Club vs Country as Birmingham hosts Team Ireland

TICentral City Rollergirls are preparing for an exciting match up on 13th September as they make league history and take on a national squad in the form of Team Ireland. The double header sees Team Ireland play against both of Birmingham’s women’s leagues, CCR and Birmingham Blitz Dames, as World Cup warm-up games.

The games will have double importance for CCR skaters Siobhan Murphy (Tinchy Slider) and Dana Scurry, as they will play for both Team Ireland (in the first game) and CCR (in the second game). The Birmingham-based skaters were delighted to be selected for the Irish Roller Derby Training Squad after an intense selection process that started in February this year. Born to Irish parents, both are proud to represent Ireland at an international level. Siobhan and Dana have been participating in regular training sessions in Dublin and their most recent game saw them take a convincing win in Dublin against The West Indies in August.

Siobhan said “It’s definitely going to be strange for us Birmingham skaters. As part of Team Ireland we’ve built up some great relationships on track over the last 7 months and hope to put on 2 great games. But the home leagues (CCR and Blitz Dames) skate together several times a week and are most certainly tough opponents. I’m anticipating some challenging games!”

Game details:
Facebook event: https://m.facebook.com/events/736613603062787
Double header: Team Ireland v Central City Rollergirls & Team Ireland v Birmingham Blitz Dames
Date: 13th Sept
Time: 13:30
Location: Doug Ellis Sports Centre, 150 Wellhead Lane, Perry Barr B42 2SY
Tickets: £7 advance, £10 on the door. Concessions £4 advance, £5 on the door. Under 12s free

Siobhan and Dana hope to join several of CCR’s officials in making the journey to Dallas. With the final squad soon to be announced, these are sure to be intense games. Come along and show your support to our World Cup hopefuls.

Want to help Team Ireland get to Dallas? Donate via the fundraising page: www.indiegogo.com/projects/team-ireland-roller-derby or visit the Team Website at www.teamireland.com

Summer in the City

Traditionally August is a quiet time at CCR, as for many years, it has marked the end of the season. People would go on holidays and the skaters would take a breather. Not this year however! This year we decided to extend our season and keep our schedule busy.

First there was the A-Team game versus Hellfire Harlots. Contracts were signed, the game was planned and everyone was looking forward to playing a team they hadn’t played before. However, the day itself was witness to colossal downpour and as the opening game started the roof began leaking. Hellfire Harlots took the difficult but smart decision to call it off. Safety always comes first!

Following on from this the B-Team headed up to Manchester with our Birmingham Brothers the Crash Test Brummies to play Manchester Roller Derby’s Furies. After a painfully delayed journey in what can only be described as a traveling oven (Pete the bus driver swore the air conditioning was working), the coach swung into the sports centre car park just in time for the start of the game. With no time to waste it was straight in with the first whistle.

The first half showed some tight blocking and smart jamming by CCR’s skaters, but MRD never gave up, always trying to push to score a few more points. They had picked up on the current trend of panty swapping to try and distract CCR but it seemed inconsequential as by half time the scores stood at CCR 125 to MRD 23.

In the second half MRD came out stronger. They had regrouped and started to claw back some points while CCR suffered some penalty box trouble. However it wasn’t long before punishing walls and strong offence had CCR back into the swing of things. In no time at all, the final whistle went and after a well fought game CCR emerged victorious ending the game with 244 to MRD’s 72.

More recently, CCR’s B-Team played a long awaited game with neighbours Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames Bomb Squad. The B-Teams of these league’s had never officially met, while the A-Teams only open meeting was way back in 2012 when they played each other during Tattoo Freeze. Back then CCR took an impressive win, but could they do it again?

After a rather pleasant trip to the venue CCR B warmed up and were ready to play in the infamous Futsal venue that has boasted the Men’s world cup among other landmark skate events. Both teams were raring to go! The first few jams showed some pretty equal play with neither team scoring any points. Not long after BBDD jammer snuck past a CCR blocker’s hips to score the first point on the scoreboard. For a while play continued to be pretty level till CCR managed to score some natural grand slams and slowly move up and away point wise. Half way through the first half the score was 10 to BBDD and 69 to CCR. BBDD weren’t going to quit though, they kept on pushing. Some sizeable hits and strong jamming on both sides took us to half time where the score moved to BBD 43 – 117 CCR.

Second half and both teams were ready for action. BBDD started well catching some points but CCR’s steely defensive work prevented any significant dents on the scoreline. As the minutes ticked by both teams put points on the board but a few strong jams allowed CCR to take a convincing lead. A final push from BBDD earned them some much needed points but as the final whistle blew, CCR had come out with another victory. Final scores were BBDD’s 96 to CCR’s 244.

There are some interesting developments coming soon for the B-Team. Want to know what they are? Watch this space, it’s going to be good!

As for the A-Team, this weekend they will be facing the mighty Team Ireland in Birmingham. You won’t want to miss it! Click here for more info.

Thanks to Floyd King and Phil Seymour for their excellent shots.

Derby Derby! CCR B vs BBDD B

860983_255737544611285_8355739639174312378_oOn Saturday 6th Central City Rollergirl’s B team will take on the Birmingham Blitz Dame’s B (Bomb Squad) as part of a double header bout, also featuring Auld Reekie Rollergirl’s B team and the Blitz Dames A team at Birmingham Futsal Arena.

Central City’s B team are currently on a triple win streak – with a set of confident defeats over the MRD furies (244-72), Hot Wheels (203-105) and Evolution (265-123) roller derby teams. The B team have been going from strength to strength and are keen to prove themselves once again.

Captain of the B team, D’Elusive Del had this to say on their upcoming bout “… really looking forward to this game, I’ve never played Birmingham Blitz Dames before so it’s a long overdue match for me. The girls have been working really well together and gelling as a team, with our hard hitting blockers and our nippy jammers this will be a good game.”

So far the Bomb Squad has had a great season, with four wins already this year, most recently against Milton Keynes Roller Derby (193-125) and an absolute brute of a score difference, when they played Severn Roller Torrent B (317-30).

The two derby leagues of Birmingham both have a strong season behind them already and both are enjoying a hard earned winning streak. The teams have not met in their current incarnations, and are sure to want to prove themselves. Which will be successful in the battle to be Birmingham’s number one? You’re gonna have to come on Saturday to find out. See ya’ there bab!

Event Deets:

Time: Saturday 6th Sept, doors open at noon.

Venue: Birmingham International Futsal Arena, B19 2LF

Fb event and ticket info: Here

Words by Toastface Grillah. Pic by Floyd King Photography