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By granitecityrollerderby, Dec 31 2019 10:36AM

With 2020 just around the corner, there’s no better time to reflect on some of Granite City Roller Derby’s highlights from the past year.


2019 got off to an exciting start with The Northern Fights being put through their paces competing in the British Championships (Tier 2), and our own Peggy Krueger acting as head NSO for the event. The Fights skated against the brilliant Wirral Savage Lilies in our first game in February before taking on the Hallam Hellcats in March and Arcadia Roller Derby in April. Our final game of the Championships was in June, as we faced off against the hard-hitting Hull’s Angels. Competing in the British Champs was a great experience, giving us the chance to travel across the country to skate with friends from such excellent teams.


We were delighted to host Vagine Regime UK in May for a charity game to raise money for Mermaid UK, with our guests earning a phenomenal win of 417:50. It was a fun day filled with lip sync battles, games, and an action-packed game of derby, of course!


We closed out our season with our final home game of the year, facing off against the Bairn City Rollers in October. The epic double header saw skaters of all levels take part in the opening game, North East Royalty vs Rebellious Rollers, before the Fights took on Bairn City, making it a strong end to a great season, with derby friends and supporters from near and far joining us for this event.


Our league members have taken full advantage of other derby opportunities throughout the year too. Fair City Roller’s Bout of Thrones proved particularly popular with our skaters, refs, and NSOs in April; and our own ref Tessington World of Adventures officiated her 200th game in May at The Northern Takedown!


We were also delighted to host a couple of successful Graduation Scrims this year, welcoming our newest skaters into the world of derby with some fun gameplay—an excellent way to celebrate crushing those mins.


And we’ve been keeping busy off track too. To mourn Game of Thrones coming to an end in May, we held a pub quiz with our wonderful sponsors Krakatoa, testing everyone’s knowledge of the show.


We’ve also enjoyed supporting our local community this year. You may well have spotted us at the Friends of Duthie Park Open Day or marching proudly in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade this summer. We also loved making up some of the happy faces celebrating during Grampian Pride this year, with many of our league members joining the incredibly successful parade through central Aberdeen.


When we’re not on track, we’ve been getting our skates on at Transition Extreme, taking full advantage of the drop-in sessions on a Sunday evening, allowing skaters new and old to try out new skills. We also had a great time at the session hosted by our friends at Doric Skateboards in November.


With our training coming to a close for the Christmas break, we made sure to end on a high. The brilliant Jo Mamma arranged our traditional Skaterooni for all league members. Filled with games, sweets, and even strip the willow on skates, it was a fantastic way to have fun after a year of training hard. And of course, the end of year wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous Christmas Party as our league members gathered in Riley’s Sports Bar to eat, drink, and be merry as our annual awards were presented.


We’re very grateful to all NSOs, referees, and volunteers who have worked hard and dedicated time to keep our league running this year. A huge thank you, also, to anyone who has taken the time to come to our games, donated to our CFINE collections, or supported us in any way in 2019. We can’t wait to get back on track in 2020.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


GCRD.





By granitecityrollerderby, Oct 23 2018 05:11PM


This was a mixed year for Granite. We sadly lost our bouting venue at the Beach, which did gain us some attention from the press.





As skater #666 Krusty said in the article, we were fortunate to have friendly leagues not too far away that gave us the use of their halls for games, for which we were very grateful.


As you can see, it didn't stop us travelling and playing wherever we could.



We took part in the Scrimmage of the Damned.



We played against the Lincolnshire Bombers.




Travelled to play the Belfast Banshees.




And took on Newcastle as well.




On a different note, the previous year had seen the first Roller Derby World Cup, in which to Granite City skaters had competed.


One of those skaters, #111 Clinically Wasted, was selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Aberdeenshire.







By granitecityrollerderby, Oct 23 2018 04:47PM


Hi, I'm Wendy or Peggy (derby name). I wanted to write about 2011 as this is the year my roller derby journey began. This was a busy year for the league. GCRG played 6 games throughout the year. The year kicked out with a win in February against Perth.


The league travelled down to Newcastle in March for Newcastle's first home game held in the Walker centre. Newcastle took the win this time.


The league had their next game against Auld reekie Roller Girl's Cannon Belles (now All Star reserves) in April. GCRG fought hard, but the Belles took the win.


The July home game saw GCRG take on their nearest team, Dundee's Silvery Tayzers, GCRG took the win that round. Dundee and GCRG have taken each other on repeatedly since 2010. There have been 5 games with Dundee since 2010, with GCRG winning three. Both teams have grown so much over the years with Dundee now being a WFTDA league and ranked 268th in the world. GCRD has many of it's members now filling the ranks at Dundee (Alun, Asa, Janey and now Bina). It's great to see how well they are doing.


September saw a nail biting game wiith a 3 point difference when GCRG played Manchester.


The 5th of November saw GCRG's final game of the year. This was played against the Dolly Rockits who had travelled from Leicestershire. The Dolly Rockits won the game, but GCRG won the dance off. There are still videos on youtube, I've watched them heaps of times and they still make me laugh to theis day!


The first women's World Cup was held in December of 2011 in Toronto Canada. Both Clinically Wasted and Fight Cub (formerly of ARRG) were representing the league playing for Team Scotland.


Team Scotland played games against New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Team USA. The Scottish team faced a tricky start playing USA first. They managed to score one point which meant they had a fight on their hands from the beginning. Wasted and Cub played brilliantly, showcasing the skating skills from the North East.

By granitecityrollerderby, Oct 23 2018 04:32PM


In 2010 Granite City hosted the first Roller Derby tournament in Scotland. The Highland Fling featured 6 teams from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with Granite finishing 4th.




For #36 Phanny, it made a very big impression.


It was the first real live roller derby I ever saw and it made me want to join the league so badly! So I did a couple of months later!



It was my first time seeing the Fights play after starting with the league, will never forget the joy when they beat arrg!!


Tessington World of Adventures



Ruby Riot remembers


I wore very very tiny pants and fishnets. We were elated to be playing all these other teams from Scotland and actually getting a win. We partied damn hard with Dundee and had the absolute best time despite having to play again the next day. I'm pretty sure we won the after-party.


By granitecityrollerderby, Oct 19 2018 03:28PM


Once upon a time (10 years ago) there was a roller derby league known as the Aberdeen Aces. They skated in a car park (when the weather allowed), made it up as they went along and had a ton of fun

doing so.


Thankfully, given the weather up here, at the end of 2008/start of 2009 they found an indoor training venue at the Aberdeen Lad's Club, where they continue to train to this day.


Along with a new venue came a new name, and Granite City Roller Girls was born.


#08 Ruby Riot, who is still an active skater in the league, was there during the transition.


Things I remember about the car park are mainly being very cold and it being very dark. We used to line up cars and put the headlights on so we could skate.


We rarely had to avoid cars thankfully, they didn't come down that far but we had to contend with the skateboarders who were not entirely impressed with us intruding on what they felt was their space and lots of little stones on the car park that would send us flying if we didn't avoid them.


Summer evenings were lovely because quite often someone would pop up to Sainsbury's and get a packet of ice lollies.


When we started we were very lax on safety gear, I think helmets were a fairly late addition. Also, baseball slides in a car park were not fun.


The move indoors made things interesting as they adapted.


Our early days in an actual hall felt very luxurious, like we'd made it even though by today's standards we were laughably bad.


The difference in skating surface was the main difference. Going from very sticky outside to a slick sports hall floor was a major learning curve.


One of my other main memories was my first time doing 20 (yep, only 20!) in 5 in the car park and having to sit down for a good 15 minutes after because I couldn't see properly. The change in fitness levels was a big jump, even now after 2 years off I didn't feel as bad doing my 27 in 5 as I did doing that first 20 in 5.


Also in 2009 the film Whip It! came out, and while it brought Roller Derby to the attention of a new, wider audience, it did also mean that skaters had to explain that there are rules preventing them from elbowing the oppostion in the face...

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