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2014 Home Opener: Hamilton hosts Fort Wayne

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Hold onto your hats, Hamiltonians, and if you don’t have a hat, get one because HCRG is set to kick off its 9th season with a double-header on May 3, 2014. It’s going to be an explosive night of derby action on the flat-track.

Fort Wayne, Indiana is offering up its best and brightest as the Hammer City Eh! Team takes on the Fort Wayne Bomb Squad and the Hammer City Harlots face off against the Fort Wayne S.W.A.T. Team. Come on out and watch the Hammer go BOOM!!

Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton is the place to be on May 3, 2014 to see it all go down. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00 pm and the second at 8:00 pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price
Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids under 12 years – Free

Tickets will also be available at local outlets – stay tuned for locations.

Essential info:
* The arena floor is licensed. Sit trackside with a beer in hand!
* Concession stand will be open and selling delicious treats
* Bring a lawn chair to sit in our suicide seating (trackside)
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table to keep the little ones busy (and hopefully tire them out)
* Awesome HCRG swag will be available to purchase. Buttons, t-shirts, stickers, oh my!!

The after-party will be held at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters in all their post-bout, sweaty glory!

HCRG has more home bouts throughout the summer on the following dates:
* June 7
* July 12
* August 9 (Maple Stir-Up All-Canadian Tournament – all-day event)

If you’re into saving money, buy a season ticket and save $20 off the admission price over the course of the season.
Buy season’s tickets here!

A big thank-you to HCRG’s proud and loyal sponsors: Mill St. Brewery, Copy Dog, Varnetta, Monster Muffin, Where Heads Meet, Neon Skates, Rollergirl.ca, and Wicked Skatewear.

Announcing our 2014 Home Season Schedule

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

HCRG is set to dazzle Hamilton yet again with another full-season of full-contact competitive derby action. We kick off our ninth year with a double header on Saturday, May 3 at Dave Andreychuk Arena, as both the Eh! Team and the Harlots take on teams from the Fort Wayne Derby Girls of Indiana, USA.

HCRG keeps on rolling with double headers in June and July, and will host its first ever tournament in August. The Maple Stir-Up invitational will be the first tournament to feature an all-Canadian, all-WFTDA line-up, consisting of 6 teams and 5 bouts in 1 full day of action.

HCRG is coming off its most successful season yet, with winning records for both the Eh! Team and Harlots. The chartered Eh! Team picked up five sanctioned victories and rose a phenomenal 49 spots up the rankings of WFTDA leagues worldwide to finish 2013 at #83.

Mark the following dates on your calendar – you don’t want to miss any of the hard-hitting action!

Saturday, May 3
HCRG welcomes Fort Wayne Derby Girls (Fort Wayne, IN)
Harlots vs. SWAT Team
Eh! Team vs. Bomb Squad (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, June 7
HCRG welcomes Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY)
Harlots vs. B-Sides
Eh! Team vs. Roc Stars (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, July 12
HCRG welcomes Ithaca League of Women Rollers (Ithaca, NY)
Harlots vs. Ithaca B-Team
Eh! Team vs. SufferJets (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, August 9
Maple Stir-Up Invitational Tournament
Participating teams: Calgary Roller Derby Association All-Stars (Calgary, AB), Forest City Derby Girls Timber Rollers (London, ON), Rideau Valley Roller Girls Vixens (Ottawa, ON), Tri-City Roller Girls Plan B (Kitchener, ON), Hammer City Eh! Team, Hammer City Harlots
J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas

Season tickets are available now for only $40. You save $25 off the single game door price!

Hammer City Holiday Scrimmage

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Hi skaters! The Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting a FREE holiday scrimmage, and we’d love to see you there!

Caledonia Fairgrounds
151 Caithness St E, Caledonia

Here are the details:
- Anyone who has passed the 2009 WFTDA minimums skills assessment, and has valid roller derby insurance
- All skaters should bring a black and white shirt, with their numbers in high contrast at least 4 inches tall

Schedule:
11:45 – Venue arrival time
12:00-12:15pm – Open skate time
12:15-12:25pm – Group warm-up
12:25pm – Head Ref & Captain’s meeting,and pad check!
12:30pm – First whistle
**there will be three 30 minute periods

Please bring:
- Water, food and small snacks to keep you hydrated and energized
- Black and white jersey, layer up

All skaters will need to sign a Roller Sports Canada (RSC) insurance waiver before skating. We’ll ask for your legal name, skater name, insurance number and signature.

Final Double Header of 2013 – August 17

Friday, July 26th, 2013

August 17 Final Double HeaderHammer City closes out its 8th season of roller derby action at home with an all-Ontario, no-holds-barred double header.

In the first bout, the Hammer City Eh! Team will battle the Border City Brawlers from Windsor, ON. These two all-star squads have never met – will the up-and-coming Brawlers have what it takes to stop the Eh! Team’s current win streak?

In the second bout of the evening, the Hammer City Harlots will take on the Chicks! Ahoy, a home squad from Toronto Roller Derby. The Harlots will be looking to close out their home season with a strong finish, but the Chicks will undoubtedly put up a good fight.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price:
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Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids 12 and under – Free
* Bring a non-perishable food item for a $1 discount at the door

ALSO – This is ALUMNI NIGHT! Calling all HCRG skaters! If you’ve ever played for Hammer City, we’d love to have you come out to this double header. Wear your jersey / HCRG shirt for FREE admission. There will be a special cheering section just for you, and a few other surprises (including perhaps a complimentary beverage, wink wink) in store.

Location:
J.L. Grightmire (Market St Arena), 35 Market St. South, in Dundas
Doors at 5:00 pm, first whistle at 6:00 pm

Tickets are also available at these local outlets:
* Dr. Disc
* Compass at McMaster
* Hammer City Records
* This Ain’t Hollywood
* Varnetta (Hamilton)
* Munchies Coffee House and BARKery

Good stuff to know:
* Licensed arena – sit trackside with a beer in hand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair
* Kid-friendly event
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale
* Pie a skater! For only a $1 a vote, you could be tossing your favourite HCRG skater at the end of the evening.

The after party will be at Club Absinthe (38 King William St, Hamilton, 19+) at 10:00 PM. Meet HCRG skaters and officials! Complimentary cover with your game ticket stub.

This is your last chance to see both teams in competitive action at home this year, so don’t miss it!

RSVP on Facebook

Our Next Double Header: July 20 vs. Hudson Valley

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Catch both Hammer City Roller Girls teams in their next home date vs. the Hudson Valley Horrors of Kingston, New York! The chartered Hammer City Eh! Team will take on the Horrors in a WFTDA sanctioned bout, while the Harlots battle the ZomBsquad.

This double header derby action goes down on Saturday, July 20 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game at 6:00 pm and the second at 8:00 pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids under 12 years – Free

Tickets are also available from HCRG skaters and at these local outlets:
This Ain’t Hollywood
Dr. Disc
Hammer City Records
Varnetta
Crash Landing
COMPASS at McMaster
Munchies Coffee House & BARKery (Unit #4-1000 Upper Gage Ave, Hamilton)

Good stuff to know:
* The arena floor is licensed – sit trackside with a beer in hand!
* Concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

The after-party will be at This Ain’t Hollywood. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters! Admission is free with your bout ticket.

Our final 2013 home date is August 17.

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

June Double Header vs Glass City (Toledo, OH)

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The Hammer City Roller Girls have kicked off their 8th season of roller derby in Hamilton, and the next double header is sure to entertain. Both the Eh! Team and the Harlots will face teams from the Glass City Rollers of Toledo, OH, USA. In the first bout of the evening, the chartered Eh! Team will take on the Glass City All-Stars in a WFTDA sanctioned bout, while in the second the Harlots will meet the Glass City Killer Bs.

This cross-border action takes place on Saturday, June 15 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game at 6:00 pm and the second at 8:00 pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids under 12 years – Free

Tickets are also available from these local outlets:
This Ain’t Hollywood
Dr. Disc
Hammer City Records
Varnetta
Crash Landing
Freewheel Cycle
COMPASS at McMaster
NEW! –> Munchies Coffee House & BARKery (Unit #4-1000 Upper Gage Ave, Hamilton)

Good stuff to know:
* The arena floor is now licensed – no more separated area. Sit trackside with a beer in hand!
* Concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

The after-party will be at Club Absinthe, 38 King William St, Hamilton. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters! Admission is free with your bout ticket.

Our Other 2013 Home Dates:
* July 20
* August 17

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

2013 Season Opening Double Header

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Stop! It’s Hammer Time. In a mere few weeks, the Hammer City Roller Girls return to the flat track for their 8th season of roller derby action at home, with a doozy of a double header.

Both the Eh! Team and the Harlots will square off against squads from Tri-City Roller Girls of Kitchener. In one bout, the chartered Eh! Team will take on the Tri-City Thunder in a WFTDA sanctioned bout, while in the second the Harlots will clash with Plan B.

The action all goes down on Saturday, May 11 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00 pm and the second at 8:00 pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids under 12 years – Free

Tickets are also available at these local outlets:
* Compass at McMaster
* Crash Landing
* Dr Disc
* Freewheel Cycle
* Hammer City Records
* This Ain’t Hollywood
* Varnetta (Hamilton)

Good stuff to know:
* The arena floor is now licensed – no more separated area. Sit trackside with a beer in hand!
* Concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

The after-party will be at Club Absinthe, 38 King William St. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters! New Noise Saturday, Ages 19+. Admission is free with your bout ticket.

Our Other 2013 Home Dates:
* June 15
* July 20
* August 17

Buy season tickets, getting you into all FOUR double headers, and save!

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

Announcing our 2013 Home Season Schedule

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
HCRG 2013 Home Season PosterHCRG returns to the flat track for its eighth season of full-contact competitive roller derby on Saturday, May 11 at Dave Andreychuk Arena in Hamilton. Both the Eh! Team and the Harlots will take on squads from the Tri-City Roller Girls of Kitchener.

HCRG keeps on rolling with double headers throughout the summer, with bouts planned against fresh new rivals from Ontario and the U.S.
Mark the following dates on your calendar. You don’t want to miss a single evening!

Saturday, May 11
HCRG welcomes Tri-City Roller Girls (Kitchener, ON)
Harlots vs. Tri-City Plan B
Eh! Team vs. Tri-City Thunder (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton
Saturday, June 15
HCRG welcomes Glass City Rollers (Toledo, Ohio)
Harlots vs. Glass City Rollers “B”
Eh! Team vs. Glass City Rollers “A” (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton
Saturday, July 20
HCRG welcomes Hudson Valley Horrors (Kingston, NY)
Harlots vs. ZomBsquad
Eh! Team vs. Horrors (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton
Saturday, August 17
Harlots vs. Chicks Ahoy! (Toronto Roller Derby)
Eh! Team vs. Border City Brawlers (Windsor, ON)
J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas

Season tickets are available now for only $40. You save $20 off the single game door price!

Caledonia, Here We Come!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

While the Hammer City Roller Girls have been practicing at the Caledonia Fairgrounds in Caledonia, Ontario for several winters now, we have never hosted a public roller derby bout there. Well, that’s about to change.

Our chartered Eh! Team will take to the flat track against Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Killamazoo Derby Darlins in a full-length WFTDA sanctioned bout at 11:00 am on February 3. The two teams last met in Hamilton in 2011, with KDD narrowly skating away with the win.

Doors open at 10:00 am. Please note that this is one of HCRG’s small-production events, as the focus will be on bringing the game to new fans, in a new venue. But the great news is that admission is only $5, payable at the door.

Temperatures will fluctuate, so fans are advised to dress warmly and bring a blanket. Complimentary hot beverages will be available.

Big production bouts offering the full HCRG experience with a DJ, concession, vendors, and licensed bar area will resume on May 11 with a double header in Hamilton. Our full home season schedule will be released soon!

RSVP on Facebook.

The Caledonia Fairgrounds are located at 151 Caithness St. East, in Caledonia, ON.

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Rollympic Scrimmage Re-Cap

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Ballad of the Rollympic Battle at Pier 8
By: Typhoid Maggie #1869

The Hammer City derby league is made of young and old.
Harmonious they usually are, honest truth be told.
Until that day they chose to divide, and challenge each other’s skills.
On the rink they waged a battle of muscles, finesse, and wills.
The Golden Oldies, as they were known, got off to a strong start
Despite their creaky joints, bad hips and close-to-failing hearts.
But the Bronze Babies, they fought back, as the young are apt to do.
Miraculously, despite their fear, their diapers held no poo.
The Oldies faltered, and the Babies scored, over and over again.
“Grand slam, Grand slam” the announcer said, but the Oldies, they got Zen.
The Oldies, they fought back in the way only the dying do.
They closed the gap, but it wasn’t enough, the Babies’ lead stayed true.
But everybody won that day, skating down by the lake.
Old or young, never mind how many candles on your cake.

Babies' MVP Bitchslap Barbie #98 shrugging off a block from Bettie Shreds #250 - Photo by Derek Lang

The season-end Rollympic Scrimmage held at Pier 8 on Sunday, September 9th was an all-out success.

Babies MVP, Bitchslap Barbie, described the bout as “an amazing way to end the home season. It was great to see so many new skaters out on the track and the weather was perfect. If only there had been free sandwiches”. Oldies MVP, Sox Maniac, added “I had been looking forward to this game all year. Getting MVP was on my bucket list. It was the awesomest of awesomest”.

Thanks to all the fans, sponsors, and volunteers who supported us this season. Our league depends on you to keep us going! The 8th Hammer City Roller Girl season starts in May 2013. The schedule for the 2013 bouts will be published in winter 2013, so mark your calendar and check our website for updates.

Bout MVPs Bitchslap Barbie and Sox Maniac - Photo by Joe Mac

We’d also like to send out a big thanks to our Hammer City Rowdy Rowdy Refs. We may scream at you in public or openly question your judgment at times, but we admit it, you’re usually right. Keep up the good work and keep those eyes keen.

Thanks again to everyone from your friendly neighborhood roller girls. See you in 2013!

A Derby Girl’s First Bout

Read about Beonkadonk’s first bout as a Hammer City Roller Girl.
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