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The Day After the Night Before – SRD Men’s Vs. East Anglo Smacksons

Even before joining SRD I was aware that after a Bout there is always an After Party… Little did I realise that the SRD Men’s team also like to challenge themselves and do it the other way around! And so, as we arrived at Sewell Park College to play a friendly game against the East Anglo Smacksons, there were a few sore heads to be found among my teammates along with one no-show, who had been left on the sofa at home with a handy bucket next to him.

This was only my second game on skates and my first as part of an SRD men’s team, having joined last September. I had been reliably informed that playing the Smacksons is a “Rite of Passage” for all SRD men’s team skaters, and this was my first opportunity to play with a team made up of the people I train with every week. In addition to a couple of other Rookies from SRD’s recent Show Me What You Block double header, the teams were certainly not rookies. It was (choosing a polite expression) terrifying, to skate out in a non rookie game!

Having evened out the sides with the loan of three of our players, it was time to start. Greggles was playing in his Cherry Popper – and though we talked about nerves on the journey up – they didn’t show as we formed our first wall under the guiding hand of Reckless.

I honestly don’t remember much about the game as it all happened so quickly so have been aided by Asterisk’s video and stunning commentary [too kind!! *prez]. The action on track was fast and furious with many short jams throughout the game and the score see-sawing even quicker. *Lead change* chorused by the cheer squad at regular intervals.

There were some fantastic passages of play by both teams including a 25 point jam by reluctant Jammer Indi-Hannah Jones and points piled up by the rest of our main Jammer rotation of Sunday Sanchez and Tomfoolery. Overall, the level of jamming by SRD Jammers was excellent – Floorless and Demotivator deserve huge credit in the final points tally, the final score could have been very different had we not loaned them to the Smacksons.

Both teams blocked ferociously, dishing out and receiving some great hits. Fast play with strong walls and recycling jammers, I surprised myself with the number of hits I took and was still able to remain on my feet. Fantastic communication from Reckless, Tubesock Shakur, Great Scott and Indi-Hannah Jones (when not jamming) really made the drills and exercises completed at training come to life. There were some interesting and creative plays from Bad Grandad – with whom, by the end of the bout I had alternately kept the seats in the penalty box warm and it was a far cry from my first meeting with Martin when he was teaching dancers to roller skate.

Sunday Sanchez made an excellent Captain, leading the team flawlessly both on and off the track and producing some great pep talks when we needed them most. Our bench team of Suffolk Punch and Nips made a fine job of organising line-ups and working out tactics while regularly checking on me to make sure I wasn’t dying (although I wasn’t one of those with a hangover, I’m just unfit).

A big thank you to the Smacksons for hosting us and also to the Ref and NSO teams. Lastly I’d like to say how honoured I was to have been able to play with everyone on the team but I am especially grateful that I was able to play on the same team as Tubesock Shakur before he leaves.

-The Grim Rigger #37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notes from the President…
*Our boys will be in action on home turf in just 5 days’ time! Come and witness their toughest challenge yet, British Men’s Champs tier 2, versus Mild Discomfort, in Ipswich 7th May
*As Rigger mentions, our long standing Head Coach, Tubesock Shakur, will be moving back to the States soon (sad faces 🙁 ) – come and see him off in the greatest way possible: ROLLER DERBY. We’re hosting a one-of-a-kind event which YOU can be involved in! All info over on the Tubesock’s Funhouse event page

Later, sports fans 🙂
-Asterisk* #8

SRD goes to Iceland!

Iceland – land of fire and ice, mountains and lakes, stuffed puffin and fermented shark – welcomes approximately 4 million tourists each year (it says on Wikipedia). Some of these no doubt come for the astounding scenery, the whale-watching or the always-enticing prospect of paying £8 for low % alcohol beer. Last week, however, an intrepid band of tourists from Suffolk came for a different reason. Couples on a romantic break, a family off for an Easter holiday jaunt, a “bunch of moms released for the weekend”: we arrived at Keflavik airport in our little groups with loins girded and ready to experience the land of fire, ice and roller derby…

Quite apart from our tourist excursions to see some of the most incredible geographic sights the Northern Hemisphere has to offer, we were all hugely excited (with a titchy amount of utterly normal pre-bout nerves and trepidation) on Saturday afternoon to get to Hertz Höllin in the small town of Seltjarnarnes, just outside Reykjavik, to take part in Iceland’s first ever roller derby tournament. Coming separately from our apartments, hotels and luxury youth hostels, Team SRD turned up at the sports hall just in time to watch the first game of the tournament: Iceland’s Ragnarök take on British challenge team, Team Unicorn Roller Derby (TURD). It was a well-matched game, with impressive skills shown on both sides resulting in a final score of 176-145. SRD now knew what we’d be up against and we found ourselves hoping that our opponents’ exertions would have tired them out to the point where it would make our game – with only 9 SRD players present – a bit less challenging!

No such luck, sadly. Ragnarök were massively strong competition from the first whistle. SRD jamming heroines Maltese Mayhem #0208 and Hell-Anor Rigby #20 were confronted with tough Icelandic walls and speedy blockers in the first few jams yet still broke through, earning leads and racking up points. Powerful and persistent offence was provided by the ever-offensive Asterisk #8 (she loves a bit of start-line offense). Effective waterfalling, strong hits and fast recycling from SRD blockers meant the Ragnarök jammers did not have an easy ride either. Our small, yet select, crew of blockers ranged from long-time SRD stalwarts, Captain Suffolk Punch #15 and fellow big-hitting blocking veteran Absinthe Minded #42, to rising star Karma Killer #247, making her A-team debut.

No matter the level of experience, though, we pulled together in awesomeness to contain some very nifty Icelandic jammers. Ultimately voted best blocker by the opposition, Bex Luther #91 was hard as nails on track, switching fearsomely between defense and offense, while Mom Squad (Kate Astrophic #81 and Hurricane Ali #13) did their thing with hard hits and booty blocking.

Photo courtesy of Richard Lafortune

Guess what, though? However strong and awesome a team may be, there’s only so much 9 players can do in the face of 14 badass Icelanders… we weren’t necessarily outplayed, but we were outnumbered and we got tired. But, you know, we had brilliant support from Bench Coach Floorless #404 and LUM Evil Quad-nevil #1973 and our (too injured to skate but not too injured to fetch water, thankfully) cheerleader Mortricia #516. We didn’t give up (although I considered it at one point; it was so hard!) and bravely fought to a totally – in the opinion of this not remotely impartial participant – respectable final score of 218-126, with Ragnarök thrilled by their second win of the day.

Photo courtesy of Richard Lafortune

And then, after a short break for cake, we only went and did it again: SRD, with the addition of Ice Sickle #32 and Rad-ish #67 on loan from Ragnarök and SnakeBite #64 borrowed (stolen? We don’t care: we love her and we saw her first) from the opposition themselves played TURD. With numbers more evenly matched, and finding reserves of strength from somewhere, we took the win 221-206.

It was a fantastic day; always fun to play as a team together against excellent opponents and one of the highlights of a totally unforgettable trip.

Takk and Bless Bless.

(That’s “thanks: bye!”)

-Hurricane Ali #13

Photo courtesy of Richard Lafortune

 

 

 

 

notes from the President…
*You can see more photos from our game against Team Iceland here and here
*You can watch our game against Iceland in full, complete with Icelandic commentary, here!

Later, sports fans 🙂
-Asterisk* #8