I’ve been asked this a few times by my friends and colleuges…hell no it’s not fake! Check out the beginning of this Roller Derby Revival video; these people were nasty. Different time different place…derby today is more about strategically and safely getting through the pack to earn points for your team; following the WFTDA rules. Yes we still bump and check but there are boundaries.
One of our previous Halifax Roller Derby members who is in the Annapolis Valley has even taken on starting up a valley league; maybe we’ll have a bout with them next spring. Way to go Amanda 🙂 ! There is also another league brewing further up the valley near Granville Ferry area; they are calling themselves the Riptide Rollers…it is exploding here in NS.
As a FYI Halifax Roller Derby Association Fresh Meat intake is the end of September; it is so nice to see the enthusiasm of the people wanting to get involved. WFTDA Qualifications are coming up in January-February, so we can start to get teams ready to start having bouts with the other leagues. If you’re interested in joining email HRDAfreshmeat@gmail.com to find out how.
Our Halifax League was recently on the front page of the Chronicle Herald and also on CBC news and even appeared nationally way to go girls
So after stalking the HRDA Facebook group off and on for about 6 months and going out to the practices to watch them skate…this past July I finally took the leap and joined up for Fresh Meat at the Halifax Roller Derby…if anything it will teach me handle myself better on roller skates.
I was so tired and felt a little sore after the 2hrs of drills; it was a really great experience and the people they were really awesome and made me feel comfortable. It was my only my 4th or 5th time on skates this year as I generally skate with my husband outside but it has been so rainy this past June we didn’t get out as much as we would have liked to. BMO center even had public skates Tues & Thurs ($5).
Fast-forward to September…
So to me I feel like I’ve improved tonnes…I have a better centre of balance (very important) and don’t seem to fall as much. I still fall but not as much but I am having trouble with stopping at high speeds (fear factor) when I get a good speed going I get a bit nervous and start thinking oh crap…I am sure that will pass the more comfortable I get.
The drills are somewhat fun (last night we did whips and weaving through the pack…last weeks we did jammer, packs and blocking…all very fun…except for the pushes ohhhh those suck 😉 ) but I have to stop thinking so much while on skates as I end up talking myself out of things to try…but it will come. In the end if derby doesn’t work (I am no spring chicken LOL) out at least I can skate better plus there is always NSO (non-skating officials) positions available.
Here is a picture from Halifax 1st ever roller derby bout June 11, 2011. Way to go!
Have a good day everyone and thanks for stopping by!
Last night I had some time after work so I headed to the Calgary Roller Derby
Double Header at the Triwood Arena.
I headed out by bus (scared out of my mind but the drivers are pretty helpful) to the arena but due to the bouts finishing late I decided it safer to take a cab back to the hotel (thanks to the security guard who arranged a cab for me at first he assumed I was from Red Deer when I told him I came from out of town…LOL; he thought it was funny when I told him I was from Nova Scotia)
Daughters of Slaughter – Double Be-Header
G1 – Thrashin Lassies vs B52 Bellas
G2 – Cut Throat Car Hops vs Red Deer Nightshades
Thrashin Lassies wins the first bout by quite a gap score of 140 -87
Cut Throat Car Hops wins the bout by one point…it was close. I think Lucy Flawless was the star of the bout…she had a 14 point Jam and got the team the win…there was a bit of drama and one skater was ejected from the game (something about misconduct to a ref).
Great bouts with lots of action; these ladies were rough.
These pics were taken with my BB in low light so they are far from great…I wasn’t sure if I could take my DSLR with me
Thrashin Lassies vs B52 Bellas
Cut Throat Car Hops vs Red Deer Nightshades
Twisted Axles doing a Panda Jump during one of the time outs…he is awesome on skates
So we went and checked out the roller derby practice on Sunday; it was awesome to watch them try out different play scenarios. I am looking forward to the bout on June 11 should be a good time 🙂
Here are a few pics with my Nikon D50 (clearly shows I need a new camera to shoot in low light…hint hint 😉 )
PS – my skates are ordered. 😛
This is often the line I hear when I mention about going to the upcoming Roller Derby bout on June 11th Halifax vs Moncton. I’ve been somewhat following HRDA along this the past 1/2 year or more these girls have come a long way in gathering team members and having practices every week…as much as I’d like to join the league I just don’t think I have it in me…but who knows; maybe I could do something administrative for them and at the very least be a fan.
Halifax Roller Derby Association has four teams two home teams; one away team and a fresh meat team. The track is flat track; not banked (which I prefer…not that it matters what I think 😉 )
I don’t believe the Halifax Roller Derby Association is part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association but there is a lot of good information on the derby rules and such. They also have information on how to watch Roller Derby.
A really awesome read about Roller Derby is Rollergirl: Totally True Tales From the Track. She really gets into the comeback and life of roller derby. Hell On Wheels was a good movie it is similar to the book, and of course there is Whip It which stars Halifax’s local celebrity Ellen Page, was a pleasant movie. There is also a movie called Roller Town which should be coming out this year their tagline is “Disco Didn’t Die, it Was Murdered”…this was actually filmed here in Sept 2010.
If you like Roller Derby come out and support the team on June 11; I am sure they’d appreciate it.
I will soon be off to buy some skates; not sure if I will go with the classic white boot with red or blue wheels or a funky short derby shoe…can’t wait for the Oval to be finished.
anyway that’s enough roller talk for now…