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].
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”.
|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? 😉
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!