East Coast Cyclones v Dublin Roller Derby C

Shit, that came up fast and I didn’t have a chance to write a fawning piece glorifying both teams.  So go, ECC. And you too, DRD.

But of course, really rooting for the home team (let’s go Cyclones, LET’S GO!) and the jersey I wear. To the gym. Haven’t had skates on in a while, but now and then I still like to pretend I’m cool and tough and the vest comes out.

All proceeds at the door will be donated to the Bray Women’s Refuge. It’s €5 spectator entry, under 16s FREE as usual but please feel free to be as generous as you like on the day. No ATM on site unfortunately, so please, bring cash and lots of change!

Find out more about their very important work here:

http://www.braywomensrefuge.com/

All event times and updates to come can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/891879151018863/

Digital bout programme will be available Friday night- link will be posted on Facebook, Twitter etc along with a link in the Main Menu here on this website.

Looking forward to day of superb derby, see you there!

 

 

 

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We Got Game

Its been a while since anything new was added to the blog, but shite, we all have lives right? And between work, studying and Other Stuff (I won’t say training, ‘cos that’d be an out and out lie), its been tricky to find a minute to post an update.

So what’s going on with glorious ECC these days?

Saturday, 28th April

Waterford Viqueens are hosting “Victory or Valhalla” at the Kingfisher, Waterford City. A slightly different tournament in terms of structure and rules- each game will be 20 minutes long, one point per scoring pass and no run backs/recycling.  Might have seen something somewhere about jams running the full 2 minutes and no calling it off but I could also be making that up. Six leagues will go head to head and all out for sweat, blood and glory- a convoy of ECC are heading down Friday night which means they’ll be well-watered and well-rested- watch out!

First whistle, 10am, fiver at the door for spectators, kids under 12 go free.  More on Facebook, search out Waterford Viqueens- I’m in work and FB is blocked so I can’t get the link to paste.

Saturday, 12th May

How about this one? ECC are off to Italia, at the invitation of the wonderful Crimson Vipers of Bergamo.  We’ve just about a full squad heading over and it should be great craic. If I were going (and not skating), I’d be live Tweeting all the fun stuff but unfortunately I’m not- I’ll be on the plane the day before heading in the other direction, booooooh!

https://www.facebook.com/events/199844890615085 (got this link out of Google)

Friday, 18th May (tbc)

Intraleague in back! The Hail Marys v The Lightning Strikers in their thrilling second bout. Read all about the super-humiliating take-down of the Lightning Strikers at the inaugural game here:

https://eccrollerderby.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/well-that-was-fun/

Turns out there was blood spilt that night, someone got a split lip I believe. Or possibly a splinter. Either way, revenge is nigh and we’ll be pleading for some refs and NSO’s to keep a lid on things. Watch this space (date subject to people finally getting back to other people with their availability. And whether or not they actually want to play.).

Monday 21st/28th May

Freshmeat 2018 Part 1 wraps up with the much-beloved Minimum Skills assessment. We’ve got Freshies. Will we soon have Rookies? I’ve seens some skillz out there, so pretty sure that we’ll be adding some more new talent to our growing derby family.

Freshmeat 2018 Part 2 is expected to start September, to be preceded by a couple of open skate/information session nights mid August. Once we have dates sussed, we’ll post here, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a poster up on noticeboard or two. Probably Costa and Tesco Bray. The other half usually slips one onto the board in Dell Cherrywood too, so you can’t say we didn’t tell ya.

The Rematch: ECC v “The FireQueens”

Beautiful Bray’s beautiful East Coast Cyclones will take on the combined and fabulous fury of Cork City Firebirds and Waterford City Viqueens, bouting as “The FireQueens” Saturday 23rd September in Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones, Co. Wicklow.

This is “THE REMATCH”. Last time we played The FireQueens, back in April, we lost…. boooo… but with some new tricks up our sleeve, fresh young blood (who have managed to get our team age average down to the mid-30s…) and a renewed “groove” we’re pretty certain we can turn that around this game ;).  Hear us ROAAAAAARRRRRRRR! Yeah okay, calm down there now.

Equally as awesome as playing our southern buddies from An Déise and The Rebel County, we have the venue for the whole day! Which means potential for lots and lots of roller derby! Instead of the usual second bout (for which we have no opponent anyway), we’re thinking about hosting a “Co-Ed Sur5al”. We’ve never done it before but here’s the gist:

Sur5al rules are slightly different than normal derby play:

  • Teams of 5 skaters play each other once in a full 2 minute jam
  • There’s no calling off the jam
  • For each jam, 5 points are awarded for a win, 2 points for a draw and zero points for a loss, additionally each lead jammer status earns 1 point (max of 6 points can be awarded per Jam)
  • Major penalties are assessed by having the skater yield 10 feet behind the pack but penalties are COUNTED and the 7th penalty will result in fouling out.  You can skate as low as 3 players and after that you have to forfeit any remaining games
  • The winners are the team with the highest number of Sur5al points

And how many officials are needed? Not sure but we think at least…

  • A minimum of 4 skating refs
  • A jam timer x 1, scorekeepers x 2, score updater x 1 and an announcer (would be amazing…)

How many teams can participate?

  • Also not sure but we’ll figure it out as we gather numbers and work out the leftover time that we’ll have after the first bout.
  • We have a query in with the genius inventors of Sur5al, the Royal Windsor Rollergirls and they say up to 9 teams can play in 2 hours but we need to think about that too as we’re fairly sure we won’t have 9 teams!!

So right now we are taking Expression of Interest- register here if you’re up for it and we’ll be in touch as we know more!

https://goo.gl/forms/wkhds6QOL4J7CxKG2

Also happy to take advice, abuse and derision from those who have hosted Sur5al before if we’re totally mad or totally wrong in any or all of our assumptions!

 

Bout Day! ECC v The Rec-Oning

Bout Day! It’s been and gone. East Coast Cyclones took on the seriously mighty Rookies of Limerick Roller Derby and Pigtown Boys- “The Rec-Oning”- and wow, did we lose our shirt!! We got trounced, badly. Really great stuff but shit, we need to examine the video to see what made you guys so good and us so crap!! Okay, not crap, but certainly less awesome! A combo of amazing offence from ye and poor reactions from us contributed I suspect! Regardless, we’ll learn from it!!

Thank you so much guys for making the trip up and thank you everyone who helped out- hopefully you saw your name mentioned in our online bout programme – here. It will be hidden again in a day or so, to be re-purposed for a later bout date!!

Final score: 234 to 101… Hmm. And congrats again!! 🙂

We hope to be back on track bouting someone 23rd September.  We could do with an opponent however- anyone want to play us?! Contact us on eastcoastcyclones@gmail.com or get us through our Facebook page, here:

https://www.facebook.com/eastcoastcyclones/

Summer Scrimmin’

 

Time for scrim! It had been a while but East Coast Cyclones and visitors Boomtown Rollers got down to some fun co-ed scrimmage last Friday evening, 21st July- well done new Rookies on both teams and everyone else who took on new roles for the night! Hel Razor as ECC Captain, Purple Hayez and Fanny Pack as pack boss, Jenna and Jamangi on alternate, lineup and bench coach, Foxy and Nip as blockers for Boomtown! Some of us, ie just me aka Mass T-Struction aka Pantichrist (my only clean black top on Friday) were too out practice to step far outside the comfort zone so happily blocked all night. Will jam next time, I swear.

It was a close fought bout- I can’t remember the exact score but Team Black ECC won by only a few points. It was a learning experience for all- and that includes the experienced players as it had been a while since we all scrimmaged together.

Thank you everyone – Jenna Tail Ya and Jamangi for lineup and bench coach, Boomie skaters for making the trip out to us, thank you Duracell, Peanuts and Nutritional Beast for awesome (and instructional) reffing, thank you Ciara River Slam, Darren F, Luca-son-of-Foxy and Rian-brother-of-Saoirse for all the hard NSO work. Did I get everyone? Comments box below is available for updates and abuse.

Award winners on the night:

East Coast Cyclones

  • Saoirse Ni Mathuna aka “S ‘n’ M”, MVP
  • Piercy Galore, Best Blocker
  • Scrambled Heggs, Best Jammer

Whooohooo, go ECC!

Boomtown Rollers

  • Ed Banger, MVP
  • Tinacious T, Best Blocker
  • I’da Boss, Best Jammer

That was a blast, can’t wait to do it again soon.