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

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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.