Stars On The Rise 2014 – Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby

Updated: January 21, 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, competing in the opening bout of this year’s Series, Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby!

How was 2013?

2013 was a busy and exciting time for Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby league. We concentrated on strengthening our bouting team and building relationships with other leagues – we achieved this through scrimmaging with teams, inviting guest skaters to the Wirral and travelling to every bout and scrim we could – either to play or to cheer on everyone else! We took part in SUR5AL at Rainy City, had male skaters take part in MERDC and we successfully became members of UKRDA.

Jammer To Watch – Wrecking Ball #89

Wrecking Ball

Photography by Felix Fotography

Since joining the Whips in early 2012 all Wrecking Ball wanted to do was jam, jam, jam! -And jam she does!! This pocket sized explosion of a jammer causes destruction all over the track. Having spent some time training with Sin City Roller Girls, she’s back on home turf and preparing to do her damage. Finding cracks in walls, just before she smashes through them, WWRD’s #89 is small and mighty, and a force to be (W)reck-oned with!!
“She’ll wre-e-eck you. Yeah, she will, she will wre-e-e-eck you!!…”

Blocker To Watch – Una Fraid #14

Una Fraid

Photography by Felix Fotography

Una Fraid joined the Whips over two years ago – and after taking some time out to celebrate her wedding and then an injury, she is back to her best – ready to take the track!
The positive energy she brings to the team is infectious and her control of the pack, communication and power hits have make her a force to be reckoned with . . .be afraid, she’s Una Fraid!

Rookie To Watch – Staple Gunner #AK47

Staple Gunner
Staple Gunner has bags of natural talent, making her a double threat on the track and a fiery red head to boot. She’s been with the team for 6 months and after steaming through her minimum skills has made a real impression on her coaches. She’s yet to pop her bouting cherry but if her performances in scrims are anything to go by she’s definitely one to watch!

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

The Heartland Series gives us a real focus for the year. We are working on a training schedule that will push us as skaters and as a league – making us stronger – both physically and tactically.

Having the opportunity to play with new leagues and to travel to new venues is something we love!