Wicked derby weekend! Don Juan Jovi and Mad Madge (refs from the Rat City Rollergirls) came up and led our weekend practices. Friday evening was crazy intense - my legs and upper arms are still killing me, but Sunday morning was the real fun. We had a mock bout, complete with penalties, scorekeeping, regular jams and a jam clock. It was amazing. We only had time for two 20 minute periods instead of three, but that was a time constraint, not due to lack of energy. I was so happy that I could keep up with the pack, and I feel like I was actually doing a pretty good job strategy wise. Until yesterday, I wasn't really sure I could make it in an actual bout.
We took the Seattle folk out for lunch afterwards, and my team captain was saying that some of the girls were asked not to skate in the mock bout because it was felt they didn't have the necessary control. That made me feel even better, knowing that my team captain felt that I was good enough to be there, when some members of our team who had been there from the beginning weren't. And I know those girls are pretty good. The one thing I need to work on is my speed. I intend to practice that on the UAE waterfront in 2 weeks :)
Also, the Tacoma league just had their first exhibition bout a couple of weeks ago, and Mad Madge seems to think we're at about the same level as them (if not a little ahead). Tacoma is looking for an excuse to bout - there is talk of us playing them! It would be the FIRST EVER international flat track bout! I REALLY REALLY want to see that happen! I doubt I'd be part of our all-star team, but I would just love for our league to be involved in that!
Photos from Sunday (poor quality, but still cool) And yes, that is me in the first photo!http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0AaOWLdk1ctGLig