2018 highlights week #28: Bendigo – skates and mines and other things

It was off to Ballarat for a weekend of derby at the Junior Nationals.

The boys were the only CRDL skaters who attended, so they were playing in pot luck teams for the weekend – although they did know a number of the other kids in their teams. Jude and Sebastian played together on a level 4 team that played against VRDL each time – the team improved with each game, but the fact VRDL were a well disciplined team made it very hard to beat them. They did rattle them a little though.

Zac’s level three team won some and lost some against a range of other teams. The boys all played well though and all spent time with the star on their head, as well as managing the pack.

It was a many years since I had been to Bendigo, so we made sure we took our spare time to look around.

It is quite a lovely town – the benefit of all that gold mining money.

We stayed an extra day so we could also see where that money came from with a visit to the Central Deborah mine.

It was really interesting – we went down 8 or so levels, including some that required us to climb down ladders, and learnt about how the mine worked and how to find the veins of gold. We had lunch underground and got to try miners’ cornish pasties – with meat and vegetables at one end and apple at the other. It was lots of fun.

Then it was time to say goodbye and head back to Canberra.

A year in the life 2016 #320: skater boys

CRDL Juniors got to skate tonight before the CRDL grand final. All the boys did really well and had fun. Nothing like a chance to perform before a bit of a crowd.


A year in the life 2016 #286: Prime Sinisters!

Tonight was a super exciting night because the Prime Sinisters – the CRDL junior team – final got to play as a team for the first  time. I was privileged to get to line up manage for them.

They are a terrific bunch of kids – so positive and supportive of each other and their opposition, respectful of what everyone can contribute , but still competitive and determined to win.

And win they did – beating the Blue Mountains and playing some terrific derby in the process. It was great to see them shine – and have a lot of fun!

A year in the life 2016 #111:

2016-04-23 10.44.20Did my bit for the Lil Adelaide Rollers by staffing the Bunnings sausage sizzle today. And I got myself an excellent LAR t-short to wear while doing it.

A year in the life 2016 #68: brother vs brother


There was a lot of brother v brother jamming action at scrim tonight. They both played really well. Then they got named in their home teams – different ones, so more brother v brother action to come.



A year in the life 2016 #54: junior scrim and work


Took Sebastian to his first junior scrim with Lil Adelaide Rollers. After a busy day of work I was back to my old habit of catching up with work while watching small people skate.

A day in the life 2016 #31: derby training


First day of training for the boys with the Lil Adelaide Rollers – they had a great time, especially Zac who hasn’t been able to do derby training for six months or so.