Tuesday 28th June 2011 @ 8:05 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

My latest derby injury – courtesy of Chariot Sophia, and a wall! We seriously need a bigger practice space – we train on a track 2/3 the size of a regulation track and still only have about 2 foot around the edge (we get a lot of cut track majors while scrimmaging!)

Fortunately, summer means we move to training at Sussex uni which is waaaaay bigger 🙂

DERBY AMERICA!: Knee Down Start Take 2

Monday 27th June 2011 @ 10:59 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

DERBY AMERICA!: Knee Down Start Take 2

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Reflections on practice

Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 11:30 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

(warning for lots of words. I do this after every training session, thought I’d share this one)

Things I need to work on: 

Know when to shut up. This is something I need to work on for life in general, but it does apply to derby too. It’s harder in derby because you have to keep talking to your teammates, and once I turn on the talky part of my brain I CANNOT PAUSE IT. I have no pause button. This is common among people with Aspergers Syndrome, but that face doesn’t make people any less annoyed with you 😉

Don’t just keep hitting someone over and over again if you’re just bouncing off them- try something different. In theory I KNOW this, and yet as soon as I get into a scrimmage it’s like the kid inside me takes over and goes “YEAH HIT ‘EM AGAIN” when in fact it would be more effective to go for a lean or skip in front and booty block them. 

Penalties to avoid: I got called for a couple forearm minors and one minor track cut, and one major low block. The low block was an unfortunate accident, one of the opposing players was already falling and happened to fall into my leg and I got the penalty. Annoying, but that’s how it is. Need to get some advice on how to avoid those forearm minors because I have no idea. 

CAN OPENERS. I’m not sure this will ever be my specialty. I think I did okay considering that we were learning them for the first time, but I hit a lot of ribs and tits and less solar plexus. These are only really effective on someone taller than you, I think. 

I need to sort out my feelings about hitting people. I hit one of the other rookies during a scrimmage with a brilliant, completely legal hard hit but she fell backwards and hurt her coccyx. How do you balance the guilt of being part of someone getting injured with the “FUCK YEAH” feeling of laying on a really awesome block?

Got an elbow to the head twice from the same person while scrimmaging and the refs didn’t catch it either time, which I found really annoying. I know she’s not doing it on purpose, and they’re not missing it on purpose, but still. Elbow + Head = Dangerous. That’s why there are no high-block minors! Maybe I should get one of those impact stickers that thy use for testing car crashes on my helmet? 😉

Good stuff: I’m sprawling less and falling small more. This is good. My confidence in jumping/hopping is getting better (we did a brilliant drill for this). Getting more confident in shoulder checks. Still prefer hip-checks though. All of a sudden tonight my speed jumped way up. No idea why, although at the end of the three hours it fell way down but I think that’s acceptable 🙂

If anyone made it through all that and has any thoughts/advice/pointers please share them, I will make you cake. It might be virtual cake, but it’s the thought that counts, right? 😉

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Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 10:46 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :


[submitted by inudela]

Just clicked onto my dashboard and got this as the first thing. Awesome greeting.

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Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 2:26 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Roller derby enthusiastically celebrates a very healthy idea of sexuality. You’re sexy because you’re strong and athletic, not because you’re underfed and falling all over yourself to please some boy who totally doesn’t even deserve it.

Shauna Cross, author of “Whip It”, the novel. (via ukulelly)
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Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 7:44 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :
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Wednesday 22nd June 2011 @ 10:56 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :


Did you guys now about fuckyeahrollerderbyzebra ?

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Perpetual Thoughts: Whip It by Shauna Cross

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 @ 3:07 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Perpetual Thoughts: Whip It by Shauna Cross

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Become a More Aggressive Skater

Monday 20th June 2011 @ 6:03 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Become a More Aggressive Skater

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Saturday 18th June 2011 @ 10:52 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

I DID THIS. With Dan and Alex, and contributions from the minds of Fensome and Oscar Wilde. We made awesome signs. The had glitter, mutilated Oscar Wilde quotes, and boobs.

I credit the posters entirely for the Brighton Rockers’ win today 😉

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Saturday 18th June 2011 @ 10:49 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

I suggest:

“Non-skating friends complain the don’t see you anymore.


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Friday 17th June 2011 @ 10:00 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :



blocking hero!

I wish i had that amount of power in my body!


she literally takes a god damn ride on beyonslay.

I aspire to be everything that moment is when it comes to roller derby. 

Reblog forever. 

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Thursday 16th June 2011 @ 1:50 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :



Here’s the picture of ‘Slay that I was talking about. It’s one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken. She scared the Rose City blocker so much she made her blurry.

this is what I want to be able to do, but I haven’t got enough muscle on me! Better get eating 😀

On Saturday you will get to see Sham (and hopefully Suzi) play. That might change your mind about blockers and size 😉

Wednesday 15th June 2011 @ 8:43 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :



Our sport would be much improved by cats on roller skates.

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The Derby Girl’s Body Manifesto, by Blockodile Dundee.

Wednesday 15th June 2011 @ 1:33 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

The Derby Girl’s Body Manifesto, by Blockodile Dundee.

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Monday 13th June 2011 @ 8:51 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :
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Sunday 12th June 2011 @ 1:33 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Some people say homosexuality is a sin. It’s not. God is perfectly cool with it, God feels the exact same way about homosexuality that God feels about heterosexuality. Now you might say, ‘Whoa, slow down. You move too fast. How could you have the audacity, the temerity, to speak on behalf of God?’ Exactly, that’s an excellent point and I pray that you remember it.

Friday 10th June 2011 @ 8:21 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

GPOY. Except without the “mastering” part. SOME DAY.

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