Chance to see the Berlin wall in Glasgow this weekend ... on skates

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GUTEN tag Glasgow - Berlin’s best skaters will be lining up against Scotland’s queens of the roller derby track this Saturday.

Bear City Roller Derby’s A-team – the Berlin Bombshells - are preparing to take on Glasgow Roller Derby’s premier players, the Irn Bruisers.

It’s set to be a thrilling afternoon of top-flight roller derby - featuring two of Europe’s elite teams.

Berlin just edged it when the teams clashed last October, so Glasgow will be looking for a little roller derby revenge.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow Roller Derby (GRD) said: “The bouts between Glasgow and Berlin are always cracking encounters and this one will be no exception. It’s going to be amazing.

“This is your chance to see world-class roller derby right here in Glasgow. It’s going to be full-on thrills and spills from the first whistle to the last.

“Get your tickets now and enjoy a fun day out for all the family - free entry for under-14s.”

The bout takes place on Saturday, September 21 – 12.30pm-4pm – at the ARC, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA.

There’s a real continental flavour to GRD at the moment, which recently played host to teams from Sweden and Finland.

Glasgow’s second travel team - the Maiden Grrders - travel to Spain next month to take on Barcelona Roller Derby.

This Saturday though it’s the GRD A-team - the Irn Bruisers - versus the Berlin Bombshells.

Will the Bruisers break the Berlin wall or will the German jammers bid auf wiedersehen with a win? There’s only one way to find out...

Get your tickets in advance from www.glasgowrollerderby.com for only £5 (£7 on the door).

* Roller derby - a colourful collision of roller skates, racing and rivalries - has its origins in the 1930s, but it was revived as an all-female sport in Texas in the early 2000s.

* Glasgow Roller Girls, as they were known originally, were the first flat-track roller derby league to be established in Scotland, in April 2007.

* Since then Glasgow Roller Derby, as they are now known, have sped from strength to strength - playing internationals, securing a top five spot in Europe and organising their own tournaments.

* Despite growing in popularity and stature every year, the club – which has around 100 members – remains fiercely proud of its DIY ethic. Everyone involved in the club is a volunteer.

* Roller derby is deceptively simple, but cunningly strategic – there is one scorer (called a jammer) for each team on track. It is their job to juke their way through the four opposition blockers, skate round the track and start to lap the opposing players.

* For every player she overtakes, the jammer scores a point. It is a full-contact sport but there are very specific rules. You can’t elbow or hit anyone with a forearm, knee, kick or shove an opponent, or plough full tilt into someone’s back.

* Similarly, if you are blocking, you are not allowed to hold onto opposition players or link arms to hold them back. However, you can use your shoulders, hips and upper body to force your way through or knock someone off course.

* Thrills and spills are a given in roller derby and all the skaters are equipped with mouth guard, helmet, elbow guards, wrist pads and knee pads to prevent injury. That doesn’t stop bruises, aching muscles and split lips – but it does prevent more serious injury.

* Visit www.glasgowrollerderby.com for more information.

* What’s your view? E-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk

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