It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Derby bout, what with having to give it up a couple of months ago due to money and health issues but I’m hoping to make it back in September 🙂 This weekend, though, I managed to make it to ‘Rumble in the Cronx’ at Westcroft Leisure Centre (home turf for Croydon) featuring my old team, Croydon Roller Derby and the Tiger Bay Brawlers.
First off was a mixed scrim featuring the White Tigers and Black Belts. It was so great seeing so many of the players that I’d skated with when I was there finally bouting and really going for it on the track too! There was quite a few cheeky/illegal moves, mainly including forearms but it all made for a very entertaining bout with the White Tigers more than doubling the Black Belts score. It did just make me really want to be one my wheels again and skating with my old family.
Then came the main attraction, CRD vs TBB and it was a match not to be missed. Croydon came out all guns blazing and quickly more than doubled the lead, literally laying the Tigers to waste at times with Croydon showing off their prowess at their home ground. Even with a few cheeky penalties and a lot of attitude, Croydon knew what needed to be done when it came to it, their Jammers literally didn’t stop scoring point after point.
When it came to the second half, the Tigers must have thought on a new strategy and really took the offensive to claw back some of their points but never enough to overpower Croydon. Following an awkward fall, that lost Croydon one of their Jammers, they still remained resiilient and with more attitude than before, flooring the Tigers then pumping up the crowd.
As the end drew near, it was clear to see that Croydon have improved ten-fold since the first time I saw them almost two years ago. They are tighter as a team, have developed into immense athletes and have strategies that could dispose of even the strongest competitors.
With another action-packed bout over, Croydon won 206 – 108. A very deserving win and I’m extremely proud to still support them and their league.