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Support the OLRD-troops to their Southern Bout Weekend!

From June 28th-30th, the One Love Roller Dolls are heading for their final bout(s) of this season!

On Saturday, the A-team will face “Nothing Toulouse” (Toulouse A) & our B-team will take on Barcelona Roller Derby on Sunday!

RSVP:
– 29/06 – French Connection III – Nothing Toulouse vs. OLRD A – FB Event
– 30/06 – Barcelona Roller Derby vs. OLRD B – FB Event

This (2.800 km’s/1739.8mi back and forth) trip does not come without it’s costs. We still need about €2.000 to fully fund this trip. This amount includes the bus, parking, toll & overnight accommodation (hostel) for 25 people (2 teams). Obviously, the league will fund the biggest part, but we can’t pay the whole amount.

That is why we’d love it if YOU could help us get there! Every cent counts!

Hit that “donate” button:

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We thank you in advance, we’ll work very hard these following weeks to make it worth your while!

© Cherry Moshpit

© Cherry Moshpit

Love,

OLRD

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SoG Bout 3: One Love Roller Dolls vs Namur Roller Girls [10.11.2012, by Vicious Something]

Bout 3, get rrready for some action of the home team, the One Love Roller Dolls from Antwerp. The Skates of Glory-organizers were facing the Namur Roller Girls in their first bout on their very own tournament.

I don’t have to tell you how extra motivated they were, do I? And OLRD’s jammer Ellen O.P. Bruise decided to put some sugar on top, by putting a 20-0 score on the scoreboard during the first jam.
But Namur was fighting, hard. After a powerjam they managed to get their score up to 41-22.
But then again, OLRD was also fighting, even harder. In one jam, all 4 OLRD blockers managed to get a major penalty (not at the same time, of course) but still the Namur jammer couldn’t get through the pack once. Some awesome teamwork by C.C. Titmouse, Humpme Bogart, ‘t Biejst and Saxia F, right there! For the rest of this 1st period, Namur’s score went from 30 to 33, whereas OLRD went up to 92. OLRD’s speedskating jammer Andreia must have had something to do with that. She was in the penalty box at the start of a jam and was still able to get a jammer lap point when she got out.
Halftime score: 92-33

After the break, OLRD started off very fierce, with awesome jamming work from Wham! Bam! Wonterjam and Chicka Lee. Namur just couldn’t get through the pack, while C.C. Titmouse and Sin Alley just kept doing what they are good at: hitting and blocking as if their lives were depending on it. The score was already up to 135-39, when Namur found their second breath. They managed to become lead jammer a few times and/or having a powerjam with their name written all over it.
Unfortunately, this was not enough to stop the One Love Roller Dolls from winning this bout. Final score: 175-79.

Vicious Something 😉
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SoG Bout 2: Rotterdam Death Row Honeys vs Rockcity Rollers [10.11.2012, by Vicious Something]

And for the second bout of this tournament, Skates of Glory brought the spectators a battle of the Dutchies! The Rotterdam Death Row Honeys were facing the Rockcity Rollers from Eindhoven.

Rockcity surely didn’t miss their start. Eventhough both teams’ skills seemed evenly matched, the scoreboard told us another story. In no time we saw a 10-80’ish score on the scoreboard. A few minutes before the break though, Rotterdam managed to triple their score, thanks to an impressive powerjam. Halftime score: 32-93

The second period started off with a great jam for Rotterdam, as their oh so fierce jammer Whippin’ Red Siren #10 got lead jammer and scored 7 very important points, against 0 for Eindhoven.
Unfortunately for the Death Row Honeys, this were some of their last points in this bout. Eindhoven managed to become lead jammer in almost every jam of this period. Marcie MissBehave #36 doing a great job there. In the few jams where Rotterdam was lead jammer, the lead jammer got a major penalty, resulting in a power jam for Eindhoven. In total, there were 5 powerjams in this period.

Even though the game looked pretty close and blockers and jammers were fighting their asses off, the final score showed us a big difference: 46-223.


Vicious Something 😉

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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.

© OLRD

© 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

© Ian Roofthooft

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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Derby Revolution 2012, Europe’s 1st ever 4-day Roller Derby Convention [04.07.2012, by C.C. Titmouse & Saxia*F]

© Derby Revolution

Where to start? It’s almost impossible to express in words the awesomeness of the past 4 days at Derby Revolution. But you know what? We’re going to try anyway.

From June 28th, until July 1st, 2012, our favorite European roller derby shop, Sckrpnch hosted the very 1st (4-day) European Roller Derby convention, right here, in Ghent, Belgium!

Skaters from all over Europe (& beyond!) were invited to join the revolution, to be submerged in a whole of trainings, seminars, workshops, scrimmages and everything a derby girl, -fan, -ref, -official, -vendor, -coach, etc. could possibly think of.

4 Days are impossible to synthesize in one, silly blogpost, so let’s try and break down what made  Derby Revolution so incredibly awesome.

★ The Classes:

In these 4 days we’ve learned so much about gameplay, strategy, skills, drills, form and more, it sometimes felt as if we were completely new to the sport. But as every new thing was explained so well, and the coaches were so patient with our questions, we are sure to be able to take a lot back to our league.

★ The Coaches:

Sckrpnch was able to attract some hi-class coaches, like Joy Collision (Arizona Roller Derby, Arizona – USA) Kamikaze Kitten (London Rollergirls All-Star Team), Teflon Donna (Philly Roller Girls, Philadelphia – USA), QuadzillaLuludemon (Terminal City All-Stars, Vancouver – Canada), Hidden Ajennda (Burning River Roller Girls All-Stars, Cleveland – USA), Roxy Rockett (Carolina Rollergirls All-Stars, Carolina – USA), Ballistic Whistle (coach of the London Rollergirls & skater for Southern Discomfort, mens Roller Derby league), 8Mean Wheeler (Terminal City All-Stars, Vancouver – Canada) and many more!

Getting coached by the world’s best skaters is such an honor and so very valuable. Every coach has their own training style, which really works for them. For instance, 8-Mean Wheeler uses a lot of metaphors which helps to remember how to build up a drill. Teflon Donna likes to resume what we’ve learned after each session, so we have it memorized well when we leave class and Kamikaze Kitten has some cool and nifty tricks up her sleeve which help jammers to go through the pack quickly or otherwise stop them when you’re a blocker, approaching the problem and the skill very holistically.

On top of all this, there were several big names in the officiating-section present to share their knowledge to our refs & NSO’s. El Toupée, Europe’s most experienced non-skating official, with more than 80 bouts and 180 scrimmages under his belt! Riff Reff, introduced the very 1st ranking system for Europe and is one of the more renowned refs on the continent & co-founder of Euroderby.org. Trippn Dale, a Level 5 WFTDA Certified Referee & Head Coach Carolina Rollergirls!

© Ian Roofthooft

★ The Scrimmages:

Beforehand, all participants had the opportunity to team up and sign up for a scrimmage. Derby Revolution provided the platform/tracks for several (mixed) scrimmages. People were able to play with & against each other and apply the new skills they learned in the courses they took on earlier during the Revolution.

We decided to challenge other attendees with a delegation of Belgium’s finest derby players and this unofficial ‘Team Belgium” got to scrimmage against a French/English mix of All-Star players (SEX’AND’CHEESE-team). A couple of the coaches decided to reinforce both teams & that’s how we got to play with/learn from Kamikaze Kitten and ‘SEX’AND’CHEESE kicked ass with Joy Collision Shortbus!

©Derby Revolution

★ The People:

In Europe, you’re often the odd one out when you’re telling a crowd you play roller derby. You’ll have to explain the game and often also why you’re so passionate about it. It’s amazing to be around hundreds of people who share this same passion. Who are just plain fabulous, fun and supportive to practice and play with. Of course it’s also nice to see familiar faces from other events, but we sure made a lot of new friends too.

We are extremely grateful for being able to be part of this event and we’ve enjoyed it intensely.

Therefore we take off our helmets in deep respect for Sckrpnch  and their very successful effort to bring a worthy equivalent of RollerCon to our continent (and country even). THANK YOU Miss Miyagi and all the volunteers, helpers for pulling this off. Thank you Glitter Maffia for the amazing afterparties and THANK YOU to every participant, coach, vendor, sponsor, etc. who traveled to Ghent to make this weekend as awesome as it was. We’re extremely proud to have been a part of this!

Viva La Revolución!

© Colin Smith

Xx²
C.C. Titmouse & Saxia*F

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About our First Official Bout #BadMoonRising [27.12.2011, by Sir SkateAlot]

©OLRD

The One Love Roller Dolls, played their first official bout against the Ruhrpott Roller Girls from Essen on the 30th of October 2011. It was a great bout, perfect organization, the team fought for every point and played a great game, there was a huge audience and they enjoyed every minute of it. It was an event we could all be proud of!

You can watch the official photo album over here!

©Ian Rwb

But why did it take so long to write a blog about it? Why can’t we find a volunteer to write this blog and is it up to the coach to do it? I don’t know, let me guess…

It was great, but it wasn’t perfect, we left with the feeling we didn’t gave it our best. We learned a lot about ourselves and about how to play roller derby, and some of these lessons took us long enough. 😉

©Ian Rwb

We were well prepared for this game, had trained hard and gone through every possible strategy we could handle. We were so well prepared that we already thought it would be an easy win. But when the game started, we immediately noticed Ruhrpott was also well prepared, we were not the only ones playing hard and smart. So we learned Lesson 1: you’re only the winner at the end of the game.

Eve'il X

©Ian Rwb

The first half was really exciting, lots of lead changes, two teams playing clever roller derby. The German team did build a strong wall, and we had problems tearing down those walls. I called for a counter strategy, and when I had done my explication, I saw the German coach, from the corner of my eye who had listened to everything I said. (Lesson 2: don’t yell out strategy, the “enemy” is listening). At the end of the first half, Eve’il X jammed in a rough full length jam, was completely beaten up, and was out for the rest of the period. Lucky for us she came back in the second period. (Lesson 3: it’s good if you can take a lot of hits, it’s better if you can avoid them). At halftime we were in the lead with just one point.

Wham! Bam! Wonterjam!

©Ian Rwb

Second half started and Ruhrpott took a little lead. We tried to catch up, but little by little we let panic take over. (Never let panic take over, that doesn’t even qualify as a lesson). We started to take more trips to the penalty box and had to adapt our line-ups almost every jam. And there was Lesson 4: make a plan for when things are difficult and stick to it. We were sending in almost always the same players, because we thought the other ones would not be good enough. One month later, in our next bout those same players showed us we were completely wrong about it. (Lesson 5: thrust your teammates, all of them).

Chicka Lee

©Ian Rwb

Antwerp has a reputation as a team that is working together, but at that time we forgot. (Lesson 6: Teamwork! Always! Also when under pressure!). But still, up to the very end of the bout we had a chance to win. Chicka Lee got a powerjam and looked ready to close the gap, but unfortunately she was sent to the box herself, leaving it to the Ruhrpott jammer to take a decisive lead. (Lesson 7: In Roller Derby, penalties can decide the outcome of the game).

C.C. Titmouse

©Ian Rwb

In the end, we lost, 154-111. Not bad, but it felt we could reach for victory and just couldn’t get it. That’s frustrating, and we had to deal with that frustration. Ruhrpott was the better team, they kept it together, they played together and never gave us the opportunity to play our game. So they deserved to win. And that’s the most important Lesson 8: no matter how good you are, if the other team is better you lose, nothing wrong with that, that’s sport.

Sir Skate Alot

©Ian Rwb

Learning something makes you humble, and being humble makes you stronger. In the end we are proud of ourself. It was a great first bout, perfect organization, good game. And those lessons, we learned them all right, which was clear from our 2nd bout (against Metz Roller Derby Club (France)). But sometimes it may take a little time to understand and deal with it, and then the readers have to wait for their blog.

Ruhrpott Roller Girls, congratulations and thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn, we’ll get back to you on that rematch soon ;-).

©Ian Rwb

 PS. We won the after party, that’s for sure 😉

Sir SkateAlot,
Coach
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Antwerp [BE] vs. Rotterdam [NL] | First Scrimmage of this season, by Champain Brunch [22.10.2011]

 
©Garry Bryan Jr.

So, last Thursdaynight the Rotterdam Death Row Honeys were kind enough to host OLRD’s AllStarTeam for our first scrimmage of this season. Since we’re playing our FIRST official bout next week, we considered this to be the perfect practise opportunity, and as you all know; practise makes perfect!

Despite the rain and what I consider to be a comparable climate to Antarctica, our troops showed up to Rotterdam in tiny European cars filled with players, refs and NSO’s ready to make Antwerp proud (and secretly go to Burger King after the scrimmage).

©Garry Bryan Jr.

Despite initial hesitation on our end about the weather conditions and playing on an outdoor track, Death Row’s enthusiasm and eagerness to play showed as their girls dried up their court with “squeegees”. They “really” wanted to play and I immediately thought they just wanted my team and I to kill ourselves by skating on a super wet, slick track…. But I was WRONG ;-).
 
Death Row’s outdoor, concrete track is apparently coated with a special texture that essential creates treading on the ground. It was the bomb: grippy and smooth!

©Garry Bryan Jr.

Anyway, back to the scrimmage. One Love came out on top from the start with some solid defense opening up holes for our faster than you can say “toy boat” three times jammers. Chicka Lee, Wham! Bam! Wonterjam! and Eve’il X racked up the points with some sweet lateral movements and of course, speed.

That being said, I think now is a good time to talk about the importance of communication (and how good we were at that last night)! Communication within the pack AND from the sidelines was an incredible source of encouragement and leadership. It helped us play like a team rather than individuals. Lolli Chop & C.C. Titmouse were calm and collected but to the point and clear. I even heard Wham! Bam! yelling from the sidelines at one point and thought to myself “That class act knows what she’s talking about. I better do it.”

©Garry Bryan Jr.

Last but not least, because of our Coach’s and Line Up Manager’s sweet organizational skills no one was confused about when or where they were going. Men can sometimes get a bed rep for not expressing themselves enough but ladies do not fear: Sir SkateALot is changing all of that.

Due to the weather conditions, we had to reorganise the scrimmage into 3 x 20 minute-periods. Rotterdam forfaited after the first 20 minutes, and we continued with mixed scrimmage excercises. Rotterdam have another scrimmage coming up this weekend (against our sisters from the Ghent Go-Go Roller Girls) & we have OUR FIRST OFFICIAL BOUT to think about, so we didn’t want to take any risks. In the end, scrimmage is all about learning and that’s exactly what we did!

All in all, that night’s scrimmage was soooo legit. We had lots of support and  gracious hosts who even had a bottle of champagne ready at the end of the scrimmage! More importantly, we had fun with one another. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

©Garry Bryan Jr.

 

©Ian Rwb

Love,

Champain Brunch
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