A little note: the secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) and treasurer (email@example.com) emails have been updated.
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).
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!
This winter, we’ve focused much of our efforts on two fronts – fundraising and repairing our historic rink.
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!
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!
Thanks to Jim Magruder for the photos!
Get your derby on this weekend with the Sick Town Derby Dames!
- Saturday, October 25
- Cherry City Derby Girls Mad House, 1335 Madison St NE, Salem OR
- Doors at 5pm, bout starts at 6pm
- $5 at the door
See you there!
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!
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!
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.
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?
- 1. No, it’s not like Whip It
- 2. Do it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press contact: Dixie Skullpopper (team co-captain), 541-990-2330, email@example.com