Friday, 24 September 2010

An Apology, and A Request

Firstly, an apology for neglecting the Round-Up Bout in recent months.  As some of you may know, I'm currently living in Canada, which has made keeping on top of the UKRD scene a little hard.  In addition to the physical distance, I also received some really exciting news, and it looks like my first book is about to be published (not about Roller Derby I'm afraid!)

And so ... I will be taking a little time away from the Round-Up Bout and am looking for a new editor to take over the blog and the Facebook site.

If you'd like to take over, please email me via Facebook, and hopefully we can step into a second year of the RUB with a fresh new voice of UK Roller Derby.

Thanks guys, I've had a great year here at the Round-Up Bout,

Derby Love
Jet Stepper xxx

Friday, 13 August 2010

Rainy City announce November Bootcamp -

Word's out about World of Derby - a two day bootcamp, hosted by Rainy City Rollergirls.

The camp is for intermediate and advanced skaters, and will take place on the 27th and 28th November, at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury.

Tickets are in sale NOW and limited, so get to THIS LINK asap!!!

Backyard Brawl - A Round Up of Wakey Wheeled Cats first Intra-League Bout

Thanks to Linda LuMardy for this awesome round-up of the Wheeled Cats' first Intra-league bout.

THERE was a nail-biting finish in Wakey Wheeled Cats’ first intra-league roller derby bout but it was Alley Cats who triumphed 108-101 thanks to a tactical display against their Stray Cats rivals.
Skaters from the Wakefield club were joined by guest skaters from Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls and Liverpool Roller Birds to form two evenly-matched teams in the clash at Dewsbury Sports Centre.
It was the Alleys who took the lead from the first jam, but the Strays fought hard, almost getting back on to level terms several times in the first period and at one point clawing back 11 points in a single jam.
But strong game play from Alley jammers Wheelie, Invincibeel and Exacutie, and tactical play from pivots Bruise and Fu had the Alleys 50-36 up by the 12th jam.
The next two jams proved crucial for the Strays, with Daneurysm and Snarles keeping persistent Alley jammer Soaps at bay long enough for Stray Jewel to get lead jammer, who called off the jam before the Alleys were able to score.
Stray jammer Pandora brought the team’s points up to 56 in the next jam, just trailing to the Alleys’ 58.
However, in the final jam of the first period the Alleys were back on form as fierce blocking stopped Strays jammer Sophierce in her tracks, allowing Alley’s Soaps to take lead jammer status and make the half-time score 62-56.
Both teams picked up their game in the second half, which saw much more tactical play but more time in the penalty box as skaters fought their way to get ahead.
Lots of falls resulted in a messy first jam, with trips to the penalty box for Stray Cats Alabama, Pandora, Daneurysm, Snarles and Sophierce within the first four jams.
This allowed the Alleys to gain a 15-point advantage – the majority of which were picked up in the second jam thanks to strong tactical calls by pivot Fu and excellent blocking by Whipcrash, who kept jammer Pandora at bay.
But the tide turned and the Alleys started the seventh jam with three players in the penalty box, Wheelie, Purr Evil and Invincibeel, and Stray jammer Dia took full advantage to claw back points.
Clever tactics got the Alleys back on track in the next jam, with lead jammer Feline calling off the jam before Stray’s Pandora had the chance to score and as the game entered its final quarter Alleys led 92-78.
The tenth jam saw both teams employing tactical play and Alley jammer Exacutie found the going difficult with Stray Cats jammer, Pandora, inhabiting the box for a full minute, pivot LuMardy keeping the pace fast and stray blockers Mallory and Snarles using big hits to keep Exacutie back.
When back on the track, a determined Pandora bagged nine points for Strays, pushing her own team member to the floor to help reduce the deficit to 103-91.
The gap was closed further still in the 13th jam, blocker Mallory stopping Alley jammer Wheelie from scoring, and the game remained in the balance at 103-101 going into the penultimate jam.
However, Alleys regained the initiative thanks to Purr Evil’s haul of five points despite strong blocking from Daneurysm and LuMardy.
Despite Strays speeding-up the pack under pivot Edd Hunter in the final jam, Invincibeel fought through to gain lead jammer status, seizing the all-important ability to call off the jam, with Pandora ready to score, and thus clinch victory for her team.

Visit to watch a video of clips from the bout.

Scar Wash!

Who?  Central City Rollergirls vs Sheffield Steel Rollergirls
When?  Saturday 4th September, 12pm
Where? Cocks Moors Woods, Kings Heath, Birmingham

Happy 75th Birthday Roller Derby!

The sport is officially 75 years old ... eeek!!

Check out what Jerry Seltzer, son of Leo Seltzer, the man credited with inventing RD, has to say about the special anniversary HERE!

Let's party!!!!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A Hard Day's Fight

Liverpool Roller Girls are set to host their first home bout !

When? November 13th, 2pm
Where?  Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool

Skate Fest 2010!

If you live anywhere near the Midlands ... check out Skate Fest - 2 weeks of open-air roller entertainment, music and culture!  Skatefest launches in Birmingham on August 14th, check out for more details.

Take the Euroderby Survey ...

Check out for a survey about the development of all the European Roller Derby leagues, or just click HERE!

Introducing Hot Wheel Roller Derby

Introducing West Yorkshire's newest Roller Derby League!  Hot Wheel Roller Derby are recruiting!!

Check out their Facebook Page and their Website, for more details!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Space Jam

Leicester's Dolly Rockit Rollers have announced their first bout!
They will be hosting two bouts in one, made up of mixed teams from all over the country.

When? August 14th 2010, 12 noon - 4pm
Where? Leicester Leys Leisure Centre
More details HERE

New International Derby Roster

Check out Roller Derby Worldwide - an up-to-date list of all the leagues across the globe!

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Awesome Article on Last Month's Tournament in Aberdeen

Sorry it's taken me so long to post this link, but check out THIS AWESOME ARTICLE El Toupee tracked down in The Press & Journal :)

Junior Roller Derby Workshop

MSlap bang in the middle of the holidays, Manchester Roller Derby will take your younglins and put them through their paces with 5 x 4 hour days of skate training drills and exercises to push them above and beyond minimum skills requirements.

This is open to anyone under 18 with parental consent. 

Just £30 per skater for the whole week, the workshop is 10am-2pm daily, followed by public skate 2-4pm. All workshop skaters can stay for public skate at no extra charge.

Places are limited email to book your spot.

When? Monday August 9th until Friday 13th August

Where? Arcadia, Levenshulme, Manchester

Wack 'Em

As if one bout a month from the Rainy City Roller Girls wasn't enough!
RCRG's 'Manchester Motley Crew' will be playing the Stuttgart Valley Roller Girlz in a jam packed, hip checking, shoulder blocking bout on Saturday 24th July.
Come on down to the Rainy's home base and watch what is sure to be a fantastic game!

2 teams
60 minutes 
and not a Vuvuzela in sight (or sound!)

Adult adv. £8
Concession* (students/ mature derby fans) £6
Under 10's: free

Adults on the door £10
* all concession tickets must provide proof of concession on door.

Doors open: 3pm
Bout starts: 4pm

Get your tickets from the friendly RCRG derby Girls or by 
clicking the eventbrite link:

Live Roller Derby HITS Sheffield ...

... or should I say SMASHES??!!!

Sheffield Steel Rollergirls take on Newcastle Rollergirls in their debut bout - SMASHDANCE!

When? Saturday July 24th, 3pm-7pm
Where? Ponds Forge International Sheaf Street, Sheffield

Check out This Is Roller Derby!

Introducing the Portsmouth Roller Wenches

Welcoming another new league into the UK Roller Derby fold ... great to see UKRD getting bigger and better all the time :)

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

New Roller Derby in Manchester ....

Sometimes one league just isn't enough!

Manchester Roller Derby are a new league, actively recruiting in the Manchester area.

Check out their Facebook group here for more details.

Good luck girls xxx