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By granitecityrollerderby, May 22 2017 02:12PM

Want to skate with us? Visiting the area and need your derby fix?


We are open to guest skaters, referees and NSOs!




To arrange your visit please contact training@granitecityrollerderby.co.uk


In your email, please include the following:


Your first session is free of charge! The cost of each session thereafter is £5 for skaters, £3 for referees, and FREE for NSOs. Please be aware that some sessions - particularly on the run up to games - will be closed to guests. We are an open league so all genders welcome.

By granitecityrollerderby, May 5 2017 09:00AM


Say hello to our Skater of the Month, someone who takes every opportunity to skate and clearly has the time of her life doing so - Kami-Tazzy!




What is your day job?


I work as a cement lab technician for an oil services company. I basically wear a grey lab coat (a white one would just be a disaster in this job) mix cement and carry out tests until they can be used offshore. I sometimes work offshore too.



What are your hobbies (other than skating)?


I'm always skating lol. When I do get some free time, I like to catch up with my friends, go out on my motorbike, watch football, go to beer festivals and gigs.


How did you get started in Roller Derby?


When I first moved back to Aberdeen I was going to go back to judo, football or rugby. However my cousin had a friend who was a member of Granite and said I should give it a go. I went to one session and fell in love straight away. 6 years and a bit on, I'm still doing it. It's the best sport I've ever been a part of.



Do you have any advice for anyone starting out?


Get decent knee pads, and maybe knee gaskets too. The starter ones aren't the best and you want to protect your knees. Also enjoy yourself and never give up, everyone progresses differently and you'll meet some of the best humans ever.






Which derby person do you look up to most/aspire to be like?


In a derby player sense I would say Loren Mutch (Mutch Mayhem), she's such an amazing jammer. Her footwork is immense. I would love to jam like her.


But I totally look up to our very own Krusty (Kirsten Reid) as a person. She has been there for me from the very beginning, not just as a derby player and a coach but as a friend too. She's definitely a hero and such an inspirational individual.



What is your proudest Derby achievement?


Receiving the MVP award at a Harry Potter themed coed sur5al, hosted by FVRGs. It was an unexpected surprise and an absolute honour to receive the award. Especially since there was a lot of top class players there that day, including players from Team Scotland and Power of Scotland. I'll definitely never forget that day.






What's the best thing about Roller Derby?


The travelling and all the awesome people I've met through this sport. I have made some amazing friends near and far. The support I have received from them has helped me to push myself. The derby journey so far has been brilliant and I'm really looking forward to see what the future may bring.








By granitecityrollerderby, Mar 31 2017 02:48PM


At the end of every New Intake Course we hold a "Graduation Scrim", a chance to skate with your team and put into practise everything you've been learning throughout the course.


This session the Jammer Tarts skated against Bake, Batter and Roll in an exciting and fun filled scrim. Here's what some of the skaters and mentor Whackhery Binx had to say.



Graduation scrim tonight was amazing! Everyone did so well working together and doing the derby thing, it was so good to bring all the things we've learned over the last 6 months to the track and let loose!!


Absynthe Minded





Just had the most AMAZING evening! Jammed multiple times against me Ma who was awarded MVP (very well deserved) and generally was surrounded by the most awesome people who have the unique ability to be both terrifying and lovely at the same time! Love, love, LOVE derby and all the wonderful people I've met because of it!


Rachel






The coaches and mentors were super proud of their mentlings from both teams.



It was amazing! Was great to see everyone come together, from every different 'faction' and the progression in just a few months was unreal. Really proud of the hard work and dedication everyone has put in. Yay Derby! x


Whackhery Binx






Some of the skaters are graduating to the Inters sessions, and are looking forward to the new challenges.


I knew absolutely no-one at intake day and am so proud to say I'm graduating up to inters training with some of the best skatey pals you could ask for! I can't wait to see what new skills we are gonna learn at inters. Things I'd like to improve on are being more stable and strong in myself while blocking and not being tempted to use my safety knee when things get too much, to trust in my legs instead!


Absynthe Minded



















By granitecityrollerderby, Mar 27 2017 05:34PM


This Saturday (1st April) is New Intake Day here at GCRD. This means we have reached the end of our current Fresh Meat and Intermediate courses which is an exciting time for the skaters graduating to a new group!


Our final Inters session was yesterday, and we are super proud of Tinytaes and Fawn of the Dead who have graduated to advanced training! Here’s what some of our inters had to say about the course, scrims, the mentors and each other.



We’ve all found some parts of the course challenging...


Getting used to the warm up drills was a shock to the system, but a nice one! I'm loving the gameplay drills, which can be challenging as you're trying to remember so many steps but it's really satisfying when you start to just do them automatically.

Victory Rolls



There is a much bigger gap in skills between skaters (some are hawks and some are just out of newbs) so it was initially quite intimidating.

Foxy Blocks



As always 27 in 5! Lol. Also skating with some of the more advanced skaters that sometimes attend the sessions.

Huffletuff



Backwards skating is still a challenge for me however I'm confident that I'll nail it!

Chelseasmile


But we’ve seen massive improvements as we progressed...


I think my confidence has really grown and being pushed that little bit more out of your comfort zone at each practice is great, as each week you get a little better.

Victory Rolls



I managed to get 29/5, improved at jumps of all kinds, and my aggression and ability to time a hit properly.

Foxy Blocks



The first week we did hockey stops and I managed to nail it in the same session! My backwards crossovers have really come on (thanks to Jo Mama’s wonderful technique!), I can keep them going round the entire track when I don’t overthink it!

Fawn of the Dead



I’ve seen lots of improvements! My fitness is much better, transitions are more fluid and I'm closer to 27 in 5 than before

Huffletuff



I've really enjoyed learning how to incorporate the skills we've already learnt into game situations, such as transitioning into a hit, there are so many things I've enjoyed that I couldn't see myself attempting a year ago!

Chelseasmile





We love all our mentors and coaches...


The mentors and coaches have been great, it's been wonderful having a variety of styles and each have their own take on a certain move, so if you don't quite get it the first time you know that you will eventually. A HUGE thanks to everyone, I can't express how much I appreciate everyone's patience and help.

Victory Rolls



Our coaches and mentors are awesome as always. It's good they say what is being done beforehand so plans can be added to or changed to suit the skaters who will be there. If there is any spare time at the end they listen to what we want to do and help accordingly.

Foxy Blocks



Because Inters is such a small but perfectly formed group, the mentors and coaches are able to offer one-to-one advice which is invaluable. The drills with the Fights and Hawks are really rewarding, especially when you begin feeling a bit lost and by the end you can already see the improvement thanks to their instant feedback.

Fawn of the Dead



Always awesome, there's been some really good sessions that have managed to be both challenging and fun!

Huffletuff



With the support and teachings of our mentors and coaches I can actually see myself skating in a team in the not too distant future, they're so lovely and it's because of them and the support of my lovely fellow skaters that I've found the confidence in my abilities.

Chelseasmile


The coaches and mentors have been brilliant. They are great at coming up with different ways to help us learn or understand a drill and are always motivating and supportive.

Pain au Chocolat




...and each other...


It's been great seeing everyone grow in confidence and ability.

Victory Rolls



The other inters are a lovely supportive bunch with more experience so good to ask for advice.

Foxy Blocks



I love these guys! Everyone's always really encouraging and it's great to share my derby journey with them!

Huffletuff


The other inters are lovely, so dedicated and helpful and patient when someone needs more time to pick up a skill or drill.

Pain au Chocolat






We’ve scrimmed with the Hawks...


The scrims have been my favourite experience of the whole program, I love getting hit! It's great seeing how experienced skaters work together as a team and you see straight away what you need to work on and improve. Everyone has been so patient, so that's really appreciated.

Victory Rolls




More would be good to practise skills being taught. More directed scrims maybe to see tactics in action, so everything will hopefully 'click'.

Foxy Blocks



I have a love hate relationship with scrims, love playing, hate the nerves! But I really learned a lot from scrimming alongside some of the Hawks.

Huffletuff


I’ve enjoyed scrimming more this time around as I feel like I was able to contribute more to my team when on track (although my reaction times are pretty slow). It’s always useful to put skills and drills into practise and I’m looking forward to scrimming more.

Pain au Chocolat


And looking forward...


I'm not quite mins passed, so that's obviously a goal and I want to get higher with my jumps! My communication needs to be worked on a bit, as I sometimes forget to keep shouting.

Victory Rolls



Have baby and get back to skating! Get lower, learn more rules and get onto hawks to allow the chance to scrim more.

Foxy Blocks



I’d really like to improve my gameplay, the theory is getting there but putting it into practice is a different matter entirely!

Fawn of the Dead



Again it's to finally get 27 in 5 haha, it's like my nemesis! Also to learn more on track awareness.

Huffletuff



My goals for the future are to pass backwards skating and get myself into training with the girls on the teams, fingers crossed!

Chelseasmile











By granitecityrollerderby, Mar 13 2017 01:55PM

March's Skater of the Month is one of our Intermediate skaters who is on the verge of graduating and already has her sights set on her first Fight Hawks game. Ladies and Gentlemen we give you - Tinytaes!




What is you day job?


Day job: Certs coordinator at an oil company

Night Job: bar tender at Aberdeen Altens hotel


What are your hobbies (other than skating)?


Dodgeball and Off-roading.


How did you get started in Roller Derby?


I saw the intake poster for it, didn't know anyone going but thought if I don't go I'll regret it so I went and met an amazing bunch of people who I can now call friends.



Do you have any advice for anyone starting out?


Do it. Don't think about it, don't procrastinate just go for it. If you don't you will absolutely regret it!


Which derby person do you look up to most/aspire to be like?


Krusty, Pert Hits or Un-Fairley. All of them have been amazing coaches from one stage

to the other. (All the other coaches are obvs amazing too!!) They are all good skaters for different reasons but also amazing role models in the Derby world.


What is your proudest Derby achievement?


Being able to do an apex jump and clearing Fairley's leg and scrimming with the Hawks.







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