by The Great Gashby
Photo by TJ Chase Photography
The air was thick with anticipation on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. For the start of Terminal City Rollergirls’ Season 9.0, two fantastic match-ups were on the docket. First up, in a rematch of last year’s season finale, it was the Faster Pussycats vs. the Riot Girls. The feature game showcased international WFTDA-sanctioned roller derby, with our Terminal City All-Stars taking on the Helsinki Roller Derby All-Stars. And even though the Vancouver Canucks were playing in Game 6 of their series against the Calgary Flames, a sold-out crowd came out to cheer for their teams.
Both the Riot Girls and the Faster Pussycats had impressive showings in the pre-season round robin. And with the kinks ironed out and the rookies brought up to speed, it was all systems go for Season 9.0. The Pussycats capitalized on a power jam opportunity and pounced to an early lead, but the Riot Girls were undaunted. Annie Means Necessary took back the lead for the RGs with a natural grand slam, and set the tone for the remainder of the bout. In a series of short jams and quick points, both teams added to their scores, but ten-point jams by End’erWigglin and Annie Means Necessary helped the Riot Girls increase their lead. The Faster Pussycats retaliated with a fourteen-point jam by rookie La Zole, who kept up her gritty, fight-for-the-last-point style through a full two-minute jam that included two power jams. However, a jammer penalty at the end of the first half hurt the FPC, and resulted in the RGs adding nineteen more points to their lead. At the end of the first half, the score was 112 to 64 for the Riot Girls over the Faster Pussycats.
Powerful jamming and consistently strong blocking continued to allow the Riot Girls to add to their lead. In particular, quick offensive moves by Hurt Russell and Felicity Brammer helped the RG jammers break free of the pack and score points. The Pussycats answered back with great jamming from their small powerhouse jammers including Starlet Scarlet, Drago and Tiki Timebomb. However, it wasn’t enough to retake the lead. The Riot Girls continued to get nickel-and-dime points to win the bout, 195 – 95 over the Faster Pussycats. MVPs for the game were La Sole for the Faster Pussycats, and Felicity Brammer for the Riot Girls.
Two of Vancouver’s finest teams, the Vancouver Canucks and Terminal City All-Stars, were out Saturday night looking for the win. This was the All-Stars first game of the season, and some new faces were present on this year’s squad, including Public Frenemy’s Red Sonja, and Faster Pussycats' Jackson. And what a way to begin their All-Star-dom, in front of a home town crowd against the Helsinki Roller Derby All-Stars.
Helsinki jumped to an early lead in the bout, capitalizing on a flurry of Terminal penalties. Helsinki’s Maria Kosonen, MIA and Taru Saxelin formed a dynamic trio of jamming power that TCRG initially had a difficult time containing. However, by capitalizing on a Helsinki jammer penalty, Evada Peron racked up the points to bring Terminal within one point of Helsinki’s lead. Terminal’s Maiden Sane kept the momentum going, and Terminal overtook the lead. Star passes and penalties for both teams towards the end of the first half made for some exciting derby with plenty of points scored by both teams. At the half, the score was 118 to 86 for Terminal City over Helsinki.
At the start of the second half, both teams had strong dynamic walls that kept the point scoring low. Terminal’s blocking dynamos, including Brittany Palmer, Eve Hallows, Sundown and Scarlett Bloodbath, kept Helsinki from scoring points for six straight jams. Helsinki’s Varpu Knuutila and Paulina Brandt used their size and speed to their advantage while jamming, and capitalized on a couple of Terminal jammer penalties. Terminal continued to lead throughout the second half by a margin of between thirty to forty points, but the score differential didn’t reflect how close the game felt. Momentum shifted in Helsinki’s favour towards the end of the game. These energizer bunnies just kept on going, and with one final burst, they tried to close the gap. But it was too little too late; Terminal took home the win in their season opener, 215 to 185 over Helsinki Roller Derby All-Stars.
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!