Archive for January, 2012

FreshMeat: Awesome.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

By: Naughty Bee

I’m a girl who loves to wear t-shirts. Since starting roller derby I have amassed a small mountain of derby T-s and I’m happy to say that I have an HCRG shirt for every day of the week. Of course all of my Hammer City shirts are super, but I would have to say that by far my favourite is my FreshMeat T.

FreshMeat. That is what we call new recruits. They are girls who are typically very excited about playing derby, and also very nervous. And very, very worried about falling down.

These new recruits may have been attracted to roller derby for any number of reasons: they might like that it is a full contact sport; or they may have been attracted to the tough-rebel-badass rollergirl stereotype; perhaps they just want to wear fishnets and booty shorts; or be a part of a community of strong women; or maybe they can just sense that roller derby is the awesomest thing ever and they need to be a part of it.

That’s how I got drawn in to derby. It was the awesome.

But I soon learned that being awesome does not come without a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. It requires personal strength, tenacity and the drive to keep getting back up, no matter how many times you fall. It means believing in yourself, even when the people closest to you laugh and tell you that you aren’t tough enough to play roller derby.

Awesome means being able to ask for help, and being able to accept it. It means learning how to give of your self in support of your league mates, and working with others toward a common goal. It means being a part of a collective of strong, wonderful women with whom you will both laugh and cry. FreshMeat is the first step toward becoming a rollergirl and being a part of something amazing.

My FreshMeat T-shirt was the first tangible thing that connected me to the league that I love. It was the first thing that proved to me that I belong here. It is my favourite t-shirt because it joins me with a group of women and a sport that I care so much about that just thinking about it will bring tears to my eyes.

If you ever asked me to borrow this t-shirt I would, without hesitation, tell you absolutely NO! I earned this shirt through blood, sweat and tears. It belongs to me. Instead, I would encourage you to come out to Derby 101 and skate with us. If you stick with it I promise that you will earn so much more than a t-shirt.

Continue reading to learn more about Hammer City Roller Girls’ upcoming Derby 101

Derby 101

Derby 101 Essentials:
WHEN: The next start date for Derby 101 will be on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 6:30pm. Sessions are 1 hour, every Monday, for 8 weeks. Note that the first session will be for registration, followed by 8 skating sessions.
**The meeting location on February 6th will be This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N, Hamilton. Street parking is available. HSR Route #4
WHERE: All skating sessions will be at Caledonia Fairgrounds: 151 Caithness Street East, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada. Free parking is available.
COST: Training by skilled members of the HCRG for $80.00, plus the cost of RSC Insurance ($50.00). Total – $130.00

For more information about preparing for Derby 101, download our Fresh Sheet, check out this FreshMeat File from or email

The First Skate Back

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

By: Lucky Lady Pearl

Gifts have been opened. The turkey has been digested. New Year’s Resolutions have been made (and some already broken). The hustle of the holidays are over… Now what?

HCRG was on a 4 week winter break, and as a “newer” skater I couldn’t wait to get back on the track! I think… I hope?

2011 was an exceptional year, and one that introduced me to roller derby. I couldn’t wait for the winter break to be over. As I made my faithful drive to practice (Which is 45 minutes – a small sacrifice I make for a sport I love so much) all the anxiety came crashing down like a gigantic wave of self-doubt about to carry me out to a sea of uneasiness. In short, I wanted to cry. But I couldn’t – my daughter was with me. So I held back the tears. My personal New Year’s Resolution is not to cry on game day – yes, derby girls get nervous.  I continued our 45 minute drive, with my daughter listening to music and me, trying very hard to think of a reason to turn around and to go home. But alas nothing came to me, and we drove on.

As I entered our unheated arena in Caledonia, I could hear cheery voices filling the air. As I began to skate around the track to warm up, I could feel freedom and liberation start to take over some of the anxious feelings I had during the drive. And so – Practice begins. I am the kind of person who is never quite sure of themselves, or where they fit in a group. Is it here, is it there, or anywhere? The answer came rushing at me – about five foot five with short blonde hair (JJ Bladez) and as she knocked me flat on my ass, I knew, “Yes, this is where I belong.” It felt great! Right then and there I knew that 2012 is going to be a great year!! 

See ya all on the track! Hooray 2012! – Love, Lucky

2011 Wheelie Awards

Monday, January 16th, 2012

By: Biggie Falls

Whether you’ve been a roller derby fan for a decade, or are someone who is just hearing about it now, there is one thing that you need to know about this community… Roller derby parties are crazy!

Ninja Miss Carriage gives Staplehead (League President 2006 - 2011) a hug.

This was more than evident at the HCRG year end party – PIRATES versus NINJAS. Every one of your favourite derby girls was there, dressed up and ready for combat. Whether they were looking for your bounty, or swinging nunchuks – they were ready to party! As in typical HCRG fashion, this party was held at This Ain’t Hollywood, on January 7th, 2011. As it turned out, a lot of the public was not prepared for what they might see on their regular Saturday night out with their friends.

Announcer Tedstosterone with Jewsy Flawless and Bean Stalker

The night started off friendly enough, sushi for the ninjas and pulled pork for the pirates, on opposite sides of the room of course. But soon it broke out into a full on ninja versus pirate battle! It seems to me like the ninjas won… but I may just be bias on that one. Although, there was one event that the pirates dominated in: The PvN limbo contest, with pirate Jewsy Flawless coming out on top!

The HCRG Rowdy Rowdy Refs

Awards were given out to refs, vets and rookies alike to celebrate the many victories HCRG has achieved within the last year, both on and off the track. To end the night, our very own Hot Carl, presented an incredible display of fireworks for us… as you would expect during a Canadian winter, this caused quite a stir with the locals. But it was absolutely wonderful regardless!

If you’re going to take anything away from this story, let it be your new found love and admiration of derby parties, and make it your new mission to come out to an after-party soon!


Queen Of Jam-A-Lot
Bitchslap Barbie

Pack Leader
Eduskating Rita

Getting A Leg Up
Jewsy Flawless & Bean Stalker

Hammer City Spirit
Scooby Doom

Rookie of the Year
Naughty Bee

Purple Heart
Miss Carriage

Best Foot Forward
Miss Carriage

Crash Test Dummy
Lucky Lady Pearl

Stickin Around
Judge Jodie

Practice Pusher
Bam Bam Bigelow

Rules the Ruleset
Eduskating Rita

Hardest Hitter
Mean Little Mama

Miss Jeckyl/Hyde
Peppermental (Formerly Hammerhead)

Strategic Whiz
Whacks Poetic

Training Maven
Bitchslap Barbie

Merch Mover
Dark Passion Play

Game Day Mainstay

Gives Till It Hurts
Little Red Rollerhood

Working It
Wild Rice (Formerly Tempura Tantrum)

Funds Raised
Scooby Doom

Paperwork Pusher
Judge Jodie

Bam Bam Bigelow

3 way tie! Dark Passion Play, Peppermental, Scooby Doom


Friendly Face
Deuce Willis

Ref For Hire

Certifiable Effort
Deuce Willis

Tightest Caller


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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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HCRG Pirates Vs Ninjas Dance Party!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Resolve the PvN debate — HCRG-style!

Join HCRG skaters, refs, NSOs, volunteers, visiting refs, and supporters as we look back at 2011 and celebrate another amazing season of derby in Hammer City.

Arrr you full of pirattitude? Or have a yen for ninjas? Whatever side you support, come on out in costume if you can. Our Rowdy Rowdy Ref Hot Carl has set up feats of pirate vs. ninja strength and skill to determine, once and for all, who is the ultimate warrior.

Oh and did we mention explosives? And fire? And lots of dancing, thanks to DJ LP? Cover charge is only $5.

This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N, Hamilton
$5 Cover, 9:00PM

(PS – Was your resolution to join roller derby in 2012? If so, this is a great chance to come out and meet league members and get your questions answered before our next Derby 101 class!)

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