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!

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!

Stars and Skates – a bout on January 18!

You all may remember that we canceled our season finale bout last December due to the uncharacteristic snow storm we received here in the Mid-Willamette Valley.  Well, we’ve rescheduled the bout and are happy to kick off the 2014 Season this coming Saturday at the Linn County Fair & Expo!

Our S*M*A*S*H Unit will take on Lava City Roller DollsMoulin Bruise.  This is the first time these two teams have met on the track, and we expect a good show.

Doors open – 5:00pm
Bout starts – 6:00pm

Appearances by Candy Stripers Junior Derby skaters. The Corvallis An Daire Academy of Irish Dance will perform before the bout starts (about 5:40pm), and hold a 50/50 raffle. The winning ticket takes home 50% of the money raised; the Irish Dancers take the other 50%.

This family-friendly event is all ages. As always, we’ll have food vendors, a beer garden provided by Ninkasi Brewing and 2 Towns Ciderhouse, sweet treats by Wildflour Confectionery, a merch table, a kids’ craft table, half-time fun, and more!

Advance tickets will be available at The Uprise skate shop in Corvallis, and JP’s JP’s Restaurant and Lounge in Albany.

IF YOU PURCHASED TICKETS TO OUR DECEMBER 08, 2013 BOUT THAT WAS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER, YOU CAN USE THE TICKET(S) FOR THIS BOUT!

Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase advance tickets.

RSVP at our Facebook Event Page for updates.

 

2013 Holiday Party and Award Ceremony

2013 Board of Directors.  Front Row- Rad Snarlz, Meat Candy, Scarlett Harlett, Stitches N Bones!, Way-Laid.  Back Row: Wilde Hysteria, HotBoxxx, Dixle Skullpopper, Frankie Stein, Syd Rock, Pain Cake, Land Tuna, Ms. Kitty LaRue

2013 Board of Directors. Front Row- Rae Snarlz, Meat Candy, Scarlett Harlett, Stitches N Bones!, Way-Laid. Back Row – Wilde Hysteria, HotBoxxx, Dixie Skullpopper, Frankie Stein, Syd Rock, Pain Cake, Land Tuna, Ms. Kitty LaRue

We had a lot to celebrate at our annual holiday party last month! Our league is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to our new Boot Camp program; our two teams are going strong; and we are now skating in our very own home[old ‘Roll and Bounce’ skating rink just north of Corvallis]. Sick Town had an amazing 2013, and we capped it off with a disco-themed party and some well-deserved awards.
2013 Trainers - HotBoxxx, CosMo Pain, Dixie Skullpopper, Shankee Doodle, Syd Rock, Land Tuna, Stitches N Bones!

2013 Trainers – HotBoxxx, CosMo Pain, Dixie Skullpopper, Shankee Doodle, Syd Rock, Land Tuna, Stitches N Bones!

In addition to recognizing all of the people who served the league this year — coaches, captains, trainers, board members, referees, and volunteers — we also gave awards that were voted on by the training committee, the teams, and the membership.
2013 Officials - Ren Stoek, Bad Daddy, CoRexHer

2013 Officials – Ren Stoek, Bad Daddy, CoRexHer

The training committee chose two skaters to recognize: Rae Snarlz as most improved, and Lubri-Kate as the fresh meat skater to watch out for. Snarlz has improved her confidence and stability, and has become one of the Dis-Orderlies’ go-to jammers. Lube completed boot camp and immediately showed that she’s a force to be reckoned with at fresh meat practices. We expect great things from both of these ladies!
2013 Officials - Sugar Cain, Naughty Hottie, Brazen Hussy, Udder Chaos, Lady V

2013 Officials – Sugar Cain, Naughty Hottie, Brazen Hussy, Udder Chaos, Lady V

 The Dis-Orderlies chose Block Jawz as MVP Blocker, and Witha Vengeance as MVP Jammer. Vengie is on S*M*A*S*H now, but she was a true asset to the DOs! Jawz is an up-and-coming skater and a relentless blocker.
DisOrderlies - Bones! (coach), AmyZing, Way-Laid, Kyllr Kervs, Brazen Hussy, Rae Snarlz, Dixie, Meat Candy, Thash Bandiscoot, Block Jawz, Ambo, Witha Vengeance

DisOrderlies – Bones! (coach), AmyZing, Way-Laid, Kyllr Kervs, Brazen Hussy, Rae Snarlz, Dixie, Meat Candy, Thash Bandiscoot, Block Jawz, Ambo, Witha Vengeance

The S*M*A*S*H Unit chose Pwnface Killa as MVP Blocker. A former team captain, Pwn is on a break from derby but we hope she’ll be back! The vote for MVP Jammer was evenly split between two amazing ladies, Stitches N Bones! and Miss Kitty LaRue. This could be the start of a friendly rivalry …
Front Row - Shankee Doodle, Land Tuna, Syd Rock, Luna Tix, Bones!, Swagger Jackie, Mutha Tucker, Pain Cake, Witha Vengeance.  Back Row - Risky Reignbow, Pwn Face Killa, HotBoxxx, Frankie Stein, Dylan Quint, Ms. Kitty LaRue, Wilde Hysteria

Front Row – Shankee Doodle, Land Tuna, Syd Rock, Luna Tix, Bones!, Swagger Jackie, Mutha Tucker, Pain Cake, Witha Vengeance. Back Row – Risky Reignbow, Pwn Face Killa, HotBoxxx, Frankie Stein, Dylan Quint, Ms. Kitty LaRue, Wilde Hysteria

Finally, the league voted on some fun awards. Miss Sick Town Derby Dames — an award for the skater who supports the league the most — went to Clucker Punch. Best Dressed went to Phoenix Stark. Scariest Bout Day Face was Bloodstain. Most True to Her Derby Name was Sunny With a Chance of Pain. Biggest Mouth (on the track) was Stitches N Bones!, and finally, the Bruiser Award (for the most inappropriate skater) was given to Block Jawz, with a surprise appearance by the award’s namesake, Back Alley Bruiser.
Sick Town loves karaoke!

Sick Town loves karaoke

We all ate too much, danced until our feet hurt, and got fired up for a fantastic 2014. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who made this party happen!
Special thanks to MacGroovy for all the photos.  And to his lovely wife for being so fantastic!

Special thanks to MacGroovy for all the photos. And to his lovely wife for being so fantastic!

S*M*A*S*H Unit Skater of the Month – Swagger Jackie #H8

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Sunny: How long have you been derbying? Gimme the deets!

Swagger Jackie: I have been derbying for close to 3 years already! Boy, does the time fly. I was an OG on Lava City’s Junior Roller derby team (based out of Bend, OR). I not only played with my two sisters, I was coached by my Mom, while my Dad refereed! I absolutely fell in love with the sport immediately and the fact that it was something I could do with my family made it all the better.

Sunny: What keeps you going, physically or mentally?

Swagger Jackie: I would say that my drive to be the best in everything I do keeps me going. I took nearly 10 months off of derby after I moved away for college. When I made my return, my endurance was not nearly at the level it used to be. My knowledge of strategy, rules etc. had also fallen by the wayside and so I think knowing the skater I used to be pushes me to not only get back to where I was, but surpass it.

Sunny: Favorite aspects of roller derby?

Swagger Jackie: The fact that it is for EVERYONE! Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t play sports to save my life. I’m also not good at branching out and making friends. Derby showed me that I CAN be athletic, and good at a sport. It also has allowed me to meet some of the most kick ass girls (and guys too!) that I would have never had the pleasure of meeting if I hadn’t joined derby.

Sunny: Story behind your name?

Swagger Jackie:  Oh man…. As a junior skater, I was Bridget Pwnz on the track (a spin-off of Bridget Jones.) As I was getting closer and closer to my 18th birthday, I realized that someone had not only registered my name… but also my number on the name registry. And they lived in Oregon! I was so mad… I had been skating as Bridget for over a year, and when I had come up with it, it was not registered. That woman had jacked my name! As my family and I joked about how I was “swagger jacked” we came up with Swagger Jackie. What’s the ultimate hate? To jack someone’s “swag”… hence my number: H8.

Sunny: Loved ones’ reactions to your derby involvement?

Swagger Jackie:  They loved it! My mom and I joined close to the same time… a few months later, both sisters were playing with me, and my dad was a ref! It’s the first time we’ve all found a common hobby that we enjoy, and I think it’s awesome how close we all are. We’re lifers.

Sunny:  Favorite unintended consequence of derby in your life?

Swagger Jackie:  To get totally cheesy… I would have to say meeting CoREXher. He is not just by teacher and my friend, but also my boyfriend. And I love him so very much. It’s nice that we can be totally obsessed with derby together.

Sunny:  How has roller derby changed your perspective on life or yourself?

Swagger Jackie:  It has made me so much more confident. I feel like I actually fit in somewhere, whereas most of my life I didn’t. It’s also shown me that it’s okay to be different, and has allowed me to really become much more open-minded. I am grateful for the realness derby brought to my life.

Sunny: Tips for new skaters or those who are thinking about getting into roller derby?

Swagger Jackie:

  • 1. No, it’s not like Whip It
  • 2. Do it.

Sick Town Welcomes The Dis-Orderlies!!!

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Sick Town Derby Dames is thrilled to announce the debut of its newly-formed team, the Dis-Orderlies!  The Dis-Orderlies join the S*M*A*S*H Unit as Sick Town’s teams available for travel.

The Dis-Orderlies are composed of players who have been skating from six months to nearly four years, with ages ranging from early 20s to mid 60s. One thing they all share: a love of derby. These skaters have worked hard and are ready to play!

The team’s goal is to scrimmage other leagues twice a month, and to play challenging bouts as often as possible.  The Dis-Orderlies have two away bouts planned for 2013 (12 October vs. CCDG’s Rookies and 26 October vs. SORG; see our 2013 Schedule for more info), and hope to have a full schedule for 2014.

The Dis-Orderlies are available to bout B-level teams (including home teams) in Oregon, southwest Washington, and northern California. For more information or to schedule a bout, email sicktowninterleague@gmail.com.

Press contact:  Dixie Skullpopper (team co-captain), 541-990-2330, mvprince@gmail.com

Advanced Skater of the Month – Way-Laid #22

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Interview by Rollin’ Rebel # 50

Rebel: How long have you been involved in Roller Derby?

Way-Laid: I started with Sick Town last March. So…. about 15 months.

Rebel: How did you get involved in this sport?

Way-Laid: I kept seeing a sign on the way to work. Every day it would ask “Do you wanna do Roller Derby?” and I would be like “YES!” When I saw a flier for a bout I had to go. Then the info for the new skater day and the announcers talking about it convinced me that this is where I belong.

Rebel: What are your roles with Sick Town? Position, board member, part of a committee?

Way-Laid: I generally play as a blocker. I like the quick pickup of catching the jammer after she thinks she is through the pack. Off the track I work with the New Recruits Committee.

Rebel: What motivates you to put your skates on when you feel like staying home instead?

Way-Laid: My daughter. If I try to skip practice she will tell me that she is going to be a Candy Striper and I have to set a good example (insert over the top dramatization here).

Rebel: What do you enjoy about Roller Derby?

Way-Laid: I like that Derby is a lifestyle and a family. Everyone that is involved has an unwavering love for the sport. The players are supportive and encouraging. So much more so than what you would find with other sports or activities.

Rebel: Have you been involved in other competitive sports? What were they and what was your favorite?

Way-Laid: I was a varsity wrestler in high school. It was interesting being a girl trying to break into a boy’s sport.

Rebel: Please tell us a little about yourself that we normally wouldn’t know about you.

Way-Laid: I was born and raised in Small Town, USA in Northern California. The busy rush of Corvallis and Albany took some getting used to, but in ten years I am finally learning to live with all the traffic. I spend my days as an accountant. My nights are spent with the light and the love of my life: My 9 year-old daughter and my husband. In the rest of my free time I hike, bike, garden, and eat. nommmnommnomm.