Meet The Derby Couples of KRG!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In KRG, we’re lucky enough to have a whole load of couples; we have ref couples, skater couples, jammer power-couples, super competitive couples and couples that transcend the boundaries between rec league and main league! Just for fun, we decided to interview each half of these couples separately, to see how much they really know about each other and how they feel about dating in derby.

When we put the answers back together… Well, it turns out they were just plain adorable!

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Hellen Degenerate (Helen) and Finch (Jaime)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
H – No I am actually one of the few people who use her real name most of the time!

Who is the better skater?
H – Probably me but that’s only because I’m less broken, Jaime has the much better derby brain.
J – She is (obvs).

How many games have you played together?
H – Must be around 10 now.

Who is your partner’s derby crush?
J – Arocha.
Is she right? H Arocha, she is awesome! – Correct!

If you could invent a penalty for your partner, what would it be?
J – *whistle blow* Gold 2 unintentional flirting!

Do you go easy on your partner if you’re scrimming/playing a game or go extra hard?
H – Extra hard she will kick my ass otherwise!!
J – Extra hard. Every time.

Favourite derby position?
J – *smirks*

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Ty (Issy) and Chief (Ryan)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
I – I call him by chief more than I call him Ryan, and boy does it confuse my family!

How long have you been together?
I – Just under a year – KRG’s home game last march was our first date.

How many games have you played together?
R – None. But reffed many many.

If you could invent a penalty for your partner, what would it be?
R – Sassy eye rolling.

What is the most romantic derby-related thing your partner’s ever done for you?
I – Took me on holiday to Malmö for D1 Playoffs, for *his* birthday present!

What is your partner’s favourite post derby snack?
I – Baked potato with cheese, beans and coleslaw from Wetherspoons. Occasionally extra coleslaw and garlic bread if he’s extra peckish.
Is she right? R – Jacket potato. Healthy carb replenishment. – Correct!

Couples who play derby together stay together, agree or disagree?
R – Agree – We’d never see each other otherwise!

What’s your partner’s favourite derby position?
R – Head ref. Total control of all the day.

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Lawrence of A-Lay-Bee-Ah (Nat) and Roxy (Serena)

Who is the better skater?
N – Obviously she is, she’s been skating for ages.
R – Probably her now! She’s really grown in such a short space of time! Keeps me on my toes anyway!!

How did you meet?
N – At a mutual friend’s James Bond party. She was wearing a ball gown. I was 007 obviously…

How many games have you played together?
N – About 5 … One challenge team against each other.

Who is your partner’s derby crush?
R – Smarty Pants (she like realllly loves her).

If your partner could play for any derby team, which would it be?
R – Texas so she could wall up with smarty. Or team USA so she could wall up with Smarty.
Is she right? N – Wherever SmartyPants is obviously… Hehe! – Correct!

Which is more important, date night or skate night?
N – Ooo so tough… She’ll probably say something about burritos though haha.
R – Burrito night… Is that an option? It’s Thursday.

Would you ever consider having matching/couple derby names?
N – OMG Han So-Low & Princess Lay-Herout. She will say no though so I am me and all that boohoo
R – *puke*

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El Viral (El) and Grazed Anatomy (Rachel)

How did you meet?
R – We met through KRG, El was already in rec when I came to an open day.
E – She was a newbie and I was a stereotype…

Who is the better skater?
E – Rachel – Except she talks to me as if I am, and it is beyond sweet!

How many games have you played together?
R – None yet, but I can’t wait till we can play in gold together. I will be in the crowd with a giant sign when she plays her first game!

Who is your partner’s derby crush?
R – Probably V-Diva, especially after we watched her play champs with a broken wrist!

Does your partner prefer being on the black or white team in scrimmage?
E – White – She genuinely got confused during one scrim because she was on the black team!
R – Black – Is there any other colour? Her white scrim top is still unused at the bottom of the drawer.
Are they both right? RI tend to wear white since no-one else likes that colour and it means I don’t have to change my shirt before scrim that often! – Correct!
EPredictably, black! My white scrim top has still never been worn to training (Cliché)! – Correct!

Which is more important, date night or skate night?
E – Quite often the same thing…

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Commander Pain Shepard (Erin) and Jennapocalypse (Jenna)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
E – Jenna calls me Shep more often than my real name, but “Jennapocalypse” is a bit of a mouthful!
J – Yup, 100% Shep all the time.

How did you meet?
E – We met through KRG… First time we spoke properly was at the Christmas party, and we were both drinking whisky… It was meant to be!
J – Derby/drunk.

Do you go easy on your partner if you’re scrimming/playing a game or go extra hard?
E – Hell no, we challenge each other to be better.
J – Extra hard… I always used to aim for the ribs too.

What is your partner’s favourite post derby snack?
J – If it’s an away game then KFC on the motorway home.
Is she right? E – MEAT! – Correct! (Pretty much!)

Do you talk about derby at home is it banned?
J – We talk a lot about derby. We watch a lot of derby. Our house is full of skates and pads and training plans and merch…

What’s your partner’s favourite derby position?
E – Blocking, most likely as a pivot!
J – Pivot!

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Mortal Kimbat (Kim) and Ronin (James)

Do you call each other by your derby names at home?
K – No, he is in my phone as Ronin though!

Who is the better skater?
K – It pains me to say James.
J – I’m faster not necessarily better.

Do you go easy on your partner if you’re scrimming/playing a game or go extra hard?
J – We are both insanely competitive so going easy is never an option!

Have you ever given your partner a penalty?
J – Quite a few, but mostly cutting which is kind of expected when they’re a jammer right?!

How did you meet?
K – Skating baby! I taped his ankle, he said the physio was cute…

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Trauma Trevor (Amy) and Skate Winslet (Lee)

How did you meet?
A – Lee came up to me at a bar (almost 11 years ago) and said “you look cool, where do you hang out?”

Who is the better skater?
L – She is by far, she actually taught me how to skate and got me into it all! She’s much better at the physical side (i.e the skating) as well as having a good derby head on her. I just try not to fall over and hit people!
A – Annoyingly Lee. He hasn’t played roller derby as long as I have but he has absolutely excelled in the last year and I’m very proud.

What is the most romantic derby-related thing your partner’s ever done for you?
L – She actually bought my skates for me as a surprise, that was nice!

What is your partner’s favourite post derby snack?
L – McDonalds!
Is he right? A My favourite post derby snack is obviously nuggets! – Correct!

If you could invent a penalty for your partner, what would it be?
A – The not listening penalty. You know, when you’re taking to your partner and they don’t even acknowledge you are saying anything lol!

And now for the most important question: I love my partner so much I’d even wash their pads, agree or disagree?

Shep – Agree.
Lee – Totally agree!
Jaime – Haha disagree! (she looks after my kit!)
El – Agree – they stink, but so do mine, and fair’s fair!
Roxy – Probably…
Helen – I do this regularly and air them after every practice I don’t think Jaime has touched them in the last year!!!
Trev – Yes, i have even scrubbed the mould from his skates before haha.
Chief – My pads are the worst ones so easy agree.
Nat – I don’t think she’s ever washed her own kit since we’ve been together.
Jenna – Agree. Shep stinks so it’s better to do it regularly.
Kim – Done that!!

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