by The Great Gashby
The Terminal City Rollergirls’ Season 9.0 wrapped up July 4, 2015 at Royal City Curling Club with a bang! First on the track was the grudge match with the Bad Reputations versus the Faster Pussycats. The following matchup pitted defending champions the Riot Girls against the undefeated Public Frenemy in a bid for the Mercury Shield. Who would reign supreme?
In the match-up for third place, both the Bad Reputations and the Faster Pussycats were looking for redemption. Both teams had lost in last year’s champs, and neither wanted to lose this match-up. The Bad Reps hit the ground running, powering to an early lead due to the explosive jamming of Traumatic Acid and Loca Smoke-ya. For the Pussycats, tough blocker walls by the Bad Reps and jammer penalties for the ‘Cats hurt their chances of recouping the lost points. At half time, the Pussycats had 60 points to the Bad Reputations 101 points.
The Bad Reputations continued to keep the pedal to the metal in the second half. Fantastic offensive play and big hits were delivered by the Bad Reps Major Assets, Sage Rae Martin and Battouta Hell. The Pussycats had a few good hits of their own, including the one that Biff Brisket laid on Traumatic Acid to send her airborne! Lil’Shiv had a tremendous jam for the Faster Pussycats, racking up 13 points and setting up the Pussycats for a come-back. Strong FPC walls lead by veterans Jig-a-watt Jackson and Tiki Timebomb helped hold the Bad Reps in check. The Bad Reps rallied to hold on to the lead in this tough physical game, and finished it as third place winners. The final score was Bad Reputations 191, Faster Pussycats 156.
Next up was the big show, the grand finale, for all the marbles… Public Frenemy faced off against the Riot Girls in a matchup to determine who would take home the Mercury Shield. It was a no-holds barred bout, with both teams looking to field their best line-ups. Mick E Knocks and Justine Timberskate came back to help bolster the Riot Girls, who had been plagued with injuries throughout the season. Things were intense in the first half; in the first eight jams, there were four lead changes and the score stayed within six points. In the ninth jam, Deathly Innocent passed the star to Malicious Reynolds, who proceeded to rack up the points and widen PF’s lead to 19 points. The intensity remained elevated, with both teams’ jammers taking penalties and scoring points. Frenemy and the Riot Girls dug deep into their jammer rotations to mix things up and keep the other team on their toes. For Public Frenemy, Sambooka Cha Cha Cha, ALKAZAR and Jessica Rabid took a turn with the star, while for the Riot Girls, Smackin' ‘Em and Hurt Russell lined up behind the jammer line. The Riot Girls gained momentum towards the end of the second half, and going into the break the score was 83 for Public Frenemy, 66 for the Riot Girls.
In the first jam of the second half, confusion resulted in Public Frenemy not fielding a jammer, and Annie Means Necessary skated away with twenty unanswered points and the lead. Frenemy regained the lead in the next jam, but still looked a bit mentally frazzled. Riot Girls go lead back, and continued to hold on to a slim lead for the next ten jams. Tensions were high as both teams laid it all on the line, playing a physical, impactful game throughout the second half. Chic and Destroy (PF) and Great Big C (RG) both commanded their blocking lines effectively, allowing only small-change point gains for either team. PF was determined to fight, fight, fight, and rallied back towards the end of the second half. A 13-point jam by Stevie Wonder put Public Frenemy back in the lead, but only a four point margin. With time running down, Public Frenemy looked to All-Star jammer Red Sonja to put some more points on the board, and widen the gap. In the final jam, Frenemy captain Deathly Innocent faced off against Felicity Brammer Only a six point margin separated the two teams, so getting lead jammer was critical in determining who would be champions. The whistle blew, and Deathly Innocent did what she does best, lead jammer went to Public Frenemy. When the final whistles were heard, Public Frenemy were first-time champions, taking home the Mercury Shield in Season 9.0 with a score of 149 - 143.
by The Great Gashby
Photo by Bob Ayers
The Terminal City Roller Girls season 9 semi-finals took place June 20 at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster.
The winners of these two bouts will meet up again on July 4th to battle for first place and the coveted Mercury Shield. First up, the Bad Reputations versus the Riot Girls, followed by the Faster Pussycats taking on the Public Frenemy.
After the intense battle the last time the Bad Reps and the Riot Girls met, expectations and tension level were high in the first semi-final bout of the night. Coming back from the injured list after a lengthy absence, it was great to see core Riot Girl veterans Mick E Knocks and Justine Timberskate back on skates to bolster the Riot Girls roster. The Riot Girls jumped to an early lead in the first part of the first half, but persistent jamming by Traumatic Acid and Suzy Smoke Show whittled away at their lead, allowing the Bad Reps to take the lead. Real Canadian Bacon dazzled the crowd with a showy apex jump or two, helping the Bad Reputations maintain lead and keep the bout ‘a thrill a minute’. The score stayed close throughout the first half, and at the last whistle, the Bad Reps were in the lead, 93-81 over the Riot Girls.
Going into the second half, the Riot Girls came out guns a-blazing, hoping the reclaim lead. But the Bad Reps weren’t going down without a fight, and clung to their lead. Half-way through the second half, the Riot Girls took the lead by the slimmest of margins, due in part to the scoring prowess of Annie Means Necessary on a power jam, combined with the relentless jamming skills of Justine Timberskate. Continuing to build on jammer penalties, the Riot Girls incrementally built up a forty point lead over the Bad Reputations. Solid play by Riot Girl blockers Felicity Brammer, Great Big C and Hurt Russell kept the Bad Reps jammers from capitalizing on scoring opportunities. Both teams fought hard during this physical and close bout, but in the end, Riot Girls prevailed. The final score was 207 – 164 Riot Girls over the Bad Reputations.
The second match-up of the night featured the Faster Pussycats against the undefeated Public Frenemy. When these two teams met last time, Public Frenemy took home the win, so the Pussycats were looking for redemption. The Pussycats grabbed a short-lived lead in the first jam, but PF took back the lead in the second jam and held on. Fantastic jamming by Red Sonja and the power-jamming duo of Stevie Wonder and Green Machine put points on the board for Frenemy. Timely offensive blocking by Chic and Destroy and Brawl Flanders helped keep the Pussycats stymied while creating perfect paths for PF jammers. However, Drago and Scarlet Starlet had some success against the PF walls, and put points on the board for the Pussycats. After one half of intensely physical play by both teams, the score was 116 to 38 for Public Frenemy over the Faster Pussycats.
The Faster Pussycats came out in the second half determined to narrow the scoring gap. Silent Hill continued to show her ever increasing jamming excellence, and point up some points. If ever a Pussycat got stuck behind a PF wall, Tiki Timebomb was there to bail them out taking a star pass as pivot. Solid defense by Pussycats Electra Dynamic, Jig-a-Watt Jaxon and birthday-girl Iona Beerwagon made life difficult for PF jammers, but swift and elusive jamming by Bannock at the Disco and Malicious Reynolds continued to put points on the board for Frenemy. Fantastic run-backs by Frenemy Jessica Rabid kept the Pussycat jammers recycled in the pack. Both the intensity and the physicality of play reached epic levels, with both teams laying it all on the line. When the final whistle blew, Public Frenemy was victorious, 196 to 117 over the Faster Pussycats
Our next and last game of the season is the TCRG Championships, July 4th at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. In the grunge match, the Bad Reputations and the Faster Pussycats will battle to determine who comes in third, followed by Public Frenemy and the Riots Girls who will duke it out for first place and the Mercury Shield. As always, doors are at 5pm, with first whistle at 6pm. Roller derby, food trucks and a half-time show, it’s almost more excitement than one can handle! And don't forget, if he action gets too hot, you can cool down with a cold beer in the air-conditioned lounge. Get your tickets online, before they sell out!
The fourth and final regular season double header took place on June 6 at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The results of these bouts determine who is matched up against whom in the June 26 semifinals. First up was Public Frenemy versus the Faster Pussycats, followed by the Bad Reputations taking on the Riot Girls.
Currently undefeated this season in house league play, Public Frenemy was looking to continue their winning streak against the 1-1 Faster Pussycats. Last time these two teams met in the preseason, Frenemy came out victorious. Since then, the rookie-heavy Pussycats have gained valuable game experience and were looking stronger every game. Injuries have plagued Public Frenemy, while the fresh, spry Pussycats always seemed to land on their feet.
Frenemy jumped to an early lead in the first half, due in part to an impenetrable defense that included dynamic recycling and solid walls. Lexter TWreckster, with her lightning quick feet and ninja jamming skills, along with the always powerful jamming duo Stevie Wonder and Green Machine, put points on the board for Frenemy. However, Pussycats Drago and Scarlet Starlet had some success against the PF walls, and kept the game within reach. At the half, the score was 79 for Public Frenemy, 35 for the Faster Pussycats.
Public Frenemy looked to build on their lead in the second half, but the Pussycats still had nine lives left. Bannock! at the Disco looked swifter and nimbler than ever, juking through the Pussycat packs, even calling off the jam while spinning and skating backwards! Undaunted, the Pussycats continued to claw away, with La Zole and Silent Hill both putting points on the board. Plenty of consecutive jammer penalties and power jams for both teams kept the bout interesting and the scoring high. In the end, Public Frenemy remained undefeated in Season 9.0, with a 189 - 73 win over the Faster Pussycats.
The second match-up of the night featured the Bad Reputations against the Riot Girls. The Riot Girls were looking to secure second place with a win, while the Bad Reputations were seeking their first win of the season. As the two original TCRG teams, the Riot Girls and the Bad Reps have an adversarial past filled with intense conflict and begrudging respect. Due to a shortage of players in their original roster, the Riot Girls were playing some of their pick-up players as jammers, including the always impressive Smoke Show and Venom, while the Bad Reps stuck with their solid core of jammers, including Traumatic Acid and 100% Real Canadian Bacon. The first half of this match-up was filled with intense back and forth play, with five (count them, five!) lead changes. At one point in the second half, the point differential was between tied and four points for nine consecutive jams. At half time, the Riot Girls were ahead by the slimmest of margins, 73 - 63 over the Bad Reputations.
Going into the second half, the Riot Girls looked to make their lead more comfortable. Annie Means Necessary showed why she is the Riot Girl's top jammer as she continued to pile up the points, while her blocking crew of Hurt Russell and Great Big C held back the Bad Reps. It was a barn burner of a match up, with three more lead changes before all was said and done. At one point in the second half the on track action became so intense that it whipped commentators Dr. Jenny Fever and Mike the Mic into such a fevered derby frenzy that head referee Wheezie Rider had to ask the commentators to "please calm down!" Towards the end of the game, when things could have gone either way, Bad Reps blockers Battouta Hell and Major Assets forced a series of Riot Girls jammer penalties that Trauma and Bacon capitalized on to change the lead to their favour and help the Bad Reps hold out for their first glorious win of the season. What an amazing game! Final score was 159 for the Bad Reputations, 137 for the Riot Girls.
Be sure to get your tickets to Semi-Finals, June 20th at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The Riot Girls will be looking to redeem themselves against the Bad Reputations, while the Faster Pussycats look for retribution against Public Frenemy. Tickets available online!
And this weekend, June 1th and 14th is Summer Slam! Over 20 house teams from across BC and Washington State compete on 2 tracks all weekend! Food trucks and vendors will be on site, as well as a beer garden to relax in on Saturday night. Only $25 for two full days of derby, or $15 for a one day pass! Tickets available online!
Coming up on Saturday, June 6, you can catch all four house teams ready to battle once again at the Royal City Curling Club. Season Nine has been full of action and it is not going to stop anytime soon! Join us as the first bout of the night features the undefeated Public Frenemy taking on the ferocious Faster Pussycats.
Public Frenemy will be looking to keep their winning streak going, so you can bet this bout will be full of fast paced, hard hitting action. They’ve been training hard, and you can bet they’ll do anything to stay on top. Although the Pussycats are in the series 1 for 1, these girls are ready to take over the number one spot and strip Frenemy of their pristine title! Both teams are looking incredibly strong this season; blockers and jammers are trying new strategies to keep up with the always evolving game. Last weekend, Public Frenemy pulled the infamous “Pegassist” from the jam line against the Riot Girls to earn lead jammer before the pack even hit the pivot line.
The mayhem won’t stop after the last whistle of the first bout. Bout number two will be just as entertaining with the Bad Reputations taking on the Riot Girls. The Bad Reps are down on their luck as they’ve lost both previous games this season, but don’t let that be any indication of their relentless ambition to win! In their last game against the Pussycats, they managed to score over 110 points late in the second half, even after several players fouled out with several penalties. The Riot Girls aren’t going to give up a win easily though; even with their short roster during their last game, they put up one heck of a fight. Sending out their strong jammers and maintaining tight blocking walls, the Riot Girls closed the points gap by the end of the game to just over 50 points.
All four teams are warmed up and ready to bring their A-game to this next event, so be sure to grab your tickets and head over early to get the good track-side seating! Tickets are available online or at the door by cash or credit card. Our 19+ lounge area upstairs has cold drinks and awesome seats, and there will be food trucks outside the venue. Our 50/50 draws at halftime don’t disappoint, so don’t go too far! Doors will open at 5:00pm, and the first whistle blows at 6:00pm.