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!
by Rianna Conda
With the season opener events behind us, Season 9 for the Terminal City Rollergirls is officially
Our next double header coming up on Saturday, May 23 first features the Faster Pussycats taking on the Bad Reputations. A few weeks ago, the Pussycats lost their first game of the season to the Riot Girls. Just last weekend, the Bad Reps fell short of beating Public Frenemy by over 100 points. The ‘Cats and the ‘Reps met once in the pre-season, and that game was a mere 30 point difference with the Pussycats claiming victory at 170 points. It’s been a few months now since the two teams have met on the track, but you can be sure that each team will be fighting hard with the momentum of the last few weeks. You don’t want to miss the action of this first game as both teams will be fighting hard for their first win of the season!
The action doesn’t stop there, as the second bout of the evening showcases the Riot Girls versus Public Frenemy. Both of these teams have won their first game of season 9, so they’re both thirsty for victory. The Riot Girls are last seasons’ Mercury Shield champions, and they want to maintain their title by beginning the season undefeated; however Public Frenemy are ready to duke it out and snag that away from them. With both teams fighting hard to stay on top, you can bet this game is going to be fast-paced and hard-hitting! Just because it’s early in the season, doesn’t mean anyone’s holding back!
You can catch all the action at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the first bout whistle is at 6:00pm. Tickets are available online or at the door by cash or credit card. There will be food trucks as well as an upstairs lounge for those aged 19 years or older, and you can always bet on fresh team merchandise and half-time entertainment!