My mate Jason Ruffell has made some of his best pictures into a hardback book: roller derby on film.
With photos from 2010-2013 – it’s a pretty awesome image-driven story of roller derby in the UK.
Go check it out. I’m in twice as a skater and once as a ref 🙂
This weekend saw the long awaited trip up north for the B team tournament in Newcastle.
I am currently hating my skates so didn’t want to make the trip at all – but thanks to G and Sniper I had spare skates up there waiting to be tried on, like Cinderella.
Friday I took the day off work and Shref came into Birmingham around 07:30 (yes, really). We had breakfast, I finished packing… and said goodbye to Livingstone whose last day it was at work…. And we got in the car headed for Leeds and Fuck You Boris. Had food with him and caught up, which was just lovely, then carried on up to the Toon. Saw Sniper, Bryn, Miss Chief, Holli and stayed with Marie.
The bout schedule needed us there at 08:00. We didn’t have to do anything til 10:00. The first bout was MMR, with Terri benching. The bouts were all half hours. We did three of them and I wasn’t chosen for the final ref crew. I did FIPR for all three and got some nice feedback from Stiff and Sven.
Then I got hideously drunk, put lipstick on Dark Matter and hid from Bobby. I can’t really remember much else… Apart from the buffet. DAMN, that was a good spread.
Three bouts to the list. Beat my target. Now at 34 🙂
ROADTRIIIIIIIPPPPP. My feet are killing from yesterday… Seriously these skates can go screw themselves. Rocky kindly offered to help me reach my target of 33 by giving me three bouts at the Heartlands Tournament. OPR for the first two then FIPR for the final one.
Saw some bloody brilliant skating. The first bout seemed normal, the second one went on fast forward and the third one seemed really fouly. Nice to have a mix of all the different styles. I find that womens’ roller derby is more varied to the mens’ game. The home team were fab and put on some food in a meeting room upstairs for afterward and gave the NSOs and refs priority on the booze. So we caned that before eating so many cookies we all felt sick.
31 bouts DONE. Two more to go.
Wolverhampton Honour Rollers v Milton Keynes Roller Derby
Severn Roller Torrent v Oxford Roller Derby
Wiltshire Roller Derby v Vendetta Vixens
P.S Fu bought me unicorn and rainbow stickers <3
Today was the first of the monthly mixed scrim in Birmingham. Organised by the Crash Test Brummies and open to all skaters who have done their minimum skills.
I was asked to get a ref squad together (because I was at the practice where they decided to do it) and managed to rope in Metal Ed, Ratty, Rich, JC, IllBilly and Suga (Kick’s missus).
I head reffed it, with a massive serving of help from Ed.
It went pretty well, the Oxford scrim really helped me to know what to expect so it wasn’t as much of a stress as that one was. My skates KNACKED though.
Things I learnt: I don’t feel confident to call official time outs. Need to work on that.
Things I enjoyed: Rex suggesting I revoke a cutting call made on him cos he didn’t mean it. Bless