So, we made it! It has officially been ten years since the first time a group of people led by Mistress Malicious and Teri Toxic skated around Kelvingrove Park as Glasgow Roller Girls, and now here we are (via a rebrand and so many other things to celebrate!).
We wanted to celebrate all of the people that have made us who we are today, so we put a call out for everyone's favourite photos and memories of GRD on social media and we got so many great images! Search #10yearsofgrd on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you will see everything that's been shared with us. These were all collated into a slideshow which was shown on the day, and we're assured that Puma will turn this into a video and set it to music at some point before our anniversary year is up! So keep an eye out for that, it's going to be great.
So: thank you everyone. Whether you've been on our A team, never made a team, officiated for us, volunteered at an event, announced a game, spectated, taken photos, provided medical support or did anything at all for us we want you to know how grateful we are <3
Thanks also go out to all our sponsors over the years, but particularly our current sponsors Euro Hostel, 5th Blocker Skates, S1 Helmets and KT Tape. Without their support, we would really struggle to keep doing what we do on roller skates. So, cheers for that!
For the 10th Birthday celebration itself, we decided to get as many people together as we could who are part of this awesome sport and who have been part of our story. We arranged three games: Rising Stars, Co-Ed and Advanced Women.
To see the programme, go here.
First up on the schedule were the Rising Stars, two teams made up of skaters from across Scotland with 0-3 games experience. There's clearly a lot of talent up and coming in Scottish roller derby, so don't be complacent if you're already on a team because these guys were great! The game was pretty close most of the way through, but towards the end Team Black pulled ahead.
Final score: Team Black 180 - 119 Team Yellow
The Co-Ed teams were keener on a pun than the newbies, choosing the monikers No Pun InTENdid and The Banana Splits. This was a really tight game with multiple lead changes and very little to choose between the teams, as they were both so strong and showed no sign of tiring! Eventually, after quite the battle, No Pun InTENdid won by a narrow margin.
Final score: No Pun InTENdid 97 - 90 The Banana Splits
And, last but far from least, were the Advanced Women. Team Yellow took on the Ten-Ah Ladies who not only kept Puma amused with their excellent name as she made up the programme, but also sent in headshots of them aged 10. These were truly gold, and well worth checking the programme out for (see above).
It's unclear if it was the power of the Pun Gods which spurred the Ten-Ah Ladies on to such a dominant performance given that both teams were fairly evenly mixed, but dominant they were and piled on the points while holding Team Yellow under 100 points despite a valiant fightback.
Final score: Ten-Ah Ladies 255 - 58 Team Yellow
And as if that wasn't enough awesomeness for one day, we also got a gift for our most loyal fan, Chris. Don't get us wrong, we love all our fans but Chris does have a bit of a special place in our hearts. He is there for us just about every game and draws us wonderful portraits of our skaters so we reciprocated with a portrait of Chris done by Nuclaire Art.
And to round off the day, we had a lovely free skate with music and pals. We had a lovely time and we hope everyone who came along did too.
And if you're ready for more roller derby, check out our Events Page for what's next in the GRD journey! We also designed some special edition merch for the event which was available on the day, and will be up on the website soooooooon!