The Women’s A team had the pleasure of hosting the Norfolk Brawds in a closed door bout last Friday night. The last time we played against the Brawd’s A team was in Tier 4 British Champs (2015). They went on to win the tier for our region, and we went home with a laundry list of things to work on. So, what better way to give ourselves a proper challenge than to retest our strategy and skill against the next tier’s competition?
Since that last meeting, our Women’s A team has had many changes. With the addition of our Women’s B team, there have been many A/B team crossovers, many of whom I’ve only had the chance to skate with in practice or on challenge teams. For the first time in longer than I can remember, I had the chance to don my SRD scrim top as a SKATER and not a LUM! I was more than excited to take the track with the likes of Kate Astrophic, Huricane Ali, Asterisk and Hellatrix Deranged. In addition to skating with the up and comers, our roster also welcomed back Great Scott and Indi-Hannah Jones who have made the jump over to the SRD Men’s Champs team this year. On this night, our Bench would be manned by non-other than Peachy – a long time blocker, sometimes reluctant jammer of the men’s team. We looked forward to his leadership and direction as he has a solid understanding of the way the game is played and a gentle calm nature that is perfect for our lovely ladies.
Starting the night with the star on the first jam was the small-but-mighty Devilbird. Solidly the top jammer of the women’s team this year, she’s been putting in work both on and off the track in terms of fitness, and it shows, big time. She’s also encouraging the rest of the ladies to step up their fitness game through friendly competition with league-mates. Another strong skater with jamming skills, Indi-Hannah Jones, did her fair share of jamming. The time she has put in with the men’s team has paid off in her increase of strength on the track. Also… those hips! They’ve got moves. Trying her hand as a game time jammer, Hellatrix Deranged put up a good fight against our opponents. Though going up against strong walls and big hitters, she never gave up. I myself did a bit of jamming as well.
On the blocker front, our walls had their work cut out for them. When on defence, they were attempting to block the opposing jammers every move and when on offence, breaking through those walls proved to be challenging. The three walls were mostly lead by Suffolk Punch and Great Scott who had a supporting cast in Rough Love, Viva Las Vegan and Absinthe Minded.
All in all, this game highlighted to us that when on offence, we need to stick with the “remove, restrict or distract” technique that coach has been drilling into our heads. It will give our jammers the extra bit of space they need to make sweet moves happen through the pack. With some minor tweaking, our defensive walls will be unbreakable. While the game didn’t end in our favor, we had a lot of moments where everything clicked and we executed the strategy we’ve been working on over the last six or so months to a T. Being that the roster we played with was a mix of all levels, we showed great improvement overall and with continued practice, we’ll be the strongest SRD Women’s team that we can be.
It was a blast to be able to play with the ladies of SRD again and I look forward to ending my time in the UK on track with them.
– Malicious Wishes #11
notes from the President…
*Thank you to all the wondeful people at Norfolk Roller Derby who’ve come down to Suffolk to play us – we played the Black Shucks only a few weeks ago, and now we just need the East Anglo Smacksons and the Mustard City Rollers to make the trip, and we’ll have a full set 😉
*Fancy coming down for a friendly game? SRD are available for games on Thursday evenings in Bury St Edmunds, or Friday evenings in Ipswich. Get in touch via our Facebook page for more info!
*Our next public game is TOMORROW when our men’s team face Bristol Vice Quad in British Champs Men’s Tier 2 in London. Hope to see some of you there!
Later, sports fans 🙂