Happy Holidays!

At our annual holiday party, we celebrate our league: the fun, the friendship, even the hard stuff (like being out of our rink for half the year). Last night was no exception, as we gathered at Pop’s to hang out together and give out some awards.

We recognized all of our amazing volunteers, officials and trainers — too many to name! Next, we gave out some special league awards. The training committee chose Ruffled Phoenix as Most Improved (advanced), and Anne Kelley as Skater to Watch (non-advanced). Other awards (voted on by the skaters) included Mama Bear (Scarlett Harlett), Best Assets (Dylan Quent), Miss STDD (Clucker Punch), Most Inspirational (Bones!), Jammer’s Best Friend (Risky Reignbow), and Triple Threat (Luna Tixs).

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Luna Tixs and Risky Reignbow show off their skater awards!

 

Team awards for the S*M*A*S*H Unit were MVP Blocker (Risky Reignbow), MVP Jammer (Miss Kitty La Rue), The SMASHer (Luna Tixs), Best Communicator (Shock) and Best Buddy (Witha Vengeance).

Team awards for the Dis-Orderlies B team were MVP Blocker (Block Jawz) and MVP Jammer (Rae Snarlz).

Team awards for the Dis-Orderlies home team were MVP Blocker (Dixie Skullpopper) and MVP Jammer (Rae Snarlz).

Team awards for the Pandemics were Heart (Eigen Vixen), Crusher (Risky Reignbow) and Mastermind (Land Tuna).

Team awards for the Trauma Queens were Penalty Angel (Syd Rock), Deadliest Booty (Swagger Jackie) and Pack Maestro (Miss Kitty La Rue).

Many thanks to the party planning committee for pulling off a great party on a tiny budget!

Fundraising efforts

This winter, we’ve focused much of our efforts on two fronts – fundraising and repairing our historic rink.

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Our next two fundraising events will be at Applebee’s in Albany.  On Monday, December 15 and Monday, December 22 from 11AM to 9PM, bring in the flyer linked below and Applebee’s will donate a portion of your check to Willamette Roller Derby!  Simply click and print!

Applebee’s Dining to Donate Flyer

Where is the money going?  Well, it is helping us bring our historic rink back into good condition for skating.  We are currently working on replacing two of our trusses and creating some parking spaces that are ADA-approved.  Until these projects are finished, we are unable to skate in the building.  So the sooner we complete these jobs, the sooner we’ll be back on our wheels!

Check out some photos of our progress!

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Thanks to Jim Magruder for the photos!

PB and JAM!

Are you itching for more roller derby? Of course you are!

Come see the Sick Town ladies take on Cherry City’s rookie skaters at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 (doors open at 6 p.m.). This is a Cherry City Derby Girls bout, and will take place at their venue, the Mad House (1335 Madison St. NE in Salem).

Tickets are available in advance for $10 from brownpapertickets.com or at the door for $15. Kids age 6 and under get in for $5.

See you there!

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It was the bout that almost didn’t happen.

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Witha Vengence jamming

When we arrived at Cherry City’s Mad House to start setting up, the power was out. It was an extremely windy day, and Pacific Gas and Electric said it had so many outages, it couldn’t really predict when the lights would come back on. No electricity means no derby.

We had to make a final decision at 6 p.m. (when the bout was scheduled to start). Until then, we waited — chatting with teammates, reconnecting with old friends, helping each other put on scary makeup. PG&E had sent someone out, so there was hope. Just as we were about to give up and head straight to the after-party, the lights came on!

You’ve never seen 24 skaters and seven referees gear up and start rolling faster than we did. By 6:30, we were ready for the first whistle, and the game was on.

Sick Town’s home teams split into a black and a white team for this bout, with guest skaters from Cherry City (Ms. Infidel) and Lava City (Juice Nukem, Mama Natrix and Nori Spekt) joining in the fun.

The white team got off to an early lead, and maintained it throughout the bout, while the black team worked toward a comeback. At halftime, white was ahead by 20 points, but that was the closest black would come. The final score was 202 to 168, a hard-fought victory for the white team after a second-half rally by black.

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Luna Tixs jamming

MVP awards went to jammers Ms. Infidel and Swagger Jackie, and blockers Luna Tixs and Nori Spekt. Many thanks to Cherry City, Lava City, PG&E, and all of our officials and volunteers.

Harvest Party

Join Sick Town sponsor 2 Towns Ciderhouse as they celebrate their 4th Annual Harvest Party this Saturday, October 18. Rain or shine, meet your favorite derby dames and enjoy live music, tasty food, and – of course – lots of Damn Fine Cider!

Live Music All Day Long!

  • Gratitude Jazz Quartet
  • Creighton Lindsay
  • The Grange Hall Drifters
  • Eleven Eyes
  • And more!

Food Cart “Pod”

  • Cheesy Stuffed Burgers
  • Winn Farms Hot Dog & Brats
  • Ploughman’s Lunch
  • Kalamata Bistro

Parking is free, but limited. Carpooling is encouraged. Or take the free shuttle! It runs from 12 to 9pm. Pick-ups are at Red Fox Café, Flat Tail & Sharon’s Café.

There is a $5 cover charge. All proceeds will benefit the Heartland Humane Society.

This is a 21-&-over event. Please drink responsibly!

Debutante Brawl

Big things are happening at Sick Town! On Sept. 20, our three new home teams played their first bout, the aptly-named “Debutante Brawl.”

The Dis-Orderlies, Pandemics and Trauma Queens fought it out in three round-robin mini bouts. Although all three teams played with heart and tenacity. In the end, the Trauma Queens were the big winners, followed by the Pandemics.

Several skaters and one referee made their literal bout debuts. On the Dis-Orderlies, Panda Moanium, Loretta Spynn and OG Tush earned their “first bout” badges; on the Pandemics, the lone newbie was Eigen Vixen; Pestilence made her debut with the Trauma Queens; and finally, Canon Garner skated his first bout as a referee.

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Vixen jamming

Every skater was cheering for Canon, who started in October, 2013, and had to learn to skate from the ground up. We’ve watched Canon go from “Bambi on ice” to a strong skater and confident ref, and it’s been a joy to see.

“Now that I’ve gotten one under my belt, and made a correct call, I have a lot more confidence in myself,” Canon says.

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Canon reffing

Among the ladies, everyone enjoyed the camaraderie of not just the teams, but the whole league. “I love how everyone is so fiercely competitive and at the same time supportive of each other,” Eigen Vixen says. All three teams focused on the league first, and the teams second, and it showed in the kindness and encouragement all of the veterans showed to the new skaters.

“I found encouragement from league skaters who I was skating with and against, as well as those in the queue for the next bout,” Pestilence says.

Of course, derby nerves will always be there, regardless of how supportive your team is. “I was calm up till an hour before the bout, and then I wanted to run,” says OG Tush. “Then it wasn’t scary at all and I just had fun.”

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OG Tush jamming

If you missed this bout, don’t worry — the DOs, PDs and TQs will face each other again on Oct. 25. Watch our website or Facebook for details!

Sick Town home teams

Sick Town’s home teams: Trauma Queens, Dis-Orderlies, and Pandemics

Recap of Spring Season Closer

On May 17, Sick Town’s adult and junior travel teams closed out our spring season with a pair of victories.
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(All photos used by permission from Pat Kight, photographer)
The Deathascopes — the travel team of our Candy Stripers Junior Derby group — faced the Southern Oregon Roller Girls’ junior team. It was a first for both teams — the Deathascopes’ first full home bout, and the SORG juniors’ first bout ever.
Deathascope jammers Gal of Fray and Rose quickly put 75 points on the scoreboard. The SORG girls played with a lot of heart and a never-say-die attitude, but the more-experienced Deathascopes dominated the first half.
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The coaches, referees, and crowd were all touched by the sportswomanship the Deathascopes showed: the skaters waiting on the bench loudly cheered on the SORG jammers. Even the skaters on the track gave sincere encouragement to their opponents.
At halftime, the coaches and players agreed to mix the SORG and Deathascope skaters, and all of the junior skaters had a great time playing together.
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For the second bout of the evening, Sick Town’s S*M*A*S*H Unit took on a mixed team from the Emerald City Roller Girls of Eugene. The ECRG team included travel team skaters, home team skaters, and a few skaters who were playing in their first bout.
Although the ECRG team scored first, SMASH took over almost immediately, and the rest of the bout belonged to the Sick Town ladies. SMASH used strong teamwork and quality blocking and jamming to handily win its final bout of the season.
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When we come back in September, Sick Town will have three new home teams! This is an exciting step for our league, and we’ll have much more to say about it in the next few months, so keep an eye on this website!

Candy Striper Home Bout Debut + S*M*A*S*H Unit Double Header

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In their first ever full-length bout on their home track, the Candy Stripers’ All-Star team, the Deathascopes, will host the Southern Oregon Rollergirls’ Juniors!  We’re so excited for this match up, we can barely contain ourselves!  These junior skaters have amazing skills, and it wont be long before they’re the super stars of our favorite sport.  The second bout in our double header will feature the Sick Town S*M*A*S*H Unit against a mystery opponent!  Stay tuned for more info on that.

Doors open @ 4:00pm

Bout starts @ 5:00pm

Tickets: $10 in advance for general admission; $13 at the door. VIP tickets (guaranteed front-row seating) are available at the door, $15.  General admission advance tickets can be upgraded to VIP at the door for $3.  Kids 5 and under free!

Volunteers get in free!  For more information or to volunteer, e-mail sicktownvolunteers@gmail.com (must be 18+)

We’ll have our kids’ table stocked with fun activities, a 50/50 raffle, and a fully stocked merch table.  We’ll have sweet treats by Wildflour Confectionery, a beer garden by Mazama Brewing and 2 Towns Ciderhouse, and plenty of food options.