Playing with Tigers: A-Team play Tiger Bay Brawlers

1781447_240047696180270_899342841_oSaturday 22nd February, CCR assembled it’s finest to face a powerful ambush of Tigers. Armed with protective gear and eight wheels each, the group affectionately known as the ‘A-Team’ were determined to turn these wild cats into soft, purring felines. How did Central City’s A-Team fair against the powerful Tiger Bay Brawlers? You’re about to find out:

Fresh from their bout against London Brawling, Tiger Bay A looked ready for battle. CCR on the other hand were on the receiving end of what one could only call ‘rotten luck’. With minutes to go, the A-Team were suddenly two players down. Standing true to the concept that ‘no one player makes a team’, the skaters took to the track undeterred and ready to give Tiger Bay a good game.

First whistle and CCR were the first to put points on the board. TBB retaliated, taking the lead in the next jam and notching up an impressive 27 points while CCR’s jammer fought hard to get out the TBB pack. Moments later, CCR were given a power jam dramatically reducing their points deficit – scores were 29 TBB and 24 CCR. It was at this moment the audience realised this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park for TBB – it was going to be one hell of a ride!

Effective blocking on both teams forced slow packs, with the jammers having to push hard to get out the pack. Once they did, smart pack work would result in recycling of the jammers meaning slow incremental points scoring. The first 15 minutes of gameplay had TBB leading, but after their jammer took a trip to the box, CCR whipped into the lead with 43 points over TBB 39. Some excellent packwork from CCR and jammer penalties from TBB meant CCR leapt ahead with 71 points whilst TBB stayed at 39 points. The crowd were electric, not knowing whether to breathe as the lead continued to merry go round between the two teams. With three minutes left to go before half time the score was TBB 90 CCR 91 but  as half time was called the score settled at Tiger Bay 129 and CCR 99.1926241_240044139513959_1062950020_o

A few deep breaths and possibly some sort of sedative later we were ready for round 2. CCR’s jammer started in the penalty box, but was swiftly released by TBB’s jammer being called and CCR managed to claw back some much needed points. Both teams were consistent with strong packwork, and sharp tatics. TBB continued to hold the lead, but some great offensive work allowed CCR’s jammers to add points to their score. Midway through and the penalty box was becoming a popular place to be as the hunger grew stronger in both teams. The crowd were treated to aggressive jamming, and solid as a rock blocking. A power jam was awarded to TBB which helped them to increase their lead – TBB162 CCR 118. CCR pulled their walls tighter forcing early call offs and small points increases. With 15 minutes left to go the scores were Tiger Bay 184 to CCR 145. At this point, with 40 points in it, there was still all to play for. As the penalty box was in heavy rotation TBB increased their lead further but CCR keep on fighting. Each team managed to grab a few more points and at final whistle the score was TBB 258 CCR 171.1622497_240049162846790_1000189786_o

Fantastic play by both sides showed the skill and athleticism that has developed in Derby in recent years. With such a nailbiter of a game, it’s pretty certain that the next time these two teams meet again it’s probably worth having a medical team on standby. The heart can only take so much stress.

Join us on 29th March to see the A and B Team play Croydon Roller Derby’s A and B Team. Get ticks and info here. And if you’re feeling playful, come join us for our ‘Gamesmaster’ Fundraiser on 6th April at Cherry Reds, Birmingham – more info here.

Photo’s courtesy of the amazing Floyd King Photography.

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CCR Ragers beat Severn Roller Torrent 150-128

In their third game since starting to bout in April 2012, CCR’s C team, the Raging Belles scored their third victory in a row on Saturday 27th November, when they took on Severn Roller Torrent (SRT).

SRT took an early lead after their jammer got through the pack and called the jam off early, and then continued to lead for the first few jams. Ragers scored 2 but SRT racked up the points to 29, with their blockers making tight walls, and SRT jammers zipping through the inside line with ease.

The Ragers started to close the gap when they were given a power jam, with CCR’s jammer brining the score to 28 CCR and 50 to SRT. SRT’s jammer was sent to the box three times in a row, which the Ragers exploited and the score went to 47-50.

Halftime saw CCR 61 and SRT on 71 and the CCR Ragers must have had a most excellent team talk and snack time, as they came back strongly, switching between slow solid walls and opportunistic offence, racking up 129 points to SRT’s 79.

SRT didn’t let go lightly, and met CCR with equal tactical awareness and grit, and as both teams jammers swapped seats a few times in the box, the score was 34 to CCR and 111 to SRT. After a jam where a CCR blocker hit the SRT jammer so hard that her panty flew off, the game ended 150 CCR Ragers – 128 SRT.

Thank you to SRT who were excellent opponents, and keep your peepers peeled for an announcement on the next upcoming Ragers game.

Photo credit – Floyd King

Double win for Slays and Ragers

The last bout of CCR’s season saw the Slays and the Ragers take victory in both of their games, with strong resistance from Liverpool and Evolution.

The first game between Ragers and Evolution was the Shrewsbury league’s first public bout, not that you could tell by their form on track. Both sides had strong walls and tactical nous, yet CCR led throughout the game using the tactic I like to call ‘ the thing!!!’ to their advantage.

Evolution retaliated with strong defence when CCR’s jammer ploughed into their walls, but they lagged behind score-wise as they suffered from a spate of penalties throughout the game.

The bout ended with CCR Ragers winning with 408 and Evolution finishing at 108, after a spirited and skilful performance from both sides.

Roster: 25 Faze’Her (Captain); 434 Dr Inknockulator (Co-Capt); 23 Harm Honey; 44 Nokturnal; 58 Enzo L Calamity; 61 Erin Blockervitch; 72 Bette Outta Hell; 80 Skar Siren; 429 Thumpalina; 737 Speedy Wonder; 802 Whipped Green; 808 Pre-Emmptive Strike; 1212 Lola Whip. Bench: Rollin Rat; Line Ups: Boots Manuva

The second bout between CCR’s Slays and Liverpool roller birds was a hard- fought battle between the two sides.

LRB scored 3 in the first jam but CCR got 30 points after ccr’s jammer had a most excellent powerjam. LRB’s blockers, hit impressively hard, bridged, and then kept hitting CCR’s jammer but suffered penalties.

With the score 55-8 to CCR, the home team kept the pack fast and refused to give points away, with LRB suffering more penalties. LRB then got lead jammer, and she sneaked through the inside to gain three points, taking it up to CCR 55-12 LRB.

LRB’s jammer dealt with a fast pack by placing her blocker in a CCR wall and pushing off her to score two points. CCR then got lead then LRB and one thing remained the same – fast packs- and half time saw CCR lead with 91-24- Exciting stuff yes?

The second half saw some lovely offensive work from CCR’s blockers, who helped their jammer hit it and quit it and gain 103 -24 with 26 minutes to go. Another powerjam saw CCR go up to 125 after their jammer clocked up an awesome 22 point jam.

LRB gained during their next two powerjams before their jammer was sent the box and CCR took points back with the score increasing to 203-58.

Liverpool never gave up, giving hard hits to CCR and staying focused in the face of CCR’s savvy use of ‘the thing!!!’ when LRB’s jammer was in the box.

The last few jams were fast and furious – with CCR’s blockers doing some cracking offensive work and Liverpool making use of a powerjam which took them up to 81 to CCR’s 234.

After a final drama – filled jam, with players from LRB flocking to the box, the final score was 275 – 86 to the Slays.

Roster: 1337 Incredible Hulse (Captain); 19 Woo-Ha (Co-Captain); 10 Bunny Massacre; 29 Gerty Go-Go; 54 D’elusive Del; 69 Verry Cherry; 73 Sweet Fighter; 100 Dynomite Bo; 101 Cruel Heller Devil; 360 X-Blox; 404 Typhoid Mary; 707 Jelly Mean; 5000 Boots Manuva, Bench: Lethal Sizzle; Line-Ups: Agent Dana Scurry

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Photos courtesy of Floyd King