CCR B Team head to Hereford to face the Bullies

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The New year may have only just started but CCR are well into their 2013/14 bouting season. Currently the Birmingham team are in the middle of playing 4 games in 4 weeks. This weekend, things continue to gather momentum as CCR’s B-Team head into the sprawling fields of Herefordshire to play, you guessed it, Hereford Roller girls.

At the beginning of the season the B-Team were joined by a new coach in the shape of the very talented and enthusiastic Illbilly (Crash Test Brummies, Team England). Working closely with veteran coach Barry Fight, his aim is to make the B-Team into a lean, mean skating machine. He reflects on his time so far

CCR B team the Slay Belles work so hard and are a lovely bunch of people! I’m really proud of how they adapt to new elements of the game play and have really helped create their own game. We have a lot of exciting games planned this season, with more in the pipeline but we always treat every game with the same mindset, focused and determined… and to have a lovely time. ”

CCR’s B Team have played well recently notching up wins against Paris B and Wiltshire Roller Derby. Could Hereford be another win? Illbilly considers the opponents

Hereford are a tough opponent and include some very experienced skaters and we expect them to have been planning to upset our walls. But time will tell…”

Hereford are a strong team and won’t want to make it easy. The team will, no doubt, be wanting to put a win under the belts after narrowly missing out against Nottingham Rollergirls. The Herefordshire team have been pulling out all the stops, working diligently. As Hereford skater R2-Dee2 explains:

We’ve been training hard, not only in preparation for this bout, but for The Heartlands Tournament too, which we begin in February.”

Officially the two teams have never met before, however, there is history between the players with founder of the Hereford team being a very familiar face. R2-Dee2 considers the connection CCR shares with Hereford.1512486_214361245415582_660836881_n

We’re really excited to welcome the Slay Belles to Hereford on Sunday. We played our first ever closed bout against CCR, and our head coach, EveL Hart skated with CCR before leaving to set up HRG.”

Friendships aside, both teams are ready and raring to go, hoping to start 2014 how they mean to carry on. Can the Slay Belles continue their streak or will the Bullies stamp it out?

In the following weeks the B-team play Wiltshire away, and there will be an Intra league game: Bad Apples vs Queens of Steel. Come along!

Photos courtesy of Floyd King Photography

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Winter is coming: CCR head north to play Sheffield Steel Rollergirls

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This weekend the Central City Roller Girls go head to head with Sheffield Steel Rollergirls in what is set to be an enthralling match up. The teams last met on the track over two years ago, when CCR took the win. But that was then, this is now – line ups have changed, the rules have changed, the game of Roller Derby has changed. Historically, both teams have always been fairly evenly matched with little points differential in the final scores but how will these two teams match up now?

A-Team player Tinchy Slider reflects: “Sheffield have had a fair few games recently with equal losses and wins, so I think it’s going to be an unpredictable one. It’s been a while since we last played Sheffield – at the time I was cheering from the sidelines as I wasn’t yet on the team. Lots has changed since then, in Derby generally and for CCR. We’ve had a busy bouting schedule recently so we’re working together a lot and that’s really starting to show on track. With this being the A team’s last game of 2013, we’re going to be giving it our all and pulling together everything we’ve learnt so far this season.”

This will be CCR’s third game in as many weeks, with a win against Paris Rollergirls, and a loss against the Brighton rockers, they will be seeking to finish 2013 on a win. Sheffield will no doubt also be gunning for the win. Either way, Tincy words echo our own thoughts when she says “I’m most definitively looking forward to it!”

Join us at Ponds Forge, Sheffield for this anticipated match up. Doors open at 2pm, and it costs £5 to get in. If you can’t be there, join us on twitter: @The_CCR.

Slays travel North to play Newcastle Roller Girls

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Do you remember where you were 6 months ago? More specifically on Dec 1st? We do! Enthralled on the edge of our suicide seats, nails ‘trimmed’ to the bone, we sat holding our breaths watching CCR’s B team Slay Belles playing Newcastle’s Canny Belters. After some very tense play, NRG took away the win with a score of 118 to 102.

Since then the Slays have had the opportunity to build up their experience playing teams including Croydon and Northampton. Could this help them to bring home a victory, or will the Canny Belters, fresh from their win against Glasgow’s B Team repeat their peformance?

Only one way to find out! Join CCR’s Slay Belles as they play Newcastle Roller Girls this weekend.

Event Details:

  • Date: 29th June 2013
  • Venue: Walker Activity Dome , Wharrier Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 3BR
  • Time: Doors open 11.45am, First Bout – Whippin’ Hinnies v Bruising Banditas – 12:15pm, Second bout – Canny Belters v Central City Roller Girls‘ Slay Belles (B) – 2:30pm
  • Tickets: £6 online, £7.50 on the door.
  • For more details visit here.

Follow us on twitter @The_CCR for updates on the day! Can’t make this? Join CCR for ‘Get your Skates on’, a free introduction into the world of Roller Derby. Put some skates on or come and watch a mixed scrimmage. For more info click here.

Photo Courtesy of Floyd King