By granitecityrollerderby, Feb 3 2017 10:00AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome our Skater of the Month for February, Line-Up for the Northern Fights, Co-Captain of the Fight Hawks, Pert Hits!

We caught up with her for a chat.

What is your day job?

I'm a teacher. Qualified as a maths teacher but my current post in a social work setting sees me teach other bits and pieces too.

What do you do for fun (besides Derby)?

Other than skating I'm a bit of a craft fiend. Cross stitching, crochet, little bit of knitting... a fair few other things. And whilst it's not a hobby, walking my dog seems like all I ever do these days.

How did you get started in Roller Derby?

One evening I had a passing fancy to go to a roller disco. Quick search on the Internet and whilst there are no roller disco facilities in Aberdeen...there was a roller derby team. Persuaded a friend of mine to come along with me to the intake and that's it. Never looked back.

Do you have any advice for people just starting out?

My advice would be to someone just starting out - NSO. It's a good way to meet more folk in your league, super helpful when it comes to game day but for those looking to compete, its the best way to get a good handle on the rules before you start competing

What's your ideal skate setup?

I know nothing about gear. I'm the worst. I like my metal plates because I'm a bigger lass and feel they are less likely to snap than plastic ones. I skate in Riddell 265 boots. And my wheels are round. ish. Slightly coned. But it's ok.

What is your proudest Derby moment?

Proudest moment? Just one? That's an impossible task! I've been derbying for 6 years. And it seems like each year there's something else to be proud of.

One of my fondest memories was when I was fairly fresh mins passed. And had scrimmed a handful of times. I found the infamous Riot sisters kept gunning for me. Whilst annoying and terrifying, someone told me it's because they found me a threat. I don't even care if that's not true. It's my memory and I'm keeping it!

By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 28 2016 11:01AM

Granite City Roller Derby host their final double header of the year at Aberdeen's Beach Leisure Centre on Saturday 1st October.

Granite's Fight Hawks will be opening the bout, taking to the track against Mean City Roller Derby; and Tier 4 North champions, the Northern Fights, will compete with a mixed Dream Team featuring skaters from across the county. Don't miss it!

Not familiar with the game? There’s a brief explanation of rules, friendly faces, a raffle and plenty of cake!

All proceeds from our cake stall will be going to Aberdeen Cyrenians. As part of their Harvest Appeal we will also be collecting tinned and dried food at this bout - so please bring something along to donate!

Doors open at 12.30pm, first whistle at 1.10pm. Entry is £4 on the door - 12 and unders go free!

Celebrate with GCRD in style at the After Party - 6.00pm at Krakatoa.

See you there!

By granitecityrollerderby, Jun 8 2016 08:17PM

On the 4th June, Granite’s City Roller Derby’s A team played Halifax Bruising Banditas in an exciting game which saw Granite take the win 229 – 155. This was the final game in the British Championships for Granite this year, which sees them undefeated and therefore topping Tier 4 North, with promotion into Tier 3 North next year!

This concludes a successful run for the team, who have gone from strength-to-strength since their re-brand and new teal & grey look at the beginning of the year.

During this year, “The Northern Fights” have travelled far and wide to face Spa Town Roller Girls (238 GCRD -140 STRG) and the Blackpool Roller Coasters (268 GCRD -51 BRC). Granite were also due to play Durham, however, due to circumstances beyond their control Durham had to forfeit the game. Granite instead played a “Dream Team” consisting of players from various leagues across Scotland, and were victorious (324 GCRD – 63 DT).

Co-captain Christine McCartney (aka “Udder Mayhem”) says, “Since we’ve hit the refresh button, with new faces on the team, a new look, a new Tier, and a new perspective, we’ve grown stronger both as individual skaters and as a cohesive team. We are on a roll, and are keen to keep this momentum going into Tier 3 in 2017. We are all very excited, and I’m very proud of the team and what we have managed to achieve this year.”

Even though British Championships have concluded for Granite, the A team will be in action again later in the year. On the 27th August they will face Glasgow Roller Derby’s “Maiden Grrders” and on the 1st October they will face Sheffield Steel Roller Girls “A Team” at home in the Beach Leisure Centre, Aberdeen.

Granite’s B team “The Fight Hawks” are also busy! This Saturday (11th June) they will face Auld Reekie Roller Girls’ “The All Star Rookies” in Edinburgh. The Hawks will also be in action later in the year, with various games lined up both home and away. It is hoped the success will continue for both of the Granite teams throughout 2016!

Image credit: Dave McAleavy,

By granitecityrollerderby, May 24 2016 11:06AM

Granite City are making their way to Harrogate for the final game of their British Championships tournament!

GCRD have had an awesome run in Tier 4 Local North this year, taking the win for all 3 of their games so far. You can always keep up with our scores on, or click on our scores widget on the front page.

The fourth and final game will be against Halifax Bruising Banditas on the 4th of June. As you can see from the entirely accurate artists rendition above, the team are very excited to be hosted by the wonderful Spa Town Roller Girls and check out the delights of North Yorkshire!

You can find the event on facebook and buy tickets now. See you on track!

By granitecityrollerderby, Mar 18 2016 08:50PM

Our next stop for the British Championships is the fabulous seaside town of Blackpool!

Hold onto your milkshakes ladies and gents, because the Fights are riding out once again...

We will be playing the Blackpool Roller Coasters on the 9th of April at Blackpool Sports Centre. Durham will also be playing Spa Town in this double header. Find more info here!

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