A Day at the Grand Smashnal
Herne Bay Leisure Centre was coming alive with the effervescent atmosphere of derby, excitement fizzing to the surface as time moved at a peculiar rate. Kent Roller Girls were hosting only their second ever home bout and their first of this year. Last September, a mix of derby connoisseurs and the curious had attended Block and Roll High School, loving every minute of the county's first foray into the derby-verse. Seven months on, the crowd watched the alternative sights and sounds before them with a fervent expectation. They spotted a Phoenix with a microphone, purple bout-fits with leopard-print lining and heard groovy music pulsing around the arena.
Block and Roll High School
Herne Bay Leisure Centre was bouncing. It was beating with excitement, vibrating with volume, dancing with the unknown and bathing in the glow of dreams fulfilled. I hear you asking 'What could possibly create this set of wonderful symptoms all at once? In such a quiet and reserved place.' The answer is one thing and one thing only; Roller Derby.
Kent Roller Girls vs. Newcastle Roller Girls Whippin' Hinnies
A long trip up to Newcastle bathed in a curious assortment of the elements; snippets of sunshine followed bleakly by sudden lashings of rain. The only rumblings inside the aesthetic Walker Activity Dome were the sheer excitement and sheer motion of a charged derby crowd. Flashings of KRG's gold uniform pulsating alongside the vivid blue of the Hinnies. Introductions passing in a blur of proudly flickering flags, Crazy Horses and on-track gangster style roller dancing. Music parading the backdrop of anticipation. The countdown ticking, pulses racing, whistles shrill. The bout began.
Kent Roller Girls in Edinburgh
The stunning landscape of Edinburgh, its pandas, Georgian monuments and welcoming atmosphere, the perfect frame for a thrilling roller derby clash. The Auld Reekie Roller Girls were to play vivacious host to a Kent Roller Girls team making the long journey north a delve into the derby-unknown for both teams.
The impressive Meadowbank Sports Centre subtly lit with the thrilling noise and flow of a roller derby occasion. Our gaze swept by the shimmering gold and ghostly green clash of uniforms before us, an epic 'Sin Bin' waiting to gather those unfortunate penalty victims. We were waiting. Cheers reverberated from the walls with the silent tension of pure adrenaline, skates and nerves jangling but excitement prevailing. Music booming from speakers; the introductions rich in colourful drama and derby-love. The arena was suddenly draped in brief silence. We waited. Piercing whistles. The bout began.
Kent Roller Girls in France
Six Kent Roller Girls and their Head Ref travelled over to Rouen, France to take part in The Hundred Jams War on Monday 9th April. Skaters from different leagues around the British Isles were invited to take part and represent the UK against teams made up from French leagues.
Kent Roller Girls had skaters in two of the three teams, A Teams : The Afternoon Tea Stops vs. La Guillo' Team, B Teams : The Stiff Upper Hips vs. The Jams' d'Arc. All three UK Teams won their bouts making it a real victory for British derby. You can read more about the KRG skaters' experiences on our blog...
KRG Victorious at Demolition Derby.
With the south-west wind buffeting down upon the Mayflower Sports Centre, cloaked in Argyle-green, deep in the inauspicious shadow of Home Park, a derby treat of four mini-bouts in knock-out format; and four superb teams travelled from far and wide, lay before us. As the rain fiercely greeted the building's celebratory send-off (the last event before its demolition), inside; the nerves of the unexpected were jangling, playing amongst a quiet confidence. The excitement we felt, justified by the prospect of enthralling derby action.
UKRDA Welcome Kent Roller Girls
Kent Roller Girls was formed in 2010, with their first practice taking place in July of that year. The league is currently the only one in the county of Kent and trainings are spread across the county to try to incorporate as many interested people as possible. We are a 'by the skaters for the skaters' league as most in the UK are, and we encourage all our members to be involved with molding the league and helping it to achieve its short and long term goals.