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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:

Donate

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

Happy Birthday Sir SkateAlot! [05.02.2013]

Our coach, Sir SkateAlot, became 55 years young today!
We’d like to wish him a very happy Birthday, by letting the wishes speak for itself:

© Ian Roofthooft

© Ian Roofthooft

Sir SkateAlot, happy happy birthday!!
We all wish you a nice day, a good party with lots of presents….

No doubt your girls will take care of that 🙂

Enjoy and see you on the track soon!

Love,
Rockcity Rollers, Eindhoven

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Beste coach,

Twee jaar en 1 dag geleden mochten we je verwelkomen in onze club. Je staat mee aan de basis en hebt de league hervormd naar wat de OLRD nu is. We needed that kick.

Bedankt voor je inzet, ik wens je een zeer fijne verjaardag.

Lolli Chop – OLRD

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By the Holy Spirit,

We wish you the best for all you can imagine, you,the saint-patron from all the belgian derby girls!
So , Happy Happy Birthday!!

Love, the Holy Wheels Menace

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Beste Coach! Ik wens je een fantastische verjaardag toe en wil u bedanken voor al uw geduld met ons!!
Je bent een TOP-Coach! En ik hoop dat we nog lang kunnen genieten van de trainingen!
Vele Derby-verjaardagskussen van Pink Bull (OLRD)

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Dear Dirk/ Sir Skatalot/ Lords of the merbs,

We got to know you 2 years ago and boy did we learn a whole sh*tload of derby!
We have a lot to thank to you and for that we’re very greatful.
Amazing how we could always rely on you and the One Love Roller Dolls if we had questions or what so ever…
So a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 YOU, from all the bunnies, to our ‘Yoda’! 😉
We hope you’ll enjoy your day! Make it a good one!
Lots of derbylove from all of us!

Sincerely yours,

Mad Twat Her
Bad Bunny Rollers Menen

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Happy bday Coach Dirk!!! 55 and still rollin’!
I wanna thank you for buggin’ me and making me start this new skating career,
it was just what I needed! 😉 Hope I can make you proud! Ahah
I wish you a great season and lots of sucess for the seasons to follow!

Big hug,

Andreia – OLRD

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Happy Birthday from Charleroi!

May this day be the sweetest to you, and thank you for all the help and learnings you provided us and so many other people in derby world!

See you soon hopefully!!!

Blackland Rockin’ K-Rollers

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Happy Happy Birthday Dirk ! To the amazing coach you are!

Foxy Feather – OLRD

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Dear Sir,

Even if we must confess we are soooo impressed everytime we see you around a derby track, we couldn’t imagine not use the occasion of your birthday to thank you for everything you did for our beloved sport! Best wishes!

Skinny Revenge for the Freaky Mons’ter Derby Ladies.

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Carpool maatje, een heel gelukkige verjaardag gewenst!

Queen Of The Road Rage – OLRD

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Champagne en tart à volonté. De conditie is nog altijd OK. Daarom vandaag eens goed vieren en morgen een aspirientje versieren! Happy Bday!!

Isabelle – OLRD

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Dirk! Je oneindige inzet en liefde voor de rollersport maakt dat niemand de naam Sir SkateAlot meer waard is dan jij! Een dikke vette merci en een heel gelukkige verjaardag!

Electric Alice – OLRD

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Beste Dirk,

55 jaar!
Het is amper te vatten waar je de moed en doorzetting haalt om je actief te engageren binnen een (initieel) vrouwensport! In dat opzicht voelt het alsof we de verjaardag van één van onze Dolls vieren (daar kan vast rekening mee gehouden worden, wat het outfit betreft) ;-). Ik wens je dan ook niets dan sportiviteit en (onze) overwinningen toe op je 55ste, lead the way, coach! 😉

Happy Bday!

C.C. Titmouse – OLRD

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Dirk,
Je bent de hart en ziel van ons team… Je bent er altijd, met weer en wind en hebt ons als team (met al haar individuen) laten groeien en naar meerdere overwinningen weten te leiden. Dankje!

Gelukkige verjaardag!

’t BJIEST – OLRD

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Liefste Dirk,

Mogen je prachtige grijze haren nog lang in onze bearings blijven plakken!
Van harte en een gelukkige verjaardag!

Ellen O.P. Bruise – OLRD

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For sure, the landscape of Belgian roller derby wouldn’t be the same without you, you learned so much to all of us!
Happy birthday dear (teddy) bear!

Agatha Power ‘Tum Tum’, Freaky Mons’Ter Derby Ladies

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 © Ian Roofthooft

Happy Birthday from all of us!
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SoG Bout 12: Go Go Gent vs One Love Roller Dolls (1st & 2nd place) [11.11.2012, by Saxia*F]

Man, I’d really should’ve got some stock in calming pills or fake nails… most of the bouts we’ve seen this far have been nerve wreckingly exciting. Have you seen those end scores?? Well, you know what I mean then. For this very last bout we’ve experienced a whole new level of excitement, as the two best teams of the weekend meet each other on the track for the final bout. The outcome of Gent facing Antwerp at the end of this tournament wasn’t totally unexpected, but still promised some serious, high level action.

After the first whistle, Gent gets lead jammer during the first jams and Go Go Gent takes off quickly scoring points and creating distance to the One Love Roller Dolls. But One Love isn’t making it easy for them. With good team work they manage to give the jammer of Gent a hard time at every pass and they manage to scramble more and more points themselves, bridging the gap with Gent. From the get go it’s clear that these two teams are a good match, especially when Antwerp manages to get lead on a few jams as well.

From about 20 minutes in, power jams are getting more frequent, and more and more in favor of One Love. They manage to capitalize on them quite well, although the fierce walls of Gent, even when they are with just two blockers, are immensely impressive. Also their agility, and not only of the jammers, is absolute class. At halftime the teams leave us with a score of 85 for Go Go Gent to 86 for One Love… halftime never lasted for so long.

The halftime score certainly gives One Love a lot of confidence for the second half, but we also see Gent coming back strong. Although Antwerp makes Gent work for every point, Gent manages to slowly take the lead in scores again. Antwerp tries to keep up and fights damn bravely, but towards the end it gets harder and harder to close the gap. While the fans scream their vocal cords to shreds, both teams give it their best in those final jams.
The last whistle blows and the winner of the first edition of Skates of Glory is known: Go Go Gent Roller Girls wins the tournament beating the One Love Roller Dolls with 175 to 137 as the final score.

<Saxia*F/Saskia Videler>

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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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SoG Bout 1: Gent GO-GO Roller Girls vs Blackland Rockin’ K-Rollers [10.11.2012, by Saxia*F]

Roller derby has certainly taken flight in Europe, teams are popping up like weeds. And that’s just awesome, because that gives derby teams the opportunity to play against each other and develop themselves. After about 4 years of roller derby in the Benelux it’s about time to bring the 8 wheeled gladiators together in one arena and let them show where the hard work has gotten them.

That’s why we, the One Love Roller Dolls decided to organize a tournament for those teams. Some blood, lots of sweat and a few tears were shed over the preparations of Skates of Glory, the very first Roller derby tournament in the Benelux. Today Skates of Glory will kick off, and we’re ready to kick some ass.

The floor is still cold, our voices still intact and the skaters a tad nervous, but mostly: ready for action. the honor of the first bout of the tournament goes to Go Go Ghent Rollergirls and Blackland Rollerderby. From the first second Ghent is giving Blackland a really hard time. Ghent is picking up points fast,

Blackland has a tough time and gets no lead status during the entire first half.
Both teams make a lot of penalties, there always seems to be someone in the box. Halftime score is 159-15

You gotta give it to Blackland for keeping the faith, but also they show that they do belong here on the tournament. We see a lot of swift and agile jamming, some nice hits (props for that beautiful sweeping booty block of hurry rollin’k n nr 17 of Blackland), but Ghent just proves to be to strong for the Charleroi team.

The game ends with a final score of 315 – 24 and a big cheer and MMuchos respect for the persistence of Blackland.

Saxia*F

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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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