Our Newest Fight Hawks First Bout(s)

By granitecityrollerderby, Dec 9 2016 04:10PM

Recently two of our newest Fight Hawks had their first bout. And second. And third and fourth all in one day! They went down to Edinburgh with the Hawks to take part in a mini tournament and it really was a full on first day! Here’s what Arabian Frights and Jamming Dodger had to say about their first bouts.

I was super nervous on the lead up to bout day. I barely slept the week leading to it as I was running all the drills we had practiced over and over in my head! The Hawks were taking part in a mini tournament. It wasn't going to just be my first game but my second, third and fourth all in the same day!

In the changing rooms we all started to kit up and had an off skates warm up dancing to music on Sam's phone. That kinda helped keep the nerves at bay and get us amped up. We then headed into the hall to warm up. Shazza gave Becca and I some tips on getting used to the roped track, then Taz put us through our warm up.

Then it was game time (ahhh!). We were lined up to play the first two half hour games. First up we were against Lothian Derby Dolls. The first couple of jams passed in a complete blur and I did find myself in the penalty box a few times, I think due to the shock of it being full throttle. It does also give you a little bit of the demon in your head saying you aren't ready for this. The Hawks came out top with a 102 to Lothian's 99. Was so close!

We played Auld Reekie next, didn't feel nervous this time as I was buzzing from how fun the first game was. I personally found this game hard going but still enjoyed every minute of it. Auld Reekie took a win of 179 to our 36.

We then had a break of an hour and a half. Joined my sister and Jenny in the audience to watch the three next games and grab some snacks to get me through the next hour and half of derby. After another dance and wee skate about, we were up against Dundee's Bonnie Colliders. This was another quite hard going game, on one of my occasions as jammer, I did pull off a pretty good star pass with Sam as pivot! We took a loss of 45 to 90 for Dundee.

We were up against Lothian for the 3rd and 4th place. A full hour game was next and we were all pretty spent but pushed on hard. With the time running out on the clock, Janey set us a goal of getting our points to 200. The last few jams were awesome. Becca was our jammer for the last one and she did amazing. We could see her tiring but with the points going up to 200 and over we did our best to keep her going with encouragement from the bench. It was so exciting to watch and I felt so chuffed for her with it being her first game(s) too. Hawks came third overall in the tournament with a score of 213 to 127 to Lothian!

I'd done it! Got through my first bout and had the best time ever. I actually cried a little due to the adrenaline and the fact I got through it! Jenny and my sis came down from the stands to congratulate us and then we made our way to the changing rooms to celebrate with a communal bottle of cherry lambrini. After getting changed I head to the stands to watch the last game and have a celebratory Jack Daniel's and a burrito...all the derby makes you hungry!! Thanks Hawks for such a fun day, all the help and to Taz and Janey for bench and line up, you guys were ace!

- Arabian Frights

Just had my first derby bout and it was amazing. The build up was a mix of nervous and excitement all the way to the 1st game. I took my partner and sons for some moral support which was great. I felt my first game I did ok but I was disappointed with myself at the fouls I got.

The 2nd game was really tough the ARRG girls were amazing players but we gave it our all. The 3rd game is when I started to feel a lot more confident and it was good to get a break after the first 2.

The final hour long game was so much fun. I was quite worried as to how we would do after playing so much already but as much as we were all tired i don't think it showed too much. I personally was really happy with the final game as I got to jam lots which I love.

My team were amazing the blockers were fab and the offence was brilliant. I had a bit of a system when I jammed and I felt it worked really well. I definitely have the bout bug now and will be putting my name down for as much as I can get. Really can't wait for next year to hopefully be in my first home game. Roll on 2017!

- Jamming Dodger

And it appears that Jamming Dodger has really got the bouting bug, as the very next week she was off to take part in a charity bout in Glasgow with Taz, Un-Fairley and Whackery Binx. We all look forward to seeing our newest Fight Hawks in action at home next year!

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