November 8 double header

Roller derby bout poster - RollpunzelVDL will have a double header game day on Saturday 8 November!

The VDL Sophomores will play Canberra Roller Derby League’s Capital Brawlers, and then the VDL DisHonour Rollers will play Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby’s Steel City Derby Dolls.

These are going to be two exciting games! Make sure you’re there to see them.

Date: Saturday 8 November 2014

Time: doors open 4.30 pm

Where: Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong

Tickets: $15 at the door. Kids under 12 free with a paying adult.

 

Skater Spotlight: Cherrybomb

Cherrybomb. Photo by David Mackie.

Our featured skater loves all things vintage and while she might dress like a Pink Lady off the track, on it she’s all hotrod…it’s Cherrybomb!

 How many years have you been skating?

I’ve been on quads for about a year and a half, I did some inline skating when I was young but Mojo had me in ice skates from the moment I could walk!

How did you get involved in roller derby?

You can blame Reaper Cussions for that one! She told us (Mojo and I) to come to the come and try fresh meat sessions, which happened to fall on Mother’s Day that year, so we did and the rest is history!

What is your favourite position?

Just being on the track! I love to jam but I’ve taken to blocking recently, but I’ll always be a jammer at heart!

What was your best “light-bulb” moment?

Accepting my fate. Once I accepted the fact that “You’re probably going to get hit and it’s probably going to hurt” I could really wrap my head around derby. This is derby after all, and to think any blocker is going to let you sail right through the middle of the pack as a jammer is madness. So once I got over the fear of being hit I could harness my inner derby girl.

Do you have a pre-bout routine?

Red lipstick, winged eyeliner, fishnets and getting my head in the game with a serious amount of 90s electronica and 70s rock music.

Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?

I don’t have one song that gets me amped, more like a giant play list with a combination of my favourite Queen, System of a Down, Prodigy, Led Zeppelin and Fatboy Slim songs.

What was your favourite bout moment?

It’s not an in-game moment as such but it was a very special moment when my Pop came to watch me play my first game of derby…it was a super special moment I’ll never forget!

 

How did you choose your derby name?

 

Well Cherrybomb is the name I blog under, I lifted it from a WWII warplane. I love all things vintage and pinup style so it was only natural to steal from the past!

 

What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations?

 

I skate in Crazy DBX5s with the standard Bruisers (84a), medium hardness bushings and gumball toe stops. I’m up to my fourth pair of wrist guards, my second helmet and my second pair of skates. My advice is take all skate recommendations with a grain of salt. I don’t believe bearings that cost hundreds of dollars make the skater. Try everything out! Don’t just buy a pair of skates because they’re pretty, buy them because they’re comfortable and they suit your skating style and foot. The biggest gear blunder I made was rushing into buying skates when I was broke and buying narrow boots thinking I could cram my wide boat feet into them. Do your research and try everything out, what is terrible for one person could be perfect for you! It’s all about preference ☺

 

What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?

 

Two things: Read the rules! You can’t learn the rules by osmosis, believe me I tried for a while there. Once you understand the rules, you’ll understand derby! (Then you can think up cool ways to bend the rules to your advantage!…did someone say one handed cartwheels across the apex?…) AND Persistence is key. It has taken me my whole derby career to figure out how to do a power slide and a hockey stop. Just because you don’t pick a skill up straight away doesn’t make you a failure, it’s just something to work at! Keep working at it and bit-by-bit you’ll achieve any goal you set yourself!

Did you play sport before derby?

 

I played the sport of broken ankles (netball) all the way through primary school and high school. I also trained in Karate for many years, quitting right before my black belt grading (it made sense at the time!)

 

Who are your derby heroes and why?

 

I don’t think I really have any heroes… I don’t like the idea of a pedestal. I think if there is one person’s derby brain I’d like to download it would have to be Shortstop’s. That woman is raw talent, commitment and skill and I would love to be able to be as versatile as her! Go team short skaters!

 

How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?

 

Short, agile, serving-face.

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Skater Spotlight: Cin-Switch

Cin-Switch: Lady Zeeb!Part of the mighty undefeated Team Zebra, our latest skater spotlight shines on Cin-Switch!

How many years have you been skating?

It will be 3 years in November.

How did you get involved in roller derby?

My employer at the time was Aunty Aggro from CRDL, and she got me into it.

What is your favourite position?

Inside Pack Ref.

What was your best “lightbulb” moment?

When I was learning to do cross overs. I was just cruising around the track and thinking about something else and all of a sudden I realized that I could feel my kneepad on the back of the other knee, and was super excited because I’d never been able to get my legs to cross over enough before!

Do you have a pre-bout routine?

Just, y’know, whatever I feel like at the time.

Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?

Not really; I like to listen to whatever the DJ is playing.

What was your favourite bout moment?

Would have been one of our League Scrimmages, when we had first become a co-ed league. I was a Jam Ref, trying to keep up with my jammer, and one of the male skaters, AstroBoyd I think, was knocked off the track towards the inside, straight at me! My immediate reaction was to put my hands out, grab him, and I basically just chucked him backwards and kept going. Was kinda hilarious when I thought about it afterwards. Good thing I’m not a player or that would have gotten me in trouble!!

How did you choose your derby name?

I was trying to come up with something suitably tough sounding, but Aunty Aggro and Isabelligerant from CRDL laughed at my short list, mostly because I’m not that tough a person, so everything I picked just sounded silly for me. I ended up picking ‘Cinnamon Switchblade’ being as Cinnamon is my favourite spice and switchblades sound tough. But, I figured I needed something shorter, and so I abbreviated it to ‘Cin-Switch’

What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations?

I would recommend Nutcase helmets, absolutely. They have more layers of protective goodness in them and so look bulkier on your head, but they’re comfy. I’d still be wearing one if they made them in the colour I had wanted!!

What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?

If you feel as though you’re not improving, don’t get discouraged. Sometimes it takes a long time to get something set in your head, depending on how many risks you’re willing to let your body take. If you need to do the bootcamp two or three times, that’s fine. It took a year and a half for me to get my White Star, so if you don’t get yours in 8 weeks, that’s okay. <3

Did you play sport before derby?

Nope!

Who are your derby heroes and why?

Game Over and Bonedancer, because they’re both really experienced lady refs, that I think Australian Roller Derby needs!

How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?

“Oi! You! Bad!” (I mess up people’s numbers aaaaaaall the time!)

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