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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 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:
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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!

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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.

Home Opener Re-Cap! Hamilton vs Rochester

Friday, May 18th, 2012


Video courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator

Hammer City — thank you for coming out and supporting the girls in black and yellow last Saturday! It was an exciting home opener double header against two squads from Roc City Roller Derby from Rochester. NY.

Hammer City’s Eh! Team lined up against the Roc City Roc Stars in the first bout, a WFTDA sanctioned game. With penalties on both sides, and an extremely hard effort put forth by both teams, the score was 265 – 133 in favour of Roc. This bout saw fan favourites Dicey and ChainSAW Mary return to the flat track, both of whom delivered solid games, and harder hits. There were some new faces taking the line for the Eh! Team for the first time on Home turf — congrats to Skarla #100 and Scooby Doom #K9 (Scooby also put up points on the board as a jammer for the Eh! Team).

The second bout of the evening was a nail-biter! The Hammer City Harlots hosted the Roc City B-Sides in an exciting bout that saw strategic play, close action, and more than a handful of lead changes.
Hammer City delivered great defence, and took advantage of power jams. JJ Bladez #5 had a 29 point power jam in the second half of the bout, which put the Harlots in the lead for most of the period. More congratulations to skaters who played their first home bout with Hammer City: Biggie Falls #666, Domino Brasco #131, Red Baron #1117, and Taco Bella #82. Look out for our fierce rookies all season!
With Roc City taking advantage of a power jam in the final jam of the game, the Harlots took a very narrow loss of 141-133. The next match in this new rivalry is certain to be epic.

Our next bout in Hamilton will be Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena. The Hammer City Eh! Team will take on the Royal City All-Stars (Guelph). Stay tuned for more news and ticket sales. This is a bout you won’t want to miss!

2012 Season Opening Double Header

Monday, April 30th, 2012
2012 Season Opener - Double Header vs. Roc City

HCRG 2012 Season Opener Poster

Hammer City, break out your black and yellow as your favourite skaters return to the flat track for their 7th season of roller derby action.

In this season opening double header, both the Eh! Team and the Harlots will square off against squads from Roc City Roller Derby of Rochester, NY.

The action all goes down on Saturday, May 12 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00pm and the second at 8:00pm.

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

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids 5-12 – $5 | Under 5 years – Free
A portion of proceeds from the door will go to Volunteer Hamilton.

Tickets are also available at these local outlets:
- Freewheel Cycle
- Hammer City Records
- This Ain’t Hollywood
- Blackbird Studios
- Compass, McMaster University
- Varnetta (formerly Roughhouse Skates)

Good stuff to know:
* Licensed beer area, concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity zone just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

The after party takes place at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St North, 19+) at 10:00PM, where your game ticket stub gets you into the venue to enjoy the DJs and a chance to meet skaters and officials. Plus local food truck rock stars and HCRG supporter Gorilla Cheese will be on hand to wow you with their amazing grilled cheese creations.

Our Other 2012 Home Dates:
- June 16
- July 21
- August 18

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

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Roller Derby ArtCrawl: Lucky Draw

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Fast skates, hard hits, rink rash and great feats of female athleticism are all part of this sport that’s taking the world by storm and spinning though all aspects of pop culture. Are you a talented artist and a die hard roller derby fan, or just fascinated by imagery that the revolutionary roller derby revival inspires? Then Friday, April 13th could just very well be your lucky day. This Ain’t Hollywood and Hammer City Records are hosting an Art Crawl night with the HCRG that will feature artistic interpretations of the sport, the women who play it and the officials that keep it rolling safe. The Hammer City Roller Girls will be on hand for this James Street North Art Crawl event, just ahead of the May 2012 home opener.

* Art work will be on display at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St. North) and Hammer City Records (228 James St N Basement @ Rear off Robert St)

* At 10pm, rootsy rocky The Saints Are Coming and surf trio The Dead Beat are set to take the stage at This Ain’t – Cover is Pay What You Can

* HCRG merch and tickets will be for sale

We are looking for roller derby-related art in all media that we can hang on the walls for the night and for a few weeks afterwards. Paintings, drawings, photos, original graphic art and ‘hang-able’ mixed media works will be considered.
Deadline for submissions/commitment is April 8, 2012.

For more information, email PR@hammercityrollergirls.ca for more info and shipping arrangements (pick ups in the Hamilton area and central-Toronto are possible).