Dana Scurry (Bionic Woman) – Rebooted

So, the last time I wrote an article for the CCR website, it was a wrap up of last season’s activities in which I made reference to the captain’s curse.

Guess what caught up with me this season?

Dana's ankleShortly after CCR’s first few games, and a particularly successful match against Gent Go-Go, I took an unfortunate fall during warm up (yes warm up) and broke my leg.

I was more fortunate than most, in that my break was very clean (no splintered bone to grow back, no major dislocation) but I had broken both of my lower leg bones, and had to undergo an operation to attach a metal plate to my fibulas and 2 large screws placed through my tibia.

You can imagine I was pretty devastated. In fact devastated doesn’t even cover it, I have to say the few weeks following my operation were some of the most harrowing I can remember. The major loss of independence, sleepless nights, discomfort, pain and general sadness of being broken was really hard to take. To top it off, I’d just helped to finalise the A Team’s fixtures for the season, and so my immediate reaction was driven by deep disappointment and I was very unsure as to what the future of my derby world would look like if I had a future at all.

At the beginning of February, 4 months later, I strapped on my skates again for the first time and this weekend, played my returning game with our B Team against Liverpool Roller Birds.

The path in between these events was anything but easy but the message I hope to get across in this post is that returning to skating from injury, with the right attitude, advice and patience doesn’t have to look like the Gladiators final with John Anderson counting you in and the Travelator of doom to conquer. Instead, it’s probably more like a cream cracker eating competition, really dry… but if you take it one cracker at a time, washed down with plenty of water, it’s totally achievable.

- Stay Involved is the best advice I can give anybody that is off skates injured. It can be as simple as going to practice once a week and watching your team mates play. The problem with playing a sport like derby is everything changes, very quickly. Tactics, rules, team mates will all change whilst you’re off with a long term injury and the closer you can stay to those changes, the better. For me, I continued my work off-skates as a captain, attending all the practices I could make, continued to be involved in team selections and spent time working with coaches on developing tactics. No, I didn’t get to try out those tactics but I can pencil out the scenarios on paper and that helped me adapt to carrying them out them on track.

- Staying Engaged with your sport not only means you’re more likely to return and your return to tactical play will be quicker, but it also gives you the added advantage of socialising with team mates who will end up providing you with support you didn’t even realise you needed. I owe half of my return to the team who made it clear from the beginning that quitting wasn’t an option for me.

- Making sure you get the Correct Care and you listen to your physiotherapist is important (but you know that already right?). If you don’t have a physiotherapist, strongly consider getting one, even self referring through the NHS. Having so many questions and doubts about my ability to even walk again to begin with was a heavy burden to carry (on my one leg), and having a specialist to talk to about them was very reassuring. That was without all the (very painful but effective) treatment they gave me, monitoring of my progress and correct exercise plans to follow that were tailored to my sport and my recovery level.

- Do Your Exercises. They will suck, and they will bore you to tears, they will be constant and painful, but just be prepared for that. They will work, but they take work.

- Be Patient, waiting around to do what you love can be hard, but if you come back from injury too soon the results can be even harder to deal with. When you do come back however, when you are good and ready, take your time (don’t try and just jump back into a scrim session) but don’t shy away from the things you find scary. Chances are things won’t feel right to begin with, but listen to what your body is telling you and pay attention. You don’t have to skate a whole session if your body is telling you it’s had enough, but don’t tell yourself you can’t do something. You’re probably going to fall over just like you always did, and you’re probably going to be scared of doing so, like I was, but then I remembered that I always fell over and sometimes it hurt and sometimes it didn’t and it would always be that way.

- And finally, remind yourself why you love your sport. Whatever drove you to do it, remember to keep remembering. It helps I promise, and when you do get to strap your skates back on it’ll be totally worth the wait.

Dana 2 (2)Floyd King Photography

Official Business Is Official

CCR are bursting with pride to announce that three of its referee crew have been selected to officiate at the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, December 2014. To help raise funds for their trip, and to help spread the stripey love, the ‘Dallas 3′ are pimping themselves out to help a ref crew near you to refine practices and enhance understanding. Sleaze tells us more…


“When I first took up refereeing I didn’t imagine I would be 18 months down the line, fundraising to cover my costs in order to ref the Women’s World Cup in Dallas.

To be fair there is a lot about refereeing that I didn’t imagine happening. I didn’t imagine I would ever want to go for ref cert. I didn’t imagine I’d ever actually read the UK refs Fb group discussions. I didn’t imagine nearly piercing my finger trying to sew patches onto ref tops. And I didn’t imagine I would be giving people advice on how to survive it.

Officiating is a weird business. It’s like navigating tunnels without a map. If you know the right people they can help you out, but otherwise you can feel very disconnected from the rest of roller derby and it can be hard to progress.

I know the right people. That’s the main reason that two years, two months and two weeks after my first ever open bout as a referee; I’ll be standing for the national anthem in Texas, about to officiate the best roller derby in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I have worked my ass off for this. But without guidance, support and the odd dare here and there I would never have even sent in an application form.

Which brings me to my point:

As part of our fundraising to get us overseas, Ratty, Metal Ed and I have started this: http://bit.ly/hiretherefsquad We want to help you. We want to give you what you’ve missed out on and pass on some of the amazing experiences we’ve had in our time on skates.

Not applied for tournaments because you miss the deadlines? Or are scared of what the form will ask you for? We’ve been there, we know and we can show you what you need to do.

Brand new to reffing and don’t understand what a “skate-and-wait” is? Get your kit on, we’ll skate you through it until you’re happy.

Want to question cuts? Daren’t bring up star passes on the UK refs Fb group? Or want a bash at sitting the Hella Hard ref test? WE CAN HELP YOU. Get in touch with us, tell us what you need and we will take it from there. All we ask is that you cover our petrol costs to reach you – and make a donation to our fund to take us to America: http://www.gofundme.com/823q24 We have ten years’ experience between us. We’ve started leagues, trained refs, dealt with just about every scenario you can in derby. Now we want to pay it back.”

You can read more about Sleaze’s adventures in officiating at her blog here.





CCR v CRD Double Header!

The 29th of March saw two epic bouts against a formidable opponent for CCR. Hailing from the depths of South London, Croydon Roller Derby travelled up to help CCR celebrate their 50th bout in style at a double header home event.

Croydon’s A team travelled to Birmingham last season to take on CCR’s B team and took home a huge win,  and were returning to face the A and B teams of CCR with an appetite for victory.crd

The games displayed the hard work both leagues had put in since the last time they met and certainly made for exciting viewing for the fans! The CCR home teams took to the track looking slick in their new uniforms, courtesy of new sponsors Skate Hut, ready to lock wheels and get down to some serious derby.

First up the B team saw CCR take an early lead in the first few jams with strong pack work and some healthy jammer performances, but Croydon were able to capitalise on an early power jam taking the points buffer away from the home league. The game saw a very tight score line for both sides with the lead score changing hands practically every jam. Some impressive defence from both sides made the game incredibly tense to watch and ended at half time with a score of CCR 75 – CRD 78.

image Back to business and both teams were hungry for the win. Some great jamming from both sides kept the fans on the edge of their seats with tight call offs and tactical play seeing a lot of hit it and quit it jams. A few traded power jams later in the second half and the period clock was fast approaching 0 with the score tied at 149 – 149 with 2 mins to go. After a fierce jam Croydon were given a power jam which was seemed destined to topple CCR’s victory efforts. With one final push and the crowd on their feet both teams skated their hearts out awaiting the final rolling whistle. Croydon had stolen the lead with seconds to go and managed to keep CCR at bay for a final score of CCR 162 – CRD 172.

Next up was the A team game. Facing off for the first time neither team knew what to expect of each other. As an ex-Croydon skater myself I knew we were in for a physical and exciting game and we weren’t disappointed!

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The first few jams were close to call but CRD gained an early lead over CCR with a power jam. After shaking off the initial points deficit, the black and pink machine went to work seeing the physicality level ramped up to maximum on the CRD jammers. Regaining control of the scoreboard after a power jam in their favour, CCR continued to turn the screws on Croydon and were being met with all the fire power of the opposition blockers. Fierce battles for lead and points saw some hefty body blows being dished out from both teams with a few skaters even paying a visit to the front row fans. The score was sitting in CCR’s favour at half time but the game was far from finished. CCR 99 CRD 53.

Both teams knew what they were facing in the second half with a determined Croydon side stepping up to try and shut down the points deficit. 2 jams into the second half saw some excellent blocking from both teams and CCR’s defence held the CRD jammers at bay to allow for some natural grand slams. The score gap continued to widen with Croydon digging deep and giving everything they had. 15 mins in to the second period the score stood at CCR 168 – CRD 59. An official review was called by Croydon to try and spring their jammer from the box but left the London side without a point scorer.

The penalties began to sneak in for the CCR packs and jammers allowing Croydon to capitalise on some power jams, bringing them closer to the century mark. In the final moments of the game. Croydon’s President Garfield was left to lead the final charge on a CRD power jam and continued to fight to the final whistle. Final Score: CCR 232 – CRD 109.

Well done to both teams for a great performance and a wicked event. We’d like to thank our sponsors Skate Hut, both teams, all of the officials and of course the fans for a great day and two very exciting games.                             crd ccr2


Croydon B Team: Best Blocker – Dot Cottonmouth, Best Jammer – Inara Terra,  MVP – Nikki Blockerglory

CCR B Team: Best Blocker – Incredible Hulse, Best Jammer – Grim Squeaker, MVP – Sweetfighter

Croydon A Team: Best Blocker – Sookie Smackhouse, Best Jammer – Gin Atomic, MVP – President Garfield

CCR A Team: Best Blocker  - Woo-ha!, Best Jammer – Viv la France, MVP – Ghouldielocks.

Photo’s courtesy of Phil Seymour and Floyd King Photography. Click on their names for more awesome shots!

Want to see more? Join CCR on Sunday 4th May as we take on One Love Roller Dolls and Shoetown Slayers at home in the Doug Ellis Sports Centre, BCU city north campus, Wellhead Lane Perry Barr. More infor on the Facebook event here.