CCR’s Summer – ‘Summer loving (shoving? Cuz roller derby) happened so fast…’ Part 1

Wow, this Summer has gone by fast; one minute we’re cancelling games due to the snow, next we’re getting our factor 50 on as we go up and down the M6 and now, well, it’s almost ‘PSL time’ (that’s pumpkin spice latte). Let’s reflect on the last few months here at CCR towers, in the words of the illustrious Verry Cherry #69.

“After a stellar start with international trips playing in France and Germany, it was time to focus on more ‘local’ games (and by local we mean 4 hours up the motorway – we know this means nothing to you Stateside but in the UK, this is far). Our first game was in Newcastle to play a team who are almost level with Arrg in terms of the amount of times we’ve met – the lovely, Newcastle Canny Belters!

Our Head Coach, Illbilly, was back fresh from playing at the Men’s World Cup (with a silver medal to boot) and it was time to put the months of training into practice and focus on this season’s goals. We wanted to continue building on our strengths, and continue to play challenging teams. The game was hard fought, Newcastle are built of strong stuff! They are tough and focussed, but CCR pulled off a win, with a 72 point differential. High fives all round!

I’m going to jump about the time line here like the dude from Quantum Leap, bear with me! #warning #whattimelines #disruptingthespacetimecontinuum #1955?

Next in the pipeline, we had 2 sanctioned games, with two teams we have never played – Steel City from Pittsburgh and Lille from well, Lille.

First up, was Steel City in May as the expo game in Euro Clash (hello Newcastle, again). After watching Tiger Bay and Blitz Dames grabbing weighty wins from them we went into the game feeling determined, like we had a job to do – and do a job we did! CCR worked hard (I can say this with pride as I was LUM for the day) playing smart, steady defence, patient offence and quick-witted jamming! At the final whistle, we were able to obtain a 245 points differential, giving us a win to take way in our pink and black bag!

Back on home turf, in our one and only home game this entire season, we hosted a double header with our A Team vs Lille and our B team vs Hallam Hellcats. I wasn’t at this game as I love Guns and Roses more than CCR so went to Download Festival, cue me (a few ciders down) sitting in a tent with Rollin’ Rat screaming at the CCR Forum waiting for updates while trying to explain the rules of roller derby and the WFTDA ranking system to our fellow campers.

First up, was the A Team game vs Lille. Although we had never met Lille before we knew there were a strong team not to be underestimated. It was a close game as both teams played strong and strategic. After 60 minutes, and after a few more Dark Fruits for me, CCR had claimed the win with a 24 point difference.

Next came the B Team game. We had recently welcomed new skaters into our B Team roster including Mim the Merciless, Honour Rampage, Rita Skate Worth, Darcey Daydream and Violet Disregard. The new look B Team took on hard hitting Hallam and came out victorious with a 56 point differential. More cider followed.

After a whirlwind couple months, we were excited to move up the WFTDA rankings. We had worked hard, travelled for many hours, played some challenging games, this was exciting. In the early hours of July 12th, with our WFTDA rankings at #57, we were invited to play at the WFTDA Continental Cup hosted by our “this town is big enough for both of us” neighbours Birmingham Blitz Dames. We accepted. There is no more glamorous place than Telford. We can’t bloody wait!

Part 2 of The Cherry Diaries coming soon!

 

Click here for the FB event to Continental Cup on October 27th-28th 2018!

Game Photos from Floyd King Photography

Other Photos from Verry Cherry Productions

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From Toulouse to Cardiff, Manchester and Barcelona!

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.

Photo Credit Julien Dessevre

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.

Photo Credit John Hesse

Photo Credit Julien Dessevre

Then we took both our A & B teams down to Cardiff to fight it out in a double header with Tiger Bay Brawlers.

Photo credit Adam Chard

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!

Photo credi: Adam Chard

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. 

Rainy City hosted the first Euro Cup in Manchester, featuring Rainy, Helsinki, Crime City, Kallio and Stockholm.

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!

Photo Credit Floyd King

It wasn’t all sangria and tapas however. CCR referee Anton Dec donned his stripes to keep the skaters in check.

Photo Credit Paul Jones

Whether you were there in person or watching on the live stream, you probably heard our Verry Cherry on the mic!

 

And finally, our coach Illbilly represented England once again, storming through the stages and taking England into the final against USA.

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.

Photo Credit John Hesse

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.