KRG PROFILE – ART ATTACK #489

Name: Art Attack

Number: 489

Story behind the name & number:  When I was much, much smaller my nickname with my family was Art Attack Alyx because I was always making / painting /drawing something! I read an article on using childhood names to help you create a derby name and it stuck!

Jammer or Blocker?: I prefer jamming but blocking is just so. much. fun!

Favourite derby move:  I love, love, love jumping and backwards bracing!

Derby role model: Loren Mutch!

Why roller derby?: Why not? It’s a great way to get fit and meet new people!

How did you get involved with KRG?: A group I am part of came for the open day, I thought I would give it a go and I got hooked.

What goes through your mind before a game?: If I am completely honest It’s usually something along the lines of:
1. “I wonder when I can eat breakfast / lunch / dinner.”
2. “Did I bring enough snacks/ hockey tape? ”
3. “Are these wheels good for this floor? ”
I tend to get nervous about a week before a game so just before a game I’m over it.

Your favourite derby moment so far?:
Playing my first intermediate game only a year after starting to skate and not making a complete mockery of myself!

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?:
I really love watching Gotham. I love the aggression they bring to the track, I feel like we could all use a little more Gotham within us!

What’s your day job?:
I’m currently managing head chef of a tiny, but perfect eatery on a farm!

What do you like to do off the track?:
Off the derby track I like to artistic skate,  embroider, garden, paint, visit the beach, make jam and chutney, I’m practicing calligraphy at the moment too! ( I promise I’m only 25!)

How has roller derby impacted your life?: roller derby helped me to get fit, make friends in a strange new town (and countrywide!) , taught me about managing myself and is a great outlet for any built up feels!

KRG OPEN DAY AUTUMN 2016

Last Sunday saw us welcome some fresh meat to KRG central in Herne Bay, at our last open day of the year.

Open Days are our way of giving folks a chance to come along to our venue, meet the team, have a go at some basic skate skills and get an introduction to the game of roller derby by watching our main league scrimmage. Oh, and there’s cake too. Lots of cake.

Thanks to everyone that came along on the day, we all really enjoyed it and it was great to meet you all. It’s always so impressive seeing new skaters throw themselves in to the action, some without any previous experience on 8 wheels! And for anyone that missed out on this one, we’ll be holding another open day at the end of January 2017; keep the look out for details on our Facebook page!

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Thanks to Michael East for coming along to take some snaps of the action on the day – check out his page for lots of awesome derby pics🙂

 

KRG PROFILE – DEMI LITION #84

Name: Demi Lition

Number:  84

Story behind the name & number: Demi Lition was stolen from a guy in a band who used Demmelition. 84 is the year when all the best people were born!

Jammer or Blocker?: Blocker mostly, but jammer if everyone else has died

Favourite derby move: Lateral sweeps are my favourite thing ever!

Derby role model: Too many to even begin to list! Anyone who’s pushing themselves to become the best they can be at this crazy sport!

Why roller derby?: It is wrong to say that I like to hit people?!

How did you get involved with KRG?: I started it! There were no teams in Kent and I didn’t want to have to drive to Leeds to train anymore!

What goes through your mind before a game?: “I can do this” – On repeat…..

Your favourite derby moment so far?: KRG’s win in our first ever open bout. It was the first time I realised that maybe we knew what we were doing!

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?: Rose City – they’re an incredible force to be reckoned with!

What’s your day job?: Currently university admin staff

What do you like to do off the track?: My off track time usually involves Crossfit, gigs or rum!

How has roller derby impacted your life?: I honestly don’t know what I must have done with all the extra time I had before roller derby! I’ve learned to love sport again and made a tonne of incredible friends all over the country. I’m so grateful to roller derby for that.

 

KRG PROFILE – ROXY #42

Name: Roxy

Number: 42

Story behind the name & number: 42 is my lucky number, the ultimate answer.

Jammer or Blocker?: BLAMMER! I’m learning to love taking a star pass.

Favourite derby move: Drive and flick. A lateral sweep and a booty block in one. I also invented my own twerking style booty block that I call The Miley Cyrus

Derby role model: I love V Diva’s strength…one day I would like to be that kind of pivot.

Why roller derby?: Because you can’t legally hit people in Badminton.

How did you get involved with KRG?: I watched LA Ink giving someone a derby tattoo and was too chicken to get some ink, but thought “hey, I could play that game it looks mental!“

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What goes through your mind before a game?:  where can I get a Burrito when we are done here?

Your favourite derby moment so far?: of course, winning our British Champs division this year (and being in a hot tub with Texas’ player FiFi Nomenon at Rollercon 2015)

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?: Goffum for defence, Crime City for Curly Haar’s jamming.

What’s your day job?: NHS Cancer Screening Manager

What do you like to do off the track?: I play netball and do the occasional Park Run.

How has roller derby impacted your life?: I’ve met some awesome people especially when I’ve travelled and played in Europe and the USA. Basically it stops me from staying in the house watching Extreme Couponing or other such shows

KRG Recreational league open day – October 23rd 2016

Come along and find out more about the amazing world of roller derby with Kent Roller Girls!
Our open day is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the team and discover what roller derby is all about. We are looking for both skaters and referees to join KRG, and also volunteers to help us run our games and events.

The event is free and everyone is welcome! No tickets are required – just join the event page on Facebook to keep up to date with all the info.

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We can lend you nearly all the kit you need, you just need to bring along a mouthguard on the day (as no-one wants to use a second hand mouthguard!).

The schedule will be as follows:
4:30-5pm – Arrivals, sign in and kit up
5-6pm – Beginner skate session (18+ only)
6-7pm – Derby chat & meet the team (with cake!)
7-8pm – Main league scrimmage viewing (optional). A chance for you to watch our main league play some roller derby.

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If you get the bug you are welcome to join our recreational team at training on Sunday each week. You’ll be given full training and can either join ‘just for fun’ or work towards becoming a fully fledged member of Kent Roller Girls!

British Championships Tier 3 playoffs

We are super proud to announce that, last weekend, we secured our promotion to Division 2 of the British Roller Derby Championships for next year, following our playoff match against Norfolk on Saturday 10th September.

KRG's founder Demi Lition means business as she barges past Norfolk blockers

To recap, we won all 5 of our divisional matches in this year’s championships against Cornwall, Devon, Surrey, Plymouth and Bath, so we needed one victory  at playoffs to secure our promotion. Held in Newark, playoffs involved 8 teams from across the country (South, East, West and North groups) playing to win the title of Tier 3 champion for 2016.

The Norfolk Brawds were very co-ordinated in their attack and showed strong offence skills from the start to create opportunities for their jammers to get points on the board and were leading by over 30 points at half time.

Commander Pain Shepherd clears Norfolk ( in red ) out of the way

However, your beloved Kent staged a remarkable comeback, which began in the first 2 minutes of the second half by drawing a penalty which sent the Norfolk Jammer to the box for 30 seconds.

This gave us a chance to start scoring unhindered and boosted the teams confidence to help wipe away the deficit and then go on to stage a stunning revival and finish the game victorious at 154-138.

Team Captain Jennapocalypse said “I’m so proud KRG is going to be a division 2 team next year. We sat down last year after coming 3rd and decided we wanted to make it playoffs.”

“After missing out on a spot in the 2015 playoffs the team were so focussed and driven that we ended up finishing first in our division, getting to playoffs, and then, winning our promotion match. We really smashed both our expectations and our opponents.”

MVP Roxy takes the Jammer star to go ona point scoring mission

We played two more games in a knock out round of the tournament, but our winning streak was not to continue with 2 losses on the Sunday, first against Wirral, who were 15 places higher up the rankings (Final score 73-130) and the overall champions on the day, Swansea ranked 22nd  (Final score 123-223).

However, it was still an amazing weekend for the team, with such close scores boosting our end of year position on the Flat Track Stats ranking table ahead of our move up to the next tier of play in Division 2.

The team are all smiles after securing promotion

Feeling inspired? If you’re a female over 18 who wants to learn the game and how to skate, we are holding an open day on 23rd October at the Bay Arena in Herne Bay – see our Facebook event for details.

KRG PROFILE – Tenacious #2305

Name: Tenacious.

Number: 2305

Story behind the name & number: My name was chosen by my dear friend Heather Clark and my number is the day and month of my birthday.

Jammer or Blocker?: Mainly Jammer!!! I don’t mind pivoting sometimes.

Favourite derby move: One foot transition.

Derby role model: Rose Smith! (aka former KRG coach and skater extraordinaire Rosa Lethal)

Why roller derby?: It’s fast and I love skating!

How did i get involved with Kent Roller Girls?: I was looking for a skating group and found Kent Roller Girls and discovered Roller Derby.

What goes through your mind before a game?: It’s always about the eating and drinking before a game. Oh, and the floor!!! My big worry!!

Your favourite derby moment so far?: my first ever game taking lead Jammer every single jam.

Your favourite WFTDA team to watch?: probably Rose City & Victoria

What’s your day job?:  Cafe supervisor & barista at #cafe1809 in Hildenborough (http://cafe1809.co.uk)

What do you like to do off the track?: cycle fast!!

And finally, how has roller derby impacted your life?: Roller Derby saved my life!

(photo by rollerderbyphotography.co.uk)

Competitive roller derby team based in Kent