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su 10 Aug
2019

Jerry Seltzer  1932-2019 - pic contributedWe were very flattered when Jerry The Commissioner Seltzer replied to our Facebook comment that the previous flat track roller derby two whistle start made for more variety in play.  He pointed out that in old time banked track derby the pack just kept rolling.  We are very sorry to report that Jerry passed away at the beginning of last month.

sa 3 Aug
2019

Wes Aronson and Peggy O'NealUsual mainstream overblown journalism when writing about roller derby but also the unlikely info that writer Damon Runyan co-created banked track derby with promoter Leo Seltzer.  Runyan wrote the Broadway short stories on which the musical Guys and Dolls was based ... certainly seems unlikely but then Runyan was also a sports reporter with a liking for boxing.

sa 22 Jun
2019

Very pleased to see Denver keeping the roller derby skate out alive and entertaining.

th 30 May
2019

Debut of short track roller derbyShort track roller derby, three on the track, seven in a team, turn right in the first half turn left in the second, no lead jammer and NO penalty box you lose two points for a penalty (seven penalty ejections?) ... interesting but not stupid eh?

tu 12 Mar
2019

Grimbolina at the Norfolk Brawds' first public bout in 2011In an attempt to please Mr Google the roller derby section has been reorganised with Norfolk Roller Derby, Suffolk Roller Derby and the now defunct Seaside Sirens having their own pages.

mo 25 Feb
2019

Roller derby skater Boris Gridcity in Houghton Regis ... don't worry, most people don't know where it is either.

we 13 Feb
2019

Millers Toffee  Shell Motor Spirit  Music hall act Mercy and Teddy  Fancy dress and uniforms

Victorian and Edwardian roller skating clearly went together with fancy dress

 ... plus ça change eh?

tu12 Feb
2019

Roller derby skater Lulu Bloodlust gets a tenth admirer on Flickr.

tu 29 Jan
2019

Here's a roller derby novelty, the British Championships Mansfield Roller Derby v Hellfire Harlots B is free entry ... though it is a ways to Mansfield admittedly.

su 20 Jan
2019

Suffolk Roller Derby men's single bouter at Inspire Ipswich this afternoon.

tu 18 Dec
2018

Ballistic Whistle bench coaching LRG in 2011The London Rollergirls are recruiting coaches for next year, applications close 28 December.  It used to be the law at roller derby bouts that if the announcer mentioned ex-LRG coach Ballistic Whistle there had to be an official time out.

th 13 Dec
2018

Red White and Bruise RollersIn 2014 and Ely we snapped a Red White and Bruise Rollers scrimmage with Suffolk RD and we're pretty certain we snapped a RWB skater with a mixed league team in Bletchley.  Like the Seaside Sirens very regrettably RWB are pulling up their track tape for the last time.  As a league that pretty much could only draw on military and their families at RAF Lakenheath it was likely to struggle.  The brilliant bit is they are giving away their t-shirts for just the postage.  Ours arrived this morning and it fits!

su 9 Dec
2018

The Little Mermaid on skatesThis morning in the Tommy Mills sports hall Framlingham in front of a very supportive and appreciative audience The Little Mermaid whizzed about on off ice skates.  One of the many very young cast members had to be taken to the toilet during the show but like we said before nobody fell over.  Such an opportunity for the young to learn self confidence ... hope there'll be another show soon.

we 28 Nov
2018

Saturday at Inspire Ipswich a sur5al format roller derby tournament hosted by Suffolk Roller Derby.

su 18 Nov
2018

Rehearsal of The Little Mermaid on off ice skatesThe skaters at the rehearsal of The Little Mermaid in the Tommy Mills Framlingham's sports hall today were wearing off ice skates, they look like inline skates but the four wheels are mounted in a curve so only two wheels touch the floor making spins and turns easier.  At the rehearsals nobody fell ... more here

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