Blitz Dames Roller Derby Boot Camp

Birmingham Blitz Dames - Birmingham, England's Original All Female Flat Track Roller Derby

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

More Roller Destruction @ Arcadia!

What do you get when you combine 40 roller girls from across the country, their fans and refs, sprinkle on a little pizza and cake, then stir for 24 hours? A whole big pile of awesome, that’s what!

August 14th was the date of Roller Destruction in Manchester. The venue of the Arcadia in Levenshulme, where the Manchester Roller Derby girls train, is enough to make any derby dame swoon. A full size hall with a gallery for the spectators, digital timer, and the track painted out on the floor. No cones for these women! Skating there was a dream - nothing imparts the feeling of professionalism like a venue designed exclusively for rollersports.

After the warm up & group stretch we rocked off with the first bout. It was hard-fought and exciting, with players mixed up with people from all over the country having to work on quick tactics & teamwork. The crowd couldn’t have guessed though - the defensive teamwork of the blockers was seamless, and the jammers moved around the track like greased lightning, getting whipped through the pack like the teams had trained together far longer than the 10 minutes we had all known each other.

At the end of the first bout the black team had thrashed the whites, although both teams had displayed some epic play. The crowd was excited, everyone was in high spirits, and it was time for some awesome pizza & learning how to maintain our skates on the sunny grass with Paul The Man. There was a fount of useful information, modified spanners, and some cunning use of bike oil & concorde grease; but words cannot share the wonders of what Paul can do with a filmcase & a can of WD40.

For me the most fun part of the day was a game of roller hockey, this time blacks versus greens. Everyone could take part, including some who were probably too young for roller derby (though getting my skating skills mocked by said 3-year-old child was less fun!) It was a game most of us had no training in apart from some chilly lessons at school, but what we lacked for in skill we made up for in enthusiasm. The ball was whacked all around the court, players collided and points were scored. The greens won the first time round (Woo!), although the blacks won in the second game (Boo!) Definitely something I want to play more of.

The fun carried on far into the night, accompanied by a lot of laughter and hugs. Overall, it was an amazing day, and I’d love to offer my adoring thanks to all those who made it possible. A shining example of the awesome fun of roller derby!



PS - Don't forget our Scary Tales end of season party on Sunday!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

From Atta Grrl to Scary Tales...

The Blitz Dames would like to thank everyone who came along to our fundraiser at Subside on 29th July. :)

The event featured a DJ set from female-vocalist-loving Atta Grrl, as well as the typical cakes, Blitz Bomber cocktails and general debauchery you've come to expect from a Blitz Dames party. Oh, and we managed to raise a nice bit of cash for the league too!

See? ;)

And if you're wondering when you can get yourselves in on some of this partying with roller girls business... Our next event is our end of season party on 29th August 2010 at Subside!

Our 'Scary Tales' event, is a Blitz Dames party with a twisted fairy tales theme! There will be the usual partying and cakes and fancy dress in a scary fairy tale manner is pretty much a given!

There will also be fire breathing and dancing from the gorgeous Nympherno, as well as live music from Great Uncles, Laughing in the Face Of and The Glass Gods.

The event starts from 8pm and we won't even try to kick you out until 2am. And all this for a measley £3 before 9pm and £4 after that! Bargain!

And for those 'facebook or it doesn't happen' types, check out our event page.

Don't forget, the next day is a Bank Holiday Monday so there's no excuse not to stay out partying with us!

Hope to see you there!!!
The Dames are back from an awesome weekend in London courtesy of the London Rockin' Rollers.

Our very own Violet and Attack and Sleazy Rider, skated in the intraleague bout for the Voodoo Skullcrushers and the Goldie Looking Chain Gang.

After a reeeeeeally close match, the final score was 199 to the Voodoo Skullcrushers and 120 to the Goldie Looking Chain Gang!!!

Thanks to LRR for having us, we all had a fantastic time :)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Skate Battle n Roll!!!

Exciting news! Blitz Dames skaters Violet Attack and Sleazy Rider will be guest-skating at Skate Battle n Roll, the London Rocking Rollers' next intraleague bout!

Violet Attck will be skating for the Voodoo Skull Crushers and Sleazy Rider for the Goldie Looking Chain Gang, so if you fancy seeing a bit of Dame on Dame action, head on down!

TOMORROW! 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London

Doors open at 4pm, Bout starts at 5pm.

See you there!