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

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Introducing CCR’s newest team – The Raging Belles

The Raging Belles: Back Row (L-R) Dr Inknockulator, Sweet Fighter, Bette Outta Hell, Lola Whip, Pre-EMMptive Strike, Jelly Mean, Ska Siren, Nok-turnal, Erin Blockhervitch, Rollin’ Rat. Front Row (L-R) Cruel Heller De Vil, Typhoid Mary, Speedy Wonder, Whipped Green, Faze’Her, Harm Honey. (Not Pictured: XBlox, Thumpelina, Betty Bloodshed, Bon Snot.)

Saturday 21st April at Doug Ellis Sports Centre, Birmingham sees the newest member of CCR’s bouting family, The Raging Belles take to the track for their first public bout against Wirral Whipiteres.

CCR’s first travel team, The Belles of Centrinnians first skated at Roll Britannia in July 2009, whilst The Slays Belles (CCR’s second travel team) debuted against Middlesbrough Milk Rollers in December 2009, and April 2012 sees the first public bout of their third travel team, the Raging Belles.

The Ragers  join The Slay Belles and the Belles of Centrinnians as one of CCR’s travel teams, and the evolution of this team comes from the high numbers of bout-ready skaters at CCR – currently nearing the 100 mark.

Stevel Knievel, who heads the CCR coaching team explains why a new team is so important to CCR . “Thanks to the structure we’ve put in place, we now have plenty of skaters who have sped through the Development programme to pass their minimum skills and become bout ready. Previously we looked to send them out to bout in mixed ‘cherry popper’ bouts, but while useful in themselves, we thought our skaters needed more and a way to help them move up through the CCR ranks quicker.”

Barry Fight in coach mode

Barry Fight in coach mode

As well as being a debut bout for the Ragers, the event co-incides with CCR coach Barry Fight running the London Marathon on the same weekend. Barry is running the race in aid of  West Midlands Lupus Group and to help him reach his goal of £1,000,  all money raised by the bout will go towards his cause.

Ragers Captain,  Faze’Her says this first public bout is a huge deal for everyone involved.  “We’ve all come through training together, learnt to skate together, now we’re finally getting to bout together. Bouting is the ultimate goal and this is the beginning of our bouting career, but an important milestone.”

The Ragers already have a few fixtures lined up, and Stevel told us about long- terms plans for the team. “The Ragers have got two bouts, as well as a closed doors practice with another new league, to look forward to before the league’s Summer break,  and we’ll be reaching out to new leagues for similar opportunities next year.”

You can find more details on the bout, including directions to the venue here. Entry is just £3,  on the door with all proceeds going to Coach Barry Fight’s fundraising for West Midlands Lupus Group.