Team Scotland Announcement

The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association are delighted to announce the selection of Coaching and Management Roles for the Scottish National Women’s Team, as we prepare for the next Women’s Roller Derby World Cup in 2017.

Rosie Peacock

Taking on the mantle of Head Coach is Rosie Peacock. Rosie is an extremely experienced roller derby coach, having provided training for teams across the UK. She is also currently a skater on Auld Reekie Roller Girls’ A-team, the All-Stars, as well as vice-coach for the Scottish National Men’s Team. She brings all of this skill to bear on the task of making Team Scotland Roller Derby the best possible team it can be. Rosie said

“I am really excited by the potential Scotland has to achieve the highest standards of roller derby and athleticism for the proposed 2017 World Cup a well as other national and international opportunities. I’m looking forward to building the strongest team unit possible, collaborating with the management team and skaters to develop forward thinking tactics and gameplay, making Scotland a pioneer in modern roller derby.”

Five Star Sylk

Stepping into the Assistant Coach position is Sara “Five-Star Sylk” McCann. Sylk is a very experienced skater and coach; she has been instrumental in training Glasgow’s Mean City Roller Derby from the very start through to their current position as one of the foremost co-ed leagues in Scotland. She brings this skating and coaching experience to the task of training Scotland for the World Cup in 2017. She said

“I am looking forward to this role as the next step up in my team leadership role. To work on the national stage is a big move from the league level. I’m looking forward to working with some talented skaters that I know and some that I might not yet have met. I’m also extremely proud to be able to be part of the Team Scotland setup having watched previous incarnations. To represent your country is the biggest honour conceivable.”

Rufi-Ohh

Providing assistance for coaching, and also as Line-Up Manager, Erin ‘Rufi-Ohh’ Murphy. Rufi continues in the role from the last selection, providing her experience to further the training of the new Team Scotland. Rufi says

“I can’t wait to undertake this role for a second time. The 2014 Roller Derby World Cup was such a fantastic experience for me and I believe that Scotland has such amazing talent that needs to be shown and I can’t wait to be part of that again. I am also looking forward to working with the new management team and skaters in the build up to the next RDWC wherever it may be. I am excited for the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and what we can do with Team Scotland this time round!”

Hazzard

In the role of Team Manager, coordinating all aspects of the team, we have Hazel “Hazzard” Mochan. Hazzard is one of the founding members of Livingston’s New Town Roller Girls, and has coordinated and built the team to its current status, including hosting games for British Champs last year. She is also actively involved in the Scottish derby community. She brings her organisational skills and passion to the role of Managing Team Scotland to the 2017 World Cup. Hazzard says

“The role of team manager for Team Scotland is a really exciting opportunity that I am so happy to hold. I am really looking forward to getting the 2017 Team Scotland team to the next World Cup and ensuring they have the best support system to get them there. I’ve always wanted to be a part of Team Scotland in some capacity and to be helping spearheading the entire process is incredible.”

We wish them all well in their roles and look forward to more updates from the Scottish National Women’s Team.

all photographs courtesy of Laura MacDonald

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?

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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.

League Chair, Emma Hart said

“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.

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Welcome to North Cheshire Victory Rollers!

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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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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.