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Results ‎From Canada’s Beast of the East 2009

Posted by hooligal on May 16, 2009

April 25th saw 16 Eastern Canadian Teams battle it out in the second year of Beast Of The East. Last year the Hamilton Harlots from Hammer City Rollergirls take the title. This year Montreal was determined to keep the prize on their home turf.

n698265036_6734376_1058603Teams from Hammer City Roller Girls (Harlots, Death Row Dames), Toronto Roller Derby (Chicks Ahoy, Smoke City Betties, Gore Gore Rollergirls, Bay Street Bruisers, Death Track Dolls), London (Thames Fatales), Tri City Rollergirls (Venus Fly Tramps, Vicious Dishes), Ottawa Roller Girls (Capital Carnage), Rideau Valley (Slaughter Daughters), GTA Rollergirls (Derby Debutantes) and of course Montreal (La Racaille, Les Contrabanditas, Les Filles du Roi) took to the track in a tiring 28 bouts (20 min bouts) over two days.

A great game-by-game play can be found at the wonderful Derby News Network

I wish I was there to see this contest. Some newer leagues (GTA Rollergirls, both Ottawa Teams, Tri City Rollergirls-all have been going for only about a year or so) were going head to head with some leagues who’ve been around 3 years or more. Some surpises in store though where previous Tri City winners Venus Fly Tramps were taken out by the less experienced Slaughter Daughters in a 34 point gap. Slaughter Daughters also went on to eliminate another experienced team-the Thames Fatales. Whilst the Vicious Dishes beat the Bay Street Bruisers, a team who has been running for over 3 years.

I was glad to see the Smoke City Betties power their way to the semi-finals. Since I’ve left canada they have clearly improved. They were playing in the tournament with their leagues two previous championship winners (Gore Gores, Chicks Ahoy) but only they made it as far as they did. Could we have a new TORD championship team this year?

The Championship bout saw two home teams from Montreal face off against each other, La Racaille and Lesn698265036_6772258_3486918 Contrabanditas. A really tight game, but La Racaille came out on top to be crowned BEAST OF THE EAST CHAMPIONS!!!!

Congrats to all that participated and gave their all!

Results ‎(Beast of the East 2009)‎

Photos by the talented Derek Lang of Bagelhot.com

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Canada- Beast of the East

Posted by hooligal on April 3, 2009

It’s coming…Hosted by Montreal Roller Derby 16 Eastern North American teams battle it out for the coveted Beast of The East title and bragging rights.

Hamilton Harlots from Hammercity Rollergirls won it last year, can they take the prize again? Will Ottawa have to bout Ottawa? Will someone walk away with the Steam Roller (afterparty game, its like derby but on the floor) championship title?

There’s only one way to find out.

April (Avril for you frenchies) 25-26th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Get your tickets in advance here.

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Tri City vs Montreal: Little Bout of Horrors

Posted by hooligal on November 3, 2008

My favourite fledgling roller derby league back home in Ontario had their first Interleague home bout last weekend. While it pains me that I wasn’t there to see the Tri-City Thunder take on Montreal’s new B-team The Montreal Sexpos, Nia Capps from Derby Luv was there to catch the action! – Hooligal

Reposted from derbyluv.com

If you are a newer rollergirl, and you haven’t yet hopped in a car full of rollergirls to go see a bout of other teams, you need to plan something like that with your friends. You’ll learn things like what they do in their day jobs, about their derby widows, pets, and of course, you can all talk roller derby, derby gossip, derby, derby, derby…. and then go see a bout of roller derby!


Last night, it was off to New Hamburg, just 24km outside of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, about 35-40 minutes west of Hamilton. When we got to the arena, just before team intros, I found out Tri-City found an arena that is no longer used, and so it has no ice being put down and rents out cheap, so they have a perfect place to put on a bout.

I waved hello to Tri-City, and hugged a few of my ex-teammates from Montreal as we walked past the lined up skaters to get into the suicide seats. The bout was 2 periods of 30 minutes, and the first half hour showed that Tri-City has been working their asses off. They were fast, had great teamwork but their blockers, and were often able to form a wall at the front of the pack, leaving Montreal blockers behind. Both teams suffered multiple penalties, often for blocking out of play. At the end of the first period, the score was 23-65 for the Sexpos. The Sexpos jammers weren’t always lead jammer, but they racked up points and proved to be fast, agile skaters that could block their way through Tri-City when necessary.
Notable shows:
Tri-City’s Bareleigh Legal took a hit so hard, she flew out of bounds and almost into her team. She tried to make it back to the track so she wouldn’t have to sit out for two jams, and she was suspected to have a broken rib… Tri-City has some tough derby girls for sure.

L’il Homewrecker, of Montreal, who was injured for the Montreal regular season, was in fine form last night, and No Holds Bard #2X4 and Heartless Bitch #33 1/3 are great jammer additions for the Montreal league.


For the second half, Montreal continued to dominate in scoring, and the hits got harder, the crowd cheered louder for the Tri-City Thunder jammers as they got lead jammer status and kept fighting throughout the period. The final score was 112-50 for the Montreal Sexpos.

Wanna see a video of one of the jams?

Notable Trivia:
** Tri-City Roller girls have been assisted with training by Anita Martini, who played her last game as a Thames Fatales in London’s Skate of the Dead last week. She is a Kitchener, and I hear she’s joining Tri-City for her next season.

** 5 players for the Sexpos are fresh meat for Montreal, that aren’t drafted to final teams yet, and had never played in a public bout.

** Stone Mason, was the announcer, a great one, by the way, and HCRG refs and players volunteered to help out in the penalty box as well as reffing.

** HCRG is playing against Coal City Rollers today, so the folks that were in Tri-City last night and at that after party, were all travelling today to Pennsylvania.

Oh, and the after party? Wow, for a place that’s a good 25-30km from the arena, the turnout at the after party was awesome. I hear KW is a “University” town, but here’s a thought… aren’t they all? Roller derby just rocks, and of course people turn out when they are turned on to it, right?

Ok, and final thought for today:
While talking with Autumn Von Rotten of the London Thrashers last night, I told her this:

Roller derby is the best sport ever, and everyone should play it. If they can’t play it, they should ref it or volunteer for it. If they can’t do that, they should be fans of it, and everyone should buy merch to support it. And I believe two things: It’s better to lose than not play, and better to fall down than not skate.

Can I get an Amen?


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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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