Liverpool 210: 123 Central City Rollergirls B

DonnaOn a sunny April day the Central City Rollergirls B team took their brand new pink away kit out of the bag and prepared to do battle with the Liverpool Roller Birds, resulting in an exciting explosion of rhubarb and custard!

But it wasn’t just the new kit that was making its debut, this would be CCR’s first bout under the latest WTFDA rules. Teeny tiny track cuts went unnoticed and punishment in the form of a track side rest was slashed to 30 seconds.  Each jam was hard fought, but at half time the Liverbirds had a comfortable 50 point lead.

After some much needed half time oranges and a pep talk CCR seemed to be fighting back; the hits got harder, the walls tighter and the juking got… more juky..?  There wasn’t a jam were you didn’t see CCR’s Pivot backwards supporting her wall, or a strong pack leader dishing out the verbal commands but Liverpool kept doing what they were doing well, strong pack work topped off with very agile jammers leading them to take home the win.  Even though a win was off the table on the day – CCR B smashed the predicted score and played a pretty solid game so they left Merseyside with heads held high.

Hand slaps

See the B team on home soil when they take on Evolution Rollergirls in a double header with the A team taking on Antwerp’s One Love Roller Dolls on at 2pm May 4th, Doug Ellis Sports Centre (Perry Barr, Birmingham.) Find out more at the Facebook event here. Not on Facebook? Buy tickets from here (£5 advance).

Words by Verry Cherry #69. Awesome photo’s courtesy of Floyd King Photography, go like his page here!

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: 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: 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.