By The Great Gashby
Justine Timberskate with the Riot Girls tries to get past a pack of Faster Pussycats during a game on April 27 at Royal City Curling Club. Photo credit: TJ Chase
On April 27, the ferocious Faster Pussycats took on defending Mercury Shield champs, the rumble-hardened Riot Girls, in the second doubleheader of TCRG's eighth season at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, B.C. Expectations for a great battle were high since both teams were coming off of wins in the season opener and were looking to establish winning streaks.
The Riot Girls exploded to an early lead but the score stayed close as lead jam was traded back and forth between the two teams. In her league debut, rookie Pussycat jammer Silent Hill's smooth skating skills earned some hard-fought points. However, hard-hitting and fantastic recycling by the Riot Girls’ blockers took an early toll on the Pussycats resulting in penalty troubles. A power jam for the Riot Girls allowed Justine Timberskate to rack-up both the laps and the points. This trend continued as the first half wore on and the Riot Girls further asserted their power over the Pussycats. Every jam was a hard-fought battle for points with lots of contact and scrum-like starts producing some exciting derby. In the last jam of the half, TK grabbed a well-timed whip off of Ryder Gentley to score the Pussycats’ points and end the jam. At the half, Riot Girls lead the Faster Pussycats 132-43.
The second half saw the Riot Girls continuing their powerful play. In her league debut, pint-sized torpedo and crowd favourite, End’er Wigglin, took lead jam to the loud cheers of the fans. Strong blocking by veteran Epic Wheel Time and rookie Bell Curves, combined with the formidable and powerful jamming of Mary Queen of Shotz and Annie Means Necessary, helped the Riot Girls increase their lead to 213-84. In the final jams, the 'Cats made a strong push for points with big jams by TK and NazDroveya Wylde, but it was not enough. The Pussycats fought tooth and claw to stay in the game but their opponent was formidable and relentless, resulting 235-135 victory for the Riot Girls.
The night's second bout was a match-up between the hard-hitting Bad Reputations and the “calm green ocean” Public Frenemy. Frenemy jumped to an early lead with a combination of speedy, skilled jamming and strong defensive blocking by Alkazar and Deathly Innocent. Penalty troubles afflicted both teams and allowed the Bad Reputations to steal the lead only to have Public Frenemy snatch it back with an 81-61 advantage at the end of the first half.
Didgeri Doom of Public Frenemy clears the pack during a game against the Bad Reputations on April 27 at RCCC. Photo credit: Bob Ayers
Thanks to strong jamming by Red Sonya and Didgeri Doom, Public Frenemy was able to add to their lead in the second half but penalties would continue to haunt them. Powerful jamming by Bad Reputations' Xena Saurus and Real Canadian Bacon, combined with the physical blocking of Major Assets and rookie RiannaConda, whittled the Public Frenemy lead down to six points and made the game a nail-biter as Frenemy fought to maintain their slim margin. The last few jams saw two Frenemy players in the penalty box as the Bad Reps broke through to seize the lead. With the final jam called due to an injury to Bad Rep jammer Diva La Revolutions, it was Bad Reputations triumphant at 140-132 when the dust settled.
Next game is this Sunday, May 4, at RCCC. Hope to see you there!
The high intensity of TCRG’s Season Opener on April 5 and has spiked nothing but anticipation for the upcoming doubleheader on Sunday, April 27 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The opener demonstrated extraordinary levels of competitiveness and skill which proves the rest of this season is going to be phenomenal.
Coming up on April 27, the Faster Pussycats will be taking a swipe at the defending 2013 champs, the Riot Girls. The Pussycats shed their rookie coat at the opener and now the team and their kitten-heavy roster is ready to pounce. The Pussycats started their season with a suspenseful win against Public Frenemy, taking the win by only seven points (104-97)! The Riot Girls are up for the challenge though, as they came out with guns blazing to defeat the Bad Reputations on April 5 with a win of 187-114. With both the Pussycats and the Riot Girls clutching a victory in their first bouts, get ready for some fast-paced, hard-hitting derby action as these teams come head-to-head at the end of the month.
The second matchup in the doubleheader will feature the smooth moves of Public Frenemy against the team with the most veteran skaters, the Bad Reputations. The two teams will be eager to take their first victory of the season, so things will definitely be fierce as they face off. To kick off their season, Public Frenemy put up a tough fight to give the Pussycats a run for their money. They’re all warmed up and ready to jam against the Bad Reputations, who battled hard against the Riot Girls in the opener. The Bad Reps managed to keep their first game close at first with their quick jammers and solid defense, but fell short of denying the victory of the highly anticipated grudge match to the Riot Girls. Both Public Frenemy and the Bad Reps are looking forward to claiming the next win, so be prepared to witness an aggressive show of strategy, teamwork, and of course some big hits!
To catch all this excitement, head to the Royal City Curling Club on Sunday, April 27 with all your bells and whistles to cheer on your Terminal City Rollergirls!
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 6-12, and available by cash at the door. Kids aged five and under are free. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first whistle is at 5 p.m. The Royal City Curling Club is located at 75 E. Sixth Ave., and is opposite the New Westminster Canada Games Pool. Free parking is available.
(Tickets will soon be available for purchase online at terminalcitytickets.com)
Talk about the All-Stars jumping into the deep end of the pool to start their season!
The team was in Los Angeles recently to go up against three of the top five-ranked WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) teams in the Division 1 group.
Four teams gathered for Tinseltown Showdown, a small round-robin tournament, hosted by L.A.’s Angel City Derby Girls from April 11 to 13.
The TCRG All-Stars (ranked #35 in WFTDA) played Angel City’s Hollywood Scarlets (#5) on the first day, Denver Roller Dolls’ Mile High Club (#4) on day two, and the Bay Area All Stars on the final day.
“The team rose to the challenge meeting the projected score in our first game and beating the outcome in the next two,” says coach Mack the Mouth. “What was so incredible about this feat was that each team was higher ranked than the previous. So by Sunday afternoon we were singing O’ Canada on a polished gym floor in Culver City, Los Angeles as we prepared to play Bay Area.”
“When you include our game against Texas at Divisionals this past September, the All-Stars have now played four of the top five teams in WFTDA. Last on our list is Gotham (ranked #1),” he adds.
Here are the scores from Tinseltown Showdown: Angel City (271) vs TCRG (97); Denver (379) vs TCRG (165); and Bay Area (357) vs TCRG (96).
The All-Stars are now gearing up for their next trip across the border to Eugene, OR for The Big-O Tournament running May 3 and 4 where they will be playing Sac City, Kansas City and Oly… yes that team called Oly.
TCRG’s Eve Hallows and Rollergirl block Angel City’s Mickispeedia. Photo by Bob Ayers
TCRG’s Schwarzemegger gets past Denver’s defence. Photo by Bob Ayers
TCRG’s Missy Ascrew takes out Bay Area’s Lulu Lockjaw. Photo by Bob Ayers
By The Great Gashby
Photo by Nic Charest
The 2014 Season Opener kicked off with a roar on April 5, with the Faster Pussycats taking on Public Frenemy at Kerrisdale Arena in Vancouver. The Pussycats bared their claws and pounced to an early lead. Jamming by Simonius Smaximus, new cheetah TK and rookie kitten Ida Rumble, paired with penalty trouble for the Public Frenemy, resulted in a 61-9 lead for the Pussycats. But Public Frenemy soon decided they'd had enough, and proceeded to drop some heavy beats on the Pussycats. With consistency by veteran jammers Deathly Innocent and Lexter T Wreckster, and exciting jamming by rookie speedster Red Sonya, the Frenemy bopped their way back and reduced the Pussycats’ lead to 68-47.
Photo by Bob Ayers
Although the Pussycats continued to lead in the second half, the Public Frenemy beats got louder. A jammer penalty by the Pussycats lead to a power jam, and Public Frenemy’s Didgeri Doom racked up the points. Public Frenemy continued to gain momentum, with strong blocking defence by rookies Brawl Flanders, Feisty Coyote and Bannock! at the Disco.
Photo by TJ Chase
Everyone loves an underdog, so when Public Frenemy caught up to tie the game 89-89, the crowd erupted. With only 10 minutes left, the Pussycats regrouped, and came out more ferocious than ever. Lead by the nearly unstoppable NazDroveya Wylde, with solid defence by captains Tiki Timebomb and Jig-a-Watt Jaxon, the Pussycats opened wide, sunk in their fangs, and silenced the Public Frenemy beats. For the opening game of the TCRG season, it couldn't have been more of a nail-biter, as the Faster Pussycats held on for the win over Public Frenemy, 104-97.
Photo by Nic Charest
The night's second bout was a rematch of the 2013 Mercury Shield Championship game, with the Bad Reputations taking on the reigning champs, the Riot Girls. The Bad Reps came to this game with something to prove and took an early lead due to sensational jamming by Traumatic Acid and Diva La Revolution. Strong defence by towering blocker Amazombie and big hits by Cherry Bob-ombs silenced the Riot Girls' guns.
But there were no thoughts of surrender, and instead the Riot Girls brought out their heavy artillery. Strong blocking by captain Mick E Knocks and by one of the pound-for-pound best blockers in the league, Hurt Russell, had the Riot Girls back on the offensive. Mary Queen of Shotz began the counter-attack with guns a-blazing. Add in some Bad Reputation penalty troubles, it was 116-56 for the Riot Girls at the half.
The second half saw the Bad Reps' exceptional speed and finesse crash hard against the sheer power and discipline of the Riot Girls. Riot Girl jammers Justine Timberskate and rookie phenom Annie Means Necessary repeatedly burst through the pack like bunker-busters. Big hits were delivered by both teams as the Bad Reputations fought to make their way back, with rookie jammer Xena Saurus racking up some hard-won points. However, the unrelenting juggernaut of the Riot Girls ultimately proved too much for the Bad Reps with a final score of 187-114.
Earlier in the night, members of the TCRG All-Stars who had earned a spot on the Team Canada roster, were recognized. Congratulations Kim Janna, Luludemon, Buffy St. Fury, Evada Peron, Eve Hallows and Eight Mean MacKenzie!
TCRG’s next doubleheader is set for Sunday, April 27 at Royal City Curling Club.