NRG & MMR

It’s Northern. It’s a series. It’s the 2014 Northern Series!

Brand new for 2014, The Northern Series features live roller derby action from some of the North of England’s top teams, all ranked in the UK top 10.

Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Rainy City Roller Girls and Leeds Roller Dolls will each host a double header before we bring you the final here in Newcastle on 29th November. The overall winner will be decided by score – teams get three points for a win and an extra point if the differential is over 100, so every game counts!

The competition kicks off on July 26th at the Futsal Arena Leeds, when our Canny Belters take on Middlesbrough Milk Rollers and Leeds Roller Dolls face the Rainy City Roller Girls. Tickets are now on sale – book online in advance for £7 or £8 on the door.

For all the latest news, scores and photos head over to the Northern Series Facebook page.

10379930_716650195044735_4530749651421563009_o

All change and lots of games at NRG!

Wow, have we been busy the past couple of months. We apologise for not updating the website but we’ve barely had time to fit in going to our day jobs and sleeping. Almost.

Probably the most exciting thing that’s been going on, apart from a LOT of games, is that we have voted in our league co-captains for Spring-Winter 2014, and they are Lone Danger and Penny Bizarre! They will join Bucks Liz, Sven WillIBeFamous and Big Smack & Fries on our Board of Directors and will also lead our A team the Canny Belters for the rest of the year. Well done, ladies!

So, yes, we’ve been playing A LOT OF GAMES. You’ve probably heard though that we actually should have played another but it was cancelled due to rain on the track (no, seriously) – the Canny Belters sadly could not take on Glasgow’s Maiden Grrders at the Walker Activity Dome on May 10th, but as luck would have it Glasgow had a slot open in June so we’ll be heading up there to finally play them next week. Until the roof gets sorted at Walker Activity Dome, our home bouts are being played at the Centre for Sport – massive thank yous to Newcastle City Council for securing this for us.

How about those games then? This is how they all went down…

On April 5th the Belters went down to play Hot Wheel Roller Derby, and the lovely ladies from Yorkshire took the win 211-143. Three weeks later on April 26th, the Belters embarked on a mega coach journey down to Cardiff to take on the Tiger Bay Brawlers B-Bombs and came away with a 261-127 win. Luckily for the Whippin’ Hinnies the rain on May 10th didn’t make an appearance until their game had finished, just in time for Dundee Silvery Tayzers to take the win 163-131. Seemingly on a mission to play all of the teams in Scotland, the Hinnies first went to Stirling on May 17th and beat Fierce Valley’s Parma Violents 201-169, then headed across to Edinburgh on May 31st where they were beaten by ARRG’s Cannon Belles 221-105. Then it was the Canny Belters’ turn in the spotlight again, beating Birmingham Blitz Dames 171-142 at home on June 7th, and just this weekend gone on June 14th in one of the most exciting games in NRG’s history, they scored 147-124 over the mighty London Rockin’ Rollers!

Phew!

And we’re not about to rest there either – in just over two weeks’ time on Saturday July 5th the Whippin’ Hinnies will be hosting Liverpool Roller Birds, after an mixed opener cherry popper game, featuring our newest recruits and the rising stars of Liverpool and other local leagues. Tickets will be available here for £6 very soon, keep those eyes peeled…

1507227_761475783886629_649286720_o

Two bouts in two weekends!

Photo by Andrew Sims – click here for the full photo album 

Our A team the Canny Belters have been busy travelling England for some roller derby action these past two weekends! On March 29th we headed down to sunny Southend-on-Sea to take on Seaside Siren Roller Girls, where we took the win 196-143 – a bit of a wider gap than the last time we played in September 2013 when we took the win 153-151! Then on April 5th we had an afternoon drive down to Dewsbury to take on the one and only Hot Wheel Roller Derby – who proved to be as tough as ever and took the win 211-143. The Belters’ next game will be on home turf against Glasgow Roller Derby‘s Maiden Grrders – have you got your tickets yet?

1078850_660624207314001_1926566090_o

Overwhelming response to fresh meat intake!

We’ve been overwhelmed by your response to our first fresh meat intake of 2014, and if Facebook is to believed we are expecting over 50 skaters this Sunday morning! It is now more important than ever for you to source your own kit if you’re planning on coming – we have very limited kit, especially skates and helmets. We don’t want to turn anyone away so please, please get your hands on as much as you can – for the first session you will need a helmet, quad roller skaters, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards.

We ask that, for your first session (whether you are joining on March 2nd or March 9th) you arrive at Walker Activity Dome at 10.00am sharp, so that we can get everyone’s waivers and loan kit sorted ready to start the 2-hour session at 10.30am. If you’re on Facebook and haven’t been added to the group, please request membership as there’s lots of extra information in there that you’ll need.

Oh, and if you haven’t read our previous post about being a roller derby newbie, you’d best get that read too! Later skaters…

1548145_660606673982421_1618649346_o

So you’re going to your first roller derby session…

Our first ‘fresh meat’ intake of 2014 begins in just under one week on Sunday March 2nd at the Walker Activity Dome – if you’re interested in coming, please check out this page. If you’ve already decided you’re definitely coming., then our fresh meat co-ordinator Big Smack & Fries has some essential tips for you…

Hi, I’m Big Smack! I might have already added you on Facebook if you’re down as attending the event, we might have even already met in person, or maybe you’ve recently seen me refereeing one of NRG’s bouts. Although I am a referee, I have passed the WFTDA minimum skills for players and in fact used to play for the Canny Belters once upon a time. I am on NRG’s coaching committee and run our fresh meat intakes – I’m basically in charge of the session content and making sure the testing sessions are ran properly. As we are now a WFTDA league it’s even more important that all our skaters have passed the official minimum skills, and if we send someone to a bout when they haven’t had absolutely everything ticked off, it’s my neck on the line. Don’t kid yourself – passing the minimum skills is hard work, and I am super serious about making sure only competent  skaters join our ranks – but I’m also super passionate about making sure everyone has the support and coaching required to get where they need to be.

The next intake starts in just over a week, so by now you’ve hopefully sourced some skates, gone to a few roller discos or braved the outdoors, but you’re still not completely sure what to expect on the first day. I’m not going to give you super secret hints and tips for impressing me and the other coaches – remember, these aren’t like try outs you might have seen on Whip It or had nightmares about where you have to show off on the first day to stand a chance of ever playing roller derby. So long as you can skate and keep up with what we’re teaching, you’ll be absolutely fine. What I will impart on you is some really useful information that will help you, and help us to help you.
Continue reading