The most belated ‘year in review’ award goes to…

It’s been a long old time since I last posted anything on here, and even longer since I did a real home grown blog.

Things have been… interesting (?) / experiential (?) / unexpected (for sure) since my last post, and it as taken me a little bit of time for me to get my head together. Less of that for now though - you’ll have to wait or this years update to read about that. However, for me, the whole of 2013 was in fact a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but I’ll fill you in on that as we go.

So anyway, 2013 saw the launch of the new WFTDA rules set and I had my first real experience of this at the UKRDA Sur5al tournament at Tattoo Freeze in January. And it wasn’t as scary as I had anticipated.

Being a skater who had previously been pretty clean but who had often picked up the dreaded 3 minors, I was pleased to find that the new rules set appears to suit me quite well and during the Sur5val tournament our TBB team did ourselves proud, coming 2nd out of all teams and in fact scoring the most jam points overall!

The next big thing that happened was a coaching visit from the lovely Ballistic Whistle and the AMAZING Juke Boxx!! Yeah, you read that right - Juke Boxx. I have to say I actually felt a little but sick when I saw just how skilled that woman is and to top it all off she is also nice, beautiful and funny. No biggy (yeah whatever, Jolly!). Anyway, they covered some super useful and revelatory (yeah I said revelatory) stuff and I found my skills subsequently took a nice little boost as a direct effect.

Following that, we did what had previously seemed impossible and somehow won a bout against the previously (and since to date) unbeaten LRG B Team, Brawl Saints!!! Needless to say that was the best start to our official bouting year and the sellout game was followed by lots of dancing with the LRG crew, including some of my favourite derby personalities, Stefanie Mainey and Raw Heidi. Such a good day!

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23 February 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Brawl Saints (LRG B) {Home} - TBB 204 - 135 BS LRG B

 This then set us up beautifully for the host of excellent bouts that followed:

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30 March 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Go Go Gent Roller Girls (Gent) {Away} - TBB 333 - 119 Gent  

31 March 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs One Love Roller Derby (OLRD) {Away} - TBB 371 - 41 OLRD [closed door, released score]

Just before our off season we were invited to attend the European WFTDA Tournament: 2013 A Skate Odyssey, and being the only apprentice league to had been invited we felt that there were a lot of expectations on the team. Indeed, we were seeded 4th in the tournament which meant that every opponent we faced was a formidable one and without our usual bout prep time we were a little unsure of the impending result. It turns out that we needn’t have worried as we managed to win our first two games and proved our right to be there when we came in with a mere 3 point loss in the final! TBB ranked 2nd in the overall tournament after the following results:

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10 May 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Crime City Rollers (CCR) {Away} - TBB 242 - 212 CCR

11 May 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Helsinki Roller Derby (HRD) {Away} - TBB 168 - 165 HRD

12 May 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Berlin Bombshells (Berlin) {Away} - TBB 149 - 152 Berlin

Unfortunately I suffered several injuries between that tournament and our following games, damaging (what still seems to be permanently) my sacro-iliac joint and my AC joint, which resulted in a lot of time off-skate. I had assumed that this time would mean that I would be stepping off the A Team for the following quarter charter but as it happened the time off did me good, and although my fitness obviously suffered, my blocking ability / approach benefitted. Therefore, stepping away from my jamming role I continued to focus on this.

So, after a few months of recuperation, strategy assessment and training, Tiger Bay’s A Team had their return to bouting in September, following our formal acceptance as a full WFTDA member league. We met again with one of our favourite opponents from SKOD, Crime City Rollers, and after some tough game play on both sides, this is how it went down:

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7 September 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Crime City Rollers (CCR) {Home} - TBB 223 - 132 CCR  

Following on from this we faced some old foes…

26 October 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Leeds Roller Dolls Rebel Roses (LRDRR) {Away} - TBB 266 - 135 LRDRR

23 November 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Windsor Rollergirls Who Dares Windsor (WDW)  {Away} - TBB 305 - 175 WDW

And then onto some grudge matches…

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7 December 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Helsinki All-Star Ninja Turtles (HASNT) {Home} - TBB 171- 144 HASNT

8 December 2013: Tiger Bay Brawlers vs Brawl Saints (LRG B) {Home} - TBB 171 - 242 LRG B [closed door, released score]

Unfortunately my family life took a swift turn for the worse following this, but in terms of roller derby (and despite the injuries) 2013 was one to remember, and if I could have ended the year on that day of the Brawl Saints game I would have said that 2013 ended on a definite high.

Here’s hoping 2014 will blow 2013 out of the sky!

Look what the amazingly talented Brock’n Roller made from our bout at the weekend! 

croatoandesign:

On Saturday I combined my love of roller derby with my love of a good road trip by jumping on the Brawler bus to Leeds to take photos at a roller derby double header. Tiger Bs took on the Whip-Its before the Brawlers faced the Rebel Roses.

Bout bouts were brilliant, Cardiff came away with with a double win, and I survived the entire day on a diet of peanuts and sweets - result! 

See the entire set on Flickr here or on Facebook here.    

Awesome photos (as always from this photographer!) from our double header at the weekend. :)

reddsderbydiary:

Another blast from the past. Tiger Bay Brawlers first ever fund raiser!xxx

This pic makes me so happy. :)

reddsderbydiary:

Another blast from the past. Tiger Bay Brawlers first ever fund raiser!xxx

This pic makes me so happy. :)

tigerbaybrawlers:

SAVE THE DATE - Sunday 23 June 2013!
Next month we’re hosting a super exciting event in the Newport Centre involving both the awesome Tiger Bay Brawlers B team + the Tiger Bay Cubs, our fantastic junior team.So here’s the details you need for now…When? Sunday 23 June 2013, times TBC
Where? Newport Centre
Capacity for this event will be limited to just 200 tickets, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels to snap yours up as soon as tickets go on sale! 
In the meantime, grab a permanent marker and pop it into your diary and calendar so you don’t forget…

tigerbaybrawlers:

SAVE THE DATE - Sunday 23 June 2013!

Next month we’re hosting a super exciting event in the Newport Centre involving both the awesome Tiger Bay Brawlers B team + the Tiger Bay Cubs, our fantastic junior team.

So here’s the details you need for now…

When? Sunday 23 June 2013, times TBC

Where? Newport Centre

Capacity for this event will be limited to just 200 tickets, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels to snap yours up as soon as tickets go on sale!

In the meantime, grab a permanent marker and pop it into your diary and calendar so you don’t forget…