Travel Team: 21/06
Saturday 21 June GO-GO Gent once again treats you on a double header! Not only did we invite our lovely Kevins for some hardcore men on men action, it’s also the last bout of the season of our Travel Team. You don’t want to miss out!
Get yourselves ready and join us on 21/06 in Ertvelde! Come and cheer for De Kevins from 17h onwards when they take on Panam Squad‘s B-Team (Paris, FR)! A though battle garantueed, as Panam Squad is bringing a couple of their A-level players to the track as well.
Then at 19h30 our Travel Team will face up against Royal Windsor Rollergirls from the Berkshire area, U.K. We sure missed them on the second edition of SKOD, and are thus very pleased to get the opportunity to battle these fierce ladies in white and blue. The main goal for Gent of course is to end to season in beauty with yet another win!
Can’t wait till 21/06 to get your highly recommended dose of derby? On Saturday 14/06 our lovely Cuberdonnas will play their last bout of the season in Lille, FR. At 19h o’clock they take on Lille Roller Girls, eagerly to extend their winning streak. The Cuberdonnas won their last three bouts, which has made them unbeaten since February 2014.
What to say after last weekend’s 2014 a skate odyssey… That is was great? Amazing? Unbelievable? Exciting? At this very moment, words cannot describe how we feel… Let’s give it a try though!
Looking back, it certainly was exciting to see how every single team gave it their all. SKOD’s final ranking shows some upheavels as compared with the preliminary ranking. Both Kallio Rolling Rainbow and GO-GO Gent ended up one spot higher than expected, respectively taking home bronze and silver medals. Paris Roller Girls (PRG) however, started the tournament placed 8th and impressed us all by going straight to the final, winning the final against GO-GO Gent and taking the Jaw Breaker Award to Paris!
Road to the final
For GO-GO Gent, the tournament started Friday afternoon with a fourth (!) encounter against Copenhagen Roller Derby (CRD). Playing solid, hard and clever, Gent was in the lead from the beginning till the end. Even though CRD kept on fighting and proved to be though opponents, Gent won their first game with a clear 271 over 140.
On Saturday Gent started out against Central City Rollergirls (CCR) as they did against CRD and held on to what seemed a solid lead for two thirds of the game. Then Central City came back with a vengeance, steadily scraping up points which resulted in a head start of 12 points with 2 minutes left on the clock.
What seemed an impossible scenario was realised by a determined pack of four blockers and one relentless jammer on the side of Gent. In the very last jam of the game, Olga Volt did what nobody thought was possible: she scored 15 points, while Miss Myiagi, Sandra Buttblock, Guts ‘n Glory and Double U Jay succeeded in holding back the jammer of CCR. Official score: 166-158 for Gent.
Needless to say the roof went off the venue, and most players and fans went crazy and emotional after the sound of whistles ended this game.
Final: Paris Rollergirls – GO-GO Gent
It sure was a scenario everybody hoped for against Paris, especially because Gent won the two previous encounters, both times in nailbiting games that were only decided in the last jams of play.
Both Paris and Gent showed their eagerness in the first half of the game and treated the audience on top notch derby with the lead going forth and back. It was only during the second half that Paris started to dominate as their jammers got through the pack slighy faster than did the Gent jammers.Then Paris succeeded in forcing three successive power jams on Gent and the game tipped over in their advantage, resulting in a 40 points lead with only 15 minutes left to play.
Paris was not willing to give it away: every single pack came on the track focused, and they kept on gathering points. Gent did not give in and they clearly sought out to duplicate their CCR scenario of the day before. In the last jam, Martacus got to prove herself one more time as one of GO-GO Gent’s first-rate jammers but to no avail: Paris won with 183-139.
Paris definitely brought the passion to Gent and impressed us a disciplined team with both a solid defensive and a tricky offensive game play. Chapeau Les Bleues and a huge congratulations on your much deserved win of this tournament!
See you next year?
As for the audience, our fans and cheering crowd: we are so grateful for all the loud encouragements and for being able to share our emotions with you! Together with all the SKOD volunteers, referees and officials you were the heart and soul of 2014 a skate odyssey. You gave it your all, gave all GO-GO players goosebumps and we want to thank you for that. It’s something we treasure in our heart.
We hope to see you all next year! In the meanwhile, like our SKOD facebook page where you can relive the tournament by watching all footage and pictures.
We are GENT!
We are GENT!
GO GO GENT!
Exciting times ahead: in about a week GO-GO Gent will participate in 2014 a skate odeyssey, the 2nd edition of the much anticipated European WFTDA tournament! Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave you knew that much already. But did you already know the lovely sponsors of SKOD 2014?
SKOD 2014 is proud to present you Sucker Punch Skate Shop as its main sponsor. GO-GO Gent is lucky to have them close by in town, as there are Europe’s finest and best stocked Roller Derby shop. Not only do they make your wildest dreams come true by providing a wide range of everything that is derby-related in their (online) shop, they will be present at the SKOD venue with a large booth in which you can go wild and crazy.
On top of that, they supply the tournament’s MVPs with a package that will make any derby girl or boy’s heart pump harder. So come and check them out !
SKOD 2014 is also made possible by Les Filles et Les Chiens, a wonderful fashion concept store located in the city of Ghent with affordable, Scandinavian and French clothes.
We’re glad to announce our other local sponsor. Bakery Baccaert has been a loyal sponsor of GO-GO Gent and spoils us and our public with delicious cupcakes every single bout! No lovely cake this time, but sandwiches for all our volunteers, yum!
Of course we need to thank the city of Ghent because without its support we would be nowhere, literally! As a recognized sports club we can make use of some decent and affordable venues for our trainings and events such as SKOD. Hurray for that!
No Belgian event without a beer sponsor! SKOD had to have one too. Thank you Vedett for being at SKOD. We’re sure the European participants will fall for the stylish, yet plain old good Vedettjes!
Nutcase loves our GO-GO brains! The new helmets arrived just in time for SKOD, so look out for our girls and their shiny checkered helmets. Thank you Nutcase for making us feel safe and pretty on the track!
Last but not least, SKOD will offer some excitement next to the track as well as there will be a variety of vending booths at the venue. Looking for some new skates? Want some advice on wheels? Just feel like spending some cash? Our vendors will be more than happy to help you! This year, we have booths from:
Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Get them now!
A what odyssey?
2014: a skate odyssey! Yes, it’s that time of year again! GO-GO Gent is proud to present that the 30th and 31st of May and the 1st of June it is hosting the second edition of a skate odyssey (SKOD). This event is thé European roller derby spring tournament, with the support of WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Association).
This year these 10 roller derby teams will be facing each other: four British teams are coming over, being the Central City Rollergirls, the Leeds Roller Girls (who ended up fourth last year), the London Rockin’ Rollers and the Rainy City Roller Girls (who ended up ninth at the previous edition). From Norway Nidaros Roller Derby and Oslo Roller Derby are coming over. Denmark sends Copenhagen Roller Derby and Finland its Kallio Rolling Rainbow. Like already mentioned above, the Paris Roller Girls are also attending. And last, but not least, GO-GO Gent. *drummms*
Last year GO-GO-Gent achieved the sixth place. Will they do better this year and win the Jawbreaker trophy the Berlin Bombshells walked away with last year? Get your tickets here and be part of it!
All info on: www.2014skod.com
GO GO GENT! Rrraaauuuwww!
The 19th of April our Travel Team and the Antwerp One Love Roller Dolls (OLRD) hosted a double header: while OLRD played against Paris its B-team, GO-GO Gent faced the Paris All Stars team. Having both – Ghent and Paris – started out with roller derby around the same time, this bout was one to look forward to. And it surely was promising! Our kitties won the exciting bout with a tight score of 205-189. Alright, Ghent! Well done! Thank you, Paris Que dalles (B-team) and All Stars (A-team) for coming over. See you again soon for A Skate Odyssey!
Up next were the Cuberdonnas flying out the 26th of April to the Spanish capital Madrid. There they played against Roller Derby Madrid in the Batalla de gatas (Battle of the cats). Next to enjoying the sun and some sangria, our kitties overtook those from Madrid with a score of 211 to 66. Mi-aauuw, good job, Cuberdonnas! And thank you for having us, Madrid. It’s nice to see roller derby growing and developing in Spain as well.