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!

A year in the life 2016 #158: two leagues and a birthday

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For training tonight I went full DHR in order to honour, in advance, the team playing on the weekend at The Great Southern Slam.

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It was the fifth birthday for Light City Derby that night so after training there was cake to celebrate!

Great to be able to celebrate and feel part of two excellent leagues.

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2015 weeks! #44: other stuff then MEN IN PINK ON SKATES

2015-11-10 19.37.36Herbs and greenery ready for a Monday night dinner of rice paper rolls.

2015-11-11 09.14.39Luminous juice for a quick breakfast stop with James.

Hairdresser time out.

2015-11-11 12.13.33hairBeen feeling very borderline. With an incredibly busy weekend and week ahead, felt I needed to stock up on the drugs.

2015-11-11 20.48.54One of the boys stuck a toy-thing to the ceiling. This was an endless source of fascination for George.

2015-11-12 20.46.57Tired out the new version of Study in Emerald. Not entirely convinced…yet.

Time to fly – all the way to Hobart.

2015-11-13 09.47.34Finished this en route. Super fun read where I think the predictability was a deliberate part of the charm.

2015-11-13 16.15.12A trip to the Sandy Bay Coles allowed us to stock up on beverages for a weekend of roller derby – for us and for Copter who was arriving on a late flight.

2015-11-13 16.22.33Our first Air BnB experience was a delightful terrace in Sandy Bay. Extremely cute and a great location.

2015-11-14 07.28.58A fortifying breakfast is needed for the first day of the Australian Men’s Roller Derby Nationals.

Last year I was a spectator at Nationals as we came 7th in Australia. This year, after a lot of hard work by the team leading up to it, I was there as benchie and we were determined to come home 4th – or 5th at worst. we had a great first day – took it to last year’s champions, the Brawlers, and did all right; comprehensively beat the Tweed Valley Vikings and then took on BCR and beat them more effectively than we had expected. Coming second into the pool took us to the semi finals – and a minimum 4th! We all went home happy that night.

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There was time to smell the roses and eat burgers and feel good before day two.

2015-11-15 09.25.42And the upside of being in the semis was that we had time for a relaxed breakfast.

2015-11-15 11.14.58Our first game was against Vanguard – if we beat them we’d be in the grand final. They are an amazing team. Great discipline and teamwork and some brilliant individual players. We didn’t win, but we did ourselves proud – Vanguard were the only team in the country we hadn’t played at this point, so it was great to get the chance.  We had some great moments…maybe one day!

2015-11-15 12.50.40Cthulhu came out to watch HP Shovecraft play in the 5-6 play off versus Tweed. it was good to see BCR win that.

Then we played off versus the Brawlers for 3rd.  There were some moments during the game when I genuinely thought we could win – then a couple of jams let it slip away from us. But we didn’t expect to get third – fourth in the country was more than good enough for us. We’d achieved our team goal for the year, played well, improved and had fun and we were all super happy about it. The best thign too is that Carnage’s strength is its teamwork – that was what got us 4th.

Then it was all over except for the after party!

2015 weeks! #43: getting to the end of things and more

2015-11-02 08.31.18Everyone else had left the house in Adelaide when I got up on Monday morning, but I did have some furry companionship, purring extremely loudly.

2015-11-02 09.31.54Goodbye beach.

2015-11-02 12.35.58Because I only had one real thing to do while in Adelaide (this wasn’t a work trip as such), I got to wander the mall and catch up with Sam, Lucy and my friend Karen. It was a pleasant day.

2015-11-02 19.22.55But then it was time to fly home.

2015-11-02 21.25.09James picked me up and we went for a Bentspoke debrief.

Back in the office – the new office. We moved again but fortunately this time it was only twenty metres down the floor.

2015-11-05 13.34.46The colours of moving.

It was Beer Week, so we headed to 86 for a Beer vs Wine matched degustation. With 9 courses of food, that was 18 courses of alcohol and the staff didn’t stint on the top ups. The beer, all from La Sirene, was excellent and I highly recommend it.

2015-11-06 10.58.21I was a touch hungover the next day, yes, why do you ask?

Another chance to watch the sun set while watching Jude play cricket.

2015-11-07 11.38.43Lazy start to a Saturday.

2015-11-07 12.57.06Sebastian got inspired to make chocolate icecream.

Saturday night we had an end of year DHR celebration, with awards to best players, presents for all and a wonderful cake by Demo. There was also a fair bit of drinking and time in the pool.  It was a great end to a terrific season – the team worked really hard this year and their play reflected that. Next year though, they’ll take out number one, I’m sure.

2015-11-08 13.38.28My other team, Capital Carnage, were still busy putting in the hard work for upcoming Nationals and a firm intention to beat our number 7 position last year.

2015-11-08 15.02.27For some inspiration we watched the end of the magnificent tussle between Gotham and VRDL. So close Victoria! Bonnie Thunders is amazing though – and the way she holds it together…

Time for a picnic by the lake to celebrate Sean’s birthday. Lots of friends and food and drink.

Derby for boys small and large!

2015-10-16 14.42.34So off we drove to Port Macquarie for a weekend of boy derby. This year ERRD ran an additional weekend of competition – ERRD Reloaded – which featured men’s teams, junior teams and a couple of developmental women’s teams.

Sebastian – SeaBash for the weekend – played the first family game for the weekend. He captained the team, called his first official review, blocked, jammed and did an apex jump which drew cheers from the crowd. His team didn’t win, but he did a great job.

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Here’s a Steven Craddock photo of him jamming.

Carnage then played SMASH. A couple of key players down, we didn’t do as well as we had in our game a month or so ago, but we held our own and fought hard.

Jude (Beathoven) had his first game for the green team – he did lots of jamming and was successful and had a heap of fun.

jude and scaryI stole this photo from Steven Craddock because I love the camaraderie between the CRDL junior skaters and how the older girls are really sweet and supportive of Beat

After three games between us, it was back to the hotel for a swim and relax.

We found lovely food and drinks in Port Mac.

2015-10-17 20.28.56And the boys made the most of the games room where we were staying.

Sunday there were five games between the men folk – including SeaBash vs Beathoven. In the end, both teams ended up with two wins out of three. The junior derby was not being played for sheepstations – more a chance for everyone to have a go, so the results weren’t what they would have been if they had played their best line ups each time. But it was a great chance for the boys to play some derby with some others – and the mix of ability of was extensive; from Team Australia players through to complete newbies – and have some fun.

Carnage played two more games – against Coffs Chaos and the Tweed Valley Vikings and won both convincingly. Which was excellent, particularly as we are due to play the Vikings at Nationals. And no one got injured!

A good derby weekend all round – all that was left was the long Sunday night drive home.

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