By granitecityrollerderby, Dec 21 2017 10:24AM

Following an extremely successful year for the Northern Fights, Fight Hawks and the whole GCRD league, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members, supportersand derby friends a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

See you in 2018!

By granitecityrollerderby, Dec 12 2017 03:41PM

Last Friday we held an inters scrim, where our Intermediate skaters (and refs!) had a chance to put all their skills and drills into practise.

Here's what our some of our skaters had to say about the experience :

I was pretty nervous at the start but on the whole it was so much fun! It was very useful to have some advanced skaters scrimming with us. They kept us right. As a team we tried our best to stay together and work together whether doing offence or defence.

The pace was a lot faster than what we had at newbies and people weren't really holding back when it came to hits. I enjoyed really pushing myself and I learned a lot: importance of communication and working as a team, different tactics when it comes to being in a pack and where's the jammer etc. Looking forward to the next scrim!

- Thunder Kads

It felt like a big step up for me. Everything seemed more hard core. When you are a jammer and you look at the opposition wall and really can't see which lane might be the one to go for as all the players are freaking awesome you know you are playing more seriously.

I understood tactics more and I now realise what it's like being hit off track by the lovely Krusty!! All in all I think I smacked into the hall walls three times and even smacked into Mac's tummy!! It was a great scrim and as always being with such inspirational and positive people is awesome!

- Poody Cat

Inters scrim for me was a goal I’ve set for myself, a stepping stone to getting back to playing after being off radar for a year.

It was brilliant to be skating along side skaters who I’ve watched develop over the last few months. The scrims for intermediates gives them the opportunity to put in to practice, skills and game play, what they’ve learned in the course. Scrims allow us to learn and encourages us to do our best to advance.

We never stop learning... at all levels.

All the intermediates have amazing attitudes and work hard, it’s a privilege for me to be a part of that.

- Krusty

Congratulations to everyone who took part! We look forward to seeing more from our Intermediate skaters and refs in the new year!

By granitecityrollerderby, Nov 23 2017 02:25PM

This week we are saying another goodbye to a longstanding GCRD member. You may have spotted her flying round the track with a massive grin on her half painted face. Yes, this week we say goodbye to #360, Kami-Tazzy, who is off to Edinburgh and will soon be skating with AARG.

We caught her for a chat before she left.

How did you get started in roller derby?

I was moving back to Aberdeen, and my cousin knew someone on the team and convinced me to give it a go. I was instantly hooked and haven't turned back since.

What was your first game like?

My first ever game was in March 2012 against Glasgows Maiden Grrders. I was absolutely terrified but also super excited to be finally playing with the awesome Northern Fights. I did feel like a deer in headlights, but it was super fun.

What is your fondest/happiest/funniest memory?

There's far too many of them to just pick one. One of the funniest must be multiple times I've randomly face planted on track. I even get friends messaging me saying that they hope to see me face plant in the next game. One of the fondest would be coaching and mentoring the new intake sessions. I feel extremely proud to have had the chance to witness and be a part of their growth and progression. I can't wait to see the future stars of Granite in action.

What is your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement is being a part of an amazing unit with the Northern Fights. I feel very privileged to have shared the UKRDA Champs journey with them. We were demoted to tier 4 but we all worked so hard and were determined to top tier 4. Not only did we manage that, we topped tier 3 this year and then finished overall 3rd place at the Champs playoffs. I'm so proud of every single one of us. The Fights and GCRD will always have a special place in my heart.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew about gaskets and to get better quality of knee pads. My knees have taken a bit of a battering during my judo days, so the extra protection would have been better from the start. My beginner knee pads were changed within a month of getting them. Please protect your knees, they're very important.

What was your last game like?

My last game was against Newcastle's Whippen Hinnies. It was a bit of an emotional game deep inside, as I knew it was potentially my last game as a Fight. The game itself was tough but also extremely fun. We may not have got the win, but all of the fights gave it their absolute all. I was proud of every single one of them, especially with the newest members of the fights. They were absolutely brilliant and played a blinder. Keep up all the good work and you all will continue to grow.

What are your plans post GCRD?

I plan to continue my derby journey and have transferred to ARRG. I'm going to train extremely hard, and hope to one day fulfil my derby dream of making it on to Team Scotland and hopefully play at the world cup. I've always been very ambitious in sport and I'm going to push myself to hopefully achieve this goal. I'm also not going to be a stranger at Granite. They're an absolutely amazing league and I've learned a lot. They've definitely been a 2nd family to me. So this not really a farewell, more like I'll see you guys around soon.

By granitecityrollerderby, Oct 31 2017 08:54PM

This week we say goodbye to another leaguemate, number 19, Udder Mayhem, who, rather than retiring, is moving to a new city, but totally intends to keep skating there. And we're fine with that. Honest...

We caught up with Uddz before her move to chat about her time with GCRD.

How did you get started in roller derby?

I had just moved to Aberdeen for a new job and didn’t really know anyone. I was looking for something to do to fill my time and to make new friends when I saw the “Fresh Meat” event online. I really enjoyed roller discos and skating around outside as a kid, so I was excited to get to skate again. But little did I know what I was letting myself in for! I absolutely loved it though, and I haven’t looked back since.

What was your first game like?

Intense! It was against the Romsey Town Rollerbillies in August 2014. We were in Cambridge playing with low numbers, and it was an incredibly tough game – my asthma certainly got the better of me at times! It was very special to me though as I just remember feeling so proud to be a Northern Fight. Also, my family live in the South East of England, so they managed to come along and support me!

What has been your biggest challenge?

Gaining confidence in myself. When I first started scrims, I found it very, very tough. Things started to change when I started cross-training and gaining strength, and slowly the efforts started to pay off on track too. I credit roller derby for helping me with my self-confidence as it constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone, which is no bad thing for a slightly socially-awkward introvert! It’s something that I’m constantly still working on, but I genuinely feel like a better version of myself after having found this sport and the many wonderful people within it.

What is your proudest achievement?

Gaining a spot in Team Scotland. I still get “imposter syndrome” sometimes, but I am super chuffed to be representing Scotland in the World Cup. I was born here, I’m half-Scottish, and it’s just amazing to be able to represent your heritage at a national level! *pinches self*.

What is your fondest/happiest/funniest memory?

Receiving the Northern Fights “Players Player of the Year” Award, back in 2015. It was part of a night out, and I honestly didn’t think it would go to me at all, as there are so many strong and amazing skaters in our team. When I got it, I was in shock, and all around me I heard “Is she greeting? She better be greeting!!”. Such an honour, especially since I was still quite new to the team! I did greet a little bit!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Various things. Like:

Get well-fitted skates. Expensive skates mean nothing unless they fit well!

Cross-training is very important, and can make a huge difference to your performance.

The bigger the toe stop, the better!

What are your plans post GCRD?

To carry on skating! I play in the World Cup next February, and I’ll have a new league to join too. I don’t plan on hanging my skates up just yet, I’m too addicted! ;-)

By granitecityrollerderby, Oct 24 2017 01:38PM

This week we take time off from training for our games on Saturday to say goodbye to another leaguemate, number 121, Moscow Cruel.

Here's what she had to say about her Derby Life.

How I got into Roller Derby:

A friend who skated with ARRG told me about it and I thought it sounded good so I came to watch GCRDs first tournament! I fell in love with roller derby straight away and when I moved down south a few weeks later I found a team in Portsmouth had just formed!

My First Game:

It was a mixed themed bout: Skinheads vs. New Romantics in Swansea. I'm pretty sure my team (Skinheads) won. Back in those days dressing up was a thing so lots of girls in my team had denim shorts on for our theme... I was sporting some awful denim-look printed Lycra pants, cringe!

My Proudest Achievement:

Once again a memory in Swansea - when the Northern Fights played in the Quad Nations tournament. Day one did not go well but we all pulled together, worked hard and came back to Aberdeen winners with a bit Golden Boot trophy!

My Fondest Memory:

The night after we played Dublin when I became 'totes emosh'... those present will know what I'm talking about. I'd not that long left my Portsmouth Roller Wenches family behind and was missing them so much but all the GCRD crew had welcomed me with open hearts and I knew I'd found a new family.

What I know now that I wish I'd known:

Roller derby isn't just a sport, it will change your whole life! Also, buy decent kit from the beginning, it will serve you well!

My Post Derby Plans:

Career and family life have taken over, so I'm going to concentrate on those things for a while but may look for a new sport at some point too! Right now, walking and running is enough to fit around everything else!

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