What a weekend it’s been! On Sunday 6th July SWAT went to play Big Bucks High Rollers in Buckinghamshire. 20 minutes before the end of our 3 hour journey one of the cars in our convoy (insert Rubber Duck quote here if you are familiar!) broke down! We worked together as a team even before arriving at the venue or anywhere near the track.
A mad dash by the cars at the front ensued as they looped around the M4 back to the broken down vehicle, where refs and NSO’s gallantly gave up their seats for travel team skaters and their kit. Without their sacrifice we wouldn’t have been able to play so a huge thank you to Adam ‘Fireman Slam’ Saunders and Jon ‘Halftone‘ Coyne, we are extremely grateful to our Knights in shining knee pads!
Once at the venue we lost another team member ‘Split Second’ who after being up all night with suspected Gall Stones struggled on to make the journey to the bout so that she wouldn’t let people down! This sign of true grit and determination demonstrates just why she is our inspirational cover girl for our new Fresh Meat Intake. She was promptly told that although we appreciated her being there we would never let her play while in so much pain before even taking a hit from an opponent! She carried on from the side lines and did a fantastic job of bench managing. Now dosed up on codeine she’s back where she belongs, resting up at home!
We finally made it on to the track, where we fought a tough battle against the absolutely awesome might of the Big Bucks Girls. We cannot reveal the score for this one as it was a closed affair but both teams came away feeling incredibly proud of their efforts. S.W.A.T were in awe of the High Roller walls and we’ll be practicing those for sure at our next training session.
We have learnt a lot and will be hoping to put some of it into action at the SW:UK Gladiskaters Double Header Final where we will be facing Dorset Roller Girls and Cornwall Atlantic Breakers will take on Bristol Harbour Harlots B.
This is just one of the reasons why we love Roller Derby; everyone pulls together. Some people missed the bout altogether, sitting in a tow truck for hours to allow others to skate. Our opponents offered to give skaters lifts part of the way home to try and help out and some refused to stay in bed for their own health! There’s not many sports where you see this kind of spirit.
If you want to get involved head over to our event page for Fresh Meat details and grab yourself a pair of skates!! The derby community look forward to skating with you!