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

CCR swap eight wheels for two and take over Birmingham

Skaters, refs and NSOs from Central City Roller girls (CCR) are painting the city pink and black on Saturday 14th July, by taking part in a mass bicycle ride in the city centre.

The league is using the event for two reasons – to promote their first game of the season against Big Bucks Rollergirls on 8th September; and to train for the first WFTDA European championships in Berlin in November.

League coach Barry Fight says the first bout of the season it’s a crucial game for Centrinnians. “The first game of the season will be very a important part of CCR’s prep for the up coming Euro tournament. Big Bucks is one of the strongest of the younger teams, so will give us a really tough game. I’m expecting a really hard fought bout.”

“”Roller derby brings these skaters together from all different corners of life, once they’re on that track, there’s no stopping them.The women involved in CCR mean business – they work hard, they train hard, and they play hard.”

The big CCR bike ride starts in the Cannon Hill area of the city and will hit Birmingham Cathedral on Colmore Row at Noon – please tweet us pics if you spot any riders to @the_CCR .

For more information on the WFTDA European championships can be found here .

They came from the North…. CCR take on ARRG and MRD

Playing on home turf makes for a secure and special event, and after making the squad for the Centrinnians, this could be, roster permitting,  my first ever home game playing for CCR. I joined CCR in September 2011 after moving away from my old league Middlesbrough Milk Rollers (whose relationship with CCR is kind of like the special relationship the UK and the US have, without the exchange of weapons and secret handshakes). 

Being a transfer skater is pretty daunting – you have to hit the ground running to learn new tactics, different names for drills, a whole new bunch of skater names/ real names – but as CCR is one of the friendliest leagues in the UK, it was pretty easy to settle in.

Six months on, getting a place on the Centrinnians means I have to prove I’ve got the chops to deserve my spot, and if I get to play ARRG on Saturday 10th March,  it will be doubly exciting as they are the league I played my first closed bout against (they won, and were thoroughly lovely to us).

In a general sense, what makes it an even bigger deal is CCR are facing their biggest opponents – Auld Reekie Rollergirls – who they have played five times before and are yet to beat them.

A brief history lesson…pay attention at the back….back when roller derby was a completely different beast, CCR were the first league to play ARRG back in April 2009, when ARRG won 142 – 132 and the rematch in may 2009 was 175 – 124 in ARRG’s favour. They met again during the rounds at Roll Britannia in July 2009 (ARRG got through to the semi-final).  In October 2010 at Stop Jammertime, CCR played hard but ARRG won with 73 – 59, and again at the 2011 Tattoo Freeze.

It’s been a year since they have seen each other on track, and both have different line ups  so how it will go is anyone’s guess, which should make for an exciting game.

There is also another bout on the same day (value for money and top entertainment, you really are spoiling us..) with CCR’s Slay Belles taking on Manchester Roller Derby – last time during a nail-biting game in the North, CCR claimed victory with 92 to MRD’s 73.

Betty Bloodshed is facing the prospect of playing as a Slay Belle for the first time, after transferring from Hellfire Harlots, and says she’s proud to be part of it. “It’s like a whole family affair and we get to show the Derby world how we do bouts.  If I make the roster, I’m most looking forward to that moment before my first jam,  when I’m lining up with my new team mates about to rock it!”

It would be safe to say that this bout is a pretty big deal, for me, for Betty, for the people who make up CCR, MRD and ARRG and for all league’s fans – it’s going to be a grand day out, so get your tickets before they sell out here.