Yesterday, 3 Surrey Rollergirls took part in the popular roller derby tournament, Sur5al: Rookie Riot! Joined by other skaters from the Basingstoke Bullets and Milton Keynes’ Grid City Division, team Fox Force 5 came a very respectable 3rd out of 15 teams.
The round-robin-style tournament was created by the Royal Windsor Rollergirls back in April 2012 and has had a variety of different themes over the past 18 months, including Sur5al for Boys and Sur5al Remix. Each event has proved to be a huge hit with leagues across the UK, with places being filled almost immediately. But it’s not just the UK who’s gone mad for it – Sur5al has even been hosted internationally, with one weekend seeing Sur5al taking place in 3 continents!
Sur5al is a one-day roller derby challenge made up of 15 teams of 5, who all play each other once over the course of the day. Each jam lasts a full two minutes (it cannot be called off); 5 points are awarded to the winning team, 2 points for a draw and 0 for a loss. 1 point is also awarded to each lead jammer.
Sur5al Rookie Riot proved to be a really fun day out and it was great to see so many supporters there, cheering on their favourite teams! We loved seeing everyone get into the spirit of things – there were face-paints on offer throughout the day, delicious cupcakes to try, a fully licensed bar and fantastic raffle prizes to be won! What more could you want!?
At the end of the tournament, the overall positions were announced along with the awards! Kent Rollergirls were crowned the Ultimate Sur5ors, with London Rollergirls Rec League coming second and our team third! Awards were also given out for other things, including the highest scoring jam (awarded to 3 players who all scored 30 points, including Fox Force 5’s very own Hest, aka Slapdash!), and the most legal jammer takeouts!We’d like to say a huge thank you to Windsor Rollergirls for hosting the event and for everyone who came to support us on the day!
For more information about Sur5al, or to host your own event, contact the Windsor Rollergirls on Sur5al@windsorrollergirls.com
Gnarly Brown Xx