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The high intensity of TCRG’s Season Opener on April 5 and has spiked nothing but anticipation for the upcoming doubleheader on Sunday, April 27 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The opener demonstrated extraordinary levels of competitiveness and skill which proves the rest of this season is going to be phenomenal.
Coming up on April 27, the Faster Pussycats will be taking a swipe at the defending 2013 champs, the Riot Girls. The Pussycats shed their rookie coat at the opener and now the team and their kitten-heavy roster is ready to pounce. The Pussycats started their season with a suspenseful win against Public Frenemy, taking the win by only seven points (104-97)! The Riot Girls are up for the challenge though, as they came out with guns blazing to defeat the Bad Reputations on April 5 with a win of 187-114. With both the Pussycats and the Riot Girls clutching a victory in their first bouts, get ready for some fast-paced, hard-hitting derby action as these teams come head-to-head at the end of the month.
The second matchup in the doubleheader will feature the smooth moves of Public Frenemy against the team with the most veteran skaters, the Bad Reputations. The two teams will be eager to take their first victory of the season, so things will definitely be fierce as they face off. To kick off their season, Public Frenemy put up a tough fight to give the Pussycats a run for their money. They’re all warmed up and ready to jam against the Bad Reputations, who battled hard against the Riot Girls in the opener. The Bad Reps managed to keep their first game close at first with their quick jammers and solid defense, but fell short of denying the victory of the highly anticipated grudge match to the Riot Girls. Both Public Frenemy and the Bad Reps are looking forward to claiming the next win, so be prepared to witness an aggressive show of strategy, teamwork, and of course some big hits!
To catch all this excitement, head to the Royal City Curling Club on Sunday, April 27 with all your bells and whistles to cheer on your Terminal City Rollergirls!
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 6-12, and available by cash at the door. Kids aged five and under are free. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first whistle is at 5 p.m. The Royal City Curling Club is located at 75 E. Sixth Ave., and is opposite the New Westminster Canada Games Pool. Free parking is available.
(Tickets will soon be available for purchase online at terminalcitytickets.com)
By The Great Gashby
Photo by Nic Charest
The 2014 Season Opener kicked off with a roar on April 5, with the Faster Pussycats taking on Public Frenemy at Kerrisdale Arena in Vancouver. The Pussycats bared their claws and pounced to an early lead. Jamming by Simonius Smaximus, new cheetah TK and rookie kitten Ida Rumble, paired with penalty trouble for the Public Frenemy, resulted in a 61-9 lead for the Pussycats. But Public Frenemy soon decided they'd had enough, and proceeded to drop some heavy beats on the Pussycats. With consistency by veteran jammers Deathly Innocent and Lexter T Wreckster, and exciting jamming by rookie speedster Red Sonya, the Frenemy bopped their way back and reduced the Pussycats’ lead to 68-47.
Photo by Bob Ayers
Although the Pussycats continued to lead in the second half, the Public Frenemy beats got louder. A jammer penalty by the Pussycats lead to a power jam, and Public Frenemy’s Didgeri Doom racked up the points. Public Frenemy continued to gain momentum, with strong blocking defence by rookies Brawl Flanders, Feisty Coyote and Bannock! at the Disco.
Photo by TJ Chase
Everyone loves an underdog, so when Public Frenemy caught up to tie the game 89-89, the crowd erupted. With only 10 minutes left, the Pussycats regrouped, and came out more ferocious than ever. Lead by the nearly unstoppable NazDroveya Wylde, with solid defence by captains Tiki Timebomb and Jig-a-Watt Jaxon, the Pussycats opened wide, sunk in their fangs, and silenced the Public Frenemy beats. For the opening game of the TCRG season, it couldn't have been more of a nail-biter, as the Faster Pussycats held on for the win over Public Frenemy, 104-97.
Photo by Nic Charest
The night's second bout was a rematch of the 2013 Mercury Shield Championship game, with the Bad Reputations taking on the reigning champs, the Riot Girls. The Bad Reps came to this game with something to prove and took an early lead due to sensational jamming by Traumatic Acid and Diva La Revolution. Strong defence by towering blocker Amazombie and big hits by Cherry Bob-ombs silenced the Riot Girls' guns.
But there were no thoughts of surrender, and instead the Riot Girls brought out their heavy artillery. Strong blocking by captain Mick E Knocks and by one of the pound-for-pound best blockers in the league, Hurt Russell, had the Riot Girls back on the offensive. Mary Queen of Shotz began the counter-attack with guns a-blazing. Add in some Bad Reputation penalty troubles, it was 116-56 for the Riot Girls at the half.
The second half saw the Bad Reps' exceptional speed and finesse crash hard against the sheer power and discipline of the Riot Girls. Riot Girl jammers Justine Timberskate and rookie phenom Annie Means Necessary repeatedly burst through the pack like bunker-busters. Big hits were delivered by both teams as the Bad Reputations fought to make their way back, with rookie jammer Xena Saurus racking up some hard-won points. However, the unrelenting juggernaut of the Riot Girls ultimately proved too much for the Bad Reps with a final score of 187-114.
Earlier in the night, members of the TCRG All-Stars who had earned a spot on the Team Canada roster, were recognized. Congratulations Kim Janna, Luludemon, Buffy St. Fury, Evada Peron, Eve Hallows and Eight Mean MacKenzie!
TCRG’s next doubleheader is set for Sunday, April 27 at Royal City Curling Club.
If you have missed the exciting, action packed pre-season games so far this year, you’re in luck. The Terminal City Rollergirls are set to kick off their eighth season in just a few weeks. Mark your calendars because at 5 p.m. on April 5 the 2014 season begins at Kerrisdale Arena.
The first bout of this doubleheader will line up the 2011/2012 Mercury Shield champions, the Faster Pussycats, against fan favourite Public Frenemy. Both of these teams gave it their all last season, with Frenemy taking third place in TCRG’s house team standings over the Pussycats by a mere 42 points in the final doubleheader of Season 7. This first game between the two teams will definitely be an intense game to catch, as both teams are rookie-heavy; the Pussycats recently claimed nine new rookies while the Frenemy took eight. It’s anyone’s guess how this matchup will fair out!
The 2013 Mercury Shield champs, the Riot Girls, fought hard last season for their victory — moving from last place in the points standings all the way to the top and taking home the Shield for the first time ever. They defeated the Bad Reputations by 51 points, and now the Bad Reps are back to face the champs in the second bout of the evening. This matchup promises to be intensified by the ambition of the Bad Reps to get back on top. They previously took home the Shield three consecutive years in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Although the Riot Girls took seven rookies earlier this year while the Bad Reps only caught four, this grudge matchup is bound to be full of fast-paced action and hard hits.
All this excitement will surely leave you hungry, so be sure to check out the food vendors we have lined up, or if the rivalry leaves you with a dry mouth, check out the 19+ beer garden.
If last season is anything to go by, this season promises to be incredible. Remember to bring your signs, banners, cowbells and air horns to cheer on your favourite TCRG teams, and come catch the amazing display of athleticism and competitive roller derby!
Venue: Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena — 5670 E Blvd., Vancouver, B.C.
Tickets: Adults $15 online, $20 at the door; children $10; kids five and under are free.
Evada Peron in action against England. Photo by Bob Ayers
There was a storm brewing in the Atlantic as Team Canada flew into Nantes, France for the 2014 Super Brawl on Feb. 15. Fourteen elite roller derby athletes had been chosen to represent our great nation and they had flown through the night for a chance to show the world what Canadians are made of. Three of those 14 skaters were TCRG’s own Evada Peron, Kim Janna, and Kim Mackenzie.
Team England and Team France kicked off the one-day event. Local fans filled the bleachers and roared their approval as their wily French jammers slipped past the English defense. Under the stadium lights, framed by the flags from all three nations, the French team threw themselves into the battle and for the first 15 minutes the score went back and forth between the two teams. Despite a strong start, however, Team England’s tight pack work soon ground down the French offense and, with a couple of power jams to help them out, the English score crept further upwards. Final score 385-54.
Next was the grudge match. Team England and Team Canada had last met at the Blood and Thunder World Cup in 2011, where the Canadians pulled out the win that qualified them to play in the finals against Team USA. With the next world cup on the horizon for December 2014, both teams were looking to test the other. The game started off well for the Canadian team, holding the English scoreless as the blocking pack kept the pace to a crawl. The first period saw both teams exhibit strong teamwork and aggressive jamming as the score inched ahead with neither pulling out a significant lead. However, the last few minutes saw the Canadian blockers heading to the box, which set the pace for the second period. With fewer and fewer bodies on the track, the English team were able to take advantage of their greater numbers and run away with the points. Despite some impressive micro-pack blocking from the Canadian team, they were not able to stop the bleeding and the game ended with a 259-145 win for Team England.
After a disappointing game against Team England, the Canadians were itching to prove themselves against the French. But when the first whistle blew, it seemed like they had underestimated the local team. It took the Canadian team the first 10 minutes to find a way to contain the explosive speed of the French jammers, who were successfully blasting through the pack and stealing lead. With some new pack formations and stronger bracing, they finally managed to slow the French down and allow their Canadian jammers to rack up the points. Final score 460-96.
The 2014 Team Canada Super Brawl Roster:
Chasing Amy (Montreal Roller Derby)
Demanda Lashing (Montreal Roller Derby)
Evada Peron (Terminal City Rollergirls)
Georgia W. Tush (Montreal Roller Derby)
Heavy Flo (Philly Rollergirls)
Kim Janna (Terminal City Rollergirls)
KonichiWOW (Windy City Rollers)
Mackenzie (Terminal City Rollergirls)
Maya Mangleyou (Boston Derby Dames)
Nasher the Smasher (Toronto Roller Derby)
Sarah Hipel (Texas Rollergirls)
Smack Daddy (Montreal Roller Derby)
Surgical Strike (Montreal Roller Derby)
USS DenterHerPrize (Detroit Derby Girls)
Written by Luludemon
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Kim Janna in action against France. Photo by Bob Ayers
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