa Coffee. Hosts Surrey Roller Girls had a theatrical element to their skate out of which we much approve but then they were rather overwhelmed 423-34 by Rebellion Roller Derby. Perhaps in that situation more offence than defence because their jammer is just going to keep on lapping until you get your jammer out ... but then what do we know? Derby name of the day Hunter Stompson (2 clever by 1/2).
|fr 28 Apr|
It doesn't surprise us that the the London Roller Girls have a junior league.
|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.