Captain’s Blog: Men’s Champs vs. Wirral Pack Animals, 4th Feb 2017

Captain’s log… February 2017 a new final frontier…

We are stranded somewhere in the derbyverse with little to no hope of rescue. I and a large number of the crew have decided to give up and eat what cheese remains in the ships supplies.

So here we are, a little over a week after our first competitive game of the season in a new higher tier. What a weekend… we skated hard and partied even harder. The support from the girls who came up to cheer us on was fantastic and I definitely spent this week feeling warm and fuzzy from the SRD love. So to all the people cheering at the bout and at home watching the feed from Asterisk’s phone, thank you!

Results

TeamFinal ScoreOutcome
SUFM188Loss
WPA210Win

For me there are mixed emotions after our first defeat in a competitive game. Wirral Pack Animals put us all through our paces (especially the jammers) and came out on top albeit by a fairly small points margin. I really don’t like to lose! The first few days after the bout I wasn’t happy with our performance, a lot of people were surprised we managed to go toe to toe with a veteran tier 2 side, but I know we could have played better, especially myself.

However after some days of deep thought, I actually feel very positive about the result, and more importantly the team going forward. We have seen where we were short and what is and isn’t working with our new setup and style of play. Everyone stepped up when the time came and we could have easily walked away from Blackpool with our first win, which says a lot!

Last year we used our 3-and-1 strategy to great effect, and perhaps sometimes it worked so well that it papered over the cracks in terms of ability and skill. This was the first bout I have skated in where the opponents were more or less using the exact same strategy. Teams at this level are wise to our tricks, so we have to learn newer, better tricks and different skills if we want to play on this stage! I’ve watched the game a lot and we have the skaters, and ability, one of the things that will define our season is effort put in before bout day.

photo courtesy of Gemma Thompson

This bout brought along with it another first for SRD. It was the first time we have had to bench skaters. Ultimately this came down to attendance, but with Peachy coming back into the fold for the next bout and other promising skaters coming through, unfortunately there is going to be more times where we have to tell multiple people that they didn’t make the bout day team! It’s not a fun thing for me and coach to do, but it’s a decision that has to be made… so, all the boys (and girls) need to show up to training and train as hard as possible!

It’s going to be a long and tough season with lots of derby to play. Sometimes I have to remind myself that we are still only into the second year of actually having a bouting men’s team. We have come along way in such a short period of time and I definitely feel we have more to prove! Now I’m looking forward to upping the intensity at training and trying out new things before our next bout which we will be hoping to win!

– Guy Pie #69

photo courtesy of Steve Layfield

 

 

notes from the President…
*You can find more photos from the day here, here and here
*Our next Men’s Champs game is against Mild Discomfort on the 1st of April – more details to follow soon!
*Our first Women’s Champs game is coming up on the 18th of February – we’ll be in Newark facing up against the Lincolnshire Bombers! There’s a roller disco afterwards, so bring your skates
*header image is courtesy of Peter Harris

See you soon, sports fans!
-Asterisk* #8

Coach’s Corner: 21st Jan 2017 double header

Proud is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about Suffolk Roller Derby following last weekend’s set of bouts. From the organizing of the bout, the production team working behind the scenes and the skaters on the track, it was an all-out effort from the members of SRD and I’m honored to call myself your coach and teammate!

The Men’s team started their 2017 campaign with a tough game against the Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder’s Thugly Ducklings. This was a marked step up in competition for SRD as they prepare for national competition in British Champs. The blockers were able to slow down some of the best jammers in the country, and the jammers were able to breakout and score on a very tough cube wall defense. Super proud of our new addition, Jay Low, who has fit right in with the men’s team, and showed he was a true dual threat, taking on blocking and jamming duties! Also proud to know that no matter the competition, Great Scott and Indi-Hannah Jones will step up and make an impact. They are not honorary Men’s skaters – they are an integral part of the Men’s team!

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Terry

The game was close for the most part, but the Thugly Ducklings were able to pull away towards the end. But a couple of awesome moments that stand out. Floorless taking a leap of faith and apex jumping about 20 feet, it shocked the team, the crowd, and I think himself! We got to see a human being be flipped head over heels, courtesy of myself, and Guy Pie had an amazing game, flying all over the place and taking jammers out!

The women’s A team took to the track against a very competitive Roller Derby Leicester. But representing SRD this day was a very different team from the one that finished last season. The majority of the team had been pulled from the Blue Bees (Suffolk women’s B team) and were getting their first taste of Champs level competition, but by watching them play, you wouldn’t have guessed it. Lead by their captain, Suffolk Punch, and the always hard hitting Lady Lucifer, the Women’s team came out on fire against RDL, getting an early lead and stretching it out. Making her jamming and SRD debut was Mortricia, normally a double threat skater, she took on full time jamming duties and made an awesome impression on both her team and the competition! But leading the charge for the jammers was the strong and fast Devilbird. No matter what RDL threw at her, Devilbird was able to get lead and score points most every jam!

Having the lead for the majority of the game, the women’s A team suffered a couple of key losses during the bout. Kate Astrophic and Lady Lucifer both had injuries that required them to sit out and that opened the door for RDL to take the lead later on. But the team soldiered on, and everyone wearing blue stepped up and closed the gap to setup the most exciting 10 minutes witnessed in Inspire. Struggling with a lack of timeouts and skaters, the team had to make up over 25 points in 2 jams. Cue “Bring it home” Brenda, otherwise known as Maltese Mayhem. With a blocking squad of Pixie Guts, Rough Love, Asterisk, being led by Suffolk Punch, they were able to stonewall the opposing jammer and allow Maltese Mayhem to score 19 unanswered points. Now down by 6, the next jam found Devilbird lined up against RDL’s best jammer. Suffolk Punch was now flanked by Holly GoFightly, Hurricane Ali, and Viva Lass Vegan, and they needed to get Devilbird out, but limit the opposing jammers scoring opportunities. Both jammers were able to get out quickly, but earning lead was our Devilbird! The opposing jammer after one pass got stuck behind our amazing blockers, forcing a star pass to their pivot, limiting their ability to score points. Meanwhile Devilbird was able to make multiple passes racking up the points, but unknown at the time was whether the differential between the two jammers was enough to give SRD the win. She was forced to call off the jam, and following the final whistle, an official review, and the signing of the score sheet, we got our answer. SRD had scored 16 points to RDL’s 8, giving them a 2 point lead and the win!!!

All this excitement wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the members of SRD stepping up in other areas besides the track. We had skaters selling baked goods, repairing the track, NSO’ing, Reffing, announcing, minding the door, so on and so forth! Leagues are not run on hopes and dreams, but by the members of their leagues stepping up where needed and selflessly volunteering their time to make roller derby happen!

If this first weekend was any indication of things to come, 2017 is going to be a bright year for SRD!

Who are we!?

-Tubesock Shakur #32

Photo courtesy of John Hesse

 

 

 

notes from the President…
*There was a write up of the day in the Ipswich Star
*SRD vs Thugly Ducklings game footage (apologies for a few missing jams towards the end – technical difficulties!)
*SRD vs RDL game footage
*RDL are running an officials bootcamp soon! Tell them we sent you 😉
*Our next home event is “Show Me What You Block”! Watch this space for skater tickets

See you soon, sports fans!
-Asterisk* #8

 

Fresh Meat/Skater Intake: SRD Invites You

SRD invites you to try Roller Derby! As discussed with Lesley Dolphin on BBC Radio Suffolk (about 36 minutes in), we are holding a New Skater Intake on 13th January, 8-10pm, at Inspire Suffolk, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich.

Enjoy a free first session (then every Friday 8pm – 10pm following, £5 per session) as our experienced skaters are on hand to show you the ropes of skating and the tactics of the game! Any experience level is welcome – we can teach you to skate, even if you have never put on skates before! Of course, if you already have some skate experience we can teach you some advanced skills and get you involved in some gameplay.

Roller Derby is the most inclusive sport – although you must be 18 or over to attend, it doesn’t matter about your age, body type, sexuality, fitness level, etc. – there is a part you can play in this awesome sport. Our team is very diverse, but we’re one big, happy, bashy, family!

As mentioned above, you must be 18 years old or over to attend, due to the full-contact aspect of the sport – but don’t worry, there are always plenty of ways you can help out and enjoy the game even if contact isn’t your thing!

Please bring water, trainers and wear suitable clothes for sport.

Please also bring along any equipment you already have, if you need to borrow any, we will have spare kit on hand – please let us know what you need in advance so we can make sure we have what you need (this includes shoe size for skates)! The equipment we use is:

* Quad skates
* Helmet
* Knee Pads
* Elbow Pads
* Wrist Guards
* Mouthguard

As an added bonus, any fresh skaters participating in this session will be entitled to £2 off our friendly public game on the 21st of January (find out more about that game here).

Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

You can find the event page on Facebook

We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Asterisk *

New Skater Intake!

**New Intake Alert!!**

In September we are opening our doors to new recruits!
Fancy trying an exciting and fast paced sport to keep you fit? How about making a bunch of awesome new friends and becoming part of a successful team? Been skating before, but want to try something new, or always wanted to try skating but need someone to show you the ropes?
We are looking for Men and Women with all levels of experience to come and give roller derby a go. All required equipment will be available to borrow and your first session is free! Make it the best decision ever this summer and change your life for the better 🙂

Thurs 15th – 7pm – Curvemotion, Bury St Edmunds – Facebook Event
or
Fri 16th – 8pm – Inspire Suffolk, Ipswich – Facebook Event

Check out our upcoming events listings on facebook to register your interest and reserve your kit 🙂

Now is your time to be Suffolk ‘n’ Awesome!
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(photo thanks to www.photosunlimited.org.uk)

Looking Back & Looking Forward

Starting 2016 with some words from our coach Tubesock Shakur.

Looking back on 2015, Suffolk Roller Derby accomplished many great things:

  • We participated in our first Women’s British Champs season, placing third in a tough region behind two very good teams.
  • We saw the debut of both the SRD Men’s and Co-Ed team, with both teams going undefeated.
  • SRD went international! The Women’s team travelled to Milan in November to skate in the DagaDenter Roll line cup tournament.
  • Charlie Scraplin got the chance to represent Team Germany in this year’s BEARDi tournament.
  • We sent many skaters to various mixed tournaments all around the country.
  • Cherries got popped. (Beaten Mess, Mad Missile, Hurricane Ali)
  • We expanded our sphere of influence to now include Ipswich.

Next year brings another season of Women’s Champs, with hopes of winning the region and stepping up a tier. We’ve lost some very strong skaters, but with skaters stepping up at all levels, I feel we will be just as strong as last year, if not stronger! The women’s team doesn’t get to have all the fun though, as our Men’s team will be joining Champs this year! So far the Men’s team is undefeated, but those have been against mixed teams. It will be interesting to watch as we bout against other teams who have been able to build chemistry and a cohesive strategy. Also making their debut in the upcoming year will be the Women’s B-Team, allowing our rookies and role-player skaters to take center stage and show off the skills they’re bringing to SRD! Along with all that, our formidable Co-Ed team is a hot commodity and offers to bout have been fielded from many teams looking for a challenge.

So looking back and looking forward, there is plenty to be excited about. All the hard work the members of SRD have put in is paying off, and all that hard work laid a foundation for a very bright future! I’m extremely proud to be the Coach of Suffolk Roller Derby, but more so, I’m grateful for the awesome skating family I’ve gained since joining up with SRD!

Who are we!? What are we!?

We are Blockaholics!

Last Sunday skaters from all over the country, including our own Fox Smoulder (42) , Indi-Hannah Jones (u234), Beaten Mess (17) and Mike Check (1212) attended a blocking bootcamp “Blockaholics Anonymous” hosted by Rochester Royal Rollers with Betty Swollox & Piston Broke. Our skaters were updated with all the rules and techniques on some pretty awesome blocking moves – including “the cockney” and ‘the scorpion” that we cant wait to see executed on the track.

Look out for Fox Smoulder and Indi-Hannah Jones skating for the Suffolk Roller Derby co-ed team taking on the Mustard City Rollers in Norwich next week, further details about this bout can be found here, and Beaten Mess will be guest skating with the Southampton City Rollers in their first public home bout in Southampton: The rollpocalypse!

We are blockaholics!

Suffolk ‘n Awesome!

Blockaholics