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.

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