By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 22 2017 08:31AM

This month we present one of our newer skaters who is very excited to be moving up to Intermediate Training - number 230, Lara Craft!

What is your day job?

I work as an IT Operations Analyst for an Oil and Gas service company.

What are your hobbies (other than skating)?

I do a lot of crafts in my spare time - I crochet, knit, sew, spin yarn on my spinning wheel & weave fabric on my loom. I enjoy musicals so I quite often go to the theatre, I play video games (Tomb Raider is my all-time favourite series, I even have a huge collection of Tomb Raider merch) and I like watching Rugby and NFL.

How did you get started in Roller Derby?

I know Mean MaSheena through work so I was aware that Roller Derby was a thing but figured it wasn't something I'd ever be able to do. I'd never skated and I'd never done any sort of team sports before. I saw a GCRD intake day being shared on Facebook and thought, what the heck, I'll give it a go. Best decision I ever made, I was hooked from the get go!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out?

Don't get bogged down by comparing your progress to others. Celebrate your own personal achievements, even the small ones! Go to skate boot camps if you can - they are so beneficial. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to help something click for you. Lastly, enjoy yourself - it's all about having fun!

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

Having started as roller derby fresh meat 5 months ago I can't help but look up to everyone in the league - the amount of time and dedication put into GCRD is awesome. It's also inspiring to think that all these amazing skaters were fresh meat at one point and if I put in the work I could be like them too.

What is your proudest Derby achievement?

I'm proud of my progress so far. I haven't been skating for that long and I've still got a fair way to go but it's good to reflect back on all the times that I felt like "I can't do that!" and wonder what all the fuss was about. I’m also very proud to be moving up and joining the intermediates group after doing well in my minimum skills.

What's the best thing about Roller Derby?

The skating is great fun but it wouldn't be the same without the people and the sense of community that comes with it. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive of each other. My fellow freshies are all fantastic people and it's been so much fun meeting them and starting out my derby journey with them. Overall it's been an overwhelmingly positive experience so far and I can't wait for more!

By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 15 2017 09:36PM

The Northern Fights have finished top of Tier 3 North in British Champs and are heading to playoffs in Stoke on Trent to play the Dolly Rockits!

We caught up with Berocca Bama before the game. Here's what she had to say.

We are super excited for playoffs as it is the first time we have got this far in champs!

We have had a brilliant undefeated streak the past two years within the champs tournament and we are proud of every skater who has skated with us last season and the current one.

We are also extremely lucky to have had amazing bench staff who have kept us driven and pushed us to the level we now find ourselves at.

We are also very thankful of all our officials (skating and non skating) as well as everybody else in our league who had made it possible for us to train and improve.

This weekend we are looking forward to the experience of being part of a high level tournament and making memories as a team, as well as watching some great derby!!

Honourary Fight Bex Rated is super excited to be going.

"I have lots of feelings about the play offs this weekend. I can't lie I am also pretty nervous to be playing in such high level games but also excited for a challenge. I've been training with the Fights a bit more recently to get to know how they play as a team and what they do and don't. Its been tough but a good learning curve for me. It would be great to come back with the win if not I'd be happy to come back knowing I tried my best and in one piece."

Tier 3 North Playoffs take place this weekend in Stoke-on-Trent, starting at 11am, Check out the Champs website where you can pay for a livestream to see all the action unfold.

Photos in this post courtesy of Len Rizzo and Dave McAleavy

By granitecityrollerderby, Aug 23 2017 06:02PM

Come see our next home game on Saturday 2nd September, with both the Fight Hawks and the Northern Fights taking to the track to go up against two fearsome opponents, Team EPIC and Glasgow Roller Derby.

Interested in trying out derby? Want to be a referee? Come along to our taster session on the 7th October. All genders welcome.

Finally, GCRD are really excited to announce a partnership with United Sk8s!

Those lucky enough to be in Inverness for their first home game will have enjoyed an outstanding roller disco put on by these guys! Look out for more skatey fun times, coming soon in Aberdeen! (Hint - keep Nov 5th free in your diary).

By granitecityrollerderby, Jul 23 2017 07:02PM

The last Saturday of July sees Granite City Roller Derby hosting a Sevens Tournament! A day which will be Jam packed (pun intended) with amazing players, cakes, raffles and derby fun!

For those who are unsure, a Sevens Tournament (which can be similar to Rugby Sevens) introduces faster gameplay, fewer skaters per team and a whole lot of entertainment! We have Seven Teams, consisting of seven players; every team will play against each other in games lasting 15 minutes and because this tournament takes place in our home city of Aberdeen we’ve incorporated our Scottish roots into the Tournament!

We asked a couple of the teams to describe a Sevens Tournament in one sentence below!

Sevens Tournaments are stupendously super, silently smashing and surreptitiously swell!

Team Whisky Business

Sevens Tournaments are fast, exciting and an opportunity to skate with skaters from all over Scotland!

Team Donald Fars Yer Bruisers

We also managed to grab a few of the teams for more questions a week before the Tournament!

How would you describe your team in 3 words?

We’re the Tits! – Mither Taps Aff

Strong, Funny and Awesome! - Donald Fars Yer Bruisers

Malty, Oaky and Peaty (Whisky Terms, get it??) – Whisky Business

Pals Skating Together! – Block Ness Monsters

What are you looking forward to most on the Day?

Getting to skate with friends from other leagues, Dundee and Granite skaters finally skating together! And Nuke! – Block Ness Monsters

Seeing all our lovely derby pals! – Mither Taps Aff

How is your team preparing in the run up to the Tournament?

We’ve been trying to eat healthy! Some of us have even given up drinking! – Mither Taps Aff

We’ve been talking a lot and managed a scrim with most of us! We all have similar views about derby, we train hard and support our team mates! – Donald Fars Yer Bruisers

We will be drinking copious amounts of Whisky while storing ourselves in wooden barrels until the Tournament! – Team Whisky Business

What will your team be bringing to the Tournament?

We will be bringing good times, scotch spirit and warmth! – Whisky Business

Mostly long limbs and some fierce skating! – Block Ness Monsters

Does your team have a motto or a mantra?

Play Hard, Win then Win the After Party! – Mither Taps Aff

Loosers Wear Troosers – Donald Fars Yer Bruisers

Wisky with an ‘E’ ain't Scottish, but we are! – Whisky Business

All our teams for Saturday’s tournament are listed below!

Skating in Red for Oor Wheely are Kami Tazzy, Hex, Wrighteous, emKa, Whyte & MacDie, Judder Jam and Konanbourg.

Skating in Blue for Block Ness Monsters are Udder Mayhem, Bosies, Milky, Crimson Chaos, Berocca Bama, Rock’n Riot and Nuke!

Skating in Green for Wheely Far North are Bentai, Alba Damned, BeX-Rated, Bruteyvicious, Hazzard, Tiny Turbo and Autopsy Turvey

Skating in Black for Donald Fars Yer Bruisers are Whiplash, Darth Evader, Psycho, Solo, Harm, Samawry and Hardcore!

Skating in Purple for Whisky Business we have G-Wrecks, Habs, HullabaLou, Wrecks, Lawless, Shona –Mercy and Kate Push!

Skating in Yellow for Mither Taps Aff are Major Vengence, Trackadder, Sho Time, Tenacious C, Panda-monium, Orion Packs and Black Death!

Skating in White for Tunnocks Teaskates are Yossarian, Macfarlane, Skeevy Wonder, Hawkeye the Noo, Skimbles, Stripey and Critical Hit!

Our Sevens Tournament will be held at Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre on Saturday 29th July. Doors will open at 11am with the first game to start at 11:30m. Entry is £4 on the door and free entry to those aged 12 and under!

We have lovely, friendly faces eager to talk rules and roller derby to those who aren’t completely familiar with the game. Our Scottish themed raffle and yummy cake stall shall be in full force on the day and all proceeds from our cake stall will go to SAMH.

So mark the date in your diary, come along on the 29th and watch our amazing players battle it out to be crowned the winners!

By granitecityrollerderby, Jul 21 2017 03:44PM

(Scrim photos in this post are courtesy of Len Rizzo).

July's Member of the Month is Will 'o' the Whips, one of our Inters who has recently passed her minimum skills test and has been invited to come train with the Fight Hawks!

We caught up with her for a chat.

What is your day job?

At the moment I'm working with an arts trust within Aberdeen hospitals, and in the evenings I work at a cinema.

What are your hobbies (other than skating)?

On my free days I'm normally found in a printmaking workshop, usually screenprinting or drawing, watching movies (see above, lucky me!), cycling, or at the beach.

How did you get started in Roller Derby?

I had been aware of the league for a few years and finally decided to not miss out on another intake

day. This was only just over a year ago and I'm so glad I kicked my ass and turned up!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out?

100% everything and celebrate the mini-victories! Things eventually become muscle memory, but in the meantime enjoy the sport, thank yourself for turning up to skate and don't lose sight of your progress.

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

Just one?! Team Scotland ladies, of course. They give me life! And not exclusively derby, I've been watching heaps of the Chicks In Bowls skatepark tricks recently...One day, haha!

What is your proudest Derby achievement?

I was never involved in any sports or exercise before skating, so sticking with a new sport for over

a year and improving my fitness in this way is a huge achievement for me. I'm also super proud to be invited to join extra training sessions with the Hawks soon, Honestly - buzzing!

What's the best thing about Roller Derby?

The trust between team mates, everyone having each others' backs. And personally, that post-scrim


Massive well done to Will 'o' the Whips, we look forward to seeing her in her new skating sessions!

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