Seaside Siren Roller Girls victorious over Kent Roller Girls in season opener

Seaside Siren Roller Girls victorious over Kent Roller Girls in season opener

The Seaside Siren Roller Girls emerged victorious after taking on the Kent Roller Girls on Saturday (22nd February) at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre in the first game of the season.
 
The Seaside Sirens have been training hard to ensure a winning start to their fourth year of playing competitively and kick started 2014 with a game that was guaranteed to be hard and tactical.
 
Jammers, Gail (Force Ten Gail) Heather, Jade (Killer Bite) O’Neill, and Ellie (Ella-Gnaw) Punter fought through strong walls to put initial points on the board while the Sirens blockers formed strong dynamic walls to hold the Kent jammers back. An early power jam in the first jam, saw Force Ten Gail rack up 22 points.
 
April O’Steel for Kent put the first points on the board in the third jam but was quickly closed down by being sent to the penalty box, giving Killer Bite the chance to gain points in a power jam, although coming up against strong, defensive walls.
 
Acid Trip for Kent Roller Girls proved tough to hold back, with her strength and drive forcing the Sirens to stay tight and close her down, but she gained lead jammer over Killer Bite who was recycled to the back of the pack by Kent’s blockers.
 
Force Ten Gail’s speed and agility really came into play when Kent’s Diagnosis Mauler picked up lead jammer with Gail breaking through the pack shortly afterwards, chasing down Mauler and forcing her to call the jam off before she scored any points. Pack speed remained fast, forcing all skaters on the track to be light on their feet and think quickly.
 
At the end of the first half, the score stood at 124 to the Sirens and 41 to Kent.
 
In the second half, Kent continued to nip at the heels of the Sirens lead while both teams racked up penalties leaving blockers depleted and giving jammers better scope to get through and put points on the board.
 
Hula Gunn spent the game providing super offense for her jammers, ensuring the Sirens stayed in the lead while her blocking with Katy Peril and The Bexorcist remained formidable.
 
The final score was 233 to the Seaside Sirens and 125 to the Kent Roller Girls.
 
And the award winners were delighted to be presented with the Sirens newest medals, engraved with the game and date details!
 
Kent Roller Girls Best Blocker: Whizz Skid

Kent Roller Girls Best Jammer: Acid Trip

Kent Roller Girls Most Valuable Player: Demi Lition
 
Sirens Best Blocker: Katy Peril

Sirens Best Jammer: Ella-Gnaw

Sirens Most Valuable Player: Frocky Balboa
 
The Seaside Sirens will continue their bouting season by taking on Newcastle Roller Girls The Canny Belters on Saturday 29th March at their home venue, Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre visit www.seasidesirens.co.uk for more information.
 
Photo © Andrew Sims

Seaside Sirens v Lincolnshire Bombers 09/11/2013 – by Ella-GNAW

Seaside Sirens v Lincolnshire Bombers 09/11/2013 – by Ella-GNAW

WHEN you think of a finale we all know what we want…drama, screams, whoops, nail-biting, edge of the seat entertainment and a happy ending – and hell did our Seaside Siren Roller Girls deliver that at their last game of the season.
 
We were delighted to welcome Lincolnshire Bombers A team the Bombshell Bruisers to take on our All Stars, who have been victorious this year in all our games, bar our last bout against the amazing Newcastle Roller Girls.
 
But it was a very exciting day because our Seaside Siren B Team took to the track for the first time in 2013 to pitch themselves against the Bombers’ B team, the Damebusters.
 
So with the hall filling up on Saturday November 9th, B Team captain Bazooka Salt, who is fighting fit after a little ankle break in 2013 (have we mentioned how rock hard our skaters are?!) led her team onto the track to do battle with the help of a few friends of the Sirens from London Roller Girls Recreational League, Max Voltage, Baby Cheesus and Tiny Temper.
 
Despite not getting lead Jammer, Sirens jammer Baby Cheesus put the first points on the board after Twisted Innocence was sent to the box for skating out of bounds. Next up former Seaside Siren A team skater Tiny Temper, who gets a rowdy reception whenever she takes to our track, takes the jammer panty but passes the star to cherry popper and rising star Pegasus.
 
With some stellar jamming from Max and Atomic Kylider, the Sirens lead at the beginning of the game 35 – 19 but with blockers and jammers being sent to the penalty box the sees the half time scores at 94 – 115 to the Damebusters.
 
10 minutes into the second half and a couple of power jams takes the Sirens to 139 – 125 but Cheesus gets sent to the penalty box allowing Riva Styx to pick up lead jammer taking it to 139 – 135. Strong packs and some amazing blocking from Hell De Jour and Bazooka Salt keep jammers back for a lap and a half in some circumstances. Each team had to knuckle down and really fight for their points.
 
As the Bombers’ score continues to creep ahead Twisted Innocence starts in a 4:4 power jam with the guests playing some strong offence with Pegasus leaving the penalty box but hassling from Hell forces Innocence to call off the jam.
 
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Final score for our amazing B team versus the Damebusters is 160 – 242 but our girls carried on fighting until that final whistle and we look forward to what the future holds in store for our B Team in the 2014 season.
 
Next up was our A team All Stars and first up on the jammer line was Killer Bite and Florence The Machine. The Sirens steamed ahead with a power jam as a result of Flo cutting track, putting 24 points on the scoreboard for the Sirens to 4 for the Bombers.
 
Flo and Killer Bite continue to battle it out against each other with the scores fluctuating and remaining close. Force Ten Gail skates with astonishing power to score some points and close the points which have creeped into favour for the Bombers 46 – 64.
 
Force Ten manages to pick up two grand slams as Sirens due Katy Peril and Hula Gun keep Riva Styx in the pack before Peril gets sent off for Out Of Play penalty call. The Sirens hard work in focussing on packs and offence has paid off.
 
At the end of the first half scores at at 134 – 93 to the Sirens All Stars.
 
The second half is something that can only be understood if you were sitting in the crowd or following our lovely Phoenix in Flames’ twitter feed. With just 10 minutes left on the clock the Bombers tight walls and strong jamming see a lead change to the Bombers taking the score to 169 – 171. Next jam, despite Lincs having 3 blockers on the track to Sirens 2, Force Ten finds a gap and picks up 3 points before Mills can reach the pack, CHANGING THE LEAD AGAIN!! 172 – 171.
 
Second from last jam of the game the the score remains in the Bombers favour , with a 3:1 pack advantage to the Sirens it’s Force Ten vs Kissy. With Gail getting lead the jam is called dead as Kissy is directed to the medics for a facial hit and the Referees are given time to check the track for blood.
 
So into the final jam, 4:2 pack advantage to the Sirens, Riva versus Gail. Riva gets out first and on her second scoring pass before Gail gets out. Riva gets sent to the penalty box, the clock is on 00:00 and Force Ten passes bodies on the track before the last whistle is blown.
 
After an official review it is confirmed as a WIN for the SEASIDE SIREN ROLLER GIRLS ALL STARS but a nail bitingly close 194 – 192. Well, what a game.
 
It has been an exciting year for the Seaside Siren Roller Girls, and the acceptance into the WFTDA Apprentice Program, the B team taking to the track for the first time in 2013 and a final win for the All Stars has just topped it off.
 
We can’t wait to see what 2014 has in the pipeline but stay tuned because we have some amazing games in the pipeline!
 
 
Photo © Chris Brown

Seaside Siren Allstars v London Rollergirls Batter C Power 29/06/2013 – by Ella-GNAW

Seaside Siren Allstars v London Rollergirls Batter C Power 29/06/2013 – by Ella-GNAW

The Seaside Siren Roller Girls are delighted to have secured their 4th win of the season after their All-Stars took on the almighty London Roller Girls Batter C Power at their home venue in Tottenham last weekend. And it so happened that the game landed on what appeared to be the hottest day of the year! So the Sirens, armed with frozen towels, bandanas and waterproof mascara made their way into the big smoke ready to do battle.
 
The skate outs started with the home team donning Rainbow T-shirts and skating out to Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in honour of London Pride, raising a cheer and a smile from everyone in the hall! It was certainly the most colourful skate out seen for some time!
 
First on the jammer line was Natasha Byrne for Batter C, while Killer Bite kicked off the game for the Sirens. A fast pack and tight walls from both teams made it hard to put points on the board and Byrne gets called lead jammer, chased down by Killer Bite, and earns just one point before calling the jam off. The scoreboard stayed low and slow thanks to some dynamic walls and strong jamming from the opposing jammer not lead, chasing down and forcing them to call it.
 
The first power jam of the game went to the Sirens, with Ella Gnaw jamming. Despite some strong defence from Lex Plode the scoreboard shifts to 25 – 1 to the Sirens. 10 minutes into the game, LRG put some points onto the board, taking them up to 8 while the Sirens edged forward to 35. And shortly afterwards, Natasha Byrne found herself with a power jam, but fortunately for the Sirens, there was a quick power jam switch and the Sirens found themselves on 40 points, quickly followed by another Power Jam to Phoenix in Flames for the Sirens, who was skating against just 2 of Batter C. A succession of power jams in the Sirens favour took the seaside visitors up to 80 to LRG’s 27 points. Next up was Sherry Bomb taking the star panty for the first time, and gets lead over Ella Gnaw and the teams go into the half time with the points differential closing at LRG 72 – 107 to the Seaside Sirens.
 
The second half started with Sherry Bomb jamming against Killer Bite and fights despite not getting lead. Killer scores and calls it off. Force Ten Gail spends the game low and fast and makes the walls and recycling demonstrated by Batter C seem like paper as she busts through, racking up points for the Sirens. As the scores hit 252 – 92 to the Sirens, Killer Bite took advantage of yet another power jam with the help of Bexorcist as her offence.
 
Final jam and Digibeater, gets lead and scores 7 points taking the final score to 103 – 291 to the Seaside Siren All-Stars.
 
Despite the score difference, the game was hard and fast and the blocking from the LRG C team was tight, dynamic and unforgiving. But the Sirens were delighted to continue their winning streak and look forward to the remainder of the season and the games that lie ahead!
 
We would like to extend our thanks to the NSOs and Referees that helped the day and the game run as smoothly as possible, and also our own Sirens refs and NSHos who came along with us. And also @LRGbouts on Twitter who helped us piece together the game for this blog after a little post-bout after-party drinking!
 Lastly, thank you to Batter C Power for having us hosting a brilliant game and to our loyal supporters who could probably have been heard cheering from our hometown of Southend!
 
Photo © Andrew Sims

Seaside Sirens v Graveyard Queens Cologne 25/05/2013 – by Ella-GNAW

Seaside Sirens v Graveyard Queens Cologne 25/05/2013 – by Ella-GNAW

When we received an invitation from the Cologne Roller Derby’s Graveyard Queens to visit their city for a bout, the Seaside Siren All Stars gave a resounding thumbs up and we started looking at travel options and booking flights straight away – after all, the Sirens would never miss a chance to play a game and party in a different country!
 
Fresh from our win over Manchester, the team were keen to push on secure another win but with not much known about the Graveyard Queens, the Sirens focused on all areas of tactical play in preparation. As most bouting skaters will tell you, always go into a game assuming they’re smart, hard and fast, and in this case, that was very good thinking!
 
After arriving in the City late Friday night, the All Star skaters spent Saturday checking out Cologne, while myself and a few others fully utilised the hotel’s spa area, spending a few hours getting into game mode and ensuring a clear head for the game that evening!
 
Arriving at the venue, we had a very warm welcome from the Queens, with a personal note on the changing room wall, a platter of snacks and goodie bags for each of our skaters! So with no time to waste, we strapped on our skates and ventured out to check out the sprung floor! Which was a whole new skating experience!
 
And without further ado, it was time to skate. No one can accuse the Germans of lacking showmanship, the announcers were on skates, dressed as queens (and translating in English for our Siren supporters) and the NSO’s and Referees were all announced one by one, making an entrance from the changing rooms! It felt like a big production and we loved it. Next up was the Queens skate out, a death march laced with a sprinkling of punk!
 
As the game kicked off, we realised quickly that we had to adjust our game. Their jammers were slippery, finding the smallest gaps and absorbing any hits landed on them by our blockers. The atmosphere was electric with fans in the bleachers sporting banners, including our favourite from our loyal supporters who followed us out to Europe for the game, and Graveyard Queens’ supporters banging drums, akin to the ones beating manically at football matches.
 
Jamming from Force Ten Gail and Killer Bite was second to none and with their hard work we secured a lead. And I even got to put the star panty on and give it my all, which was the best fun ever (I wonder if I was smiling outwardly as much as I was inside!?).
 
So the final score was 224 to 109 and we secured a win but it wasn’t without a fight.
 
But what’s a bout without an after party. The Graveyard Queens took us to their after party venue in downtown Cologne E.D.P, probably the coolest bar we’ve ever visited (bar our home base The Alex). And as to who won the after party, I’ll leave that to the Sirens and Graveyard Queens who were partying until the sun came up (literally) to fight it out.
 
We want to send a special thank you to all the supporters who got on a plane or jumped in a car to come and give us your support. Your cheers and chants kept us going when we were so far away from home! Thank you!
 
We can’t wait to have the Graveyard Queens over and show them how we do it at the seaside!
 
Photo © Gavin Bourne

Carry on Bruising – Sirens v MRD 11/05/2013 – by Phoenix

Carry on Bruising – Sirens v MRD 11/05/2013 – by Phoenix

After a nail-biting finish resulting in a narrow victory at their last game, the Seaside Sirens were hoping to steal a much more comfortable win against their next opponents; Manchester Roller Derby’s (MRD) Checkerbroads. However the ladies in green had other ideas and their sturdy, speedy jammers & tight pack work gave the crowd another thrilling close-run game.
 
The game saw both teams with a small jammer rotation; MRD making use of VicToriBee, Sirenide (captain) and Go-Go Chanel whilst the Sirens bolstered their previous rotation of Force Ten Gail and Killer Bite with The Beckoning. You may recall from our previous bout that the Sirens had a special guest mascot for the day; a young fan who flew the flag for our skate out! This time around we dug around in our sandpit and found ourselves another super fan to blow the first whistle for the game; comedic panel-show legend Phill Jupitus! Everyone loves a good celeb, but at Sirens HQ we particularly love Mr Jupitus; a long-term Seaside Sirens fan who is often spotted wearing a Sirens or Kent Roller Girls shirts on TV. Thanks Phill for getting this bout started for us!
 
The Sirens’ blockers took to the pivot line for the start of the first few jams but MRD’s nimble jammers took advantage of this and took the Sirens packs by surprise with their speed, earning 4 of the first 5 lead jammer calls of the day. However with the Sirens jammers always hot on their heels they were compelled to use “hit it & quit it” tactics giving them just a 0-15 lead going in to the 6th jam. Similarly when Killer Bite picked up the Sirens first lead jammer call in the 3rd jam, Go-Go Chanel was too close for comfort, resulting in a 0-0- jam.
 
With Force Ten Gail lining up for the Sirens in the 6th jam, she made use of a 4-3 pack advantage and placed the first 4 points on the board for the ladies in blue before calling the jam off; much to the crowd’s pleasure! The Beckoning scored the next 4 points for the Sirens a few jams later; 9-17 to MRD.
 
Our first power jam of the day came at the 12 minute mark after recent Sirens transfer Katy Peril forced a track cut penalty on MRD’s jammer VicToriBee. With some offence from her pack Force Ten Gail picked up 3 grand slams before VicToriBee was released, giving us a lead change 24-17 to the Sirens.
 
Two jams later, Force Ten Gail broke free from the pack first, taking advantage of a gap left on the inside line coming out of the apex; however the jammer referee spotted half a wheel over the line, seeing Gail off to the box to join her blockers Katy Peril and The Bexorcist. With The Beckoning joining them a few moments later and a full box for MRD too, jammer Go-Go Chanel called the jam off immediately and handed the power jam responsibility to VicToriBee. Her blockers opted to play patient offence and she made light work of thinly spread Sirens pack, picking up 15 points and calling it before Force Ten Gail could be released. Another lead change; 24-36 to MRD.
 
A few jams later Go-Go Chanel was once again lead and facing a power jam, as Killer Bite picked up a cut track penalty for the Sirens. With all her blockers on the track this time, Go-Go opted to keep the star for herself and with the MRD pack again playing patient offence, Go-Go picked up 4 passes of the Sirens pack who were quickly muscled out-of-play each time. Her 18 points saw MRD further their lead to 58-24. This run saw MRD capitalising on the Sirens penalty trouble who were only able to pick up one point in 7 jams.
 
The Sirens responded by switching up their starting strategy and joined the MRD blockers in front of the jammer line; a strategy that without doubt paid off for them. The first jam after saw VicToriBee & Killer Bite breaking out of the pack together. Followed by a scrappy jam that saw both jammers and two blockers from each team take trips to the box went slightly in the Sirens favour and the next one Force Ten Gail picked up lead, calling it for 4 points.
 
MRD took the chance for a team time-out to re-group. Unfortunately for the Checkerbroads the Sirens also used the opportunity to build on their change in starting-line strategy; the home team had a 3-2 pack advantage going into jam 20 and opened up a space on the inside line for Killer Bite to take lead. Brutal pack work from The Bexorcist, Frocky Balboa, Ella GNAW and The Beckoning trapped & repeatedly recycled MRD’s jammer Sirenide, allowing Killer Bite to pick up 2 grand slams before Sirenide broke out. The unrelenting hits from the MRD’s Kate Push & Psycho-Sis pack led Killer Bite to call the jam midway through her next pass as Sirenide was approaching the pack. With tensions running high and keen to score points, Sirenide was mid-block as the 4th whistles were called and was unable to stop herself landing the hit, that saw her off to the box with an Illegal Procedure penalty for blocking after the whistle.
 
With the crowd on the edge of their seats and huge cheers of encouragement for both teams, Force Ten Gail took the star facing a formidable MRD wall of Sui-Cider, Kate Push and Psycho-Sis. The Sirens pack again opted to play an active power jam, making holes for Force Ten and trapping blockers to maintain a slow pack, allowing her to pick up 19 points before she called it just before Sirenide was released. Another lead change! 67-65 to the Sirens.
 
Killer Bite quickly picked up 4 points in the next jam with a 3-2 pack advantage at the start but by the time she’d called it there were 2 Sirens blockers in the box and Hula Gunn in the queue. The MRD response was glorious; VicToriBee shot off the jammer line to earn lead whilst her blockers Penny Pinch’er, Kate Push and Psycho-Sis held Force Ten Gail & recycled her to the back of the pack long enough for VicToriBee to pick up 9 points, giving us another lead change 71-74 to MRD!
 
It seemed like MRD were on a role and keen to finish the first half with a lead; Go-Go Chanel collected the lead jammer status on her initial pass, but some smart recycling from The Bexorcist forced a cut track on her first scoring pass. Killer Bite had just under 2 minutes to capitalise on the error and a combination of smart, distracting blocks from her pack and a couple of nifty apex jumps saw the first half come to a close with a stunning 29 point jam for Killer Bite and gave us another lead change; 100-78 to the Sirens.
 
The second half saw the teams trading lead jammer calls and taking 3 or 4 point passes before being forced to call it; the Sirens clinging on the lead and MRD refusing to allow them to extend it much further. The Bexorcist tricked VicToriBee into a sneaky track cut penalty early on, giving Force Ten Gail 2 minutes to rack up 5 full passes and 24 points; eeking the Sirens lead to 128-90. A few jams later and the power-line-up of Psycho-Sis, Jowanna Clout, Ma-Rollin’ Munster and The Incredible Ish trap Killer Bite long enough for Go-Go Chanel to pick up a jammer lap point & taking MRD to triple digits before being sent off for a cutting penalty. With a 3-4 pack advantage and truly impressive blocking skills, MRD are able to keep the pace slow and control Killer Bite, only allowing her 2 scoring passes in the 2 minutes. 142-100 to the Sirens.
 
When the tables are turned a few jams later, with the The Beckoning sat in the penalty box to give MRD a power jam, the ladies in blue aren’t able to match the same slow pace & controlled blocking against MRD’s patient offence and jammer Sirenide is able to force split packs to collect 18 points, calling the jam before The Beckoning is released. The next jam VicToriBee is able to put up a further 7 points before calling it to prevent the Sirens scoring and they close the gap to a tantalising 146-125!
 
Once again the Sirens responded to this attack on their lead; their much-practiced hammer & nail recycling held back the MRD jammers for two jams, allowing two scoring attacks on the MRD packs from the Sirens jammers. With around 9 minutes left and the Sirens ahead with 155-125, it looks like a done deal when VicToriBee is sent to the box for a cutting penalty, receiving a 2nd minute for an illegal procedure when she left the box seconds too early. Force Ten Gail is able to score 25 points in 2 minutes before calling it to give Killer Bite the chance to pick up the lead jammer call unopposed, who is then able to collect a further 14 points before calling it off to give the Sirens a seemingly comfortable 194-129 lead. That is until Force Ten Gail cuts the track in the following jam; whilst Ella GNAW, Hula Gunn, Katy Peril and Dr TerrorBrAwLL are left to make Sirenide’s life difficult for 2 minutes, only allowing her 4 points before the jam reaches its natural conclusion.
 
VicToriBee takes the star once again for the Checkerbroads who field their power line-up (see above!) and picks up 15 points before Force Ten Gail is released from the box; but knowing they need all the points she can get ToriBee relies on her blockers to do their job and how they do it! Against a much-reduced Sirens pack, that sees Frocky Balboa and The Beckoning foul out, they’re able to hold Force Ten Gail for a further 3 passes and finally force a cut track on her. All in all, VicToriBee collects an incredible 35 points for the Checkerbroads! The Sirens are clutching onto the lead 201-164; the clock says there’s enough time for only one more jam and proving her stamina, VicToriBee keeps the start and sets out to try and put down another huge jam for the Checkerbroads. She manages a valiant 9 points before Force Ten Gail is released from the penalty box and calls the jam dead.
 
Final Score: Seaside Siren All Stars 201 – 173 Manchester Roller Derby Checkerbroads.
 
An absolutely thrilling game from start-to-finish and best of all was the response both teams had about the game; each & every skater I spoke to from both sides gushed about how much fun and good-natured the gameplay was. Despite fighting tooth & nail on the track, the teams had a huge amount of respect for each other and it really showed at the after-party at The Alex with MRD joining us to celebrate a great game. Thank you Manchester Roller Derby!
 

Awards:

Manchester Roller Derby

Best Jammer – Go-Go Chanel

Best Blocker – Psycho-Sis

Most Valuable Player – VicToriBee

 
Seaside Sirens

Best Jammer – Force Ten Gail

Best Blocker – Hula Gunn

Most Valuable Player – The Bexorcist
 
Photo © Andrew Sims

Seaside Siren All Stars v Dolly Rockit Rollers 21/04/2013 – by Jenna Tail’ya

Seaside Siren All Stars v Dolly Rockit Rollers 21/04/2013 – by Jenna Tail’ya

We love a goooooood bout. You know the kind. Where the blockers are all over each other from start to finish and the jammers have to claw for every single point they get. Where both teams are so evenly matched that it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Where the skating and skill is top notch and you are astounded by some of the tricks you see. I know you know what I mean – a goooooood bout!
 
God love those lush London boys of Southern Discomfort Roller Derby for inviting us to open their home bout against the Crash Test Brummies at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. And against the formidable Dolly Rockit Rollers (DRR) of Leicester none the less! We knew that particular game on Sunday the 21st was going to be a goooooood bout, we just didn’t realise exactly how good.
 
DRR and the Sirens have a long history of a lot of love – both teams were founded around the same time, with one of the DRR’s founders being a red-blooded – not orange-skinned – Essex girl (Hi Slamabama!). DRR catapulted themselves up through the UK derby scene as a force to be reckoned with, and we were impressed and awed with how quickly they were able to take to the game and make it their own. The Sirens’ own assent to awesomeness was a slow and steady incline in comparison so, needless to say, this bout was a long time coming.
 
The game kicked off to a packed house with what seemed to be an equal amount of Siren and Dolly supporters in attendance. Both teams have a bit of a reputation for being loud, lairy and a lot of fun, so it was always going to be a bit more noisy than usual. A ‘bit’ turned out to be an understatement!
 
The first jam saw Force Ten Gail (FTG) of the Sirens up against Nitro Noush of DRR. Power blockers from the Sirens – vice captain The Bexorcist, Hula Gunn, The Beckoning and Frocky Balboa – were able to hold Noush in the pack while FTG snuck around the outside of the pack dodging heavy hits from DRR’s blockers to get lead jammer status. She scored six points before Noush escaped the pack and called off the jam.
 
The second jam saw Killer Bite (KB) against the aforementioned Slamabama. The Bexorcist was back on the track and landed a huge – and unfortunately illegal – hit on Slam, making her the first penalty box trip of the game. None the less KB got lead jammer status, scored and killed the jam dead.
 
Between KB and FTG rotating one on one off as jammers, the Sirens managed to hit over 50 points within the first jams of the game. The Siren jammers, possibly tiring, gave away a few power jams to the Dolly’s jammers who took full advantage of the Sirens’ time off the track. They managed to even up the score very quickly and then surpassed the Sirens’ score within the first ten minutes of first half. Thus began the rotation of power jams; KB sitting down only to be joined by DRR’s jammer, captain Onya Case, which released KB back to the track. And back and forth we went like that.
 
Meanwhile, the packs from both teams fought hard and displayed impressive tactics. DRR were excellent communicators constantly feeding information to their team-mates while the Sirens’ heavy hits from Frocky Balboa and Doc, coupled with their impressive recycling abilities, managed to slow the bleed from DRR and claw back a few points of their own. The teams went into the second half with the Sirens ONE POINT in the lead, 77 to 76.
 
The second half began exactly where the first half left off. FTG wore the star for the Sirens, Onya Case wearing it for DRR. Both jammers struggled to get through the tough packs, but FTG managed to escape first and get called lead jammer. Onya was hot on her heels forcing FTG to call the jam off early and no points were scored. KB hit the track for the second jam of the half and got a cut track penalty, giving DRR’s jammer, Major Mickey Taker, the opportunity to change the score lead again. She catapulted the score to 91 – 77 in the Dolly’s favour and called the jam early to start the next with KB still standing in the box. Holly Sheet of DRR took to the track to do some more damage, but the Sirens’ pack were all over her and managed to prevent her scoring anymore points before KB rejoined the game. KB broke through the pack first but couldn’t be lead, and she didn’t manage to circle back around and score before Holly broke through, was called lead and killed the jam immediately.
 
Ten minutes into the second half and DRR are up 102 to the Siren’s 89. The penalties are heavy from both teams, but the Sirens blockers aren’t slowing. Some excellent jammer assists from Hula Gunn were well timed and hugely beneficial, while The Beckoning worked her magic at the back of the pack holding down the opposition jammer. DRR’s power blockers – Thrashin Bones and last-minute sub Evel Von Deta – weren’t making it easy either, targeting the Sirens’ defence and attempting to destroy their formations and their concentration.
 
The teams hardly went more than ten points from each other through the entirety of the second half and tensions in the crowd and on the benches were high. This was well and truly anyone’s game!
 
With 1:26 to go until the final whistle the score was a dead even 162 to 162. Jammers KB and Nitro Noush were taking turns rotating in and out of the penalty box, when KB cut the track and fouled out of the game with too many penalties! The jam ends and FTG is forced to take KB’s place in the penalty box where Noush is already sitting, and the jam starts with both jammers in the box! With hardly any time left on the period clock this is very clearly going to be the last jam of the game.
 
FTG is released almost straight away and she starts passing. The Sirens’ bench and supporters are all on their feet screaming and cheering her on! She passes once, and then twice, and starts on her third pass when Noush is released from the box and starts on her first pass with 30 seconds on the clock. The Sirens power blockers – The Bexorcist, Hula Gunn and The Beckoning – manage to keep her in the pack, rotating and recycling, driving Noush off the track and forcing her to the back and through again. DRR’s blockers are focusing all their attention on trying to stop FTG from scoring any more points and Tottenham Green Leisure Centre is rocking from the noise! Before Noush can score the final whistle sounds, ending the game with the Sirens ahead at 178 to 162. And the crowd goes nuts!
 
It was a goooooood bout!
 
The Sirens would like to thank Southern Discomfort for hosting us, the referees for their whistle skills, and the NSHo’s who were FANTASTIC as always, and the truly excellent Dolly Rockit Rollers for putting us through our paces.
 
Congratulations to the award winners from DRR:
Thrashin Bones – Best Blocker
Lil Crash – Best Jammer
Nitro Noush – MVP
 
And the same to the Sirens’ award winners:
The Beckoning – Best Blocker
Force Ten Gail – Best Jammer
The Bexorcist – MVP
 
Our next public outing will be at home in Garon’s Park Leisure Centre against Manchester Roller Derby’s Checkerbroads! Tickets are £5 in advance, £6 on the door and, as always, there’ll be beer!
 
 
Image copyright: Andrew Sims

Bucket & Slayed Highlights – by Ella-GNAW

Bucket & Slayed Highlights – by Ella-GNAW

IT was earmarked as the Seaside Siren Roller Girls’ biggest bout of the year, and our season finale Bucket and Slayed certainly didn’t disappoint!
  
After an eventful season which saw the our A-team The Coastbusters take on Wolverhampton Honour Rollers, Bristol Harbour Harlots, Sirens vs Sirens in Victory Rollers and Fighter Command, we decided to make the last bout of the season a nailbiter, going head to head with our friends Croydon Roller Derby’s Croydon Riot Squad, and none of us failed to deliver edge-of-your-seat derby action.
  
Not only that but as is becoming a November tradition for us, we invited our friends, European Mens Roller Derby champions Southern Discomfort to take on Sheffield’s Inhuman League.
  
In what can only be described as a fight for the finish, the two halves were a constant race for lead, seeing The Coastbusters and the Riot Squad creeping ahead of each other to take the lead throughout the whole of the game.
  
Taking lead on the first jam of the game was The Coastbusters own Force Ten Gail, putting four points on the scoreboard and three jams in, the score was in the home team’s favour 22 to Croydon’s one.
  

Copyright: Gavin Bourne

  
But the fight began shortly after, with Croydon gaining lead for two jams and winning two power jams took Croydon up to 31 to the Seaside Sirens’ 26. Killer Bite jammed spectacularly against Croydon’s ferocious captain President Garfield, gaining lead and edging in on Croydon’s lead. With a number of successful jams and Who? Rae! taking lead for the Sirens in the 12th jam, the Sirens eventually pulled away with 47 points to 31.
  
With strong jamming from So Phairsome and Gin Atomic for Croydon the crowd were really getting their money’s worth as Croydon edged into the lead with 54 to the Seaside Siren’s 49. But as demonstrated throughout the bout, nothing was set in stone and after Ella-GNAW was boxed, giving a power jam to So Phairsome, the score yet again went in Croydon’s favour 79 to 62.
  
By half time, the scores stood at Croydon 82 to Seaside Sirens 76, and the crowd must have been exhausted from sitting on the edge of their seats! A break was very welcome, and also a time for the The Coastbusters to take a step back and change their game play in order to regain lead and attempt to get Croydon to play their game.
  
The half time team talk clearly paid dividends because the The Coastbusters came back on the track with new game faces, a renewed vision and fire in their bellies.
  
Kicking off the second half was Force Ten Gail and President Garfield taking the star panties, with Force Ten getting lead much to the delight of the raucous crowd, followed by Who? Rae! taking lead in the second jam, taking the score to 82 to 81 in Croydon’s favour. It was Killer Bite’s jamming that took The Coastbusters back into the lead. At the end of jam 14 of the second half, the Sirens were at 143 to Croydon’s 91, but determined to close the points, the Riot Squad went all guns blazing with their offense to get their jammers out and score points. Thanks to two power jams for Croydon in the last tense minutes of the game, they pulled the score back finishing the game at The Coastbusters 158 to Croydon Riot Squad’s 133.
  
And after all the celebrations, the teams took to the bar, grabbed a pint and found a trackside seat for the start of what was to be a fast, hard and skillful mens game!
  
Southern Discomfort’s Reaper lined up next to Inhuman League’s Beat Monkey for the first jam with Reaper putting five points on the board. In jam four, due to no lead jammer being called, the jam ran for two minutes allowing Inhuman League to put 8 points on the board, to Southern Discomfort’s 19.
  
Half time scores were Southern Discomfort 125 to Inhuman League’s 45.
  
Copyright: Near the Coast

  
The scores creeped ahead for Southern Discomfort but Inhuman League refused to give up and fought a hard game to the end in a game where the score did not reflect the pack work, jamming and tactics that were displayed. Final score Southern Discomfort 254 to Inhuman League’s 73.
  
And in Sirens tradition, we headed back to our favourite after party venue, The Alex where skaters kicked back, ate, drank and leg wrestled. Standard.
  
Copyright: Michaela Lupton

  
And so we bid farewell to our second bouting season, we are already excited about all the fun and bouts we have waiting in 2013 for us! Who knows what our third season will hold!…
  

Meet our new mascot!

Meet our new mascot!

THE Seaside Siren Roller Girls’ November bout Bucket and Slayed will be the place where dreams come true for one 10 year old fan as we are honoured to announce our very first mascot, Caitlyn Palmer.
  
Ask a child what they want to be when they’re older and the response you expect in 2012 usually include the standard pop star, doctor, pilot or princess perhaps. However, Caitlyn is no ordinary 10 year old, she dreams of strapping on her skates and joining Essex’s first and only bouting Roller Derby league.
  
The Seaside Sirens were delighted when Caitlyn’s mum, Angie got in touch with the league asking whether, for Caitlyn’s 10th birthday, she could bring her derby obsessed daughter along to a training session. Happy to make a birthday wish come true, the Seaside Sirens were more than happy to oblige and welcomed her along to a Tuesday session, where Angie had designed and made a Seaside Sirens birthday cake in the shape of the anchor and skate logo. The Seaside Sirens finished off her birthday surprise with a beautifully loud rendition of Happy Birthday.
Co-captain of the A-team Force Ten Gail said: “She had such a great time at the training session and looked so happy to be sitting in and watching what we get up to that we thought it would be brilliant if she would come along and be a mascot at our next bout. Especially seeing as she discovered her derby love at our last bout Battle of Britain.”
  
An excited Caitlyn said: “Visiting a training session made it the best birthday ever, and thank you so much for letting me come and see you. I cannot wait to be your mascot and cheer you on and I have even been trying to think of my roller derby name! I like Skatlyn Harmer!”
Caitlyn’s mum, Angie said: “Cait has really got into her roller skating and after seeing the Seaside Sirens bout at the Battle of Britain, that interest has only increased. So much so that she can’t wait until she’s 18 to join!”
  
Caitlyn will be making her mascot debut at Bucket and Slayed on Saturday 18th November, at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA.
The Seaside Sirens will be taking on our London neighbours and league friends Croydon Riot Squad while the headliner will be Men’s Roller Derby favourites Southern Discomfort versus The Inhuman League. Doors open at 3pm and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.seasidesirenrollergirls.com/events
  
Words: Ella-GNAW. Photo credit: Angie Palmer.
  

Eastbourne Extreme – by Ginger Dread Man

Eastbourne Extreme – by Ginger Dread Man

Another grey, wet, day in the UK as we bounced along the motorway and made our way to Eastbourne. I came along for the ride to watch and support my team who were participating in Eastbourne Extreme, a yearly event showcasing what Eastbourne has to offer all in terms of sports, using the epically beautiful Eastbourne beach, its watersports offer, and those slightly more niche activities and sports including roller hockey, artistic skating, Parkour, and of course, Roller Derby amongst many others.
 
If I’m honest, I wrote the day off for being any good, I thought on our bumpy coach journey…
…I mean, bleak weather, outside gameplay, on a concrete sport court didn’t conjure the general idea of Derby in my mind and was surprised to see so many teams signed up to play.
 
I did however, thoroughly eat my words and wished to write a little about the event.
 
When we arrived the locals from Eastbourne were sweeping the puddles off of the wet track in order to aid the drying process as the Sirens arrived as one of the first teams there, curious faces looming on wondering if things would go ahead. Slowly the other skaters from Croydon Roller Derby, Beasts of Bodmin, Big Bucks High Rollers, Oxford Roller Derby and Bristol Harbour Harlots arrived. Sirens were on for the first game of the day against the not too distant Croydon team. The derby contingent of the event being arranged by the Bourne Bombshells.
 

Sirens Vs Croydon
Copyright: Gavin Bourne

 
The track was still wet, so warm up time prepped skaters for the newer skating conditions, getting used to their edges and the feel of the track, working out how to approach the game. The tournament was set for a 5-major limit and one thirty minute period for each game. There were no team time-outs and the games would be decided by overall points differential, highest making their way to the final.
 
My concern and feel, under the parameters and setting was that those who braved the weather and watched any of the games through the day would see a watered down and weak example of what derby as a sport actually looks like, not doing it any favours as it steadily pushes itself forward into more UK towns and peoples and vocabulary and dialogue.
 
The first whistle went and starting out slowly the game progressed surprisingly to the game I know and love. Pace quickened and hits solidified as the bout continued and skaters gained confidence. Players were going down on occasion as per regular indoor gameplay, but without any observable major damage. The sun kept poking through the cloud and the track started getting a little patchy which, as I know from my longboarding escapades, doesn’t bode well in the corners, but skaters were like ducks to..water (wet track etc…hehehe) in adapting to the temperamental track
 
Mosquito from Croydon was the first of the noticeable tournament victims of the grippier concrete, looking as if she’d whiplashed herself a little and she made contact to the floor, resulting in the jam being called off. Gameplay resumed shortly after and finished with Croydon, who went on the win the tournament, scoring well over the Sirens.
 
Sirens Vs Oxford
Copyright: Gavin Bourne

 
The court dried up at a good pace and bout after bout, gameplay was of a high standard. All teams seemed to forget they were outside and on rougher concrete and, from a spectators perspective, it did make a pleasant contrast against the usually indoor sounds and sights. This was clearly appreciated by those who walked by the ‘Derby Cage’ and watched some for a while, others for longer, no doubt being aided by the announcers’ commentary as to what’s going on and how it all works.
 
Sirens were back on after a few hours in a stark comparison to the mornings conditions. As per the other games, the dry conditions meant skaters moving faster and more confident leading to great gameplay with no visible difference from that of an indoor bout. Oxford Roller Derby were next to face the Sirens in the cage. Due to some power jam situations and Force Ten Gail flying around the track scoring one of the highest scoring Jams in the tournament, Sirens scored 135 by the end of the 30 minutes aiding to their differential and the well determined tight blocking of the Sirens did a stunning job of keeping Oxford at bay at 29 points.
 
Sirens Vs Oxford
Copyright: Gavin Bourne

 
Croydon and Big Bucks faced off in the final, a really close game til the end, but Croydon managed to claw the victory by a mere 4 points over the very strong team from Buckinghamshire to win the tournament.
 
I came feeling tired and reluctant, but I wished to take my metaphorical ‘hat’, off to all of the teams involved and who competed against one another on the day. The derby spirit and the determination of those who clearly have a genuine passion for the sport and for each other in the derby community shone through. All battled hard and through tough opposition and terrain and some now indeed really have the scabs and soon to be scars to show for it.
 
This to me, is a good and encouraging sign of things to come. As derby and the UKRDA gain weight and speed, exhibitions of derby like today show that those who are involved, given initially poor playing conditions and a different gameplay format, really made the day special, ultimately showing each other, the inquisitive general public, and this pessimistic young ref what derby and the passion that courses within it all, are all about.
 
Ginger Dread Man
 
Final
Copyright: Gavin Bourne

 

What a Belter! – by Ella GNAW

What a Belter! – by Ella GNAW

IT was a clash of the naughty-gals in Southend-on-Sea this June as Essex’s very own Seaside Siren Roller Girls took on Bristol’s Roller Derby’s travel team, the Bristol Harbour Harlots in their fast paced second game of the season.
 
The Seaside Sirens A-team, The Coastbusters, fresh from their triumphant win over Wolverhampton Honour Rollers had a lot to prove, with pressure on to continue their winning streak and push themselves forward to take on the Harlots, a notoriously tactical team from the South-West.
 
Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Southend, was brimming with a mix of faces including derby girls, refs, hardcore derby fans and newbies watching their first ever bout, excitedly awaiting the start of the double headed bout. While waiting they could peruse the stalls and the goods they had on offer including Sirens sponsors Urban Ink, along with Gothabillys, Lead Jammer magazine, Queens of the Sin Bin and CreateMakeBake!
 
With the brilliant Dan Gleibitz and Kent Roller Girls Ben Ten-derizer on the mic as announcers, the crowd were in for a treat!
 
First to take to the track were the Wheeled Warriors versus the Scare Bears, teams made up of the brilliant Siren B-team Heartless Beaches skaters along with guest skaters from leagues across the country including Birmingham Blitz Dames, Grid City Division, Norfolk Brawds, Royal Windsor Roller Girls, Kent Roller Girls and Brighton Rockers.
 
The Scare Bears went all out cuteness with their faces painted as Care Bears to match their t-shirts and every member having furry ears attached to their helmets, line up manager Abi Sin Ya also did a lap of the track dressed as Cheer Bear in the skate out! In total contrast, the Wheeled Warriors took to the track looking menacing in black, ready to pound the opposition back to Care A Lot!
 

Copyright: Des Fisher

 
Kicking off the first jam of the day were two Sirens – Blue Suede Bruise and Fort Knocks and by three jams in, the points are still at a low 6 – 2 to Wheeled Warriors, testament to the strong walls and good pack work being demonstrated by both teams.
 
The final score was 179 – 104 to the Wheeled Warriors and what a game it was both teams fought hard and demonstrated some great tactics, setting the bar for the imminent Coastbusters game.
 
Skating for the Seaside Sirens Coastbusters was captain Elvis Deadly, with vice captain Force Ten Gail, Aliskater, Ella-GNAW, Frocky Balboa, Hell de Jour, Hula Gunn, Jackin’ Your Spleenstalk, Killer Bite, Rambo, The Bexorcist, Tiny Temper, Who? Rae! and coaches Snarley Davidson and Tea.
 
Visiting from Bristol were Goldie Lookin Pain, Adele Linquent, Tess Robinson, Blackthorn, Brady O’Active, Da Silva Surfer, Delta Strike, Frau Pow! Jet Reckless, Knuckle Dust Her, Ruby Whipper, Tattooed Terror, The Wrecknician, Tequila Jammer, and coaches Topper Gnarley and Bella Berserker.
 
Killer Bite and Delta Strike took the star panties first and fought their way through a scrum start, with Coastbusters snatching the jammer line. Strong walls formed by The Bexorcist and Hula Gunn hold back Delta Strike allowing Coastbusters to kick off the point scoring with Killer Bite picking up 4 points.
 
The Siren’s team initially opened up a lead 14 – 4 but the Harbour Harlots were given a golden opportunity to claw back some points after Killer Bite picked up her 4th minor giving the Harlots a power jam, leaving the scores 14 – 17 to the Bristol visitors.
 
Penalties found the Sirens falling behind on points and taking to the track down on skaters, and Bristol made the most of opportune power jams. When Jackin’ Your Spleenstalk took to the track to jam against Ruby Whipper only Hula Gunn and The Bexorcist were blocking for Seaside Sirens, but the pair made Ruby Whipper fight to get through the pack with Hula holding her back and The Bexorcist taking her off the track.
 
Broken walls within the pack allowed Bristol to find holes to skate through taking the score up to 14 – 55 with 11 minutes of the first half left on the clock.
 
Who? Rae! took the jammer panty next and got out of the pack first but was quickly chased down by the Bristol jammer, forcing Rae to play tactical and positionally block Bristol’s jammer to attempt to get her re-absorbed into the pack, but decided to call it off before extra points were scored.
 
Just before the half time whistle, Force Ten Gail and Ruby Whipper took to the line with 3 on 3 in the pack, it was a hard jam, huge hits but Force Ten broke through for lead jammer, with the crowd breaking into screams and applause for the home team!
 
Copyright: Des Fisher

 
The second half kicked off with The Bexorcist taking the star for the Sirens with Delta Strike fighting for the Harlots, the home team broke through the pack first with Hula Gunn holding Delta back for a whole lap, picking up some much needed points for the Sirens and kick starting morale for the team in turquoise.
 
And this was a match that gave the crowd everything you could wish for, hard hits, a fast moving pack, power jams and even a star pass with Hula Gunn being passed the star by The Bexorcist with five minutes left to go on the clock.
 
The final score may have been Coastbusters 43, Bristol Harbour Harlots 193 but it was a game that kept the audience on the edge of their seats, not because of close scores but because of the nail biting on track action, thrills and spills.
 
Commenting on the game, Bench Coach, Snarley Davidson said: “Every game we have is a learning opportunity for us, some games teach us larger lessons than others, but they’re all useful! We’re really positive after our game with Bristol because it highlighted some areas to us that we can work on, whilst highlighting a lot of the things that we do well. Keep an eye out for some exciting games in the near future!”
 
And if you can’t wait for the next home bout, then come and get your Sirens fix at RUBIX GROOVE. The Seaside Siren Roller Girls’ first ever club night! Come join the Seaside Siren Roller Girls celebrating the decade that fashion forgot – dig out your spandex, Global Hypercolour Tees, hairspray your locks to within an inch of their life and we’ll party like it’s 1986!
 
Tickets available from your nearest friendly roller girl, or alternatively you can buy online at http://bit.ly/rubixgroove Tickets will be available on the door.
 
At: Chinnerys, 21-22 Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2EJ
Doors: 8pm – 1am
Cost: £4 in advance, £5 on the door.
Over 18s only
 
 
 
Images:  Copyright Des Fisher.