For fans of Chicks Ahoy! it is all about “WINNING!” Chicks Ahoy! who were last year’s finalists at the ToRD Championship final for the Boot looked to maintain form. Even with the loss of veterans such as Mach Wheels, the team felt revitalized with the injection of new talent such as Kookie Dough, Tess D’Urb-Evil. It keeps the team feeling young and the fresh rookies are someone you can tell Derby war stories to.
Here come the Betties ready for 2011
aving finally savoured the taste victory up in Rideau Valley against the Riot Squad, the refreshed yet again Smoke City Betties go up against the rejuvenated Chicks Ahoy! on Saturday at The Hangar.
With new bench coaches Sneaky Tease, The Count and Shaun Fletcher and a squad strengthened both by experience and another infusion of new talent, the black and blue Betties are looking good for the weekend.
How Shaun Fletcher who is a new to the team bench coach has injected sports enthusiasm and made a squad of ladies listen to him is intriguing. That’s the secret for Saturday that we will find out. Team discipline is good but will it prevail against experience.
The keys to the new squad are four-foid as dictated by Fletcher:
“The sports mentality and skills I am attempting to instill in the team are:
- Consistency. It’s one thing to make a great play or lay a good hit. Successful players and teams are those who make good plays a constant.
- Work ethic. Becoming a good skater happens before hitting the track. Many have the opinion that coming to skate is way to get into shape. However, competing and winning at a higher level requires preparing yourself mentally and physically away from the track.
- Competitiveness. Being competitive is not a skill that can really be taught. It is more like a disease that can be infectious.
And most importantly…
- Esprit de Corp. The spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed.”
Now that the Betties have a victory under their belt, they can be more than encouraged.
And so it begins. Just around the corner too. No more warmups with Black & White or Cubs and Cougars. Becoming WFTDA Apprentice does that to you.
The new look Dolls and the champion Gore Gore Rollergirls start things off on the 5th of February.
CN Power kicks into action with the Killamazoo Derby Darlins from Kalamazoo. A fast and hard hitting team. Then Low Ride Her and company from Sister Slag fresh from Blood & Thunder represent Nickel City Roller Derby all the way from Sudbury against the D-VAS.
Then after the March 12th Match with the season debut of the black and blue Smoke City Betties with another infusion of rookie talent and Bruise Berry Pie marking her presence in ToRD going against the green of Chicks Ahoy!
Really looking forward to the next Quad City Chaos weekend – bringing in RVRG Rideau Valley Rollergirls, MTLRD, TCRG [Tri City Thunder!]] and Toronto Roller Derby all facing against each other. Fans should come out to see a cross-section of Canada Derby talent. Hopefully Montreal will bring in the New Skids on the Block who were the real eyeopeners of last year levelling all the teams yet they are all so friendly.
Saturday, February 5
ToRD – GGRG vs. DTD – Season Opener!
Saturday, February 26
ToRD – Double Header! CNP vs. KDD, D-VAS vs. NCRD
Saturday, March 12
ToRD – CA! vs. SCB
Saturday, March 26
Quad City Chaos!
Sunday, March 27
Quad City Chaos!
Saturday, April 9
ToRD – GGRG vs. CA!
Saturday, April 16
ToRD – DTD vs. SCB
Saturday, May 14, 2011
ToRD – GGRG vs. SCB
Saturday, May 28, 2011
ToRD – CA! vs DTD
Saturday, July 2, 2011
ToRD – Clam Slam!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
ToRD – CN Power vs. TBD
75 Carl Hall Rd, The Hangar – Downsview Park, Toronto, ON
- SMOKE CITY BETTIES – 2009 – TORD CHAMPIONSHIPS SMOKE CITY BETTIES VS. GORE GORE ROLLERGIRLS
CHICKS AHOY! [HOME] VS. SMOKE CITY BETTIES [AWAY]
SEPTEMBER 11, 2010
One year ago:
Smoke City Betties Championship Game Roster November 21, 2009
(versus Gore Gore Rollergirls)
Manager – Coreylicious
#48 – Hot Roller – captain
#58 – Miss Behaviour – captain
#88 – Crimson Shivers
#36 – Demolition Dawn
#21 – Dyna Hurtcha
#4 – Jewel Kicker
#82 – Janis D’Menace
#15 – Lady Frost
#22 – Marvel S Maven
#26er – Pretty Peeved
#11 – Slaughter Lauder
#23 – Thunder Struck
#56 – Memphis Kitty
#34 – Lacy Brawler
Smoke City Betties roster September 11, 2010
(versus Chicks Ahoy! at kast game of regular season)
#48 – Hot Roller
#090 – Sail-Her Poon
#5 de mayo – Diva Zapata!
#13-I – Genuine Risk
#8008 – Grim Avenger
#34A – Lacy Brawler
#15 – Lady Scorcher
#56 – Memphis Kitty
#17 – Mouth of the South
#26er – Pretty Peeved
#32 – P Doddy
#78 – Platinum Bomb
#1983 – Sin D Drop-Her
#1337 – titmouse
#47 – Tropic Thunder
Manager – Mia Culprit
Manager – Quickdraw
By apparent count that is 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 new actual faces on the Betties roster that faced the following Chicks Ahoy! team:
#765 – Fubar Bundy – captain
#96 – Hum Dinger – captain
#2/3 – Blammo
#99.1 – Candy Crossbones
#10 – Cherri Nova
#88 – Crimson Shivers
#01 – Dolly Destructo
#21 – Dyna Hurtcha
#-40 – Fireweed
#2 – Furious Georgia
#98m/s² – G-Force
#65 – Hoff
#06 – Kara Mia Beere
#v12 – Mach Wheels
#NZ41 – Marmighty
#22 – Marvel S. Maven
#26 – MegaBouche
#2×4 – Nasher the Smasher
#7 – Rebel Rock-It
#34A – Robber Blind
#L7 – Tara Part
So what is the compelling story here? The tale of a (0-2 this season) team with a roster turnover of 10 new rookies infused amongst some determined Pretty Peeved holdovers [which also included duo Ls Lacy Brawler, Lady Scorcher and the hot Hot Roller and Memphis Kitty] who had been outscored in their previous two bouts 248-58 by Gore Gore Rollergirls and 213-53 by Death Track Dolls?
The other story could be the a team shift in the offseason that has Dyna Hurtcha back on skates for the first time and Marvel S. Maven along with Crimson Shivers now wearing the green of Chicks Ahoy! (1-1) instead of the black and blue they were photographed in last year and now facing old comrades?
Remarks from Quickdraw regarding the Betties response to their opposition: “Sure, the Chicks are heavy hitters and can create a tricky wall to get through but all of the Betties’ jammers will just keep fighting until they find a way. A few of our starting lines even [have/had] players that are used to being either pivots or blockers in the jammer position. It gives those Betties a chance to try out in a game what they have excelled at in practices and possibly throw off the opposing team who are used to how our regular jammers skate.”
First jam saw Chicks Ahoy! #99.1 Candy Crossbones against Smoke City Betties #15 Lady Scorcher on the jammer line with Grim Avenger on pivot, Platinum Bomb, Sail-Her Poon, and P-Doddy against Chicks Ahoys!’ Dyna Hurtcha, #L7 Tara Part on pivot, Mega Bouche and Marmighty.
Candy Crossbones quickly raced ahead of the pack for the home side and their co-ordinated positioning put the Betties on the inside behind a pack of green, keeping Lady Scorcher from getting through while Candy Crossbones moved outside and achieved the first Chicks grandslam of the night and a 5-0 lead. Tropic Thunder tried her best next at jammer with Lacy Brawler at pivot, Mouth of the South, Genuine Risk and and against the Chicks pack of Nasher, Dyna, Hoff and Robber Blind and jammer Kara Mia Beere.
After 3 jams the score was 34-0. Dyna Hurtcha built the lead for Chicks Ahoy! to a 44-0 lead before Hot Roller was able to score the first three points for the Betties.
By about the sixth jam it was 70-3. Slowing down and containing the Betties pack was the key to long jammer passes by Chicks Ahoy! as they relentless ratcheted their hold on the scoreboard.
There were many different jammer duels thrown into the fray. For the rest of the bout Chicks Ahoy had Rebel Rock-It, Kara Mia Beere, and Dyna Hurtcha on the jammer line facing Hot Roller, Pretty Peeved, Tropic Thunder and Titmouse and Lady Scorcher [who jams for CN Power too]. Tara Part was back in action after an absence while the Betties welcomed back Sail-Her Poon. Also rolling for Chicks Ahoy! Mega Bouche, Nasher the Smasher and even Hoff.
First period score ended 130-14. No matter the score, the informal poll of the fans signaled a clear victory in cheering for the Betties.
The second period stepped up the action with Rebel Rock-It scoring 25 which was a new ToRD record to make it 204-23. Then after Mega Bouche jammed, Candy Crossbones scored 25 of her own to make it 229-26. Dyna Hutcha tried for 25 but ran out of time and had to settle for 19 on a jam that featured a mega collision with a scary moment of Tropic Thunder laying on the track. Lady Scorcher responded with a grand slam of her own for a 248-33 comeback.
Even when the Chicks Ahoy! got into penalty problems they countered with the new deadslow start and blocking at the pivot line, a puzzling to the fans strategy that had been seen used by Lake Effect Furies against CN Power at the Hangar and the Sexpos bout with Tri-City Thunder earlier.
Then the Betties could not score on power jam situations. Chicks Ahoy! were a smooth executioner in pack positioning, edging the Betties jammers into cutting track on the inside while the roguelike Marmighty #41 positioned herself on the outside and hit hard [not unlike the Montreal Sexpos K-Dawg #42]. The score ended at 266-42-the circling of the track by both teams to high five the fans signalled the conclusion of the ToRD regular season for 2010 and the battle for second place in the hands of Chicks Ahoy!
Coach Quickdraw of the Betties feels it has been a rewarding process nonetheless, “It’s been great to see the both the returning Betties and new recruits learn to skate together and learn from each other since this season started. The more practice and bout time that the team gets behind them, the better they’ll become. Once everyone is skating together to the point where they can better anticipate and react to what their teammates and their opponents will do in the pack situation at the time, they’ll most definitely be a tough team to beat.”
Next game is October 2-the start of the semi-finals playoff season with the same Smoke City Betties [now 0-3] going against first place and undefeated Gore Gore Rollergirls [3-0].