V is for Vicious Dishes, T is for TKOs – TCRG launches season

Nekro-Nancy of the Vicious Dishes gives a small taste of this weekend’s excitement as Tri-City Roller Girls open their season.

vicious dishes vs. tkos poster

his Saturday won’t be anything less than fantastic!

The Vicious Dishes and TKO’s respectively have been awaiting this moment. With both teams having a new line up of not-so-fresh-anymore meat who are just itching to put the last year of intense training to use, it is sure to be an exciting game for anyone watching! There will be new faces at the jammer line that have not been seen by our fans before, there will be new styles of hits that will knock the wind out of the fans, and the other player, of course. The Dishes also have a new coach, Shamis, who has brought many new plays and ideas to the round table having coached for an assortment of teams and sports over the years.

Needless to say, the fans are going to see something they’ve never seen come out of TCRG, not only newly drafted players, but coaches, captains, new contests and of course, no more minor penalties!

This game will keep everyone on the edge of their seats and toe stops as no one will be able to predict what’s coming next! Click on the link for a chance to win tickets to the home opener: TICKETS.

[editor’s note: Thanks Nekro-Nancy!]

A Fresh Meat’s Journey to the Dishes by Necro-Nancy

Pre-amble for the Gentle Reader out there:

Thunder Games was the theme of the night at New Hamburg Arena. The Lake Effect Furies from Queen City Roller Girls [from down in Buffalo, New York] blew in north in a return grudge match against the Thunder of Tri-City.

Marking this story of interest was the boisterous opening bout of the night: the debut of the fresh meat teams from Niagara Roller Derby [dubbed the Puppies for the night] and making her entrance as one of the Tri-City Kitties wearing #999 was Necro-Nancy. How she got there and her subsequent induction into the Tri-City fold as a current member of Vicious Dishes is her story presented here as: 

A Fresh Meat’s Journey to the Dishes

Necro-Nancy at Thunder Games

One year ago, I was knee-deep in orientation classes for my Masters of Counselling program with Athabasca University. One year ago, I would have never imagined what was lying ahead of me in the months to come, aside from schoolwork. I was working at a law office in London, Ontario in the spring of last year when I saw an ad in my local Woodstock newspaper looking for skaters to try out for a new Roller Derby team being formed in the community. I was immediately interested, but fearful, since I had never even seen a pair of quad roller skates, let alone wore any. However, I had many, many years of experience on roller blades, and since the ad indicated that roller-bladers were also welcome to attend, I decided to give it a try.

Around the same time, my best friend Sandra, from Stratford, had told me that she was planning on attending a Fresh Meat boot camp with Tri-City Roller Girls (TCRG), so I decided to go with her. On day one of this fresh meat boot camp, I was immediately shown the different calibre of intensity, strategy and professionalism that is associated with a well-established and successful roller derby league. It was intimidating as a new and unskilled skater to be surrounded by such a talented and intense group of athletes; I truly felt at the time that I was nowhere near ready for such a level of gameplay. So, I focused solely on practicing for Woodstock where the climate was less intense.


fter a month of skating solely with Woodstock, and after playing in the Fresh and Furious: GTA Drift tournament in Toronto for fresh meat players and leagues, I attended a game in New Hamburg with my husband, Justin. Upon entering the venue, we were immediately greeted by Leigh-zzie Borden and Fox Smoulder, the trainers of the TCRG boot camps I had attended over a month prior to this interaction. These two ladies remembered me immediately and urged me to return to the fresh meat boot camp. They understood my nervousness and my intimidation but were incredibly sympathetic and encouraging. Both of these fabulous ladies made me feel welcome and wanted, and who could say no to such courtesy? So, I opted to leave my local comfort zone of Woodstock and join TCRG full-time.

Once the switch was official, I committed 100 percent to TCRG and to myself. Determined to get better, day by day, at home I would put my skates on and practice my toe-stop walks, my tomahawk stops, transitions, and so on. On the weekends, I would attend ANY open skate I could to simply just spend more time on my skates. I attended every TCRG bout to watch and study the skilled athletes that I now have the privilege to call friends and family. Within two month of this switch, I was ready to complete my official minimum skills testing with confidence. Those two months were cram packed with endurance, high intensity training and, of course, as all derby girls know, much sweat and tears. As fate would have it, in August of last year I passed my official testing and then became eligible for the TCRG draft.


September, I began my Masters of Counselling degree and shortly thereafter, tragedy struck my family. My father passed away on September 16, 2012 of Cancer. He was only 52 years old. I took a couple weeks off from practice and from school to handle visitation and memorial arrangements and during this time, my inbox and my cell phone erupted with messages of condolences and positive energy from many members of TCRG. Upon my return to practice, my fresh meat group presented me with a condolence card signed by every member. This kindness touched my heart greatly and definitely reaffirmed my feelings of belonging and showed me that, despite my loss, I had a whole new family who genuinely cared for me.

Tri-City Kitties
Tri-City Kitties

In October, all Fresh Meat girls who had passed their minimum testing were asked to submit an e-mail outlining their team preference for the official draft to be determined by December. I responded to this request by submitting a blanket preference for any of the three teams: Vicious Dishes, Venus Fly Tramps and Total Knock-Outs. All I wanted was to play for TCRG, I would be happy and honoured to be placed on any of these fantastic teams. While we awaited the draft, Fox Smoulder and the training committee arranged for us fresh meats to play our first game versus Niagara Roller Girls. The game was named Puppies vs. Kittens with proceeds going to the KW Humane Society. The Tri-City Kitties, my team, dominated the short match by a score of 85-15, and could not have ever dreamed to do so without the stellar teaching from the training crew of Tri-City Roller Girls.

Vicious Dishes
Vicious Dishes

As luck would have it, on December 4, I was invited by Suzy Slam and Cleothrashya to join the Vicious Dishes for the 2013 season. I was thrilled and nervous to be invited to the team that won Beast of the East in 2012, but I realized that this invite will surely force me to up my game and my intensity. I know that in the months to come, I will be pushed and will push myself to improve and justify their faith including me in the amazing Vicious Dishes. I am confident that these ladies will hone me to become a force to be reckoned with in the roller derby world.

I truly feel as though the choice to commit to TCRG was likely the best choice I could have ever made for myself as I have never felt more like a part of something than I do now. These women have truly touched my heart and shown me what real teamwork is all about. We are a family here and have each other’s backs, always. I wish that more people could experience roller derby the way that I have and I truly hope that all people associated with or are considering becoming part of a roller derby league, feel the same derby love for their league that I do.

That being said, I would hope for more people to become involved in the fantastic world of Roller Derby, no matter where or which league. Tri-City Roller Girls will soon be starting up the Fresh Meat Boot camp for 2013, visit http://www.tricityrollergirls.com or e-mail TCRGfreshmeat@hotmail.com for more information. I look forward to seeing all of you on and off the track for this upcoming 2013 season!!!!

Necro-Nancy #999

Vicious Dishes, TCRG

Just ahead on January 26th at Tri-City: No Minors? No Problem! A No-Minors Bootcamp. Go to the website for more details.

DSC_2123 – Bonnie D. Stroir bootcamp – raptors and swimming with sharks

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Bonnie D. Stroir lands in Tri-City for bootcamp.swimming with sharks, jurassic park, be a raptor. Live love Derby.

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Lippy! and the New Ditas

Lippy with the Contrabanditas
A strange melange of Les Contrabanditas took to the track in New Hamburg on a Saturday night to take on the flying Vicious Dishes of Tri-City.

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noted along with Dr. Johnny Capote:

The Tri-City Rollergirls were just about ready to wrap up their regular home season throwing in their newest and “black and bluest” Total Knock-Outs against the D-VAS from Toronto Roller Derby to start off the evening. Then the second half of the double-header featured Les Contrabanditas from Montreal Roller Derby [MTLRD] against the Vicious Dishes.

It was a strange time to be on Les Contrabanditas. Players who did not normally wear the red and black awoke and made the trip to Tri-City. The roster at Tri-City was not what Dr. Johnny Capote saw in Montreal this summer.

Our own trips up to Tri-City this year up to the Waterloo Rec Centre always came with some manner of ride to the arena by very generous people within the league or someone officiating [thanks Suzy Slam, Christa Jane, T-Ref], and this time we were met by Lippy Wrongstockings herself and the husband sometimes known as Big Bag who adorned with kilt leads in the charges of the Thunder or Dishes or Venus Fly Tramps with his bagpipes. On the way there was a bit of chat harkening back to the last venture to New Hamburg itself to see CN Power and the Thunder. Then the famous encounter of the Thunder against the Montreal Sexpos last August who brought along names such as Georgia W. Tush, Trash ‘n Smash, Nameless Whorror into their lineup. Wonder what became of them since then? So almost as a jest, it was asked who would possibly be in the Contrabanditas roster for the night? And we found out.

This was not the Skiditas. Even Sparkle ‘n Maim from La Racaille switched sides for a day. Rookie Ti Loup who had just been jamming with the Sexpos at ToRD against CN Power and down at the Big 5 Eastern championships with the New Skids on the Block as their third jammer … Greta Bobo from La Racaille … Bikini Skills [co-captain of Sexpos, triple threat with Ditas], blocker Dame of Doom, Charlotte Bruise-A-Lot co-captain, Ninja Simone [co-captain, blocker and pivot with Ditas and blocker with Sexpos], Ti-Loup, Roch Dee Taunt blocker … add in Bean Stalker, Naughty Bee Oh!Henry from the Hammer and this was definitely not Ricky Balboa’s usual line-up of Les Contrabanditas. Regardless the Ditas team came to play.


The Vicious Dishes came out with their precision style of speed and blocking and jumped to a very quick lead. Boss Applesauce had her Dishes ready. Motorhead Molly, Skate Pastor, Lippy Wrongstockings, the ceaseless jammer rotation for the Dishes going against the likes of Ti-Loup, Naughty Bee, Greta Bobo. It truly was one of the fastest games seen this summer. And for the first time, Matt S Faction granted photographer access to the centre of the track itself. If the game seemed fast from the outside, trying to track the players from the middle was a thrilling challenge. Not only were Lippy Wrongstockings and Ti Loup and Motorhead Molly and company keeping up a blazing pace, the inner track referees following and calling were another impediment to the view, or they could be embraced and become part of the action itself. The centre is a world of its own with all the bodies on the inside, referees, NSOs, penalty wranglers, line and stats trackers, the referees. The roar of skates is something the crowd doesn’t hear from the stands, and the four blasts of the whistle calling off the jam is indeed earsplitting.


The score stood at 85-10 which looked bleak, but based on the comeback, the Contrabanditas coach Ricky Balboa got everybody in line. The new and current Ditas began to blend and stepped up the pace.

“It doesn’t matter what team you give to Balboa, he won’t accept lack of effort from his players, this I know,” says Dr. Johnny Capote.


There were maybe a couple of unconventional jammers for the Dishes on the night, with sin-e-star wearing the star once. Then Stacie Jones was put in as last jammer for the night with Motorhead Molly as a blocker, but the Contrabanditas were not giving up with Ti Loup running up a final 14-4 jam.

The final score of 117-80 was an indication of the Ditas ability to claw back and what could have been.

One of the TKOs comments: “I’d like to say that Tri-City had home turf advantage, but the truth is that the Ditas were a brand new team almost, and there were players fielded from Hammer City to fill the roster. It probably wasn’t the best situation that the Ditas could be in, but they pulled it together pretty quickly for what they had to do to play the game. P’tit Loup was still on fire – it was nuts to see her play another away game right after returning from Easterns!”


As the track was being dismantled, and the scoreboards wiped clean and display tables carted away,  more Derby goodness was on the offering with not just one but two offers of rides back to Toronto, and indeed, two is better than none. Bidding farewell to the players and volunteers who were fueling up on the after-bout repast that Tri City always seems to provide [and being given access to a slice of pizza], they like most leagues everywhere do treat everybody right. Everyone is always willing to field a question or two about Derby, there were multi-discussions with players and coaches about strategies and plays such as the crowded jammer line at the Westerns. So on the ride home, it was comfortable to talk about what people saw on the track, learn more about the draft and the future of the D-VAS in Toronto Roller Derby and tactics once again.

All in all there are good people in Derby everywhere, on and off the track, all promoting the world of Derby, and we feel privileged to know them. And we don’t take any of this for granted.

Soon to come: more catching up with the stories of being on the road this summer in the pursuit of Derby.

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