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Roller derby season is in full swing in Vancouver, and if you only attend one event this year, this weekend’s upcoming bout is the one not to be missed.
The Terminal City Rollergirls rep team, the TCRG All-Stars, recently made the biggest regional rankings jump in Women’s Flat Track Derby Association history (23rd to 16th in the West), proving they are an up-and-coming team in the roller derby world. They have been turning heads all over the continent in 2012, but they hardly ever play at home, so this weekend is a rare chance for Vancouverites to see what they’ve been missing.
On Saturday, June 9th, The TCRG All-Stars will go head to head with Seattle’s Rat City All-Stars. Both teams are...
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Saturday, June 9th
Doors open at 5:00pm, first whistle blows at 6:00pm.
Minoru Arena, 7551 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Right off the Canada Line @ Brighouse station.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $10 for Kids 6-12, kids 5 and under are free!
Tickets vailable here: https://terminalcitytickets.com/
by Tiki Timebomb, photos by Nicolas Charest for RollerGirl.ca
In what seems to be a theme for Season 6, Terminal City Rollergirls fans were treated yet again to a pair of intensely close bouts on May 5th at Minoru Arena in Richmond, which just happened to also be the the six-year anniversary of TCRG’s inaugural bout, Derby De Mayo. The Riot Girls had their first home-turf win of the year, 147-139 against Washington's Whidbey Island Rollergirls, and the Anarchy Angels (from neighbour league The Mainland Misfits) edged out Public Frenemy 156-126.
Justine Timberskate on the breakaway.
The showcase of the Riot Girl's rookie talent kicked off with a tight start. Both teams nickel-and-dimed their points, until Riot Girls' jammers Savage Mind and D.A. DaRuckus scored two consecutive 10-point power jams, and gained a significant lead on Whidbey Island. With rookie jammer Justine TimberSkate cutting through the pack like a shark through calm waters, and Hurt Russell inflicting some serious blocking damage, the Soldiers of Awesome seemed unstoppable. But penalty trouble started accumulating, and Whidbey Island pulled up behind the lead to a close 72-82 at the half. Both teams kept the jams short and sweet at the start of the second period, until a triumphant 20-point power jam by Whidbey Island triple threat Nana Nana Bruise You pushed them into the lead. With just a few jams left, the score sat at 135-115 in favour of the Whidbey Islanders. In a final burst of strength and speed, the rookie jammer juggernaut of The Golden Snitch and Justine Timberskate each shut out the Whidbey Island jammers 4-0. And with one colossal 23-point power jam, the Riot Girls proved that the team with the Golden Snitch really does win the game (147-139).
The Anarchy Angels managed to shut out Public Frenemy for the first several jams of the second bout, until PF's jammer Deathly Innocent put the first points on the board. The Angels’ pack strategy was smart, but Frenemy vets DeCent and Pretty Painful chipped away at their lead while the Angels’ jammers were sucked into the tractor beam of Chic and Twisted’s solid defense. A 25-point power jam by Pretty put Frenemy in the lead, but it was short-lived. The Angels regained their ground, and sat at 81-58 by halftime. The second period saw Frenemy come back hard, keeping the Angels’ points low and catching up. Angels player Mala Justed caused a ton of trouble for Frenemy both with or without the star on her helmet, with her strong leadership and smart jamming. DeCent and Pretty scored another pair of power jams, bringing Frenemy once again into the lead at 105-85. The Angels didn't relent and continued to strategically draw penalties on Frenemy's blockers which finally allowed the Angels to regain the lead, along with help from a huge jam by Mz E Deck’er. Another power jam by Frenemy rookie Flamin’ Jane brought the score to a nail-biting 126-126 tie, and it seemed like Frenemy would pull through. Those were the last points that wold be scored by TCRG. With continued strategy and aggressive defense, the Angels packed on another 30 points over the last five jams and took the win with a final score of 156-126.
Jammer Pretty Painful (C, in green) negotiates her way through the Angels' strong pack.
Next up for the Riot Girls is a bout vs. last year's TCRG champions, the Faster Pussycats on June 9 at Minoru Arena, where Vancouver will also get a chance to see the Terminal City All-Stars take on Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls, one of the top ten women's teams in the world.
Western Canada’s only Women’s Flat Track Derby Association charter team, Vancouver’s Terminal City All-Stars, currently sit at #23 in the WFTDA’s West Region rankings, but if their current 9-2 record for the 2012 season has anything to say about it, that number will improve significantly in the next quarter. To even further their chances of moving up the ranks, they are travelling to California this coming weekend to take on three other powerful teams in their home region.
All-Stars' pivot Miss E. Masculator simultaneously makes way for her jammer while blocking the Santa Cruz jammer at Wild West Showdown in March.
First up on Friday is a bout against Sacramento’s Sacred City Derby Girls, who are currently ranked #7 in the West Region. This bout is unfortunately not WFTDA-sanctioned, but it will be great warm-up for the All-Stars’ weekend and a good chance for the Vancouver team to prove that they are contenders in the very competitive West.
Saturday night holds a bout against the #15 Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and this will certainly prove to be an exciting match up. The last time these two teams met at the Wild West Showdown tournament back in March, it was a defensive fight to the finish, with Santa Cruz beating Terminal City only by a marginal 97-84. Luckily for Vancouver fans, this bout will be streamed online at 1pm PST here: http://www.justin.tv/anxiousmofo
The All-Stars are hoping that a full weekend of travelling and playing won’t have gotten to them on Sunday, as they take on the Silicon Valley Roller Girls in San Jose. SVRG currently sits at #16 in the west, but their impressive showing at the Big O Tournament in February and busy early-season schedule may make them Terminal City’s toughest competition on this trip.
Jammer Sundown takes advantage of a breakaway at Wild West Showdown.
All-Star Sophie “Amazombie” Robinson says that they have been staying the course on their established training plan to prepare for this trip: “We remain focused on teamwork and pack control, but we have been putting emphasis on offensive plays.”
Besides the speed and finesse that All-Stars fans are familiar with, Head Coach Ian “Mack the Mouth” MacKenzie, has some extra strategy in mind: "We have top secret plans for the Americans, it may or may not involve a salmon, maple syrup and Canadian beer."
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