Ever wanted to take part in a team sport? Haven’t found the right one for you? Why not give roller derby a try?
Surrey Roller Girls is a gender inclusive roller derby team based in Guildford and we are looking for new recruits. Never put a pair of skates on? No problem, we will get you rolling in no time.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM
Freshmeat & Greet (Free session)
A chance to meet the lovely people of Surrey Roller Girls and see some up-close derby action with running commentary and explanations throughout
Learn to Skate (£5 Pay as you go)
29th September, 6th October and 13th October
3 sessions where the skaters of SRG will teach you how to skate from scratch whilst you get to grips with having wheely feet. We will introduce the theory and rules behind roller derby. You will have to attend at least 2 of these sessions to progress to the next stage of fresh-meat
Freshmeat (£25 up front)
20th October, 27th October
1st December, 8th December, 15th December
6 sessions where will teach you everything you need to know about roller derby to become a badass on 8 wheels.
Basic kit can be borrowed on a first come first served basis.you MUST be over 18 to participate.
More details will follow soon. In the mean-time ask any questions you want on this page.
Lots of Love
Betty Biohazard (Rachael)
Head of New Skaters
Without a doubt the most fun name to cheer on, this week's skater is far from anonymous. Even when opposition skaters Converge on her she's sure to be a solid defendant, and certainly never lifeless... it's Jane Doe a Go-Go!
On track and off, Go-Go is the kind of person that holds teams together. Previously a skater with Sheffield Steel Rollergirls (and if you're reading this, no, you can't have her back) she's dependable, thoughtful, and an awesome person to be on track with.
When others around her have been injured or in need of help, Go-Go will be the first person to send a care package and really look out for her team-mates. And it certainly doesn't hurt that she'll show up to bouts and practices well prepared with almost anything the team might be short of.
This year, Go-Go was elected the first ever captain for our new intraleague team, Hardcore Fawn, a role we can immediately foresee her excelling at. When it comes to tactics and awareness on track, Go-Go is very much the person to trust. She makes strong derby decisions not just for herself, but while guiding newer skaters along with her. At practice, she can keep any drill enjoyable without sacrificing anything in terms of determination and hard work. And when coaches keep using the word "facilitate" to describe helping others succeed, they might as well mean "be more like Go-Go"; she is above all else a team player.
Unfortunately, when you write about how thoughtful someone is, sometimes it makes it easy to underestimate them as a skater. So let's end by making sure this is 100% clear:
GO-GO BLOCKS LIKE A BOSS.
Apologies! It's been a while since we've shared a featured skater. We knew who we wanted to write about, it's just we kinda had too many things we wanted to say.
This week's skater will sett off to cull the opposition whether in black or white. Never one to hibernate and always looking out for our newest cubs, it's Evil Badger!
Badger has been with Surrey since the beginning, and it's safe to say she's had a massive impact on the league in that time. Serving as a director, she's constantly on the ball - keeping everyone around her organised and working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we are running smoothly. And outside of Surrey, Badger is a well known face in the derby community, an advocate for co-ed derby and the first contact many of us had with the league; we're so, so proud to have her representing us.
Organisation isn't her only strength though; as a coach Badger has brought back loads of advice and techniques from bootcamps and rollercon - under-the-body whips remaining our firm favourite. At practice, Badger has helped every single skater round about her make improvements and push themselves a little bit further, from attempting their first crossovers to nailing their position in a wall. She probably won't appreciate me mentioning that she's considered our "team mum", but she's absolutely someone we can all trust for support.
On track, Badger's abilities speak for themselves. She's a strong, adaptable and hard-hitting blocker who is utterly terrifying whether doing offense or defence. As a pivot or jammer, she's more than capable of leaving a wall in fragments, and we can't wait to see her don the star even more often. And if you think she's already tough, you'll be pleased to learn she's started lifting weights ;)
Badger isn't just about the big hits though - when it comes to tactics and communication, she'll bring a wall together on track and genuinely help everyone work as a team. We're so excited to see what we can achieve with her as our vice captain this year :D
This week's featured skater effervesces with enthusiasm and explodes with energy. Changing state between jammer and solid blocker, she'll dissolve opposition walls and corrode their iron defence. An effective catalyst for improvement throughout the team... it's Emily Reacts!
Emily has spent time skating with both Surrey Rollergirls and the Romsey Rollerbillies, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience along with her, which is particularly appreciated in her elected role as a director of the league this year.
On track she's an incredible double threat, able to quickly transition from power jamming to sticking into a solid wall. More than that though, Emily has a great head for tactics and communication; she constantly helps everyone around her to be more effective.
That continues off-track and at practice, where Emily is a vital member of the coaching team. We love that her sessions are focussed, exhausting and from time-to-time, pirate themed! Emily was voted our team's "Biggest Planker" for her endurance and athleticism - she's the kind of person who can casually show up to practice having just popped out to run a couple of miles - and we can't wait to see what fresh pain she has in store for us this year :D
Emily Reacts is also our Skater of the Week because of the awesome work and effort she has put into our fresh meat program. We'll be gearing up for a new skater intake beginning in April, so look out for more news about how you can be involved!
This week's skater will Court And Spark you as she lands hits on Both Sides Now. She's All I Want to Help Me with some killer offense as we play The Circle (well, more of an oval) Game. Taking a Big Yellow Taxi to a scrimmage near you... it's Moni Bitchell!
Moni Bitchell is our Skater of the Week because when invited to try for her 27 laps in 5 minutes with no warning at all on Saturday, she got on track, dug in, and absolutely smashed it. Not that we were suprised - Moni is not known for giving up on a challenge.
Off track, Moni is a caring derby wife to our own BatOuttaHell and a thoughtful and encouraging friend and team-mate to the rest of us. On track? She is FIERCE. Moni hits hard, and is constantly improving as a tough blocker and strong jammer. And when she does go down, she'll get straight back up and into the action.
We're excited to see what Moni will achieve on track this year, and to post pictures of the awesome bruises she'll leave us on Facebook <3
This week, we're excited to announce our upcoming course for new skaters, which will be starting in Easter. If you've ever fancied giving derby a try, or if you've been to one of our previous courses and want to refresh your skills, this is your chance! And if you want some inspiration for where the fresh meat course can get you, just take a look at this week's featured skater.
Weeding out jammers and a thorn in the side of blockers, this skater is definitely not a delicate flower. Watch out, because she's done the maths and she's got your number - it's Rose CruncHer!
Rose CruncHer joined the league as a new skater in 2014, and immediately developed a reputation for being hard working and determined. Her speed and footwork quickly impressed, and when it came to minimum skills her backwards lap was easily one of the fastest we've seen. She has continued to hone her skills as strong blocker and a nimble jammer, and we were incredibly proud to vote her our Best Newcomer of 2014.
Rose CruncHer is our skater of the week following her great performance at Basingstoke's mixed bout this weekend, leaving us all excited to be on track with her in 2015 :D
This year, we're keen to showcase some of our fantastic Surrey skaters, both new and more experienced.
First up, we have a skater who has pounced into the derby world, lands purrrrrfect hits, and is always hot on the opposition's tail - it's Crazy Cat Lady!
After making waves last year, we were very pleased to see Crazy Cat Lady awarded our Best Jammer prize for 2014. And we're sure we have another great year to look forward to, when she will be vice captaining our new intra-league team The Hart Attacks.
Even off track it seems like Crazy Cat Lady never stops to remove her skates, and whether at a park or a roller disco, she's always the first to talk complete strangers into trying roller derby - so it's no surprise she's also our head of recruitment!
As if that wasn't enough Crazy Cat Lady has also taken to coaching, and after her kick-ass session on Power Jamming last week, we definitely feel glad to have her!
So, thanks Claire for being Surrey's first Skater of the Week for 2015! Look out for another one of our talented members next week!
2015 has just begun, and we're already setting up for the most exciting year of roller derby the UK has seen so far. For the first time, teams right across the country will be competing in the British Championships, and we're incredibly excited to announce that Surrey will be taking part!
Last year saw the team skating in the Heartlands Series, finishing a respectable 5th in the South West division after a nail-biting victory over the Basingstoke Bullets. While the Heartlands Series featured 24 different teams, the British Championships will see a whopping 71 teams battling it out. We'll be skating in the Local South Central division, against Hell's Belles, Vendetta Vixens, Coventry City and Bedfordshire Rollergirls. Tough competition, but after our fantastic end to 2014 we're feeling more than up to the challenge!
Our first bout will be in Coventry on the 12th April, when we'll be facing off against the Vendetta Vixens - make sure to stick that in your diary! You can follow our fixtures and progress through our British Championship Profile, by reading this blog, or as always by liking us on Facebook.
Wish us luck!
Starting this recap off like that really doesn't do justice to just how epic the first bout of the South West division of the 2014 Heartland series really was. Two bouts, four teams, and a handful of Stormtroopers courtesy of the UK Garrison of the 501st Legion made Episode 1: The Flat Track Menace truly out of this world.
In this, the first of a year full of bouts for the Heartland South West division, Severn Roller Torrent took on Wiltshire Roller Derby, while the hosts Surrey Roller Girls fought hard against Dorset Roller Girls.
SRT have a prestigious history within the Heartland series, being the unbeaten champions last year. The last time WRD met SRT, Severn were the dominant force, beating Wiltshire by 281 points. Nerves were obviously running high in the Wiltshire camp, as early penalty trouble for both jammers and blockers meant that SRT picked up a very early lead, putting 29 points on the board before WRD were even able to score. Despite Wiltshire putting up a valiant fight, the SRT Wall of Doom proved too tough for their jammers to break through with the first half finishing 154 – 5 in favour of SRT.
Despite the first jam back being strong for WRD, the second half played out much the same for Wiltshire. A small team of 11 skaters for Wiltshire, paired with SRT working their jammers hard, meant that WRD were never able to get a foothold. Another couple of big power jams finished off Wiltshire’s chances, and the bout finished on an eye-watering 333 – 17 to SRT. It was a great start to their campaign to retain their crown this year.
From two teams who had a history, to two unknown quantities. Dorset Roller Girls and Surrey Roller Girls had never met on track before, and neither team have many public games on the books. The hosts, SRG, turned up the theatrics with a Stormtrooper-led skate out, surely the first of its kind. However, DRG weren’t phased, and picked up lead in the first jam to grab an early 15-0 lead. Both teams got into early penalty trouble, with the box full of blockers SRG for several jams in a row, Unfortunately for Surrey, their jammer also got into penalty trouble, allowing DRG to get several power jams. Strong walls from Dorset meant that the half finished with a 155-32 lead for DRG.
Surrey were a different team in the second half, with stronger walls and faster jamming allowing them to begin to close in on DRG’s lead. Both teams continued to run in to penalty trouble, and this lead to two foul-outs, the first for Dorset’s Flash Gaudion, followed by Just Jess for SRG. Surrey fought to get over 100 points, but it looked like it was all over until a last minute time out was called, giving them one final jam. An error from the DRG jammer gave Surrey a power jam, and they took full advantage of it, smashing the century and ending the bout on 119 to Dorset’s 236.
Surrey once again put on a great show, and as a member of SRG I was once again proud to see how well put together the bout was, and how smoothly it ran. The score lines for each bout definitely don’t do justice to how exciting and fast-paced they were, and it was an amazing start to the South West division of the Heartland series, which is bigger and better than ever. Also, a big shout out to the refs and NSOs, who did an amazing job officiating two fast and furious bouts.
The next bout in the South West division is on Sunday 30th March, at Leisure@ Cheltenham. Dorset will try to knock down the unbeaten Severn, and Basingstoke and Plymouth will face off in their first game of the tournament.
Sylvia Bloodbath xx
Tickets for our first home bout of the season - The Heartland Series 2014 South West Opener - are ON SALE NOW!! Click here to buy your tickets!
Come and watch FOUR teams battle it out on the track:
Surrey Roller Girls vs Dorset Roller Girls
Wiltshire Roller Derby vs Severn Roller Torrent
Episode 1: The Flat Track Menace takes place at the Spectrum in Guildford on Sunday 16th February at 3.15pm. Tickets cost £7 in advance or £8 on the door and children under 12 go FREE!
We'll also have lots of goodies available from several vendors on the day, including Roll With It and our very own merch stall.
Here's a little teaser of what to expect from the Heartland Series this year....