Today is our last training day for 2010. It is also the day of my first green star (bout ready) test. I say first because I have a sneaking feeling I will need at least 2 cracks at this one. However for the next few hours I’m allowed to dream, and I will, with gusto.
There are pluses for both passing and failing. My logic being thus :
Pros : getting to bout with the big girls.
Pros: having the pressure of having to bout relieved for a little while longer. Having the things I need to work on pointed out which gives me the opportunity to focus more accurately on my flaws.
I’ve seen the test sheet. It looks pretty complicated. All I could remember was that scrimmage was worth 40% (yay?), there will be a spoke drill (argh!) and endurance is only 5% (woop woop!)
Anyway, with the year coming to close I thought I would finish with a quick…
YEAR IN REVIEWSKI
1. Biggest Injury: Cracking bruise (pictured) to my shin courtesy of a Powerdyne plate. The bruise is now gone but I have a big lump still.
2. Proudest moment: Split between the passing of my white star (second times a charm) and my first training vom baby.
3. Best Bout: Split between South Sea Sirens vs the Ballarat rat pack and VRDL taking out the final at the great southern slam. I had tears of excitement at both.
4. Shitting myself moment: Every test day
5. Fondest Memory: Relaxing sessions at Rollerama on Monday nights with the crew.
6. Most Romantic memory: Nonchalantly being asked to be Razorbec’s wifey <3
7. Personal fist pump moment: Winning a game of ‘Blood and Thunder’ at the shed.
8. Biggest *SQUEEE*: Getting my custom helmet back from Rinkenstein.
9. Best Training Smell: Hello kitty bubblegum deodorant.
Every time I skate I’m actually quite shocked I’ve made it this far. I can actually can do a lot of skills that I honestly never ever thought I would master. I know pretty much everyone I’ve come through this experience feels the same.
So my advice to anyone just starting out is this: (brace for sappiness)
Don’t give up! Everything you need to learn will come to you over time. You will have your strengths and your weaknesses and that’s ok! You don’t need to be the best at everything. Pick the thing you like doing the most and own it !
Just don’t lose sight of the big picture. Derby is about fitness, forging unforgettable moments and achievements and meeting the kind of people who you’ll respect and who will stay in your heart forever. Know that you will not always get along with everyone all the time and that’s ok too. I mean do you know any large group of females where everyone is BFF? i didn’t think so.
Remember to have fun and don’t sweat the small stuff. Fun is really what it’s all about at the end of the day. I know It’s easier said than done. I would be lying if I said I didn’t get disheartened a lot along the way. I know I still will at times *cough* tomorrow *cough*. You just have to step back and realise that wherever you are on the derby journey the only way is up !… baby….for you and me now…
VRDL GRAND FINAL
The VRDL Grand final was a couple of weekends ago. It was their first bout at the showgrounds instead of the old Puckhandlers stadium. It was a total sellout and an awesome night all round.
We were treated to 2 bouts. The first being the Dead Ringer Rosies vs Geelong’s Bloody Marys. The Rosies took out the win which was bittersweet as it was sadly the farewell game for General Panic Check out the video of her last ever jam to the left. We’ll miss you panic !
The second game was the Toxic Avengers (yay!) v the Dolls Au Go Go. In case you hadn’t been able to tell by the blog theme or my skate colours I’m a total fan of the green machine. This worked out quite well for me on the night due to the fact the Toxics came out victorious. Booyah! It was a close and exciting game with the dolls making a massive comeback at the end. I’m Looking forward to more bouting action next year and being able to see even more familiar faces on the track. It was really good to see some of the girls I was doing boot camp with last year kicking so much ass.
In my last post I forgot to mention I got my fat face on the telly welly! Check out the link here .My appearance is thankfully of the blink and you’ll miss it variety but it’s an awesome little segment on South Sea Roller Derby. Big ups to Ale Mary for getting this together.
UP NEXT So no doubt I’ll see ya’ll in a day or so with my results. Either way it goes I’ll feel mixed emotions but will be able to drown them all thoroughly at the leagues Christmas party on Friday .
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|GREEN STAR INCOMING
It’s just under 4 weeks until the green star test. I am going to sit it for shits and giggles but I will be actually trying to pass. I am however aware that i’m probably nowhere near ready yet. It will still be good to get feedback on what i’ll need to work on for next time. If nothing else I will at least hopefully pass the written rules test.
I’m not even sure one how we are assessed for green yet.
I’ve been kinda bummed at training recently. I’m trying hard to get fitter but at the moment I’m on medication that has a negative impact on my heart when doing intensive cardio. This basically means I cant do endurance for more than a minute, which means no jamming. I’ll be off the meds in a few weeks, just before the test so hopefully I’ll be at least be able to do the 5 minute endurance without dying…literally.
WTF new skates again ?! Well…yes. In hindsight buying that second pair of rebels was a little silly. As much as I love the rebels I really should have saved my pennies for a proper upgrade. It’s not so bad this time as my lovely parents are chipping in to pay half for a xmas present <3 bless.
Anyway the skates are Reidell 265 boot with custom green stripes, Reactor Plates and a set of custom made lighting/blitz toe covers from derby vixen. I’ll be keep my new wheels on them which are Atom Dubz 38mm(slim) with Qube 8ball bearings.
So this means I’m moving up from a nylon plate which has a tonne of flex to an aluminium plate with zero flex. it’s going to be a tough adjustment but hopefully I can get a bit of speed and better agility out of them. I’ve heard very good things so fingers crossed.
Coming soon to a blog near you : much crying about how sore my feetsies are and how I can’t skate properly anymore. QQ.
I’m not going to train on them straight away until I’ve done a few casual skates first. I’ll be keeping my green rebel snot monsters for outdoor skating and selling on my first pair of rebels… it will be a sad day to see those babies go. so many memories, so many falls.
SOUTH EAST SIDE STORY BOUT
Such a great night. South Sea played their first inter-league bout as the South Sea Sirens versus the formidable Ballarat Ratpack.
It would have to be my favourite South Sea bout so far. Seeing the girls work together instead of against each other was awesome. The fact that they were playing against a fresh team made it all the more thrilling.
The Sirens ended up winning the night 114 – 96 in a hard fought battle. It was incredibly hard to keep my mouth shut and impartial from the penalty timing box. I’m pretty sure my fellow box bitches, Polly Alloy and HeartSpraker felt the same way.
Highlights of the night include.
Up next The VRDL season final for 2010, Saturday, November 27 · 4:00pm – 9:00pm at the show grounds. If you haven’t got your tickets I suggest you do so.. very soon.. for srs. clicky clicky. See you there!