We are super excited to be hosting a double header this weekend (Saturday 31st March)!
The first game will feature Rising Stars not only from GCRD, but also from Mean City, Fair City, Helgin , Inverness and the Orkney Viqueens.
Following this will be an interleague game, where Hawkward take on the Rowie Rollers, with teams made up of skaters from the Northern Fights and Fight Hawks, as well as Inverness and Helgin.
Before the game we caught up with Hit Me Speirs, an Inter at GCRD who has recently passed her mins and is playing her first game in the RIsing Stars, Mr Krust, the Northern Fights brand new Bench, and Peggy Kruger, who is making her reffing debut!
I’m really excited but also nervous about my first ever game. It definitely helps that we are all in the same boat. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people but I’m really pleased that Becca is on my team and that we have familiar faces on our bench.
I think I’ll mainly be focused on having fun, I tend to be quite hard on myself so I want to focus on staying positive and enjoying the experience. It will be good to put all our training in to practice. Fingers crossed I remember some of it when we get out there!
Hit me Speirs
My first ref game is approaching and I'm filled with both nerves and excitement! I'm excited to wear stripes and join the reffing world. I'm nervous that all the rules I have been learning will be forgotten when I need them most.
I have been learning to ref for just shy of two years. Mama Mags was my first tutor and I learned so much from her. I'm now under the tutelage of Buffy Boiler who will HR my first game. I'm lucky to be in a crew of dreams for my first game, working with people I have looked up to for ages.
At the moment, and because I'm still new in my ref journey, jam reffing has been my favourite.
I'm looking forward to working the pack (pipe dream right now!).
Wish me luck!
Taking on the role of bench coach for the Northern Fights has been an absolute dream! The team had a great 2017 but with some changes in the roster, this year is all about resetting and settling in new players so I've felt very privileged to be a part of that.
My past experiences in refereeing and announcing actually helped a lot as those roles teach you rules knowledge and observation skills, two things that a bench coach absolutely needs! The Fights make my role so easy as they are a fantastic unit and really do epitomise the ethos of a unified team.
We are also super excited to welcome Krusty back on track! Here's what she had to say about her first game back as captain of team "Hawkward".
My last game I played was September 2016 and I was probably at my fittest with the continuation of physio and off skate training to help my ACL recovery after surgery.
A blow came when diagnosed with breast cancer early 2017, treatment and recovery gifted me with a year off skates but as I was fit going in to treatment, it’s helped my recovery.
Sprinkle a lot of support from friends and family, with a side of pure determination and defiance, I return to play this Saturday as Captain of ‘Hawkward’ one of our interleague teams.
I have had to ‘manage’ side effects of the on going treatment, tiredness and fatigue are the more testing effects of medications and it can be hard to get yourself to training.
I have to say, I’m pretty excited to return and share the track with Hawks and Fights, also with some Helgin and Inverness skaters, two leagues I absolutely adore! Also, I get to watch my husband play his first game! And we have visitors from Orkney, I am going to be so damn giddy on Friday!! I can not wait!
I’ve not missed too much by being off skates, I always try and stay as included in the league as I am able, so I have always felt part of the team, I still managed to LUM the Fight’s in 2017 and coach our newbies when able. The Fights were so understanding, patient and supportive, allowing me to continue in my role as LUM even when they knew there may be times I would not be able to attend games. I thank them for that as it meant the world to me. And the whole league has been amazing!
How did I prep for this game?
Most would say by going to the gym and pounding cardio and weights, not me…
I’ve prepped for this game by buying face paint, new leggings and some water.
Head down to the Beach Leisure Centre this Saturday (31st March) at 12.30 for two games of amazing Roller Derby!