Evada Peron in action against England. Photo by Bob Ayers
There was a storm brewing in the Atlantic as Team Canada flew into Nantes, France for the 2014 Super Brawl on Feb. 15. Fourteen elite roller derby athletes had been chosen to represent our great nation and they had flown through the night for a chance to show the world what Canadians are made of. Three of those 14 skaters were TCRG’s own Evada Peron, Kim Janna, and Kim Mackenzie.
Team England and Team France kicked off the one-day event. Local fans filled the bleachers and roared their approval as their wily French jammers slipped past the English defense. Under the stadium lights, framed by the flags from all three nations, the French team threw themselves into the battle and for the first 15 minutes the score went back and forth between the two teams. Despite a strong start, however, Team England’s tight pack work soon ground down the French offense and, with a couple of power jams to help them out, the English score crept further upwards. Final score 385-54.
Next was the grudge match. Team England and Team Canada had last met at the Blood and Thunder World Cup in 2011, where the Canadians pulled out the win that qualified them to play in the finals against Team USA. With the next world cup on the horizon for December 2014, both teams were looking to test the other. The game started off well for the Canadian team, holding the English scoreless as the blocking pack kept the pace to a crawl. The first period saw both teams exhibit strong teamwork and aggressive jamming as the score inched ahead with neither pulling out a significant lead. However, the last few minutes saw the Canadian blockers heading to the box, which set the pace for the second period. With fewer and fewer bodies on the track, the English team were able to take advantage of their greater numbers and run away with the points. Despite some impressive micro-pack blocking from the Canadian team, they were not able to stop the bleeding and the game ended with a 259-145 win for Team England.
After a disappointing game against Team England, the Canadians were itching to prove themselves against the French. But when the first whistle blew, it seemed like they had underestimated the local team. It took the Canadian team the first 10 minutes to find a way to contain the explosive speed of the French jammers, who were successfully blasting through the pack and stealing lead. With some new pack formations and stronger bracing, they finally managed to slow the French down and allow their Canadian jammers to rack up the points. Final score 460-96.
The 2014 Team Canada Super Brawl Roster:
Chasing Amy (Montreal Roller Derby)
Demanda Lashing (Montreal Roller Derby)
Evada Peron (Terminal City Rollergirls)
Georgia W. Tush (Montreal Roller Derby)
Heavy Flo (Philly Rollergirls)
Kim Janna (Terminal City Rollergirls)
KonichiWOW (Windy City Rollers)
Mackenzie (Terminal City Rollergirls)
Maya Mangleyou (Boston Derby Dames)
Nasher the Smasher (Toronto Roller Derby)
Sarah Hipel (Texas Rollergirls)
Smack Daddy (Montreal Roller Derby)
Surgical Strike (Montreal Roller Derby)
USS DenterHerPrize (Detroit Derby Girls)
Written by Luludemon
Follow Team Canada:
- on the web at www.teamcanadarollerderby.com
- on Facebook at Team Canada B&T World Cup
- on Instagram @teamcanadarollerderby
- on Twitter @teamcanadard
Team Canada is sponsored by Pivotstar Apparel & Uniforms. For more information check out www.pivotstar.com
Kim Janna in action against France. Photo by Bob Ayers
We’re so excited and slightly impatient for Season 8 to begin in April that we’ve decided to bring you a little pre-season action for February and March.
Terminal City Rollergirls are holding four pre-season house team scrimmages this winter. These two-hour public scrimmage sessions allow friends and families to see the shiny new rookies and officials hone their skating skills and get a taste of things to come for Season 8.
Each of our four house teams will play twice throughout these winter scrimmages which will be held at Central City Arena (10240 City Parkway, Surrey) on Saturdays: Feb. 22, March 8, 15 and 22:
Scrimmage 1: Sat., Feb. 22 - Public Frenemy vs. Bad Reps • doors open at 10:30 a.m., whistle at 10:45 a.m.
Scrimmage 2: Sat., March 8 - Riot Girls vs. Public Frenemy • doors open at 10:30 p.m., whistle at 10:45 p.m.
Scrimmage 3: Sat., March 15 - Faster Pussycats vs Riot Girls • doors open at 10:30 p.m., whistle at 10:45 p.m.
Scrimmage 4: Sat., March 22 - Faster Pussycats vs. Bad Reps • doors open at 10:30 a.m., whistle at 10:45 a.m.
Spectators pay $5 entry at the door (Note: no pre-sale tickets). The arena has limited seating, so it’s first come, first served. And don’t forget to bring your own chair or cushion.
The venue has limited parking. Central City Arena is located across the street from Surrey Central SkyTrain station, and is wheelchair accessible. No alcohol in the venue.
Written by Tiki TimeBomb
Photos by Greg McKinnon
The Terminal City Rollergirls held its annual awards party at the formidable Columbia Theatre on Friday, November 8. The theme was “Tie One On”, and there were sequins and bowties as far as the eye could see. After some schmoozing and partaking in appies and drinks, it was time for the much-anticipated awards show. Hostesses Dr. Jenny Fever and IonA BeerWagon kept the audience laughing with plenty of charm and just a little bit of tomfoolery. This season’s awards were as follows:
PUBLIC FRENEMY TEAM AWARDS
"Most Valuable Player" - Missy Ascrew
"Most Improved Player" - Funeral Blues
"Leader of the Pack" (Best Defensive Player) - Chic and Twisted
"Jammer's Best Friend" (Best Offensive Player) - Missy Ascrew
"Toe Stop Don't Stop" (Best Jammer) - Didgeri Doom
BAD REPUTATIONS TEAM AWARDS
"Most Valuable Player" - Hannah Jennings
"Most Improved Player" - Kiwibrute
"Leader of the Pack" (Best Defensive Player) - Hannah Jennings
"Jammer's Best Friend" (Best Offensive Player) - Sage Rae Martin
"Toe Stop Don't Stop" (Best Jammer) - Diva LaRevolution
RIOT GIRLS TEAM AWARDS
"Most Valuable Player" - Justine Timberskate
"Most Improved Player" - Sarah Saturday
"Leader of the Pack" (Best Defensive Player) - Hurt Russell
"Jammer's Best Friend" (Best Offensive Player) - Mick E Knocks
"Toe Stop Don't Stop" (Best Jammer) - Justine Timberskate
FASTER PUSSYCATS TEAM AWARDS
"Most Valuable Player" - Schwarzemegger
"Most Improved Player" - Rachel Barclay & Ryder Gentley
"Leader of the Pack" (Best Defensive Player) - Snow Crash & Schwarzemegger
"Jammer's Best Friend" (Best Offensive Player) - Sissy Straight-Edge
"Toe Stop Don't Stop" (Best Jammer) - NazDroveya Wylde
ALL-STARS TEAM AWARDS
"Most Valuable Player" - Bobbi Barbarich
"Most Improved Player" - Flower Plow'Her
"Leader of the Pack" (Best Defensive Player) - Kim MacKenzie
"Jammer's Best Friend" (Best Offensive Player) - Scarlett Bloodbath
"Toe Stop Don't Stop" (Best Jammer) - Evada Peron
AUTHORITY FIGURES TEAM AWARDS
"Most Valuable Skating Official" - Crash Test Ref
"NSOwns It" (Most Valuable NSO) - Crimson N' Clobber
"Most Improved Official" - Countess Stitches
"Queen of Jam-A-Lot" - Justine Timberskate
"TCRG MVP" (League’s Most Valuable Player) - Kim Janna
"Rookie of the Year" - Sarah Saturday
"TCRG Most Feared" - Missy Ascrew
"TCRG Best Bout-Fit" - Eve Hallows
"Miss Congeniality" - Kiwibrute
"SHIFT KICKER Sportswoman of the Year" - Schwarzemegger
"TCRG Derby Nerd of the Year" - Hannah Jennings
"Derby Widow of the Year" - Sparky! Mr. Deathly Innocent
"Nuts and Bolts" (Best Volunteer) - Nick Leonidus and the PBR Vikings
"Timex Takes a Lickin' but keeps on Ticking” - Felicity Brammer
"Spirit of TCRG" - Tiki Timebomb
"TCRG Eagle Eye" (Sharpest Official) - Crash Test Ref
"Deathly Innocent Silent But Deadly" - Deathly Innocent
"Triple Threat Award" (Best Pivot/Blocker/Jammer) - Schwarzemegger
"The Voice of TCRG" (Most Dedicated Announcer) - Dr. Jenny Fever
The TCRG would like to thank its tireless volunteers, our EMTs, our guest photographers, our sponsors, and our devoted fans for helping us to have the most exciting season of Vancouver roller derby to date. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we’re already hard at work planning Season 8.0!
Terminal City jammer Kim Janna hops by a Tampa blocker. Photo by Jennifer M. Ramos.
RICHMOND, VA -- In the second bout of the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Richmond, Virginia, the seventh seeded Tampa Tantrums (#29 WFTDA) took on the 10th seed Terminal City Rollergirls (#38 WFTDA) in the latter’s first WFTDA playoff appearance. The game followed an odd rhythm, as Terminal repeatedly opened up significant leads only to see Tampa rally and nearly close the gaps; nonetheless, Terminal City never trailed after the game's first jam and took the tournament's second upset in a row, winning 180-154.
Tampa’s pre-game ritual consisted of a rousing singalong while Terminal pumped themselves up with bunny ears and curious noises.The game got underway with Terminal City’s Luludemon against Tampa’s PhDiesel. PhDiesel pushed her way through and emerged with the first lead of the day. Luluemon passd the star to Mackenzie in the first jam. Diesel got her 4 points and called it off.
Terminal City answered with a 63 point run over the next 6 jams. 24 of those points came from Kim Janna on the game’s first power jam, a PhDiesel track cut artfully forced by Buffy Sainte Fury. Both teams seemed to be having some penalty trouble, with the pack dwindling to a one-on-one at one point.
Tampa took their first timeout at 22:10 to regroup with the score showing 63-4. In the 8th jam, Laryn Kill finally broke Tampa’s dry spell by capitalizing on a dropped helmet cover by Terminal City captain Barbarich. Scarlett Bloodbath picked it up for the second star pass of the day. That jam brought the score to 63-13 Terminal City.
Tampa’s Breezy looked to continue their comeback on the following jam, but luludemon forced a jammer-on-jammer track cut and sent Breezy to the box. She then started the third star pass of the game, but pivot MacKenzie was sent to the box and thoughtfully dropped the helmet cover on her way off the track. luludemon eventually picked it up and resumed jamming, but the confusion helped Tampa limit the damage to 7 points, for an effective penalty kill. That left things at 70-17 Terminal City.
Terminal continued to nickel-and-dime the Tantrums until 17 minutes into the game when Little A forced a track cut on luludemon for Tampa’s first power jam. Lil Bit capitalized to the tune of 15 points. She called it off with luludemon standing in the box at 74-34 Terminal City.
The gap continued to close with a number of small gains by Tampa’s Jammers, mostly unanswered. A 16 point jam by Apolo Ana was enabled by Alli-kat Scratch and Blacque Jac harrying Janna. Tampa had finally closed to within striking distance, 19 points away at 76-57 Terminal, when Terminal took a timeout with 5:49 remaining in the half. That timeout seemed to work out for them, as the score was 95-67 at the break -- with two more star passes completed on the way.
After a 0-0 and 4-0 to begin the second half, Tampa got a much-needed break when Terminal jammer luludemon was sent off on both the 3rd and 4th jams on a high block followed by an illegal reentry. That led to 5-0 for Evada Peron and 15-0 for Apolo Ana; putting the score at 99-87 Terminal with luludemon still stuck in the box.
Tampa’s Smooth Operator Just about finished closing the gap with the remainder of that power jam. She scored 12 points, bringing Tampa's total to 99 -- which would have tied it up, except luludemon grabbed 2 points on her return from the box. With 21 minutes to play, it was a single-pass game at 101-99 Terminal, but that was as close as it would get.
After a couple of 4-0 jams, a track cut by Laryn Kill let Terminal drag their lead back out to 133 over 101. In what appeared to be a repeat of the bout’s start, Terminal City went on a 57-2 run, driving the score to 162-101 before Tampa scored again.
With about 13 minutes remaining, Terminal's jammer Barbarich was sent off for a forearm penalty. She went out for another on the following jam, giving up back to back power jams which turned into 32 unanswered points for Tampa as the margin started to close back up. On her second return, Barbarich passed the star to MacKenzie for the 6th of the game, putting it at 162-133 Terminal.
Terminal’s Janna gave up a power jam a couple jams later with a back block after a rarely seen pivot line start. Tampa couldn't get any points off it, as Smooth Operator called it off to preserve power jam time. Laryn Kill came in but only managed one scoring pass before Janna’s return. She got one more before calling it off, 166-142 Terminal.
A couple small scoring jams later, the score was 168-149 and Tampa took their final time out with 2:20 left on the clock. In what turned out to be the final jam of the game, Tampa’s Little A got lead but cut track and was sent to the box, closing the door on Tampa’s comeback. Terminal’s Barbarich kept fighting and extended their lead before Little A returned.
The jam clock expired with under 20 seconds left and the score 180-154 Terminal City. While Tampa had no timeouts remaining, they did have their official review left to stop the clock. With a 26 point deficit they were either unwilling to trigger a final jam or unaware they were able -- to the apparent surprise of the Terminal City bench, who anxiously watched the remaining time tick off the close before launching into celebration.
Terminal City's 180-154 win puts them up against Texas at 3pm Pacific on Friday and is available on pay-per-view at http://wftda.tv.