The Debs take on the Beast – or Mollys and Debs and Beast – o my! [take 3]

One more practice before Beast

The teams of GTA Rollergirls ventured forth down to Montreal with high hopes and expectations. After all, the Debutantes had a taste of previous victories and redemption at Beast of the East, and for the Chrome Mollys it was their first chance to taste tournament competition. Also to be noted as well, the Debutantes had already had the pleasure of two tune-up matches to turn up the volume in their play in April against Rideau Valley Slaughters and La Racaille back to back over two consecutive weekends. GTAR had at least an inkling of what was to come.

Slaughter Daughters at Parliament Kill

As intense as the competition and the atmosphere was to be at Beast within the confines of the arena, the Debutantes had to wake up at the crack of dawn to open the tournament and face their first match of the day. Les Duchesses from Roller Derby Quèbec were a somewhat unknown commodity but as a team were definitely a fun loving bunch. Pelvis Stojko their spokesperson had relayed that the bout with the Debutantes would be their first official match.

8:07 a.m. Saturday. Debs and Duchesses.
Debs experience versus Duchesses in 1st bout.
Canadian Psycho grabs lead jam against Duchesses de Québec at first bout at Beast of the East.
First jam. 3-0.
Tara on second jam.
Getcha Kicks on third jam. 9-2.
Lee Way Wreck’Em. Power jam. 20 points. 29-2.
Psycho. Debs Pack control. Grand slam. 48-2.
Tara knocked out on next jam. Zero points. 48-2.
GK against Pelvis. 4 points. 52-2.
Lee Way lead jam.
Psycho. Power jam. Psycho taken out. Duchesses cut track after block.
Duchesses. Lead jam. Pelvis Psycho. calls it off after hit down. No points. 81-3.
Getcha Kicks. Lead jam. 101-3. Debs hit century mark.
Lee Way Wreck’Em. Lead jam.
Tara. Knocked down. 110-3.
Psycho. practiced dead stop pack. Game over. 124-4.


Debutantes on the floor right now with Filles du Roi

GK on the jam.

And on and on the night flew by and the mighty Debs fell to the “very young very tough and very fast” team of Montrèal in their elimination bout.

Filles du Roi vs. DebutantesVideo streaming by Ustream

Final score 62-29. Filles du Roi.

Now to the story behind the story.

We’ve garnered some post Beast stories from some of the Debutantes who sallied forth to Montreal and while most will remain untold, they have shared some for the record. Derby Debutantes’s veteran 5By5 Lee Way Wreck’Em was in her third Beast as the gifted and speedy jammer and blocker of the team. Lee Way provided some analysis and retrospective of the Derby Debutantes and Chrome Mollys at Beast along with other insights into some of the other bouts at Beast from the Debutantes point de vue.  Continue reading “The Debs take on the Beast – or Mollys and Debs and Beast – o my! [take 3]”

Loco for London LOCO – WIPE OUT sells out

If you are not headed east for Beast of the East this coming weekend then another worthy LOCO Derby event is happening up in London on Sunday May 1. Yeppirs, WIPE OUT = their first live bout initially SOLD OUT. But additional tickets have just been made available. So act accordingly.

The roller derby part is in support of the Sexual Assault Centre London [SACL] and LOCO were chosen to help support the SACL in raising money for their cause.
Continue reading “Loco for London LOCO – WIPE OUT sells out”

La Racaille and Debutantes collide at Social Class Clash

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Bone Machine urging La Racaille on in the clash with Derby Debutantes

This story is still in the creation stage …

It was another clash of the classes as the rabble rousing La Racaille ventured down the road from Montreal for the first time to bout with the Debutantes of GTAR for supremacy at Social Class Clash. The bout held at the Ted Reeve Arena Bubble on the weekend of the 16th of April was a bone chilling [literally] affair filled with the promise and threat of speed on both sides.


Team Introductions

It may have been with no small measure of relief for the Debutantes that Bone Machine was back with her old team for the night—Canada’s #3 house team La Racaille—only as bench coach. It could have been quite the roster too if former Racaille Iron Wench, No Holds Barrd,  Lyndah Kicks [and Bone Machine] were not now all permanently rostered with New Skids on the Block. But La Racaille still held the likes of Sexpos’ K-Dawg, Sparkle ‘n Maim, Squarrior and their new bloods were not without their own imminent menace on the roster of ten for the night.


However, for the Derby Debutantes [ranked #21 house team on], it had been a long winter scrimmaging and beating the hell out of each other and Chrome Mollys. Memories of their last exhibition match [with a mixed roster of RVRG and GTAR] down in Green Mountain were a season ago. Scrimmages with Royal City, participation in Blood & Thunder and the RVRG Black & White game and other opportunities to skate proved useful and a chance to get Derby legs going.

So with the arrival of April, the Debs brought it on, deciding to face Slaughter Daughters and Montreal in back to back pre-season matches. The Derby Debutantes encounter at Parliament Kill featuring the RVRG Slaughter Daughters on the 9th of April was a bruising wake-up call for the team.
Continue reading “La Racaille and Debutantes collide at Social Class Clash”

Parliament Kill in GTAR – Derby Debutantes vs. Rideau Valley Slaughter Daughters

Parliament Kill in action

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Parliament Kill in action on my Midnight Matinee Flickr site


It was as flawless an exhibition of Derby as one could see as Rideau Valley’s Slaughter Daughters came to town to visit the GTA Rollergirls Derby Debutantes. In a pre-season match at Ted Reeve Arena’s Bubble the Slaughter Daughters executed their plays with precision in a very spirited affair that was not sans spills and huge hits that could be expected in any match against Rideau Valley. The Slaughter Daughters are a large component of the Vixens team from Quad City Chaos 2011 and together just as the Slaughter Daughters were even more unified and brought in what they had learned going against the likes of the boisterous Tri-City Thunder, speedy CN Power and the mighty undefeated [at the Quad City Chaos 2011 tourney] New Skids on the Block.

Debutantes Captain Splat Benatar and the rest of the Debutantes knew they were facing a formidable team and task.

“We knew going in that this game was going to be a big challenge for the Derby Debs but we took it on as a learning experience to gear us up for our new season. Our 2011 Debs are a mixture of third season vets with last year’s Chrome Mollys making up the roster. The Slaughter Daughters are a very experienced team. They gel well together to control our pack and jammers. We can also learn a great deal from their wall breaking skills. They kept us apart from the start of the first whistle so our Debs could not get organized enough to put up a defense.

“I was very proud of the Debs, they held on and scored some points even with the loss of injured players. We have the drive and I always say you sometimes learn more from your losses then your victories.”

In the deep cold freeze of the Bubble which made for a difficult to stop surface, the Debutantes learned their lessons well. Afterwards, their self-analysis was thorough [and totally off the record] as they noted the actions and hits of the likes of #658 Surgical Strike, 10KT Semi-Precious, speedy and hard to knock down jammers 55 Soul Rekker [who did not enter into the second half] and 74 DDT. Seeing Sister Disaster on the line. Trying to avoid Drunky Brewster and finding oneself instead against walls of black of the likes of Surgical Strike and Assassinsta. The Debs were not without their own highlights. Canadian Psycho’s 17points and a jam of amazing endurance that drew kudos even from the Slaughter Daughters, Getcha Kicks sailing into the air, Tyrannosaurus Rexy gaining lead status twice, Brickhouse Bardot being thrown in as jammer along with Gypsy into the mix. As noted on one of their comments, the Debs were well deserving of every one of their 28 points they earned on the track.


Although it was the major one-sided victory for the Slaughter Daughters on the track, it was all one big happy danceoff at the afterparty at Prohibition.

This coming Saturday the feisty and speedy La Racaille from Montreal Roller Derby come to meet the Debs at Ted Reeve Arena for Social Class Clash. La Racaille’s roster has changed from last year with the loss of members to New Skids on the Block and other stories, but they could still bring the likes of captain and former Skids Wrath Poutine along with K-Dawg, Izzy Skellington or Squarrior just to name a few.

“As for La Racaille, well, that’s another derby story. We are so proud that La Racaille is coming to Toronto. This will be La Racaille’s first away game to Ontario ever! La Racaille also represent a team with many experienced players so the match up is a little tough for us but it’s another chance to learn and see if we can make adjustments to our team on the fly. I guess we Debs love a challenge!”


/… more to come

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Forest City back in action

fter a trip down to the Mid-Michigan Derby Girls in a rematch, Thames Fatales scored a 169-71 victory to get their wheels in motion for the new year ahead.


Forest City’s #5678 Annie Takers delivers the state of the league address.

FCDG has worked really hard during our off season to strengthen all of the skills each of us bring to the track. Communication is the key to our success, and after spending the last few months polishing it up we are ready to lace up and skate hard. We are looking forward to meeting up with some new teams on the track as well as some good ol’ sibling rivalry to appear with the teams that just can’t seem to get enough of us FCDG gals. Looking forward to another successful Derby Season! Bring it on!

April 30-May 1st


(Luscious Lunch Ladies have been compelled to withdraw their team from Beast of the East 2011. Sorry, Debutantes).

May 7th

  • Thames Fatales vs Hamilton A team
  • Lunch Ladies vs Hamilton B team [AWAY]

May 28th

  • Thames Fatales vs Nickel City Knockouts [HOME]

June 17- 19

  • Ottawa CWRDA Tournament [AWAY]

June 25th

  • Riot Squad vs Luscious Lunch Ladies
  • Thames Fatales vs Slaughter Daughters [AWAY]

July 16th

  • TKO’s vs Luscious Lunch Ladies
  • Thames Fatales vs Venus Fly Tramps [AWAY]

August 6th


October 1st

  • HOME game Western Fair  – Montreal ? [TBD]

November 5th

  • Thames Fatales vs Roc City B-team Rochester NY [AWAY]

Annie Takers in closing:

Wootwoot! should be good! We are focused on the BEAST and kickin’ it for those gals!”


Whole Lotta Derby on Saturday


W hile the New Skids On The Block partake in Anarchy in the UK over in London, England, and Terminal City engage in their doubleheader on the West Coast and the Tank’er Girls of Edmonton go into Prince George against the Rated PG RollerGirls, three events happen concurrently in the GTA region and just beyond up in Tri-City, none of which should be missed and puts one particular fan in a quandry.

GTAR launch their pre-season or season with Parliament Kill, the 2011 debut of Derby Debutantes vs. Slaughter Daughters of Rideau Valley. This match postponed last week is back on at Ted Reeve Arena’s Bubble featuring a new edition of Debutantes looking to showcase their blend of new and veteran talent against the Slaughter Daughters, many of whom were on the Vixens squad at Quad City Chaos 2011 barely two weeks ago. Match time 7 p.m. Doors open at 6.
GTAR will have no time to rest because La Racaille come into Ted Reeve on April 16th.

At The Hangar is a reprise of the ToRD championship teams between Chicks Ahoy! looking to get even with the Gore Gore Rollergirls. Doors at 6:30, match starts at 7:30.

After being rejected by the Tramps on April 1, Lippy says the Tramps are going down down down when the Vicious Dishes and Venus Fly Tramps launch the TCRG season in New Hamburg. Start time 6 p.m.

On Sunday Tri-City’s new team the TKO’s will play an exhibition amongst the teams of Royal City at “Purple Reign” in Fergus.

What Derby shirt are you wearing this weekend?


Derby Debutantes vs. Slaughter Daughters
Ted Reeve Arena 175 Main St. (Main and Gerrard) (map)
Come watch the Greater Toronto Area Rollergirls’ team, the Derby Debutantes in their first ROLLER DERBY bout of the season against the Slaughter Daughters of Rideau Valley Roller Girls.

This event will be held in the Bubble next to Ted Reeve Arena.
Doors open at 6pm. Bout starts at 7pm.
Tickets 12$ advance/15$ at the door

175 Main St. (Main and Gerrard)
TTC – Main St Station
GO Transit – Danforth GO station


Gore Gore Roller Girls vs. Chicks Ahoy!

75 Carl Hall Rd, The Hangar – Downsview Park, Toronto, ON (map)

Vicious Dishes vs Venus Fly Tramps

New Hamburg Arena
251 Jacob St.
New Hamburg

Happy Birthday Queen City Roller Girls!

Preamble: For five years, Queen City Roller Girls have been fanning the flames and spreading the good word about their league. Although they have hosted the likes of Hammer City and Montreal in the past, QCRG started coming north to this part of the world. Last year’s Fresh and Furious tournament [hosted by GTA Rollergirls] consisted of two bouts featuring the debut of Chrome Mollys and other new skaters in their inaugural or their second match from across the province and across the border [and across the pond]. One of the leagues represented was the Queen City Roller Girls from Buffalo, NY. More attention was brought to bear upon QCRG as the Nickel City Knockouts hit the road to play Thames Fatales, then their travel team Lake Effect Furies came north twice – the first time they brrrrrought the Ice Ice Baby theme to the New Hamburg arena in a well-contended narrow loss against Tri-City Thunder. However, the Furies turned it around and showed their winning form later that year against CN Power at The Hangar in Toronto. Throughout, the ambassadors of Queen City showed great friendliness and let their personalities and sportmanship shine on and off the track [as can be evidenced from various shenanigans with Forest City and elsewhere].


When QCRG skaters were asked to provide the background of the league and the 5th birthday celebrations, all who were asked deferred to Sissy Fit, a formidable jammer and blocker with the Suicidal Saucies and renowned as the founder of Queen City Roller Girls. Thanks to Sissy Fit for her generous words. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Queen City Roller Girls!”

À la recherche du temps Quad City Chaos 2011 perdu

New Skids on the Block vs. Tri-City Thunder

Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Hangar
Parc Downsview Park
Toronto, Ontario


Just another manic Saturday lay ahead.

It had been a near sleepless night before as camera gear and supplies were packed, checklists checked once twice thrice and once more again. It was the weekend of Quad City Chaos at The Hangar. From what we remembered the year before, it was going to be a long long day and night.

Accelerating the day was the very early and imminent start to the day with the Tri-City Thunder squaring off against New Skids on the Block in a closed WFTDA bout at the hour of noon – preceding the actual start of Quad City Chaos. Thunder had been kind enough to be in contact and try to secure our presence amongst their media.

New Skids on the Block still struck terror in the collective heart of Derby in Canada – the very cream of the crop. The bout was just underway as we raced the doors after getting off the 101 bus.



/… more to come