A few years ago I saw Whip It, and I enjoyed it – ever since then I’ve been interested in seeing an actual Roller Derby contest.
Unfortunately it can be challenging to see a match as the games are somewhat irregularly and infrequently scheduled. Furthermore the only team I was really aware of was the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls, based in Bloomington – with the odds of me being in Bloomington and a match happening at the same time being incredibly low.
Then, a couple months ago, I found the QUAD Roller Skate Shop purely by chance: it’s a Roller Derby Skate Shop – right here in Berlin. I then discovered that Berlin has a Roller Derby team: the Berlin Bombshells. Unfortunately I was in Hamburg for the first available match, and the second available match was during the Berlin Fotomarathon, so I was forced to wait until Saturday to go.
Saturday’s match: Berlin versus Berlin.
It was supposed to be Berlin Bombshells against London Brawling, but London couldn’t make it, so Berlin divided its self into the Amazing Greys and the — uh – I forget something Red.
Unfortunately I never got around to studying the basic rules of the game, so I was a bit clueless, but I did have fun. In November, Berlin is going to host the Track Queens – Battle Royal and I’m planning on going for at least one of the days, so I’ll be reviewing the rules in advance.
But in the meantime, enjoy a few photos, with more in my Berlin Bombshells Flickr Set.