Since our last update, the folk at CCR have been busy!
Back in March, Central City A took a trip to Toulouse to take part in Capitol Clash hosted by Roller Derby Toulouse. Over the weekend, we faced the formidable hosts, Nothing Toulouse and the mighty Stockholm Roller Derby.
Two skaters made their CCR A team open game debut – El and Jeneral, welcome to the team! And Rollin Rat was also Tournament Head Ref because he’s quite good at that official stuff.
Although we didn’t bring home any wins, we all still had a lovely time and brought home plenty to work on.
Then we took both our A & B teams down to Cardiff to fight it out in a double header with Tiger Bay Brawlers.
Game one saw the respective B teams battle it out and it was a nail biter full of lead changes. But CCR B pulled away in the second half to take the win.
The A team followed suit, taking the crowd on a roller coaster ride of lead changes, apex jumps, grinding defence and multiple neck-and-neck scores!
The game went right down to the wire and, with just a few points in it, Not Sorry Laurie snatched lead in the final jam, grabbed her points and called it, bringing home the second win of the day.
Last weekend, there was a lot of roller derby happening across Europe.
Rollin Rat and Honor Rampage, two of our finest officials, travelled north to help make Euro Cup 2018 a success. Congratulations Rainy City (and Dana Scurry who we miss loads!) for taking home the trophy!
In Barcelona, the third Men’s Roller Derby World Cup took place, this year being the biggest yet!
25 nations sent their best skaters to the the Costa Brava to battle it out and Birmingham sent out their best cheering squad!
It wasn’t all sangria and tapas however. CCR referee Anton Dec donned his stripes to keep the skaters in check.
Whether you were there in person or watching on the live stream, you probably heard our Verry Cherry on the mic!
The lads put in a brave and determined performance, keeping the scores neck-and-neck for the first few jams.
Alas, USA stretched out the lead and took home gold.
Ilbilly and the rest of the squad brought home silver and we could not be more proud of them! Congratulations on an amazing tournament and you’ll get them pesky Americans next time.
As you can see, we like to get around.
So where else can you see CCR over the next few weeks?
- Saturday 14th April – Central City v Newcastle Roller Girls. Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle.
- Sunday 15th April – CCR Open Skate Session. Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham.
- Saturday 21st April – CCR officials being official. West Track Story. Nantes, France.
- 4th-6th May – Verry Cherry on the mic and Rollin Rat wearing stripes. The Big O. Eugene, Oregon.
- Saturday 5th May – CCR Open Skate Session. Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham.
- Saturday 12th May – Central City v London Rockin’ Rollers. Glasgow
- Sunday 20th May – Central City v Steel City. EuroClash, Newcastle.
- Sunday 27th May – CCR FREE Roller Derby Taster Session. Doug Ellis Sports Centre, Birmingham.
Last weekend Central City travelled down to Bridgend for our 2018 season opener.
With newly minted co-captains Jeneral and Quad Job at the helm, Central City B was invited to take on Bridgend Roller Derby for the first game of the season. With Bridgend having the home advantage and fielding their A team, it was set to be an exciting game.
At the end of a storming first half, CCR were leading 116 to Bridgend’s 55, demonstrating that copious amounts of mince pies over the festive period had not dampened this team’s drive.
The second half opened strong with CCR’s defence only conceding 29 points to Bridgend over the next thirty minutes. CCR pushed on, putting an impressive 124 points on the board, finishing out the game with a 240 to 84 point win for the Birmingham team.
This admirable performance means CCR B have leapt an astonishing 48 places up the Flat Track Stats rankings, now sitting at a respectable 144th in Europe.
Of her team’s first outing of the year, co-captain Jeneral said, “Our jammers were fabulous and we really gelled in our blocking lines.”
Let’s hope this win sets the tone for the rest of CCR’s season.
But the roller derby fun didn’t end there. Bridgend hosted a sevens tournament straight after the main event.
Maz, Milly Idol, Jeneral, Woo from CCR teamed up with some of our brothers from Crash Test Brummies, Fish, Ad and Brewski, to form the super-team, Crash Central.
Crash Central fought hard, coming home with two losses and one win – not bad when half your team has already played a full game!
If you’re interested in getting involved with roller derby, check out our FREE Get Your Skate On taster event on Saturday 27th January 2018.