Poster photos by TJ Chase
The Terminal City Rollergirls are ready to bring the heat to Minoru Arena with two intense back-to-back days of derby on July 11 and 12 in Richmond.
Get ready to watch some of the most eager competition we’ve seen all year with an epic All-Stars battle and the house teams duking it out for the Championship spots.
Friday, July 11 features one of the most highly anticipated bouts of the year. The TCRG All-Stars will be hosting the Houston Roller Derby All-Stars all the way from Texas at 8 p.m. that evening. It definitely will be a showdown between Canada versus the US, as both teams will be fighting to land their spots in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships later this year. Our own All-Stars have been travelling, competing and training all year to give their fans a show for this bout – which is one of the few home games they’ve played.
Recently playing against Montreal’s New Skids on the Block and Boston Derby Dames at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza, the All-Stars have been putting blood, sweat and tears into this season and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Currently sitting at 25th in the WFTDA rankings, the All-Stars are ready to tackle any kind of hits Houston is ready to throw. The Houston All-Stars team (#33) is made up of cherry-picked skaters from the Houston Roller Derby league, these skaters have been preparing and working hard to take on our tough team. Only falling eight spots behind the TCRG All Stars on the WFTDA rankings, it’s going to be one fanatical matchup between these two travel teams.
Friday will be off the wall, but Saturday promises to be just as crazy with the house teams’ doubleheader Championships. Public Frenemy will be taking on the Bad Reputations in a fight for third place, and the Faster Pussycats will be battling the Riot Girls for the first place title and the Mercury Shield.
Last month, Public Frenemy pulled out all the stops and came close to defeating the reigning 2013 champs, the Riot Girls. Unable to secure their spot, Frenemy didn’t go down without a fight and are looking to continue the bombing in their game against the Bad Reputations for third place overall. The Bad Reps wrestled undeniably against the wrath of the Pussycats last month in the semi-finals, but were unable to take another win against the ‘Cats and are ready for their matchup with Frenemy. The shocking display of rookie talent in the semi-finals by Frenemy was an eye-opener for the Bad Reps coming into champs, but the bout will prove to be anyone’s game with the swift and sturdy Bad Rep jammers and blockers. Neither team is ready to take fourth place in the finals, so be prepared for an incredible array of athleticism and competition.
The excitement will build up all weekend and lead to the final showdown of this spectacular derby-filled weekend – the Faster Pussycats versus the reigning champs the Riot Girls, for the 2014 Championship title and the Mercury Shield. The Pussycats will be stretchin’ their paws, getting ready to claw back their Mercury Shield title. The ‘Cats held the title in 2011 and 2012, and the Riot Girls wrangled it away from them last year. The Riot Girls will be looking to hold on to their winning streak, as they have been undefeated the entire season. If they take this last win, it will definitely be one for the books. Both teams have been training and working hard to prepare, as they both know this final championship game will be no walk in the park.
Get ready to cheer on your favourite team into the Champs, and root for the All Stars to take a win for Canada. As one of the most anticipated derby weekends of the year, you don’t want to miss a minute of the action!
We will be offering special ticket pricing for those who purchase tickets to both the July 12 Championships and the July 11 All-Stars vs Houston home game. Adult tickets for both games will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door on Friday, July 11. Tickets for only one night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, kids 6-12 are $10, and kids under five get in free! Advance tickets are available online at terminalcitytickets.com
Photo by Bob Ayers
The excitement was palpable as the Terminal City Rollergirls prepared to play the Season 8.0 semifinals on Sunday, June 15 at Royal City Curling Club. The matchups were repeats of the last regular season games — both the Faster Pussycats and the Public Frenemy looked to redeem themselves, while the Bad Reputations and the Riots Girls aimed to continue their winning streaks.
The first game of the evening featured a cohesive and shockingly powerful Pussycat crew battling against the ever-hard-hittin' and smooth Bad Reputations. Both teams traded penalties and lead jams, but the Pussycats played consistently and built a lead out of tight defensive play and stellar jamming by TK and Simonius Smaximus. The Bad Reps’ trademark big hits got them into some positional and penalty trouble, and by the half the Pussycats led the Bad Reps 117 to 65.
The Bad Reps rallied in the second half and came out ready to take command of the game. Explosive jamming and strong defensive play progressively whittled away at the Pussycat lead. Diva La Revolution's awesome apex jump fired up her team, and by late in the second half the Bad Reps had cut the lead to just 16 points. However, the Pussycats held strong, with impressive blocking by all FPC veterans, and rallied with a final 23 point jam to take home the win. The final score was 203 for the Pussycats, 167 for the Bad Reputations.
Photo by Bob Ayers
The second bout of the night was a blood match between the first-place, undefeated and heavily favoured, Riot Girls taking on the fourth-place, winless, but hungry-and-dangerous, Public Frenemy. Public Frenemy came out strong and took an early lead, but short jams kept the score close. Pint-sized powerhouse Red Sonja showed incredible grit and mad jamming skills, racking up the points for PF. Frenemy continued to attack the Riot Girls, silencing both their bench and their fans in the crowd. The whole building was left stunned. Could this be the elusive victory Public Frenemy has been searching for all year, in what could be the most shocking upset of the season? At the end of the second half, the score was 94 to 64 for Public Frenemy.
You could cut the tension with a knife at the start of the second half. Justine Timberskate punched out an awesome 29 point jam, propelling the Riot Girls into a slight lead. The game stayed close, due to tight walls and smart defence by both teams. But sometimes David doesn't defeat Goliath, and towards the end of the second half, the Riot Girls showed why they were undefeated this season. With their power and determination, the Riot Girls out muscled Public Frenemy, and proved to all why they are the champs; the final score was 211 to 165.
Next up for the TCRG are the Championships! Come on out July 12 to Minoru Arena in Richmond to watch the Bad Reputations battle Public Frenemy for third place, and the Faster Pussycats duke it out with the Riot Girls for the Mercury Shield. Doors open at 5 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Come cheer for your favourite team in our final game of Season 8.0. Hope to see you there!
Note: The Terminal City All-Stars will be playing the Houston Roller Derby All-Stars on Friday, July 11 at Minoru Arena. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the game begins at 8 p.m. We will be offering special ticket pricing for those who purchase tickets to both the July 12 Championships and the July 11 All-Stars vs Houston home game. Adult tickets for both games will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door on Friday, July 11.
Photo by TJ Chase
It’s been a long month of waiting, but the Terminal City Rollergirls are back in action for the semi-finals coming up on June 15 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The competition will be intense and the hits will be hard, so bring your best game face to cheer on your favorite team as they heat up the rink to kick off the summer.
The night will takeoff with a rematch between the Faster Pussycats and the Bad Reputations. When these two teams went head-to-head last month, things didn’t go so smoothly for the felines, so be prepared to watch the claws come out! In the final regular-season doubleheader on May 4, the Bad Reps had a stranglehold over the ‘Cats for the win, but the Pussycats will be skating faster and hitting harder to make an epic comeback. However, the ‘Reps are prepared and ready to fight back, making this rematch one for the books. Both teams will be battling it out to claim their spots for the final championship. You don’t want to miss this rumble between those ladies in teal and the cats in purple and black.
After the carnage is cleaned up from the first bout of the night, get ready to make some noise for the Riot Girls and Public Frenemy. These two teams will be going at it once again in a fierce matchup following last months’ warfare. The Riot Girls will be coming into this bout as undefeated throughout the season, and Public Frenemy is prepared to take away that title. The smooth hip-hop girls in green will be giving the Soldiers of Awesome a run for their money when they meet on the track as retribution for last month’s defeat. Although the Riot Girls are ahead of the pack, they know what a fight they’re in for, and they are ready for anything to withstand their lead.
The winners of both games will face each other in the TCRG 2014 Championships set for July 12.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 6-12, and available by cash at the door, or online at terminalcitytickets.com. Kids aged five and under are free. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first whistle is at 5 p.m. Royal City Curling Club is located at 75 E. Sixth Ave., and is opposite the New Westminster Canada Games Pool. Free parking is available.
The season is quickly drawing to a close, but the competition is heating up. It will be a scorcher, but you definitely don’t want to miss the semi-finals at Royal City Curling Club on Sunday, June 15!
Scarlett Bloodbath clears a lane for NazDroveya Wylde during the Terminal City All-Stars game against Sac City at the Big O Tournament in Eugene, OR. Photo by Bob Ayers
The Terminal City All-Stars returned from a road trip south of the boarder earlier in May and brought with them three huge wins.
The team was at the Big O Tournament in Eugene, OR May 2-4, hosted by Emerald City Roller Girls where they played three games over the course of the weekend.
Ranked 37th going into the tournament, the All-Stars played Sac City (#39), Kansas City (#29) and Oly Rollers (#12).
They beat Sac City 342 to 75, Kansas City 249 to 150, and most impressively Oly Rollers 139 to 130.
“We set the goal of entering into the Big O with the same momentum we left off with in Tinseltown, and I think the progression of our games and our 3-0 record for the weekend are testimony to having achieved that,” said co-captain Megan Griffith. “Emerald City puts on a tremendous event with lots of great derby, so it was just a fantastic weekend overall.”
Next, the team is off to East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Feasterville, PA June 20-22.