Tiger Bay Brawlers show their softer side

The Tiger Bay Brawlers Roller Derby team are known for their aggressive skating and fierce competitive nature but they were only too happy to show their softer side this week, coming to the assistance of a local Cardiff pensioner.

Mrs Jeanette Jenkins reached her 77th birthday in July and the only thing she really wanted was to relive one of her fondest childhood memories and try roller skating one more time.

Rather than strap her in to some skates and hope for the best, Mrs Jenkins’ children contacted the Tiger Bay Brawlers in the hope that they could help. The Brawlers were delighted to be involved and invited Mrs Jenkins along to one of their off-season training sessions at Penarth leisure centre on Sunday.

Armed with just a pair of skates and some steely determination, Mrs Jenkins arrived to a wonderfully friendly welcome and was immediately presented with a team shirt, making her truly feel like a roller girl and an honorary Brawler.

After kitting herself out in plenty of safety gear, (all kindly supplied by the team) she placed her trust in the hands of two of the best roller derby skaters in Europe, “Boba Fettish” and “Thrill Collins” and headed out onto the rink.

Showing no signs of trepidation, and with very few wobbles, the septuagenarian soon gained her confidence with the encouraging support of everyone at the practice session, family members and several surprised onlookers.

Dozens of exciting laps later the smiling pensioner returned to the sideline, tired but extremely happy; with several members of the squad extremely impressed by her footwork and ability.

Whilst she may not be challenging for the position of first team Jammer any time soon, the experience is one which will live long in the memory of the thrilled Mrs Jenkins. Her family were absolutely delighted with the help of the team in making a small dream come true for their Mother.

“We couldn’t be happier with the support of the Tiger Bay Brawlers,” said Angela, her youngest daughter, wiping away tears of laughter and joy. “They have been so enthusiastic and more helpful than we could have hoped for; giving up their practice session, equipment and expertise to make this a really wonderful experience for us all, and, of course, for Mum in particular.

“Our family’s grateful thanks go to them all for making this happen”.

The Brawlers will hope to delight their fans just as much when they start their new season of competitive matches. News of upcoming bouts and much more information can be found on their website, brawlers.co.uk.


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GB EMS Endorsement

The UKRDA are proud to officially endorse GB Emergency Medical Services as a trusted supplier of emergency support services. The last 4 years have seen them demonstrate a consistently high level of service and specialist care for injured skaters at Roller Derby events across the UK. Additionally, they have tailored their first-class service to best suit our sport.

GB EMS’s knowledge of the WFTDA rules regarding medical cover and WFTDA safety protocols shows a thorough investment to support the needs of UK Roller Derby. We couldn’t be happier to recommend them as part of your event support crew.

As part of this endorsement, GB EMS are offering UKRDA Member Leagues a 10% Discount on the cost of their medical cover. Find out more here: http://www.gbems.co.uk/index.php/rollerderby/.

2014 Q3 Rankings

The 2014 Q3 rankings show a change in the UKRDA top spots, with Tiger Bay Brawlers taking Glasgow Roller Derby’s number two position after their win in the last seven minutes of a nail biting game. A closed door bout with Auld Reekie Roller Girls the following day was another close one with the hosts coming out victorious this time.

Middlesborough Milk Rollers continue their rise after their success over Brighton Rockers Roller Derby, giving them their ninth consecutive UKRDA rankings win.

Hot Wheel Roller Derby take a jump up to the seventh position after their success against Newcastle Roller Girls and Leeds Roller Dolls. Manchester Roller Derby take the greatest points increase after their narrow defeat to Hellfire Harlots and a win over the Lincolnshire Bombers. There are also initial rankings for Portsmouth Roller Wenches and Hulls Angels Roller Dames at the 14th and 16th place respectively.

The UKRDA 2014 Q3 rankings are applicable from July 1st and are as follows:

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 731.7 -2.3
2 Tiger Bay Brawlers 721 +13.6
3 Glasgow Roller Derby 720.8 -11.4
4 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 684.1 +7.6
5 Rainy City Roller Girls 675.5 +0.8
6 Central City Rollergirls 656.9 -9.6
7 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 654.2 +11.3
8 Leeds Roller Dolls 644.9 -19.7
9 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 643.2 +5.7
10 Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 636.8 -7.7
11 Hellfire Harlots 628.6 -5.7
12 Newcastle Roller Girls 626.5 -19.1
13 Seaside Sirens Roller Girls 615.3 +3.8
14 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 614.1 Initial
15 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 596.1 +13.3
16 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 590.5 Initial
17 London Rockin’ Rollers 590.2 +0.6
18 Bristol Roller Derby 585.7 -17.5
19 Big Bucks High Rollers 579.2 +11
20 Birmingham Blitz Dames 575.8 +36.8
21 Manchester Roller Derby 569.8 +37.8
22 Granite City Roller Girls 568.8 +2.8
23 Lincolnshire Bombers 568.2 -16.9
24 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0
25 Cambridge Rollerbillies 565.2 0
26 Kent Roller Girls 565.1 +9.7
27 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0
28 Dolly Rockit Rollers 548.1 -12.3
29 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0
30 The Norfolk Brawds 473.1 -11