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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.

Re-Cap! Hamilton Hosts Kitchener

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Captain Scooby Doom (#K9) jamming against Booty Two Shoes. Photo by Joe Mac

WHAM! BAM!! It wasn’t a boxing match but there were hard hits, bobbing and weaving, and a few TKOs as the Hammer City Harlots showed Kitchener’s Tri-City Total Knock-Outs how to rule the ring on Saturday, July 21st.

The Harlots proved their ability to fight for the win after being outscored at the end of the first half, 35-79.

Crowd favourite, Dicey, along with fellow jammers, Ginger Wilde, and team captain Scooby Doom closed the point spread slowly during the first half of the 2nd period and then took the lead by tearing through the Knock-Outs’ penalty-weakened defense lines. The Harlots played clean and stayed out of the penalty box during the final minutes as the TKO’s scrambled for points. During the last jams of the bout, the Harlots outnumbered the Knock-Outs on the rink and generated a comfortable lead of 156-114 with 1:23 left in the game.

While the Harlots’ jammers were racking up the points, blockers Dymond Cut-Her, Little Red Rollerhood, Whacks Poetic and Fista Krusher kept the Knock-Outs’ jammers at bay. Miz Karmakazee, Taco Bella, Peppermental, and Bean Stalker delivered devastating blows to their opponents while Biggie Falls, Wild Rice and Judge Jodie used a combination of finesse and force to clear the way for their jammers.

The hard-fought battle ended with a final score of 165 to 118 in favour of the Harlots.

“We had a blast playing against the Knock-Outs”, said Harlots’ bout MVP Whacks Poetic. “It was a solid game from both teams.” Whacks also noted that she is excited about the winning home season so far – the Harlots and the Eh! Team both won their most recent home games in June against the Royal City Roller Girls of Guelph.

Hammer City’s next home bout takes place on August 18 at Parkdale (Pat Quinn) Arena. This double header will feature the Eh! Team and the Forest City Derby Girls (London, Ontario), with the Harlots taking on the Belles of the Brawl (Brantford, 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

Quad City Chaos 2012

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Quad City Chaos

On March 31st, and April 1st, the Hammer City Roller Girls are competeing in the 3rd Annual Quad City Chaos tournament hosted by Toronto Roller Derby. This exciting, action-packed weekend boasts some of the best Canadian Roller Derby teams, and plenty of WFTDA sanctioned action. HCRG will face off against teams from Ottawa, Toronto, and Kitchener.

This two-day tournament will take place at The Bunker, 40 Carl Hall Road, Downsview Park, Toronto, ON.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, visit ToRD’s website for more information.

March 31: HCRG vs Tri-City (2pm)
March 31: HCRG vs Rideau Valley (5pm)
April 1: ToRD vs HCRG (4pm)

FreshMeat: Awesome.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

By: Naughty Bee

I’m a girl who loves to wear t-shirts. Since starting roller derby I have amassed a small mountain of derby T-s and I’m happy to say that I have an HCRG shirt for every day of the week. Of course all of my Hammer City shirts are super, but I would have to say that by far my favourite is my FreshMeat T.

FreshMeat. That is what we call new recruits. They are girls who are typically very excited about playing derby, and also very nervous. And very, very worried about falling down.

These new recruits may have been attracted to roller derby for any number of reasons: they might like that it is a full contact sport; or they may have been attracted to the tough-rebel-badass rollergirl stereotype; perhaps they just want to wear fishnets and booty shorts; or be a part of a community of strong women; or maybe they can just sense that roller derby is the awesomest thing ever and they need to be a part of it.

That’s how I got drawn in to derby. It was the awesome.

But I soon learned that being awesome does not come without a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. It requires personal strength, tenacity and the drive to keep getting back up, no matter how many times you fall. It means believing in yourself, even when the people closest to you laugh and tell you that you aren’t tough enough to play roller derby.

Awesome means being able to ask for help, and being able to accept it. It means learning how to give of your self in support of your league mates, and working with others toward a common goal. It means being a part of a collective of strong, wonderful women with whom you will both laugh and cry. FreshMeat is the first step toward becoming a rollergirl and being a part of something amazing.

My FreshMeat T-shirt was the first tangible thing that connected me to the league that I love. It was the first thing that proved to me that I belong here. It is my favourite t-shirt because it joins me with a group of women and a sport that I care so much about that just thinking about it will bring tears to my eyes.

If you ever asked me to borrow this t-shirt I would, without hesitation, tell you absolutely NO! I earned this shirt through blood, sweat and tears. It belongs to me. Instead, I would encourage you to come out to Derby 101 and skate with us. If you stick with it I promise that you will earn so much more than a t-shirt.

Continue reading to learn more about Hammer City Roller Girls’ upcoming Derby 101

Derby 101

Derby 101 Essentials:
WHEN: The next start date for Derby 101 will be on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 6:30pm. Sessions are 1 hour, every Monday, for 8 weeks. Note that the first session will be for registration, followed by 8 skating sessions.
**The meeting location on February 6th will be This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N, Hamilton. Street parking is available. HSR Route #4
WHERE: All skating sessions will be at Caledonia Fairgrounds: 151 Caithness Street East, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada. Free parking is available.
COST: Training by skilled members of the HCRG for $80.00, plus the cost of RSC Insurance ($50.00). Total – $130.00

For more information about preparing for Derby 101, download our Fresh Sheet, check out this FreshMeat File from or email

The First Skate Back

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

By: Lucky Lady Pearl

Gifts have been opened. The turkey has been digested. New Year’s Resolutions have been made (and some already broken). The hustle of the holidays are over… Now what?

HCRG was on a 4 week winter break, and as a “newer” skater I couldn’t wait to get back on the track! I think… I hope?

2011 was an exceptional year, and one that introduced me to roller derby. I couldn’t wait for the winter break to be over. As I made my faithful drive to practice (Which is 45 minutes – a small sacrifice I make for a sport I love so much) all the anxiety came crashing down like a gigantic wave of self-doubt about to carry me out to a sea of uneasiness. In short, I wanted to cry. But I couldn’t – my daughter was with me. So I held back the tears. My personal New Year’s Resolution is not to cry on game day – yes, derby girls get nervous.  I continued our 45 minute drive, with my daughter listening to music and me, trying very hard to think of a reason to turn around and to go home. But alas nothing came to me, and we drove on.

As I entered our unheated arena in Caledonia, I could hear cheery voices filling the air. As I began to skate around the track to warm up, I could feel freedom and liberation start to take over some of the anxious feelings I had during the drive. And so – Practice begins. I am the kind of person who is never quite sure of themselves, or where they fit in a group. Is it here, is it there, or anywhere? The answer came rushing at me – about five foot five with short blonde hair (JJ Bladez) and as she knocked me flat on my ass, I knew, “Yes, this is where I belong.” It felt great! Right then and there I knew that 2012 is going to be a great year!! 

See ya all on the track! Hooray 2012! – Love, Lucky

HCRG Holiday Craft & Bake Sale

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The Hammer City Roller Girls are busy — knitting, beading, painting & pasting! During the James St N Art Crawl on December 9th, we’ll be rolling out a Holiday Craft & Bake Sale.

Derby girls are baking and crafting everything, and the proceeds are going to the St. Matthew’s House Adopt-a-Family program.

We’ll be setting up shop outside three locations along the Crawl route:
- This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St. North)
- Hammer City Records (228 James St. North @ Rear)
- Outside the Lighthouse Fish Market (219 James St. North)

Come and load up on awesome gifts, hot chocolate and delicious baked treats — the perfect sugar rush before hitting the next gallery. We’ll have organic, vegan, raw, and gluten-free options for everyone.

Smackie O is feverishly knitting, Naughty Bee has a needle and thread in hand, and Hammerhead is already planning to make the world’s best vegan holiday cupcake.

We skate AND bake. We whip AND stitch.We give hits AND give back. Help us support families this holiday season. See you December 9th!

R.S.V.P. on Facebook!

Watch the WFTDA Championships with HCRG

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting a WFTDA Championships Party! Join us at This Ain’t Hollywood on November 13, 2011 at 5:30PM.

The Continental Divide & Conquer will match the top 12 teams in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association against each other to take the 2011 title.

Are you looking to learn the game of flat track roller derby? Interested in becoming a Rowdy Rowdy Ref or Roller Girl? (Fresh)Meat N’ Greet with the skaters of Hammer City on November 13th! We know you’re anxious, so meet the league and watch some amazing roller derby.

For those of you who can’t make it to This Ain’t Hollywood, the tournament will be streamed LIVE on from November 11 – 13. An optional upgrade is available – for only $20, purchase the HIGH DEFINITION stream. You can see the sweat!

HCRG Fundraiser November 5th!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The Hammer City Roller Girls are rolling in to the Sour Mash N’ Thrash at This Ain’t Hollywood. The fundraiser is on November 5th, doors at 9:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $15.00 Featuring performances by White Cowbell Oklahoma, Ginger St. James & the 454′s, and Ninety Pounds of Ugly. Raffles, prizes, 50/50 draw, shooters, dancing and fun on tap! There’ll be a free jello shooter at the door (First come first serve). We’ve got some amazing prizes – including a Derby 101 pack and a $200 Roughhouse Skates gift certificate.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Jet Cafe, Nickelbrook Brewery, Roughhouse Skates, Shear Elegance, The Ship, WhereHeadsMeet, Copydog, Gorilla Cheese, Manifest Yoga, La Petite Spa, Modify your Closet, Hammer City Records and Bean Stalker!

See you there!

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

Tickets for June 11, HCRG vs QCRG

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The Hammer City Roller Girls’ bout against the Queen City Roller Girls’ Lake Effect Furies is quickly approaching! Don’t miss the Eh! Team compete in an exciting flat-track battle on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Dave Andreychuck Mountain Arena. (25 Hester St, Hamilton, ON)

HCRG Eh! Team vs QCRG Lake Effect Furies

Tickets can be purchased online by by clicking here.

Tickets can also be purchased at the following locations:

Compass in the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC, 1280
Main St W)
This Ain’t Hollywood 345 James St N (James @ Barton)
Hammer City Records 228 James Street North (Rear Unit, First Floor)
Roughhouse Skates New location at 592 Upper James
Crash Landing Clothing Store 189 Ottawa St N at Cannon St
Little Bird 164 Ottawa St N

General admission tickets at $11.00 in advance, or $13.00 at the doors.
Children 6 – 12 years are $5.00 (Under 5 is free)
Family pass special will be available at the door: $30.00 for two adults and up to 3 children.

Licensed/All Ages
Bring a lawn chair for trackside suicide seating!