If you have missed the exciting, action packed pre-season games so far this year, you’re in luck. The Terminal City Rollergirls are set to kick off their eighth season in just a few weeks. Mark your calendars because at 5 p.m. on April 5 the 2014 season begins at Kerrisdale Arena.
The first bout of this doubleheader will line up the 2011/2012 Mercury Shield champions, the Faster Pussycats, against fan favourite Public Frenemy. Both of these teams gave it their all last season, with Frenemy taking third place in TCRG’s house team standings over the Pussycats by a mere 42 points in the final doubleheader of Season 7. This first game between the two teams will definitely be an intense game to catch, as both teams are rookie-heavy; the Pussycats recently claimed nine new rookies while the Frenemy took eight. It’s anyone’s guess how this matchup will fair out!
The 2013 Mercury Shield champs, the Riot Girls, fought hard last season for their victory — moving from last place in the points standings all the way to the top and taking home the Shield for the first time ever. They defeated the Bad Reputations by 51 points, and now the Bad Reps are back to face the champs in the second bout of the evening. This matchup promises to be intensified by the ambition of the Bad Reps to get back on top. They previously took home the Shield three consecutive years in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Although the Riot Girls took seven rookies earlier this year while the Bad Reps only caught four, this grudge matchup is bound to be full of fast-paced action and hard hits.
All this excitement will surely leave you hungry, so be sure to check out the food vendors we have lined up, or if the rivalry leaves you with a dry mouth, check out the 19+ beer garden.
If last season is anything to go by, this season promises to be incredible. Remember to bring your signs, banners, cowbells and air horns to cheer on your favourite TCRG teams, and come catch the amazing display of athleticism and competitive roller derby!
Venue: Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena — 5670 E Blvd., Vancouver, B.C.
Tickets: Adults $15 online, $20 at the door; children $10; kids five and under are free.
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!