It may be the off-season for the house teams, but seriously exciting things are afoot with the Terminal City Rollergirls. We’re hosting B.C.’s first International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs September 16-18 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Some of the world’s top teams from Canada, USA, Australia, and Sweden will be playing on our home turf. Make sure you grab tickets in advance!
But that’s not all. Drumroll please…
We’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new roller derby training program: The TCRG Mix Tapes!
The Mix Tapes program is everything roller derby should be: an inclusive environment for all skill levels to learn to skate, learn the basics of roller derby, and train to be drafted to teams.
Never skated before? We can teach you how to stop, fall safely, and learn a strong skating stride. Comfortable on skates thanks to a background in hockey or figure skating? You can quickly advance to and train with others in a group at your level. Not a lot of spare time, but hoping to skate when you can and enjoy the vibrant Vancouver roller derby community? We welcome you to participate as a drop-in.
We’ve worked hard to develop an all-new tiered program that removes barriers preventing our league from reaching its potential, such as time restrictions and cost. The Mix Tapes structure helps participants find a way to have roller derby fit into their lives – not the other way around. We will also be providing a limited supply of used gear for those looking to try skating, without the commitment of an expensive skates-and-gear package.
For the past 10 years, TCRG has held tryouts once per year in September, with an intense Fresh Meat boot camp that often resulted in attrition due to a time-consuming schedule with attendance minimums, to expensive dues to maintain the practice schedule and training resources, and to losing great people who weren’t advancing rapidly enough for rigid testing dates.
This made Vancouver roller derby exclusive rather than inclusive. We’re so happy to have found a way to change that!
We want you to skate with us. We want you to be able to learn at your own pace, and to work with you to help you find just the right place in our league. Come meet some of our members at our Meet & Greet information session on September 12th, or contact email@example.com to find out more about the Mix Tapes.
We can’t wait to meet you!
by The Great Gashby
The Terminal City Rollergirls’ brand new season began with much ado and hoopla on Saturday, April 16, 2016. As in seasons past, TCRG was back home at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. This season marks a milestone for TCRG; being the 10th season, TCRG is reflecting on the how the league and the game has grown and changed in the past 10 years.
The season opener kicked off with the Faster Pussycats taking on the Bad Reputations. Both teams were ready for action and looking to start the season off with a win. The Bad Reps were looking particularly strong, with a team full of veterans and a glue-like cohesion that this team hasn’t demonstrated in the past. Don’t discount the Pussycats though; this team has some dynamic talents, including two ‘Cats who also play for Terminal City’s All-Stars. The Bad Reps showed out of the gate why they’re the team to watch this season, holding the Pussycats scoreless in the first four jams. The Pussycats battled back, and slammed onto the score board on a power jam. The Reps continued to hold the lead, with solid jamming by Traumatic Acid, Real Canadian Bacon, and recent transfer Beaverly Crusher. The Pussycats battled back through, and half way through the first half, they brought the score to within one point, and even briefly had the lead, thanks to some stellar power jam jamming by Scarlet Starlet. However, the Pussycats had problems with a star pass with resulted in an illegal procedure penalty and no jammer in play, which the Bad Reps capitalized on. Followed up by a 24-point jam by Real Canadian Bacon, and the Bad Reps had a commanding lead. At the half, it was 162 - 80 for the Bad Reputations over the Faster Pussycats.
The Pussycats battled back in the second half; strong jamming by Drago and Lil’ Shiv kept the ‘Cats in the game, and impressive defensive work by Violet Death and the rest of the blocker crew kept the Bad Reps in line. However, strong and aggressive defensive play by Batoutta Hell and Vancougar kept the Pussycats from making much headway on closing the gap. Pussycats’ rookie Anna’drenaline excelled on a power jam, persevering through a long 2 minute jam to put another 15 points on the board. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and the Bad Reputations took home the win over the Faster Pussycats, 246 -157.
The second match-up of the night was a rematch of last season’s Mercury Shield battle royale with the Riot Girls taking on Public Frenemy. The Riot Girls were looking fresh-faced and shiny, with lots of new faces and rookie drafts over the off-season. The defending champs, Public Frenemy, retained the core of their team, but included some shiny new faces on their roster as well. Out of the gate, rookie phenom Ram Jam bust through the pack to pick up three points for the Riot Girls. The game stayed close through the first part of the first half, with the Riot Girls holding on by a slim margin. Tough defensive play by both teams kept the scoring low and the jams short. But incrementally, Public Frenemy took the lead, and then blew it wide open with a 30 point jam by Maimbow Dash. At the half, it was 111 – 60 for Public Frenemy over the Riot Girls.
The battle continued, fast and physical, with both the Riot Girls and Public Frenemy scoring points and taking hits. Public Frenemy put points on the board with a terrific apex jump by Lil’Ruckus, a new Frenemy recruit originally from Hawai’i. Jessica Rabid put some more points on the board for PF with a 15 point power jam. Riot Girls put forth some fresh faces as jammer, including rookies Blood Raven and Laura Maim Face, both of whom put in solid jams. Both teams played solid games, with tough defensive blocking and strong jamming. In the end, when the final whistle blew, the final score was 217-135 for Public Frenemy over the Riot Girls.
Be sure to get your tickets to our next game, May 7 at Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The Faster Pussycats are up against Public Frenemy, while the Riot Girls will be doing battle against the Bad Reputations.
Since 2006, The Terminal City Rollergirls has grown to be one of the biggest and most successful Roller Derby Leagues in Canada. What started out as a meeting over nachos with a handful of women has grown to a membership of over 150. Six teams, thousands of hours on skates, hundreds of games and tournaments, one All-Star team ranked among the top 20 in the world and several home grown skaters representing the league as part of Team Canada. We're proud of what we've accomplished in our first ten years. We're proud of where the next ten years will take us. We're the TCRG and we're proud to be Ten Years Strong.
by The Great Gashby
The Terminal City Rollergirls’ Season 9.0 wrapped up July 4, 2015 at Royal City Curling Club with a bang! First on the track was the grudge match with the Bad Reputations versus the Faster Pussycats. The following matchup pitted defending champions the Riot Girls against the undefeated Public Frenemy in a bid for the Mercury Shield. Who would reign supreme?
In the match-up for third place, both the Bad Reputations and the Faster Pussycats were looking for redemption. Both teams had lost in last year’s champs, and neither wanted to lose this match-up. The Bad Reps hit the ground running, powering to an early lead due to the explosive jamming of Traumatic Acid and Loca Smoke-ya. For the Pussycats, tough blocker walls by the Bad Reps and jammer penalties for the ‘Cats hurt their chances of recouping the lost points. At half time, the Pussycats had 60 points to the Bad Reputations 101 points.
The Bad Reputations continued to keep the pedal to the metal in the second half. Fantastic offensive play and big hits were delivered by the Bad Reps Major Assets, Sage Rae Martin and Battouta Hell. The Pussycats had a few good hits of their own, including the one that Biff Brisket laid on Traumatic Acid to send her airborne! Lil’Shiv had a tremendous jam for the Faster Pussycats, racking up 13 points and setting up the Pussycats for a come-back. Strong FPC walls lead by veterans Jig-a-watt Jackson and Tiki Timebomb helped hold the Bad Reps in check. The Bad Reps rallied to hold on to the lead in this tough physical game, and finished it as third place winners. The final score was Bad Reputations 191, Faster Pussycats 156.
Next up was the big show, the grand finale, for all the marbles… Public Frenemy faced off against the Riot Girls in a matchup to determine who would take home the Mercury Shield. It was a no-holds barred bout, with both teams looking to field their best line-ups. Mick E Knocks and Justine Timberskate came back to help bolster the Riot Girls, who had been plagued with injuries throughout the season. Things were intense in the first half; in the first eight jams, there were four lead changes and the score stayed within six points. In the ninth jam, Deathly Innocent passed the star to Malicious Reynolds, who proceeded to rack up the points and widen PF’s lead to 19 points. The intensity remained elevated, with both teams’ jammers taking penalties and scoring points. Frenemy and the Riot Girls dug deep into their jammer rotations to mix things up and keep the other team on their toes. For Public Frenemy, Sambooka Cha Cha Cha, ALKAZAR and Jessica Rabid took a turn with the star, while for the Riot Girls, Smackin' ‘Em and Hurt Russell lined up behind the jammer line. The Riot Girls gained momentum towards the end of the second half, and going into the break the score was 83 for Public Frenemy, 66 for the Riot Girls.
In the first jam of the second half, confusion resulted in Public Frenemy not fielding a jammer, and Annie Means Necessary skated away with twenty unanswered points and the lead. Frenemy regained the lead in the next jam, but still looked a bit mentally frazzled. Riot Girls go lead back, and continued to hold on to a slim lead for the next ten jams. Tensions were high as both teams laid it all on the line, playing a physical, impactful game throughout the second half. Chic and Destroy (PF) and Great Big C (RG) both commanded their blocking lines effectively, allowing only small-change point gains for either team. PF was determined to fight, fight, fight, and rallied back towards the end of the second half. A 13-point jam by Stevie Wonder put Public Frenemy back in the lead, but only a four point margin. With time running down, Public Frenemy looked to All-Star jammer Red Sonja to put some more points on the board, and widen the gap. In the final jam, Frenemy captain Deathly Innocent faced off against Felicity Brammer Only a six point margin separated the two teams, so getting lead jammer was critical in determining who would be champions. The whistle blew, and Deathly Innocent did what she does best, lead jammer went to Public Frenemy. When the final whistles were heard, Public Frenemy were first-time champions, taking home the Mercury Shield in Season 9.0 with a score of 149 - 143.