S.W.A.T vs DORSET ROLLER GIRLS
300 - 44
PCRG vs WILTSHIRE ROLLER GIRLS
255 - 103
A week ago today, my team mates and I were feverishly discussing the finer points of our tactics in preparation for the South West Season Opening bout: A Fistful of Blockers. We were fortunate enough to have seen our opponents in action only a few weeks before and thus had an idea of what kind of game they liked to play. However, teams can change their tactics seemingly overnight and the my ever suspicious nature began to question if they had played in a particular way to psyche us out? Alas, not everything is about PCRG, and it turns out that the Wiltshire Roller Derby we had witnessed play a few weeks before were the same competitors we were due to play in the season opener.
The video by Richard Silverwood demonstrates more perfectly the bout we played than I could ever express in words. All of the team's hard work finally seemed to 'click' into place and that is evident through the team work, walls and communication clearly seen on the track. I felt nothing but pride (okay maybe a little tiredness too) before, during and after the bout of all of the PCRG team - from our amazing chair Charl Shred for stepping in at the last minute to do announcing duties, to our b-team skaters for manning stalls, performing stewarding duties and generally providing all the support the skating team could need. Extra shout outs need to go to Madame Gutterfly from CRD for also stepping in last minute to announce, Veni Vidi Vicki from S.W.A.T for strapping on her skates to referee PCRG vs WRD. This to me reflected the great parts of roller derby - people from opposing teams helping each other out for the love of derby.
It was immensely pleasing to win our first bout of the season - not only has it given us some confidence (we are a team not used to winning. Like. Ever) but it has also given us a good starting point for the rest of the season. Thanks to a dedicated bench team (Ramona Devours and Hilda Guard) our team was able to focus entirely on on-the-track events and concern ourselves less with on-the-bench events which has always been a problem to us in the past.
We are currently in 2nd position on the leaderboard, and this is the explanation of the rankings system:
SW:UK Ranking System
3 Points : a win of 30 + points in a single bout
2 Points : a win of 5 - 29 points in a single bout
1 Point : a win of 1 - 4 points in a single bout
(Points are allocated for a win only)
If more than one team has the same amount of 'League Points', their position will be then decided by their total points margin (i.e how much they have won by over the season).
Each month a new League Table will be released after that month's bouts showing each teams position. At the end of February the final table will be released showing the top two teams who will compete to be the best in the south west!
This system will result in a League table that will be carried on to next season when more teams join our region.