|Well what a year it’s been. I’ll try my best to break this down into little derby infused chunks for easier digestion.
First things first…The bouts!
Since my last post I have had the absolute honour to play in 2 South Sea Sirens games. The first in Launceston against VDR and the second against Ballarat at home.
This was my first time traveling with the team interstate via plane as a team. I’m not forgetting TGSS, but that was a more ‘find your own way’ kinda deal. It was good to have that travel team feel by actually traveling together as a single unit. The Launceston area is so pretty, It was my first time in Tasmania and my highlights besides the bout were : the gorge, the monkeys and the ducks, oh and riding around the park in a faux train. We met some of VDR girls on the night before the bout for a yummy meal in town. The girls were absolutely lovely and very accommodating, we talked a lot about shop and then headed in for an early night.
Going into the game the next day we really had no idea what to expect. It was a hard fought game and we gave it everything to come out victorious. The scores were 251 to 91 in our favour but as usual the scores don’t really communicate the toughness of the competition on track. It was a great game and I would love to have a rematch against these girls sometime.
Speaking of which, and I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this before, but if you’re lucky enough to pick up channel 31 on your picture box you should start tuning in on Saturdays for a local derby show called ‘Power Jam’. It always features one of the recent local bouts filmed by fans of derby, which are quite often commentated by SSRD’s very own Ardy and Chief Intent. Ardy and Chief also have a segment on the show called the steam room where they discuss derby issues with the charm, humour and insight that we’ve all come to enjoy. You can catch the latest episode online here.
For our last bout of 2012 SSRD got to play Ballarat’s Rat Pack for the third year in a row . It seems to be an end of year tradition and hopefully one we continue. We (and my coccyx) got decimated by the Ballarat girls this time last year so heading into the game I would be lying if I said i wasn’t nervous as hell.
It was really hot at Springers and we were playing on a different court to usual. Thunderstorms were going on outside and a large contingency of skaters and fans were busy in the lead up to xmas or at rollercon in Queensland. It really kinda felt like an away game.
The bout was fierce and probably my favourite of the year. We never let our guard down and just kept playing as hard as we could. I think we’ve come really far this year in terms of teamwork and knowing how everyone else plays. This goes as well for the home teams. At half time the nerves were still high, it was still anyone’s game so we went back in hard in the second half. The final scores were 294 to 120 in our favour, again the scores not accurately communicating how it felt out there. It was really really nice to finish the year on a high this time.
On a side note this was all the last game we will ever play with the old WTFDA rule set. There are a lot of really big changes in the new rule set so next year will be a completely different beast and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
CH CH CH CH CH CHANGES
At the close of the 2012 season there have been some big big changes in the league.
There is a new team, currently un-named, but because we now have the numbers to require a third team it also meant all the current bouting skaters were re-drafted. In addition the home team bouts will be slightly more frequent (every 6 weeks) with one of the 3 teams sitting out each time.
Even with the redraft I managed to remain a Cutthroat Charmer for a third year in a row. *fist pump style*. I am now joined by some other lovely past charmers, some brutal ex dolly opponents and some new draftees! I am so so so very excited about next year, the redrafting seems to have already re-energized everyone in the league.
The charmers still need to nominate captains for the first 6 months. I have already decided that on the off chance I was a captain I would be bringing in some unorthodox methods to ensure victory.
I have devised a new game of thrones strategic play called “The Joffery”. It’s a distraction technique where half the team skate up to the opposition with cries of “mummy” and then make neck slicing motions with their hands. While this is happening we get the other players to sneak up and take them out, doing all the dirty work. If successful this move will also be accompanied by the game of thrones theme song and possibly a dance of some description.
Rereading that, I’m not sure me as a captain would be in my team or any teams best interest…ever.
Whatever happens, the redraft with the new rule set makes for a very interesting year indeed.
That brings me to the year that was 2012.
Personally as a player do feel like have continued to develop my sklls from last year, I feel more aware, that my hits are timed better and are generally more effective. I’m having a lot more fun now that I feel more grounded in the sport.
In 2013 I plan to be fitter, gain more agility and hopefully to become more of an all-rounder, rather than just a big blocker.
My goals for 2013 are
Always being able to have something to strive for is one of the many reasons I love this sport.
And with that, I wish you all a very smashy xmas and new year and I’ll hopefully be back in January for my 3rd year as a bouting skater with SSRD.
Take care of yourselves and your families.
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|Ok so my ankle may have been worse than I first thought. I totally missed the last bout and have only been back to full training sessions from the 3rd of April. Soooo i’ve had a little bit of time on my hands. In the time from injury to now I have done the following :
I did however get to sit on the bench for the last bout as long as I was fully geared up. That is an experience I wish not repeat for a couple of reasons.
The Dollys (boo!) came away with substantial and well deserved win in the end as I continued to whisper threats to my glass ankle from the sidelines.
In slightly better news I will be playing in our next bout on the 28th. This bout is made all the more special by the fact I will be skating with (but against) my wifey Razorbec. If you’re in the area why not come down and watch.
In even better news : I made the travel team, The South Sea Sirens, again for 2012. This means I get to play in The Great Southern Slam (TGSS) in June. SO very very excited about this, I still remember 2 years ago dreaming of the moment I would be actually bouting at all let alone at TGSS. It’s going to be so different being down there in Adelaide again on the other side of the suicide line. From what I read we will be playing Geelong’s Bloody Mary’s first (an almost cruel irony that we go all the way to another state to play our neighboring nemesis) and then onto Sun State Roller Girls in the same afternoon. I’ve not played 2 games in one day before so it should be interesting. If we get some wins on the first day we will make it through to the second day.
Whatever happens I know it’s going to be an amazing experience. My main goals for the event are:
For now it’s time to rest up. Tomorrow SSRD will be visited by Bonnie D.Stroir all the way from the states for a special coaching session. We have been told to drink lots of water. I am already almost peeing myself in anticipation so extra water intake could prove problematic.
In some very unrelated news, some friends and I are embarking on a video project “Reaper Corps“. Please if you can spare a minute and a click check out our youtube channel and watch some of the footage we’ve shot so far and see me kill a dude.
Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with some good news about our bout and a new link to the improved SSRD website that I’m currently developing.
Until then, take care of yourself and each other.