VIDEO: Thrills and spills at roller derby as Dorset Roller Girls star in double header

Bournemouth Echo: VIDEO: Thrills and spills at roller derby as Dorset Roller Girls star in double header VIDEO: Thrills and spills at roller derby as Dorset Roller Girls star in double header

DORSET ladies strapped on their skates and took on the might of Plymouth in a roller derby double header last weekend.

Equipped with helmets and pads, sparkly hot pants, glitter stripes and an inflatable dinosaur, Dorset Roller Girls hosted Plymouth City Roller Girls and two other teams at the Sir David English Sports Centre in Bournemouth for an afternoon of full-contact thrills.

Following a surge of interest in the early 2000s roller derby now has fans and players across the UK and beyond, with many hoping it might one day become an Olympic sport.

The Dorset girls, who narrowly lost their Heartland Series bout 145 to 154 on Saturday, are currently ranked 46th out of 357 teams in Europe.

Charlie Simonds, known on the track as Cannon Fire, founded the team back in 2011 and said it had been remarkably easy recruiting players to take part in the fast paced and physical sport.

“I’ve been impressed with how brave people are. Some of our team had never skated before they joined and are now among our top players,” she said.

“The main thing for us is the camaraderie. As soon as you step into your first roller derby session you have made 30 new friends who are always going to be there for you.

“But it is also a chance to get fit in a way which is so much more fun than going to the gym.

“I started the group after moving back home from London and I get extremely county-proud, flying the flag for Dorset.”

In roller derby two teams compete on an oval track in two 30 minute bouts, with each team’s ‘jammers’ trying to lap members of the opposing team while avoiding the ‘blockers’.

After enjoying worldwide popularity in the 1950s and 60s, the sport was reborn in Texas a decade ago and has since spread worldwide.

Dorset Roller Girls jammer Nasreen El-Mariesh added: “One of the great things about roller derby is that anyone over 18 can get involved. You don’t even need to know how to skate.

“It is great fun playing as part of a team and working out a winning strategy.”

Dorset Roller Girls train at 2 Riversmeet in Christchurch on Wednesday evenings and the Sir David English Sports Centre on Sunday afternoons.

To get involved visit www.facebook.com/dorsetrollergirls

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7:45pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Pawnstrar says...

elite50 wrote:
The opening line on this story is not right.
Having seen a roller derby (once) it is highly unlikely that any "lady" would join in!
How dare you run down Dorset Roller Girls. They are the best group of ladies you would ever want to meet
Roller derby teams have so much respect for each other in and off the track. They support each other, help out with family and friends.
Saturday's event was completely organised and run by members of DRG . Everything from venue hire, advertising and promotion, even making cakes to sell to raise funds.
The members of DRG are from all walks of life, students, business women and mothers. Please don't judge them on one contact with derby
The home crowd on Saturday were so loud and supportive of all the teams involved that the referees had to wear ear plugs to help them concentrate. And there was no trouble and no one argues with the referees. You can't say that about football
Good luck DRG in your next game
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: The opening line on this story is not right. Having seen a roller derby (once) it is highly unlikely that any "lady" would join in![/p][/quote]How dare you run down Dorset Roller Girls. They are the best group of ladies you would ever want to meet Roller derby teams have so much respect for each other in and off the track. They support each other, help out with family and friends. Saturday's event was completely organised and run by members of DRG . Everything from venue hire, advertising and promotion, even making cakes to sell to raise funds. The members of DRG are from all walks of life, students, business women and mothers. Please don't judge them on one contact with derby The home crowd on Saturday were so loud and supportive of all the teams involved that the referees had to wear ear plugs to help them concentrate. And there was no trouble and no one argues with the referees. You can't say that about football Good luck DRG in your next game Pawnstrar
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8:08pm Thu 10 Jul 14

IMerkYou says...

Can't believe any of you replied! The best way to deal with trolls is to talk around them like they do not exist. They thrive on the response and they love the attention because they have a hole to fill. Quite sad really. I haven't even read their previous comments on here because I already know what they will say. This one is always on here trolling so don't take it personal.

Oh by the way, I would love to come and watch some of this roller derby stuff when you are about next. :)
Can't believe any of you replied! The best way to deal with trolls is to talk around them like they do not exist. They thrive on the response and they love the attention because they have a hole to fill. Quite sad really. I haven't even read their previous comments on here because I already know what they will say. This one is always on here trolling so don't take it personal. Oh by the way, I would love to come and watch some of this roller derby stuff when you are about next. :) IMerkYou
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