by The Great Gashby
Fans from near and far rolled into the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster on Saturday, April 18, 2014 for the last preseason double header of the year, and it proved to be a doozy. First up, Terminal City’s Public Frenemy matched up against Pentiction Pistoleras, and in the second bout, TCRG’s Bad Reputations played gracious hosts to Nanaimo’s Harbour City Rollers.
Public Frenemy and the Pistoleras have a friendly back-and-forth rivalry. Last July, the Pistoleras hosted Frenemy in Penticton. It was a close game, but Frenemy came away with a win, so the Pistoleras were undoubtedly looking for a bit of revenge. PF grabbed an early lead, with some top-notch jamming by Bannock! at the Disco and Red Sonja. However the Pistoleras answered back with some strong jamming by Messy Molly-tov, Onya Knees and Risa Lightning. Both teams employed the “short points” strategy, and after a flurry of jams, Frenemy had a small lead. Going into half-time, the score was 66 points for PF over the Pistoleras' 50 points.
Public Frenemy continued to pile on the points in the second half. Solid jamming by formidable rookie Green Machine and fantastic track command by Jessica Rabid kept the Pistoleras at bay. PF’s Malicious Reynolds, with her fierce offensive play, showed that size is no deterrent. However, the Pistoleras still had some ammo left, and fired back. Capitalizing on a PF jammer penalty, Penticton looked to be gaining some ground. In the end, it was too little, too late. Public Frenemy took it home by a score of 176 to 147.
The second match-up of the night pitted TCRG’s Bad Reputations against Nanaimo’s Harbour City Rollers. The Bad Reps were off to a rocky start early; penalty troubles lead to a shortage of blockers on the track which Harbour City capitalized upon by jumping to an early 57 point lead. Rogue showed tenacity and grit in her jamming for the Bad Reps, continuing to battle through the pack for her points. Countering the Reps attacks, the ferocious jamming by Harbour City’s Sharky Tac and MalaShark racked up the points. At the half, it was 153 to 47 for the Harbour City Rollers.
Penalty trouble continued to plague the Bad Reputations in the second half. Powerjams for Harbour City’s Joygernaut and DevaSkate put points on the board, and widened their lead by 129 points. Harbour City’s “Shark Squad” played some fantastic offensive derby, with LanternShark, InkShark and (non-shark) Muscle Ma’am laying out the Bad Reps with big hits. The Reps answered back, with optimally timed hits by Real Canadian Bacon, rookie Dimples Diablo and Major Assets. Throughout the second half, an epic match-up of the agile jammer emerged: shiny-new Bad Reps jammer Smitey Trucks vs. Harbour City’s DevaSkate. The two went head to head in a number of jams, including one when Smitey knocked Devaskate out of bounds, forcing her to call off the jam. Bad Reps continued to battle, but in the end, Harbour City Roller’s took home the win, 231-77 over the Bad Reputations.
Stay tuned for the recap of our exciting home opener on April 25th that saw The Riot Girls take on The Faster Pussycats, and a nail-biter between the Terminal City All-Stars and Helsinki Roller Derby All-Stars!
We have some tickets still available at the door tonight for $10, cash or credit accepted. Please plan to arrive earlier rather than later so you are not disappointed!
Come cheer on the Riot Girls and Faster Pussycats, and then watch international derby played between our own All-Stars and the Helsinki All-Stars! See you tonight!
With the excitement of the preseason double headers still fresh, the Terminal City Rollergirls continue rolling full speed into the season opener this weekend.
The April 25th season opener will feature an intense grudge match between 2013/2014 champions the Riot Girls and last year’s second-place team, the rookie-heavy yet tenacious Faster Pussycats. The preseason has seen two wins and one loss for the Riot Girls under new coach P-Lo, and the Pussycats have been breaking in their new players under returning coach 8Mean MacKenzie. With many returning vets and last years Mercury Shield win, the Riot Girls are coming in strong this year. Don't count out the Pussycats, though: last year they fought their way up to second place. This promises to be an exciting and hard hitting bout, with both teams looking to start the season out with a big win.
Spectators can then catch the action between the Terminal City All-Stars and a special North American appearance by the Helsinki Roller Derby All Stars. The TCRG All-Stars recently moved up in Canadian standings to first place, and Helsinki is ranked #6 in Europe, so fans can expect an exciting match. "Regardless of where these teams are ranked, this will be an incredible opportunity to see international derby at its highest level," says AS head coach Mack The Mouth. "Both teams have many World Cup skaters on their rosters, and both are using this as a warm up to The BIG O, a huge tournament in Eugene, Oregon, that attracts teams from around the planet. Not since the All-Stars played London [has there been] an opportunity to see derby played at this level."
As a special treat, singing both national anthems is local recording artist Larissa Loyva, a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Based in Vancouver, she has released material and performed as a solo artist under the stage name Kellarissa, as well as with the bands P:ano and The Choir Practice. You can catch Larissa around town in her latest project, synth-duo Fake Tears, or on the road singing with How To Dress Well.
Food trucks, a full beer garden, and team merchandise will all be available! There is limited seating and this is sure to be a full event, so get your tickets now!
by The Great Gashby
On Saturday, April 11 2015, local and out-of-town friends flocked to Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster to cheer on their derby favorites. In the first battle of the double-bill, TCRG’s Riot Girls took on the Tournament City Deadlies from Kamloops. The second game pitted TCRG’s Faster Pussycats against Chilliwack’s NWO. Would this night see the makings of new rivalries or reunions with old teammates?
The Riot Girls were looking for a little retribution Saturday night, as the last time these two teams met, the Deadlies edged out a win. Fast and furious was the name of the game, as jammers from both teams used their explosive power to bust through the walls and rip around the track. Riot Girls’ jammers Annie Means Necessary and Sarah Saturday showed off their speed and power, but the Deadlies’ jammers Pina Collision and Kush answered back with aggressive skating and point scoring. Both teams used short-jam strategy to grab their points and capitalize on opportunities. A series of strong jams by the Riot Girls, cemented by strong walls founded by Great Big C and End’er Wigglin, helped push them into the lead. At the half, it was 78 – 46 for the Riot Girls.
The Deadlies re-grouped and looked composed and poised to return to form at the start of the second half. After recycling Riot Girls’ jammers back into the pack several times, and capitalizing on the subsequent penalties, the Deadlies closed the scoring gap (86 – 62 for the Riot Girls). Speed was an important factor in this bout, with both teams speeding up and slowing down the pack to their advantage. Powerful jamming by both teams resulted in an action packed game play and dynamic score. The Deadlies continued to turn up the heat, and with just 2:30 left in the game, less than 20 points separated the two teams. Back-to-back jammer penalties left the score at 142 – 126 for the Riot Girls, and with just seconds left, the Deadlies called for a time-out to force one more jam. In the final jam, Annie Means Necessary had the star for the Riot Girls, and though it was an intense battle, Meanie powered through, and as lead jammer, called off the jam. The Riot Girls would not yield and earned full value for this victory. Final score 142-126 for the Riot Girls over the Deadlies.
The second bout of the night featured the Faster Pussycats taking on NWO. This match-up pitted FPC rookie Starlet Scarlet against her former teammates. The bout began at a frenetic pace, with lead jammer being traded back and forth between the two teams. FPC jammers Scarlet Starlet and Drago demonstrated their tenacity and grit fighting through the pack. However, NWO answered back with the powerful jammer stylings of Cally, Pohlverine, and Morgue N Bones. Halfway through the first half, it was close, with FPC up by nine points. However, under the barrage of NWO offensive power, FPC couldn’t hold on to their lead. At the half, the score was 92 – 46 for NWO over the Pussycats.
The Pussycats fought hard in every single jam, but NWO started to take control and dominate in the second half. Strong, solid walls continued to discourage the Pussycats’ jammers, while on-point offense allowed NWO jammers like Maul E Mayhem and Katie Curb Stomp to explode off the line. Penalties galore were awarded to both teams, but they took an especially heavy toll on FPC as NOW continued to rack up the points. NWO played a physically dominating game, never relenting in their drive for more points. The Pussycats tried to claw their way back, but to no avail. The final score was 206 – 71 for NWO.
Join us again next Saturday, April 14, 2015 at Royal City Curling Club for the final games of the pre-season. The first match-up pits TCRG’s Public Frenemy against the Penticton Pisterolas, and the second match-up welcomes Nanaimo’s Harbour City Rollers as they take on TCRG’s Bad Reputations. Doors open at 5 pm, with the first whistle at 6 pm. Hope to see you there!