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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.

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:
Click here!

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

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

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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!

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.