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!
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!