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Dunedin Derby was created by a group of passionate skaters in April 2010, now ready to put Dunedin on the map in this dynamic, athletic, all-inclusive, and entertaining women’s sport.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

A fresh(ie) perspective - By Victoria Paul

Sorry everyone, we only just got back from the nationals roller derby event Derby Royale in Palmerston North this afternoon so todays blogpost is a little late, but better than never! Come back next week to find out more about derby royale, we'll have something up for you all ASAP. For now, check out this post from one of our amazing freshmeat (soon to be stale meat) who put together this lovely post for you all, on her experiences as a DD freshie.

        Hi, my name is Vicky and let’s just say this year I have become all about roller derby.
I initially decided to come along for a look as one of my friends wanted to join but didn’t want to go alone. I am very clumsy in everyday life so thought it would be worth a laugh. I showed up at one of the family skate days and put on some skates, having no previous experience on skates, I was naive in thinking that it would be easy. Needless to say a few painful hours later and I had just learnt to stand let alone roll around the track. I went home thinking that maybe this wasn’t for me, but decided to come along to the first class of the fresh meat intake and try my luck.

I was glad to see that most of the other girls (and boy), that turned up looked just as nervous as I was. The first thing that I noticed was how the teachers skated around so effortlessly. They looked like they had been born on skates. After a bit of reassurance that in a few years I too may be that awesome, I stuck with it. Week by week the group of us slowly got better. There were exciting triumphs along the way, from the first time we learned to successfully do a T-stop, to the first time we gave a whip. I was just as excited to see the progress of my fellow fresh meat classmates as I was to see my own progress.

There are so many things that I would love to talk about in depth including how exciting it was when everyone started to get their own derby gear. I remember sitting on the benches admiring everybody’s new gear and the “cool colours” it came in. But because I don’t have much time I will talk about my most memorable time. It was going along to watch/NSO my first scrimmage game. I don’t know how good I was at NSOing because I spent half the time gawking at the league girls. The way they would take a hit, be knocked to the ground and get straight back up again, catch up to the pack and give as good as they got. I could see the determination not to let their team members down. The sisterhood I saw between the derby girls is defiantly something I want to be a part of.

Getting involved with Dunedin Derby has been one of the best things I have done. I have challenged myself in so many ways this year. I have learned more about derby than I ever thought possible (WFTDA rules included, sigh). Whether it be talking to someone in the street about roller derby or telling my friends and family about my progress, I feel proud to say that I am apart of roller derby in Dunedin and am aspiring to be part of the league some day in the future.
 - Victoria Paul

Check out our latest youtube video for some awesome hits from the Triple Beheader earlier this year in anticipation of our derby royale post next week!

Derby love

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Mid-game facial expressions - Round 2!

We has such an awesome response to our initial post of mid-game derby facial expressions that we thought we would treat you all to another round! Who has been captured on camera this time!?

May Maim....herself as is often the case

The face warp

LOL must balance around apex!

The concentration face

Little Yellow Jacket, love it! :)

Toxic princess, this is a keeper!
Sister Strychnine, winner winner chicken dinner!

We see you in the background Minxy ;)

And we see you in the corner too Rocket! ;)

Hope that brought a smile to your face on your Monday morning. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for amazing and funny skating related videos!

Watch out for us at NZ nationals Derby Royale!!!
Much derby love

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Frances Dodgkins on living, loving and leaving Dunedin Derby

I joined freshmeat with Dunedin Derby in November 2011. Initially, I had dreams of becoming a bad ass derby girl but soon realised that it would take a lot of hard work to get there. I hadn’t skated since I was at primary school and my first training session was horrific. I only managed to skate two laps before I was on the ground. The next day I could barely walk and was seriously reconsidering all this exercise business. The league girls made it look so easy but they were incredibly supportive and encouraging so I hoped that one day I too could be like them. We quickly progressed through basic skating skills and on to the derby specific skills. Hitting someone was a crazy new experience for someone who had never played a team sport, let alone a full contact one. Within a few months, minimum skills were upon us and I can remember being terrified of my 25 in 5. Amazingly, I managed to pull out 25 and a half laps in five minutes, 2 more laps than I had ever done before. Unfortunately, I failed some of the other parts and needed to re-sit the test, which I did a month later.
At this stage, I started to wonder about what I wanted to get out of Roller Derby. I felt a bit too unstable and uncoordinated at league trainings and was terrified of scrimmage but I still really wanted to be involved somehow so I decided to take the officials route and joined the Dunedin Derby Doomsters. They were awesome and I learnt so much working with some awesome refs and the dedicated NSO’s. I head NSO’d a few bouts and even got to go to Derby Royale in Palmerston North with the Gallow Lasses and NSO’d several amazing games. It was then that I realised that I needed to play, I was so inspired by what I had seen.

Over the year that I had refereed I worked hard on my skating and felt a lot more confident (and even knew some rules too!). Around this time a new group of freshies were coming through the league and undergoing scrimmage 101. I joined up with them and went through six weeks of intense scrimmage training. Getting over my fear of getting hurt took a long time but by May 2013 I was ready for our very first bout.  The theme was Malice and Wonderland and it was a fantastic night. I had finally made it! Bouting with my team the Mad Hitters was the best feeling. We had worked hard on strategy and team work before the bout and went into it feeling really positive. We may not have won on the day but we had an awesome time playing!
At the end of September, the newly formed B-team, the Bonnie Brawlers, played our very first public bout against Dead End Derby in Christchurch. Sadly, this was my first and last bout wearing Dunedin Derby colours. 

I have just got a new job and had to move to Wellington at the start of October, where I hope to join Richter City Roller Derby. Since I have started playing with Dunedin Derby I have made so many new friends and gained a lot of confidence in myself. Derby really did save my soul, as well as teach me a lot of things I didn’t know about myself. To say I am going to miss the amazing ladies of Dunedin Derby is an understatement! Though with any luck, I will be seeing them on the track. 

Much derby love
Frances Dodgkins

Friday, 11 October 2013

25 awesome vintage skating pictures

For those who love old school, here are 25 awesome and sometimes funny roller skating pics we came across on the net.




Proof that roller skating and roller derby have always been awesome
Derby love

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The DoubleDeckher

On September 28th Dunedin Derby packed up their skating gear and headed on a road trip to Christchurch to play Dead End Derby in the DoubleDeckher. This was the first time our very own B-team, the Bonnie Brawlers, got to don their brand new uniforms and play in their very first bout against the Living Dead Rollers from Christchurch, Dead End Derby. Our A-team, the Gallow Lasses then had the opportunity to face off with the Dead End Derby All Stars. A big thank you to Dead End Derby for hosting the evening with the final score of the first game being Bonnie Brawlers 108 - Living Dead Rollers 238 and after a incredibly physical game, a victory for the Gallow Lasses with 185-130 against the All Stars! Also we are super proud of our MVPs Iodine Lashes from the Brawlers and Fox-Z from the Lasses. Instead of harping on about the evening though, we thought we would share our evening in the form of photos, so enjoy. And head on over to our pages and give us a like to keep up to date with our seasons events. Now to get back to training for nationals, see you on the track!

(All photo credit to Andrew MacKay unless otherwise mentioned in photo captions). 

p.s. for those of you who are new here, the Brawlers are in Pink and the Lasses are in purple with green tartan bottoms

Bonnie Brawlers vs Living Dead Rollers

VenomMISS Vixen

Photo credit to Craig Crew Photography
Rinx Minx and Toxic Princess

May Maim

Photo credit to Craig Crew Photography

Gallow Lasses vs Dead End Derby All Stars


Derby love