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.
House Team Action in New Westminster: Bad Reputations vs Faster Pussycats and Riot Girls vs Public Frenemy
by The Great Gashby
Photo by TJ Chase Photography
The third double header of the TCRG regular season was Saturday, May 23rd at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. It was strictly house team play this time around, with all four teams on the track. To start things off, there was a match-up between the Faster Pussycats and the Bad Reputations, followed by the Riot Girls taking on Public Frenemy to cap off the evening.
Both the Bad Reputations and the Faster Pussycats picked up plenty of fresh new players in this year’s fresh meat draft, and their shiny enthusiasm was infectious. Both teams also suffered losses in their first game of the season, so were looking for redemption. The Bad Reps jumped to an early lead in the first few jams, capitalizing on FPC penalties. Multiple power jams for both team ratcheted up the points, with Pussycat jammers Drago and Scarlet Starlet seizing these opportunities. Thin packs for the Bad Reps impacted their ability to stop the FPC jammers, though Battouta Hell and Dimples Diablo tried valiantly. At the half, Pussycats had a sizable lead 154 – 63.
Always dangerous, no matter the score, the Bad Reputations aimed to make a comeback in the second half. Strong jamming by Real Canadian Bacon and Siren Says brought the Bad Reps within eighty points of the Faster Pussycats’ lead. Both teams suffered due to penalty troubles, and had key players foul out of the game. Rookie La Zole continued to show grit and tenacity in her jamming, and added points to the Pussycats’ total. In the end, the Pussycat’s held on for the win, 224 – 176.
The Riot Girls and Public Frenemy were looking to continue their winning streaks, as both teams were victorious in their respective opening day bouts. Public Frenemy started the bout strong, with Red Sonja and Deathly Innocent pushing PF to an early 22 to 0 score. The Riot Girls answered back with a 17 point jam by BruiseBerry Pie. Fierce, fast-paced game play kept the score close and the bout action packed. Midway through the first half, PF held the Riot Girls scoreless for five straight jams, while increasing their own score incrementally. In the final jam of the first half, Public Frenemy’s Jessica Rabid dazzled the crowd with an apex-jump, increasing PF’s lead by 65 points (116 – 51).
The battle continued, fast and physical, with both the Riot Girls and Public Frenemy scoring points and taking hits. Strong jamming by Annie Means Necessary helped keep the game within reach for the Riot Girls. Novel skaters made a stand on the jammer line, including Public Frenemy's Sambooka Cha Cha Cha and Riot Girl Smackin 'em, as both teams dug deep into their jammer rotation. The Riot Girls made a push at the end, but Public Frenemy held on for the win; final score was 178-122.
Join us for the final games of Season 9.0 regular season on Saturday, June 6th at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster (doors open at 5pm). Match-ups will include the Faster Pussycats taking on Public Frenemy, and the Bad Reputations taking on the Riot Girls. Hope to see you there!