Photo by Bob Ayers
The excitement was palpable as the Terminal City Rollergirls prepared to play the Season 8.0 semifinals on Sunday, June 15 at Royal City Curling Club. The matchups were repeats of the last regular season games — both the Faster Pussycats and the Public Frenemy looked to redeem themselves, while the Bad Reputations and the Riots Girls aimed to continue their winning streaks.
The first game of the evening featured a cohesive and shockingly powerful Pussycat crew battling against the ever-hard-hittin' and smooth Bad Reputations. Both teams traded penalties and lead jams, but the Pussycats played consistently and built a lead out of tight defensive play and stellar jamming by TK and Simonius Smaximus. The Bad Reps’ trademark big hits got them into some positional and penalty trouble, and by the half the Pussycats led the Bad Reps 117 to 65.
The Bad Reps rallied in the second half and came out ready to take command of the game. Explosive jamming and strong defensive play progressively whittled away at the Pussycat lead. Diva La Revolution's awesome apex jump fired up her team, and by late in the second half the Bad Reps had cut the lead to just 16 points. However, the Pussycats held strong, with impressive blocking by all FPC veterans, and rallied with a final 23 point jam to take home the win. The final score was 203 for the Pussycats, 167 for the Bad Reputations.
Photo by Bob Ayers
The second bout of the night was a blood match between the first-place, undefeated and heavily favoured, Riot Girls taking on the fourth-place, winless, but hungry-and-dangerous, Public Frenemy. Public Frenemy came out strong and took an early lead, but short jams kept the score close. Pint-sized powerhouse Red Sonja showed incredible grit and mad jamming skills, racking up the points for PF. Frenemy continued to attack the Riot Girls, silencing both their bench and their fans in the crowd. The whole building was left stunned. Could this be the elusive victory Public Frenemy has been searching for all year, in what could be the most shocking upset of the season? At the end of the second half, the score was 94 to 64 for Public Frenemy.
You could cut the tension with a knife at the start of the second half. Justine Timberskate punched out an awesome 29 point jam, propelling the Riot Girls into a slight lead. The game stayed close, due to tight walls and smart defence by both teams. But sometimes David doesn't defeat Goliath, and towards the end of the second half, the Riot Girls showed why they were undefeated this season. With their power and determination, the Riot Girls out muscled Public Frenemy, and proved to all why they are the champs; the final score was 211 to 165.
Next up for the TCRG are the Championships! Come on out July 12 to Minoru Arena in Richmond to watch the Bad Reputations battle Public Frenemy for third place, and the Faster Pussycats duke it out with the Riot Girls for the Mercury Shield. Doors open at 5 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Come cheer for your favourite team in our final game of Season 8.0. Hope to see you there!
Note: The Terminal City All-Stars will be playing the Houston Roller Derby All-Stars on Friday, July 11 at Minoru Arena. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the game begins at 8 p.m. We will be offering special ticket pricing for those who purchase tickets to both the July 12 Championships and the July 11 All-Stars vs Houston home game. Adult tickets for both games will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door on Friday, July 11.
Photo by TJ Chase
It’s been a long month of waiting, but the Terminal City Rollergirls are back in action for the semi-finals coming up on June 15 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The competition will be intense and the hits will be hard, so bring your best game face to cheer on your favorite team as they heat up the rink to kick off the summer.
The night will takeoff with a rematch between the Faster Pussycats and the Bad Reputations. When these two teams went head-to-head last month, things didn’t go so smoothly for the felines, so be prepared to watch the claws come out! In the final regular-season doubleheader on May 4, the Bad Reps had a stranglehold over the ‘Cats for the win, but the Pussycats will be skating faster and hitting harder to make an epic comeback. However, the ‘Reps are prepared and ready to fight back, making this rematch one for the books. Both teams will be battling it out to claim their spots for the final championship. You don’t want to miss this rumble between those ladies in teal and the cats in purple and black.
After the carnage is cleaned up from the first bout of the night, get ready to make some noise for the Riot Girls and Public Frenemy. These two teams will be going at it once again in a fierce matchup following last months’ warfare. The Riot Girls will be coming into this bout as undefeated throughout the season, and Public Frenemy is prepared to take away that title. The smooth hip-hop girls in green will be giving the Soldiers of Awesome a run for their money when they meet on the track as retribution for last month’s defeat. Although the Riot Girls are ahead of the pack, they know what a fight they’re in for, and they are ready for anything to withstand their lead.
The winners of both games will face each other in the TCRG 2014 Championships set for July 12.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 6-12, and available by cash at the door, or online at terminalcitytickets.com. Kids aged five and under are free. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first whistle is at 5 p.m. Royal City Curling Club is located at 75 E. Sixth Ave., and is opposite the New Westminster Canada Games Pool. Free parking is available.
The season is quickly drawing to a close, but the competition is heating up. It will be a scorcher, but you definitely don’t want to miss the semi-finals at Royal City Curling Club on Sunday, June 15!
Scarlett Bloodbath clears a lane for NazDroveya Wylde during the Terminal City All-Stars game against Sac City at the Big O Tournament in Eugene, OR. Photo by Bob Ayers
The Terminal City All-Stars returned from a road trip south of the boarder earlier in May and brought with them three huge wins.
The team was at the Big O Tournament in Eugene, OR May 2-4, hosted by Emerald City Roller Girls where they played three games over the course of the weekend.
Ranked 37th going into the tournament, the All-Stars played Sac City (#39), Kansas City (#29) and Oly Rollers (#12).
They beat Sac City 342 to 75, Kansas City 249 to 150, and most impressively Oly Rollers 139 to 130.
“We set the goal of entering into the Big O with the same momentum we left off with in Tinseltown, and I think the progression of our games and our 3-0 record for the weekend are testimony to having achieved that,” said co-captain Megan Griffith. “Emerald City puts on a tremendous event with lots of great derby, so it was just a fantastic weekend overall.”
Next, the team is off to East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Feasterville, PA June 20-22.
By The Great Gashby
Jammer Justine TimberSkate of the Riot Girls is held back by a Public Frenemy wall on May 4. Photo credit: Brendan Abbott
Though the weather was miserable outside, inside the action was heating up! Game three of Season 8 took place on May 4 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, with the league-leading, undefeated Riot Girls taking on the fourth place Public Frenemy. League standings aside, when the whistle blows, it’s anybody’s game.
First jam of the night, Justine TimberSkate (JT) burst through the pack, grabbing 24 points for the Riot Girls. The Soldiers of Awesome weren’t done yet — they continued to rack up points and capitalize on Public Frenemy’s penalty troubles. PF refused to take the beatdown, and fought back with strong jamming by Red Sonja and ALKAZAR. However it wasn’t quite enough, and at the close of the first half, the Riot Girls had a decisive 127 to 47 lead.
The battle continued into the second half. Public Frenemy’s Didgeri Doom was able to capitalize on a Riot Girls’ jammer penalty to the tune of 10 points. Still, veteran jammer JT, along with rookie jammers Annie Means Necessary and End’er Wigglin, combined with the Riot Girl’s formidable defence led by veterans Booty Quake and Mick E Knocks, proved too dominant for the Public Frenemy. When the final whistle blew, the Riot Girls were victorious, 254 to 116 over PF.
Faster Pussycat Rookie jammer, Ida Rumble, tries to squeak past Bad Reputations blocker Amazombie on May 4 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. Photo credit: Brendan Abbott
The second match-up of the night pitted the hard-hittin’ Bad Reputations against the feisty Faster Pussycats. The Pussycats were without power jammers NazDroveya Wylde and Simonius Smaximus, and looked to dip deep into their rookie roster for jamming excellence.
The first half began with a bang for the Bad Reps. They dominated in both blocking and jamming, getting lead jam in eight straight starts, until Drago finally broke the streak for the Pussycats. Fantastic offence and smart jamming by Real Canadian Bacon and the Bad Reps kept the Pussycats’ score low, but the Pussycats’ still had their claws; in a small-pack-situation, Ida Rumble sprang forward through the pack to grab full points. At half time, the Pussycats had clawed their way onto the score board with 16 points to the Bad Reps’ 148.
Throughout the second half, strong wall defence on the part of the Bad Reputations kept the Pussycats’ score to a minimum. Penalty troubles also hurt the Pussycats; on one power jam, Cherry Bob-omb exhibited explosive jamming, racking up the points from three grand slams for the Bad Reps. Taking advantage of their lead, the Bad Reps gave some new faces a chance to jam, including rookies Bangarang and RiannaConda, sophomore Kiwibrute and veteran Major Assets. The final score was Bad Reputations 293, Faster Pussycats 25.
With the regular season over, the playoffs are up next. Join us Sunday, June 15 at 5 p.m. for the Semifinals at Royal City Curling Club.