Archive for June, 2012

Double Header. Double Victory.

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Hammer City Roller Girls fans were treated to a double dose of victory on Saturday, June 16, at Hamilton’s Mountain Arena, as both the Eh! Team and the Harlots racked up decisive wins over squads from the Royal City Rollergirls of Guelph, Ontario. The Harlots downed the Violet Uprising 328-168 while the Eh! Team defeated the Brute-Leggers 254-169.

Daisy Dynamite

Daisy Dynamite puts her game face on for the Harlots. (Photo by Joe Mac)

The Harlots opened the evening with a strong first jam against the Violet Uprising, one of Guelph’s three home teams, and never looked back. The lineup featured a mix of veteran leadership – including Judge Jodie, captain Scooby Doom, and Miss Carriage in her first game ever as a Harlot – and first-year talent. On the jammer line, JJ Bladez showcased her speed while Lucky Lady Pearl impressed with quick movements and a crowd-pleasing jammer takeout. By the end of the first half, the Harlots were in command of the game, leading 167-54. Crunching hits by the unforgiving Peppermental, first-year standout Daisy Dynamite, and BC transfer Hart Knox in her debut for HCRG allowed the Harlots to continue racking up the scoreboard, despite the unrelenting tenacity of the Uprising’s key jammer duo of The Hellcat of Panar and Babe Le Strange. Fista Krusher also delivered some fearless jamming, in her first game for HCRG, while Miss Carriage showed the fans why she’s a triple threat with her keen track awareness, signature hip checks, and smooth strides with the star.

Marmageddon and Bitschlap Barbie

Captains Marmageddon and Bitchslap Barbie put the squeeze on the Brute-Leggers' Hellcat of Panar. (Photo by Joe Mac)

After the carnage of the first bout was cleaned up, it was time for Hammer City’s Eh! Team to deliver the goods. Mean Little Mama quickly took advantage of a penalty and put up 34 points in the first jam, and the Eh! Team were on the way in closing out Guelph’s all-star team, the Brute-Leggers. Oh! Henry wreaked havoc with her athleticism and backwards blocking, while veterans Bitchslap Barbie and ChainSAW Mary delighted in knocking green-hued skaters to the floor throughout the bout. The Eh! Team sat on a lead of 139-63 at halftime, rotating in solid jamming from JJ Bladez, Abba StabYa, Scooby Doom, and rookie Ginger Wylde. Fellow rookie Sox Maniac was poised in the pack, working smartly off the on-track leadership of pivots Whacks Poetic and Marmageddon. The Brute-Leggers never backed down from any challenge however, and delivered their own displays of strategic blocking (Archbitch of Slamterbury, Lady GoreJess) and gutsy jamming (Hot Cross Guns, The Hot Shemale) to answer back whenever the Eh! Team threatened to pull away. In the end however, the strategy and experience of Eh! Team made it a 2-for-2 night in the win department for HCRG.

HCRG would like to thank the usual suspects – fans, friends, family, Rowdy Rowdy Refs, visiting referees, NSOs, and volunteers – as well as the Royal City Rollergirls for coming to the Hammer for a fun- and tumble-filled fight on the track. (The Brute-Leggers, by the way, also killed it at the after party!)

Next up for the Eh! Team is the Ruckus in the Rustbelt tournament in Youngstown, Ohio on June 30. The Harlots return to action on July 21 at home when they face off against Tri City Roller Girls’ Total Knockouts from Kitchener, Ontario.

DOUBLE HEADER: Hammer City vs Royal City

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

ASSAIL OF TWO CITIES: The Hammer City Roller Girls will be out for royal blood in this night of flat track roller derby action in Hamilton. Both the Eh! Team and the Harlots will face off against squads from Guelph’s Royal City Rollergirls.

This double header all goes down on Saturday, June 16 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester St., Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00pm and the second at 8:00pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price:
Click here!

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids 5-12 – $5 | Under 5 years – Free
* Bring a canned food item for a $1 discount at the door. Please note our local food banks are in need of baby formula and food

Tickets are also available at these local outlets:
* Blackbird Studios
* This Ain’t Hollywood
* Hammer City Records
* Freewheel Cycle
* Varnetta
* Compass at McMaster

Good stuff to know:
* Licensed bar area, concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale
* Your ticket gives you complimentary admission to our after party at This Ain’t Hollywood (19+)

Other 2012 Home Dates:
– July 21
– August 18

Burlington Pride

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

By: BeOnYa

It was a rainy overcast day, but the last thing Hammer City Roller Girls are scared of is rain.

Lucky Lady Pearl, Pumble Bee, Beonya, Biggie Falls and Sonic Ram

Remember, we purposely hit, block and throw ninja moves (not really) on a daily basis. Burlington Pride is a smaller event held at Central Park in Burlington to represent and celebrate our diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, and lives. This small event in Burlington was the perfect opportunity for HCRG to come out and let people know who we are and what we do. Upon arrival, we were asked to introduce ourselves on the small stage of the Music Centre in Central Park. The five of us who attended spoke briefly about ourselves, giving our derby name, our position (if we had one), and how long we have been with the league. It was nice to see that the people who were at the event had some recollection of roller derby, even if in some cases it was ages ago. Throughout the day we were approached on many occasions to repeat our derby name. This seemed to be something people were highly interested in. As one person suggested “A derby name is almost like a stage name.” It takes your personality and encapsulates it into a single word/phrase/identifier.

The day was filled with handing out as many flyers as humanly possible. Some knew of HCRG, and some had no idea that roller derby was still a sport that you could get involved in. To get into the spirit of Burlington Pride we actively participated in some of the activities including: dressing up in costumes, and hoola hooping (or attempting to, haha). It was a eventful day and a wonderful opportunity to get out and talk about HCRG. For me, as a Fresh Meat in HCRG it was a good way to meet other members of the league on a new level. The practice environment is one way to get to know the team, but getting out to promote the Hammer City Roller Girls provides a new opportunity to get to know everyone.

Lucky Lady Pearl Hula Hooping!

It was great to see the excitement that some people expressed about Roller Derby. And sometimes it was just their excitement about Roller Skating that was the common ground. Whatever the connection was, speaking to people about our passion for Roller Derby as well as telling them about our up and coming games, it was a successful and fun day.

Thank you so much to the organizers for having us out!