2018 Highlights week #26: 5×5

Here we all are driving to Windsor for 5×5. This year the VDL women’s team has been playing in the B division as the Rogue Scholars, reflecting our loss of players and many new team members.

However, we have been killing it because we got really good faster than we expected.

That good.

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2018 Highlights June long weekend: TGSS

Here are Sebastian and I flying Business Class to Adelaide to join James, the Rogue Scholars and most of the Australian derby world for TGSS. Business class? Look, Sebastian had had a crap few days for a range of reasons and I was offered cheap upgrades, so what the heck. But I digress.

It was a busy weekend of derby: one game Saturday, three on Sunday then two on Sunday. It was super rewarding too – we came third in our Division and it was great to see the team perform really well under pressure. Having lost a lot of players, this team brought together some very new, some developing and some experienced players. By the end of TGSS, it was hard to tell the difference.

Also Zeebs got to be zeebs.

And the team got to look super elegant during their warm ups.

And we only lost one game the whole weekend.

We also managed to fit in catching up with the family and with friends and even having food at the Gilbert Street Hotel. So a good Adelaide time all round.

2018 Highlights Week 15: derby weekend

Pretty much the whole of the weekend was spent at Tuggeranong as I benched the Rogue Rollers for their tournament weekend.

They are a new team combination this year and we were really happy with how things worked over the tournament. We had a couple of big victories, but the game we were most happy with was this one against VRDL’s Notorious VICs where we did much better than expected.

It was also a fun weekend for Sebastian who took on the role of Line Up Manager and really seemed to enjoy it. James meanwhile was reffing, and all three boys played in a junior game on Sunday. So great all round!

A year in the life 2016 #327: men’s nationals derby weekend

It was kinda of nice but also kinda weird to have the weekend at men’s nationals with no formal responsibilities – just cheering and providing game advice. On Saturday Sebastian came along while Jude caught up with friends and Zac went to the cricket.

Carnage are in a bit of a rebuilding phase this year: with some players gone, newer players are building their game experience.

They did pretty well over the tournament, ending up fifth. A drop of one position – but Brisbane did really well this year and while some of the “Tasmanian” ring ins did make their placing a little dubious, they definitely outplayed us.

As usual I enjoyed watching the men’s games, and it was also nice to catch up with some of our Adelaide derby friends (though we sis beat Light City twice).

And afterwards, good to have a beer.

A year in the life 2016 #221: league on league action

It was great to catch up with the Light City folk at URDP. And we had to cheer for them playing VDL – it was the first time they had beaten the Smackademics, and they managed to do it twice on the weekend. I did particularly enjoy commentating that game.

A year in the life 2016 #162: finals day!

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Finals today for The Great Southern Slam. We saw Light City Derby win their loser semi final to bring the weekend to a 3 out of 4 wins. We also got to watch VRDL completely dominate the Sydney Assassins. But best of all we got to hang out with our lovely VDL gang and cheer and dance and have super fun. Derby is the only sport where half time turns into a dance party, right?

A year in the life 2016 #160: a day at The Great Southern Slam

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There we were with three Leagues to support – LCD, VDL and CRDL. So that meant a lot games and a lot of cheering.

It was great to see how enthusiastic the LCD guys were in supporting the women’s team – a whole cheer squad in fact!

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And it was even better to watch the Sabres win their first two games at TGSS. They were so happy!

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It was a little weird watching the DHRs and being nowhere near the bench, but it was great to cheer for them as well.

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They won one game and lost one – as expected and not a bad record for the first time in Division One.

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We also got to see and cheer for CRDL as they one their first pool match. So a pretty successful day all round!

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Especially successful for Zac who got an exciting new pair of skates!