Tiger Bay Brawlers

Tiger Bay WFTDA ECC 2019 Fundraisers

Ever since the 3rd of July when the Tiger Bay Brawlers found out they were invited to the European Continental Cup in Helsinki, we made a decision to do all we could to get every eligible skater and member of leadership there regardless of financial cost. 

‘HOW CAN I HELP?!’  we hear you roar. Well my friends, here are some of the events that have been, that are happening as I type, and future events you’re not gonna wanna miss! Read below to find out more.

CURRENT FUNDRAISERS

TBB Presents: Nervous Rex, MOGAN, Panic Shack, Boxcat – Gig!
https://www.facebook.com/events/665605940516454/

Party like a Tiger Bay Brawler at our upcoming fundraiser gig on the 29th September at 6pm, at The Moon in Cardiff. Gender neutral bathrooms and FOUR top bands that will deliver some live music. This is a family event so all ages are welcome! 6 pounds on the door, 4 bands for 6 pounds! That’s maaaadness.

 

JustGiving Crowdfunder
https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tigerbaybrawlers

So, you may have heard, that we’re fundraising to go to Helsinki. Well if you’re at this point in the blog and you haven’t donated yet, but you want to, head to our crowdfunding page and donate whatever you can and we will be forever grateful! Pennies make pounds.

Donna’s Nail Boutique 

Our very own Thrill Collins is a bit of a whizz when it comes to nail beauty and is willing to take your boring regular nails and transform them into SPIRIT FINGERS for a donation! You can get directly in touch with Thrill via Instagram messenger to name a time and place.

Road to Helsinki
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11zrTYzLr_LLMkFOjQ_gz-sffYJ6PXJjdS8g1wBq221k/edit#gid=0

Did you know it’s 1825 miles from Cardiff to Helsinki? Well it is, ask Google and the Tiger Bay Beauts are hop, jump and skipping their way there by doing extra cardio be it in the gym, in a pool or just out on the streets! Help us reach our milestone and head to our fundraiser page and donate whatever you can!

Friendship Bracelets 

‘And what’s the kind of boat that can never, ever sink?… A friend-ship.’ That’s right folks! So what better way to tell you friend you love them than your very own friendship bracelets. Not to mention that they’re made by our very own Billie Pistol! You can contact her through email at Billiepistol44@gmail.com, tell her want you want, and boom, you and your BFF will be the coolest cubs on the block.

Raffles 

Roll up roll up (see what we did there) and get you raffle tickets! We’ve already had 2 raffles, our skater bundle online raffle and a home game raffle. But there’s more! We’ll be having some local music and venue prizes at the September gig mentioned above, as well as a facebook auction featuring some unique  goodies donated by local businesses! Keep your eyes peeled on our social media to find out more.

 

COMPLETED FUNDRAISERS

Teacup Plants 

I’m not sure what more needs to be said. Plants in teacups people! Put together by our very own captain Baxter. These beauties were found on a stall at our home game.

Litter Pick

Some of the Tiger Bay Brawlers teamed up with Cardiff City Council and went litter picking in the community. We managed to fill around 10 bags of rubbish, all in aid of getting donations and giving back to the community.

Kemps Cake

Tiger Bay’s Mary Berry introduced the world to her buttery biscuit base skills and as if anyone could refuse, auctioned it off and raised 40 big ones! Nice one Kemp!

Hyps did Tough Mudder

Our new transfer skater Hyps, took to the mud and smashed it! She raised 200 pounds in donations, and yes, she got electrocuted at the end. She’s still ready to meet you on track though.

Well, that’s all folks! Don’t forget to follow Tiger Bay Brawlers on all our social media for updates in the run up to the Continental Cup and all the action whilst we’re there. I guess there’s only one thing left to say…. DO YOU WANT A F***ING MEDAL?!

 

WFTDA ECC 2018 Skater Profile: Nitro Jen

In anticipation of the WFTDA European Continental Cup in Birmingham, we’re taking the time to introduce some of our A team skaters, ask them a few questions about what it’s like to train at Tiger Bay, and find out how the team is preparing to compete for the cup. This week we’re chatting to Nitro Jen, one of our veteran A team skaters.

Nitro Jen started skating for Tiger Bay circa 2014, coming to us as a transfer from Rainy City, where she first learned to play roller derby. Her solid blocking skills have jammers begging for mercy on the track, and the strength she lends our walls make us very glad to have her on our side! Nitro’s positive attitude and willingness to help others learn and improve from her extensive knowledge of roller derby make her a highly valued teammate in every regard.

 

Photo by Paul Jones Photography

Nitro, can you tell us a bit about your skating career to date, and what drew you to roller derby in the first place?

Up until I was 40 years old, I could count the number of times I had skated on one hand, and that was when I was about 14! However, upon turning 40 I realised that I wanted to make some changes in my life, as I was unfit, working in hospitality and had little in the way of a social life. I read an article about roller derby in a magazine, and it seemed to fit the bill – a great sport, filled with awesome people, that celebrated diversity and alternative culture. I Googled my local league, plucked up the courage to email them, explained a little about myself and enrolled in their new skater program. Needless to say, I fell in love with the sport immediately!


How have Tiger Bay been preparing for the European Continental Cup?


We have changed as a team quite a lot over the past 12 months, with new skaters moving up the ranks from our B team and transferring in from other leagues, but I’m happy to say that we have gelled really well and worked incredibly hard together. Under Kid Block’s guidance we have all become better skaters, and take a very professional approach to training and the team. Obviously we still have loads of fun, but we definitely know how to take care of business!


What are you most looking forward to, with regards to Continental Cup weekend?

Personally I’m really looking forward to seeing how we compete at this level, and I’m excited about working hard to progress even further, knowing that we have the ability to achieve our goals without any fear of the challenges we may face together.

Photo by Paul Jones Photography


Do you have any tried and tested pre-game rituals you will use to help prepare yourself?

I’m all about tapping in to the team vibe – I really enjoy the spirit of us all being together with a united purpose. Oh, and music! Lots of good music, that’s my way of engaging beast mode.


What is your favourite thing about skating with Tiger Bay?

Definitely the people. I am so inspired and in awe of the amazing people I get to call my league mates, I love all of them! Roller derby changes lives, for real – as a trans woman, I couldn’t have dreamt of a more supportive, accepting community, that pushes me to be the best I can be in so many ways.


What do you feel is your best ever roller derby memory?

 I think my best moment is yet to come; I’m pretty driven in that way!

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Jen! We can’t wait to see you unleash the beast on track at the Continental Cup. Follow Tiger Bay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to follow our journey to the WFTDA European Continental Cup!

Photo by Adam Chard

WFTDA ECC 2018 Skater Profile: Irene Adler

In anticipation of the WFTDA European Continental Cup in Birmingham, we’re taking the time to introduce some of our A team skaters, ask them a few questions about what it’s like to train at Tiger Bay, and find out how the team is preparing to compete for the cup. First up is Charlie Bowman/Irene Adler.

Irene started learning to skate with Tiger Bay in August 2016, and joined main league as a B team skater in February 2017. She is a fierce and intimidating blocker, and her formidable strength is a real asset to her teammates, meaning she has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most recent additions to our A team charter. She consistently proves her worth in training, and made her A team debut in September, skating against Nottingham Hellfire Harlots.

Photo By Simon Ayre
Photo By Simon Ayre


Irene, how have you found training with the A team so far?

At first I felt like I had wandered in by accident having no idea what I was doing, but I know that people are willing to help and that it’s just a case of getting stuck in. The training is intense, but also incredibly useful. I feel like I am being pushed, which helps me become a better skater – trying things that are daunting, and thinking about things differently. It’s a huge opportunity to be able to train with them, at that level, and getting the advice/tips/feedback that are only going to help me.


Does it feel good to be able to train at a higher level since making it onto the A team charter?

Yes, it’s a huge difference. It’s helping me to pick things up faster, and I believe it will ultimately make me a better skater. It helps to have so many skaters on the team that I can aspire to skate like, and be in a position to ask for advice and pay attention to the way some skaters approach different positions and plays. The tactics/strategy is the biggest difference which I am trying to get used to, and it feels like an achievement when I really get it and am able to do it successfully in training.


You recently skated in your first A team game – congratulations! Can you tell us a bit about that? What was it like, what challenges did you face, and did you have fun?

It was a super last-minute swap with someone who was too injured to play, so I didn’t know until the morning of the game! That meant I didn’t have time to get too nervous, which helped a lot. I absolutely love being able to skate in games, I get such an adrenaline rush and get completely sucked into the atmosphere. I wouldn’t describe myself as very competitive, so was loving every second of it despite the lead changes (although had complete faith in TBB of course!).

Being so new to the charter, and with the last-minute swap, I didn’t think I would get any track time, so was over the moon with being asked to go on for two jams. I had so much fun, and was so happy to be included and able to enjoy the game with the rest of the A team.


What does the next year hold for you? Do you have any personal goals you’re working towards?

I have only just got onto the charter, and obviously I’d love to make it again next quarter. Mostly my aim is to make use of every opportunity given to me to learn from the A team, to improve myself as a skater and to have the additional knowledge/different mindset that comes with it. I would also love to play in more games, both A team and B team, as I think the pressure and excitement brings out the best skater in me.

Photo by Paul Jones Photography
Photo by Paul Jones Photography


Thank you for taking the time to speak with us, Irene! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you within Tiger Bay. Follow Tiger Bay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to follow our journey to the WFTDA European Continental Cup!

Tiger Bay Brawlers introduce…. Big Jeanie!

The Tiger Bay Brawlers Roller Derby team are known for their aggressive skating and fierce competitive nature but they were only too happy to show their softer side this week, coming to the assistance of a local Cardiff pensioner.

Mrs Jeanette Jenkins reached her 77th birthday in July and the only thing she really wanted was to relive one of her fondest childhood memories and try roller skating one more time.

Rather than strap her in to some skates and hope for the best, Mrs Jenkins’ children contacted the Tiger Bay Brawlers in the hope that they could help. The Brawlers were delighted to be involved and invited Mrs Jenkins along to one of their off-season training sessions at Penarth leisure centre on Sunday.

Armed with just a pair of skates and some steely determination, Mrs Jenkins arrived to a wonderfully friendly welcome and was immediately presented with a team shirt, making her truly feel like a roller girl and an honorary Brawler.

After kitting herself out in plenty of safety gear, (all kindly supplied by the team) she placed her trust in the hands of two of the best roller derby skaters in Europe, Boba Fettish and Thrill Collins and headed out onto the rink.

Showing no signs of trepidation, and with very few wobbles, the septuagenarian soon gained her confidence with the encouraging support of everyone at the practice session, family members and several surprised onlookers.

Dozens of exciting laps later the smiling pensioner returned to the sideline, tired but extremely happy; with several members of the squad extremely impressed by her footwork and ability.

Whilst she may not be challenging for the position of first team Jammer any time soon, the experience is one which will live long in the memory of the thrilled Mrs Jenkins. Her family were absolutely delighted with the help of the team in making a small dream come true for their Mother.

“We couldn’t be happier with the support of the Tiger Bay Brawlers,” said Angela, her youngest daughter, wiping away tears of laughter and joy. “They have been so enthusiastic and more helpful than we could have hoped for; giving up their practice session, equipment and expertise to make this a really wonderful experience for us all, and, of course, for Mum in particular.

“Our family’s grateful thanks go to them all for making this happen”.

The Brawlers will hope to delight their fans just as much when they start their new season of competitive matches.