... a bit Suffolk
|fr 21 Sep|
Belated congrats to Norfolk Brawds who were promoted to Tier 1 at last weekend's roller derby British Championships (started as the End of the World Series then transmogrified into the Heartland Series).
|tu 26 Jun|
Very regrettably Southend's Seaside Sirens have pulled up their track tape for the last time. Back in the days before roller derby got a bit up itself they produced some enjoyably witty skate outs and we snapped what was their and the Norfolk Brawds' first public bout. Some good has come from it as the Sirens have donated £1,000 of their remaining funds to GB Junior Derby.
|th 31 May|
roller derby 2016 included Norfolk Brawd Vixen Mortar making a marriage proposal mid-jam and a Chelmsford Killa Hurtz Girl on a corner in Wimslow Arizona
|tu 15 May|
No skate outs (when the skaters are introduced to the spectators) at Sunday's Norfolk Brawds' hosted British Championship bout in Norwich. Skate outs are a rewarding photo op and heightens the pleasurable anticipation before play starts and may have helped our bemusement before we found out the Savage Lilies are Wirral RD's B team (get a programme and read it). Committed roller derby from all four teams and well choreographed offence from a Rebellion Roller Derby packed with new to us faces.
|sa 12 May|
British Championships roller derby in Norwich TOMORROW.
|fr 22 Dec|
At 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|
No 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|
Big 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!
|th 23 Nov|
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|
Pleasant 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.
|sa 24 Jun|
Too 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.
|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 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|we 29 Jun|
Tragedy! At the Norfolk Brawds roller derby Saturday no tutti frutti!! Had a coffee flavour cone instead which was very good but not tutti frutti ... and there was roller derby with the Brawds having a surprisingly easy win over Killa Hurtz pole vaulting the Brawds into the second place of their division ... or it will do when the British Championship web site catches up.
|mo 13 Jun|
There were two closed door scrimmages at Easton College Norfolk yesterday and a proper scoreboard. We can tell you all four teams (three of which were mixed by league and gender) scored points but two of the teams scored more points than their opponents and they won.
|su 1 May|
In East Anglia next weekend two mixed league roller derby events for novices and improvers; Saturday it's The Debutantes' Brawl in Norwich and the following day the triple bouter Pack Is Here in Ipswich.
|tu 12 Apr|
|we 23 Mar|
In the Epic Studios Norwich this Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby (née Brawds) present a co-ed intra-league Sur5al format roller derby, we'll be there.
|su 6 Mar|
Untypically the Norfolk Brawds' training scrimmage the week before last was on a Friday. Two giant teams (maybe eighteen skaters per team rather than the regulation fourteen) with fresh meat and A/B teamers mixed in.
|fr 12 Feb|
We like a guiding principle that's been pared down to a few words (Don't get involved Michael The Godfather) so much enjoyed Philthy Delphia's shouted Git It And Quit It to a lead jammer last Saturday. She was advising from the outfield the Norfolk Brawds B team in a scrimmage with Suffolk Roller Derby. The bout went both ways ending in a Brawds win. Rewardingly the scoreboard had the perception to keep moving about so everyone could see it. Thankfully no major injuries ... good stuff!
|mo 21 Dec|
|tu 3 Nov|
The weekend before last we travelled to Easton college near Norwich expecting to make photos of a Jolly Dodgers scrimmage but what we got was a Norfolk Brawds v Grid City Division and East Anglo Smacksons v Suffolk Roller Derby double bouter.
|tu 29 Sep|
The Saturday before last we went to the UEA Norwich to see roller derby. There were no equipment checks, one minute penalties, minor penalties or tutus but there was free cake and some fine derby from both Norfolk Brawds teams and the Nottingham Roller Girls.
|su 6 Sep|
|sa 5 Sep|