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.

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