By Hydro-Jenna Bomb
Photo by Bob Ayers
The Terminal City All-Stars made another huge jump in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) standings for the month of June — they now sit at 18th place in the world.
This, after jumping from 37th to 25th in May.
“We were 37th in April, 25th in May and now 18th on WFTDA rankings as we head into playoffs,” says coach Mack the Mouth. “I can’t say enough about the hard work and focus all of the skaters have put in.”
Their jump to 18th place has put them smack dab in the middle of the 10 teams playing in the first of four Division 1 playoff tournaments, which takes place Sept. 5-7 in Sacramento, CA.
The 10 teams are:
1. Gotham Girls Roller Derby, New York, NY, USA
2. Minnesota RollerGirls, St. Paul, MN, USA
3. Denver Roller Dolls, Denver, CO, USA
4. Rat City Rollergirls, Seattle, WA, USA
5. Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver, Canada
6. Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
7. Tampa Roller Derby, Tampa, FL, USA
8. Kansas City Roller Warriors, Kansas City, MO, USA
9. New Hampshire Roller Derby, Manchester, NH, USA
10. Blue Ridge Rollergirls, Asheville, NC, USA
Terminal City will be playing Rat City first.
“We are all very excited about playing Rat City as it brings this team’s transformation full circle,” says Mack. “We played them on June 9, 2012 and exceeded the outcome as well as put a scare into Rat City with our star passes and different schemes we ran on starts. It was less than 10 points at halftime and although they ran away with it in the last 15 minutes, the score was not indicative of the game we played. So now we get to play them again.”
Winning that first game would put the All-Stars into a game against Gotham. In the last year, the All-Stars have played every top-10 team in WFTDA except for Gotham, Rocky Mountain, and Minnesota.
“Being a fifth seed gives us a legitimate shot at going to champs,” says Mack. “We would have to beat Rat City, and then after playing Gotham we would play in the game for third and fourth position. If you finish third at your divisional, you go to champs.”
Before recently leaping to 25th and now 18th place, the All-Stars had been hovering at 37th place for a year.
“It's also important to point out that we have (moved up in the standings) with constant adversity being thrown at us in the last 90 days. Injuries seem to plague our core jammers this year, yet this team keeps finding a way to step up and respond. It bodes very well for playoffs as we should, hopefully, have everyone healthy and ready to go for September in Sacramento,” he adds.
“We are ranked 18th. That's pretty fricking amazing when we were not even on the WFTDA radar just over two years ago,” says Mack.
Following the playoffs in Sacramento, there will be three other rounds of playoffs for the remaining top 40 teams in Division 1: Sept. 19-21 in Evansville, IN; Sept. 26-28 in Salt Lake City, UT; and Oct. 3-5 in Charleston, WV. The top three teams from each of the four playoff tournaments will head to the WFTDA International Championships Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in Nashville, TN.
Riot Girls take home league trophy, Public Frenemy wins first game of season, and All-Stars defeat Houston on Canadian soil
By The Great Gashby
Photos by Bob Ayers
Minoru Arena in Richmond was home to a trifecta of derby greatness. On Friday, July 11, the Terminal City All-Stars hosted the Houston Roller Derby All-Stars in a WFTDA-sanctioned bout. Then on Saturday, July 12, the season finale of the TCRG Season 8 pitted the Bad Reputations against Public Frenemy for third place and later in the evening, the Faster Pussycats battled the Riot Girls in the night’s championship bout for the coveted Mercury Shield.
At the beginning of their Pacific coast road trip, the 36th-ranked Houston All-Stars were in town Friday night to play our own Terminal City All-Stars. From the first whistle, TCRG displayed their dynamic defence and brilliant jamming, and wasted no time in building an early lead. Evada Peron showed the fans precisely why she was elected to Team Canada; with phenomenal juking in the eighth jam, she vaulted TCRG to an early 62-25 lead. A TCRG jammer penalty gave Houston the advantage, which closed the scoring gap to 16 points. Houston’s Death by Chocolate proved troublesome for the TCRG blockers as she used her power and agility to consistently get lead jam. However, in one of the final jams of the half, NazDroveya Wylde racked up the points from a couple grand slams. Going into halftime, Terminal City was up, 123-65 over Houston.
TCRG looked even more dominant at the start of the second half, capitalizing on a pair of Houston jammer penalties, as they increased their lead to 74 points. Houston powerhouse jammer Freight Train amazed the Vancouver fans as she barrelled through the TCRG pack and racked up the points in Houston’s attempt to rally. But it was not enough. TCRG’s formidable defence and superior team play wore Houston down. Simonius Smaximus scored a double-grand-slam jam and then on the final jam of the night, Evada Peron piled on the points solidifying the TCRG victory in impressive fashion. Final score: Terminal City 256, Houston 136.
Photos by Bob Ayers
Though the heat was sweltering outside on Saturday night, inside Minoru Arena, things were just heating up. In the first game of the evening's double header, Public Frenemy played the Bad Reputations to decide third place. The game was tight from the get-go, with a few zero-zero jams and minimal points given up by either team, until Trauma Acid opened the flood gates with a massive jam, putting the Bad Reps up, 22 to 5. Public Frenemy bounced back with an impressive power jam by rookie Bannock at the Disco, bringing Public Frenemy within six points of the lead. Tight defence and hard hitting from both teams allowed for only a razor thin differential in scoring, and at the half, it was 81-78 for Public Frenemy.
In the second half, Public Frenemy came out of the locker room on a tear. Led by the always sensational jamming of veteran Didgeri Doom, PF boosted their lead to 39 points. Frenemy continued to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them by the Bad Reps penalties. But the Reps refused to give up, and continued to flex their muscles through aggressive physical play led by Major Assets and Sage Martin. However, PF maintained and built their lead through tight defensive walls, as commanded by their mighty captain Violet Deterrent. In the end, Public Frenemy pulled off their first league win of the season, outscoring the Bad Reps 205-107 in what proved to a rough, tough and exciting battle.
Photos by Bob Ayers
The 2014 Mercury Shield championship bout pitted the 2012 champions, the Faster Pussycats, against the 2013 champions, the Riot Girls. The first half felt like a "back-and-forth, anybody's game" sort of bout; the Faster Pussycats were on the scoreboard first, but the Riot Girls were not far behind. NazDroveya Wylde and Simonius Smaximus put in repeat performances, having played brilliantly the night before for the All-Stars, and jammed like pros for their home team (Faster Pussycats). The first few jams were an intense exchange of points, but a series of jammer penalties by the Pussycats led to a shift in momentum and allowed the Riot Girls to slowly and surely take command of the game. Strong jamming by Sarah Saturday and End'er Wigglin put points on the board, and at the half, the Riot Girls led 120-78.
Captain Tiki TimeBomb led the defensive charge for the Pussycats in the second half, but the Riot Girls incrementally continued to build their lead. The action continued to be furious. In one wild, two-minute jam, both teams had multiple jammer penalties, and both jammers passed the star to the pivot. “What a jam!” exclaimed commentator Dr. Jenny Fever. Try as they might, the Pussycats couldn't contain the explosive and unstoppable jamming of Justine Timberskate. Combine this with the Riot Girls rock-solid, impenetrable defence courtesy of veterans Booty Quake and Mick E Knocks, and you have a lethal recipe for victory. It was an exciting finish to a great season, and in the end, the Riot Girls took home the Mercury Shield for the second year in a row and proved themselves to be the undefeated, undisputed 2014 champions. The final score: Riot Girls 220, Faster Pussycat 161.
And that concludes Season 8! A big thank you goes out to our referees and volunteers — you make this all possible. Thanks as well to all our fans and supporters. We hope to see you next spring for the start of Season 9!
Poster photos by TJ Chase
The Terminal City Rollergirls are ready to bring the heat to Minoru Arena with two intense back-to-back days of derby on July 11 and 12 in Richmond.
Get ready to watch some of the most eager competition we’ve seen all year with an epic All-Stars battle and the house teams duking it out for the Championship spots.
Friday, July 11 features one of the most highly anticipated bouts of the year. The TCRG All-Stars will be hosting the Houston Roller Derby All-Stars all the way from Texas at 8 p.m. that evening. It definitely will be a showdown between Canada versus the US, as both teams will be fighting to land their spots in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships later this year. Our own All-Stars have been travelling, competing and training all year to give their fans a show for this bout – which is one of the few home games they’ve played.
Recently playing against Montreal’s New Skids on the Block and Boston Derby Dames at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza, the All-Stars have been putting blood, sweat and tears into this season and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Currently sitting at 25th in the WFTDA rankings, the All-Stars are ready to tackle any kind of hits Houston is ready to throw. The Houston All-Stars team (#33) is made up of cherry-picked skaters from the Houston Roller Derby league, these skaters have been preparing and working hard to take on our tough team. Only falling eight spots behind the TCRG All Stars on the WFTDA rankings, it’s going to be one fanatical matchup between these two travel teams.
Friday will be off the wall, but Saturday promises to be just as crazy with the house teams’ doubleheader Championships. Public Frenemy will be taking on the Bad Reputations in a fight for third place, and the Faster Pussycats will be battling the Riot Girls for the first place title and the Mercury Shield.
Last month, Public Frenemy pulled out all the stops and came close to defeating the reigning 2013 champs, the Riot Girls. Unable to secure their spot, Frenemy didn’t go down without a fight and are looking to continue the bombing in their game against the Bad Reputations for third place overall. The Bad Reps wrestled undeniably against the wrath of the Pussycats last month in the semi-finals, but were unable to take another win against the ‘Cats and are ready for their matchup with Frenemy. The shocking display of rookie talent in the semi-finals by Frenemy was an eye-opener for the Bad Reps coming into champs, but the bout will prove to be anyone’s game with the swift and sturdy Bad Rep jammers and blockers. Neither team is ready to take fourth place in the finals, so be prepared for an incredible array of athleticism and competition.
The excitement will build up all weekend and lead to the final showdown of this spectacular derby-filled weekend – the Faster Pussycats versus the reigning champs the Riot Girls, for the 2014 Championship title and the Mercury Shield. The Pussycats will be stretchin’ their paws, getting ready to claw back their Mercury Shield title. The ‘Cats held the title in 2011 and 2012, and the Riot Girls wrangled it away from them last year. The Riot Girls will be looking to hold on to their winning streak, as they have been undefeated the entire season. If they take this last win, it will definitely be one for the books. Both teams have been training and working hard to prepare, as they both know this final championship game will be no walk in the park.
Get ready to cheer on your favourite team into the Champs, and root for the All Stars to take a win for Canada. As one of the most anticipated derby weekends of the year, you don’t want to miss a minute of the action!
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. Tickets for only one night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, kids 6-12 are $10, and kids under five get in free! Advance tickets are available online at terminalcitytickets.com
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.