... a bit Suffolk
|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|
Womens' and mens' roller derby Saturday at UEA ... expect many of the Norfolk Roller Derby faces in this music vid to be there.
|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|
|tu 1 Sep|
One of the many things that bemuse us (we're easily bemused) about roller derby is how the usually three or so Non-Skating Officials managing the penalty box keep track of six stop watches especially now a penalty has been reduced from 60 to 30 seconds. So stunning Sunday at the Norfolk Brawds' minimalist scrimmage just one NSO was doing it ... and then we saw he had six timers on his tablet.
|mo 27 Jul|
What seemed like a good handful of skaters had bailed out on the day of yesterday's Norfolk Brawds/East Anglo Smacksons open and co-ed scrimmage but in the event there were sixteen person teams plus some skaters splitting between bouting and officiating. Encouragingly visitors from Suffolk RD, Full Metal RD and MK Concrete Cows and fun was definitely being had, at one point chicken sounds coming from somewhere in the pack:)
|su 7 Jun|
At yesterday's British Championship bouts in Norwich the Norfolk Brawds came from behind against the KillaHurtz (they're from Chelmsford) for a very emotional last couple of jams 144-138 win.
|sa 11 Apr|
We wore our fanboy hat for The Norfolk Brawds fifth anniversary last weekend. The celebrations included a Sur5al format tournament with guest skaters from LRG, the Billies and other leagues, a choo choo train and an absolutely brilliant cake.
|mo 16 Mar|
Sad Norfolk Brawds at Easton College yesterday.
|mo 26 Jan|
The Norfolk Brawds held their first ever co-ed scrimmage with some Suffolk Roller Derby guests at Otley College near Norwich yesterday. Great stuff! We saw our first pegassist with Kid Hell swinging Ben Jamin over the infield but Ben couldn't quite stay in bounds. A star pass to Philthy Delphia over the blockers at the whistle did work. There were a lot of star passes perhaps indicating we're still post Christmas plus a shortage of jammers obliging blockers to take their turn. The Brawds expect to continue these open (you just need basic skills, a black and a white top and a fiver, trainee officials welcome too) scrimmages as a monthly event ... bring it on.
|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?
|su 28 Sep|
Roller derby has more rules than the EU making a ref's difficult job essentially 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.
|su 13 Jul|
Yesterday there was derby l♥ve in Norwich.
|tu 8 Jul|
|tu 27 May|
Sunday 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|
The 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.
|sa 4 Jan|
The 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.
|mo 19 Aug|
The Billies' mascot was undoubtedly the star of Heartland East round 5 in Norwich (Romsey Town Rollerbillies 243-127 Mean Valley Roller Derby) the weekend before last but what gave us a nice warm feeling was the Norfolk Brawds' confident (eventually) 166-122 win over Rebellion Roller Derby. A power jam from Yours Truly halfway through the second half put the Brawds in the lead for pretty much the first time and then the Brawds steadily built on their lead despite the as always impressive jammer skating from the Rebs.
Power jams can make such a significant difference to a result we do wonder if there should be some cap on them ... like in ice hockey where a power play ends early if there's a score ... maybe the other jammer gets released if 40 points are scored on the power jam? Or maybe not:)
|mo 24 Jun|
|su 12 May|
The UEA sports hall in Norwich yesterday for Jam Theft Auto had the usual sports hall rubbish lighting but is BIG, has tiered seating and the daddy of the trio in front of us was saying I know absolutely nothing about it but I like ice hockey. It might have been the magic wimples but probably not that gave Slaughter House Sisters a comfortable win over Machete Mamas (a proper reporter would written the score down). What was impressive was with five debutantes from Blue Thunder, three from Rockin' Rollers and other open door firsties the bout went off at 100mph AND the mixed league teams were organised ... looks good for derby speaking of which Amy and Ryan say Ipswich should start training at the end of the month.
We really wanted the Norfolk Brawds to do well against the Vendetta Vixens after they were mugged and left for dead by the Billies last month but at the half the Vixens had a comfortable lead (should have written it down). Don't know how the Brawds came back but they did, nothing succeeds like perseverance (and power jams) with the game ending on a no score jam and us jumping up and down for a 164-153 Brawds win ... it could have easily gone the other way Vixens and Brawds, stay out of the box!
|we 13 Feb|
Saturday the first day of the Eastern division Heartland series was in the eight badminton court sized sports hall of the Catmose Centre in Oakham, it's actually a school apparently? Not only did we hear how cute the Norfolk Brawds looked in their uniforms but they had an almost full team too but then the Bedfordshire captain was stuck in Luton airport leaving them short too. Either way the Brawds had a good quality 143-120 win despite two virtually simultaneous majors (the only kind of penalty these days) towards the end of the final jam. Nice to see Beds occasionally choosing to line up on the dear old pivot line despite one whistle starts and lots of baby Brawds spectating suggesting the Brawds will soon put a full fourteen on the track.
You couldn't say the Rebellion looked cute but we like their new tops, the previous dark green and white piping jobbies looked very smart but also made them look a bit like a table tennis team. The Rebs followed in the Brawds tradition and put nine skaters on against fourteen giving them a steep hill to climb and eventually a 230-149 loss against an organised Mean Valley. Thankfully no very serious injuries but a worrying bang on the head for a Beds skater, excellent beer at the after party in the Grainstore Brewery ... well it would be wouldn't it.
|tu 13 Nov|
As is their style hosts the Norfolk Brawds were short handed Sunday pitching up 12 skaters against the Bristol Harbour Harlots B team's also a short 13. The Brawds started with some rampaging power jams and we thought they would storm the bout but then the Harlots' jammers kept finding the inside line and steadily moved away. Bags of good humoured attitude on the Bristol bench with some jammer on jammer faffing about near the bout's end dumping both skaters on their bums which was much enjoyed by the closed door spectators ... and a smiley high five between the two at jam end. Not like us to know we know but the final score was Bristol 224 - 153 Norfolk and it was the Brawd's last bout of their season.
|th 12 Jul|
Peeing down for jubilee Sunday at the beginning of June, our satnav and website streetmap convinced Easton college Norfolk is in East Dereham six miles away, we find the campus but it's doing an impression of 28 Days Later so several circuits of the campus to find the sports hall followed by more circuits to discover you enter the front car park from the rear car park where we first stopped. Inside the hall is not big enough for a full size track and the shiny surface causes some early skidding for the closed door bout but the skaters soon figure that one out and the derby magic starts. Visitors Hertfordshire Hell's Belle's did loose to hosts Norfolk Brawds despite particularly sparky skating from speccy Phizzbang and a confusing half time team talk from Brawd Philthy Delphia We're winning but we mustn't be compliant yeah? ... and we were so lucky to turn round just in time to see Brawd Colletteral Damage jump the apex ... you never forget your first time.
|su 6 Nov|
Yesterday one Norfolk Brawds' car wouldn't start, another Brawd left her contact lenses behind, in Houghton Regis the satnav decided to send the 50 seater down a tiny lane that had a locked gate across it, just 30 minutes for the after party and a 170-33 beating from hosts Rebellion Rollergirls in a closed door bout that had five Brawds injured including one hospital visit ... but there was the warm enveloping chattering companionship of the 50 seater plus the group laugh passing Stevenage's CHEAP ADULT DVD SHOP and well ... it's roller derby!
|tu 17 May|
What struck us about last night's Norfolk Brawds roller derby training in Norwich was commitment and inclusion. Commitment with a weekly three hour training session
even though their next bout is not until August and inclusion with some newbie Cabin Girls who can just about skate and the league refs actively involved. As with all roller derby bags of attitude ... and a bit sexy. Pix on that there Facepack.
|su 24 Apr|
Yesterday's outstanding Brawl at Sea in Southend was the first ever roller derby bout for both the Seaside Sirens and Norfolk Brawds ... we were slightly taken aback by the smallest blocker and largest jammer we've ever seen on a flat track.