London Rollergirls at WFTDA East Region Playoffs!!!

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Today is a very exciting day for London Rollergirls. Our all-star travel team will play their first game in the 2012 WFTDA East Region Play Offs tonight at 7pm (GMT). Needles to say, we are all extremely excited here in London and will be cheering them on all the way.

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Participating leagues include:

  1. Gotham Girls Roller Derby
  2. Philly Roller Girls
  3. Montreal Roller Derby
  4. Charm City Roller Girls
  5. Steel City Derby Demons
  6. London Rollergirls
  7. Boston Derby Dames
  8. Carolina Rollergirls
  9. Dutchland Derby Rollers
  10. DC Rollergirls

Game schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, September  28th, 2012

10:00am – 3pm UK

Game 1 Carolina Rollergirls (#8) vs Dutchland Derby Rollers (#9)

12:00pm – 5pm UK
Game 2 Boston Derby Dames (#7) vs DC Rollergirls (#10)

2:00pm – 7pm UK
Game 4 Montreal Roller Derby (#3) vs London Rollergirls (#6)

4:00pm – 9pm UK
Game 5 Gotham Girls Roller Derby (#1) vs Winner Game 1

6:00pm – 11pm UK
Game 3 Charm City Roller Girls (#4) vs Steel City Derby Demons (#5)

8:00pm – 1am UK
Game 6 Philly Roller Girls (#2) vs Winner Game 2

 
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00am – 3pm UK
Game 8 Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 412:00pm – 5pm UK
Game 7 Loser Game 2 vs Loser Game 3

2:00pm – 7pm UK
Game 9 Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 5

4:00pm – 9pm UK
Game 10 Winner Game 6 (philly!) vs Winner Game 4

6:00pm – 11pm UK
Game 11 Loser Game 5 vs Winner Game 7

8:00pm – 1am UK
Game 12 Loser Game 6 vs Winner Game 8

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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London Rollergirls star in new Pet Shop Boys video

Check out this new video for Pet Shop Boys song Winner starring London Rollergirls:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7dBVXiydR8


London Rollergirls Last Bout of the Season

This could finally be the year the Ultraviolent Femmes win the London Rollergirls championship, but they’ll have to get through the Suffra Jets first on June 9th. Not enough for you? The lovely ladies of the Paris Rollergirls are our guests this time, facing off against the Steam Rollers. Season 4 Bout 6, last chance to see our league teams this year, tickets on sale this evening!

Get your tickets here, it’s going to be awesome!

http://www.londonrollergirls.com/details/32-season-4-day-6


London Rollergirls Present Anarchy Eurocrash

Check out the great new video from London Rollergirls. I think it really sums up all the reasons why I love this sport so much.

http://vimeo.com/40030677

And, as if that wasn’t awesome enough, London Rollergirls are hosting an exciting international event later this month.

ANARCHY: EURO CRASH

Saturday 28th April – Earls Court – Brompton Hall
Doors at 4:00PM

First Bout at 5:00PM:
LRG Brawl Saints vs Leeds Roller Dolls

Second Bout at 7:00PM:
London Brawling vs Euro All-Star Invitational Team

Tickets are now £14 in advance and £16 on the door, so buy in advance to save!

Are you sitting comfortably?

Well get on your feet because Anarchy: Euro Crash is here.

Europe, you have never seen anything like this before!

Euro All Star Invitational Team players are challenging our very own London Brawling to a do-or-die bout. Will Berlin’s Master Blaster out skate Stefanie Mainey? Will Stockholm’s Swede Hurt maim Raw Heidi? And in a Scottish face-off, can Chemikill Hazard harm Grievous Bodily Charm? The tension is already mounting. How will London’s toughest fare against an invitational team of Europe’s maddest and baddest?

Meanwhile, Brawl Saints will be spinning their wheels against Leeds Roller Dolls in an action packed grudge match guaranteed to bring the thrills.

If you love roller derby, this is one fixture you cannot afford to miss.

Are you a skater? Get your bout ticket included when you sign up to our 2-day epic bootcamp here: http://lrg-euro-crash-bootcamp.ettend.com

Or buy a ticket here:

http://lrg-euro-crash-bout.ettend.com/

Ticket prices (inclusive of VAT):
ADULTS (ages 13+):  £14 (+ £0.70 PayPal fee)
CHILDREN (ages 6-12):  £7 (+ £0.50 PayPal fee)
DERBY TOTS (5 and under):  FREE
VIP TICKETS £30 (+1.26 PayPal fee)


Roller derby: the battle of the sexes?

Yesterday I went to watch my first men vs women bout. London Rockin’ Rollers’ A Team played newly-formed men’s league Southern Discomfort Roller Derby in the UK’s first public battle of the sexes on roller skates.

The game was both exciting and brutal. There was a lot of speculation about whether the SDRD men would be holding back but it definitely didn’t look like they were at all, especially after the LRR ladies established a big lead from very early on in the game.

Both teams played well but LRR’s experience really shone through and they were strategically much stronger on the track. SDRD formed some very strong walls and could hold back LRR’s jammers but LRR were very successful at shutting them down and getting their jammers through.

LRR proved themselves to be so strong that they were taking hits from men much bigger then them and often stayed on their feet. Some of LRR’s jammers were particularly resilient. I couldn’t help feeling smug when  saw some of LRR’s blockers like The Mighty Mighty Bash landing some nice hits on the men and knocking them over. The women were relentless, they were incredibly tough and kept going and going after being knocked down hard.

In the end, SDRD were most let down by the number of penalties they picked up during the game, leaving the track open for LRR to rack up points in power jams. SDRD had 3 skaters ejected from the game. SDRD skated extremely well for such a new league but they would have benefited a lot more from spending less time in the penalty box.

SDRD showed great sportmanship because even though there was a huge difference in scores, they still played their hardest till the very end. They never gave up and at the end they were full of hugs and smiles for the women. All the skaters looked like they were really enjoying themselves, even though it must have been a very demanding game.

The final score was London Rockin’ Rollers 218 – 102 Southern Discomfort


Inside Line: the UK’s first roller derby magazine

Inside Line, the very first UK-based roller derby magazine has recently been launched–a great new addition to the UK roller derby scene. Roller derby is taking the UK by storm and there are now over 60 leagues across the British isles. With new leagues forming all the time, it just goes to show the us Brits are mad about derby and Inside Line is here to cater to all our derby needs.


The magazine was founded by Jessica Ali aka Jessica Rammit originally from Croydon Roller Derby, now skating with London Rockin’ Rollers. All the articles, photographs and illustrations in the first fantastic issue were provided by skaters, refs, fans, and Jessica herself. It includes everything from live bout coverage, merby, the Roller Derby World Cup, interviews with skaters, refs and coaches, stories of personal experiences and even a guide to making your own jammer panties!

The magazine is already proving very popular, which is no surprise to me. It sold nearly 100 copies in the first 24 hours and has since sold many more as Jessica has been doing a fantastic job selling it at bouts all over the country. It is also available from the magazine’s website http://www.insidelinemagazine.co.uk.

The second issue of this exciting quarterly publication is due out in December, but check out the website in the mean time as it has lots of excellent articles for your derby reading pleasure.


Bout Preparation Step 1: Healthy Eating

I’ve got my second-ever bout coming up in a few weeks and I don’t feel ready for it at all. The summer has taken its toll and I’ve been pretty slack with my training so I’ve decided that I need to get back on the case. After going on holiday and eating lots of delicious but not very healthy food, I think step one will be some healthier eating.

This recipe for Bulgur Wheat and Red Lentil soup is one of my favourite healthy recipes. Bulgur (also bulghurburghul or bulgar) is  made from several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. It is wholegrain and high in fibre  and protein, has a low glycemic index, and higher levels of most vitamins and minerals. Great pre-training food.

Bulgur wheat and red lentil soup

For the soup
100g red lentils 
2 tbsp olive oil 
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped 
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 
1 tbsp tomato purée 
1 litre vegetable stock 
50g bulgur wheat 
1½ tsp sweet smoked paprika 
1-2 tbsp thick yoghurt 
For the flavoured oil
3 tbsp olive oil 
20g butter 
1 tsp dried mint 
½ tsp sweet smoked paprika

Warm the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and sauté the onion with the thyme and a good pinch of salt until softened. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the tomato purée, stir, then tip in the stock, bulgur, lentils and paprika. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the lentils and bulgur are very soft. Purée in a food processor or with a stick blender if you prefer a smooth and creamy soup, or leave it as it is, adding a little more stock or water if it’s too thick. Season to taste.

While the soup is cooking make the flavoured oil. Warm the olive oil in a pan with the butter until the butter has melted and the foaming subsides. Remove from heat and stir in the dried mint and paprika.

Serve the soup with yoghurt and the flavoured oil and sprinkled with dried mint.