Eastbourne Extreme 2018 is THIS WEEKEND (14th & 15th July) Yay – Full Preview HERE!

It’s that time of year again – Eastbourne Extreme o’clock yay! This weekend (14th & 15th July) sees two full days of roller derby outdoors on Eastbourne seafront. This year will feature two tracks for the first time, so double the derby. In fact, there are no fewer than 24 games (several of them full length, but most 30-minutes or less), which means putting together this year’s online preview was even more of a mission than usual. Huge thanks to all those who helped and provided words etc.

HOW TO GET THERE
The roller derby is taking place as usual at ‘The Cage’ which is the tennis/basketball courts by Fisherman’s Green. That’s roughly halfway between the Pier and Marina on Eastbourne seafront. It’s around 25 minutes walk from the train station and there’s a car park right next to the venue (£4 for the day we think) as well as street parking on side streets. Alternatively, the Wave 99 bus stops a minute’s walk from The Cage (Fishermen’s Club or Roselands stop) – it can be picked up outside Nat West in the town centre. The postcode to punch into your SatNav or map app for the venue is BN22 7AA.

FACILITIES AND THAT
Admission to the roller derby is completely FREE yay! The games run from roughly 10am-6pm on both days. There are (smelly) public toilet huts right by the venue, but be warned the ladies one often has festival-sized queues between games. There are usually a few food stalls a little further towards the Marina (where other Beach Life Festival things are happening) and an opportunistic ice cream van will probably pull up outside the derby at some point. Being roller derby, there is of course CAKE available at the venue, as well as merch stands and more. You can bring in your own booze. The nearest supermarkets (Coop, Tesco Express and Spar) are around four minutes walk inland on Seaside Road. Sunday’s after party is at the Crown & Anchor, a 15-minute seafront stroll back towards town.

WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT – SATURDAY 14TH JULY

10.00 BOURNE BOMBSHELLS vs BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES
10.45 TERRA HURTZ vs SURREY ROLLER GIRLS
12.30 BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES vs TERRA HURTZ
13.15 BOURNE BOMBSHELLS vs SURREY ROLLER GIRLS
15.00 BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES vs SURREY ROLLER GIRLS
15.45 BOURNE BOMBSHELLS vs TERRA HURTZ

The women’s tournament consists of six 30-minute games between a total of four teams. Three of these – Eastbourne Roller Derby’s Bourne Bombshells, Brighton Rockerbillies (Rockers B-team) and Surrey Roller Girls – know each other very well. They have met in open and closed door action on several occasions in recent times. The other competitor, Terra Hurtz (the B-team of Chelmsford-based Killa Hurtz), are a slightly more unknown quantity, though the Bombshells and Surrey have faced their A-team in British Champs in the past. But what are the teams themselves expecting…?

ELLE HOUND OF BOURNE BOMBSHELLS SAYS…
“Eastbourne Extreme is the sunshine tournament on the roller derby calendar. Being the only outdoor free (and usually very sunny) tournament in the UK it attracts skaters from all corners of the country and beyond. The Bombshells are gearing up for our three games on the Saturday after coming off a tough but very successful British Champs season.
    We have become a small-statured team compared to some others, but rely on our jammers’ skilled footwork and twirling to get through the pack, paired with our blocker’s great tactics, teamwork and track awareness to get one up on the larger-built teams. We know there will be some tricky opponents, but our synergies as a team have helped us to go up against tough opposition and come out victorious even when the stats are against us.
    Being the home team means we have had the advantage of being used to playing outside on very hard and hot concrete. This allows us to feel confident from the first jam. As these are just 30-minute games we have to throw all our efforts in from the whistle as we have no time to get comfortable in the game. Having so many of the Team GB Juniors squad coming from our league has been a fantastic boost to our coaches and the whole league. We support them fully and we’ve been furiously raising funds to help get them all over to the USA. See you all trackside!”

SLAP DASH OF BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES SAYS…
“The Rockerbillies are the Brighton Rockers B-team. We’ve had quite a lot of change in our team in the past six months, so we have mainly been working on building up our skills collectively and supporting our newer players to gain more experience. This is the first Eastbourne Extreme for quite a few of our players, so we are really looking forward to the new challenge of playing together outside… and of course the ice cream afterwards!
    The more experienced Rockerbillies who have played at Extreme before have been able to give advice on outdoor wheels and the importance of sun cream. Getting to play three games is really exciting and that’s a new challenge for us. We’re hoping to keep improving throughout and to adapt to each opponent.
    In terms of Rockerbillies to watch, I would look out for Go Go Gozer – she is coming up in the team as a brilliant jammer. Also look out for our new captain Goldiblocks, who has a brilliant derby brain and is proving to be a super speedy blocker. Overall, I’m hoping that the Rockerbillies fully fulfil our motto – have fun, learn and win.”

PEG 4 MERCY OF TERRA HURTZ SAYS…
“This is the Terra Hurtz’ debut in an open door event. We founded the team this year as a part of the Killa Hurtz. We are mega-excited as we have some skaters making their kHz debuts. First up we have Kreacher, who has got a bit of rep in training for being a badass. Then we have Tricky, don’t let her small stature fool you – tricky by name, tricky by nature. Finally, we have Thundra, who we are excited to see playing in purple – watch out for the big hits!”

DR FRANCANHURTER OF SURREY ROLLER GIRLS SAYS…
“Surrey Roller Girls are so excited to take part in the Saturday tournament of Eastbourne Extreme. We look forward to some friendly competition and plenty of track time as we play the other teams. We can’t wait to experience roller derby in the sun and have all the fun at Eastbourne Extreme.”

MEN’S SEVENS TOURNAMENT – SATURDAY 14TH JULY

11.30 BOMB S’QUAD vs KINGS OF BLOCK N ROLL
12.00 GENTS IN PINK vs SURREY JAMMERWOCKIES
14.00 GENTS IN PINK vs KINGS OF BLOCK N ROLL
14.30 BOMB S’QUAD vs SURREY JAMMERWOCKIES
16.30 KINGS OF BLOCK N ROLL vs SURREY JAMMERWOCKIES
17.00 BOMB S’QUAD vs GENTS IN PINK

If the 30-minute games of the women’s tournament seem to be over in a flash, the men’s tournament will be even more hectical. This is being played under Derby Sevens rules, a format invented by Essex Men’s Roller Derby that usually features squads of seven playing a 21-minute game (though some folk round this down to 20). The four sides taking part in this tournie are Eastbourne’s Bomb S’Quad, Surrey Jammerwockies, Devon’s Kings Of Block N Roll and the Gents In Pink challenge team. Here are some words from them all…

CHASIN’ STATUS OF BOMB S’QUAD SAYS…
“Welcome to Eastbourne Extreme’s Sevens Tournament. Sevens with a difference. Teams will be playing to the usual rules, but the subtle difference is there may be slightly more than seven players on each team (up to ten, in fact). Our host team Bomb S’Quad have lost a couple of players since last year; have one player (Tenacious P) welcomed back from premature retirement; and thankfully have their numbers bolstered today by the lovely Bombshells Smash’er Fierce and Bullet Bomber.
    There are also a couple of additional members since last year in RiDdick Yule and Royale Wid Cheese. Then of course we have the usual suspects: Chase, Spank, Filthy and the absolute legend that is Harry Trotter. The team will be looking to make the best of the home advantage, but are certainly not underestimating the competition.
    The Kings Of Block N Roll are a bit of an unknown quantity, but if their names are anything to go by they will no doubt be out to cause as much trouble for the opposition as possible. Lukelear Blast is a known on-track trouble maker and certainly one to keep an eye on. The Gents In Pink are a free flowing collective of inter-changeable not so gentle men. Jay Low, Crush Of Blood and Bang stand out, and those in such feted company will likely be made of similar fibre, so they’re certainly a team to watch!
    Last but not least… Surrey Not Sorry. Probably the Bomb S’Quad’s longest standing allies and competitors. They always play hard, fast and smart, giving their all. The Jammerwockies are certainly NOT to be underestimated. Look out for Smacks’em, Danger and Vor-Paul Sword, and of course EVERYONE loves The Adorable One! Saturdays Sunny Seaside Sevens Shenanigans Should Surely Satisfy Sunbathing Spectators. Grab a cup of cake, a slice of tea and a chair (before they all go) ’cause this is gonna be goooood!”

SURREY JAMMERWOCKIES SAY…
“The Jammerwockies are no strangers to Eastbourne Extreme, having played in previous years as a team and as individuals in mixed teams, and it remains a highlight of our calendar every year. Our history with the Bomb S’Quad goes right back to the early days of both teams but we recognise plenty of old and recent friends on both the Gents’ and the Kings’ rosters. We’re bursting with excitement to be catching up with so many pals on and off the track and to be cheering on our BFFs, Surrey Roller Girls. Expect to see a variety of play styles from our skaters; Jam Tart’s super slick footwork, The Adorable One’s deceptively feisty shoulders, or even a biological threat in the form of a sweaty Smacks’em!”

KINGS OF BLOCK N ROLL SAY…
“The Kings of Block ‘n’ Roll had their first ever game in 2013 with all Devon-based skaters. The team later expanded to include Cornwall in 2015 and now Bristol in 2018! Many of the Kings are Eastbourne Extreme veterans and love playing on the rough tarmac in the sunshine with the sea to cool off in at the end of the day. If you want to know who to look out for on the team, well look out for everyone. These skaters have represented Ireland and Scotland at the last three Men’s Roller Derby World Cups, they’ve got years of refereeing experience, and take their name as seriously as they take their skating. They’ll be the ones lifting a trophy by the end of the day.”

GENTS IN PINK SAY…
“The Gents In Pink fully embody the derby spirit. Skaters of all genders and orientation from Scotland, England and Wales coming together to represent in pink. This team at Eastbourne Extreme return after a double win against Team Denmark prior to the World Cup and we’re planning to bring home another win.”

JUNIORS TOURNAMENT – SATURDAY 14TH & SUNDAY 15TH JULY

SATURDAY 14TH – TRACK TWO
11.00 RED vs WHITE
11.45 WHITE vs BLUE
12.30 BLUE vs RED
14.00 JUNIOR BOOT CAMP

SUNDAY 15TH – TRACK TWO
10.30 RED vs WHITE
11.15 WHITE vs BLUE
12.00 BLUE vs RED

With the exception of a women’s intermediate game on Sunday afternoon, the brand new second track at Extreme will be the preserve of the Juniors. With just days to go until the Junior World Cup (and several of Team GB and Team Europe in attendance) this is a great opportunity to see some of the next generation of roller derby stars…

RACHELL (NEW BOURNES & TEAM GB SKATER) SAYS…
“2018 welcomes Eastbourne Extreme’s first ever junior tournament, which consists of three teams that will play each other twice over two days in 30-minute games. Each team will have between 13-14 players as well as being benched by skaters competing in the Roller Derby World Cup. There will be junior skaters travelling from all around the UK as well as France and Sweden, who also feature skaters playing in the Junior Roller Derby World Cup on the 23rd-24th July in Philadelphia. On the Saturday, New Bournes Junior Roller Derby will be leading a boot camp for the other visiting skaters, teaching them skills we have learnt from England coaches and other training sessions.
    A total of 23 British under-18 skaters will be competing in the Junior Roller Derby World Cup. It’s the first time Great Britain will take part in the World Cup, so to make sure this debut is successful,we’ve all been putting in long hours of hard work and intense training. The skaters have travelled across the country to attend numerous training sessions run by high level players, and we have England men’s player Toots as bench coach. The skaters have raised almost all the funds for the trip through fundraisers and charitable events. Some have also obtained commercial sponsorship through their impressive skating abilities.”

MIXED LEAGUE GAMES – SUNDAY 15TH JULY (TRACK ONE UNLESS STATED)

This year the whole Sunday (on track one) is given over to a series of mixed league games featuring skaters from far and wide teaming up for full-length matches. Asking for some words from every team taking part would make this preview extra long. So instead, to give us a flavour of the day in general, we’ve randomly asked one person involved in each game (and three for the rookies game, just because) to give us some words. Here are those words…

10.00 WOMEN’S ROOKIE GAME
PREVIEWED BY MEMBERS OF THE ROOKIE MONSTERS (WHITE TEAM)

SKATER BAMBIDEXTROUS SAYS…
“I’m pooing myself about the game (first game jitters) – why are we playing in white dammit! Even though it’s an outdoor game I’m still wearing shorts rather than leggings – bring on the potential and imminent derby kisses, ouch! What can the crowd expect from the rookies game? To see some awesome people play an awesome game, and my team is especially awesome because our name is awesome. Do the thing, score the points, yay sports!”

BENCH COACH BERSERKER SAYS…
“The main difference between roller derby at Extreme and traditional sports hall games is that whole ‘WHAT IS THIS FIRE IN THE SKY?’ thing. Things to look out for in the rookies game: All the shouting, none of its coherent. Also, concealed weapons.”

LINE-UP MANAGER MIMIKA MAYHEM SAYS…
“I love Extreme as it has such a wide variety of games to choose to be a part of, whether skating in or on the bench. I really like skating outdoors. I haven’t noticed much difference once you’re in full game mode as you just adapt. The key is to wear indoor wheels. Don’t go for outdoor wheels because you’ll never get moving *wink*.
    This game will be lots of fun. I dare say there will be a fair few penalties from both teams as the skaters get used to playing a proper game, plus a game outside on concrete and all that that entails. We’re going to let the rookies play all the positions they want. I think for us it is more about the taking part and the achievement of playing than winning. Winning will just be the icing on top, or the cream with my strawberries. Yay Wimbledon!”

11.30 MEN’S INTERMEDIATE GAME
PREVIEWED BY DANGER RUSS, JESPER & THE BLOCKERNAUGHTS (BLUE) BENCH COACH

The Men’s Intermediate is not going to be pretty derby! There will be testosterone mixed with powerful hits and good skating skills, but not always the level of control you see from top level men’s derby. But don’t be fooled, these guys are skilled derby players; they know the tactics, they know the rules, and they will give every jam their heart and soul.
    The one thing every skater will need to overcome is the fear of falling on tarmac. Unlike the usual wooden sports hall floor or plastic skatecourt, tarmac is far less forgiving and the resultant rink rash will be more deep scrape than surface burn. If they can play like they are on an indoor surface then they will have the advantage over the more timid. They should definitely be packing outdoor wheels and extra toe-stops, because indoor wheels will be slow outside and there’s a definite possibility of wearing toe-stops down to the metal!
    This is my first time benching, so I can’t really say how I’m going to play it in terms of tactics. However if you ref as many games as I have, you do pick up do’s and dont’s, and one thing that will lose you a game is penalties. So we are going to try and get as few as possible. Look out for our captain Jesper Larsen (Nurgle Bomber) – he played for Team Denmark at this year’s Men’s World Cup – and RiDdick Yule, the newest member of the Eastbourne Bomb S’Quad, who is a rising star in that team. Also our lovely LUM Lady Painelope will be looking fabulous.

13.00 WOMEN’S INTERMEDIATE GAME 1
PREVIEWED BY SWANN, TEAM BANANA (YELLOW) LINE-UP MANAGER

Team Banana will be looking fabulously summery in yellow on Sunday, and you can expect a mixing pot of skaters from different leagues (including hosts Eastbourne) who are all about having fun and looking fabulous in sunglasses. In terms of tactics, you can mostly expect some offensive plays designed to prevent our jammers getting heatstroke, using our strength to stand firm and maximise time in the best tanning spots.
    Lady Painelope has stated her only weakness is Microsoft Excel, so I’m expecting her to perform outstandingly, unless the NSOs get too close with a stats sheet. Playing outside comes with some extra considerations, such as horrible grazes, sunburn, silly tan lines and the challenge of hockey stopping on tarmac, but I’m confident Team Banana will smash it on Sunday.

13.15 WOMEN’S INTERMEDIATE GAME 2 (TRACK TWO)
PREVIEWED BY MADTRIX, EXTREMELY BURNT (RED) SKATER

The game is going to be really interesting, because it’s a mixed team of mostly people who have never skated together before. It’s always fun to see how you work as a team. Skating outdoors is not something I personally have a lot of experience with. I know that it’s super hard to stop properly and do a lot of the basic skating skills we all take for granted, so there’s definitely going to be an added challenge to the game. It’s such a relaxed and fun environment. A lot of people will just be there to enjoy the weather and avoid getting sunburnt!
    Eastbourne Extreme is so much more fun than indoor roller derby. Why? Because it’s summer, it’s warm, it’s by the sea, and you get to see loads of people you often won’t see for the rest of the year, which is always super. Also it’s a great excuse to have a drink (when you aren’t skating of course). On my team I’m lucky enough to have two of my Apex Predators teammates, Sk’Aly Wag and Knit One Hurl One, so definitely look out for us as we will probably spend a lot of time on track together… but I’m sure it’s going to be a fun game whoever we are skating with.

14.30 MEN’S ADVANCED GAME
PREVIEWED BY JAY LOW, BOGIES (LIME GREEN) SKATER

Introducing the Mighty BOGIES! Inspired by the shirt colour and of course Dick and Dom, the team represents the fluorescent marvel of them both. Captained by pivot and star pass fanatic East Anglo Smackson Jay Low, they feature experienced and dangerous jammers Alpha Papa and Boomstick of Portsmouth and Dorset respectively and regular EE participant Horndog of Southern Discomfort.
    They are backed up by further EE regulars, See Slick Steve of Oxford and Blizzard Of Oz of Kent, who know how things are done on The Cage floorcourt. Extreme originals Spank Me Sideways and Pont Blank will bring experience and skill, while relative newcomers Hard N Sharpe of Bristol, Red White And Bruise of Crash Test Brummies and Stuntman Psyk of The Inhuman league show what depth and talent we have across the team. Finally we have Crush of Blood now of SDRD, Tagg of Suffolk and Scott T Dogg stepping in with the ability to jam, block, pivot, kick butt and shout ‘BOGIES’ louder than any skater. BRING IT ON… SEE YOU IN THE CAGE!

16.00 WOMEN’S ADVANCED GAME
PREVIEWED BY MOTHER MERCY, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLOCK (ORANGE) SKATER

We’re all super psyched for Eastbourne this Sunday. Quite a few of us have skated in various teams at the event over the years. Myself and Dee Mosquito skated against each in the first Eastbourne Extreme tournament 10000 years ago. I can’t pick out any one skater to look out for as there’s going to be so much awesome flying about the track. Big shout out to our bench and line up, Savage Hun and Mimika Mayhem, for taking on the task of keeping us all in line.
    We’ve definitely got our hands full with the other team. The Beckoning, Spink, Toxic and Berry are all names that immediately stand out. And let’s not forget the power house that is Hard N Sharpe, who seems to be playing in 574 games over the weekend. The biggest thing I’ve always noticed at Extreme is having to have better track awareness as you have no rope to feel. That and how cool you can look skating in sunglasses!

[Photos by John Hesse]

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EASTBOURNE EXTREME 2017 Full Weekend Of Outdoor Derby (15th-16th July) Previewed

For many people this weekend (15th-16th July) is the highlight of the derby year. Eastbourne Extreme features two full days of roller derby action outdoors on Eastbourne seafront. Saturday sees five full games in a variety of flavours (women’s, men’s, open to all, juniors) between 10am and 6pm, whilst the same time frame on Sunday features women’s and open to all sevens tournaments (a total of fourteen 21-minute games). Extreme is part of a wider Beach Life Festival featuring stunt cycling, windsurfing, live music, camper vans, yoga and more.

HOW TO GET THERE

The roller derby is taking place at ‘The Cage’ which is the tennis/basketball courts by Fisherman’s Green. That’s roughly halfway between the Pier and Marina on Eastbourne seafront. It’s around 25 minutes walk from the train station and there’s a car park right next to the venue (£4.80 all day) as well as street parking on side streets. Alternatively, the Wave 99 bus stops a minute’s walk from The Cage (Fishermen’s Club or Roselands stop) – it can be picked up outside Nat West in the town centre (two minutes walk from the station) and runs all the way to Hastings. The postcode to punch into your SatNav or map app for the venue is BN22 7AA.

FACILITIES & INFO

Admission to the roller derby is completely FREE yay! The games run from around 10am-6pm and there are after parties after. There are (smelly) public toilets right by the venue. There’s usually a few food stalls a little further towards the Marina (where other Beach Life Festival things are happening) and an opportunistic ice cream van will probably pull up outside the derby at some point. Being roller derby, there is of course CAKE available at the venue, as well as merch stands, a raffle and more. You can bring in your own booze and that. The nearest supermarkets (Coop, Tesco Express and Spar) are around four minutes walk inland on Seaside Road.

The weather forecast says it’s going to be cloudy, but it’s always advisable to bring suntan lotion to Extreme, as several people each year find out to their cost! There is some seating, but you might want to bring something soft to sit on, eg a cushion, jumper or child. The after party on Saturday is at the Fishermen’s Club right by the venue. Tickets (limited to 120) are priced at £8. Sunday’s after party (free entry) is at Eastbourne Roller Derby’s favourite pub, the Crown & Anchor on the seafront near the Pier. Right below you’ll find an image of the full schedule flyer. Below that we have previews of all the action. Hurrah!

SATURDAY 15TH JULY

10.00 – 11.30
EASTBOURNE EXTREME TEAM v BRIGHTON ROCKERBILLIES (Women’s)
PREVIEWED BY HEADCASE

Last year we had enough players to play a couple of games with our fledgling B-team. This was a very proud moment for veteran Bombshells, but transfers, injuries and dropouts in the A-team (meaning players could move up) led to a fast drop in B-team numbers. This gave us an opportunity to run an Extreme Rookie team, which we have successfully done for three years now.

On the Extreme Rookie team Metal Malicious is a complete unknown who we are looking forward to meeting. Hopefully jet lag won’t be a problem as she has flown in from Canada especially for this special event. Watch out for neat footwork from ERD’s own InnsterSlam – she’s been travelling hundreds of miles to play in challenge team games around the country. This is bearing out in her gameplay and has proved to be an invaluable way to gain roller derby experience as a player hungry for more games.

The PhilosoFear is making a reappearance, having stepped down for most of the last year to complete a BSc Degree in Ecology & the Environment (she got a first, so some might argue it was worth it). Bettsy Bruiser from The Apex Predators has bought a line-up that includes double threat Hustle me Elmo.

We love our Brighton neighbours and meet up for scrims and games from time to time. Rockerbillies we will be watching out for in particular include Yorkshire Brew-ser and Obliviator. Yorkshire Brew-ser is one of our own who transferred to Brighton – we know how good she is at getting through solid walls. Obliviator has played at previous Extremes and has great on-track awareness. She will definitely be taking control on the track. I’m so excited… is it Saturday yet?

11.30 – 13.00
EASTBOURNE ROLLER DERBY A-BOMBS v K-HEM (Open To All)
PREVIEWED BY CHASIN STATUS

We expect this to be a tough game!!! There are a few unknown entities on the K-Hem roster, but like the rest of the team, they are NOT to be underestimated. With the Bomb S’Quad having played and collaborated well with many of the opposition as Mayhem Squad, there are a few known troublemakers to watch out for on track.

Mal Pac-A 105 and Tiggrr 17 are on fire as Jammers. Brute 66 as a Blocker is a bit of a Brute (best not get caught sleeping) and Drop and Give Me 20 is an all round Double Threat. The rest are known to be disciplined and play well.

For the A-Bombs the Jammers to watch include Nesta Vipers 789 and NewMatic Drill 77, who are fast and relentless. Smash’er Fierce blocks like a rock and the rest I would have to say are fairly seasoned Extremer’s 😉

Open To All is exactly that and all those brave enough are welcome. Whatever the result both teams will love this game and I’m sure the crowd will too.

13.00 – 14.30
ERD NEW BOURNES v EXTREME JUNIORS CHALLENGE TEAM (Juniors)
PREVIEWED BY DRAG ‘N’ FLY & HEADCASE

New Bournes Junior Roller Derby started back at the beginning of 2014. Initially we only had five skaters but we have grown and currently have 14 skaters most of which are at Level 3. We train once a week as a team, with some of the older skaters attending Eastbourne’s main league training and helping with NSOing to improve their game knowledge.

This year at Extreme the New Bournes are playing against a mixed team with Hereford Poison Berries coach Tristan Shout benching and another Berries coach Barb Corrick as line-up. Watch out for Niyalator who wooed the crowds with her jamming skills at this April’s drawn game at Anarchy, and also DASH skater T-Brakes, an experienced junior who is playing at her third Extreme.

The roster includes many players who are new to us. This is great and shows that the junior game continues to develop (I believe that that most of the junior visitors are Poison Berries players). Notable mention: Jazzaster for the New Bournes is playing her last Extreme as a junior skater and next year will be on the adult roster. Jazz will be our first graduation!

In August we are taking most of the junior Eastbourne team to participate in Europe’s first junior roller derby tournament in Copenhagen (Creatures of The Abyss Tournament or C.A.T). We’re going on a road trip! You can help support us at Extreme by buying one of our limited edition tour T-shirts, badges, key rings or coasters

14.30 – 16.00
MAYHEM SQUAD v MY NAME IS JEFF & FRIENDS (Men’s)
PREVIEWED BY SPANK ME SIDEWAYS

For the Bomb S’Quad heading into another year at Eastbourne Extreme (Beach Life Festival) we always expect a tough game. The bar is raised by every player on the track as they know their worst critic is every other team/player watching them all weekend, as well as the general public.

We have played against Medway Mayhem a few times over the years and joined alongside their players in mixed team games. We all get along really well and since numbers have fallen (with fewer recruits and older team members retiring) we have been able to join forces to keep the roller derby spirit alive. We have won our last four collaborative games and hope to continue this streak.

One player to look out for from My Name Is Jeff in this match is #42 Jeff (aka BrutAl Deluxe) who is a nifty jammer and loves to jump high on the apex. We also have our own amazing jammer, Nesta Vipers, who has footwork that Michael Jackson would be proud of.

Both teams have big solid, strong, experienced players and we cannot expect this to be a walkover. We will enter this game as we always do – calm, fierce but lethal.

16.00 – 17.30
ERD BOURNE BOMBSHELLS v BRIGHTON ROCKERS (Women’s)
PREVIEWED BY MISTER ADAM

Rounding off the day is this meeting of the top two women’s teams in Sussex. If the rankings websites are to be believed this one could be a bit of a landslide. Brighton are placed much higher than Eastbourne in the UK (23rd v 58th), European (72nd v 233rd) and world (383rd v 1109th) tables. Even allowing for the Bombshells’ home advantage, the online prediction computers give the Rockers 95-98% chance of victory here. The visitors are expected to score three to five times as many points as the hosts, with a scoreline in the region of 250-65.

Of course, the predictometers are geared up for standard sports hall games, and don’t allow for the variables that playing outdoors on tarmac add to the mix. Eastbourne have other causes for optimism. Brighton are unlikely to field a full squad of fourteen, since away teams rarely do. Whilst around half of the current Rockers A-team have previously played at Extreme (the B-team having taken part in the last two years), their most experienced skaters admit to having never played derby outdoors before. The Bombshells, meanwhile, know this surface well through several previous Extremes as well as a few recent mini-Extremes.

Having said that, there are other factors in Brighton’s favour. The Bombshells have seen far less open door action than them in the past year, whilst the Rockers are still buzzing from getting their biggest win ever (453-65 v Belfast) a few weeks ago. This game comes just three days after Brighton attained full membership of the world’s biggest roller derby organisation WFTDA (which only has 21 UK members), something else that might put wind in the Rockers’ sails/skates.

As for players to look out for, Brighton have a number of double/triple threats, as adept at skipping through opposition walls as bracing their own. The likes of Shambolic and Emma The Condemner are likely to see a lot of track time in various positions, whilst newer additions to the A-team roster such as Cruelty Spree and Fellen E Assault continue to build on their experience. Having added irrepressible jamming to her long-standing sturdy blocking skills, Hippy Hippy Skate has been described as “our secret weapon” by other Brighton skaters. The secret is surely out now – Hippy is our Rockers One To Watch.

In the Eastbourne ranks, the relentless Amazing Graze, speedy Bullet Bomber and nimble Crash are amongst those likely to catch the eye. We hope the Rockers have avoided getting sunburnt upper arms during the day, since they are likely to sting after going up against our Bombshells One To Watch, the super tough Smash’er Fierce. With a hometown crowd cheering them on, Eastbourne will be looking to raise their game and upset the odds, although it’s statistically difficult to see beyond a solid Brighton win here.

“We’re super excited to play the Rockers in our finale on Saturday, though it’s going to be a tough one. As south coast neighbours we know them pretty well and often watch their games. I think it’s the Rockers’ first outdoor game, so we will give it our all and see what happens. I remember it was a bit daunting when I first played roller derby outside on concrete, but now I love it. There’s a risk of getting a few grazes, but skating in the sun (hopefully) and being able to go for a post game dip in the sea is the best!”
SMASH’ER FIERCE, BOURNE BOMBSHELLS

“We haven’t played Eastbourne in a very long time and most of us haven’t skated Extreme before, so it’s a bit of an unknown. They’re our derby neighbours and we know each other well, so it’s going to be a fun game to play for sure. I’ve skated outdoors a whole bunch of times, but never actually played derby outside – I’ve been wanting to play Extreme for a long time for the chance to try it out. I imagine sharp stops are going to be interesting. I know we get to wear sunglasses, which is fabulous.”
RACEY, BRIGHTON ROCKERS

SUNDAY 16TH JULY

WOMEN’S SEVENS TOURNAMENT
10.00 COME AT ME BRO v SIRENS & CO
11.00 TEAM METAL LEGS v NORTH DEVON ROLLER DERBY
12.00 COME AT ME BRO v NORTH DEVON ROLLER DERBY
13.00 TEAM METAL LEGS v SIRENS & CO
14.00 COME AT ME BRO v TEAM METAL LEGS
15.00 NORTH DEVON ROLLER DERBY v SIRENS & CO
16.00 WOMEN’S FINAL

OPEN TO ALL SEVENS TOURNAMENT
10.30 ZERO BUCKS GIVEN v SCURVY WENCHES
11.30 7 SLAMURAI v BIG HERO 7
12.30 7 SLAMURAI v SCURVY WENCHES
13.30 ZERO BUCKS GIVEN v BIG HERO 7
14.30 7 SLAMURAI v ZERO BUCKS GIVEN
15.30 BIG HERO 7 v SCURVY WENCHES
16.30 OPEN TO ALL FINAL

SEVENS TOURNAMENTS PREVIEWED BY TENACIOUS P

What’s more exciting than Roller Derby I hear you say? Well imagine Roller Derby that has just seven players per squad, no pesky bench coaches or official reviews to slow the game down, and where each game lasts for just 21 minutes in total (with no stoppages or time outs). What you are ‘imagining’ is Roller Derby Sevens #RDSevens – the fastest paced and most exciting version of Roller Derby yet devised.

This year at Extreme we host the first EVER Seaside Sevens tournament and take #RDSevens to a whole new level. Two tournaments (one women’s, one Open To All) running side by side. A total of eight teams – featuring 56 of the best derby players insane enough to take on the challenge – representing the top teams in both the UK and internationally. Yup, its Sevens outdoors in the sun, with heats running from 10am until 4pm when the best two teams from each group will meet in the finals.

Teams to watch: Seaside Sirens & Co (women’s) and 7 SLAMurai (OTA).

SEVENS TOURNAMENTS PREVIEWED BY HEADCASE

Come At Me Bro, a team of mainly Croydon Roller Derby players, could possibly claim the crown Champions Of Extreme if there was one, with Croydon teams having previously won three out of four years at Extreme. This year they are fielding a mostly Croydon Sevens team that includes President Garfield, ex Croydon skater last seen playing for Bristol, and Coop who now plays for LRR. North Devon have been riding high in their Tier 3 British Champs games, which means they’ll also be strong contenders.

The Seaside Sirens & Co team contains some well-known hard hitters, including The Beckoning, who will be facing her old team mate Mother Mercy, who is back with a vengeance with Team Metal Legs. Prediction: Come At Me Bro for the win in this women’s tournie – it’s almost home turf. As for the Open To All tournament, the teams include Extreme veterans from Southern Discomfort, Portsmouth, Big Bucks and Eastbourne. 7 SLAMurai have a couple of national team players in their ranks, which I think will weigh the odds in their favour.

AFTER PARTIES
SATURDAY 18.00-00.00 @ FISHERMEN’S CLUB (tickets £8)
SUNDAY 18.00-00.00 @ CROWN & ANCHOR PUB (free entry)

[Photos by John Hesse]

LINKS
EXTREME FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/EastbourneExtremeRD/
EXTREME FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124805250982415/
SATURDAY PARTY: https://www.facebook.com/events/458734201158554/
SUNDAY PARTY: https://www.facebook.com/events/241032096410580/
BEACH LIFE FESTIVAL: http://www.beachlifefestival.co.uk/