Rainy City Roller Derby Girls v London Brawl Saints Roller Derby Girls
A roller derby jam I visited for the first time and I have to say it was good fun and quite enjoyable. This is fairly new to Britain but is massive in the USA where they even have pro leagues. Don’t ask me about the rules but the general idea was to get your skater with the star on her helmet to the front of the bunch and then try and lap the opposing players to score points (I think!!!).
The Rainy City Girls roller derby team are from Greater Manchester and have just got their very own track and is based in Oldham town centre which they have renamed The Thunderdome. Here is map for directions. Map.
There was quite a good crowd in, possibly 200 and the price was £5 in advance and £7 on the door with under 14’s free, this was very reasonable I thought. The lighting is not brilliant for photography but hey ho I did my best and I feel I have some good shots. There is no fixed seating but there are places to sit on large gym cushions around the sides but be warned…you will need to do your DVT exercises to stop you getting cramp as I found out!
Refreshments are for sale at half time along with plenty of merchandise. There seems to be a good following of other teams watching so you get the feeling of a great friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of staff on hand to help with any questions regarding rules etc and they have a raffle too with went incredibly smoothly for a raffle. On the whole it is good couple of hours fun and I would recommend you go and have a look if you feel bored with same old routine sports on TV.
London Brawl Saints Girls won the bout but it was exciting throughout and I hope to go along again soon.
All my shots were taken without flash and at iso 6400 which usually produces a mixed bag of results but these have turned out OK and I hope you enjoy viewing my photographs.