GCRD's look-back on 2019
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!