Field Theory: Skate Highway One
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I should point out that I don't mind the colours the teams wore, both of them looked awesome. But what would be so bad about wearing yellow and black? Smash Malice did it all season.
I would have thought that the fact that one of the constituent teams had those colours would pretty much rule them out for the all stars team, unless they went for yellow, black and pink.
In my opinion, tradition and identifiability are not strong enough reasons to override forging their own identity or, perhaps more importantly, displaying some creativity.
Derby is an alternative sport. It makes a lot of sense for them to avoid going with tradition. And if we're going to get things coming out of the wider mainstream sports community like that piece by Stanaway, then a few potential insults thrown back might just be appropriate.
Also, there is a strong streak of expression in derby that doesn't exist in other sports. The Wellington Lions or the Phoenix don't make their own uniforms.
Part of the guttingness was that I wanted to hate PCR for being bad at SOMEthing, but I couldn't - they were good skaters with good tactics (and good uniforms). Grrr.
Isn't it the kiwi way to hate someone for being good at something?
It was gutting to see how wide the gulf between the leagues is, even though I was expecting it. But in a way that made the bout more exciting. You could really get behind the Richter City girls for the guts they showed. And it was truly exciting when they did get lead jammer or win a jam. And of course you could marvel at the skills of the Aucklanders.
It has been great following derby this year. I've enjoyed every bout. But being part of that crowd at Skate Highway One was the highlight. It was a great night.
I get your point Haydyn, but why go with tradition? Not like skating is mainstream, and I can't see MIAOW or Suffer Jet in netball skirts. I love how original their costumes are.
And I see your alterior motive - you wanna wear gold spandex!
I can't see MEOW or Suffer Jet in netball skirts
I dunno, I think we should put that to a vote :)
I think the answer to the query is - RCRD wore purple and orange because those are the RCRD league colours, hence their logo on their supporters tshirts, and their website :)
Yeesh, trust an article by Hadyn to turn into an argument about uniforms!
I was so gutted not to be there - even though it looks like RCRD got crushed. Sounds like the crowd had fun too!
Good to know what Fia Fasi Oi means - she stood out in a losing Mascara Massacre team the weekend before in Auckland - but I thought she was a Northland Nightmare, what's the deal Pirates?
LB: Auckland picked black and red as their colours long before RCRD was a league, just fyi. If they want to look like Cantabs, well... power to them I guess. Knowing how parochial actual Cantab supporters are, I do wonder what the Dead End Derby Dolls will be wearing for an inter-city bout.
Greg: Just quietly, I thought that the rules interpretation in Auckland was uhhh... a little 'different' to the way we'd been doing things, especially with a pack splitting up, or a jammer being chased down. Wish I'd been there to yell more obscenities at the officials :)
Even forty points down Bikkies couldn't help a cheeky wave to a Pirate being sent to the box.
That's my cuz! woot Tuff Bikkies!
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