Band of Brawlers

28 11 2008

With London so close to us, the Rollerbillies have been to all LRG’s home games, but we hadn’t seen any other bouts at all. How rubbish of us. To make up for it, we decided to take a trip north for Band of BrawlersBirmingham Blitz Derby Dames vs. Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz. We were pretty stoked to see two completely different leagues compete – and we’d heard that Birmingham have those cool bleachers we’ve seen in American high school movies, so the venue sounded neat too.

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BBDD billed the event as the first pan European bout held on UK soil. Exciting. With the UK roller derby scene growing all the time, we’re looking forward to welcoming more leagues from Europe (and beyond) to play here, and wanted them to know how much we appreciate the effort they’ve made to travel here. Stuttgart have bouted the London Rockin Rollers in Germany twice, so we hung out in the suicide seats with LRR, CCR, and LRG and made some noise for Stuttgart.

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It was a closely played game. The first half was a bit chaotic, and ended with the Blitzdames taking the lead and finishing with a score of 49-30. But Stuttgart didn’t let go and kept the point differential small throughout the rest of the game – they got some good checks in, but their jammers kept taking the outside and losing their position. If you were there and you heard people screaming ‘inside! inside!’ that may have been us.

Now that we’ve been training for a while we’re looking at bouts as opportunities to soak up the strategies in play; we’re paying attention to the reffing, and we’re watching the points. And this was definitely the most confusing bout we’ve seen. We could have really used more commentary, and the cool-looking electronic scoreboard turned out to be pretty slow compared to the painted letters we’re used to (and didn’t involve cute scoregirls, which was a disappointment). There were some straggly pack moments that left us wondering who was in play, and several times we thought the jam was called off but it kept on going. We were perplexed.

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So overall there was plenty to be looking at and taking in. It’s always more exciting when the points are close all the way through a bout, and we were yelling pretty loudly as a result of all that tension. With the final score at 75 – 81 to BBDD, it was tight til the end. It was great to see different leagues play, and awesome to meet the girlz from Stuttgart.

I guess we’ve become accustomed to a lot of audience interaction and commentary, awesome music, and lovely ladies offering us cupcakes and raffle tickets, so the atmosphere of this bout felt quite different compared to LRG’s events. Perhaps the cupcakes were cancelled due to rationing? The venue definitely has a lot of potential – we liked the bleachers; shame there weren’t more fans on them.

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You can check out the teams at  www.myspace.com/svrollergirlz and www.blitzdames.com

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4 responses

29 11 2008
Bitter Sweet

I just like to say thank you for this! Thank you for pretty much slating all the hard work that went into this bout that you had the pleasure of watching! It was only 1 month after LRG (You wouldnt know this but bouts normally take about 6 weeks to set up, we only had about 3 and a half) and the experience bout production manager was away for 2 weeks of that! Thanks for coming all this way to cheer for the opporsite team (its always nice to know where peoples loyalties lie!) Thanks for giving the other team advise to try and beat us (didnt work though did it! Even though it was 2 of our skaters 1st bout and 1 of our skaters had to go off ill right at the start!) Thanks for slagging off the reffing, with our brand new head ref and Manchesters brand new ref, both have little experience with their posistions in this game! Id say they both did fantastically!

I must apoligise you didn’t get your free cupcake it must have ruined your trip!

Thanks again!

(This is from an individual Dame and not the thoughts and feeling of the Blitz Dames as a whole!)

1 12 2008
Anonymous

why are blitz bouting if they dont have the “staff”? why dont they wait till they have a full team + subs and ref’s who are confident (and can skate?) i know you have to start somewere but going out unprepared is a downright danger to your team

3 12 2008
Saintly Sin

Thankyou very much for attending our bout and writing up an article that helps us get the name of rollerderby and the blitz dames out there. Its always nice to see more and more people getting involved in the sport and cheering on all the girls that work super hard to make it all possible. We hope to see you at more of our future bouts and it always nice to see what people in the audience think of what happens on the track. The view is very different from when you are out there skating. Cheers, Saintly Sin

6 12 2008
Diamondback Belle

Thanks ‘Anonymous’ for your input. We skated wtih 12 players at Stuttgart’s request as they could only bring 12 over. And we think it’s important to give new guest refs from other leagues the opportunity to work with our more experienced refs. It would be nice to all wait until we’re as good and as well ‘staffed’ as LRG to start bouting, but then we’d never all get on the track!

I look forward to there being more and more leagues getting out there, getting live bouting experience and all partying together afterwards – the more we do it, the better we’ll get! (and that goes for our skaters, refs, announcers and everybody else).

See you on the track!

Diamondback (Blitz Dames)

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