National Squad Interviews: Team Wales Manager, Dorkmistress

In our series of national squad themed interviews in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we present Team Manager: Dorkmistress.

Dorkmistress has had a long and varied time in Roller Derby. Starting in 2011 with the Cardiff Roller Collective, as a skater and announcer, she has since moved to Swansea City Roller Derby (in 2013), and moved into refereeing for both Swansea and the South West Silures in 2014. She was Team Manager for Team Wales Roller Derby for the 2014 Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup, and continues in this role, having been re-elected in the post earlier this year. Her derby CV is extensive, including over 60 games refereed, and 100 announced, over her 5 year period in the sport.

Dorkmistress

In common with other Team Wales roles, you’re returning to the role of Manager from the last iteration of the National Team. What led you to decide to continue in the role?

It’s a big decision – I loved the last two years but it’s a fairly big commitment. We learnt so much in the last two years, starting the team from scratch and I wanted to make sure that I could see these lessons implemented. I know how I want to do things differently and think that I can do a much better job this time around. Plus, I’m not ready to watch Team Wales on track without being part of it! When I was thinking about how to answer these questions I looked back on the Team Wales Facebook page and seeing the support, encouragement and emotion on there made me remember what an incredible experience and honour it is to be part of Team Wales, and to be part of a team of such amazing people. And I still regularly look at the pictures of the Team Wales supporters gang – those crazy laydees from Neath Port Talbot, the supporters who travelled to Belgium and Dallas with their inflatables and daffodil hats, our own official leader of chants, Rhys Jones. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Managing a National team is quite a complex task, with many things to keep track of (and you’ve technically managed 2 Nations, what with Team Sealand). What do you think are the most important aspects of the job? (And coping with the workload?)

Being able and willing to keep all the plates you are spinning in the air is probably the key to success! And you can only achieve that with delegation and lots of communication. I worked with the skaters and other members of the management team to set up committees to cover key areas, like fundraising and events, and each group had an action plan and regular meetings. I did live on Facebook and Google Docs for the year, and ended up missing training a fair bit, but I wanted to make that commitment to make sure Team Wales was in the best place possible in Dallas. I have a busy real life job, but that’s given me lots of time management and project planning skills, which were essential. Team Sealand was much easier, I just had to sort out travel and bout contracts!

Last time around, a big part of the Management for most National teams was simply raising the funds to make it to Dallas. How did you guys go about managing the process, and finding new ways to get funds?

We were really clear that fundraising was the responsibility of everyone in Team Wales, and everyone got involved. We had huge support from leagues from Newcastle to LRG to Severn Roller Torrent to Swansea City Roller Derby, giving us raffle proceeds, holding fundraising events and giving us stall space at their events. We had people donate money, we sold a LOT of t-shirts, we held karaoke nights, we made loom bands, we had a baby picture competition, we had face painting at our games – literally any way we could get money out of people, we tried. We also decided to hold the fabulous Road to Dallas tournament in Newport in October 2014, hosting Teams Scotland, Ireland and West Indies. Fundraising was constant – the challenge was to make it fun and to try and not just ask the same people all the time….same as most leagues face. It will be easier in some ways this time – we have our merch in place and an existing fan base – but harder in a sport where we have more leagues trying to fund raise from the same audience.

What’ve you learned from the last time around that you’ll be applying this time, to improve Team Wales’ management?

Have you got enough space in this blog? We’re starting in a better position – we have a clear identity and design, so we will have t-shirts and merch available sooner and more options for our supporters. Do more on social media – keep everyone updated on our journey towards the World Cup. Delegate more and more completely – easier when you know what you are trying to achieve and know all the details and issues that need to be considered. Get the right partners and sponsors so things are as easy and cheap as possible for us. Play more games – we had 9 months from team selection to the World Cup last time and that wasn’t enough – one reason we were keen to kick off the National Squad selection process in the UK. Everyone’s going to freak out a bit on this journey – we are all allowed a freak out, just hopefully not at the same time. Sleep more and stop looking at Facebook messages at midnight and then again at 7am. Don’t share a room with morning people if you are a night owl – probably the hardest and most important lesson I learnt…

You’ve also announced in many places, including at the first Men’s World Cup. How would you compare your two World Cup experiences?

Very different experiences because they were very different sized events on very different continents. The Men’s World Cup memories I have will last me a lifetime. It was my first taste of international roller derby and it was small and perfectly formed – the announcing team was incredible and the size of the schedule and event meant you could keep up with all of the action and see all of the teams and skaters sat next to you. I got to hang out with Team Japan and watch Team Argentina and nearly lost my voice shouting at Team Wales scoring points against Team USA – and those moments were all in the same room, right next to each other. It was the first time I got to introduce the Welsh National Anthem and I can still feel the hairs rising on the back of my neck. I also got to do the in-house announcement for *that* Wales V Australia game and the emotion in the venue at that last jam overwhelmed me so much I cried for 30 minutes at the end of the game – us announcers feed off that crowd emotion and I have never felt anything like it. It was such a personal experience I am not sure anything will ever really be the same as that. I’m desperately proud to have been part of the delivery of that event and I am more than a bit heartbroken that I can’t go to Calgary this July – but I know Team Wales will make me and everyone else even prouder than they did that day in Birmingham.

The Blood and Thunder World Cup was just so much bigger. When we arrived at the airport the customs guys said ‘you here for the roller derby?’. That’s because they had already seen so many skaters and fans. 30 teams is a lot of people, three tracks in this massive room in a ginormous exhibition centre in America? Much bigger than the Futsal! If I went to the team room (each team had its own room! what?!) it was a good 5 minute walk, which, by the end of the day, felt like 5 miles. We’d gone to the European Roller Derby Tournament in Belgium and shared the underside of the bleachers seating with 7 other National teams and the next thing you knew we had a Team Support person, and a room and all sorts of things to make our time easier. I missed announcing though, you watch games in a different way and I didn’t see a lot of other games as I was busy on the merch stall or sorting transport or one of the many other things that went on. And I missed being part of the team that showed you the event and explained what was going on. However, nothing in my life will ever compare to being able to walk out on the biggest Roller Derby stage in the world as part of Team Wales in the Parade of Nations. I can’t even now, all this time later, put that experience and feeling into words. It’s something I will forever be proud of and proud to have been part of.

When you were interviewed last time around, you noted that you were most looking forward to Team Wales playing “teams from far off places”. In the event, Wales played South Africa, New Zealand, Norway and Puerto Rico, at least three of which probably count! If you could play any teams (announced or not) in the upcoming World Cup, what would they be?

Norway are going down this time! It was almost impossible to watch the game – seeing the team play out of their skins to claw back to within reaching distance for Norway to pull away just at the end. I’d love to see us play Argentina, they were incredible in Dallas and I think the South American teams are going to go to the next World Cup with a huge step up in skills and strategy. And there will be teams from new places – Iceland, definitely, maybe even Egypt, or Russia [where there are teams, but no established National infrastructure, yet]! We think and talk a lot about European Derby and Derby in North America, but the World Cup is the only place we get to see derby developing as a Global sport, and that’s going to be really evident in the next World Cup for sure.

(And if you have a place you’d like the World Cup to be, for any reason…)

Would love it to be in Japan as I have always wanted to go there but even pretending I’d have to fund raise for that makes me want to cry! Very boringly I’d like it to be in Europe next – I think that showing as many people as possible international level derby inspires skaters and so would like to see it move around continents to give everyone that experience – watching it on the internet isn’t quite the same. So next time Australia or New Zealand. Then South America or Asia or Africa. A true world tour!

The original interview was published by Scottish Roller Derby.

Welcome to Cornwall Roller Derby!

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The first and last roller derby league in the country, Cornwall Roller Derby was formed in 2010 and has three home teams, the Rapscallion Rollers based in Penzance, Kernow Rollers in Truro and Towan Blystra Bombers in Newquay.

We have over 60 members, made up of skaters, NSOs, referees and volunteers, all training each week and coming together for monthly scrimmages as well as our annual intra-league grudge match. Players from each team can also be chosen for our travel teams, the CRD All Stars, the Scrumpy Old Men and our co-ed team, Cornish Nasties.

We are proud of our amazing league and continuously aim to promote a sense of belonging and empowerment for all of our members, while working together to create a great roller derby experience and supporting each other to become the best athletes we can be.

If you are interested in joining CRD or for more information, email info@cornwallrollerderby.com

Welcome to Hertfordshire Roller Derby!

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Hertfordshire Roller Derby is the home of Hell’s Belles Roller Girls. With nearly 50 members, the league, which was founded in late-2010, is the largest women’s flat-track roller derby team in Hertfordshire.

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“At Hertfordshire Roller Derby we are expanding rapidly as a league and we are very excited to take the next step in joining UKRDA and to be recognised as a member.”

HRD’s Hell’s Belles were one of six teams that formed the End of the World Series tournament in 2010, which over a number of years grew and rebranded to become the British Roller Derby Championships in 2015. Following promotion last year, Hell’s Belles will be competing in the British Roller Derby Championships Tier 3 East for 2016.

Find out more about Hertfordshire Roller Derby http://www.hertsrd.co.uk/

National Squad Interviews: Team Wales, Buccaneer Betty Fear

In our series of national squad themed interviews in collaboration with Scottish Roller Derby, we present Buccaneer Betty Fear who skated on the first Team Wales.

Tryouts are currently open for the next Team Wales, who will compete in the 2017 Roller Derby World Cup. To learn more about the Tryouts, read the FAQ, and the Application Form. The Application Form also has details of the dates and locations that Tryouts will occur, in April and May. If you would like to represent Wales internationally, then sign up to try-out!

Buccaneer Betty FearFear skating in the 2014 World Cup (against New Zealand), on the right. (Courtesy Sean Murphy)

Buccaneer Betty Fear started out in Roller Derby with Severn Roller Torrent in 2011. She remained with Severn, skating and coaching until 2015, when she joined Tiger Bay Brawlers. She was an active member of Tiger Bay during their first and only season in British Champs. She attended the 2014 Blood & Thunder World Cup as a member of Team Wales, playing against Norway, South Africa, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

Before her retirement from Roller Derby at the end of the last season, she blogged on roller derby and other topics at It’s a Hard Block Life.

So, the obvious first question is at the beginning: why try out for Team Wales?

It is so hard to write about why I tried out without relying on cliché. I think it is because it is such a big set of feelings that you run out of words…
Trying out to make a National Squad was not a life experience that I thought I would have. Roller Derby is still at this special, magical time where people who have come to the sport as an adult can have dreams like making a National Squad and have the chance to turn them into reality. If you bring the work and the commitment and the courage to put yourself on the line, you can make it happen. Our sport might not be like that forever (have you seen those juniors??), so grabbing that opportunity now, while we are in this meeting place where hard work can turn you into an elite athlete… was an obvious. At the point of trying out, even the trial felt like a win and an experience.

Tell us a bit about the mental game of the tryout process. What did it feel like to go through the tryouts; and wait and then discover you had made it onto the roster?

The tryout experience was utterly unlike I expected. I thought it would be this pressurised, lonely experience where everyone was out for themselves. Nope. Within minutes of arrival the skaters trying out were forming bonds with each other. There was a palpable sense of community and support. It was like the larger Roller Derby community, but squeezed into this incredibly intense experience. During drills people were supporting each other and rooting for each other. During scrimmage we were urging each other to jam and to pivot.

Physically and mentally it was one of the toughest experiences I have gone through. The trials were long, demanding and I think they were designed to ensure you were pretty exhausted by the time you scrimmaged. Waiting for the results of the first round of trials was agony, the elation of finding you had made the next round was swiftly followed by the awful realisation you had to do it all again, with more at stake…

Finding out I had made the Squad was an incredibly proud moment. I had spent so long prepping for those trials… I had spent all my money hiring lonely sports halls at early hours on weekend mornings, I had trained relentlessly in the gym, I’d read pretty much every sports psychology book I could get my hands on. I’d gone all out to make the Squad. Knowing I would wear a Welsh jersey was incredible.

Training for a National Team is a significant additional investment for a skater, on top of their existing league commitments. How did you manage the time needed?

For the time I was in the Squad, there was no balance in my life. It was Roller Derby, all in. I worked, I played derby and I cross trained. I mumbled ‘sorry’ to my brilliantly supportive partner as I disappeared every weekend, usually on both days, for League and Squad training. I spent my money on Roller Derby travel, the gym and physio. I missed the wedding of a close friend and countless nights out and weekend adventures.

At some point it stops being about you, and becomes about what you owe the Squad. You know that there were other skaters who would have done anything to have the spot on Squad you have, you owe it to them to go all out. You know that your team mates are missing birthdays and weddings and not seeing their kids in order to train, you owe it to them. And there is always the thought of not letting your Country down. You are going to skate out with a Welsh dragon on your chest, you want to show the World (and the Welsh) that we were serious about this sport.

In the lead up to the World Cup, Wales played several other games, including a kind of home-series (Road To Dallas) against Ireland, Wales and the West Indies. What do you think you and the team gained from these games?

The games we played in the lead-up to the World Cup were an incredibly experience. I think the proliferation of European (and UK-based teams) really lifted the quality of derby that was played at the World Cup. By the time we got there we had played half a dozen games as a National Squad – that makes a huge difference.

Instead of working out kinks in our game at the World Cup, we had a squad who had skated together, understood each other and had developed our game. We also got to learn from the experiences of teams that had skated in the first World Cup. Scotland and Ireland had such strong, experienced Squads. Playing them beforehand gave us a chance to learn and adjust. The West Indies were great to play against as well… they were such a tough, hard-hitting Squad… it totally warmed us up (tenderised us??) for the hard-hitting play we experienced in Dallas.

It also gave us a chance to experience skating as Team Wales and the whole different set of nerves that comes with that. Finally, it meant that more players had the experience of playing for their country. Not everyone made the Squad in Dallas, so some great skaters who didn’t get the chance in Dallas still had the incredible experience of skating for their country.

Representing Wales in Dallas, you played against New Zealand, South Africa, Norway and Puerto Rico. What was your favourite game, and why?

Each game was a special and intense experience and created memories that will stay with my forever. South Africa were a great, physical side, having the time of their lives and their spirit was infectious. New Zealand were, well, HUGE! They were formidable and it was brilliant to have the chance to go up against them. Puerto Rico was a joy of a game – the final of the one we played at the World Cup and just a riot.

But my favourite… was Norway. They were skilled, strong and relentless, but we had a moment where Wales came together and realised that everything we had worked for was now and that this was our chance. We went back out on track with a vengeance, lifting our performance. We lost, but that switch in how we were operating on track was special. It was a moment of mental resilience and this incredible sense of skaters going out there for each other. We did each other proud.

Are you planning on trying out for Team Wales again?

I’ve retired now – full of dreams made reality! But to anyone considering it – go.
Try out.
Yes: you.

Imagine being able to say you were at trials for a National Squad… imagine being able to say you made it. Get your butt to training, get to the gym, get watching footage and grab yourself a derby dream. You will get something from any part of the process you go through. Go get it, skater!

We currently don’t know much about the 2017 World Cup. If you had a choice, where would you like it to be (and who would you like to face on track?)

I’d love to see it in Europe: the cost for so many teams to travel to North America was prohibitive. I’d love to have it closer to home, and see more European teams able to have all their skaters there and more skaters get the chance to have their moment on track.

Who would I like to see Wales face on track? It’s got to be Norway. But this time with a different ending…

The original interview was published by Scottish Roller Derby.

Welcome to North Cheshire Victory Rollers!

North CheshireNorth Cheshire Victory Rollers was founded in November 2011 by lead co founders, husband and wife, Neil and Nic. But in the derby world they are known as Von Finkenstein and Nic Dastardly.
The league started skating at local roller discos, practising first how to skate and second how to fall without hurting yourself. The first official training session was in held Frodsham Leisure Centre car park on 1st Jan 2012. The first public bout was in the summer of 2012 against Liverpool B team, where they took the win! At the back end of 2012/2013, they rolled on over to Rudheath Leisure Centre as they were looking for a more suitable, skate friendly floor with a good mix of grip and speed.

Over the years NCVR have made intakes twice a year, where skaters have triumphed, fallen, or simply not felt the derby bug. It has left them with the our current team The Sirens, made up of characters from all walks of life. Taking on more public bouts both home and away, they continue to spread the NCVR courage near and far.

Looking towards the future, NCVR are continuing with intakes with the hope of producing a second team to extend the family and the kids won’t be left out as there will also be a junior league start up coming soon.

Welcome to Spa Town Roller Girls!

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THIS.IS.SPA.TOWN.

Founded in 2012, Spa Town Roller Girls are Harrogate’s only roller derby club. Their club values are teamwork, inclusiveness, competition, learning and fun! Over the past three years they’ve been working hard to build a regular team of skaters and officials, and now have a club of near 50 active members.

Everyone is welcome to join the club as regular members and take part as either competitive skaters (female only, age 18+), recreation league skaters (all, age 16+), skating officials (all, age 16+) or non-skating officials. They are really excited to join UKRDA and help to build a positive image of roller derby in the sporting community and beyond and are currently working with Harrogate Borough Council to encourage more active sport through skating and playing roller derby. The programme, called Skate For Sport, is targeting 16+ year olds, starting in May – running as part of a new skater intake.

Spa Town like to work hard and play hard and welcome guest skaters, officials and coaches to most sessions so please email spatownrollergirls@gmail.com if you want to attend, book a game or scrim or find out more.

England Roller Derby (Team England) Announcement

The UKRDA are happy to announce, that after some collaboration, we have come to an agreement with England Roller Derby who have now stated their intention to become fully affiliated once again.

As part of this process UKRDA are undertaking the first stage – recruitment of management and coaches for the 2017 Blood and Thunder World Cup.

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The UKRDA is recognised as the governing body of roller derby in the UK by BRSF. Affiliation of national teams is a step towards roller derby being involved in mainstream sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympics. UKRDA member leagues are grassroots run and UKRDA directors and representatives are democratically voted for by the skaters. UKRDA follow the ethos of “by the skaters for the skaters” but ultimately strive to further promote the sport of roller derby and have it recognised and taken seriously outside the derby community.

The first women’s Roller Derby World Cup had teams from just 13 countries and later events attracted teams of the best skaters from 30 countries. England Roller Derby placed second in the 2014 women’s world cup, finishing behind Team USA in this event.

In Conjunction with this announcement England Roller Derby are on the hunt for the people to take them back to 2017 Blood and Thunder Roller Derby World Cup. After making it to second place, England Roller Derby are looking to continue this run of success in the 2017 World cup.

Do you feel that you could help England?

Applications are now open for the England Roller Derby management positions, including:

  • Head coach
  • Assistant coach
  • Line up manager
  • Team manager

Applications close at Midnight 18th April 2016

To apply for one of the team management positions, please fill in this form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-XTeOpUghUFWDBLQTRFdmVYa0k

To apply for the Head Coach, Assistant Coach or line up manager please fill in this form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-XTeOpUghUFdUJjMGQxczVVMnM

Members of the management team will be expected to attend skater tryouts and other events, including training sessions and games.

If you have any questions, please contact ukrdanationalsquads@ukrda.org.uk.

Team Wales National Squad Appointments

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UKRDA are delighted to announce the latest national squads appointments for Team Wales Roller Derby.

Our congratulations go out to Dorkmistress who will be at the helm of Team Wales as their Team Manager. Smirkcules will stepping into the role of Head Coach working with Chant-Hell as Assistant Coach. Professor Moriarty will be returning to keep the team calm and in order as Line Up Manager.

We would like to wish them all the best of luck in their roles and can’t wait to see them in action and representing roller derby in the UK. The team tryouts will be taking place later in the Spring, keep an eye on their Facebook page for more updates.

Get ready – Tattoo Freeze is this weekend!

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It’s just a few days away, and the eight teams taking part in this year’s Tattoo Freeze Invitational have been working hard to prepare.

For many, Tattoo Freeze marks the first game of 2016, so all are hoping to get this year off to a flying start.

The first game will see the Lincolnshire Bombers take on the Preston Roller Girls.

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Founded in 2008, the Lincolnshire Bomber Roller Girls are Lincoln’s original roller derby team. Since then they have continued to grow and experience some magical times together, including competing in SKOD 2013, and in the first British Championships.

A spokesperson for the team said: “Our highlight of last year’s Champs was definitely our game against Oxford Roller Derby where, in a close fought and dramatic game, we took the win by just two points!

“We are very excited to be part of Tattoo Freeze and British Champs again in 2016 and look forward to playing against new teams and making new friends along the way.”

And in a touching tribute to Motorhead – which sponsored the league – and their late founder Lemmy, LBRG will be skating out to “Bomber”.

Preston Roller Girls were formed late in 2010 and were Lancashire’s first roller derby league.

A league member said: “During the last year, we have been focusing on expanding the league and developing the skills of our skaters.

“We’ve already got plenty of scrims and bouts lined up for our up and coming skaters, and are looking forward to seeing them take to the track. ”

Last year, Preston took part in the British Championships and secured promotion to Tier 3 of the competition.

Next up will be Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers.

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The girls from Nottingham have been training hard in the off-season to develop strong, agile athletes and have their eye on taking this year’s British Championships by storm. But first, they will have to kick off their year with a tough game against Wolves.

A Nottingham Roller Girls spokesperson said: “This will be a great start to the year, and we’ll be showing you what it means to bleed green!”

Currently ranked 85th in Europe, the Wolverhampton Honour Rollers team have also been training hard and have gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Last year saw the team come first in the north east division of the British Championships and place third in the Tier 4 playoffs.

One of the league’s members said: “The team has been eager to get involved with Tattoo Freeze and are delighted to be playing in 2016.”

Third on the bill will be the MRDA-sanctioned game between the Crash Test Brummies and the Super Smash Brollers.

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2015 was a transitional year for the Brummies. They saw the departure of a lot of faces that the team had been previously been built around. But they didn’t let that get in their way, turning their attention to getting their newer skaters up to speed and making their reworked squad more cohesive.

A Brummies spokesperson said: “Although our 2016 Tattoo Freeze competing squad sees only seven players in common with our 2015 one, much of the same smash-tastic ideals have kept us constantly smiling through.”

Some of the team’s highlights from last season were finishing mid table in the men’s British Championships, their BEARDi tournament in support of Movember and three players making national training squads in the hopes of being picked to represent their countries at the Men’s World Cup in Calgary this summer.

“We are excited to be again opening our season at Tattoo Freeze this year and would encourage any local lads to look us up if they fancy giving this crazy sport we love a try, our doors are always open. Brummies Smash!”

Born over 4 years ago of love for roller derby, and old school computer games, The Super Smash Brollers are the first men’s roller derby team in Nottingham.

A Brollers spokesperson told us: “Having played in Euros, Champs, friendlies and all over the country, we are always up for a challenge, but now we can add playing at one of the most exclusive game events of the year – Tattoo Freeze!

“Be sure to check out the big hits, fast skates, and shiny new tops brought to you for the first time this season! Keep Brollin’, Brollin’, Brollin’, Brollin’!”

Rounding off this amazing day of roller derby will be the Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers.

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Liverpool Roller Birds is the city’s first ever roller derby league! They flew into existence in November 2009, offering women of all shapes, sizes and skating abilities, the opportunity to take up roller derby.

Since their inception, LRD’s A team, the Sisters of Mersey, and B team, the Yellow Shovemarines, have played across the UK and internationally with teams as fantastically diverse as their own.

Last year, the league joined the UKRDA and took part in Tier 3 of the British Championships.

One of the Roller Birds said: “In 2016, we are participating in the British Championships at Tier 2 level and are looking forward to the challenge of new teams and new competition.”

Meanwhile, Big Bucks, hailing from the hilly town of High Wycombe, have seen their team go from strength to strength, culminating last year in making it to the British Champs playoffs and getting promoted to Tier 2.

Although they are looking forward to a successful season, the team knows they will be kicking it off with a great game.

A Big Bucks representative said: “We will be facing off against some tough new opposition in 2016 during Champs and meeting Liverpool Roller Birds, our Tier 2 North rivals, at Tattoo Freeze is going to start things off with a bang!

“A big thank you to our very own painted lady A Cute Injury for organising our involvement at Tattoo Freeze this year. We are sure that she isn’t going to be able to resist adding some new artwork to her extensive collection. The only question is, will she get inked before or after we rumble!!?”

As the Big Bucks hashtag says – #wecanwewill

Not got your Tattoo Freeze roller derby ticket yet? Don’t worry, they are still available from the Tattoo Freeze website.

Make sure you don’t miss roller derby at Tattoo Freeze!

The Crash Test Brummies take on the New Wheeled Order at the 2015 Tattoo Freeze tournament. Photo by MDP Images

The Crash Test Brummies take on the New Wheeled Order at the 2015 Tattoo Freeze tournament. Photo by MDP Images

It’s less than two weeks away, and the excitement for the UKRDA Tattoo Freeze Invitational is growing.

Eight teams will take to the track for what is set to be a fantastic day of roller derby at the International Centre in Telford on Sunday January 31.

Over the years, roller derby has become one of the most popular at the Tattoo Freeze convention and the organisers, skaters and officials are looking forward to once again wowing the crowds.

Mouth Almighty, who has been one of the organisers for the tournament, said: “As the UKRDA rep looking after the organisation of Tattoo Freeze I’d like to say how excited I am for the day.

“I normally help my team (Wolverhampton Honour Rollers )during game days and jumped at the chance to put something so big together.

“So much talent under one roof and the chance to promote one of the fastest sports in the UK at the moment, all whilst representing the UKRDA, well who wouldn’t want to do it?”

The games on the day will be:

  • Crash Test Brummies vs Super Smash Brollers
  • Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers
  • Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers
  • Preston Roller Girls vs Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls

 

For Tattoo Freeze tickets and more information about the event, please visit their website.