Four scrims to rule them all, Four scrims to find them, Four scrims to bring them all and in the darkness bind them….together as a stronger team.
As a team we had our first 4 scrims in a matter of 3 months. The 4 scrims were so very different and we came away from each with a new understanding of the game and overall a stronger team bond.
So I’m just going to give a little run down of each scrim from my perspective on what we did and what we learnt.
24th February -Very welcoming, a strong opposition, fast jammers, good tactics, more established than ourselves.
- we have a couple injuries within the first few jams, unnerves the team
- panic kicks in and we get flustered
- negativity fills the bench, we start bitching, focusing on the bad no the good
- walls vanish along with communication as the points rack up for the opposing team
- we get down on ourselves, each other, the other team
- we thank the other team as they handled our first scrim admirably and were kind towards our injured (including me haha)
We started off knowing what we were doing but a major lack of communication and keeping a cool head on the track were apparent, a huge downfall on the day. Negativity is your enemy! Our team pulled together well for our injured skaters after the game.
9th March - The opposing team were extremely powerful with some strong intimidating skaters. Awesome at the afterparty :)
I was injured and unable to skate in the scrim but I got to NSO as head penalty timer :) so my observations are from the sidelines on this one.
- happier remembering to have fun
- much harder hits being taken
- bridging was almost non existent
- lack of listening on track
- as game went on and we tired our walls and tactics started fading
Learning to take harder hits and understanding we’ll need to be a lot tougher and give as good as we get - no matter the size ;) Being more aware of what’s going on and listening to the pivot and bench.
13th April - a negative atmosphere from the get go, a team at roughly our level. Saw in them a more extreme version of how we’d been at our first scrim
(I was skating again for this scrim)
- we had a positive attitude
- supporting each other commending everyone’s hard work and effort
- listening to each other
- focusing on the positive after each jam
- keeping it clean and not letting the other teams anger/frustration influence our atmosphere
- bridges galore
This I feel was a pivotal turning point for NWRD where it all started to fit and we started to really trust in our team and what we had been working on. Playing a negative team can really make you strive for the positive!!
21st April - a friendly game with a sister team making it crazy competitive haha fast jammers, tough walls, good coach, similar skate time to us.
I think a special mention to their hall floor has to be mentioned, a rubber coated vile floor haha like skating through treacle even on the hardest wheels.
- positive attitude
- great team support
- walls getting much better
- working together much better as a team
- it felt like we were a real team
The game was called off early due to an injury, and a nasty one at that! Everyone from both teams and ref/NSO crews pulled together so brilliantly and throughout the worry and upset both teams stayed so positive and supportive, in a manor all true derby teams should be.
So I don’t know how interesting this may have been for anyone reading, but the progression our team made in 3 short months was absolutely monumental in the making of NWRD’s future.
Negativity, stress and flapping about gets you nowhere, if you’re positive and stay focused on the game you’ll not only enjoy yourself more but get much better results because of it…..plus more teams will want to play you :D
I’m so honoured to call these women (and men) my team mates.