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fr 22 Dec
2017

Norfolk Roller Derby's dancing refsAt Norfolk Roller Derby's Christmas double bouter Sunday we put our camera bag by roller derby medic Pastor IcePax who agreed that a lot of the fun had dripped out of derby.  NRD then immediately put us both in the wrong, every 50 points scored there was a novelty jam, our favourites were the dancing jams which included officials.  Derby name of the day Nicola Shirt-Slinger, one there for near the coast celebrity Ed Sheeran.

su 10 Dec
2017

Black Shucks 146-172 Rebellion UprisingNo clear differences between the Black Shucks and Rebellion Uprising yesterday in Norwich except the Rebs were perhaps a little more organised; they were usually in the lead and won 172-146.  Pleasant conversation with spectating senior Rebs, we were intrigued to see several Borderland Brawlers have joined the Rebs and learnt that Inky Minx now with LRG has had one A team game but then got injured.  Derby name of the day Fright Nurse ... we've met a few of them.

th 30 Nov
2017
St Andrew's Day

Big Al penalty timing in NorwichBig Al officiated in Norwich at his first roller derby this month with virtually no previous knowledge and as a penalty timer.  He said it was much better than just spectating and you get paid in cake.  He must have done alright because Norfolk Roller Derby have asked him back for next month but he can't make it.  If you would like to try out as an NSO (Non-Skating Official) email us, lift from near the coast possible ... one for the cv!

tu 28 Nov
2017

... all female world of roller derby

th 23 Nov
2017

Cosmic Crab 207-177 Teenage Saucer Two weekend's ago Norfolk Roller Derby's B-Movie Bash double header had three mixed league teams including skaters from the Surrey and Eastbourne leagues.  We noticed that 3? 4? skaters (all men we think) weren't using roller derby skates perhaps indicating encouragingly that skaters from other rolling sports are joining derby.  Pleased that NSOs and refs enjoyed a group hug, untypically disappointed by the Epic's coffee and derby name of the day Brother Lee Shove.

su 29 Oct
2017

East Anglo Smacksons v Granite City BrawlersPleasant to revisit the rural situation of Easton College near Norwich for an East Anglo Smacksons v Granite City Brawlers closed door roller derby.  Playing 10 against 14 and an epic journey from Aberdeen the Brawlers had speedy and slippery jammers who also cut impressively (a move we haven't seen much of recently) giving them a comfortable win despite intelligent and frequent offence from both parties.  Derby name of the day from the grey bearded Nifty Shades of Grey.

fr 20 Oct
2017

London Rockin' RollersVery much approve of this, tomorrow the London Rockin' Rollers celebrate 10 years with an old school roller derby; two whistle starts, minors (remember taking a cougar?) plus tutus and fishnets.  Our memory may be gilded but we recall the two whistle start did make for more variety in play ...

th 28 Sep
2017

All things will pass ...Throwback Thursday:  Three years ago today we were banging on about how skaters in mixed league roller derby teams should have their home league shown in the programme ... still haven't seen it.

we 20 Sep
2017

Great Yarmouth Winter GardensIt continues to surprise us how popular roller skating was as an entertainment at the beginning of last century, including the magnificent looking Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens.  In today's long running Radio 4 drama Home Front set during the first world war a couple go roller skating on Folkestone pierMrs Adeline Lumley: I'm afraid I'll fall over.  Staff Sergeant Silas Morrow: That's the idea.

we 23 Aug
2017

Near Houghton Regis Saturday our satnav didn't know about some new roundabouts but unlike our last visit this wasn't a problem and we got to enjoy two entertaining roller derby bouts hosted by Rebellion Roller Derby.  Our thanks to the Reb's 69 Hench for rescuing a flash we foolishly dropped into the ref lane during a jam.  Derby name of the day Firth of Force.

su 13 Aug
2017

Surrey Roller Girls v Norfolk Brawds in ChelmsfordSaturday the Riverside Centre Chelmsford didn't have a functioning car park but it does have decent coffee and in the sports hall we enjoyed ref Blaster Chief's very clear penalty signals and a Surrey skater fleeing during the first half because she was needed elsewhere as a bridesmaid.  A Norfolk Brawds 473-065 whitewash of Surrey RG but we've been told Surrey have lost experienced jammers.  The Killa Hurtz v Hell's Belles bout was an absolute cracker!  Pretty much even stevens all the way it could have gone either way on the final jam with a Belle's 246-240 win.  Derby name of the day (a bit tortuous but East Anglian) Hurt-Ratio Nelson and for us a happy return to the Riverside.

tu 11 Jul
2017

Dunfermline roller skating brass bandLast century roller skating on Bournemouth Pier was certainly al fresco and possibly ad hoc, impressive how many ladies involved and muffs (possibly echoing ice skating) were clearly a fashion accessory but what intrigues is why the two ladies at the back of the Dunfermline roller skating brass band need a bucket?

sa 24 Jun
2017

Surrey Roller Derby in NorwichToo hot for roller derby In Norwich last Sunday but we did enjoy Surrey Roller Girl Ampersand What!'s good tempered interaction with an outside ref confirming what she was being penalised for.  Derby name of the day Crazy Cat Lady, not clever, not punningly witty but probably refreshingly true.

mo 12 Jun
2017

Borderland Brawlers scrimmagePretty 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.

th 8 Jun
2017

Two little Dutch girls (from Somerset) on roller skatesWe do wonder if like laptops/tablets and glasses of wine today early last century roller skates were used to make people appear up to date with a sophisticated look and lifestyle ... like it does today:)

sa 13 May
2017

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
2017

Surrey Roller Girls skate outThe 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
2017

It doesn't surprise us that the the London Roller Girls have a junior league.London Roller Girls junior league - pic contributed

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.

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