We’re just about recovered from the North American Qualifiers here at MRDA HQ, but there’s little time to relax just yet as we hurtle toward the European leg of the competition.
Hosted by Manchester Roller Derby, the European Qualifiers will take place between 18th and 19th August at the centrally located North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax and will determine who places in October’s championship playoff finals in Portland, OR.
The teams competing are, in no particular order, Manneken Beasts, Barrow Infernos, Tyne and Fear, Nottingham Roller Derby and Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder; we’ve taken the opportunity to catch up with each of them and pose those all important questions that you’ve all been dying to ask.
First up, for Barrow Infernos, skater 808 and self-confessed penalty box warmer, Defcon Jon and his jammer chum no.68, Princess Lay’her…
What does it mean to be a part of MEQ?
DJ: It’s a great chance to show the world what the small town of Barrow-in-Furness can produce!
PL: It’s amazing, I’m so happy to be representing my team at this awesome opportunity event.
What will you be working on during the tournament?
DJ: I’ll be working my charm on the NSO’s. To keep me seated in the sin bin for 30 seconds or longer if I’m knackered.
Who are you personally looking forward to facing on track?
DJ: All teams, chest blocking is the future.
PL: I am really looking forward to playing Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder; after facing them a few months ago it’ll be good to play against them.
Who is the one to watch on your team?
DJ: If you can target Duke of York I’d appreciate it
PL: Our captain Jardine or Roseblade both amazing players!
What has been your MRDA highlight of 2018?
DJ: Borrowing Fish’s used kit was kind of special…
PL: Getting MVP against Birmingham’s Crash Test Brummies as it was my first ever MVP certificate.
Bread: Settle an argument; is it roll, cob, bap…?
DJ: You don’t ice a roll, cob, bap, barncake, but you do have an iced bun. End of.
Finally, the question everyone’s asking, could you explain to our readers why Roller Polar Bear hasn’t made your roster for this tournament?
DJ: He’s too good……… at announcing.
PL: Clearly his parkour aren’t up to the required standard.