#ThrowbackThursday: Home Teams Season 1!

You're in for a treat this weekend: we're holding our first home teams games of the season on Saturday and you're all invited! The T-Wrecks will be lining up to face the Death Stars and the Bad Omens to see just what they can do with those tiny little arms against lightsabers and witchcraft. Tickets are £6 in advance from here or £8 on the door.

As we prepare to open our 2016 Home Teams season I thought it'd be a good time to look back to five years ago when it all began. At that time we had the Irn Bruisers and the Maiden Grrders and we did play some intraleague games too, but late in 2010 an idea formed; we wanted to have a public tournament to showcase our skills and get a little bit of competition going within the league.

There were three teams to begin with: Bad Omens, Death Stars and Hell's Belles. The Tyrannosaurus Wrecks first featured in the 2013 Home Teams season (it takes significantly longer to reanimate a dinosaur than it does to attract the attention of The Empire or to summon demons and witches apparently).

 GRD's Bad Omens, Death Stars, Hell's Belles and Tyrannosaurus Wrecks - which one is your favourite?

GRD's Bad Omens, Death Stars, Hell's Belles and Tyrannosaurus Wrecks - which one is your favourite?

The first Home Teams season began on 19 February 2011, and the final was contested on May 7th. This saw the Death Stars facing up to the Bad Omens - they had both beaten the Hell's Belles and seemed evenly matched. It was difficult to predict whether the malevolent Sith powers would prove a match for some older women standing round a cauldron chanting about toil and trouble!

 The poster for the first Home Teams Final, between the Death Stars and the Bad Omens, featuring Jess E Ska & Cara VIola.

The poster for the first Home Teams Final, between the Death Stars and the Bad Omens, featuring Jess E Ska & Cara VIola.

In the end the Dark Side was defeated and the misunderstood women took the win home in their oversized cooking pot to their cats: Death Stars 87 - 162 Bad Omens.

But that's only part of the story - it remains to be decided who won the skateouts! Check out the video below. Yes, there's a choir. Yes, a certain Sith lord and his henchmen make an appearance. Yes, it is absolutely brilliant! Come along on Saturday for more silliness and roller derby, and if you want to show your support for your favourite team then there's a discount in our online store until the end of the month on home teams merch: use the code GRDHOMETEAMS at the checkout. Pick up something else nice for yourself while you're in there!