Posts Tagged ‘roller derby’

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,, and Wicked Skatewear.

August 18: Final Home Double Header of 2012

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

HCRG August 18Hammer City closes out its 7th season of roller derby action at home with a full-tilt doubleheader featuring some familiar frenemies.

In one bout, the Hammer City Harlots will battle the Belle City Roller Girls from Brantford, ON. The Harlots went undefeated against the Belles last year, so they’ll be looking to keep the shutout going while adding to their own current two-game winning streak.

In the other bout, the Hammer City Eh! Team will take on the Forest City Derby Girls. The ladies from London, ON, are coming off a 2nd place finish at the 2012 RDAC Eastern Canadian Championships, and the Eh! Team will be looking to avenge a 2011 loss while also closing out the home season with a winning record.

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 non-perishable food item for a $1 discount at the door.

Location (Note change in venue):
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:
* Blackbird Studios
* Compass at McMaster
* Freewheel Cycle
* Hammer City Records
* This Ain’t Hollywood
* Varnetta (Hamilton)

Good stuff to know:
* Licensed bar area
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale

The after party will be at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St North, 19+) at 10:00 PM where proof of admission to the game will get you into the venue to enjoy the DJs and a chance to meet skaters and officials.

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

Buy Your Season Ticket Online TODAY!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The Hammer City Roller Girls bring you their 7th season of full contact, flat track roller derby! The HCRG 2012 home dates are:

May 12, 2012
June 16, 2012
July 21, 2012
August 18, 2012

Season tickets are only $40.00, and buying a season ticket gets you admission into all four home dates as well as after parties.

All dates will be DOUBLE HEADERS, featuring the Hammer City Harlots, and the WFTDA-chartered Hammer City Eh! Team.

Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena
25 Hester St
Hamilton, ON, Canada

**Please note that times and locations of bouts are subject to change. Please check our schedule online.


5 Things I Learned About Roller Derby

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By: Oh!Henry

Oh!Henry started playing roller derby at 18 years old. In her first season with HCRG she joined the WFTDA chartered team, and won MVP in a bout against the Queen City Lake Effect Furies. At the next bout Oh!Henry skates in – keep your eyes open for the 5150 Peanut Gallery.

1.) Falling for in derby

There isn’t something that I can think of that actually compares to how driven you become to attend practice because it’s not like a job or school where you have to go “or else.” However, you end up in a sweaty state of worry if you even think you might miss practice. Or at least I do. About two practices in, I found myself turning down family taco night to ensure I was at practice and anyone who knows me knows how much I love a good family taco night. Roller derby is a siren sitting on a rock in the sea of…. life, making you fall in love with it.

Ok, that was cheesy.

2. Roller derby isn’t just about smashing each other up

When people hear about modern roller derby, they instantly think two things, violence and fishnets. The most common responses are,
“Oh like the elbows and punching, right?!”
“Like that one movie with Ellen page?”

Fortunately for me, I had an awesome neighbor who played with HCRG and told me what to watch and look up as soon as she found out I was interested in roller derby.
For people who aren’t aware of the resurrection of roller derby, it is forever immortalized in their heads as either a sport where ladies manage to wrestle in a WWE-esque style while on skates or a movie that doesn’t accurately depict roller derby. I like to respond to comments like that by letting them know that roller derby isn’t fake or always about the big hits, it’s mainly about strategy and knowing when to do things. It’s good to remember that the hardest hitting player on a team is not necessarily the best player.

3. Falling for in derby

It goes without saying that a lot of falling takes place in roller derby. There are the falls you know are coming, the falls where you don’t even see the person winding up to hit you and the accidentals. It’s because of the last two in that list that you have to remember to stretch your upper body as well. Luckily in Derby 101 and Smash Squad you learn how to fall properly without injuring yourself. It is imperative that you stretch your upper body as well because there’s always that one fall that catches you off guard and your primal instincts are to put your arms out and catch yourself.

4. Teammates become friends, friends become teammates

You know when you yawn and then everyone around you yawns, even if they didn’t want to, and then everyone gets mad because they didn’t want to yawn? The exact same thing happens with roller derby except it’s a million times more awesome and nobody gets mad. Derby’s gravitational pull sucks all of your friends, coworkers, girlfriends and neighbors in. Unfortunately, guys can’t be on our team but husbands, boyfriends and brothers, fear not, HCRG is always looking for more Rowdy Rowdy Refs!

5. Don’t give up

This one sounds like it could potentially be filled with clichés and a heartwarming tale about perseverance. I will try to keep it as low as I can on the sappy scale. Luckily, not giving up is easy in a sport like roller derby because its so much fun. Just because Cindy Whatsherface can do slow motion backflips over the pack while reciting the alphabet backwards doesn’t mean that you should be able to, even if you both started at the same time. Maybe Cindy practiced the alphabet backwards and doesn’t know how to do it the proper way or perhaps she was raised by the cast of Cirque de Soleil and learned how to backflip before she could run. We’ll never really know but it doesn’t matter anyways because I promise you that if you show up to practice, pay attention and skate your heart out, you will improve. No matter what you’re doing, as long as you practice, you will get better. I know I had said that I wasn’t going to fill this with clichés but (I’m not even sure if this is one so it doesn’t count) learning doesn’t plateau so nobody really knows everything about anything, ya’ know? Great.

Henry accepting her MVP award against Queen City’s chartered team. Photo by Joe Mac.

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

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!

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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!

Midwest BrewHaHa Recap

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

What an amazing weekend! For many of the Hammer City Eh! Team it was their first tournament. While both games were tough battles, the girls came back from the Midwest BrewHaHa tournament in Milwaukee, WI as strong as ever.

They played two WFTDA sanctioned bouts – one against Cleveland’s Burning River Roller Girls Allstars (352 – 12) and the second against NEO Rock n Roller Girls from Akron, Ohio (124 – 48). Despite their two losses, the team really sweat their asses off. There’s no denying that they need to continue to work on strategy but, one thing is for certain, they never gave up.  They played each jam as if it could change the game and the fans (and other teams) saw it and loudly cheered on. Hammer City doesn’t give up without a fight!

The HCRG want to give special thanks to The Derby News Network for filming the games and posting them online so that fans, family and friends could watch them from home.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a derby weekend without a celebratory party on the last day. One of the sponsors, The Horny Goat, hosted the night at their brewery, which was a fantastic opportunity to do some team bonding and meet some of the other derby girls (and guys) off skates. Skaters zoëDisco and Lorazeslam were even lucky enough to share a drink and grab a snapshot with Windy City skater (and one of the real skaters in the movie ‘Whip It‘) Jackie Daniels!

By the end of the three days, everyone was tired and bruised (some more than others) but the team is totally geared up for their upcoming game against QCRG Lake Effect Furies on June 11. Be sure to get your tickets as the team is itching to break their streak with a major win! Doors open at 6:00 pm with the first game play set to get underway at 7:00pm sharp. The game will be played at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton.

You can purchase your tickets online, or at  Compass (McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC, 1280 Main St W) and This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St N, James @ Barton). Check out this blog post for more details.