Current training sessions are Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. (advanced), Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. (intermediate), Thursdays 7-9 p.m. (beginners), and Sundays 2-5 p.m. (all levels). All training is currently held at the Spandex Palace near the Newmarket Road roundabout. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions and more information!
December is a drag. Everyone who works in retail is cranky, exhausted, and oppressed by Christmas, and everyone else is busy making more work for the people who work in retail – and training in December sucks if half your team is stuck in the shops. Luckily the Rollerbillies’ Xmas Party was held outside of retailing hours (yes, these do still exist.. barely) and featured Last Gang in Town DJs, sweeties, tinsel, and mince pies hand crafted by Hermaphroditie – unmissable!
With half the team too overwhelmed by festivity to train, we needed to find some other girls to skate with. We figured it would be fun to find the other little groups and make one big group, and it made us feel all full of Christmassy togetherness. First we invited ourselves to train with the Bedford Bandits, and then we invited Bedford and LRG to come skate with us.
Our refs met more refs and got some insight into the complexities of reffing for our scrimmages, and we had fun skating with some old and new friends. The week after it was mainly our fresh meat who were free of Christmas, so they lucked out and got an intensive basic skills session from Kitty, and with the Bandits along too, we got to do some more scrimmaging as well. Yesterday, LRG and Bedford were back, and we racked up an impressive black eye, a gory smack in the nose, and a youchy split lip. We must have been on the nice list.
Thanks to the Bedford Bandits and to LRG for skating with us! And thanks to the London Rockin Rollers for the ace Christmas card. We didn’t send any cards, sorry.. we suck.
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Categories : Rollerbilly Fundraiser, Skating, Training
What’s the best way to show your newbie skaters and refs what roller derby is all about? Seeing a real live bout is sure to fire them up and show them how the game works, but bouts don’t come along every weekend (yet) so when LRG offered to join us for training, we knew this would be a great opportunity for everyone to see how things should be done. We were lucky enough to have Kitty Decapitate, Sky Rockit, Kamikaze Kitten, Sinister Mary Clarence, Lola Volcano, and Star Spangled Bandit along for a three hour session – after which they went back to London to go training again. Hardcore.
Every time we’ve had the chance to skate with other leagues, we’ve learned so much. Having more skaters at training gives us the chance to scrimmage (with our hot new panties), get feedback on what we’ve been up to, and learn new drills. Having guest skaters along – plus all the admiring extra people who turned up – packed out our venue, which was awesome. George Danezis, who photographed us skating at the Mill Road Social Centre (see Squat Skating posts below from over the summer), came along and took these pictures for us. We like how he makes it look like we’re going at warp speed.
Rollerbilly love to Kitty, Sky, Kami, Lola, Sin and Spangie – our derby brains are lots bigger now thanks to you, and we had a great time. Our newbie Rollerbillies bravely threw themselves in at the deep end and did us proud, and all our skaters and refs are fired up to train – and really looking forward to the next LRG bout. Much derby love also to George for the photos, and to Carmela for writing us up on her blog.
If you want to watch some awesome roller derby, you should get tickets for LRG’s next bout – Christmas Quarrel: Steam Rollers vs. Suffrajets – on December 6th. Tickets are on sale at www.londonrollergirls.com. See you there!
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Tags: Helmet Panties, London Rollergirls, photos, Roller Derby, Skating
Categories : Training
Last weekend, a handful of the RTRB trekked down to Goodwood, West Sussex to take part in a charity roller marathon hosted by The Camberley Skaters in aid of the NSPCC. Driving Destructor, Hermaphrodite, Mollie Cosh & Ruby Hurl pulled up to the old motorcar race track in Driving’s Thunder Wheels, cramped up & nervous, but raring to put their derby eights on the tarmac and skate for victory! Okay, nobody was going to win gold, but they were all hell-bent on skating as many of the 2.42 mile-long laps as possible.
Goodwood Roller Marathon is the largest in the UK and attracts skaters young and old from every reach of the country. A array of disciplines were in attendance this year, from speed skaters with super long inlines, to fellow quaddies, long boarders and ski-polers. RTRB were proud to be part of the Roller Derby contingent, alongside some of the London Rockin’ Rollers who also started in this years race.
The course was tough work on quads, and slaughtering gale force winds made it even tougher. Situated in the middle of the track was a live airstrip, so vintage airplanes were flying in to land as the RTRB made way round the old circuit, the rain clouds threatening to open above; ‘What about our bearings?!’ It was a great craic.
A big cheers to all the great folk involved in establishing this awesome fixture in the skating calendar, and well done to the girls for their first long distance skate, who between them managed to clock up their milage to a massive 87.12 – two full marathons from Hermaphrodite and Ruby, and two halves (plus a few!) from Mollie and Driving.. Well done!
x Ruby Hurl x
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Tags: Camberley Skaters, Goodwood, Goodwood Roller Marathon, Roller Derby, Romsey Town Rollerbillies
Categories : Training