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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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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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Sun. 16/09 OLRD wants YOU! #FreshMeatDay

©Ian Roofthooft

The new bouting season has begun, we’re eager to play & our shedule is looking t.i.g.h.t.!

A growing league needs new skaters/refs/nso’s,

WE NEED YOU!
& you NEED us!

  • You want a new challenge?
  • You want to be fit & dedicate yourself to a growing sport?
  • You want to be part of a group of people, who support & defy you?
  • You’re happy to strap skates on your feet & learn to ‘walk’ again?
  • You’ve always wanted to be a rockstar, but can’t play any instrument?

©Ian Roofthooft

SEPTEMBER 16 will be the day where it’s YOUR TURN to put on those roller skates and show the OLRD what you are truly made of! NO prior skating skills are necessary to become an amazing roller derby player. No matter what size or shape you are, there is a position for you. If you have the dedication, we will make sure you get the training.

Don’t know the rules of the sport? Haven’t skated since the third grade? No problem. OLRD skaters will explain how roller derby is played and briefly go over the history of the sport and derby gear 101. Fresh Meat participants have the chance to learn roller derby from the ground up; no experience or gear is required to attend on September 16 at our Roller Rink (Ruggeveldlaan 484, Deurne – Antwerp).

©Ian Roofthooft

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REQUIREMENTS
* all skaters must be 21 years of age
* all skaters must be able to commit 2-3 nights a week to practice and work within the league
* all members must understand there is a financial commitment to roller derby which includes monthly dues, insurance, and purchasing your own skates and gear
* all paperwork must be completed and turned in
* before you are eligible to compete in a bout, you must pass a skill test (but don’t worry, we’ll teach you!)

©Ian Roofthooft

Would you rather like to lay down the law?
OLRD is recruiting referees to boss us around! Both male and female refs are welcome.

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©Ian Roofthooft

To attend, send an e-mail to freshmeat@oneloverollerdolls.be and we’ll give you more information about our practices, the gear we wear and membership dues. A couple of days before the next fresh meat day, you’ll receive a registration document which you’ll need to fill in to participate.

One Love Roller Dolls

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LET’S HIT IT OFF! GGGRG’s Rookie Bootcamp [28.12.2011, by Sin Alley]

©GGGRG

Saturday, the 17th of December 2011, MoriarTea & I woke up early for our first Rookie Bootcamp with the GGGRG on the site of Tour &Taxi’s in Brussels. In the beginning there was a little problem with some men who were laying carpet on our skating floor (aaarggh), but the girls from GGGRG came up with a quick and good solutions and made two tracks. We put on our gear and started with 50 rookies from 17 different leagues to do what we came to do: skate!

©Jeroen Van der Meeren

We started in one big group and warmed up avoiding some cracks in the floor. The warm-up was intense, for example 1min sprinting and 1min skills as step turns, cuttings, falls, backwards, stops, squaaaat, … the GGGRG girls named this exercise “the black widow” because it is deadly tiring. Nina & I tried our best cause our coach Sir SkateAlot was watching. 😉

©Jeroen Van der Meeren

After the warm-up we split up in two groups A & B and started some exercises on positional or booty blocking, giving and receiving hits and we also learned “the hammer & nail”, goal? One positional blocker slows the jammer down and try to keep her on the inside line, the second blocker (hammer) hits out the jammer (nail). Mission accomplished!

©Jeroen Van der Meeren

After the blocking exercises we practiced on jamming, speed, skating in a pack. We all had the chance to try different positions: leading the pack as a natural born pivot and screaming directives to your pack or skate through it as a agile galloping jammer.

©Jeroen Van der Meeren

At 12h30 it was lunchtime. The GGGRG girls made us some really delicious and healthy power food. Spaghetti, broccoli, meatloaf, tofu and lots of vegetables. During lunch we could listen to MissMiyagi from Sckrpnch (our favourite, european derbyshop!) who informed us about gear, plates and wheels! After lunch we spend half an hour on rules (with Referee Dire Wolff) or on strategies such as defense and offense (with Veronica Fever). Then back on track for some more skating. We trained on making walls with two or three girls as strong as the Berlin wall and learned “the waterfall”, when coming out of the corner blocker one jumps to the outside line and takes position of blocker three. We also practiced a lot on communication, which I learned is very important when playing roller derby.

©Jeroen Van der Meeren

After a 15min break we did a scrimmage with the entire group. We made a white and a black team, wrote some number on the back of our shirts and were ready to show what we had learned today. There were some very fast jammers and some knock-you-out blockers but most of all we tried to work as a team, communicate with each other and help one another, cause when playing roller derby, it is all about teamwork!

©Jeroen Van der Meeren

Thanks to GGGRG girls for the training, thanks to all girls for a fun day, I can’t wait for the next Rookie Bootcamp!

xoxo
Sin Alley

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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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Bootcamp with Georgia W. Tush & Beater Pan-Tease, by C.C. Titmouse [25.10.2011]

What a busy –derby-week! We just came back from Rotterdam last week and were heading back on Monday to Amsterdam for an awesome bootcamp with Georgia W. Tush, Beater Pan-Tease & Marc the Shark from Montreal Roller derby, hosted by the Amsterdam Derby Dames!

Pic by Limpin' Lilly (ADD)

Time-management-wise, this was a good one for C.C. “never on time” Titmouse. Since it was a weekday and most of us have to work during the day, it was a rush-rush kind of evening with a lot of traffic (2,5h drive from Antwerp to Amsterdam). But finally arrived ‘only’ 1 hour late (SCORE)!

Last weekend, my carkeys got stolen (companycar, who the f*ck cares, right), except the fact that both mine as Wham! Bam! Wonterjam!’s derby gear is still in the trunk of this very car. Unfortunately, we can’t hover above the car to make sure no thief can steal our (new) skates. If we could, WE WOULD #VultureStyle!  We’ve been living in constant fear ever since and it seems that I won’t be receiving a spare until Friday. As you all know, we have our FIRST Official Bout on Sunday, so I’m ready to go Colombine on the company’s Ass if I do not have a key on Friday!!! ><

The first time I ever heard about Montreal was at the “Anarchy in the UK” tournament in London. Those New Skids On The Block came out, wearing their signature Neon-coloured Spandex Outfits, straight out of the ‘80s. With the coolest skate-out ever, all this ‘show’ should be a reference to their game too. Oh, but did they deliver #InstantFan! It’s always fun to see Montreal play, therefore we watched the East Regional Play Offs very closely. And to have 2 Skids over in Amsterdam and being able to learn a thing or two from them, was something we couldn’t miss.

So eventhough nor Whammie, nor myself had any gear, our fellow Roller Dolls made sure we were able to borrow gear (which wasn’t easy, since I have a massive sized head!) and we got out our old(er) skates so we could benefit from a little Canadian lesson!

Both Georgia as Tease bring a lot of humour to the rink, but in the end we all take it very seriously, we all want to ‘get there’, whatever it takes. I personally loved their “breaking-it-up” method, since it’s easier to learn difficult movements if you break it up in little pieces. I’m having troubles with the hockeystop & the powerslide for example and their little session made me successfully do the hockeystop! (Or at least, it didn’t look like the ‘Fantasia’ballerina at the verge of doing a very painful split, not stopping. at. all.) So *yay*! 🙂

Overall, it was great seeing our friends from The Netherlands again. If it was up to me, the bootcamp could’ve lasted all night, but seeing my zombie-face in the mirror right now, this was a nice first encounter.  Evil plans to lure them into Belgium have been set into motion (“Come to the dark side, we have beer and chocolate!”) ;-).

11 Dolls & Refs gathered and drove 2,5 hours for an awesome bootcamp. Lovely to see that kind of teamspirit & dedication on the eve of our first official bout. One Love!

Xx²
C.C. Titmouse

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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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