To 2016…. and Beyond!

With the mince pies eaten, the bearings cleaned and the remnants of the turkey well and truly scoffed away, it’s time to reflect on last season and start setting some new goals! Whether its climbing the WFTDA rankings, sharpening those plough stops or a resolution to wash your pads at least once a month, we’d like to reflect on our last season with you.

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So who better to take us through the last 12 months with Central City Rollergirls than Head Coach  Illbilly and A team Captain Tinchy Slider?

Illbilly –

2015 saw Central City Roller Girls start the season at British Champs Tier One. We were very privileged to be involved in the competition and compete against teams of such high calibre. Our first date at Brit Champs saw us play Tiger Bay Brawlers and Glasgow Roller Girls. Our charter team took lots from these two match ups and it really helped focus attention to detail over the coming months and  really push our game up a gear.

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After the first Brit Champs date we sadly waved  goodbye to long standing power house head coach Barry Fight and warmly welcomed Barry’s protégé and support coach illbilly into the role.

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The months that followed saw lots of hard work and new ideas culminating in a really successful season, including  a Bronze  medal at A Skate Odyssey 2015, (WFTDA European  tournament hosted by Go Go Gent in Belgium).

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After a roll of great performances at the next pool of Brit Champs dates against Middlesbrough Milk Rollers and Auld Reekie CCR pulled in some hard fought wins against Rainy City, Paris Roller Girls and Newcastle Roller Girls seeing us climb up the official WFTDA rankings 41 places from our April 2015 standing. Central City are now focused on a very productive 2016! Watch this space.

Tinchy –

It’s been a phenomenal 12 months. My first season as Captain and the first with Bench Coach Illbilly at the helm. The first half of our season was dominated by tournaments, in the shape of British Champs and Skate Odyssey. The second half was quite the opposite, featuring a few key away games.

September:
First up we faced Hellfire Harlots in September, a rearranged game after the initial match up in 2014 was rained off (leaky ceilings are quite the hazard for those of us with wheely feet). A small crew journeyed to Nottingham but returned disappointed with a very close 189 to 185 loss. Yet another of our games determined in the last jam; our third this season with nothing but single digits in it.

October:
In October we re-focused and traveled up North to face Newcastle Roller Girls – a formidable and determined team that we had admired at SKOD and were looking forward to playing. The game was tough and close, just as we’d anticipated. We managed to keep a small but consistent lead throughout, no opportunities for relaxing or easing off. At the final whistle we were ecstatic with our 150 to 132 win.

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November:
To our final game of the season, and what felt like a David and Goliath style match up, the Stockholm Allstars. Ranked 14th in the world to our 148th position, we wanted a challenge and we weren’t disappointed. Stockholm took a strong lead early on and the game finished with a 478 – 56 win to the Allstars. But we managed to fight back with small but meaningful victories – like a 20 point set of grand slams in the second half. It’s true that you always learn more from the games you lose than from those you win, and so we finished the season with plenty of learning points. Our job as a team now is to narrow these down to some key objectives and come back to our 2016 season with energy, drive and a clear focus.

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I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved as a team in our 2015 season and honoured to have captained this group of committed, determined women as we’ve ventured to games far and wide. Our focus has remained firmly on team work and developing together and we’re looking to continue that next year as we journey even further afield. I can’t wait to get started on 2016‘s challenges!

Officials –

2015 saw another busy year for our officials at CCR too. The New Year began with Metal Ed and Rollin Rat becoming Divisional Head Referees for Brit Champs and continued to see our crack team of zebras clocking up the travel miles representing at prestigious events such as A Skate Odyssey, The Big O, West Track Story, Beardi, Brit champs (Premier tier to T5), MEC, 4 Nations and Fantastic 8.

On top of this our officials hosted two successful bootcamps both at home and one WFTDA recognised bootcamp in Trondheim, Norway.

Rollin Rat was selected to officiate over in the USA this year by at the Big O, Eugene, Oregan. The Big O is one of the USA’s top tournaments for teams all over the world to attend and now includes multiple division 1 games. This was a fantastic opportunity for Ratty to showcase his talent and we at CCR hope to see him continue his travels to more high level USA tournaments.

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Another big celebration was the fantastic news that Metal Ed had been accepted to represent at this year’s Division 1 Playoffs in Jacksonville Florida. Ed has worked incredibly hard to lay the foundations for European progression in WFTDA and represent Europe and the UK at the highest level of play.

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Metal Ed shares his thoughts on 2015:

“This year has been incredibly busy for us officials at Central City. From WFTDA clinics, running bootcamps (at home and abroad), and officiating from British Championships tier 4 right up to D1 WFTDA playoffs. Between us all we’ve travelled to America, France, Belgium, Norway and of course, Scotland and Wales clocking up an impressive mileage! Next year looks to be just as busy if not even more so, with plenty of events on the horizon we’re all looking forward to where our next adventures will take us and we hope to see some of you along the way.”

2016 is shaping up to be another big season for our officials with multiple international events already in the pipeline alongside opportunities for the UK too.

Photo credits:
– Floyd King Photography – facebook.com/floykingderbyphotography
– D.E.Sign

 

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