So, you want to try out for main league?

Have you ever attempted to look like a roller derby pro in front of a panel from London Brawling? I have. It’s terrifying, but I survived.

I can still remember trying out for London Rollergirls main league. I’d overcome numerous hurdles from broken limbs to an innate inability to do any sport effectively by the time I had my chance to see if I could make the cut.

When the time rolled around I was hungry for the high level of competition and steep learning curve LRG promised and was scratching at the door, desperate for entry. I remember I struggled to keep down a power breakfast that morning and agonised over all the advice I’d been given by my friends, which seemed at once obvious and unfathomable.

Communicate…edges…dig…offer to jam even if you don’t want to…stick out (but not for the wrong reasons)…and so it went on.

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Looking back, rolling forward – bring it on 2016!

London Rollergirls Brawling All-Stars vs Rose City Wheels of Justice, Swindon Futsal Arena, August 8th 2015. Photograph courtesy of Graeme Willets

A new year means different things to different people. For some it’s the clean slate they’ve been waiting for, while for others it’s a time to look back and reflect on the year gone by. For me it’s the time I put away the Quality Streets (damn you strawberry creams!) and get back to real life. One of the best parts of that is roller derby. I play for London Rollergirls’ Brawl Saints and Batter C Power.

This year I’ve set myself some personal goals, and my roller derby goal is to really enjoy playing. It seems obvious to enjoy the sport I love (which I truly do) but sometimes when competition for roster spots is on, or that last training session of the week is looming (and it’s still bloody raining!) I can lose sight of that for a moment. So as I prepare for a season of working my arse off I’m going to remember to make sure I maximise the fun amongst all the hard work.

I’m so excited about the year ahead for London Rollergirls, and to share some of the awesome stuff we’ve got going on, but before I get to that let’s have a little reminisce. (more…)

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Our Derby Journey: From Rec to Main League

 

We are Amy (aka Captain Havoc) and Cami Gabriel, two of Batter C’s newest recruits. Both of us came through the awesome LRG Recreational League, which Cami came to having ice-skated for most of her life and Havoc transferred to after two years with Auld Reekie Roller Girls.

We both loved Rec, which caters to those players whose aim is to move into the travel teams, but also to those within LRG who want to play in a more relaxed, fun and non-competitive environment. We scrimmaged with and against other local leagues, as well as in themed Sur5als, intra-league bouts and regular fixtures against Batter C Power.  But both of us began to feel that we were keen for new challenges and decided to have a shot at trying out for Main League where we would be able to skate with Batter C Power, LRG’s team of rising stars!

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Watching the A-team

Photo credit: John Hesse

There’s Intense, then there’s roller derby intense…

I was asked to write about my experience watching my A-team, London Brawling, play- to co-incide with one of the most competitive roller derby tournaments of the year- Champs. This year the WFTDA Jacksonville Playoffs, which precedes the Championships in November was the same weekend as my mum’s birthday, so instead of watching en masse with my LRG team mates, I was at home one headphone in, hunched over the ipad whilst my family watched the rugby.  The game was London Brawling vs Steel City Roller Derby and I think anyone who watched this game would agree Brawling were on fire! (more…)

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