My 10yr History of Roller Derby: 2013 part 1
Jan 3rd 2013: Bombers & Broken Skates!
We had a scrimmage night with our friends the Lincolnshire Bombers at the Midlands Roller Arena, an old warehouse in the middle of nowhere, converted into a rink for roller hockey with plastic tiles as a floor.
During this session I managed to break my king pin (first time of several!) which mean't I was out of skating for the night.
Tattoo Freeze 2013: Sur5al Style
A year on and we're back at Tattoo Freeze, but this time around they had it set up in the style of Sur5al, which basically mean't we were only allowed to submit 5 players. I was selected along with Trashin Bones, Miele, Onya Case & Rollin Pins (Nitro Noush was selected initially, but was injured).
With five players you played several sets of games and worked your way up in a tournament style. We came 11th out of 15.
Photos with UKRDA in the corner are by Phil Seymour, except for the ones tagged In-Depth Photos
17th Feb: Smack Down
We held a home game for the first time at Midlands Roller Arena where we played Bristol Harbour Harlots where we lost 116 - 273.
Photos by Russel Stainer
March 2013: Belgium Road Trip!
For the trip the team decided that everyone had to wear onesies as it was a night crossing on the ferry! We even picked up hitchhikers on the way to Calais, but couldn't take them across the channel! It was a crazy rough crossing and just walking up the corridors saw you being thrown across the boat, so it was quite entertaining... if slightly seasick!
The first game was against One Love Roller Dolls in Antwerp. They have a lovely hall with really nice bleechers and lots of fans! It was a long day though with three games!
** Photos by Ian Roofthooft
The next day we drove over to play Go Go Gent. These ladies were quite a bit higher ranked than us, so it was a closed door game... but we did so well that they were kind enough to allow us to submit the scores!
After the game we hung out at the bar and chatted to the skaters & ref crew, then we set off on our way back to Blighty... but had to return a while later as Miele had left her bag behind! Fail! At least we all saw the funny side of it!
On the ferry home we were all treated to an interpretive dance by Sweetabix as she attempted to copy the music video dancers which had everyone in stitches!