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As another season draws to an end, CCR look back fondly to recall some of the moments that made the year. There has been amazing times, there has been tough times. But as long as you have your team to ride those waves with you, you’re doing pretty alright.
British Champs – Round 1 – CCR B vs Wiltshire Roller Derby (February 2019)
I orchestrated this during a ridiculously long time out. We were just waiting, just chilling. I saw Floyd (King, photographer) just chilling. So I said ‘Oi, Floyd, take a picture!’. That’s why this incredibly overly posed photo exists. I recall I wore a leopard print all in one, CCR top and protective collarbone top. It was my first game after my open reduction with internal fixation surgery. I was apprehensive before the game, but I really enjoyed it. – Milly Idol
CCR A vs Middlebrough Roller Derby (April 2019)
This season I made the jump back to CCR which was fairly nerve racking for me wondering where I could fit back in or what my contribution to the team would be. I was so pleased with the warm reception, this was my first game back and I was in a pack with skaters I’d never worked with before. We really gelled together by focusing on how we could compliment each other again. We got a great result and this ended up being one of my favourite games on this season! – Gemma Harvey
British Champs – Round 2 – CCR B vs North Wales Roller Derby (April 2019)
Ever since starting Roller Derby one of my goals has been to compete in the British Championships. It’s taken 5 years, but this year our B team took part in division 2 of the 2019 championships.
To do it with such a fantastic bunch of people was just the icing on the cake and I look forward to joining my lovely B-Team on track next year, hopefully in the champs! – Rita Skater
CCR B vs Bristol Roller Derby B (May2019)
I loved the Bristol game, for me it was the first time I really felt part of the B team and we played so well together. This photo means a lot to me because I don’t often get to block with Abi but when I do it’s like wearing a comfy pair of slippers – she’s just in my head and we go into blocking autopilot! – Sharpe
Mischief Managed – Roller Derby Scrimmage hosted by CCR (September 2019)
We had a wonderful and very nerdy day on the 7th of September as we invited everyone to join us at Hogwarts for a magic-packed day of fun! We were really lucky to have such awesome attendees, including all the skaters who took part to skate with pride for their houses and who really bought into the theme with some amazing pun names (Smagrid, Nymphafloor-her Tonks, and PeskiPixel Pesternomi to name but a few), the fabulous refs, our amazing announcing crew (Snoogins, James Brown, and our own Verry Cherry), and all of the CCR volunteers who came together to help us run the event! Stay tuned; you never know, you might be able to make it onto platform 9 and 3/4 in 2020 as well…. – Weston Super Clare
This is just me passing myself off as a defence against the dark arts teacher giving some first year refs some pointers as part of the officials clinic we ran alongside the games. It was a lot of fun, I enjoyed myself! – Anton Deck
Great Yorkshire Showdown – CCR B vs Sheffield Steel B Roller Derby B (Oct 2019)
Had so much fun with teamies this year at Yorkshire Showdown. This is me tripping over the track lines post-jam and trying to style it out. Falling is fun! – Smaller Mauler
Hassle in Newcastle Tournament – CCR B vs Rainy City C (Nov 2019)
This photo was from NRGs Hassle in Newcastle B team tournament this year. After having spent 4 years as a jammer, mid this year I transitioned to blocking/pivving. This photo, as ridiculous as it seems, balancing on one leg trying to block the opposing jammer on my chest out the front of the pack, to me is a representation of my growth and development. It was a really fun weekend with my team and the best we’ve played together all year. – Roll Darl
ECC – CCR A vs Kallio (October 2019)
Ok so, this was my first ever sanctioned WFTDA game at my first ever tournament. The weekend went by so quickly and I’d never been so physically/mentally/emotionally tired in my life once it finished. But I would do it all again tomorrow. I guess this was my first taste of the next level up of roller derby and it was amazing. – Harris
ECC – CCR A vs Auld Reekie (October 2019)
“If I hold on to you, you can’t leave us” I heard a rumour it was going to this legend’s last game and I was happy we gave Woo a win to go out on. She’s a true athlete & and inspirational skater, I’m lucky to call myself her teammate. – Treble
My WFTDA skating career had come full circle. Starting with that fateful game against Auld Reekie at Track Queens in Stuttgart in 2012 and ending with this game against Auld Reekie this time in Helsinki in 2019.
I’m hugging this mighty little bean so tight because she saw my heart break after the final whistle and she knew what I needed.
#alwaysthisteam – Woo
ECC – CCR A vs Auld Reekie (October 2019)
I LOVE this photo.
The story behind it…? During the summer my Mum died unexpectedly while receiving treatment for cancer of the jaw. When it happened CCR were on our summer break and I’d just been switched from Pivot to Jammer for ECC. I’d planned all sorts of off-skates and conditioning – that all went in the bin and I only had 2 months to get up to speed for jamming.
It was hard, and I put off dealing with some things so that I could mentally, physically and emotionally get myself to ECC. All the admin and organisation that go with a close family member dying is exhausting, both for those most affected but also for their partners. My SO did everything he could to look after me, and without him it would have been so much harder that I can’t imagine how I would have got up every morning. He took me to practise, knowing I needed to go and skate but not wanting to have me drive the long round trip from the countryside in to Birmingham. Practise and skating was the one time my mind was genuinely off what had happened – I wasn’t happy but I couldn’t spend time thinking about everything as the rest of my team would have kicked my arse skating.
This photo is taken immediately after the last jam of our last game at ECC; we won, I was happy for few short moments and then the world came crashing in again – I no longer had that distraction. My partner was watching on the stream and tells me he knew exactly what was going on. This amazing sport gave my mind time away from pain even if it was just for shorts stints. The off-season is hard, but very much needed – my fingers are broken from another season with CCR and they need time to get better ready for the next. My head is getting there and I know that in January I’ll be ready to get back into the next season. Tha
Thank you Marko Niemelä for capturing this when CCR’s “support” in the form of Vicky Verry Cherry came to check on me. Thank you to the rest of CCR for not going easy on me in training, and most of all to my partner Aero who made sure I made it to the precious few practises I had in the run-up to Helsinki. – El
This year we said goodbye to CCR alumni Typhoid Mary #404. Her funeral was a beautiful service full of memories & a meme slideshow, attended by CCR members past & present. Twisted Mister giving a funny & touching speech and a collection for Mind was given in her honour ❤ – Cherry
Thanks to all the amazing photographers who take their time to photograph roller derby. We appreciate all the effort you put in, the money you spend and the hours editing shots. Photos used her from Floyd King, Roller Derby on Film (Hassle) and Marko Niemelä (El ECC). If one of these photos has not been credited correctly, let us know!
1) When did you join CCR and why?
I joined CCR in Spring 2018 from Roller Derby Leicester. My partner Not Sorry Laurie made the same transfer the year before, had good things to say about every aspect of the league, and her skating had become even more badass so I wanted in on that too!
2) Favourite Derby memory?
I don’t think I can pick just one! My favourite memories are all to do with the wonderful folk I’ve met since starting to learn to skate in Leicester. Particular highlights have been spending time with teamies and watching the skating at the Roller Derby World Cup in 2018, travelling to Gothenburg with CCR this year , power ballad car journeys and all the fun , silly things you get up to with teammates at various events.
3) Which position do you play?
I’m a jammer with a jammer’s soul, but I like all the positions
4) Derby hero?
Being a shorty I have a soft spot for fellow tiny skaters. My favourites are Shorty McLightning Pants from Auld Reekie and CCR’s very own Tinchy Slider. And Shortstop, obviously.
I want to get as good as I can get at Roller Derby. At the moment I’m a B-team skater, but would like to progress further and aim beyond that.
6) Most embarrassing derby moment?
Typically my most embarrassing moment was at a scrim where I knew no one, and both my toe-stops simultaneously fell out mid-jam and I kept falling over. Worst of all, my future teamie Verry Cherry was the event announcer. Hopefully she doesn’t remember it!