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Brawl by the Bay – FREE Roller Derby September 6

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The Hammer City Roller Girls are closing up their historic #SeasonTen with a full-length, full-contact battle on the outdoor flat track.

Our league will divide into two squads and face off against each other. Watch our finest, fiercest, and freshest stars all mix it up. Don’t miss out on this very special bout!

Admission is FREE but we encourage fans to bring non-perishable food items, as we will be collecting to benefit local families.

We are roller derby. #WeAreHamilton

Sunday, September 6
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Hamilton Waterfront Pier 8 Skate Pad (behind Williams Fresh Café)
47 Discovery Drive/End of James Street North
Bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot

* Family friendly / Dog friendly
* Fan Shop: we will have HCRG swag for sale
* Free parking
* Concession stand

Summer Slam July 5 – Free Roller Derby

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

The Hammer City Roller Girls are turning up the heat with a sizzling summer slam to celebrate their 10th season.

Our skaters will divide into two squads and face off against each other in a full-length, full-contact roller derby battle on the outdoor flat track.

This game will pay tribute to the amazing city that’s been our home for nearly a decade – from the beautiful skate pad locale, to the team names, and to YOU, our fans! As our thank you for your continued support, admission to the game is FREE. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items, as we will be collecting to benefit local families.

Watch our finest, fiercest, and freshest stars all mix it up. Don’t miss out on this very special bout!

We are roller derby. #WeAreHamilton

Sunday, July 5
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Hamilton Waterfront Pier 8 Skate Pad (behind Williams Fresh Café)
47 Discovery Drive/End of James Street North
Bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot

* Family friendly / Dog friendly
* Fan Shop: we will have HCRG swag for sale
* Free parking
* Concession stand

RSVP on Facebook

Home Season Opener May 2

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The Hammer City Roller Girls kick off a decade of derby in Hamilton with a double-header against the Renegade Derby Dames of Alliston, Ontario.

The Eh! Team takes on the Striking Vikings and the Harlots go up against the Bombshell Battalion. 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 2, 2015 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.

Essential info:

* The arena floor is licensed. Sit trackside with a beer in hand
* Concession stand will be open for food and drinks
* Bring a lawn chair to sit trackside for the best view
* Kids 13 and under are free, with a special activity table just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

Buy your tickets online and save $2 off the door price.

You can also pick up advance tickets at these local outlets:

  • Hammer City Records, 228 James St North at rear off Robert St alley
  • Munchies Barkery, 1000 Upper Gage Ave
  • Dr Disc, 20 Wilson St
  • This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St North
  • New2You Buy & Sell, 1024 Upper Wentworth St
  • Compilation,  22 Wilson St
  • Varnetta,  592 Upper James St

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

Our other 2015 home dates:
* June 13
* August 8

Plus more special events are planned for this exciting 10th anniversary season. Stay tuned!

If you’re into saving money, buy season tickets and save $15 off the admission price over the course of the season.

10 Years of Derby: Announcing our 2015 Home Season

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Hammer City kicks off its historic tenth season of competitive roller derby in Hamilton with a double header on Saturday, May 2 as both the Hammer City Eh! Team and the Hammer City Harlots take on teams from the Renegade Derby Dames. HCRG keeps on rolling with double headers in June and August, plus bouts on the road and other special events to be unveiled during this anniversary season.

Mark these dates down so you don’t miss a single bout:

Saturday, May 2
HCRG welcomes Renegade Derby Dames (Alliston, ON)
Eh! Team vs. Striking Vikings (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Harlots vs. Bombshell Battalion

Saturday, June 13
HCRG welcomes Montreal and Ottawa
Eh! Team vs. Montreal Roller Derby Sexpos
Harlots vs. Capital City Derby Dolls Dollinquents

Saturday, August 8
HCRG welcomes Ann Arbor Derby Dimes (Ann Arbor, MI)
Eh! Team vs. Brawlstars
Harlots vs. Arbor Bruising Company

All games will be at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena in Hamilton. Doors open at 5pm, with bouts at 6pm and8pm. Season tickets are available now for only $30.

#WeAreHamilton
Proud to represent Hamilton whenever it takes to the track or gives back to the community, HCRG is inviting its fans to join them in sharing their love for the city. Post a photo, write a sonnet, draw a doodle. Whatever you do, tag your posts with #WeAreHamilton. HCRG will be doing the same, and together we can express our heart on for Hamilton.

Brawl by the Bay: Hammer City’s Free Annual Free Outdoor Bout

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

One of Hammer City Roller Girls’ most anticipated events returns for the fifth year.

For the first and only time this season, the league’s skaters will divide into two squads and face off against each other in an epic, full-length, full-contact roller derby battle on the outdoor flat track.

This bout will pay tribute to Hamilton and all the wonderful things that make this city great – from the Hamilton Waterfront Trust’s amazing skate pad locale, to the team names, and to YOU, the fans! As our thank you for your continued support, admission to the game is FREE. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items, as we will be collecting to benefit local families.

This will be your only chance to see Hammer City skaters play against each other this year. Watch cagey vets, breakout stars, and daring rookies all mix it up. Don’t miss out on this very special bout!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Hamilton Waterfront Pier 8 Skate Pad (behind Williams Fresh Café)
47 Discovery Drive/End of James Street North
Bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot

* Family friendly / Dog friendly
* Fan Shop: we will have HCRG swag for sale
* Free parking
* Easy access by transit: The Bayfront Bus #4 stops a couple of blocks away
* Concession stand

Maple Stir-Up is Tomorrow

Friday, August 8th, 2014

O Canada! Our home and native land may be synonymous with many things – hockey, snow, and saying sorry to name a few – but did you know that the Great White North is home to a growing community of truly exceptional roller derby leagues and teams?

It is with true patriot love and spirit that Hammer City invites you to the Maple Stir-Up Invitational roller derby tournament, happening tomorrow!
It’s the first-ever roller derby tournament to feature an all-Canadian roster of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) teams (Calgary Roller Derby Association, the Forest City Derby Girls, the Rideau Valley Roller Girls, Tri-City Roller Derby, and us!).

VENUE ALERT: Please note that the tournament will take place at Morgan Firestone Arena, 385 Jerseyville Rd W in Ancaster. Some of our previous communications have the old venue listed. Doors open at 9 am with the first bout at 10 am.

SCHEDULE:
10am – Calgary vs Rideau Valley
12pm – Hammer City vs Forest City
4pm – Forest City vs Calgary
6pm – Hammer City Harlots (B) vs Tri-City Plan-B
8pm – Hammer City vs Rideau Valley

Discounted tickets are available online until midnight tonight. ($17 for full day/$13 for last 2 bouts only)

Tickets will also be available at the door for $15/20. Kids 12 and under are free.

The event is licensed. There will be limited food concessions.

The after party will be at This Ain’t Hollywood. Free admission with your ticket/wristband.

Thank you to our tournament sponsors: Riedell Skates, Monster Muffin, Cake and Loaf Bakery, plus Mill St. Brewery, Copy Dog, Varnetta, Community CarShare, Where Heads Meet, Gym on Locke, Neon Skates, Rollergirl.ca, and Wicked Skatewear.

Can’t make it in person? You can watch the boutcast.

Tweeting the event? Use #maplestirup in your tweets.

Less Than One Month Til Maple Stir-Up

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Maple Stir Up Roller Derby Invitational Tournament PosterGet ready, Canadian derby fans! We’re less than one month away ’til Maple Stir-Up – the first ever, all-Canadian WFTDA derby invitational tournament.

On Saturday, August 9 beaver fever will hit an all-time high as four travel teams battle it out in a jam-packed day of action that also includes a bonus B-team bout.

The action kicks off at 10 am and goes right up until the final bout at 8 pm – a total of five intense bouts.

Tickets:
An all-day pass is only $17, while a $13 headliners pass gets you in for the 6pm and 8pm bouts.
Kids 12 and under are free
BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Location:
Morgan Firestone Arena, 385 Jerseyville Road W, Ancaster, ON

For a full schedule and updates, visit our Maple Stir-Up page.

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 13 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!

Can You Help Us Find a Home in Hamilton?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Did you know that the Hammer City Roller Girls have been skating without a permanent home in Hamilton since our inception in 2006? Let’s make 2014 the year we change this.

Every September to April, we are shut out of city arenas as ice hockey takes over, and we take our practices to Caledonia 30 minutes outside of the city. CBC recently braved the chill and attended one of our practices in our unheated venue, which prompted them to brand us as the city’s “toughest cold weather warriors.” Read the article here.

Do you know of a suitable venue in the Hamilton area? If so, we’d love to hear from you.