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!

  (more…)

Read Article

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…)

Read Article

Fenix: Snacks to boost your performance at scrim

Why is snacking so important?

The more we exercise, the faster our metabolism gets. So even while we’re resting and even sleeping, we burn more energy.

Anyone who’s ever trained for three hours or more knows that empty-belly, jelly-legged feeling you get on the way home. It means your body’s stores of glycogen, its most efficient source of energy, are running low, and that’s not good: (more…)

Read Article

Kit Check – Carrie

When starting roller derby my aim was to get the best gear I could as cheaply as I could, in case it turned out I didn’t actually like it after all. What? It could happen. (Um, could it? Has it? Do people give it a go and never come back again? I can’t imagine…)

(more…)

Read Article