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Derby, the final frontier. Welcome to 2014 as we try boldly one more time for 52 in 52.

Keep checking my Flickr site at Midnight Matinee for the latest Derby photos and more!

As a brief intro: we are based in the city of Toronto, Ontario which happens to be in Canada. This particular province has more than 50 leagues and have the considerable pleasure of being able to consider many of the leagues as friends and have the privilege of shooting in their rinks or arenas. We endeavour to hit the road in all directions, and many times that includes south of the border. Last year for the first time we hit the WFTDA D1 and D2 playoffs and culminating in the WFTDA Championships themselves in Madison, Wisconsin.

Latest update as of October 14, 2014: Survived Team Ontario Bootcamp in Kingston, Ontario. Five classes of top notch players and coaches providing the drills, then a black and white scrimmage with Team Ontario dispersed with the attendees. Lots of learning and thinking.  

Latest update as of October 8, 2014: We’re back home again after our second WFTDA D1 playoffs of the year at Salt Lake City, Utah. Not quite safe and not quite sound. We endure. Next stop: somewhere in Kingston for the Team Ontario Bootcamp and Team Ontario vs. Team Ontario scrimmage.


R M R G Rocky Mountain Roller Girls at WFTDA D1 Salt Lake City, UTAH The home of Wasatch

Latest update as of August 12, 2014: Hello again! The road experience intensifies as we enjoyed a most memorable night amongst Detroit Derby Girls at their end of year Rollies Awards commemorating 9 years of existence. Way to go DDG! The overnight bus back to Toronto and then up to Elora, Ontario to witness the Fergus Feims engage the Border City Brawlers from Windsor, Ontario in a tough and tightly competitive bout falling 153-157 at the last jam.  Next up: Ohio.


The end of the longest weekend in Fergus


New Skids on the Block @ Quad City Chaos 2014

This derby nomad looks forward to visiting familiar and new friends and facing new adventures in newer territories. There might be an occasional break in the schedule to give the camera and lights a respite. However, we are still endeavouring to shoot derby every week if possible, so if you want to keep the streak going and have Derby happening in your league and if we can get there, feel free to drop me a line!


Team Ontario at The Bunker on February 8, 2014


    1. Thursday, December 4 – Sunday December 7, 2014 – Blood and Thunder World Cup – Dallas, Texas
    2. Saturday, November 15, 2014 – The ORG and TMRD vs. The World – Toronto Outrage vs. The World [co-ed] / Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Royal City Rollergirls The Brute-Leggers – Orangeville Agricultural Centre – Orangeville, Ontario
    3. Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Hoser Closer 2 – [Alliston Jr. Roller Derby] Blister Sisters vs. [Niagara Junior Roller Derby] Midway Mayhem /Bombshell Battalion vs. South Simcoe – Alliston Memorial Arena – Alliston, Ontario
    4. Friday, OCT. 31 – Sunday, NOV. 2: WFTDA Championships – NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA
    5. Saturday, October 25, 2014 – NATIONAL GUARD Feat: Team Canada, Team Ontario, Misfit Militia, Bay Street Bruisers – Alliston, ONTARIO
    6. Friday, October 24, 2014 – Camp Pivotstar Junior Eastern Jamboroee – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    7. Saturday, October 18, 2014 – BLOCKTOBERFEST – Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Kingston Rogue Warriors – Orangeville Agricultural Centre – Orangeville, ONTARIO
    8. Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Team Ontario Bootcamp – Kingston, ONTARIO
    9. Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 – WFTDA 2014 Division 1 Playoffs – Salt Lake City, UT
    10. Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, 2014 – WFTDA 2014 Division 1 Playoffs – Evansville, IN
    11. Sunday, September 14, 2014 – Death Track Dolls vs. Total Vicious Tramps #2 / Smoke City Betties vs. Total Vicious Tramps #1 – Moses Springer Arena, Kitchener, ONTARIO
    12. Saturday, September 13, 2014 – D-VAS vs. Capital City Dollinquents / Bay Street Bruisers vs. Muddy River – The Bunker, Parc Downwview Park, ONTARIO
    13. Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Durham Motor City Madames – Orangeville, ONTARIO
    14. Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24, 2014 – WFTDA 2014 Division 2 Playoffs – Waterloo Memorial Arena, Kitchener-Waterloo, ONTARIO
    15. Saturday, August 16, 2014 – Cincinnati Rollergirls vs. Ohio Roller Girls – Ohio Expo Centre – Columbus, OHIO
    16. Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Fergus Feims [Home 153] vs. Border City Brawlers [Away 157] – Elora, ONTARIO
    17. Friday, August 8, 2014 – Detroit Derby Girls Rollie Awards – Detroit, MI
    18. Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 4th Annual Gibson’s  Cup – Atom Smashers vs. Motor City Madames / Juniors Scrimmage Black vs. White [Alliston Junior Roller

      Derby and Toronto Junior Roller Derby] – Ajax Memorial Arena – Ajax,ONTARIO


      4th Annual Gibson’s Cup – July 26, 2014

    19. Saturday, July 19, 2014 – S*M*A*S*H – triple header – Fergus Feims [Fergus Roller Derby] vs. Luscious Lunch Ladies [Forest City Derby Girls] / Misfit Militia [Misfit Militia Roller Derby] vs. Timber Rollers [Forest City Derby Girls] / Crow City [Crow City Roller Girls] vs. Grey Bruce Highland Dames – Alliston Memorial Arena – Alliston, ONTARIO
    20. Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Hammer City Harlots vs. Ithaca BlueStockings / HCRG Eh! vs. Ithaca SufferJets – Dave Andreychuk Arena – Hamilton, ONTARIO
    21. Saturday, July 5, 2014 – JRDA North & Northeast Tournament – The Bunker, Parc Downwview Park, ONTARIO
    22. Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Burning River vs. Lake Effect Furies / Ithaca League of Junior Derby vs. Queen City Junior Roller Girls – Rainbow Rink, North Tonawanda, NY
    23. Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22,2014-ECDX2014-Feasterville,PAzzzzzzz

      The orange of Tiger Baby Brawlers at ECDX 2014

    24. Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Queen City Roller Girls Championships – Rainbow Rink, North Tonawanda, NY
    25. Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Crow City Roller Girls vs.TheDecapulettes – Stratford Allen Arena, Stratford, ONTARIO

      The Decapulettes vs. Crow City Roller Girls * last jam over

    26. Saturday, May 24, 2014 – Tri-City Roller Derby doubleheader – Total Knock-Outs vs. Vicious Dishes / Kingston Disloyalists vs. Venus Fly Tramps – Waterloo Rec Centre, Waterloo,ONTARIO

      Lippy Wrongstocking – Vicious Dishes how do derby players recognize photos of themselves?

    27. Sunday, May 18, 2014 – TMRD vs. Betties/Misfits/Orangeville – The Bunker – Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    28. Saturday, May 17, 2014 – School of Hard Blocks – Area 705 Smooth Operators vs. Grey Bruce Highland Dames / Atom Smashers vs. Capital City Dollinquents – Douro Community Centre – Douro, Ontario
    29. Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Mother of All Bouts – Rogue Warriors vs. Skateful Dead / Kingston Disloyalists vs. Les Duchesses – Kingston, Ontario
    30. Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Brides vs. Grooms Coed Scrimmage – Mount Forest, ONTARIO
    31. Saturday, May 3, 2014 – D-VAS vs. Fergus Feims – Centre Wellingston Sportsplex – Fergus, ONTARIO
    32. Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Beast of the East, Arena St-Louis, Montréal, PQ
    33. Friday, April 25, 2014 – CN Power vs. Montreal New Skids on the Block – Arena St-Louis, Montréal, PQ
    34. Saturday, April 19, 2014 – Border City Brawlers vs. Fergus Feims / Canadian Clubbers vs. Orangeville Pulp Affliction – Windsor, ONTARIO
    35. Sunday, April 13, 2014 – Toronto Roller Derby Fresh Meat – The Bunker, Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    36. Saturday, April 12, 2014 – Tri-City Roller Derby Home Opener – Brandywine Belligerents vs. Tri-City Thunder / Brandywine Brawlers vs. Plan B – New Hamburg, ONTARIO
    37. Sunday, March 30, 2014 – Freaks vs. Geeks Spring Scrimmage – New Hamburg Arena – New Hamburg, ONTARIO
    38. Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Timber Rollers vs. G-stars, Los Coños vs. Thames Fatales – Western Fair Agriplex – London, ONTARIO
    39. Saturday, March 22 – Sunday March 23,2014-QuadCityChaos-TheBunker-ParcDownsview Park,ONTARIO

      Quad City Chaos 2010 at The Hangar

    40. Sunday, March 16, 2014 – CN Power vs.Killamazoo DerbyDarlins-TheBunker-ParcDownsview Park,ONTARIO

      CN Power vs. Killamazoo Derby Darlins at The Bunker
      March 16, 2014

    41. Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Derby Debutantes vs. Orangeville Pulp Affliction – Orangeville, ONTARIO
    42. Sunday, March 9, 2014 – CN Power vs. Tri-City Roller Girls – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    43. Sunday, March 9, 2014 – Toronto Men’s Roller Derby – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    44. Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Chicks Ahoy vs. Smoke City Betties / Death Track Dolls vs. Gore Gore Rollergirls – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    45. Sunday, February 25, 2014 – Toronto Men’s Roller Derby Toronto Outrage vs. Queen City Roller Girls Nickel City Knockouts – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    46. Saturday, February 24, 2014 – Beat the Winter Blues! Scrimmage and Training – Toronto Roller Derby – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
    47. Sunday, February 16, 2014 – Bloody Valentine Co-ed Scrimmage – Orangeville, Ontario
    48. Saturday, February 8, 2014 – CN Power vs. Team Ontario – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
    49. Sunday, February 2, 2014 – NCKO practice / Suicidal Saucies practice / Alley Kats practice – Rainbow Rink, Queen City / Buffalo, NY
    50. Saturday, February 1, 2014 – Alley Kats vs. Suicidal Saucies / Enchanted Mountain vs. Queen City Junior Roller Girls – Rainbow Rink, Queen City / North Tonawanda, NY
    51. Saturday, January 25, 2014 – Alliston Blister Sisters vs. Torontosaurus Wrex / Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
    52. Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Devil’s Night Dames vs. Grand Prix Madonnas – Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI
    53. Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Devil Dollies vs. Nickel City Knockouts – Rainbow Rink, Queen City Rollergirls / North Tonawanda, NY


Thank you to Pack It Up! for their lovely words and recognition. Click here.

photo credit: Meg Mckenna

Thanks Derby!




They call her Ringo Deathstar.



Beasts de Rhythm et Bruise


On the Sunday, it is the highlight of the afternoon to watch the juniors of Montreal display their derby skills.

Often coached by senior members of Montreal Roller Derby, that would mean a New Skid past or present, or a father.





Charm with Rideau

From what I can recall the Sunday morning hangover bout after Charm City 109 vs. New Skids 306

Away Games on Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Hangover Bout (Closed games for our All-Star A and B Teams)
Rideau Valley Vixens (Ottawa): 120 – Charm City All Stars (Baltimore, MD): 182
Rideau Valley Sirens (Ottawa): 170 – Charm City Female Trouble B-team (Baltimore, MD): 222
Location: Arena St. Louis – Montreal, PQ




Thames Fatales vs. Mid Michigan Derby Girls

November 6, 2010

Western Fair

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
Doors Open @ 7:00PM – Show @ 7:00PM
Western Fair Entertainment Centre
316 Rectory Street, London, ON
Thames Fatales vs Mid Michigan Roller Girls
All Ages / Licensed

Event Details

Western Fair Canada Building
Kids under 10 Free

Event type: All Ages / Licensed


We All Brawl



November 10, 2012


Ice Ice Baby


Ice Ice Baby


Bim Bam Baby
Nickel City Knockouts vs. Suicidal Saucies

February 18, 2012
Rainbow Roller Rink
North Tonawanda, NY USA

Come watch the Nickel City Knockouts battle it out with the Suicidal Saucies – you won’t want to miss this bout!

The Ice Ice Babies, QCRG’s very own Junior Roller Girls, will play an expo bout before the game at 7:00 PM!

We are the Warriors


The Rolling Dead – Grey Bruce vs. Woodstock Warriors October 26, 2013


Wednesday week


Star baby


In the Northumberland


IT’S BOUT TIME – 2ND PERIOD – Northumberland Roller Girls GRAVE DIGGERS vs. Seaway POWER DAMES

June 22, 2013

The Northumberland Roller Girls Present… Ganaraska Gravediggers. Because some people need to get body checked… Support Local Roller derby …


It has been a long road on this derby adventure. Been to the heights and to the vales. Been to where the One Ring rules them all.

Kia Ora. Welcome to my world.

  1. January 28, 2017 – Flat Track Brat Pack vs. Killer Cupcakes / Los Conos vs. Ganaraska Gravediggers – Ancaster Fairgrounds – Hamilton, ON
    [technical details: Two AB800, one White Lightning Ultra 1200, 5 TT5]
  2. February 4, 2017 – Detroit Roller Derby doubleheader – Devil’s Night Dames vs D-Funk AllStars / Detroit Pistoffs vs Grand Prix Madonnas – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
    [technical details: Two AB800, Nikon SB910, 4 TT5]
  3. February 10, 2017 – Tri-City Junior Roller Derby
    [technical details: Three E640, 3 TT5]

This is a wee reminder of the video we were allowed to shoot last year with our band Paint.



Nickel City Knockouts practice

January 27, 2013

Rainbow Rink
North Tonawanda, NY

Over the Rainbow


Nickel City Knockouts practice

January 27, 2013

Rainbow Rink
North Tonawanda, NY


Holy Toledo


Frogtown Fallgirls {Toledo Junior Roller Derby} vs. Torontosaurus Wrex {Toronto Junior Roller Derby} – May 16, 2015 – Toledo, OH


Roller Derby Photographer’s Day?

What is it all about?


2.8 is a reference to the maximum or the most wide-open aperture of the typical prime or zoom lens  that you see a photographer use around the track. 2.8 is also the ideal or the ticket into the world of shooting sports. The rationale is the more light the lens can let in, the better the odds of not having a dark picture. Even if one can afford the 300 f/2.8 lens that is only the beginning. After the camera and the lens comes the accumulation of contacts and building of experience. There are of course faster lenses which are just as ideal. 2.8 is just the maximum aperture of a typical long sports lens.    Someone might fawningly look at the camera or lens slung over the shoulder of the photographer, some might say it is not the camera or the lens that matters, but it is the camera and the lens that matters. Many thoughts and dollars go towards the consideration of the camera and the lenses. Knowing what to do with it all, that is another matter.

I do not need any special day. We are here to celebrate and thank you.  As a reflection of the year of what derby leagues and teams and players and coaches – junior or senior – and volunteers and fans go through, most of my friends out there know the distances and lengths that I fly or ride the buses or travel in your cars carrying suitcases of gear.

2.8 With maximum aperture comes maximum effort.


And I would have to cite my influence Cartier Bresson:

“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment,” wrote the 17th-century cleric and memoirist Cardinal de Retz, “and the masterpiece of good ruling is to know and seize this moment.”

O Decapulettes


Welcome to the Crow City Roller Girls! … is travelling to Stratford on Saturday May 31st, to play Festival City’s Decapulettes, and we’re a little short on referees.



53 in 53

Terror on the track

Just moments earlier:


Last Jam

Fatal Femme

2016-17 Detroit Roller Derby Home Season | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Devil’s Night Dames vs D-Funk AllStars AND Detroit Pistoffs vs Grand Prix Madonnas

The next game of the Detroit Roller Derby 2016-17 Season is Saturday, February 4th, 2017 and will be a double header.

The first bout, starting at 6 p.m.,  features the Devil’s Night Dames vs D-Funk AllStars.

The second bout, starting at 8 p.m., features the Detroit Pistoffs vs Grand Prix Madonnas

Shotgun wedding in Motown


Congratulation to

Terror Ettes #31

Melissa and Corey Ryder!

All the happiness to them and all their Family and Friends.

Devil’s Night Dames vs D-Funk AllStars AND Detroit Pistoffs vs Grand Prix Madonnas

JRDA playoffs


JRDA East and North East 2014
July 5, 2014
Alliston Blister Sisters

The JRDA NorthEast Region includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

This is part of a series of one post per day from the memory banks of midnight matinee.



Gibson’s Cup


The following Meat & Great dates are opportunities for you to meet our gear vendor Lucid Lou of Twelve Thirty-Four Skate Company and get the gear you need to play roller derby. It is mandatory for you to have gear including roller skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet by week 2 at the very latest, ideally you will be ready to go week one.

Meat & Greet Dates:
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm
Gibson’s Cup – Ajax Community Centre, Pad 1

DURHAM REGION ROLLER DERBY is proud to present:
4th Annual Gibson’s Cup

Current Gibson’s Cup Champion Atom Smashers vs. Motor City Madames

5pm Doors
6pm Mini-Bout (Two, 20 min Periods) – Junior’s Scrimmage (Future derby stars taking the track)
7:30pm Bout #2 Atom Smashers vs Motor City Madames


Groundhog Day



Jackie Daniels


Blood and Thunder World Cup 2014

December 7, 2014
Dallas, TX
G66 Team USA vs. Team Australia

Over the Rainbow


Our home season may be over, but our travel teams are still bouting! Come on out to see both our adult team – the Lake Effect Furies, and our juniors – the Queen City Roller Girls Junior Derby as they take on fierce opponents tohelp improve their respective rankings!

The Furies will be playing against Cleveland’s Burning River Roller Girls, while the Juniors will start things out against the Ithaca League of Junior Rollers. Doors will open at 5:15, with the Juniors taking the track at 5:30, followed by the Furies at 7:45.

[fts] 109th (621.8) -14.1 [fts] 46th (719.6) +14.1

Tush and Wench





Mama Mia Chops



Mama Chops and Moby on the way to Ohio.


Camera will roll


Heads Will Roll

Queen City Roller Girls Day Parade

June 2, 2012

Carnegie Art Center to Rainbow Rink

North Tonawanda, NY

Beast mode


Beast of the East,  the party of all party tournaments. With the Arena St Louis bar open at noon with their special two for $5 PBR, it helps cool and fuel the hot and  parched fans.

Beast of The East is an annual tournament organized by Montréal Roller Derby since 2008. Only teams coming from the east region can participate. At the end of every April, 16 teams play each others during 20 minutes games.

The brevity of the games makes for go for broke derby and pellmell action. Seedings become almost superfluous during these short duration bouts that start right off the bat at 8 in the morning on Saturday and run every 40 minutes over two days. Beast is double knockout, so some teams can start drinking their beers by the end of Saturday. Not until the last two games to decide 3rd and 4th place, and the final itself do the games extend over two 20 minute periods.



Beast schedule

Detroit City Saturday Night



ECDX 2014

From the first time at ECDX


Happy Birthday Smacktivist

The #22 Ohio Roller Girls will invade Canada for the second straight year this weekend as they participate in Quad City Chaos, hosted by Toronto Roller Derby. Ohio will compete in three bouts over two days against #17 Montreal, #29 Toronto, and #42 Bleeding Heartland.

What can we say about the Smacktivist? Aside from being so friendly on and off the track, and a fierce competitor who gives it their all, and has been willing to extend many kindnesses as we have had dealings in the derby territory that is Ohio.



First time down in the Ohio


Big hits, no balls required.

By Ohio Roller Derby


Ohio Expo Center – Lausche Building717 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

Saturday, August 16 2014 3:30 PM 8:30 PM

The Ohio Roller Girls welcome you to an all-Ohio roller derby doubleheader as they take on the Cincinnati Rollergirls of Cincinnati, OH. As geographically close as these teams are, they rarely play one another. Don’t miss the Halley’s Comet of roller derby bouts on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

  • Doors open at 3:30 pm at the Ohio Expo Center’s Lausche Building.
  • Action starts at 5:00 pm with Ohio’s A-team playing Cinci’s Black Sheep.
  • OHRG’s Gang Green will battle Cinci’s B-team, the Silent Lambs, at 7 pm.
  • Beer and concessions are available on site.
  • General admission bleacher and chair seating.
  • Parking is $5 per car; carpooling is encouraged.



August 16, 2014 – Away

  • Black Sheep 82, Ohio Roller Girls All-Stars 306
  • Violent Lambs 94, Ohio Roller Girls Gang Green 230


Nothing Stops Detroit


Season 9 Game 4
Re-match of the Championship Bout!
Saturday, December 14, 2013 features the Grand Prix Madonnas vs. the Detroit Pistoffs


Per 1 Per 2 Total Major
DETDG: Detroit Pis 69 94 163 17
DETDG: Grand Prix 104 66 170 16
Magpie #9395
Vega Vendetta #181
VeroniKILL #187
Devil Kitty #20
Nuke Town #2025
Kraken Whips #20KN
Wham!tramck #212
Bruisie Siouxxx #303
Cookie Rumble #333
Princess Die #420
Flam-Babe #421
Freakin’ Rican #428
Elle McFearsome #6
Combat Cat #728
Mean Streak #35
U.S.S. DentHerPrize #999
Zom B. Itch #1969
ShamWOW #1999
Ana Matronique #22
Spanish Ass’assin #223
Renegade #24
Racer McChaseHer #28
Hottimus Prime #2n1
Furious Fro Sheba #407
Sista Slit’chya #5
Fish (DDG) #618
Peaches N CreamYa #770
Tatoozz #7n7
Rocky Brawlboa #K0
Lily I. Monster #X0X0
Motown Philly #Y100



She’s a Thames Fatales Elle Boes


11/24/12: Hammer City (106) @ FDG: Thames Fatales (192) ·

Saturday, November 24th, 2012.

Lippy balm


NOV 24
Full Contact Roller Derby

Saturday, 24 November 2012 at 17:00

Forest City Derby Girls Proudly Presents
Movember Pain – Full Contact Roller Derby

The Luscious London Lunch Ladies vs Kingston’s Disloyalists
The Thames Fatales vs Hamilton’s Hammer City Eh Team


Saturday Nov 24th, 2012
Doors open at 5 pm,
first game at 6pm
second game 8:30
Western Fair Grounds Agriplex building
All ages, children under 10 free
advanced tickets 12 dollars
15 dollars at the door
This is a licensed event
online tickets available at
or from your favourite Forest City Derby Girl.


Hoser eh


RDD Presents: Hoser Closer 2! Double Header RDD Bombshell Battalion and Alliston Junior’s Blister Sisters are taking the track for one final bout of the 2014



Hammer and Kill Stars



FEBRUARY 3, 2013 (AWAY) Killamazoo vs Hammer City Roller Girls
Final Score: KDD 358 | Hammer City 126

MC had let me know through the grapevine that the Hammer were playing Killamazoo in a hangover bout at 11 in the morning in Caledon. On Groundhog Day, Killamazoo had been at The Hangar in Toronto playing CN Power.
yphoid Maggie continues the story: “I distinctly remember that game. It was my first sanctioned game and maybe third bout of my derby career. I was shocked to see myself on the charter when it was released a few weeks before this game and even more shocked to see myself rostered. I was so very fresh and was still in the everything-is-chaos stage of learning derby. I didn’t understand how lines worked. I was still unclear as to how the penalty box worked. Strategy wasn’t even a thing in my mind. Yet, there I was – rostered to play. I was extremely nervous before the bout, but once we got rolling, I felt ready to play. I didn’t play much, but I was thrown out there as a relief jammer a few times. I got out of the pack, but I was definitely challenged by Killa. My second passes were quite unsuccessful.
I also remember that it was a bitterly cold winter day, someone made cupcakes, and I ate mine alone in the dressing room after the bout just enjoying the silence as I processed everything that had happened in the hours preceding that moment.”

From the Killamazoo viewpoint: “So cold, so very cold, I was bench coaching in a full length coat and winter boots shivering under one of those tall propane heaters.”

What I remember personally is the cold, and going outside where it was warmer, albeit by not much. The front foyer where everyone changed and sipped food or cuplakes was a welcome relief.





Killa Crew


Back when there were North Centrals, Killamazoo Kill Stars were the thirtheenth ranked team in the regional with Toronto Roller Derby one sppot behind.


*Killamazoo vs Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power
Final Score: KDD 169 | CN Power 263

Killa Crew vs Toronto Roller Derby’s Bay Street Bruisers
Final Score: KDD 129 | Bay Street Bruisers 268

The next morning at the hangover bout



Killamazoo vs Hammer City Roller Girls
Final Score: KDD 358 | Hammer City 126

Happy Birthday Chainsaw!



Round round get around I get around

Derby, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the … its one year mission – to boldly try once more for 52 in 52

Keep checking my Flickr site at Midnight Matinee for the latest Derby photos and more!

You can call me the photographer derby nomad on the road. And on a new note: Th-that may be all folks! for this year. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

I actually ran into the USS DentHerPrise! and K-Wow!



Hammer City Eh! Team vs. Killamazoo Derby Darlins in Caledonia, Ontario in February on the coldest day of the year. This is shot INDOORS.

      1. Saturday, December 14, 2013 – Detroit Pistoffs vs. Grand Prix Madonnas [Season 09 Game 04] – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
      2. Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Nickel City Knockouts vs. Thames Fatales / Pack-Men [London Men’s Roller Derby] vs. Slaughter Squad [Ottawa] – Western Fair Agriplex, London, Ontario
      3. Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Crashing Through The Snow – [co-ed and junior black and white scrimmages] – The Bunker – Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
      4. Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Team Canada Eastern try-outs – New Hamburg, Ontario
      5. Sunday, November 24, 2013 – Los Coños vs. Total Vicious Tramps [Tri-City Rollergirls] – Ancaster, Ontario
      6. Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10, 2013 – WFTDA 2013 Championships – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – US Cellular Arena
      7. Sunday, October 27, 2013 – Monster Mash co-ed scrimmage hosted by Orangeville – Mono, Ontario
      8. Sunday, October 27, 2013 – Toronto Men’s Roller Derby – The Bunker – Downsview Park, Ontario
      9. Saturday, October 26, 2013 – The Rolling Dead – Grey Bruce Highland Dames vs. Woodstock Warriors – Woodstock, Ontario
      10. Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Misfit Militia vs. Bay Street Bruisers / Grand Raggidy vs. CN Power – The Bunker – Toronto Ontario
      11. Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Thames Fatales vs. Luscious Lunch Ladies – Western Fair Agriplex – London, Ontario
      12. Saturday, October 5, 2013 – Thames Fatales vs. Venus Fly Tramps / Luscious Lunch Ladies vs. Total Knock-Outs – New Hamburg, Ontario
      13. Saturday, September 14, 2013 – Bay Street Bruisers vs. Total Knock-Outs / Royal City The Brute-Leggers vs. Vicious Dishes – Cambridge, Ontario
      14. Friday September 6 to Sunday, September 8, 2013 – 2013 WFTDA Division I Playoffs: Fort Wayne, Indiana
      15. Sunday, September 1, 2013 – Team Canada Men’s Roller Derby tryouts – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
      16. Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 2013 WFTDA Division II Playoffs: Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Stadium – Kalamazoo, Michigan
      17. Saturday, August 17, 2013 – Toronto Roller Derby vs. Montreal Roller Derby – D-VAS vs. Montreal Smash Squad / Bay Street Bruisers vs. Montreal Sexpos – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
      18. Saturday, August 10, 2013 – Rumble in the Underground – Alliston Bombshell Battalion 148 vs. Kingston Skateful Dead 137 – Kingston Memorial Centre –  Kingston, Ontario
      19. Saturday, August 3, 2013 – Toronto Men’s Roller Derby 105  vs. [Montreal Men’s Roller Derby] La Poutine 368 / Ottawa Slaughter Squad 124  vs. Les Mont-Royals 263  – Arena St-Louis, Montréal, Quebec
      20. Sunday, July 28, 2013 – 3rd Annual Gibson’s Cup – DRRDy Farmers vs. Lindsay Roller Girls / Atom Smashers vs. Motor City Madames – Ajax Community Centre – Ajax, Ontario
      21. Saturday, July 27, 2013 – Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Renegade Derby Dames – Orangeville Agricultural Centre – Orangeville, Ontario
      22. Saturday, July 20, 2013 – Hammer City Eh! Team vs. Hudson Valley Horrors / Hammer City Harlots vs. Hudson Valley ZomBsquad – Dave Andreychuk Arena – Hamilton, Ontario
      23. Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Fresh and Furious
      24. Thursday, July 11, 2013 – Rollergettes shirt
      25. Saturday, July 6, 2013 – Hammer City Harlots vs. Killer Queens / Thames Fatales vs. Violet Uprising – Sleeman Centre – Guelph, Ontario
      26. Thursday, July 4, 2013 – Rollergettes
      27. Friday, June 28, 2013 – 5th Annual Clam Slam – Toronto, ONTARIO
      28. Thursday, June 27, 2013 – Rollergettes
      29. Sunday, June 23, 2013 – Northumberland Roller Girls vs. Seaway Roller Derby Girls [Cornwall] – Cobourg, ONTARIO
      30. Saturday, June 22, 2013 – South Simcoe Boneyard Betties vs. Orangeville Pulp Affliction / South Simcoe Ghoul Guides vs. Grey Bruce Highland Dames – Barrie Curling Club – Barrie, Ontario
      31. Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Rollergettes
      32. Saturday, June 15, 2013 – Toronto Roller Derby Battle for the Boot 2013 – Death Track Dolls vs. Smoke City Betties – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
      33. Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Rollergettes
      34. Saturday, June 8, 2013 – Peterborough Roller Derby Jamazons vs. Toronto Roller Derby D-VAS – Peterborough, Ontario
      35. Friday, June 7, 2013 – Toronto LOCO
      36. Saturday, June 1, 2013 – Queen City Roller Girls Championship – Devil Dollies vs. Nickel City Knockouts – Rainbow Rink – Buffalo, NY
      37. Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Rollergettes
      38. Saturday, May 25, 2013 – Toronto Roller Derby semi-finals – Gore Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Betties – D-VAS vs. South Simcoe – The Bunker – Parc Downsview Park, ONTARIO
      39. Friday, May 24, 2013 – Toronto LOCO
      40. Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Detroit Derby Girls championship 2012-13 – Detroit Pistoffs vs. Grand Prix Madonnas – Masonic Temple – Detroit, Michigan

      41. Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Queen City Roller Girls playoffs – Nickel City Knockouts vs. Alley Kats / Devil Dollies vs. Suicidal Saucies – Rainbow Rink, North Tonawanda, NY
      42. Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Durham Region Roller Derby 2013 Season Opener – Northumberland vs. DRRDy Farmers, Atom Smashers vs. Motor City Madames – Ajax, ONTARIO
      43. Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29, 2013 – Beast of the East – Montrèal, Quèbec
      44. Friday April 27, 2013 – CN Power vs. New Skids on the Block – Montrèal, Quebec
      45. Sunday, April 21, 2013 – TORONTO JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY and TORONTO MEN’S ROLLER DERBY presents Fundraising Scrimmage – The Bunker, Toronto, ONTARIO – [my birthday]
      46. Saturday, April, 20, 2013 – Long Island vs. Lake Effect Furies / Devil Dollies vs. Suicidal Saucies – Queen City – Rainbow Rink, Tonawanda, NY – birthday weekend
      47. Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Toronto Roller Derby 2013 presents Home Season Games 3 & 4 – Chicks Ahoy! vs. Smoke City Betties / Death Track Dolls vs. Gore Gore Roller-Girls
      48. Sunday, April 7, 2013 – Big Hittin’ in Little Britain – Alliston Bombshell Battalion vs. Peterborough Jamazons / Lindsay vs. Northumberland – Peterborough, Ontario
      49. Saturday, April 6, 2013 – Vicious Dishes vs. TKOs – TCRG season opener – New Hamburg, Ontario
      50. Saturday, March 30, 2013 – Death Track Dolls vs. Timber Rollers / Thames Fatales vs. Luscious Lunch Ladies – Western Agriplex, London, Ontario
      51. Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Quad City Chaos 2013 – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
      52. Saturday, March 23, 2013 – Quad City Chaos 2013 – The Bunker, Parc Downsview Park, Ontario
      53. Saturday, March 16, 2013 – first time on the road to photo Woodstock Warriors vs. DRRDy Farmers from Durham !
      54. Sunday, March 10, 2013 – NCKO practice – Rainbow Rink, Buffalo, NY
      55. Saturday, March 10, 2013 – Queen City Roller Girls presents “Bewitched” – Ice Ice Babies vs. Cereal Killers / Nickel City Knockouts vs. Alley Kats – Rainbow Rink, Buffalo, NY
      56. Saturday, March 3, 2013 – Forest City Derby Girls presents Full Contact Derby – FCDG Plan B Activate vs. Vicious Dishes and Friends [Tri-City] / Forest City Timber Rollers vs. The Brute-Leggers [Royal City Roller Girls] – Western Agriplex, London, Ontario
      57. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – Durham vs. Bay Street Bruisers – Coachlite, Oshawa, Ontario
      58. Sunday, February 24, 2013 – HCRG vs. Toronto Roller Derby – Caledon Fair, Caledon, Ontario
      59. Saturday, February 23, 2013 – D-VAS vs. Tenacious B’s – Queensmount Arena, Kitchener, Ontario
      60. Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Durham vs. Gore Gore Rollergirls – Coachline, Oshawa, Ontario
      61. Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – Durham vs. D-VAS – Coachlite, Oshawa, Ontario
      62. Sunday, February 17, 2013 – Alley Kats, Suicidal Saucies, NCKO practice – Rainbow Rink, Buffalo, NY
      63. Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Queen City presents “Bewitched” – Ice Ice Babies vs. Cereal Killers / NCKO vs. Devil Dollies – Rainbow Roller Rink – Buffalo, NY
      64. Saturday, February 9, 2013 – Orangeville Pulp Affliction vs. Fergus Feims – Orangeville Fairground, Orangeville, Ontario
      65. Monday, February 4, 2013 – Los Coños vs. Rollergettes – Ancaster Fairgrounds, Ancaster, Ontario
      66. Sunday, February 3, 2013 – Toronto Roller Derby presents…Toronto All-Star Roller Derby hosted training camp and WFTDA-rules officiating clinic – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
      67. Sunday, February 3, 2013 – HCRG Eh! vs. Killamazoo Derby Darlins – Caledonia Fair, Caledon, Ontario
      68. Saturday, February 2, 2013 – CN Power vs. Killamazoo Derby Darlins / Bay Street Bruisers vs. Killa Crew – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
      69. Sunday, January 27, 2013 – NCKO practice – Rainbow Rink, Queen City / Buffalo, NY
      70. Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Doin’ It Our Way – Lake Effect Furies vs. Rideau Valley Vixens / Alley Kats vs. Devil Dollies – Rainbow Rink, Buffalo, NY
      71. Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Open Scrimmage hosted by Toronto Roller Derby TMNT vs Power Rangers! – The Bunker, Toronto, Ontario
      72. Saturday, January 19, 2013 – Tri-City No Minors Bootcamp – New Hamburg Arena, New Hamburg, Ontario



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