Welcome to Furness Firecrackers!

Furness FirecrackersFurness Firecrackers formed from very humble beginnings in late 2010. Since then despite the challenges of geography, Barrow being at the bottom of a peninsula, an hour or two away from any cities, it has grown to produce two fantastic ladies teams (The Furness Firecrackers and The Flaming Noras) and our men’s team the Barrow Infernos!

The Firecrackers are the only roller derby league in the large county of Cumbria which makes sharing difficult at times, however they strive to visit and support nearby teams whenever and however possible and pride themselves on being a sporting, friendly, supportive and inclusive league. Although currently without a suitable venue for training or bouts they continue to run newbie intakes and train on and off skates in a derelict factory canteen. This demonstrates the commitment and determination of the league to the sport of roller derby. The fact that Furness have managed to increase their league membership at this time is a testament to the team spirit and resilience.

This year the Firecrackers have focused on the British Championships with both the men and the ladies A team performing well in their respective tiers, the men also playing in the Men’s European Cup this year.

“We are pleased to be joining the UKRDA and intend to contribute with the same level of positivity and enthusiasm we dedicate to our own league. We look forward to seeing you on or off the track soon.”

New Men’s Rankings Released

The men’s UKRDA rankings have been released for the very first time, and Manchester Roller Derby have taken the top spot.

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Manchester Roller Derby 752.8 Initial
2 The Inhuman League 724.1 Initial
3 Crash Test Brummies 694.3 Initial
4 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 673.2 Initial
5 Nottingham Roller Derby 665.4 Initial

The rankings are based on games played and paperwork submitted before June 30th, 2015 and represent the positions as of July 1st, 2015. Teams are added to the rankings after playing their first sanctioned game against already ranked teams.

This is to ensure that the rankings are not too skewed by initial games.

You can also view past rankings posts using the rankings tag.

Women’s Q3 Rankings Released

The latest UKRDA women’s rankings have been released, and Glasgow have held onto their number one position.

The British Championships has seen a lot of sanctioned gameplay, which has factored into the Q3 rankings.

And appearing in the rankings for the first time are the South West Angels of Terror.

These rankings are current as of Quarter 3, 2015

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Glasgow Roller Derby 764.9 25.5
2 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 708.9 11.8
3 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 689.6 6.2
4 Tiger Bay Brawlers 688.2 30.7
5 Newcastle Roller Girls 678.9 24.1
6 Nottingham Hellfire Harlots 671.0 11.0
7 Central City Rollergirls 669.3 15.5
8 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 663.6 4.9
9 Rainy City Roller Girls 662.8 4.7
10 Leeds Roller Dolls 654.5 11.2
11 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 651.4 6.6
12 South West Angels of Terror 639.1 Initial
13 Belfast Roller Derby 636.0 18.1
14 Swansea City Roller Derby 633.3 22.5
15 London Rockin’ Rollers 625.1 2.6
16 Brighton Rockers Roller Deby 620.8 4.9
17 Bristol Roller Derby 615.8 25.9
18 Birmingham Blitz Dames 611.6 23.8
19 Cambridge Rollerbillies 607.9 3.8
20 Plymouth City Roller Girls 607.6 0.0
21 Croydon Roller Derby 607.1 6.7
22 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 590.1 9.4
23 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 588.2 4.3
24 Hereford Roller Girls 582.0 0.0
25 Manchester Roller Derby 578.9 15.3
26 Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls 574.6 2.3
27 Liverpool Roller Birds 573.4 21.3
28 Oxford Roller Derby 567.1 2.4
29 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0.0
30 Kent Roller Girls 564.8 1.5
31 Big Bucks High Rollers 561.5 0.0
32 Nottingham Roller Derby 557.4 17.9
33 Dundee Roller Girls 554.6 8.1
34 Seaside Siren Roller Girls 554.1 21.8
35 Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby 551.7 0.0
36 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0.0
37 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 548.0 12.9
38 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0.0
39 Fierce Valley Roller Derby 538.2 0.0
40 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 531.4 4.5
41 Granite City Roller Girls 522.0 13.2
42 Dolly Rockit Rollers 514.2 46.5
43 Halifax Bruising Banditas 512.3 9.4
44 Rebellion Roller Derby 510.3 0.0
45 The Norfolk Brawds 481.6 0.0
46 Eastbourne Roller Derby 440.6 0.0

The rankings are based on games played and paperwork submitted before June 30th, 2015 and represent the positions as of July 1st, 2015. Teams are added to the rankings after playing their first sanctioned game against already ranked teams.

This is to ensure that the rankings are not too skewed by initial games.

You can also view past rankings posts using the rankings tag.

Junior Roller Derby Month competition

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The UKRDA is very excited to announce a new Junior-focused initiative!

The idea was inspired by a similar programme ran by Smarty Pants of TXRD who conducted an essay competition for junior players in anticipation of JuniorCon. The winner(s) of the competition received the ‘Get Smarty Scholarship’ of a free full pass to Junior Con.

The UKRDA has put together a similar competition for all junior skaters (or aspiring skaters) in the UK, regardless of whether or not they are UKRDA members, in order to promote and raise the profile of junior roller derby in the UK.

So, if you are or you know an aspiring junior roller derby athlete please take a look at the guidelines and have a go at entering!

We have selected the following titles for the subject of the competition:

My Favourite Thing About Roller Derby
or
A Time When Roller Derby Helped Me

Entrants are welcome to submit their answer in any form they wish, among those suggested are: Essay, poem, story, original song, video, painting/visual artwork, collage, animation or anything you can think of!

Please download and read the competition guidelines and make sure you complete the cover page and submit it along side your entry.

Submit all entries by the 26th of July 2015 to be in with the chance of winning some very special prizes and opportunities for you and your team – these will be announced shortly.

Your work will also be assessed by a star-studded panel of some of the UK’s most prominent roller derby greats who will also be announced in due course!

July is Junior Roller Derby Month!

In order to promote junior roller derby in the UK, the UKRDA has decided to make July Junior Roller Derby Month!

With two junior roller derby games taking place during July, we felt it was the perfect time to show off the next generation of skaters in our sport.

The first game features the Tiger Bay Brawlers junior team, the Tiger Bay Cubs, who will be playing at their home bout this Saturday (July 4). And there will be a fantastic junior expo game at Eastbourne Extreme on Saturday July 18.

Please go to these events and show your support for junior roller derby in the UK and the burgeoning talent that these young players are putting on display.

We also want to feature as many UK junior teams and skaters as possible throughout the month, so get in touch if you want your junior skaters featured.

And it gets even better!

As part of Junior Roller Derby Month, the UKRDA will be running a month-long competition for all junior skaters (regardless of their league affiliation) in the UK. And they could win some fantastic roller derby experiences for themselves and their team.

If you are at all interested in starting a junior team within your own league, please get in touch with juniors@ukrda.org.uk. And if you run a juniors team and wish to be featured as part of Junior Roller Derby Month, please email pr@ukrda.org.uk.