BOUT AGAINST CANCER 2017: On November the 18th at Hele's School Sports Dome in Plymouth, skaters came from leagues of all rankings, from all over the country for our big fund-raising bout, in aid of two charities selected by our own skaters; "Plymouth & Cornwall Cancer Fund" & "Macmillan Cancer Support". Tickets for the Female Intermediate-Advanced and the Co-ed' Intermediate Advanced categories sold out within 48hrs.
In total, £2118.28 was raised with the help of ticket-paying skaters from;
Cornwall Roller Derby
Bath Roller Derby Girls
Dorset Roller Girls
North Devon roller derby
Birmingham Blitz Dames
Plymouth City Roller Derby
Hereford Poison Berries
Swat/Exeter Roller Derby
Bridgend Roller Derby
The League of Extraordinary Roller Gents
Bristol Roller Derby
Swat/Exeter Roller Derby Juniors
Newcastle Junior Roller Derby
Devon All-star Hitters Juniors
Crash Test Brummies - Birmingham
Skaters played in teams representing our big sponsors, who were crucial in supporting the event; Dunchaul v A&B Potatoes sponsored the Female game, Roller Derby City v Mount Hawke sponsored the Co-Ed Intermediate/Advanced game, Let Us Spray v Efford Service Station sponsored the Beginners game, while the under-18's Juniors game was represented by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Plymouth & Cornwall Cancer Fund charity logos. Scores were;
Macmillan 118 v 115 Plymouth Cancer Fund
Roller Derby City 105 v 96 Mount Hawke Skatepark
Let Us Spray 128 v 145 Efford Service Station
A&B Potatoes 157 v 111 Dunchaul Haulage
Referees, Non-skating officials, game announcers, photographers and film makers came from all over the South West to participate and make it a great day. We hadMomma Trucker Skates bring down a huge supply of must-have derby items from their shop in Exeter and we had merchandise on sale from Roller Derby City, including an exclusive range of T-shirts and Totes produced by them in collaboration with PlopperChops who designed the Bout Against Cancer merman image just for us!
Despite the 'fresh' winter temperatures at the venue, there was a steady stream of spectators and supporters cheering the teams on. Juniors impressed everyone with their skating, tactics and
communication. Rookies put on a feisty performance in a series of jams which included very experience skaters who were returning to the game after lengthy periods of time and skaters who were experiencing their first open bout ever.The female teams put on a nail biting show where the scores were almost neck and neck at times and Team Dunchaul arrived dressed Smokey and the Bandit style in braces, caps and moustache. The Co-ed Intermediate/Advanced bout was action-packed, loud.......and fast with the skaters giving it their absolute all. A few spills and time-outs for minor injuries added to the drama but didn't deter these experienced bouters from putting in an awesome performance.
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped organise this event, skated, officiated, supported and to all those who travelled from far. Photo's of the day are supplied by Georgie Sabin Photography and can be viewed here.