As we mentioned in our January round-up, the only announced bouts in Scotland in January are in the last two weeks of the month. In fact, by far the larger event is the closer, as the 21st sees Glasgow Roller Derby bringing Derby Se7ens to Scotland for the first time.
Like Sur5al, which Glasgow have also hosted previously, Se7ens is a condensed Derby format, inspired by Rugby Sevens which is a very successful variant of the Union game - the first Sevens tournament was held by Essex Men's Roller Derby, and is now an annual event. The benefit, of course, is that you can get more teams to compete in less time, and hence possibly have a higher density of fun. It's also an ideal way for skaters to ease themselves back onto track, before the competitive season really gets going...
Experimenting with the Derby Se7ens format to add even more 7s, the Magnificent 7s event sees 7 teams of 7 skaters each play 7 minutes of derby against each other (for a total of 21 bouts, and 147 minutes) to determine the victor*.
To celebrate this inaugural issue of what might become an annual event, GRD have also worked with well-known Scottish Derby photographer, Dave McAleavy to produce this themed poster:
As is often the case with these intense formats, the event has drawn in a wide representation of skaters, with the following teams submitted:
- How The West Was Won [in Black] - Team Scotland Roller Derby's entry, an epic mixture of ARRG and GRD skaters from the National Team's Training Squad.
- Soy Division [in White] - Skaters from the Soy Division vegan exhibition team, including GRD and New Town.
- The Hateful 7 [in Green] - a mix of Fierce Valley, Bairn City, and Auld Reekie skaters, discounted from Tarantino's efforts.
- Granite City Brawlers [in Orange] - Granite City Brawlers' representation, the northernmost team all the way from Aberdeen.
- The Seven Deadly Spins [in Blue] - a mix of mysterious skaters operating under pseudonyms. We're not sure which one is Wrath, but we don't really want to find out!
- Mean City [in Red] - Mean City Roller Derby's finest skate out to serve justice.
- GMRD [in Purple] - Glasgow Men's Roller Derby... or in this context, Gringos from Mexican Ranch, Dudes?
*The conventional Derby Sevens, as run by Essex Mens, has 21 minute games.