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)

British Champs Tier 3 – Games 4 & 5

Kent Roller Girls’ last 2 British Championship games were just 2 weeks apart, with KRG vs Plymouth City Roller Derby on July 3rd followed by KRG vs Cornwall Roller Derby in the Championship Tier 3 South final on July 17th. These last two games would determine, firstly, whether the league would be heading to playoffs, and secondly, whether they would be heading there as champions.

Game 4 – vs Plymouth City Roller Derby:

Kent looked strong from the outset, racking up points before Plymouth managed to get any on the board. Plymouth were determined but only managed 13 to Kent’s 158 by half-time.

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Despite being the first to score after the half-time break, Plymouth continued to be dominated by Kent as our jammers Tenacious and Foxygen carried on the scoring streak. The game finished with Kent on 277 to Plymouth’s 35. Despite the large differential both teams agreed that it was a great game.

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This win put Kent at the top of the Tier 3 table and guaranteed us our place at the promotion playoffs in September.

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Game 5 – vs Cornwall Roller Derby

After wins against Plymouth, Bath, Surrey and North Devon both teams entered this game undefeated and having secured places at the promotion playoffs in September. The game was expected to be incredibly tight with only two places between the teams in the UK rankings.

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Cornwall scored first after the whistle, finishing the first jam 2-1. Cornwall had clearly done their homework as they earmarked our jammer, Tenacious, who has impressed in every game this season with her ducking and weaving style, and held her to no points in the second jam. Despite Cornwall’s best efforts, we picked up momentum, adding a few points in each jam. An impressive showing from Bionic Bessie racked up 14 points in one jam as our blockers held Cornwall’s jammer to zero. Kent finished the first half up 101-39.

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The beginning of the second half brought danger for Kent as Cornwall took advantage of fatigue, gaining 20 points to our 5. Thankfully, after a strategic time out from bench coach Rosa Lethal, we found our second wind. Cornwall continued to fight but we proved too strong for them as they continued their momentum to finish 160-95.

We are incredibly proud of what our team have achieved this Champs season, winning all 5 of our games and taking the trophy for 2016. All our skaters have stayed true to our ethos of Hustle, Unite, Commit and have really given their all over the past 5 months. We can’t wait to head to playoffs in September to see what next year holds for us!!

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But you don’t have to wait that long to see us play again; we have a open mixed scrimmage coming up on August 20th as part of Herne Bay Festival. The game is at our home ground, the Bay Arena, and is free to enter. The teams will be made up of skaters from across the South East and is looking to be a great game. More details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709493202658414/

Photos courtesy of Elissa Morton & Gabriel Monteregge (KRG vs PCRD) & Paul Delooze / http://www.rollerderbyphotography.co.uk (KRG vs CRD)

BRITISH CHAMPS TIER 3 – KENT ROLLER GIRLS VS SURREY ROLLER GIRLS

Kent Roller Girls welcomed Surrey to the Herne Bay Arena this weekend for our third game in Tier 3 South of the British Roller Derby Championships.

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The county match-up was our toughest game yet in the tournament, but our preparation showed with the KRG being the first to score, taking the lead to 17-0 after the first few jams.

There was some impressive footwork from our jammers Tenacious, Vikispeedia, Bionic Bessi and Foxygen, as they juked and ducked around Surrey’s defensive blocking players. Likewise, while Surrey’s jammers put up a fantastic show of power and speed, our blockers slowed them down with a solid wall of skaters. By halftime we had a 134-56 lead. Both teams fought a hard fight in the second half but our tenacity paid off, taking the win 247-100. KRG captain, Jennapocalypse, said “I couldn’t be prouder. We have been working really hard and it shows. We came together as a team and it was that that won us the game.”

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After Cornwall’s solid 219-108 win over North Devon’s Grin N’ Barum earlier that day, we needed to win by 25 points to stay top of the division’s table. This decisive win leaves us equal on points with second place Cornwall, both having won 3 games, but ahead by 121 on score differential. We are fighting Cornwall for the top spot in the table and, in turn, promotion to division 2, so we can’t afford to relax for a minute!

On 3 July we face off against Plymouth at Surrey’s home venue in Guildford in our next champs game, then later that month we face the formidable Cornwall in our last game of the tournament.

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KRG skate a marathon!!!

On May 29th members of Kent Roller Girls will be skating a marathon at the South Coast Roll in aid of Canterbury Food Bank.

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The South Coast Roll is an annual event held at Goodwood race track in West Sussex. Those aiming to skate a full marathon (that’s 26 miles!!) need to complete 11 laps of the undulating track, whatever the weather. Last year saw our skaters battling strong winds and rain so we’re hoping that things improve on that front this time round!

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If you’d like to support the team just go to our Just Giving crowdfunding page. The food bank (registered charity no. 1153791) is an excellent cause and any amount that you can donate is greatly appreciated and goes towards helping them support low income families and individuals across the Canterbury district.

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/kentrollergirls

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British Champs Tier 3 – Kent Roller Girls vs Bath Roller Derby Girls

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Kent Roller Girls currently sit top of our division in this year’s British Roller Derby Championships following a decisive win on the 23rd April, against Bath.

We hadn’t played Bath before as they were promoted from Division 4 after last season. Both teams took a few jams to get into their rhythm but KRG started strongly with an opening 5 points from our superstar jammer, Vikispeedia. We picked up our momentum in the first half and continued to dominate despite Bath’s tenacity, ending the second half 195-27 to KRG.

Bath rallied at the beginning of the second half, looking threatening against our defence. A strategic timeout from our amazing bench coach on the day, Demi Lition, helped us get the initiative back. The game ended on an impressive 306-95 to KRG!!!

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The large score differential puts us on top of the table, ahead of Cornwall who we face in the final weekend of the Championships.

Our next Championships game is at home in Herne Bay on 21 May against the formidable Surrey. Surrey looked impressive against Plymouth this weekend, snatching a narrow victory, so the match-up between the county teams promises to be exciting. Tickets are now available for the game, which is a double-header also featuring Cornwall vs Grin n Barum from North Devon. Get tickets at the link on our website, or see the event page on Facebook

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All photos by www.RollerDerbyPhotography.co.uk

KRGs first home game of 2016!!!

Kent’s 1st home game of 2016 is a British Championships Tier 3 South double header!

May 21st sees us welcoming Grin ‘n’ Barum roller girls, Cornwall roller derby, and Surrey roller girls to our venue, the Bay Sports Arena in Herne Bay.

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Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 on the door. Under 12s FREE! –  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2533179

Schedule is as follows…

1pm – Doors Open

First Bout: 1.30pm – Grin ‘N’ Barum Roller Girls vs Cornwall Roller Derby

2nd Bout: 3.30pm – Kent Roller Girls vs Surrey Roller Girls

More info can be found on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/215387208849644/

KRG PROFILE: CERBEROSS

Name: Cerbeross

Position: Head Referee

Story behind the name: When I started in derby I was a security dog handler, which involved guarding places with my dog. Cerberus in greek mythology was the 3 headed hound that guarded the gates of the underworld. So I mashed my name with the legend and it all kinda fitted together.

Favourite Ref hand signal: Nowadays it’s the lead jammer signal. Start with my right hand behind my back to remind me my jammer is on their initial pass then when they get lead jammer I fire my hand out super quick. Although back when I started reffing the signal for misconduct was doing an “I’m a little teapot dance” which I kinda miss.

Referee role model: Hmm, don’t really have one. I guess Scream Winchester was since he taught me how to zebra and I do go to Xavier Bacon when I need something clarifying.

Why roller derby?: Mostly because it was different but also because I wanted to get back into sport. In my teens I was always playing some form of sport then in my twenties I started smoking and drinking and stopped sporting. Then I discovered roller derby… my life was never the same again…

What made you want to wear the stripes of team zebra?: Well back when I started there weren’t any mens teams in Kent and travelling to the closest one wasn’t practical so if I wanted to skate for a derby team then it had to be as a ref. Not that I mind – Team Zebra is the best.

How did you get involved with KRG?: Jennapocalypse and I were working together pre derby and she got involved first. She needed some lifts to games and I helped out which is when I saw my first bout. 6 months later I was attending fresh meat as a baby zebra.

What goes through your mind before officiating at a game?: Usually I think about the position I’m reffing and try to remember all the annoyingly complicated things that can happen in that position such as star passes if I’m jam reffing or having to deal with a foul out mid jam if I’m inside pack. Then I try to remember how to deal with them.

Your favourite derby moment so far?: I recently reffed my first WFTDA regulation game (Newcastle vs Sheffield) which was followed by reffing for the Scottish national mens team which was pretty cool.

Do you have a favourite rule?: Hmm, I don’t have a favourite rule but I do like the unwritten rule of respect that the refs get. I watch a game of football and feel disgusted at the way the players will swarm the ref and shout at him when he makes a decision that doesn’t go their team’s way. Some derby coaches and players can be… shall we say… passionate sometimes, but the respect is always there.

What’s your day job?: I’m a chef. Not much else to say.

What do you like to do off the track?: I play pool for a pub team, I bake awesome cupcakes and brownies and I watch TV. Occasionally I work out. It makes me feel better about eating all the cupcakes.

How has roller derby impacted your life?: I’ve met some awesome people, travelled all over the country (and soon to other countries), I met my girlfriend through derby and it’s given me a lot of profile pictures.

Competitive roller derby team based in Kent

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