This is a TEDx Talk by Jennifer McMahon who is the founder of Humboldt Roller Derby. It’s an interesting talk, where she speaks about “Founders Syndrome” and the need to “Let Go” so that things can flourish. If you check out their ABOUT page on HRDs website you can read a bit more about how she got the league off the ground.
Sin Amen Whip for the Sisters is the happiest Jammer you’ll ever meet, and our Vixen Captain Spink! 182 is our little Demanda Riot!! High Five Team Purple!!
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WHEN A DEATH STARS BLOCKER
CLEARS A PATH FOR THEIR JAMMER
Travel team try outs tomorrow! Got to get my Jedi on!
The nature of sport. Fine looping motion, punctuated by violent collision. That is the equation, sacrifice and beauty on the flat track. No names, no interviews. The speed, the grace, the violence of the sport are encapsulated within a non linear narrative that showcases the athletes not the scene
Made in close conjunction with Bay Area Derby Girls.
It gave me goosebumps. I think it was just the way it was shot. The direction and the attention to detail. Any derby skater may feel a great sense of deja vu within elements of this film. The closeness of a game. The lead up. The training. The daily rituals. If you haven’t watched this yet, please do yourself a favour…
What did you think?
So the Victorian/Tasmanian Roller Derby Tournament 2013 is in full throttle mode!
The Victorian Tasmanian Roller Derby tournament is an ambitious undertaking to have as many leagues as possible in both Victoria and Tasmania play in 2013, culminating in finals determining a champion league.
This is really really exciting news! The groupings have been announced and we have been placed in Group 2 alongside fellow Victorians Geelong Roller Derby League and Ballarat Roller Derby League and two Tasmanian leagues (both from Launceston) Van Dieman Rollers and Devil State Derby League.
We will be holding try outs in a few weeks time to rank our skaters that will form our Travel A team squad (the Death Stars) for the tournament this year. Within that top 20 skaters our Captains will be nominated and voted in and planning and training for this event will amp up TO THE EXTREME!
I am incredibly excited about this tournament this year. 16 leagues across these two states are getting involved. It fosters a greater derby relationship across all levels (regional leagues, experienced metro leagues, up-and-coming leagues) and more derby action for the fans out there.
Our team that will be formed for this has an exciting opportunity to put their skills to the test in our May the 4th bout with a visiting interstate league (details are being finalised… can’t mention any names just yet ;)) so that should give us something to really strive for to get our strategy and team work together before the Tournament starts towards the end of May
High-five to ALL OF THE DERBY!!!
Our 2013 Bout Dates have been released. Put these dates in your calendar and come watch our home teams in action. I’m still drafted to the Pulp Vixens and am excited to see if we can continue our reign of purple domination
Last night was our first training session back for the year.
It may of felt like this:
To be honest I wasn’t sure how I felt about coming back to training. I was having sporadic moments all off-season of being super pumped and looking forward to this 2013 season, to not wanting to go through all the hard work and drama that I know will also happen. It was a big “Ugh, I don’t even want to skate anymore” vs “Holy Crap this year is GOING TO BE AWESOME!”… maybe I was just experiencing an isolated moment of having summer vacation bi-polar?
Anyway. All those feelings were irrelevant the moment I geared up and jumped on the track after our off skates warm up. Seeing all the girls I’d missed over the break. Seeing everyone’s beaming smiles and seeing the enthusiasm exudes from everyones sweat-drenched faces (true, it was rather hot last night!).
We eased back in to things with some pace line drills. Then we worked on starts for the rest of the time. We had a few breaks to dissect the new rules and discuss strategy and skaters ideas on how to adapt our plays off the line.
It was a fun training session. I’ve put new 95A on my skates that I got for Christmas, and even with the newly polished floor and the slipperiness of the surface, I felt slightly faster and a tad more agile. I was even almost pulling off hockey stops… Ok, not “almost” but I impressed myself with the progress I’ve made on them after a bit of off-season practice.
I now have that familiar burn in my legs today which I’ve weirdly missed, and I’m looking forward to coaching tomorrow night and our first scrimmage back on Saturday!
There really is a lot of things to be excited about this year. We have locked in 2 teams to play our travel teams on May the 4th (Star Wars Day – how apt!) and more information of the VIC/TAS Regional Tournament has been announced.
2013 – It’s going to be a GREAT year. High Five to that!
So what’s a great way to kick start your 2013? JOIN A ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE! I hear the Northside Rollers are a pretty rad league to join Live in Melbourne and ever thought about strapping a pair of skates on your feet? Hot tip: Just Do It!
I’m lost without derby already and it hasn’t even been a week!
I ended the year on such a derby high, I think I’m coming down off it hardcore! I’m still talking about league stuff on a daily basis with certain people. I’m still planning for things next year. I’m still in derby brain mode… yet there was no training on Tuesday, there will be none tonight, or scrimmage Saturday. I won’t be doing drills or coaching or skating around in a circle and turning left until the end of January… it’s time to kick-start the off-season!
This is actually the first time I’ve had a designated off-season. I stopped skating end of 2011 when I moved to Melbourne, and didn’t join my new league until February. I wouldn’t deem that an off-season, I would deem that as my life taking priority.
But now?… now I have to look to next year and prepare myself. Maintain my fitness and focus on strength building.
Elektra Q-Tion asks a good question: Are you an Athlete or Weekend Warrior? I would like to think of myself as an Athlete. As someone that wants to strive to be better, to dedicate myself to putting in the hard yards, to step it up a notch.
Sure, the Christmas period isn’t the best time to jump head long in to the World of full blown cross-training…
CROSS TRAINING IN THE OFF-SEASON
via: The .Gif of Derby
…but it’s at this time of year that it’s crucial you look at how you will be planning on maintaining your fitness level. Think about resting those injuries but perhaps conditioning the ones you rarely accommodate in your standard training weeks.
For me? I am going to jump head first in to swimming (geddit? see what I did there?), plus jump on my bike to keep those legs active and focus on some core exercises. I am giving myself a 2 week break just to rest my mind and body. But in the new year it’s on.
2013… I’m SO going to own you!
What is your off-season plans?
It was a really hot day yesterday, it was 37 degrees when we got to the stadium *vomit* and just walking around and helping with bump-in I was sweating up a storm! This bout felt a little different leading in to it then the last. I think everyone’s head was just in it a bit more (from both sides). I knew the Sisters were going to come out strong this time and they sure did. It was a fiercely fought game.
The scores were close the entire time. We had a slight lead coming in to the second half, but the Sisters got back up and were winning at one point. We focussed a lot more with our walls and recycling to the front, successfully forcing a fast pack and switching our plays in to gear in the second half of the second half, ending the bout strong.
Final score was 131 v 91.
Highlights of the bout for me were:
- We had some team goals set for this bout, and I really think we achieved them really well on the night! Especially holding that inside line like a bawws!
- Having some great moments on the track with certain Sisters. Double winking with Donna Slay and telling Sin Amen Whip that I love her when we was lining up to jam for the Sisters.
- Our Captains also asked us to set some personal goals for this bout. I wanted to concentrate on hitting a lot more, being a strong communicator on the track and holding back their jammer. I felt like I achieved that on the night, and really felt like I worked hard for my team.
- Hitting Suzz Spender out whilst she was jammer, as I stayed in, then Donna Slay caught me off guard and hit me out too. It was an epic hit, it was really fricken Awesome! Well played Slay, well played.
- Having a little moment in the second half where I may have lost my shit a little on the bench, so I physically turned my back to the track to have Zombattleli Screamatoma standing there. I told her I need her to pull me up if I do that, to make me calm down and refocus. To which she put that massive smile on her face and told me to calm down and go out there and hit some bitches! Thanks Nat, you were ace for me last night!! Vixens pride ourselves in keeping our Zen on the bench, we look to each other to help focus and calm down, and I love that that support is there.
- Celebrating our win in the changerooms afterwards and having a dance off with Bliss Star (my wifey!!) to Gangnam Style!! Our Captain’s (Anna Conned Her) daughter, Mila, joined in too, it was the cutest!
- Oh yeah, and getting MVP. Yeah. Woah! I was just talking to Miss Hellfire and Little Piece not 10 minutes before they announced MVPs for the game, discussing the fact that I’d never get MVP. I’m not a jammer, I just block. Blockers don’t get MVP. That’s my experience. That wasn’t me being negative about it all, just commenting on the fact that usually it’s given to an all rounder – someone that shines as a jammer/blocker, someone that’s consistent as both. Well that threw me when the Sisters gave it to me! Thanks ladies, I’m honoured and truly grateful for you noticing little ol’ me on the track getting all up in your biz
What an epic end to our year!! That bout was fantastic to play and you ladies rock my World! Looking forward to our AGM and Christmas party next weekend and the well deserved break over the Summer!