It seemed a summer ago that the league that proudly represents Durham Region revved it into high gear at Gibson’s Cup. The two home teams in the league bouted for the first time at a sold-out venue filled with very vocal fans, many no doubt getting their first taste of live Derby. Atom Smashers and Motor City Madames were the two home teams going head to head. League coaches had to switch off allegiances for the night and ringers were brought in as guest coaches whose advice for the ladies was skate hard skate fast.
The onset of winter has not chilled their spirits, the Derby revolution continues in Oshawa at Coachlite Roller Rink. It had been quite the journey for the league, harkening back to earlier stories about Durham [which can be found on this site], their search for identity and a space around the time of their first bout at The Hangar against the D-VAS back in August 2010, then move forward another year to the Gibson’s Cup. (Click here for Gibson’s Cup and Classy Trashy Ladies.)
So this particular Tuesday was of some significance to some as it was the one year of some happening in the band of DRRD sisters. We were along for the ride in Hitz’ car to be taken to Coachlite to witness the practice and drills along with shenanigans of these spirited ladies.
Kudos to the refs who with their height and reach advantage set up my speedlights, indeed Tuesday night was all right for fightin’ and shootin’. The whiff of Derby was in the air, and Lucid Lou was on the track in her Death Track Dolls outfit to parlay her advice and hitting skills and drills. All in all, it was a success on this side to capture the action, fraught with spills and go for it drive.
Let the players speak now.
“Wehave been training hard and are really excited for our upcoming season,” says fearsome Betty FugetaBOUTit (a.k.a. Laurie Turner in another universe some do not acknowledge) of the Atom Smashers. “We’re very proud of the progress our girls have made in the off-season and we’ve recently welcomed a great new crop of freshies who are ready to tear it up on the track!
“Goldie Lock N’ Load of the Rollergettes has done an incredible job training and mentoring our dedicated team of refs.”
So Betty is definitely looking forward to all the exciting happenings coming soon for the multi-team league which consists of the Atom Smashers, the Motor City Madames and the travelling squad Durham Devils. Plus the Farm Team!
“Highlights of this season include our very own Motor City Madames at Beast of the East in Montreal, the second annual Gibson’s Cup and three more home games at the Ajax Community Centre. Because Gibson’s Cup sold out last year, we’ve moved to the Ajax Community Centre with a larger capacity where we’re hoping to draw even more fans!”
Durham has had tournament bouts given the 2 Fresh 2 Furious ordeal of last year, but Beast of the East in April will verily be Durham’s next big test to date as they look to their own version of blood on the track.
Cutsie Bootsie [again in another universe known as Sarah King] continues with what it feels like to be a part of Durham going into the league’s second season.
“When I first joined the DRRD family it was a small group of girls that really had no idea what we were doing or getting ourselves into. We had lost our rink and were skating in random parking lots, and refs were definitely something we had never experienced. Going into our first game against the D-VAS I can remember sitting on the bench thinking “is this really what I want to do?” I felt defeated and more exhausted then I had ever been before.
“But things have definitely changed! We got our rink back along with an Amazing new coach Blammo of the Chicks Ahoy! Since then DRRD’s world of derby is a much different and better place. With the help of Blammo and a group of dedicated DRRDy girls we have since had 2 Freshmeat programs giving us enough girls to split into 2 teams, Motor City Madames and Atom Smashers! Not to mention that we now have an amazing group of dedicated refs to help keep us in line.
“With tryouts for DRRD’s travel team, the Durham Derby Devils coming up in the end of March everyone is getting super excited to start the new season. I can’t wait to see what this year brings us! It will be the first time for both The Madames and Smashers to play teams from other leagues.
“We will also be hosting four to six bouts this year which is really exciting. We are hoping to show Durham Region just how awesome derby really is and that we only plan on getting bigger and bigger! I am so honoured and proud to be part of such an amazing group. We definitely came across some drama and problems along the way but the truth is we all love each other and would do anything for a member of DRRD. The men and women of this league are definitely my second family and I couldn’t imagine my world without them in it!”
It’s the derby story, the fight for pride and glory, a case of Durham Derby do or die … here’s looking at you, kids!
Stay tuned for more insights into the new season for Durham. Betty FugetaBOUTit reminds everyone in the meantime drrd.ca is the place to go for all the latest information on the Durham home schedule at the ACC [Ajax Community Centre]. Plus Durham will be keeping busy in the next while with GWT boot camp, an incoming visit from the Bay Street Bruisers, and do or die tryouts for spots on the Durham Devils. DRRDy deeds indeed.