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.

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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