Skate Like It’s 1999 | Double Header: OLRD B vs. BBR & OLRD A vs. SVRG B [12.10.2012, by Scaricia & Humpme Bogart]

OLRD B vs Bad Bunny Rollers (Menen – BE), by Scaricia.

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© OLRD

It has been said that once upon a time, it was predicted that 14 of the so called “One Love Roller Dolls” would play their first bout with the B team in Beveren on 6 October 2012, against the Bad Bunny Rollers from Menen, and that it would be legendary. And so the story began…

“Oh my god. I think I’m going to puke.” It was the morning before the bout. I discovered that however well prepared I might’ve thought I was at any given time, now that D-day had arrived, nothing seemed more uncertain. Ok, technically this wasn’t my very first bout. But the difference between an away bout, and one ‘home’, seemed tremendous. One might think there is nothing more nerve wrecking than playing your first bout against a team that already has a lot more experience, and that have obviously been practicing their blocking skills, well… then add an audience consisting of (many) parents, loved ones, siblings and friends to the mix! I was definitely not the only one freaking out, you should’ve seen people’s reactions and even Facebook status updates the last week. No need for me to call names, most of us are guilty :p.

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

But at the same time, there was a lot of excitement :-). Everyone tried to attend as many practices as possible, skated their butts off to get in shape, and worked on strategies.  The atmosphere was great, everyone tried to motivate each other, emphasizing each other’s skills, etc. No matter what we felt like right before the bout, I think we were ready to face Menen. We couldn’t have done much more given the time we had.

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

Back to D-day. The theme was ‘Skate it like it’s 1999’, the music and we even had our own freaking Ninja Turtle (undercover Hipshot) announcing for us! 😀 The team had been planning and organizing this event for weeks so everything would run smoothly, and so everyone would have an amazing time, which they did! *Insert the loudest applause and cheering ever here for each and every single person that helped out* ;-).

Almost 4 pm, time to go into fighting mode. Skullcrusher Lottie was our Captain, and she did a great job at that. Before the first whistle was blown, she pulled us all together and told us what it came down to, reminding us of some essential factors (I would tell you all about them, but my short term memory seriously fails me here). It put us all with our heads in the game, we were ready. We were going to give it our all.

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

During the first half it became clear we didn’t have it all together yet, Menen had some serious walls and we were having trouble trying to break them up. But we kept motivating each other, and in the end we did manage to score quite some points [OLRD B 49 vs BBR 92], which seemed quite uncertain in the beginning. Because after the first two jams the score was something like 2 against 33 for the Bad Bunny Rollers. But we fought back! During all that fighting I managed to have to jam 3 times in a row, being sent to the penalty box in the middle of Jam 1 and then again at the end of a very long Jam 2 in which I gave it my all. The second time in the box I thought, f*ck my life, how am I going to play a third jam when my legs feel like silly string? But it’s not like you have a choice there, so I kind of went with it, kicked my fear in the face. And when it was over, I was out for the next few jams. I do not wish it upon anybody! But looking back, I wouldn’t want to give up the experience for anything in the world. It sure as hell made me stronger.

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

During the break we went back into the dressing room where C.C. Titmouse,  Wham! Bam! Wonterjam!, Eve’il X & Sir SkateAlot did a fantastic job at coaching us, telling us honestly what was good and what needed to improve in the second half. And in the second half, we tried our hardest to implement the advice, which made us a stronger team. In just one bout, we saw by ourselves how we grew individually and as a team, comparing the first part of the game to the last. Which is something we felt insanely proud of, we all noticed.

© Sébastien Baudru

In the end, we didn’t win. Menen was a very worthy opponent. But we don’t feel like we lost. Because we gained so much. We gained insight, experience, willpower, and so much more. And it has to be mentioned that some of our players gave some pretty great hits, or did some serious positional blocking, I am proud of each and every one of you guys! 😉

Love and bruises,

Aaricia, she who will henceforward be known as Scaricia, #31.

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OLRD A vs Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz B, door Humpme Bogart

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Eindelijk. Tijdig alles geregeld, de Spice up your wife cocktails staan fris, de verschillende ploegen hun merch ligt keurig uitgestald, de NSO’s zijn gebriefd, het volk begint binnen te stromen. De afgelopen week in voorbereiding van deze bout waren zwaar. Ik denk dat vele speelsters uit ons team het organisatorische aspect (dat onlosmakelijk verbonden is aan derby spelen) even onderschat hadden. Maar het resultaat mocht er weer zijn!  Nu de bout zelf nog.

Na onze kelen schor te hebben geroepen voor onze jongere garde, is het eindelijk aan ons: One Love roller Dolls A-team.  Dat die wedstrijd ons iets te hard heeft opgefuckt is een zwaar understatement. We staan allemaal strak van de goesting! Go! Go! Go!

Als ik met mijn toestop op de jammerline sta, neemt mijn vechtmodus het onmiddellijk over van mijn zenuwen. Let’s do this! Na enkele jams in de eerste periode,  staan vechten voor elk punt, kapot gaan en teamwork extreem centraal bij ons team. Met een rotatie van 3 vaste jammers hebben Wham! Bam! Wonterjam!, Eve’il X en ikzelf (Humpme Bogart) amper tijd om te bekomen.

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

De Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz spelen het spel erg snel, waardoor onze uithouding flink op de proef gesteld wordt, maar gelukkig is de samenwerking tussen onze blockende meiden en de jammers tijdens deze wedstrijd van een ongezien niveau voor onze ploeg.

Einde van de eerste dertig minuten. Met nostalgische ninetiesmuziek op de achtergrond skaten we onze kleedkamer in voor wat feedback van Sir SkateALot.

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

Na wat peptalk, een schouderklopje hier en daar en veel vechtlust skaten we de tweede periode in. Stuttgart blijft straf uit de hoek komen en maakt het ons flink moeilijk om punten te scoren. Ze gebruiken de tijd om hun voordeel te behouden, hun stevige muren om de jammers zo lang mogelijk achter zich te houden, hun snelle offense naar defense transities om ons vaak net dat ietsje sneller af te zijn en hun ervaring om het spel iets tactischer te spelen.

Bij het einde van de bout juicht niet enkel Stuttgart als winnend team, maar ook wij staan als een bende losgeslagen vrouwen in een shoppingcenter te brullen. We hadden, gezien de ervaring van Stuttgart, verwacht te verliezen, maar dit spel was zo geweldig dat we ons allesbehalve verloren voelen.

Tijdens de afterparty in JH Djem hebben de afwezigen ongelijk. De mate van focus enkele uren eerder op de track, staat in schril contrast met het beest dat plots in iedereen de bovenhand neemt. Benieuwd welke schade wij als sportvrouwen kunnen aanrichten met onze dansbenen? We geven je graag een hipcheck op 10 en 11 november in JH Djem, want dan staat ons volgende event op onze derbykalender: Skates of Glory!

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

Yours,

Humpme Bogart aka ikwistniksmeertoenikzondagwakkerwerd

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