By Tiki TimeBomb
Jammer Luludemon speeds out of the pack. photo by Bob Ayers
Minoru Arena was packed like never before on June 1, with excited fans eager to watch Western Canada’s first ever inter-continental roller derby bout. The London Rollergirls’ London Brawling crossed the pond to take on the Terminal City All-Stars in the first bout of their North American Tour, and there was barely standing room in the building. The 43rd-ranked All-Stars were fresh off two solid wins and a pair of close losses at The Big O tournament in Eugene, OR, and in top fighting form. London is currently ranked 23rd in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and most of the 2011 Team England World Cup roster hailed from that team.
London raised the bar right from the first whistle, drawing two consecutive penalties on the red jammers and racking up 40 power jam points by vice-captain Kamikaze Kitten and the seemingly unstoppable Rogue Runner. Despite the quick-footed agility of jammers Evada Peron and Bobbi Barbarich, London shut the All-Stars out until the 9th jam, when ironically it was Englander expat Luludemon who put the first home points on the board, 4 to London’s 69. The All-Stars’ combined strategies of active offense and quick star passes couldn’t quite break down the intense recycling walls of London blockers like Shaolynn Scarlett and Raw Heidi. The visitors’ sharply executed bridging repeatedly forced the Vancouver jammers too far behind the pack to receive offensive help. All-Star Scarlett Bloodbath gave some great assists that led to another handful of points, but the spread continued to grow. The first period ended on a positive note for home fans when All-Star Evada grabbed a quick 4 points, leaving the score at an incredible 133-13 for London.
Solid wall of TCRG All-Stars guard the inside line from London Jammer. photo by Bob Ayers
The All-Stars came back with significantly tighter defense, and London barely squeezed points out of the first jams of the second period. Blockers Kim Mackenzie, Lisa Suggit and Buffy Sainte Fury stuck to the visiting jammers like glue. In an explosion of energy felt through the entire building, Barbarich packed on an impressive 9 points while her pack held the London jammer back. Luludemon built on the momentum with another 10 points and some exceptional pack work by Jaime Edgar and Jocelyn Ingram, bringing the score up to 148-32. But the All-Stars ran into more penalty trouble, and the London jammers were able to make quick work of the few red blockers on the track. Another power jam by Kamikaze added 23 points for London, and it felt like London was gaining steam until All-Star Kim Janna capitalized on a rare London jammer penalty. The All-Stars’ jammers took the lead the next three jams in a row, and London started suffering blocker penalties. The final five minutes of the game saw some of the All-Stars best ever team work on home turf, with tight plays that allowed them to pack on a few last points with another three lead jams in a row. To the viewers’ delight, the final jam saw reputable jamming powerhouses Kim Janna and Kamikaze Kitten square off.
London Brawling walked away with the win at 202-69, but the All-Stars definitely showed their tenacious versatility in the face of some incredibly talented opponents. London plays a tight, clean game, and have already gone on to further wow the derby world with a 270-75 win over the 30th-ranked Jet City Bombers (Everett, WA) on Monday June 3, and a shockingly close 198-150 loss against the 12th-ranked Rose City Rollers’ (Portland, OR) Wheels of Justice on Wednesday June 5.
Here we go! On June 1, the Terminal City Rollergirls will host what is sure to be Vancouver's most unforgettable night of derby: a WFTDA-sanctioned (Women's Flat Track Derby Association), intercontinental bout that's sure to rock your stripy knee socks right off right from the very first whistle.
London calling? Nope. It's London Brawling, London (UK) Rollergirls' All-Star travel team, here to play the first WFTDA-sanctioned bout of their nine-day Pacific Northwest tour.
Following their bout in Vancouver, London Brawling will head south of the border to go up against Jet City Rollergirls (Everett), Rose City Rollers (Portland), Rat City Rollergirls (Seattle), and the Oly Rollers (Olympia). Currently ranked 23rd in WFTDA overall rankings, London Brawling represents the highest level of UK roller derby.
But the Terminal City All-Stars, TCRG's highly competitive travel team, are ready. The All-Stars have shot up the rankings in leaps and bounds over the past year. Currently ranked 39th, the All-Stars hope to fight their way into the WFTDA's top 25 by the end of the 2013. Leading up to the London bout, the All-Stars are playing four games at the Big O tournament, May 17-19, in Eugene, OR. One thing is for sure: with all that derby action, the All-Stars are sure to be at the top of their game when London comes to town.
As usual, there will be a DJ and a beer garden upstairs. Merch will be available, including limited edition TCRG vs. London T-shirts and tanks. Stylish and comfortable, these shirts make the perfect souvenir for an intercontinental showdown.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at Minoru Arena in Richmond (just a few blocks from Brighouse SkyTrain Station on the Canada Line) and the whistle blows at 8 p.m. sharp. Adult tickets are $15 in advance online, or $20 at the door. Children's tickets are $10, and kids 5 and under are free!
The Terminal City All-Stars don't play too many games on home turf, so seats are sure to fill up fast. Get your tickets now, because you won't want to miss all the flat-track action!
Vancouver's TERMINAL CITY ALL-STARS
LONDON ROLLERGIRLS, FROM LONDON, ENGLAND
When: June 1, 2013 Doors @ 7:30pm First Whistle 8:00pm
Where: Minoru Arena, Richmond (just a block from Brighouse Station on the Canada Line)
Tickets: Adults $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children $10, kids 5 and under free!
available online @ https://terminalcitytickets.com/
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by Andi Struction, photos by Bob Ayers
Terminal City Rollergirls' WFTDA charter team, the Terminal City All-Stars, saw some of the toughest sanctioned competition they’ve ever faced this past weekend at The Big O tournament in Eugene, OR, and came home with a respectable two wins and two losses.
Luludemon feeds the Silicon Valley jammer to her hungry blocker
Terminal City, ranked 39th in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), had their first match up against San Jose, CA’s Silicon Valley Roller Girls (WFTDA 62nd). Despite a strong start by Silicon and multiple lead changes in the first half, Terminal City eventually found their stride and took control of the scoreboard with 104-62 at halftime. While Silicon was able to shrink the score gap somewhat in the second half, they never regained the lead and the bout ended 200-162 in Terminal City’s favour.
Evada Perón bolts through the tough wall of Victorian blockers
The Vancouver team played two very tough games on Saturday. First up was Melbourne, Australia’s Victorian Roller Derby (WFTDA 38th), who, despite the close ranking to Terminal City’s, was a bit of a wild card coming into this tournament. Obviously, Victorian plays most of their bouts in their native Australia, but when they have made the trip across the Pacific in the past, they have taken more than a few surprise wins. Victorian once again made a huge impression, building impenetrable defense and trapping Terminal City’s usually unstoppable jammers over and over. Terminal City adapted well and increased their offensive play in the second half, but struggled with jammer penalties, allowing Victorian to cash in while the Vancouver jammers sat in the box. Terminal City made a strong scoring push in the last minutes of the bout, but it wasn’t enough and Victorian took the win 256–221.
Jocelyn Ingram (fka Sundown) blocks an Emerald City jammer to the inside line
Hometown Eugene fans came out in droves to see their Emerald City Rollergirls (WFTDA 67th) play Terminal City on Saturday night. These teams have a friendly history, and always look forward to their next meeting on the track, but this game came out of the gate hard, intense and penalty-heavy. Terminal City controlled most of the first half, ending it 94-48. Not much changed in the second, and despite the loud support from the fans, Emerald City struggled, mostly due to penalty trouble. Terminal City continued to pull ahead and bested Emerald City 205-84.
Lisa Suggitt (Rollergirl) goes in for hit on the Sacred City jammer
Four full bouts in three days seems like a lot of work, but the Vancouver team was more than ready to take on Sacramento, CA’s Sacred City Derby Girls (WFTDA 29th) on Sunday. Sacred came on strong at the start of the game, piling on the points while Terminal City’s jammers had trouble getting anywhere. Terminal City suddenly turned the tables and managed to shut down Sacred’s scoring run, holding them scoreless for eight jams in a row and taking the lead 95-73 at the end of the first half. Sacred answered back early in the second half and confidently regained the lead. Terminal City kept it close for most of the second half until they took some unfortunate penalties towards the end of the bout, and Sacred clinched it 166-132.
Next on the calendar for the Terminal City All-Stars is the highly anticipated visit from the London Rollergirls (WFTDA 23rd), coming all the way from the United Kingdom to play at Minoru Arena in Richmond on June 1st. Event information and tickets can be found at https://terminalcitytickets.com/
Bout Recap – May the Forth Be With You
By Booty Quake and Optismash Prime
The opening bout of the Terminal City Rollergirls' “May The Fourth Be With You” double-header pitted the underdog Riot Girls (0-1) against 2011 & 2012 league champions Faster Pussycats (1-0). Fans and skaters alike wondered, would the boost from veteran skaters Mick E. Knocks and Justine Timberskate – both absent from the Riot Girls' previous roster against the Public Frenemy in April - be enough to lift them above the Faster Pussycats' tight, strategic play?
Riot Girls looked strong out of the gate, nabbing lead jammer four times in a row, including a monster 27-point power jam by Miss E. Masculator. A few jams later, the Riot Girls' blocking line of Pavel Fury, Mick E. Knocks, Cassandra Pain and Hurt Russell held the FPC jammer in the pack for two natural grand slams by Justine Timberskate, bringing the score to 42-5 and delighting their fans. After a team timeout at the Pussycats’ bench, and a few more jams to get into their groove, the tables began to turn, and NazDroveya Wylde scored her own 10-0 jam for the FPC with the help of some excellent blocking from Schwarzemegger, for a score of 51-18. The Pussycat defense began to wear down the opposing jammers, creating two power jams in a row for Naz and captain Andi Struction late in the first period, as the FPC continued to claw their way back into it with 10-0 and 17-0 jams respectively. Rookie Riot Girls jammer Hyena Koffinkat pocketed her own 10-0 power jam next to end the period at 63-48 for the “Soldiers of Awesome.”
The Riot Girls bore down, gaining lead jammer for three in a row to open the second half. But the Faster Pussycats roared back. Skarlet Karson, Pie Voltage and Schwarzemegger recycled the Riot Girls' jammer endlessly in jam 4, allowing powerhouse NazDroveya Wylde to cruise through another huge 20-0 jam, tying the score at 69-69 and sending the packed house into a frenzy! With more than 23 minutes still to play, the Riot Girls didn't flinch, and answered with a 25-0 jam by Justine Timberskate after the fearsome Mick E. Knocks forced a track cut penalty to send the FPC jammer to the box. The Riot Girls once again held the lead at 94-69.
The bottom of the second half saw both teams playing tight, clean games with very few penalties, and back-and-forth, low scoring jams. Snow Crash and L.A. Gunns played smart defense for the Pussycats while Sim-Mutilator blocked and jammed valiantly, and Schwarzemegger took a few turns wearing the jammer star. The Riot Girls' blockers answered, with veterans Mick E. Knocks, the Skater Formerly Known As Trixi, and Hurt Russell getting a healthy boost from rookie Pavel Fury.
A Faster Pussycat jammer penalty in the second-last jam sealed the deal, allowing Justine Timberskate another 15-0 power jam. With the FPC jammer still in the box, Miss E. Masculator and the Riot Girls skated another 8 points onto the scoreboard, for a final score of 138-90, and the Riot Girls' first home victory in three seasons.
Sim-Mutilator was awarded MVP for the Faster Pussycats for her determined effort both jamming and blocking, while Mick E. Knocks, a veteran and former All-Star who tonight donned the Riot Girls jersey for the very first time, was honoured for her crushing hits and smart, defensive play.
The second bout of the night was a match up between The Bad Reputations (0-1) and Public Frenemy (1-0). Both were hungry for the win, Public Frenemy had lost a very close bout (116-135) to The Bad Reps last August, costing them their chance at last seasons championship. Needless to say, the tension was high.
At the first whistle, The Bad Reputations’ captain Diva La Revolution squared off on the jammer line against Public Frenemy rookie Guardian Paingel. Diva set the pace for her team, scooping up four points and calling off the jam with three of Frenemy’s players already in the penalty box. Bad Reps’ rookie jammer Traumatic Acid was able to put a 10 points on the board during the following power jam with the help of her blockers. Things were just getting started when Public Frenemy answered back with a 14-0 jam from veteran jammer Flamin’ Jane. Deathly Innocent went on dodge her way through the Bad Reps’ defense to get 19 points on a power jam. Public Frenemy turned the bout around with a score of 36-15.
Not long after, Frenemy blockers Alkazar, Funeral Blues, Flamin‘ Jane, and recent league transfer Missy Ascrew kept crowd favorite Lamb Baste’Her pinned down while Guardian Paingel scored an amazing 20 points, stirring up the crowd and bringing the score to 56-15. After a Bad Reps timeout to regroup and focus, jammer Juanna Rawk fought back, picking up two points and making a smart call to end the jam. The girls in teal came back one jam at a time, grabbing a couple of points when possible and shutting down the Frenemy jammers with some solid blocking courtesy of Real Canadian Bacon, Major Assets, Count Rock-U-La and Cherry Bob-ombs Away. Frenemy jammer Deathly Innocent landed herself in the penalty box for low blocking, allowing Bad Reps’ jammer Traumatic Acid a 15 point power jam. Frenemy fought hard to hold on to their big lead, but were only able to attain lead jammer four more times, allowing the Bad Reps to shrink the score difference to 72-64 at the end of the first half.
The Bad Reputations started the second half strong and managed to keep team green scoreless for the opening four jams, tying the game up quickly at 72-72, much to the delight of the vociferous fans. The increased intensity invariably kicked up the physicality on the track, and Frenemy’s Arctic Fox, Cally and captain Aunt Jam Imma held an unbreakable defense. The “calm green ocean” stirred, and the Bad Reps fell prey to wave upon wave of amazing offensive blocking, lead by Missy Ascrew. Frenemy continued deny the teal team any more points for several jams, despite the impressive footwork of Lamb Baste-her and Diva La Revolution, and the score gap had widened again to 123-72 for Public Frenemy.
Traumatic Acid was first to crack the green defense in the last minutes of the second half – she scored a single point with a small hipskip through the inside line, and this was quickly backed up by points from Lamb Baste’Her, Real Canadian Bacon and Diva La Revolution, bringing the reps up to 91 points. Despite the back-and-forth momentum, Frenemy held their lead – and their undefeated status this season – to end the bout in their favour at 155-95.
Missy Ascrew of Public Frenemy received the MVP award for her devastating hits and skills as a Pivot. Juanna Rawk was the MVP for The Bad Reputations for her amazing breakout performance as a jammer.
The next TCRG event is a special one – The Terminal City All-Stars, TCRG’s charter WFTDA team, will be welcoming the London Rollergirls all the way from the UK on June 1 for a rare sanctioned bout on home soil. Event details and tickets can be found at terminalcitytickets.com.