Winter is Coming! – Thrill of the Spill – B10 – Minnesota vs. Naptown – Day 2


It definitely felt like home away from home. While we were ensconced amongst the fabulous ladies of the Queen City Roller Girls, the fabled Canadian contingent came down to partake of the North Central Regional Playoffs. It was not a short stretch from the various parts of Ontario to come across the border to Niagara Falls, New York. However, the lure of seeing the live action and getting a taste of what might be in their own future brought in the likes of the established WFTDA Tri-City Thunder, CN Power, Hammer City Eh! as well as contingents from Royal City, Niagara, Fergus. By mid-afternoon on a Saturday we were up to the bout designated as 10 on the schedule. The Canadian fans brought in their flavour and added to the fun with their own antics during timeouts. The Hamilton crew were clearly on the side of Minnesota, the #2 seeds coming in. Juke Boxx!

Toronto LOCO set to roll on Friday

It was under the tightest of cloak and dagger secrecy that the heads buzzed and the mouths whispered. Then with blare and fanfare, Toronto LOCO came to light with the emergence of their facebook page Toronto LOCO Roller Derby.

Vanessa Vansterdamn Winters has been supplying the details of all things LOCO and provided the glimmer of a lede for the story which began like this:

“We are so excited to expand LOCO Roller Derby to Toronto, Ontario! Knuckle Slamwich is a LOCO original and knows how to keep the spirit of fun, fitness and friendship alive. It’s going to be an awesome new endeavour, and a chance for us to show even more people what low-contact derby is all about.”

Then there was silence and it was with bated breath that we awaited the rest.

Then in a flash, the rest of the story was delivered.

LOCO Roller Derby started in 2010 with about fifteen skaters in London, Ontario. Now there are six chapters across Ontario: London, Kitchener, Stratford, Brantford, and now Sarnia and Toronto! LOCO promotes low-contact roller derby which lets more women participate in the sport because it allows for diversity of athletic abilities, commitment levels and doesn’t cost as much to participate in.

Sarnia and Toronto have just opened their doors and are already getting a great response. The Toronto chapter kicks off this Friday under the supervision of President Knuckle Slamwich, who originally started skating with London LOCO.

“So many women want to come out and skate,” says Slamwich. “We’re really excited to bring LOCO’s message of fun, fitness and friendship to the GTA. People want to try low-contact derby. It gives them a chance to play when they might not be able to otherwise, because of time commitment, cost or even past injuries. I have so many people thanking us for getting this started. I know it’s going to be huge!”

Practices will be held on Fridays from 7 – 9 pm at Emmanuel Howard Park Church (214 Wright Ave @ Roncesvalles).

In Sarnia, LOCO chapter President Buffy Bodybag has also had a great turnout and promises to offer the flagship chapter in London some tough competition. “Vegas had better watch out,” says Buffy.

Their practices are starting next week, but the excited skaters already have tee shirts printed and represented the league in Sarnia’s Labour Day Parade. They are also getting a ton of support from the media, including some from Ms. Bad Manners, a London LOCO skater and member of the Violet Femmes, who co-hosts the morning show on Sarnia’s K106.3.

You can find out more about LOCO Sarnia at and keep up with the Toronto chapter at

Many cheers and good luck to all. Another set of great expectations awaits a certain someone.