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].


LAKE EFFECT FURIES (BLACK & BLUE) VS. TRI-CITY THUNDER (BLACK & SILVER)

SISSY FIT of SUICIDAL SAUCIES

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.

I’ve skated exclusively for my home team, the Suicidal Saucies for the past 5 years. For the first 4 years we maintained undefeated status. I skated as a jammer for the first four years but have retired my star helmet panty for an inside blocking position. Being a jammer was fun but I really like blocking because it’s more about strategy and going out there and hitting as opposed to avoiding getting hit. We have held possession of our Queen City Cup for the past four years but this year we’re really having to fight for it. [The Knockouts are currently undefeated in the regular season adds KO’s Lamb Chop]. Our Playoffs are in May so we’re training really hard to win and make it to the Championship. Then in June we’re off to play the Rubber City Roller Girls from Ohio.

SUICIDAL SAUCIES WITH THE QUEEN CITY CUP (from last year)

 

This past Saturday, the Queen City Roller Girls turned 5 years old and it didn’t go by unnoticed. We celebrated our 5th birthday in one of our hometown’s oldest historical theaters, the Riviera Theater, following an amazing bout between two of our own home teams, the Alley Kats and the Nickel City Knockouts. We mingled with our fans, ate cake and reminisced all while our highlight reels from over the past 5 years were being played on the “big screen”.

KNOCKOUTS AND SAUCIES

Thanks for asking how we got started…seems I forgot the most obvious…

I watched the A&E reality series ‘Roller Girls‘ and thought immediately that Buffalo needs roller derby. I did some research, noticed that there were no derby leagues in my area so I recruited my friend and we started the Queen City Roller Girls. As most people know, Buffalo is a huge sports city. We have our Bills and our Sabres, so we really felt that there would be a niche for roller derby and were we right! I didn’t have much roller skating experience so I really needed to learn to skate, while trying to find a venue and girls who would actually want to pay to get hit. Fortunately, everything worked out! We found a venue within our first week, every week brought more and more girls and I had accomplished crossovers! We first organized in April 2006 and had our first Expo bout in February 2007 to a packed rink of fans, many of whom still come to our bouts this very day. If it weren’t for the reality show ‘Roller Girls’, the QCRG wouldn’t be here. Who else gets to say a reality show changed their life? 😉

CN POWER VS. LAKE EFFECT FURIES

We began with just a handful of girls and within 6 months had recruited enough girls to make 3 home teams. We’ve come a long way since then and are so proud of what we have accomplished. We now have a roster of over 120 girls with 4 home teams, the Suicidal Saucies, Nickel City Knockouts, Devil Dollies and Alley Kats and an amazing Travel Team, the Lake Effect Furies (LEF) along with a Queen’s Court, which are ladies-in-waiting to be rostered on a home team. In September 2010, we were accepted into WFTDA, which was a long set goal from when we first organized as a league and are already ranked #13 in the East Coast.

We’ve also contributed and volunteered with charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Brush Up Buffalo, Children’s Hospital, Ride for Roswell, Buffalo Re-Use/Re-Tree and many more. In addition to contributing our time, we give a portion of all ticket sales to a designated charity. We’ve handed “big checks” to many organizations such as the G.I.R.L.S. Sports Foundation, Crisis Services and the Food Bank of WNY. Now for our fifth season we have our rosters packed, our 2011 home season ready to roll and the Furies are preparing to take the east coast division by storm! These past 5 years have been amazing and have gone by so fast and we can’t wait to see what comes next!

Happy Birthday, QCRG!!!

More news from the league with the arrival of another lot coming to GTAR’s 2 Fresh 2 Furious on July 9th. More imminent events in the QCRG schedule include the  intra-league bout between Devil Dollies vs. Suicidal Saucies at Rainbow Roller Rink, before the start of the Queen City Cup playoffs in May.

In between is the bout with Enchanted Mountain, the league QCRG is mentoring towards WFTDA status. [Enchanted Mountain will be having its own Fresh Meat tournament bout too. More news to come]. Furies finally hit the road.

MINOR ADDENDUM: On the schedule is Lake Effect Furies going up into Hamilton to face the Hammer City Eh! Team on June 11th, and looking farther ahead August 13th is a double header up in Tri-City with QCRG vs. the Vicious Dishes and Venus Fly Tramps! October 22 sees the Thunder come down to Rainbow Roller Rink to face the Furies again.

With the fifth birthday celebration comes the new QCRG site!

HOLE-Y SITUATION

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