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The adorable and deadly Riot Girls made the world a better place last weekend. Some of them rode their bikes through the beautiful Fraser Valley, petted some donkeys, drank some wine, all the while raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in the Rona MS Bike Tour. And don’t think they’ve softened up - even though they’re do-gooders, they’ll still flatten you on the track.
Check out the action on the MS Society’s website.
Left Vancouver thinking that I had a direct flight, but found out I would be landing in Calgary. The plane was totally empty, which was nice. When all the people in Calgary got on, at least nine of them were related to the derby team. Alright! So I got to fly with Trailer Trish and family, two Saskatoon girls (fresh off the farm and totally sweet and healthy-looking, not like any derby player I know), Cree Assault (we used to know her as Sour Cherry), Trailer Park Tracy, SaraSaurus Rex, Kirsten, RockHell and Coach Lime. It was great when we all got off in Glasgow and got through customs as a group with the requisite, “Roller Derby? What is that?” They pronounce it “dArrrby” here - totally weird. 8 Mean was already in the UK along with a few other team members and would not meet up with us till the next day.
We got to our hostel and met up with the Toronto gals and went out for a meal at a local pub and a bonding session. The cider here is great and superior to Strongbow (I know, how is that possible?). We all got merry but most of us went back to the hostel and went to bed. A couple players stayed out and didn’t stumble in to bed till 8am. Naughty girls.
We practised at the venue tonight with the Glasgow girls. Things were a bit tense - I think we may have intimidated them. There was some unfriendliness, which was too bad. It was a great practise as we all sussed out each other’s skills and scrimmaged. Our helmet covers are the best! The jammer covers are silver with a red maple leaf instead of a star. I am in love with them. There is a TORD player called Heidi Hasselhoff who is the twin the Suzie Shameless. It’s uncanny. I learned a really dirty trick, which I will not share here as it truly is nasty. I can’t wait to use it in a game. I think our first game will be pretty easy as we are more experienced than the Glasgow girls…but you never know. We could all lose our shit easily if we stop communicating. I’ll keep you posted
Love, Shift Kicker #27
(Thanks to Hoochie Mama for her Facebook photos)
Riot Girls 100, Bad Reputations 99
Lamb Baste-Her and Foxy Fubar
Wow. What a game.
The Riot Girls rolled into Minoru arena on the afternoon of May 31 looking well-worn from their notoriously tireless training. Quiet, focused and subdude, they warmed up a bit, then disappeared into the bowels of the arena, undoubtedly to talk strategy. The Bad Reps, on the other hand, bounced in the door like a bunch of Tiggers in blue dresess, spunky and chatty and totally jazzed about their first game as a team.
The first period worried the Bad Reps’ fans, with the score gap consitently growing and growing right off the first whistle. The Riot Girls shut down the Bad Reps’ offense over and over. We watched relentless huge hits and notable skills in the front of the pack by Foxy Fubar, 8 Mean Wheeler and team captain Apocoliz Now, and the period ended with them more than doubling the points of the Bad Reps. Yikes.
In the second period (after a fabulous performance from the BC Spartans Cheer & Dance Team), the Riot Girls continued with their defensive strategy, but the Bad Reps seemed to finally get their bearings. Relying heavily on the mad skills of jammers Rollergirl and Lamb Baste-Her, they managed to close the gap in the score to a respectable difference by the end of the second.
The difference between the first and the third periods were like night and day. The Bad Reps finally kicked their defensive line up into gear - vetran pivot Chica Bomb took control in the front and Candy Scrapple and break-out rookie Skwurlee cleaned up the trash in the back. The Riot Girls didn’t give up control that easily, and they pulled out some amazing offense courtesy of jammers Luludemon, Trixi Trippin-Chix and rookie Avi-Hater. Despite two HUGE point-scoring jams from Rollergirl (hundreds of fans collectively held their breaths as the points were added up in the very last jam), it wasn’t quite enough to make up the point spread left over from the first period, and the Riot Girls held on by their fingernails and (barely) won the game 100 to 99. And I’m spent.
Other highlights: drunk a**hole getting efficently escorted out the door by fans, refs and a former player’s girlfriend while the security guards watched, mystery mexican wrestler mascot for the Riot Girls (who WAS that tall drink of water?), tasty score cowgirl Lotta Dirty, and adept/sexy hosting by the Faster Pussycats. Oh ya, and the fans. We have the best derby fans in the world, hands down!
Check out the Riot Girls’ team Facebook page for some sweet photos of the game. More photos to come, so stay tuned!
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