Stars On The Rise 2014 – Oxford Roller Derby

Updated: February 4, 2014

We’re profiling all of the teams that will be competing in the Heartland Series 2014. We’ve asked them to highlight the skaters hoping to make an impression in the Series and tell us a bit about themselves, to introduce our new teams and welcome back our friends from 2013. Today’s stars are one of the founder leagues of the End Of The World Series, playing against the hosts Nottingham Roller Girls on the opening day of the North East Division, Oxford Roller Derby!

Jammer To Watch – Iguana Thump #1008

Iguana Thump
Iguana joined ORD’s Fresh Meat intake in 2012 and quickly developed her own style of jamming. Whether she is running on her wheels or on her toe stops, our Iggy is getting through the opposing pack in no time. Don’t be fooled by her size – this lizard has hips of steel and she isn’t afraid to thump people aside before racing out of the engagement zone.

Some of the Heartland 2013 audience may have seen Iguana race around the track, when she wore the star for Oxford against Wolves and Severn. However, its three months later and Iguana Thump has only got faster on those toe stops!

Blocker To Watch – Mostly Harmless #42

Mostly Harmless
Over the years, Mostly Harmless has been a part of ORD in numerous ways. She started as a dedicated fan and photographer, capturing some of Oxford’s earliest moments as a bouting league. When it came to ORD’s first Fresh Meat course, Mostly Harmless decided it was time to strap on a pair skates and see the game from a different point of view.

During her time training and acquiring her skills, Harmless became an integral part of the ORD family as she managed both the line-ups and the bench in the End of the World and Heartland Series 2013. At the end of the latter, her bout cherry was popped and Harmless demonstrated her low positional blocking skills. She may start low on one side of the track but don’t think you are safe as her long limbs spring her face-to-face with the opposing jammer with her sharp shoulders at the ready.

Rookie To Watch – Gillenium Falcon #yt1300

Gillennium Falcon
She may be ORD’s rookie skater hoping to make her Series debut this year on bout day one but the force is strong with our Gillenium Falcon. She has only been skating for less than year but to say she is fearless is an understatement! Gillenium’s dedication to training and hard work has yielded the powerful combination of strength, agility and track awareness. Don’t let her big smile deceive you – “she may not look like much, but she’s got it where is counts, kid”!

What are your hopes and goals for the Heartland Series in 2014?

Last year, we missed a place in the finals but we were happy to come 3rd in the West Division. A number of Oxford Roller Derby girls had to leave the league last year as they moved within England and as far as Australia for work or for love. We miss each one of them terribly but are also excited to have lots of new players (many of whom are not mentioned in this article) on our bout team! We are also lucky to have a team member back who temporarily emigrated and missed Heartlands 2013.

We have worked hard in training sessions and to someone none the wiser, we play like a team who has retained every member since the start. Therefore, we aim that our own version of hivemind and our cohesive play will translate into lots of points for Oxford!