Tag: Men’s Team

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

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