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Training with the Tri-City Roller Girls

Posted by hooligal on March 4, 2008

 

I had the pleasure this weekend past, of being invited to the nearby city of Kitchner, Ontario, Canada (for those of you who don’t know, I’m in Canada right now) to have a skate and a laugh with the newly formed Tri-City Roller Girls. Skaters from all the nearby leagues came out: Hammer City Roller Girls, Gore Gore Girls from Toronto Roller Derby, and the Thames Fatales from London, Ontario.

TCRG is already off to an amazing start. Brand spankin’ new this year, they already have more then enough girls to start two teams, and an impressive audience just at their practices! They’ve also caught the attention of the local news media, who are following them from humble beginings, to their first bout. Already making a splash in the community at such a young age, this league surely will go far. And did I mention they can skate? In the short span of about four or five practices, some of these ladies have gone from holding the boards while shuffling along, to skating in their first non-contact scrimmage!

I arrived a bit early for practice, and was taken to Deathrow Beth’s home for their usual pre-practice league potluck breakfast, where I had the pleasure of trying a Grapple, which is a grape flavoured apple (google it). Highlight of my morning! LOL. We soon set off in a convoy to the arena where they practice, which was so nicely NOT heated in the midst of a Canadian winter. Ever seen girls skating in parkas and scarves? It’s quite a sight! Stepping onto their smooth polished concrete, I was in heaven. It was the best skating surface I’ve ever been on, slick and hard for speed, but so amazingly grippy I had to invent new ways of stopping. We started with the usual warm up, then split into groups lead by girls from the already established leagues such as Toronto and Hammer City. My group focused on teaching stopping, whist other groups worked on falls and other basic skills the TCRG are learning at this point.

We then split into ‘black’ shirts and ‘colored’ shirts for a scrimmage, starting with the experienced girls so we could show the new girls a scrimmage live and in person. Well, someone forgot to tell me the ‘no contact’ thing until after I took out the jammer. Oops!  Then the no contact thing served a real purpose as the TCRG girls stepped in to try their hand, shuffling and bumping in their very first scrimmage! It’s like watching a child ride a bike for the first time, makes me a bit teary-eyed. *sniffle* Anyway, one of my personal highlights was a girl in orange who’s name escapes me. She jammed for her very first time against one of the girls from the other leagues, and wow, was she fast! She at one point caught up, and over took, the other jammer! Asking around, I found out that it was only her SECOND practice! Amazing!

Overall I was so impressed and excited with the practice. There’s somthing invigorating about a new league, innocent in their youth, untainted by commitee meetings, bout stress, and general derby drama. At this point, all that exists is a passion for roller derby, skating, and being around kick-ass ladies. Keep your eye out for the Tri-City Roller Girls, they might be coming to your city to kick your leagues ass sooner then you think!

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TCRG lines up!
Yours truely takes a block from a Gore Gore Girl
TCRG girl is all smiles as she makes her way past Ivy Rupted
Showing some roller love
TCRG are coming to kick your butt! 😛
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3 Responses to “Training with the Tri-City Roller Girls”

  1. Look like an awesome bunch of girls! Good luck to the TCRG!

  2. webrunner said

    I’m excited to see this sport taking off again.
    I think people need something new and exciting and with all the bad publicity hockey gets now-adays, it’s about time.

  3. michelle said

    Super cool!!

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