Bout Coordinator Twisty Hurtzmore summed up the August 11th double-header at Minoru Arena perfectly: “You paid for a whole seat, but only used the edge!”
There was a lot on the line in the first bout. With a big enough win, Public Frenemy could topple the undefeated Bad Reputations’ standing, and the lineup for the August 25th Semi-Finals. Both teams brought out the big guns from the get-go: formidable jammers Rumble Stiltskin and Specialist Cally. The Frenemy frontline swallowed lead jammer Stilts back into the pack, and the first of what would be many 0-0 jams was called off quickly. Flamin’ Jane put the first points on the board in the second jam, and Frenemy maintained the lead the entire period. Both rosters featured a return from injury – Bad Reps rookie Skull Kraken, making a strong debut jamming in her first official bout, and Frenemy’s Collide-o-Scope Kid, back to cutting through the pack like a laser. Frenemy looked like the impenetrable Green Machine of last season, with Violent Femme, Alkazar, and Drop Dead Red working defense like a fortress on wheels. The Bad Reps were no slouches, either. Jammer Real Canadian Bacon dazzled the crowd with more than one huge points-grabbing leap, while rookie and newly minted All-Star Eve Hallows proved indispensible in all positions. The solid pack of teal-clad veterans did their best to disrupt the opposition, but the half-time score was 78-42 for Frenemy.
Bad Rep Severin Strychnine lays one on Public Frenemy jammer Flamin' Jane. Photo by Nicolas Charest for Rollergirl.ca.
The Bad Reps took a breather to “re-focus on playing our game and pull together as a team,” said captain Diva la Revolution, and it worked. A trio of strong jams from Diva, Stilts, and Eve closed the gap. The final minutes of the period saw three lead changes, but the Bad Reps packed on the points and came out victorious, with a final score of 135-116.
The headliner bout pitted the Terminal City All-Stars against the Texas Rollergirls’ Hustlers. The TXRG were ranked #3 in all of North America last year, and are credited with starting modern roller derby. With the the All-Stars currently sitting at #12 in the WFTDA's Western Region, it seemed the packed audience was in for a treat.
The game started with a series of tight 0-0 jams, both teams favouring scrum starts and the jammers facing unbreakable four-woman walls of blockers. The Hustlers’ Sadie Mae Care nabbed 5 points in the fourth jam, calling it off after a precision takedown by Sundown. The All-Stars hit their stride, tightening their teamwork to help powerhouse Kim Janna score 20 points. They followed it with another 25 by Evada Perón, with some outstanding defense by Rollergirl. The Hustlers had some incredibly strong skating by Molotov M. Pale, Babe Ruthless, and captain Acute Angel – all of whom are also skaters for TXRG’s WFTDA all-star team, the Texecutioners – but struggled to score against the All-Stars’ powerful defense. In one epic power jam, Janna collected an astounding 35 points with the help of just two blockers, 8Mean Wheeler and PLAYER 1, shattering the previous record (34) held by Sissy Straight-edge. Did P1 swap Janna’s jammer star for a Super Mario invincibility star? Anything seemed possible, the way the All-Stars played this year, and the period ended at 145-16 in their favour.
Miss E. Masculator, Rollergirl and Sundown (L-R in red) wall up to stop the Hustlers' jammer. Photo by Bob Ayers.
But everyone knows not to mess with Texas, and they came back with their long horns lowered. Curvette, who doubles as captain of the Texecutioners, seemed unstoppable in the second half, gaining lead jammer status nearly every time she was on the track. Belle Starr stuck to the home team jammers like glue. Despite some penalty trouble, the All-Stars maintained their tight strategies, and finished strong with a 235-85 win in their last home game of the season.
“I feel very strongly that it wasn’t me who set the record, but rather us as a collective,” Janna later said. “I want the blockers to feel my love.” We’re sure they do.
The next event for TCRG is a big one - League Semi-Finals! Public Frenemy vs. Faster Pussycats and Bad Reps vs. Riot Girls, Saturday Aug. 25, 5pm at Minoru Arena in Richmond. Winners of both games move on to League Championshops on Sept. 8. Tickets are on sale at terminalcitytickets.com or at the door.
Derby, Baby! Special one-time-only screening in Vancouver!
Tuesday, August 21, 7pm
Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway @ Commercial, steps away from the Broadway Skytrain station. www.riotheatre.ca
Tickets | only $10 at the door.
Everyone's been talking about this film - so here's your chance to finally see it. If you've attended a women's roller derby bout in the sport’s post-modern incarnation, you've seen it, maybe even smelled it: the love, the pure addiction that drives tens of thousands of women around the globe to don fishnets and pseudonyms for the privilege of kicking each others' butts. For the first time ever, the story of women’s roller derby is covered from both a national and international perspective, as Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Robin Bond and Dave Wruck take you with them on their international quest to learn why women's flat track roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the world.
Lucky you, Vancouver. You’re smack-dab in the middle of roller derby season, and Minoru Arena is going to be pulsing with excitement at the Terminal City Rollergirls‘ double header on Saturday, August 11th. House team bragging rights and cross-border pride are both on the line, so this event is going to be a must-see for the 2012 season.
In the first game of the night, the Bad Reputations will battle Public Frenemy in the race to league playoffs, and the Terminal City All-Stars welcome modern roller derby foremothers, the Hustlers from Austin's Texas Rollergirls.
Doors will open at 5pm at Minoru Arena in Richmond, BC, and things kick off at 5:45pm. Minoru Arena is conveniently located one block away from Brighouse Skytrain Station on the Canada Line. Tickets for adults are $15 in advance/ $20 at the door, and kids’ tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available online at terminalcitytickets.com or at the Sin Bin Sports Grill (295 W. 2nd Ave in Vancouver).
Want the inside scoop? Check out the bout preview on Vancouver Is Awesome!
Photo by Bob Ayers
Vancouver’s Terminal City Rollergirls are hosting another action-packed roller derby double header on Saturday, July 7 at Minoru Arena, this time with two house teams taking on opposition from the Fraser Valley and Washington State.
The fur will fly when TCRG's Faster Pussycats host the Doomsday Bunnies from Cloverdale's Mainland Misfits league, and local Bad Reputations meet up with old foes the Taco Kickers from Everett, Washinton.
Doors open at 5pm and pre-game show starts at 5:45pm at Minoru Arena in Richmond. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, $10 for kids 6-11 and kids 5 and under are free! Advance tickets are available online at terminalcitytickets.com or in person at the Sin Bin Sports Grill at 295 W. 2nd Ave in Vancouver.
For more info, check out the preview in Vancouver is Awesome!