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Apex jumps and big hits

Roller Derby is a tactical game, offence and defence change rapidly and skaters need to keep a keen eye to judge the situation and adopt suitable tactics. While this is a major part of the game play, shear athleticism, quick feet and flair also play a part. The crowd loves to see a jammer land a massive apex jump or a blocker put in big hit to disrupt the opposition. Below is a selection of images taken over the past couple of years. In the early days of shooting Derby camera equipment was up capturing this type of image, but as technology has advanced it has allowed the photographer the capture this aspect of the game.

London Rollergirls versus USA at the Newark Showground in 2017.

London Rollergirls versus USA

Middlesbrough Roller Derby at the final of the Tier 1 of the British Championships.

Leeds Roller Dolls versus Vagine Regime

Skaters playing for the Vagine Regime put a squeeze on the Leeds Roller Derby's jammer.

England Roller Derby versus the USA

The USA took on England Roller Derby in a closed bout at Newark Showground a day after their bout against the London Rollergirls.

England Roller Derby versus Germany

England and German skaters take a tumble.

England Roller Derby versus the USA

A hop, skip and twisting leap around the London Rollergirls defence. London Rollergirls went up against a strong team from the USA.

London Rollergilrs versus Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Skaters from London Rollergirls and Gothem Girls Roller Derby take a tumble.

New Wheeled Order from Mancheter take on the South Wales Silures

New Wheeled Order from Manchester take on the South Wales Silures in a British Championship bout.

Scotland take on Mexico

Scotland take on Mexico in an opening round of the Roller Derby World Cup held in Dallas, Texas in 2014.

Germany versus France

A German skater puts a big hit on a plyer from France at the first Men's Roller Derby World Cup held in Birmingham, England in 2014.

A skater for the London Rockin' Rollers takes a leap

A skater for the London Rockin' Rollers takes a leap.

One way to get around a wall

One way to get around a wall.

Apex jump at the Men' European Championship

Apex jump at the Men's European Championship, held at the Walker Activity Dome in Newcastle, England.

England Roller Derby put a big hit in against the Canadian jammer

England Roller Derby put a big hit in against the Canadian jammer in the semi final of the Roller Derby World Cup. England took the win to set up a final against the USA.

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Blondie playing the the Red versus White bout