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sa 27 Dec

bloody Christmas ... eh?A fresh meat Norfolk Brawds training sessionSo how was your Christmas?  Challenging?  You're not alone.  Lots of people on the Market Hill Framlingham looking not quite Fram but the only stall was the bread stall, the Co-op was busy but not hectic and whilst we were away training has picked up a second fave.

tu 23 Dec

The Norfolk Brawds have come a long way since we first saw them at play three years ago.  They hosted their first intra-league bout Saturday in a tv studio which unlike a sports hall didn't have a horrible echoey acoustic so for the first time at a derby we could actually understand the announcer.  We found the team names difficult to retain but it was a comfortable win for Black over Brown.  Our favourite moment was Teki for Brown breaking through as lead jammer and giving a double two fingers to the Black bench ... so why didn't we snap it?

fr 19 Dec

Somehow we had two Seaside Sirens 2012 Facebook albums, but we've merged and there's just one now.

we 3 Dec

Raw HeidiVery flattered to be followed on Twitter by Raw Heidi, good luck to Team England in Dallas.

su 16 Nov

We blooded a new to us camera body at Suffolk roller derby's Thursday training in Bury St Edmunds, nice to see Joni and Yoshi skating.

fr 31 Oct

A Red, White abd Bruise skater in the penalty boxThe Paradise Centre Ely has a dry bit and a wet bit, Glen the manager of the wet bit didn't know why it's called the Paradise.  The sports hall in the dry bit was sufficiently small that when hosts Red, White and Bruise laid out the track the penalty track in the back straight was no more than 12 inches wide.  That'll never work we thought Where are they going to put four outside refs? but we were very pleased when it did work just fine.

As with many scrimmages there was no scoreboard making the bout difficult to follow and at the end head ref Reffy Paws with the lofty impartiality of a referee didn't know who'd won let alone the score:)  Turns out it was visitors Suffolk Roller Derby.

we 29 Oct

Belfast v Romsey Town RollerbilliesIn Cambridge Saturday the support bout of Billies B v Vendetta Vixens B Lost Girls contained the new to us Billy Diana Sprints.  Slight of build and small enough that the star panty looked too big on her helmet not surprisingly she is a slippery jammer but also a determined blocker.

In the main bout's first half Belfast were pulling away from the Rollerbillies when they failed to get a jammer on the track.  Handing the Billies a free two minute power jam turned the momentum but the Belfast hung in leading to tense final jams and a 187-183 Belfast win.

su 28 Sep

Roller derby has more rules than the EU making a ref's difficult job essentiallyMutiny on the Bouty impossible during the frequent bursts of frantic activity.  Inevitably there will be calls that bemuse the benches and crowd, when events allow it would help if refs could signal long enough so third parties as well as the offending skater are informed.  Know we keep banging on about this but mixed team skaters in the programme should have their home league named... and ref Mimey is not ordering an Americano with just one sugar at the Norfolk Brawds' very excellent triple bouter Mutiny on the Bouty yesterday.

tu 9 Sep

#66 Louisey RiderIn July Nottingham Roller Girl Louise Wright cycling to work was hit by a Greene King lorry and died later that day in hospital ... her derby name was Louisey Rider ...

we 13 Aug

The roller derby bout Brawl of the Wild in Bletchley added to the Facepack album roller derby 2012.

su 10 Aug

Yesterday we felt derby and Scottish lFeel the derby love!ve in Cambridge.

we 30 Jul

Yvonna BoneHelmet Newton has told us he has the same problem, recognising skaters without their helmets.  At Suffolk Roller Derby in Bury St Edmunds last month we introduced Yvonna Bone (without her helmet) as Malicious Wishes <blush> so gratifying that Yvonna has picked up a second fave on Flickr.

su 13 Jul

Yesterday there was derby l♥ve Feel the derby love! in Norwich.

tu 8 Jul

Feel the derby love! Saturday there will be derby l♥ve in Norwich.

su 6 Jul

Twister in NorwichAs we know East Anglia tends to be more laid back than say a large town near Chelmsford though these days even the Wickham Market co-op car park can get a bit frantic.  At April's Eastern Sur5val roller derby in Norwich the teams found time to play Twister.

fr 27 Jun

In Bury St Edmunds last Saturday Suffolk finally felt derby l♥ve Feel the derby love! whenroller derby love home team Suffolk Roller Derby met from Chelmsford the Killa Hurtz Roller Girls and a support bout from two mixed league men's teams.  The Abbeycroft Leisure Centre is too small for derby, the track was undersize with the spectators crammed in at one end and on balconies ... but it was brilliant!  SRD covered their costs from ticket sales and the raffle raised some £200 (raffle draws may be the tedious inevitability of a British event but they do raise money).  The only thing that made the day fall a micron short of perfect was that though neither visiting team was a pushover it was reasonably clear during the first halves it would be home wins, a point in it last jam cliffhanger and a home win would have probably made us wet ourselves.

su 22 Jun

Feel the derby love! Yesterday we felt the derby l♥ve in Bury St Edmunds.

sa 21 Jun

Feel the derby love! Today we will be feeling the derby l♥ve in Bury St Edmunds.

tu 27 May

Youthful RDL supporterSunday the Norfolk Brawds hosted a mixed league scrimmage plus a full bout against visitors Roller Derby Leicester.  RDL were short handed (as it seemed all four teams were) and although newly hatched (November) we recognised some experienced faces.  It would help at a bout with no public game clock if time left on the half was announced before the five second warning, several times the visiting coach asked for it ... just saying.  High spot for us was the youthful RDL supporter who had a selection of signs to display including 'BORING' during time outs.

mo 21 Apr

Sur5val pile-up in NorwichThe Saturday before last the Sur5val roller derby format came to UEA Norwich.  A little difficult to follow as the scoreboard had software problems and to prevent colour clashes the teams didn't wear their league jerseys but still highly enjoyable derby.  Impressively Suffolk Roller Derby came fourth in their first public bout and hosts the Norfolk Brawds celebrated winning by falling to the floor prompting a mass pile up/bundle.

th 10 Apr

Want to feel some derby l♥ve?  The roller derby Sur5val format debuts in East Anglia with fifteen teams including Suffolk Roller Derby at UEA in Norwich this Saturday afternoon.  In Sur5val every five woman team plays every other team for one full two minute jam, expect to see some very tired skaters later on.

we 2 Apr

We're not the only April foolers.

su 9 Mar

Pix from the 2012 Lincolnshire bout Ladies Who Crunch merged on Facebook.

mo 10 Feb

We've merged the Facebook albums of roller derby bouts Foul Portents and The Seabourne Menace to make the album End of the World 2012.

we 22 Jan

Phoenix in FlamesWhen we first discovered Twitter we did a search on #Essex and up popped Phoenix in Flames tweeting about the first practice of the then forming Triple Sword Roller Girls ... so you can blame her.

sa 4 Jan

Norfolk Brawds Christmas scrimmageThe Saturday before Christmas in Norwich the Norfolk Brawds hosted a three way (four way if you count the Brawds skating for White) mixed league scrimmage.  It had a definite Christmas air with committed skating, many official timeouts because the track tape must have been bought at Poundland, the Brawds sometimes taking ballet first position at jammer line starts and a shy HellLucyation on the score board.

It was the third flat track scrimmage for Malicious Wishes who has come from banked track derby, she told us she's still having to get used to taking her penalties immediately (in banked track penalties are served after the jam) ... derby name of the day Coco Shrapnel.

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