Anything can happen in Derby and anywhen too. Believe it or not-last night was the first time ever we have witnessed a Rollergettes win on the track. Neither team carried full rosters but those who were there represented their colours as best as they could. It was a closed bout, and it wasn’t all about points but learning on the fly too. There were zebras from as far away as Hammer City and Royal City to make the calls and help guide the fledgling refs of the Rollergettes. Timeouts and learning sessions at the centre of the track entailed referee discussions and talking points with the player. Taking a knee down on the startline, when is it a major? Why doesn’t your team just take off if the opponent doesn’t move?
The Rollergettes answered a few questions of their own. Could the Rollergettes without Goldie on the track fend off the Belles of the Brawl. Goldie and others served as NSO while the Rollergettes called their own plays off the bench. Rollergettes old and newer Punkii BrüzHer and Crystal Mess along with Knuckle Slamwitch and Danger! Danger! alike in black took on the green and black of the Belles featuring familiar names such as Justine Sane, Lass Compactor, S. S. Sativa who were all part of 2 Fresh 2 Furious just last month. A fun bout turned in some hard hits and falls and a narrow 55-49 victory for the Rollergettes by the cutoff hour of 10.
The evening would be a warmup for things to come with Capital City looking forward to hosting the Rollergettes on August 6, while the BCRG crew will be in Dundas on the 13th taking on the Hammer City Harlots. Also on the 13th, the Rollergettes will be holding their last homecloser of the season the Violet Uprising, one of the three teams of Royal City. Belles will keep busy on the 27th hosting their inaugural home bout against Ottawa Roller Derby.
Good luck to all! August promises hot weather and hot action.
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Postscript to the Readers out there: Yep, it’s August already and we’re trying to play catch-up with all the Derby from last month. Just be patient, there’s good Derby ahead.
Sonic Doom was up at the bar in the Sleeman Centre.
We pointed a finger at him and said: “He would know! What was the final score?”
“111 to 46,” was his reply. “Dyna Hurtcha was the difference” or words to that effect.
Meanwhile, just minutes before at the Downtown Throwdown doubleheader, the GTA GStars more or less in the guise of the Derby Debutantes took on the Royal City All-Stars for the second time this season while the Belle City Rollergirls took on the Violet Uprising home team from RCRG.
Justine Sane of Belle City found herself in the sin bin for numerous infractions and seemingly upset with it all found herself ejected from the game with 11 minutes to go, to which she waved goodbye with a smile.
The young guns from Royal City squared off in a rematch of epic proportions against the Debutantes or all-star variant thereof. On their home court the All-Stars blasted two jammers off the line that we had been warned would be a surprise catch them if you can.
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In the aftermath of the Black Eye Affair between the Chrome Mollys and Belles of the Brawl, once again we hear from Justine Sane. All fierce and fun at the same time, she was part of the pack that led the Belles from Brantford’s Belle City. Once again she was back at the Ted Reeve Arena where she had once been with the GTA Rollergirls.
Belles of the Brawl
Justine Sane starts off then we will hear from one of the other Belles Lass Compactorof the night.
“Our league was so super excited to play the first game,” says Justine Sane. “For me playing at Ted Reeve was bittersweet, it was great to have my first game with the Belles of the Brawl in familiar territory, but it was also weird to be a visitor against GTAR. They are such great hosts though that we all felt pretty good to be there.”
The 177-44 score for the Chrome Mollys’s second victory of the season did not take away from the fun and excitement of the night.
“It was great to have the fans there, I was remembered by fans when I went to watch the Royal Rumble last week, and this past Saturday I did get quite a few cheers— especially when I got lead jam! That is so derby, to be loved even after you leave! The Belles of the Brawl have the first game behind us, we will learn as a team from this experience. There were some rookie mistakes that will go away quick. The Belles of the Brawl, we hit them, they fall!”
Belles Captain for the night Lass Compactor shares the nerves and excitement of being on the track for the first time.
“May 28th is the day I will never forget!! I have heard stuff about playing the games, but it never hit me until I was in the building and watching my team get ready for it. I’ve never been so nervous, all I could think about was getting my first hit!! Who will it be ?? How hard should I do it? Am I going to go down with her? These were all the questions that ran through my head.The intro was done, names were called, my heart starts to race as I am in the first line up!! I scan to the left, then to the right. Who will it be to take my first hit?? It seemed like forever for the whistle to blow. The girl on my left was my first victim. It wasn’t too bad. So I go for a few more hits and the jam was over. It wasn’t scary at all, just a rush!! By the end of the first half I was getting tired. …” [but undoubtedly the rest of the evening was one long evening of Derby high which we will hear more from later.]
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In conclusion: this was our first game, we have 6 more bouts scheduled [check out Belle City plus the CWRDA tournament [June 17 to 19] and 2 Fresh 2 Furious [July 9]. Includes Royal City’s Violet Uprising on the 25th of June!
“We also host the Chrome Mollys from GTAR November 19th, our goals for the re-match are to increase our score, decrease our penalities, and of course show them
the same hospitality they showed us (and leave a few bruises … shhhh!)
Mark April 16 on your Derby calendar for next month. La Racaille are coming to Toronto.
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Holy smokes! I’m actually doing this – SmotherNature and Bruise Berry Pie
the new Derby Season going into swing thought it would be a good idea that instead of my musings it would be better to feature the thoughts of the real stars of the game—the players. Turning now to Justine Sane.
I have the theme song from Rocky in my head.
Is it in your head now too?
Brief preamble: Justine Sane was not someone you wished to be on the receiving end of a hit—”She hit me so hard it ratttled my teeth,” remembers GTA Rollergirl jammer Lee Way Wreck’Em ruefully and nobody ever manages to hit 5by5 full force—whether during a bout or in practice at GTAR. Justine Sane proudly wore the blue and white of Chrome Mollys at Fresh and Furious—wore the red and black of Derby Debutantes against Thames Fatales. Against the WEWRA Rollergettes she has played as a Molly and a Deb. She was part of the mixed Mollys/Debs squad that tilted against the Riot Squad in Ottawa.
Then came the move and through it all she stayed with Derby with a transition to the new league in Belle City.
hy do I play roller derby?
Because I can’t sing or dance! Actually that is what Rocky Balboa said when he was asked why he boxes. Maybe he just doesn’t know. That is kind of how I feel. I can’t really say why I started derby. I have no skating history, so I can’t really pinpoint what drew me to derby, maybe it was the whole personas, or the clothes, or the idea of hitting people, I don’t know. I just saw it, and knew I had to do it. The first time I knocked someone on their ass was the coolest feeling ever! Actually hitting someone and feeling that strong hit back—that equal match of strength where neither of us go down, we just absorb the raw power and feel it course through our veins—that’s a pretty close second.
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Oi! More call for Derby ladies via Belle City Roller Girls.