Interested in skating for the Rat City Rollergirls? Well you’re in luck!
Our next tryouts are right around the corner, Saturday December 10 and we’re still accepting registrations, so sign up today. We’re hosting another open practice for tryout candidates on December 5 7-8:30 and we’d love to see you there!
For all the information you need to know about trying out, what you need to bring, how to prepare, check out Tryouts on the site. See you on December 10!
Rat City Rollergirls Season 8 Tickets On Sale Through December 1st
Note: Season tickets are no longer on sale.
Just in time for the holidays and for a limited time only, Rat City Rollergirls season tickets are now on sale! Don’t miss a single moment of the seven-game action, and save 10 percent over purchasing individual bout tickets. As if that weren’t compelling enough, season ticket holders enjoy a variety of other perks — a free t-shirt, early entry to the games to stake out the best seats, special edition printed tickets and lanyard, a commemorative bout program, and access to the VIP bar at KeyArena (which serves cocktails as well as beer and wine). Don’t delay — season tickets will only be on sale until December 1.
Our Season 8 dates at KeyArena include: 1/21, 2/18, 3/24, 4/21, 5/19, 6/23, 7/14. The 2012 season will include an exciting mix of play from the home teams you know and love and interleague play from the Rat City All Stars, who recently placed fourth in the uber-competitive Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Western Region semi-finals (narrowly losing to reigning WFTDA Champions Rocky Mountain Rollergirls).
Don’t plan on blinking — or at least don’t miss a single game. Season tickets in hand, you’ll be front and center as both returning and rising stars take to the track for faster and more hard-hitting roller derby action than ever before. Join us for a great Season 8!
Rat City Skates the Alaskan Way Viaduct
DLF skater Know Mercy enters and wins the Washington State Department of Transportation sponsored contest, beating out nearly 600 others to win an exclusive 30 minutes on the Viaduct before it starts to come down October 22nd.
Season Eight is Gonna Be Great
The Rat City Rollergirls are thrilled to announce the dates of their eighth roller derby season, their fourth at Seattle’s KeyArena. Season 8 will include an exciting mix of play from the home teams you know and love and interleague play from the Rat City All Stars, who recently placed fourth in the uber-competitive WFTDA Western Region semi-finals (narrowly losing to reigning WFTDA Champions Rocky Mountain Rollergirls). Our 2012 dates at KeyArena include: 1/21, 2/18, 3/24, 4/21, 5/19, 6/23, 7/14.
The Rat City Rollergirls have returning stars as well as new stars rising, and the roller derby action is faster and more hard-hitting than ever before. You won’t want to miss a single moment — or a game.
Watch for season tickets to go on sale this holiday season, and join us for a great Season 8!
Rat City All-Stars Take 4th at WFTDA Western Regional Tournament
Photo by Jules Doyle
The Rat City All-Stars moved up to 4th rank in the competitive WFTDA Western Region at the Bridgetown Brawl in Portland, OR. While the All-Stars will not advance to the Championships, they competed against the best in the WFTDA, and held their own.
For Bout Recaps, check out the following links from Derby News Network
Juliet Bravo, Valtron, and Ann R. Kissed wearing some of the 2007 vintage jerseys available (photo Jules Doyle).
Let the bidding begin… for the first time ever, the Rat City All-Stars are giving up a piece of history and auctioning off their old autographed jerseys. You can own one of these precious pieces of roller derby memorabilia if you are the winning bid.
The auction includes jerseys from all current and some past Rat City All-Stars. You can own the jerseys Juliet Bravo, Ann R. Kissed and Valtron 3000 wore when Rat City placed 2nd in the 2007 WFTDA Championships; the jersey Primp Daddy wore when she scored a record 39 points in one jam at the 2010 WFTDA Western Regional Tournament; or the jersey Re-AnimateHer made her All-Star premiere in.
Auctions will start on EBAY September 19th.
Check back here for links and more information on jerseys available.
Primp Daddy's all smiles after her record-setting jam at 2010 WFTDA Westerns (Photo Jules Doyle).
All funds raised through the jersey auction will help send the All-Stars on their historic trip to Australia November 16th-28th (more info here). You can donate funds for the trip directly through our Travelers Joy website.
JERSEYS ARE UP FOR SALE!!! CHECK BACK FOR MORE JERSEYS GOING UP FOR SALE.
Valtron 3000: EBAY LINK Ends Sep 28, 201120:41:20 PDT
Spreading the gospel of roller derby around Washington, Rat City’s “Rain of Terror” and Jet City’s “B-52′s” travel teams are taking the bout on the road to Wenatchee for an exhibition bout hosted by Apple City Roller Derby.
Tickets are general admission $10, suicide seats (track side) $20 at the
Hotel Sponsor: Holiday Inn Express (room rates available)
After Party @ Club Level
Proud to announce that Ghost Power is opening for the event from 6-6:45. Half time show includes our local Burlesque troupe the Silhouette Society and the WHS drum line.
Rat City All-Stars Bootcamp: Oct. 8th and 9th
Photo by: Jules Doyle
Learn new skills and drills from the Rat City All-Stars! Push your game to the next level with expert derby training. Start your 2012 season off right! Skaters from the Rat City All-Stars will help you hone your skills in a two-day bootcamp with beginner and advanced level classes.
The Intermediate/Advanced level camp will focus on the most current strategies in derby. We’ll cover advanced individual skills like hockey stops, sternum blocks, juking, and footwork.
The beginner classes will focus on developing strong foundational skills and a deeper understanding of the game. We will focus on hitting, skating form, and positioning.
Photo by: Jules Doyle
Camp will feature on-skates sessions led by current all-star skaters as well as off-skates sessions to address cross-training and injury prevention (bring running/tennis shoes!).
We are happy to offer skater-hosted housing for campers from out of town. Please indicate in your registration if you will need housing.
Please bring a water bottle, snacks, money for lunch/dinner at a local restaurant, a notebook and pen, tennis shoes and all required derby gear and skates.
Photo by: Jules Doyle
Date and Time: Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 Beginner Class: Saturday 9 am to 1 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm Intermediate Class: Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm and Sunday 9 am to 1 pm Location: The Rat’s Nest (address disclosed upon purchase of tickets) Cost: $95
*We will cover basic/foundational skills. However, we request that all participants are able to skate with cross-overs and to give and receive contact.
3 Rat City wins this weekend! All-Stars over Boston
To celebrate roller derby’s 76th birthday on Saturday, August 13, the Rat City Rollergirls, well, played roller derby! Both of our travel teams– the nationally-ranked All-Stars and the secondary travel team, the Rain of Terror, rolled down I-5 for a double header in Portland. The Sockit Wenches headed off to a slightly more exotic locale for two games against Hawaii leagues.
The Boston Massacre, currently ranked #6 in the WFTDA East Region, travelled westward for their Northwest Passage, a three-game weekend with bouts against Rose City, Jet City, and, of course, the Rat City All-Stars. The All-Stars were solidly in control of the game from early on and were up 81-43 at the half. Boston had a bit of a rally early in the second half where they got within 22 points of Rat City, but it was relatively short-lived. A few well-executed power jams put the All-Stars back in control and serious penalty trouble for Boston in the last ten minutes allowed RCRG to go on an absolute scoring tear. Final: RCRG 192, Boston 89.
Saturday’s opener was a bout of the B-Teams, with RCRG’s Rain of Terror going up against the Rose City Rollers’ Axles of Annihilation. Axles built up a solid lead in the first half, only to grow it in the second, leaving the Rain of Terror on the wrong side of a 229-67 final.
The Sockit Wenches travelled a bit further afield for their derby-birthday-weekend bouts, playing Honolulu’s Pacific Roller Derby (ranked #22 in the WFTDA West Region) and Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls (currently an unranked WFTDA Apprentice League) in a double header in Hilo.. The Wenches will be coming home (well, if they ever choose to leave paradise…) 2-0 for the trip, with wins over Pacific 314-56 and Paradise 236-68.
Travel Team rosters for August 13 Rat City All-Stars: Carmen Getsome// Goodie Two Skates// Hard Cora// Jalapeno Business// Kamikaze Kim// Killah Kelly// Method of Madness// Primp Daddy// ReAnimateHer// Shedonist// Shorty Ounce// Sirius Mischief// Valtron3000// Wile E. Peyote
Rain of Terror: Betty Ford Galaxy// Dee Cap Attack// Domino Scarvy// Eddie Shredder// Foxy Throwdown// Lucinda Pack// MaxMillion// Muffstache// Scarlett Leather// Seditious Heart// Sirius Smack// Slutnik// Stella Borracha// Tempura Tantrum
The All-Stars play the following weekend, August 28, in an exciting expo bout against top men’s derby team the Puget Sound Outcasts at the Everett Skate Deck. Tickets for the Rat City/ Puget Sound bout are available now!
Koalas, kangaroos, and dingoes OH MY! Rat City All-Stars need your help to get to Oz!
The Rat City Rollergirls All-Star Team is traveling to Australia!
Help us end our season with a bang by supporting our epic journey to the magical land of Oz. We’ll be traveling to Australia in November in order to compete against some of the best international teams in derby. The All-Stars will also be leading several training camps around Australia to foster the growth and development of roller derby internationally.
Part of Rat City’s mission is to provide training to prepare its members to be able to compete internationally. Please consider donating to help us reach that goal!
“In the spirit of the games, we wanted to capture the essence of the “X” lifestyle in a series of short films. These features highlight folks who decided to follow their passions and surface the key decisions that led them where they are now. During the games, we will be airing these stories in prime placements starting tonight throughout the games. From pro surfer Alex Gray who decides how to live his life based on the next swell, to the Rat City Roller Girls who decided to break the conventional sports mold to successfully forge a thriving Roller Derby community, to the Krochet Kids a group of friends who decided to build a business selling hats that benefit women in Uganda.
All-Star Team and Rain of Terror Travel to Portland August 13th
Are you suffering from roller derby withdrawal? Well, join Rat City and travel South on I-5 for a weekend of derby in Portland, OR. The two travel teams from the Rat City Rollergirls, the WFTDA-ranked All-Star Team and the Rain of Terror will be playing along with teams from Boston, Portland, and Everett.
Check out Rose City Rollers website for more information on the weekend of derby in Portland, and purchase tickets through the Portland Mercury.
RCRG Open Tryouts: September 17th
Season 7 may be finished, but we have our eyes on the future and are looking for strong athletes to join our ranks. Our next tryout is on September 17th. For more detailed information, see our Tryouts page.
Rat City hosts WFTDA Officiating Clinics
Rat City is proud to host two WFTDA Officiating Clinics over the summer, a Beginner clinic July 23-24 and an Advanced clinic August 6-7. For more details on registration and cost, please check the WFTDA website.
The WFTDA is honored to announce the second annual WFTDA Officiating Clinic cycle. This year’s clinics will introduce a wealth of new information, complementing the now institutionalized educational materials that were presented in 2010. The WFTDA remains committed to consistency and standardization, as well as providing the tools and resources so that all roller derby officials may succeed in providing the highest level of officiating to promote the ideal of “Real, Strong, Athletic, and Revolutionary” roller derby
Danger over TRs 112-104, DLF takes third
In a night of roller derby of Championship proportions, all four Rat City teams gave their loyal fans a bout (or rather, two!) to remember!
Grave Danger won their second RCRG title with a thrilling 112-104 win over the Throttle Rockets. It was the night of the vets for MVPs– with a combined 13 seasons skating for Rat City, Katarina Whip and Valtron 3000 were named MVPs for their teams.
The grudge match was a thriller as well and the Derby Liberation Front scored their first win, 121-111 in two years over the Sockit Wenches. DLF built up a big lead early on, and despite a very strong push in the second half, it was too much for the Wenches.
It’s the end of our home team season, and the last bout at the Key Arena in 2011, but our travel teams are just ramping up, so plan your trip to Portland to cheer on the Rat City All-Stars at the WFTDA Western Playoffs, September 23-25 and check this site for more news and updates!
Help us honor Ken Cluckey – a great fan and a great person.
Ken Cluckey and Rat Bastard (by Andria Houghton)
Rat City loses a special fan and Ballard loses a hero.
For the last bout of our 2011 season, RCRG wants you to show us your cans! Please help us in remembering a long time fan of Rat City and volunteer at the Ballard Food Bank who recently passed away. Ken Cluckey volunteered with the food bank for almost 20 years, and his two passions were volunteerism and watching live sports. When RCRG began partnering with the Ballard Food Bank, he started attending bouts and fell in love with the sport and with the league. To honor his memory, we want to make our food donation from this bout have a real impact. So please, spread the word! Tell your friends to bring a can or two and help us honor Kenny!
There will be a can/food collection table just inside each entrance of the Key Arena. Donate canned food or cash, receive special Rat City swag!
Thank you for continued support of the Rat City Rollergirls and the Ballard Food Bank.
In a the Rat City Travel Teams’ June Boutstravaganza weekend, the All-Stars split wins against their South Central opponents and the Rain of Terror reigned supreme over their I-5 rivals in Everett. On Friday, the All-Stars chalked up a solid 139-81 win over the Atlanta Rollergirls’ Dirty South Derby Girls in a double header with Jet City Roller Girls, but on Sunday the team suffered a 155-123 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Roller Warrior All Stars. Kansas City and Atlanta are ranked #1 and #5, respectively, in the WFTDA South Central Region. Rain of Terror poured down the hurt on Jet City’s B-52s in a 207-56 romp.
The Rat City All-Stars Friday night win over Atlanta was a strong performance from the first whistle. With a few multiple-scoring-pass jams by Primp Daddy early on, Rat City built up a solid lead and didn’t let up. Heavy defense, and notably strong one-on-one blocking by Wile E. Peyote, Trouble Loves Mimi, and Shorty Ounce, kept the DSDG jammers stuffed– Atlanta was unable to put any points on the board in almost half the jams of the game. The Dirty South’s heavy defense, particularly led by Queen Loseyatefa and double-threat Merchant of Menace (also the team’s leading scorer of the night) definitely made the Rat City jammers earn every point they put up.
On Saturday, the Rain of Terror made the trip up 1-5 to play a double header with the Jet City Roller Girls, facing off against their secondary travel team, the B-52s. Rain of Terror came out on top with a 207-56 win. A couple of the new faces to the Rain of Terror had solid games: Lucinda Pack was a standout offensively and Quarterboy with heavy defense. This was the second full-length bout between the Rain of Terror and the B-52s this year– the B-52s came down to play the Rain of Terror in a “No Minors” WFTDA Rules beta test bout a few weeks ago, and RoT was victorious then: 157-36.
The Sunday morning game was the most nail-biting bout of the weekend. Rat City got off to an early lead with their primary jammers, Carmen Getsome, Primp Daddy, and Missile America getting lead in the first 6 jams, but it was a lot of nickel-and-diming– short jams, taking a few points and calling quickly. However, as soon as Kansas City was able to get lead jammer status, they were usually able to get at least a full scoring pass–making for a competitive run. On top of that, their wily jammers and effective pack work allowed them also able to capitalize on power jam opportunities with multiple passes. With five lead changes in the first 30 minutes, it was 64-62 at halftime, Rat City with a 2 point lead.
The second half started like the first with a pair of RCRG lead jam calls and quick passes, but KCRW was able to capitalize on a power jam, and then follow that with another lead jam call to get ahead once again. Both teams were in revolving-door penalty trouble and Rat City was within 5-20 points for most of the half. Only in the last few minutes, did Kansas City creep a little further away for their 32 point win. KC’s offense was led by the ever speedy Kelly Young and their defense by hard hitters like Annie Maul and Evolution.
Love your Rat City All-Stars and Rain of Terror skaters? Want to see them beat up on each other? Don’t miss our Season 7 Championship Bout on July 10! Get your tickets now!
July 10th Championship Bout
The Rat City Rollergirls present the Season 7 Championship Bout at KeyArena.
In the grudge match for 3rd and 4th place, Derby Liberation Front tries to revolutionize their season against the Sockit Wenches. The Sockit Wenches beat DLF in June (138-106), but DLF is sure to wage war for their first home-season win. In our championship bout, the Throttle Rockets take on Grave Danger. Going into the bout, Grave Danger remains undefeated, narrowly beating the Throttle Rockets in June (149-133). The Throttle Rockets are sure to bring the rocket fuel, as they vie for their first championship trophy in 7 years. You don’t want to miss a second of fast-paced, competitive flat track action!
Tickets are on sale now. This bout will surely sell out, so buy your tickets before it’s too late!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Derby Liberation Front vs. Sockit Wenches
Throttle Rockets vs. Grave Danger
Over the jam packed weekend of June 24-26, Rat City’s All-Stars and Rain of Terror will be playing against travel teams from Atlanta, Kansas City, and Everett. Don’t miss the chance to see some high octane roller derby all three days!
Going into our June 18 bout, two teams are undefeated, two teams are winless … find out which teams will keep their streaks and which will break them, for better or for worse! The early bout sees both DLF and the Sockit Wenches gunning for their first home-season win, and the late bout has two 2-0′s face off as the Throttle Rockets play Grave Danger. You don’t want to miss a second of fast-paced, competitive flat track action!
Tickets are on sale now. Our bouts this season have sold out, so buy your tickets before it’s too late!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Derby Liberation Front vs. Sockit Wenches
Throttle Rockets vs. Grave Danger
Doors at 4:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm.
* Plan ahead for bad traffic, 520 Bridge and Mercer St. I-5 Exit Closed June 17-20!
Throttle Rockets, Grave Danger stay undefeated in 2011 home season
Throttle Rocket Killah Kelly demonstrates that having long hair gives proof that you're going FAST. Photo by Jules Doyle.
On May 14, the second bout for the 2011 home season standings, Grave Danger and the Throttle Rockets brought home wins.
In the early bout, the Throttle Rockets faced a serious challenge from the Derby Liberation Front. The bout was fiercely contended until the last jam, with the TR’s taking it 122-112. DLF awarded MVP to Killah Kelly and the TRs awarded MVP to rookie Avihater.
In the second bout of the evening, Grave Danger defeated the Sockit Wenches. The bout was neck-and-neck in the first half, but the Danger had control in the second half with a final score was 114-58. The Sockit Wenches awarded MVP to Georgia O’Grief and Grave Danger awarded MVP to X-Khan.
Our next season play bout is in June. Come see the undefeated Throttle Rockets and Grave Danger face off and the Wenches and DLF both gunning for their first season-play win! Tickets are on sale now!
Advertise your business during our Root Sports Broadcast
Don’t miss your chance to align yourself with the fastest growing sport in the nation, sponsor TV ad spots during our upcoming broadcasts of the the Rat City All-Star bout vs. San Francisco’s B.A.D. Girls on Root Sports (NW Cable Channel 30).
90 minute program with a full 60 minutes of game play
Broadcast by Root Sports on Channel 30
•Saturday, May 14th 10pm (following the Mariners)
•Thursday, May 26th 9pm (following the Sounders)
Summer in Seattle — that fleeting, euphoric time when we live as much of our lives as possible outdoors. If you love summer, love to skate, are wanting to get fit, and have been looking for a way to combine all of those, we have just the thing: trail skating with the Rat City Rollergirls, hosted by Rain of Terror, Rat City’s 2nd Travel Team!
Every Thursday evening during this six-week series, we will skate up and down some of the best skating trails in the area followed by a heart-pounding off-skates workout. Then, we’ll all wander to a nearby watering hole for a refreshing beverage.
The series will begin June 2 at 7 p.m. with an orientation at Fast Girl Skates, where you’ll get directions to all of trails and learn some best practices for skating outdoors. Then, we’ll meet in the early evening 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, and 7/7 at each trail.
Spots are limited. All ages are welcome — sign up today, and roll out with Rat City this summer!
Count ‘em, not ONE but TWO afterparties for Bout 5!
If you crave even MORE Rat City Rollergirls action after the final whistle at Key on Saturday night, join the skaters at the Skybox Sports Lounge for our bonus after party this weekend! We’ll still be at Hula Hula for dancing, but if you want to catch the TELEVISION DEBUT of the Rat City Rollergirls, join us at Skybox, where they’ll be airing the Root Sports Network broadcast of the bout.
Make 'em happy! Come to the Bout 5 afterparties and see your favorite Rat City All-Stars on TV! Photo by Joe Schwartz
Our April All-Star bout, Rat City vs. Bay Area, was filmed for broadcast. Root Sports Network will be airing the bout in its entirety starting at 10pm (so right after the Key Arena double header!) and you can relive last month’s exciting derby action with your favorite players! Our afterparties never have a cover and always are a good time, so we hope to see some new fans out and about this Saturday night!
Heck, our two afterparties are just a few blocks apart (and right next to the Key Arena), so hit ‘em both!
Hula Hula: 106 1st Ave N., Seattle
Skybox Sports Lounge: 315 1st Ave N., Seattle
Watch the All-Stars vs B.A.D. Girls on Root Sports May 14th and May 26th
Come out to KeyArena May 14th to watch LIVE roller derby action, as Rat City’s hometeams battle for season standings (more info and tickets here). After the bout, join the Rat City Rollergirls for a viewing of the All-Star broadcast on Root Sports at Skybox Sports Lounge (315 1st Ave. North). Then, finish the night off at our official afterparty location Hula Hula (106 1st Ave. North)for some kareoke madness.
- First TV Air Date: Saturday, May 14 @ 10 p.m.
- Second TV Air Date: Thursday, May 26 @ 9 p.m.
If you missed the bout in person, the All-Star bout vs. B.A.D. Girls was taped for on May 16th at KeyArena for broadcast on Root Sports (formerly Fox Sports Northwest).
New In-person ticketing location: Utilikilts Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
The Rat City Rollergirls are proud to announce our newest in-person ticketing location, Utilikilts. The Rat City Rollergirls are excited to kick off this happy union of stylish, tough, grassroots Seattle rebels with a little Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Thursday, May 5 from 4-8 p.m. at the Utilikilts location in Pioneer Square, 620 1st Ave (1st & Cherry) Be there, or may your skate wheels and wardrobe be square!
May 14th: Second bout for hometeam season standings
Both the Throttle Rockets and Grave Danger are gunning for another win to take them to the championship after their respective victories in March. But the Sockit Wenches and Derby Liberation Front are known for throwing a wrench into any teams plans, so don’t miss these two hard-hitting bouts!
Tickets are on sale now; buy them before it’s too late!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Throttle Rockets vs. Derby Liberation Front
Grave Danger vs. Sockit Wenches
Doors at 4:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm.
Sibling Rivalry 2.0– Rat City gets 2 wins over Rose City
Everyone loves encores, even when they’re 170-odd miles away. In a repeat of February’s Rat City-Rose City Home-Team 4×4, all four Rat City home teams travelled down to Portland for an 8-team, 4-bout rematch. All bouts were “mini-bouts”, so just one 30-minute period each to maximize the interleague action!
Like February, the results were split 2-2, so it seems that these two sister leagues might not ever grow out of their rivalry…
The Rat City Rollergirls are back at the Key Arena on May 14 with a home-team double header! The Throttle Rockets take on Derby Liberation Front and the Sockit Wenches face Grave Danger! Tickets are on sale now!
Bout Recap: Bay Area over Rat City All-Stars 103-92
Considering the green, purple, green, gold (and did we mention GREEN?) in the house and calls of “Show us your hits,” it was a veritable Mardi Gras in Seattle for Rat City’s April bout! After the exciting Rain of Terror (green)/ Bruising Altitude (purple), the Rat City All-Stars (green) were about to face off against the Bay Area Derby Girls (BAD) All-Stars (gold) before a thundering crowd (GREEN!) eager to see the team’s Key Arena debut. Of course, no beads would be given out tonight, just a W for one of the teams to count toward WFTDA’s Western Region ranking.
Carmen Getsome tries to break a pack as thick as pea soup. ReAnimateHer, Shorty Ounce, and Sirius Mischief blocking. Photo by Jules Doyle.
Two whistles blew and Carmen Getsome was off against BAD’s Astronaughty. Bay Area was the first to score with a quick 3-0. Carmen was back on the track in jam 3 putting up an 8-0 run (with the help of blockers X-Khan, Glitter, Shedonist, and ReAnimateHer) before getting sent to the box at the end of the jam. BAD quickly made up those points the next time on the track, capitalizing on the power jam opportunity with an 8-1 run, making the second lead change of the game. Score 11-9, Bay Area.
Just 10minutes in, the tone for the bout was already set—tight defense on both sides allowing only razor-thin differential and capitalizing on power jam opportunities. Because of two Bay Area 10-0 runs, the scoreboard didn’t reflect how close the game was. Score 60-30, Bay Area, end of the first half.
From the skybox perch, one might guess that the Rat City All-Stars’ halftime talk was an epic reminder that green means go. Within 10 minutes of the second half’s first whistle, Rat City had retaken the lead in a 6 jam, 35-4 run, with Carmen Getsome, Kamikaze Kim, and ReAnimateHer putting points on the board. Aggressive blocking was led by Hard Cora, X-Khan, and Wile E. Peyote and the front of the pack was kept on lockdown by stalwarts Juliet Bravo, Valtron 3000, and Primp Daddy. Score 65-64, Rat City, 20 minutes left in the second half.
Sirius Mischief, Kamikaze Kim, and Valtron 3000 simultaneously hold the Bay Area jammer while allowing Corre Caminos to get out of the pack. Photo by Jules Doyle.
But almost as soon as soon as the Rat City All-Stars figured out how to unlock the BAD Girl defense (and getting up to an 8 point lead) the girls in gold were at it again—with Demanda Riot and belleRIGHThooks playing the roles of mad dog and human wrecking ball (respectively), and Auntie Christ a brutal last line of defense. Add to that a 21-point run by Bay Area jammers Ivy Profane and Astronaughty drove another lead change. Score 89-76, Bay Area with about 10 minutes to go.
The back and forth continued as the clock wound down: 3-1 for Bay Area, 5-0 for Rat City, 4-0 BAD, 4-3 BAD, 0-0 (equipment failure). With 3 minutes to go and an 11-point deficit, Juliet Bravo scored another 5-0 for 98-92 BAD, to make it in reach in one more jam (after 58 minutes of this game, only the most fervent optimist would say a double digit differential was still really in one jam’s reach). Disappointingly for the 5,000+ Rat City fans who’d been abusing their vocal chords for the past 3 hours, Bay Area’s Astronaughty was quickly called lead. For insurance (as scoreboards are known to lie mid-jam), she went for a scoring pass after the period clock had ran out, ending the game 103-92, Bay Area.
MVPs were named to Rat City’s Wile E. Peyote and Bay Area’s Demanda Riot.
Rat City All-Stars: Carmen Getsome// Corre Caminos// Glitter// Hard Cora// Juliet Bravo// Kamikaze Kim// Primp Daddy// ReAnimateHer// sHedonist// Shorty Ounce// Sirius Mischief// Valtron 3000// Wile E. Peyote// X-Khan// Bench Coaches: Ho Chi Danh & Ima Handful
Bout Recap: Denver’s Bruising Altitude over Rain of Terror, 107-75
With six games (and five wins) under their belt in 2011, the Rat City’s Rain of Terror proved that they’re ready for prime time. And by “prime time,” we mean making their Seattle debut in front of more than 5,000 screaming fans at the Key Arena in a full-length battle of the B-Teams against Denver Roller Dolls’s Bruising Altitude.
Denver was first (and fast!) out of the gate, with a 12-0 run in the opening four jams. These were textbook “hit-it-and-quit-it” jams, with their speedy jammers Kendra Blood, Gator Dunn (both members of Denver’s Mile High Club as well) and Ajax calling it off before the Rain of Terror could score. Solid blockers like Kimmy Kimmy Bang Bang and Shannon Ball were part of Denver’s heavy defense—keeping Rat City’s jammers trapped and re-engaging her when she got past. Rat City got on the board in jam 6, when Muffstache was able to make a scoring pass while Denver’s jammer spent some time in the box. Score 16-3 Denver, 10 minutes in.
However, that momentum was short-lived as the Rain of Terror got into some jammer penalty trouble, giving Brusing Altitude 2 minutes of power jams. Despite aggressive play by Killah Kelly and Moe YaDown (both, quite impressively, living up to their names), Denver managed a 17-point run in two jams, bringing the score to 33-3.
Rain of Terror jammer Fighty Almighty happy about a great jam. Photo by Frank Blau.
But as soon as Rain of Terror got any momentum started, Bruising Altitude was quick to remind them to put their seatbelts back on. With the exception of a 10-0 jam by Fighty whose strong pack of Killah, Moe, Penny Racer, and Eddie Shredder were able to keep the Denver jammer stuffed to allow for multiple passes, the end of the first half was much like the start: quick hit-it-and-quit-it runs by Denver’s trio of jammers. Score 63-34 Denver, end of the first half.
Penny Racer and Betty Ford Galaxy holding Bruising Altitude jammer Gator Dunn. Photo by Frank Blau.
The second half started much like the first with Denver on the board first, however the both teams ramped up their play for a more competitive second half. The Rat City packs were able to put a tighter lock down on Denver offense, giving their jammers a much better lead jam percentage than in the first. A 9-0 run midway through the half brought the Rain of Terror within 25 points at 77-52, but Denver completely shut down the Rat City jammers for the next 7 jams, inching their way up to their largest lead in the game at 98-52 with about 8 minutes to play.
Though it might have been a bit too late, the Rain of Terror fought to the finish with a 23-9 run. Bruising Altitude’s first half lead proved to be sufficient, as they only out-scored Rain of Terror by 3 points in the half. Final score: 107-75, Denver.
MVPs were awarded to each team’s top jammers, Missile America for Rain of Terror and Gator Dunn for Bruising Altitude.
Rain of Terror: Belle Tolls// Betty Ford Galaxy// Clobberin’ Mame// Eddie Shredder// Fighty Almighty// Killah Kelly// Missile America// Moe YaDown// Muffstache// Sirius Smack// Sevier// Nikole Plated// Penny Racer// Sara Problem// Bench Coaches: Sheeza Brickhouse & Mona Agony
It IS easy being GREEN! Go to the bout! Be on TV!
The Rat City Rollergirls are proud to tell you that this Saturday’s All-Star bout vs. San Francisco’s B.A.D. Girls will be taped for broadcast on Root Sports (formerly Fox Sports Northwest)! That’s right! We’re going to be on television, and so can you! Wear your Rat City green and white; paint your face, paint your baby’s face, make signs, get pom-poms, get rowdy, and GO NUTS because you may just see yourself on NW Channel 30 during the delayed broadcast.
Here are the details:
Rat City Rollergirls Flat Track Roller Derby
Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls® All-Star Team vs. San Francisco’s Bay Area Derby Girls
April 16, 2011 at the Key Arena, Seattle, WA
For more information/tickets to see the bout LIVE go HERE
-First TV Air Date: Saturday, May 14 @ 10p.m.
-Second TV Air Date: Thursday, May 26 @ 9p.m.
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Season 7 Team Preview: Rat City All-Stars
For our April 16 bout, the Rat City Rollergirls are bringing you something special–our first interleague double header at the Key Arena! Bust out your Rat City Green (or check out some of our new merch items at the game) to support your local sports teams! Our two travel teams, the Rat City All-Stars and the Rain of Terror will be facing up against regional rivals in Bay Area and Denver. Get to know our ambitious travel teams a little better before seeing them on the track! Rat City All-Star Captain Primp Daddytook a few minutes to tell RCRG fans a little more about the All-Star Team and their goals for 2011. The Rat City All-Stars play B.ayA.reaD.erby Girls in the late bout of our April 16 doubleheader. Get your tickets now! It’s only early April, but the Rat City All-Stars already have 5 games under your collective belt, including 3 against DNN-power-ranked top-10 teams. What have you, as both a captain and All-Star player, learned from the games thus far this season?
2011 All-Star Captain Primp Daddy doing some defensive jamming against Bay Area. Photo by Jules Doyle.
Well unfortunately, I sustained a significant knee ligament (MCL) injury in February which kept me from skating at Wild West Showdown. Therefore, I actually ran the bench in that tournament which gave me some unique insight. Our team has stellar players and I’m proud of everyone. Our defense is strong and with a number of newer players, teamwork has been a major focus. We’ve also learned how penalties can devastate a game outcome and have also worked hard to bring those under control. We’ve played some high level games already and have learned some valuable lessons that we hope to take into our game against BAD next Saturday.
As a new team captain, can you share a little about your training plans and goals for the season?
Well, I was a captain on my previous home team back in Cleveland, Ohio. After that, I promised myself that I would never captain again as it’s a ton of work. But…look what happened?! I love this team and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of athletes who are also very fun people. I wanted an opportunity to return to the championships with Rat City (our last trip was 2008). I can tell you that we are training hard this year with a focus on skating skills and strategy as well as athletic conditioning and our mental game. We’re taking a very balanced approach. The early part of the season involves learning to work with the new people and finding our groove as a new team as obviously there are changes in team members each season. In addition, we have increased our practice time and have worked hard on and off the track to prepare for all of our games. Each of these games is a stepping stone and learning experience that will hopefully lead us to the WFTDA Championships this year—our ultimate goal.
ReAnimateHer and Trouble Loves Mimi working together to block the Montreal jammer. Photo by Jules Doyle.
There are a number of new faces on the All-Star team this year, in both skaters who are new to Rat City and skaters who have developed into All-Star caliber skaters. How has the team evolved since last year? Who should fans keep their eyes out for?
We are lucky to have new transfer skaters Glitter Hitter from Santa Cruz and Corre Caminos (the roadrunner!) from Utah. In addition, we have nationally known Goodie Two Skates as a transfer from Rose City Rollers. Newer skaters to the team that have come from within Rat City include Trouble Loves Mimi and Shorty Ounce. I can’t tell you what a phenomenal addition all of these skaters have been to our team! The fans should keep their eye on ALL of these new girls! Corre is our newest jammer and fans have already had a taste of how she can rack up points and penetrate the defense. Blockers Mimi, Shorty and Glitter are a force out there and I feel sorry for anyone that has to take a hit from one of them!
As someone who’s followed derby for a while, Bay Area is always a dangerous and unpredictable team and this is their first All-Star bout since the 2010 WFTDA Championships in Chicago. Can you tell fans a little bit more about your opponent?
Juliet Bravo and Shorty Ounce making a tough front wall. Photo by Jules Doyle.
Bay Area is a phenomenal team that can never be underestimated. They went through all of 2010 on an upward trajectory and absolutely blew people away with their performance at Western Regionals last year which earned them a much coveted trip to the WFTDA Championships (only 3 teams get selected from the highly competitive Western Region). They are also a very fun and flashy team that love to show off a little bling. In Rat’s last matchup against BAD during August of 2010, we lost by a single point. So I can promise the Rat City fans that we are in this game to win it! With a hot matchup like this, there is SURE to be some excellent, hard hitting and strategic roller derby. This bout is sure to deliver to derby fans everywhere!
Any additional thoughts about Saturday’s game and the upcoming season?
The All-Stars are very excited to bring awesome derby to Key Arena for our fans. As far as this season goes, each of these games is simply a stepping stone on our march toward Western Regionals and the WFTDA Championships. Each game should be taken seriously and lessons should be learned each time we take the track. Every game that we play is a dress rehearsal and preparation for our ultimate goal which is our return to the Championships!
Season 7 Team Preview: Rain of Terror
For our April 16 bout, the Rat City Rollergirls are bringing you something special–our first interleague double header at the Key Arena! Our two travel teams, the Rat City All-Stars and the Rain of Terror will be facing up against regional rivals in Bay Area and Denver. Get to know our ambitious travel teams a little better before seeing them on the track! Rain of Terror Co-Captain Foxy Throwdown took a few minutes to tell RCRG fans a little more about the the league’s secondary travel team. Rain of Terror plays Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude in the early bout of our April 16 doubleheader. Get your tickets now!
Muffstache takes a whip off of MoeYa Down while Fighty Almighty blocks in the pack. Photo by Jules Doyle.
Rain of Terror, Rat City’s secondary travel team, has existed for a number of years and been evolving ever since, but this is the first bout in front of a big Seattle audience. Can you tell us a little more about the 2011 team?
Rain of Terror 2011 (RoT) is possibly the most diverse team Rat City has had to date. Our group has skaters ranging all the way from Season 7 fresh meat (Grave Danger’s Stella Borracha) up to long-standing veterans (Sockit Wenches’ Moe YaDown, Throttle Rocket’s Fighty Almighty). When I look at the skaters and their skill level, I’m honestly dumbfounded at the ability we have as a team and as a league to be lucky enough to put together a team of aggressive, hard-working skaters who are ready to represent Rat City.
We have former All-Stars, future All-Stars, and hands down hard-working, aggressive skaters who have dedicated themselves to the sport. Most of the team has not stopped skating since September 2009, and that is something to brag about! You know the names and faces of the Rain of Terror if you’re a Rat City fan. Missile America, Sevier, and Muffstache are just a few of our current stand-outs. I feel that this team is where fans will see their favorites playing both familiar and unfamiliar positions on the track. RoT has definitely allowed some of the home teams’ better and lesser known players to stand out and step up; and they have. It’s been amazing watching my teammates’ growth.
As a new captain, can you share a little about the team’s training plans and goals for the season?
We’re fortunate to have a strong group of leaders that work together very cohesively. I’m just the co-captain. My Captain, Nikole Plated, Head Coach Sheeza Brickhouse, and Assistant Coach Mona Agony (all Grave Danger) are instrumental parts of what keeps RoT running. Since we are transitioning in the derby community beyond an ad-hoc team and into a formal travel team, we’re taking our first year in stride. Our goals this year are more broad than your standard A-Team or even a longer-standing B-Team. We’ve discussed traveling as much as possible and playing as many competitive B-Teams as we can and on-the-rise A-Teams. We try to mix the level of competitive play with our general attitude and outlook for having an outstanding time on the track as individuals and a team and growing and building Rain of Terror to be a force within Rat City, the West and eventually the WFTDA.
Penny Racer and Nikole Plated team up on the Dockyard jammer in Rain of Terror's February bout.
In a lot of ways, the expansion of secondary-travel team level play completely echoes the first burst of interleague play back in 2006. For example—B-Team games aren’t covered as widely as All-Star games, there isn’t a WFTDA-initiated requirement for roster consistency, and each league approaches their B-Team makeup differently. How do you chose your match-ups to ensure a good, competitive experience for both teams and for fans?
Honestly, we’re still feeling the system out. Several of the West’s surrounding leagues have more established B-Teams than we do. Some only have A-Teams. We are doing our best to mix up our games and scrimmages with anyone and everyone within our reach. What you’ll notice on RoT is that some of our primary jammers and blockers may not play the same positions on their home teams. This is their opportunity to hone their skills and not only improve their skills on RoT, but bring their increased ability right back to their home teams for an even more diverse style of play.
Who knows where we’ll end up, but we have begin talking about our desire to help B-Teams maintain a strong presence withing WFTDA very soon. Stay tuned…
So yeah, Denver. What are your expectations going into this game? How has the team prepared for the big Key Arena debut?
We expect a challenging, hard-hitting, strategy heavy game. Denver’s program is known for finding and honing new, loophole strategies to keep ahead of their opponents and smart game play, and we don’t expect anything less. We’ve increased the number of practices our skaters attend each week, extended the length of practice times, have been scrimmaging the Rat City All-Stars and any other teams we can schedule time with, and have been working on specific strategies for some time. We’ve been anticipating this game for months and we’re ready to lay it all out in KeyArena.
Rain of Terror celebrating a weekend full of Win in Alaska. Photo by John Nyman.
The April 16 bout is Rain of Terror’s first big bout in Seattle, but can you tell us a little bit more about your games thus far this year? Also, what’s the rest of your season looking like? Any big games on the horizon?
Our schedule has been insane—in the best possible way! We’ve been packed full of games since the start of the year. In January, we went to Fairbanks, Alaska to play Fairbanks and Rage City (Anchorage). That trip was epic. We had an amazing time with amazing girls. And the following weekend, we went up to Vancouver for a bout against the Terminal City All-Stars. In February we played Dockyard Derby Dames’ Wave of Mutilation. Those were all bouts against other leagues’ all-star teams.
The morning after our February Key Arena bout with Rose City’s home teams, we scrimmaged Portland’s Axles of Annihilation. In March, we played Jet City’s B52s and an All-Star mash-up team, High Octane at Wild West Showdown. In June we’ll play the B52s again, likely twice, and we’ll go down to Portland to play the Axles. This summer we may also travel to Eastern Washington. I think that’s all that’s officially on the books, but there’s always more around the corner. We like to keep busy and train hard.
Bout Recap: Throttle Rockets shoot down Sockit Wenches, 116-76
What a difference a few months makes… If you’d asked anyone who last saw the Sockit Wenches win the season opener mini-tournament which team would be the favorite to win between them and the Throttle Rockets in March, smart money probably would be on last year’s champions in blue. But when one combines some roster changes, some injuries, and not-quite-quantifiable factor of a team gelling, it’d throw a wrench in the works for anyone who made predictions back in January.
Hard Cora gives Luna Negra a push out of the pack. Photo by Jules Doyle.
Possibly in homage to their coach, the Wenches first drew blood with a quick 1-0 by X-Khan followed by a 5-0 by Juliet Bravo. However, in the next jam, new Throttle Rocket Eva Dead picked up 5-0, making it a one-point game. While one-point games are pretty common in the first few jams, this back-and-forth “anybody’s game” dynamic early on would be the tone for most of the bout. A 5-0 run by TR rookie Luna Negra in jam 6 (aided by a ferocious pack of blockers in Fighty Almighty, Hard Cora, IRockit, and Killah Kelly) made for the first lead change of the night at 16-11, TRs. The Sockit Wenches, of course, would have none of that, and sprightly Penny Racer made an 8-0 run while Clobberin’ Mame, Trouble Loves Mimi, Moe YaDown and Squirrel! kept the always slippery Eva Dead trapped. 19-16, Wenches. This, derby fans, was a Game.
Throttle Rocket jammer Eva Dead gets past Sockit Wench blocker Moe YaDown. Photo by Jules Doyle
As a testament to how much of a Game this bout had become, the TRs went on a 7-jam streak of getting lead jammer calls, but managed only an 18-8 run (third lead change in that run, by the way). Heavy defense was the story in the first half—multiple scoring passes were few and far between, and two or three point differentials were often the case.With the exception of Sirius Mischief’s 8-0 during this run, this was a game of teams eking out points when, where, and how they could get them. 34-28, TRs with less under 10 minutes in the period.
However, three points and a lead jam call for Wench Caddie Smack, soon followed by a 10-0 jam by Sevier (both jammers’ first times wearing the star for the night) was enough for a momentum shift and another lead change (four now), leaving it 42-37, Wenches at the half.
Sockit Wench Penny Racer tries to distract Throttle Rocket Valtron3000 at the jammer line, to no avail. Photo by Jules Doyle
Coming out of the locker room, the Throttle Rockets went on a tear: a 16-0, three-jam run for the fifth lead change of the game. The Wenches responded with 7-0 in jam 4, but an 18-0 run by Luna Negra (who was on track, and got, a 100% lead-jam percentage for the night) gave the TRs the biggest lead either team had thus far that night at 71-49. Her veteran pack of Fighty, IRockit, Slutnik, and Valtron3000 was able to hold in the Wenches’ jammer and control the light pack, allowing for the biggest score of the game. It looked like the ladies in blue might make another run for it. A few jams after Luna’s big run-up, the Wench pack of Rebel Belle, X-Khan, Moe and Mimi helped jammer go-to girl Juliet Bravo rack up a 15-0 power jam to 74-65 with about 15minutes to go.
Apparently that was too close for comfort for the Throttle Rockets, who proceeded to turn on the afterburners. Except for another Bravo tour-de-force jam with both teams fielding light packs, the rest of the game was all TR, and they went on a 42-11 run—taking advantage of boxed Wench jammers and dominating the pack play—to win 116-76.
Both teams awarded MVP to their opponents’ most tenacious jammers: Throttle Rockets’ Eva Dead and Sockit Wenches’ Penny Racer.
The next home team matchups are at our May 14 bout. The Sockit Wenches play Grave Danger and the Throttle Rockets play Derby Liberation Front. In April, come see the Rat City All-Stars play the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls and the Rain of Terror face off against the Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude. Tickets are available online now!
Bout Recap: Grave Danger draws DLF blood, 156-85
After two terrifically successful expo bouts, the Rat City Rollergirls kicked of the 2011 league season with a pair of action-packed full-length bouts between the teams that you’ve come to love over the past seven seasons.
Grave Danger's Tempura Tantrum lays a big block on DLF jammer Corre Caminos. Photo by Jules Doyle
The first bout of the evening saw last year’s runners-up, Grave Danger, pitted against a Derby Liberation Front on the rise. The bout opened with a pair of 2011 Rat City All-Star jammers on the line: veteran Carmen Getsome in red against rookie Corre Caminos in green. DLF scored first with a quick 2-0 for Corre, but Grave Danger’s ReAnimate Her responded back with 3-0 over DLF’s Goodie Two Skates in jam 2. After an 8-8 in jam 3 (with a jammer swap to boot), Grave Danger ignited their offense, locked down their defense, and went on a merciless 9 jam 60-3 run. The Danger packs were consistent and unyielding, with heavy defense led by sHedonist, Muffstache and Nikole Plated. Along with the usual suspects on the jammer line, Grave Danger’s Shorty Ounce, quickly becoming one of the league’s top utility players, scored a 15-0 jam during that run.
DLF blocker Know Mercy making a run for Grave Danger jammer Georgia O'Grief. Photo by Jules Doyle
With about 10 minutes to go in the half, DLF capitalized on a boxed Danger jammer to start their own 17-8 run. Kitty Kamikaze, Corre Caminos, Goodie Two Skates, and DLF rookies Lucinda Pack and AviHater all put up points during that streak to close the half 81-30.
DLF came out of the break on fire with a 4-0 by Corre Caminos and a strong 7-0 by Lucinda Pack. However, by jam 3, Danger’s blockers were out of the penalty box revolving door and the full pack of blockers—Sara Problem, Carmen Getsome, Scarlet Leather, and sHedonist—were able to force a major on the DLF jammer, and control the light DLF pack, (two blockers also spent time in the box) to create a power jam for ReAnimate Her. ReAnimate Her’s five scoring passes were the start of another dominant Danger run: 43-5, taking the score to 124-46.
Lucinda Pack jamming for the Derby Liberation Front. Photo by Jules Doyle.
Despite the clock ticking down and the gap widening, DLF kept fighting. The Rat City revolutionaries turned up their offense and tightened up their defense, with strong packs led by Glitter and Foxy Throwdown and impressive play by rookies Rumble Fist and Seditious Heart. DLF continued to mix up their jammer lineups, adding veteran blocker Ivana Clobber to the rotation with some success. However, it seemed that every advance was answered by the team in red. Grave Danger had the edge in experience—both in playing the game and playing together—and while DLF showed huge strides, it wasn’t enough this time. Final score, Grave Danger 156- Derby Liberation Front 85.
Both teams awarded MVP to their opponents’ most relentless blockers: Katarina Whip for Grave Danger and Glitter for DLF.
The next home team matchups are at our May 14 bout. Grave Danger plays the Sockit Wenches and Derby Liberation Front plays the Throttle Rockets. In April, come see the Rat City All-Stars play the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls and the Rain of Terror face off against the Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude. Tickets are available online now!
Season 7 Team Preview: Sockit Wenches
Oh gosh! Our Rat City Rollergirls league season starts TOMORROW! Your intrepid RCRG reporters talked with members of all four home teams to get a sense of how they’ve been getting ready for the 2011 season. Ima Handful from the Sockit Wenches took a few minutes to tell RCRG fans what the league sweetheart have been up to lately. The Sockit Wenches play the Throttle Rockets in the late bout of our March 19 doubleheader. Get your tickets now!
The 2011 Sockit Wenches are all smiles during team introductions. Photo by Mama Getsome
Welcome Sockit Wenches Pit Crew to an amazing 2011 season! Fueled by their Season 6 Championship title, the Sockit Wenches have trained in overdrive: learning new strategy, scrimmaging teams across the Northwest and pushing themselves to be smarter, faster and hit harder!
The Wenches are proud to welcome three fantastic new additions to their roster: Squirrel!, ShanPain, and Raspberry Slam. ShanPain comes to the Wenches from neighboring league Tilted Thunder and brings with her fantastic banked track experience. All of our fresh meat have worked night and day to prepare for a Sockit Wench joyride.
Sockit Wenches on the rise this 2011 season include names you’ve seen but now you’ll never forget. Trouble Loves Mimi is the newest Wench to make the All-Star Team and already has stellar blocking statistics against solid teams like Portland and Denver. Ima Handful is proud to be the assistant coach of the All-Star Team as well as a trusted Wench jammer and blocker. Additionally, a number of our Wenches have become Rain of Terror standouts and you’ll see this in home season play: Penny Racer with her jamming and blockers Sevier, Belle Tolls, and Caddie Smack.
Rebel Belle, Moe Ya Down, and Penny Racer play heavy defense against the High Roller jammer in February's bout.
Of course, the Sockit Wenches wouldn’t be the same without veteran All Star and Rain of Terror skaters including Clobberin’ Mame, Rebel Belle, Shovey Chase, Juliet Bravo, X-Khan and MoeYa Down. These Wenches have stood the test of time and are guaranteed to get your engines running with their speed, focus and talent.
The Sockit Wenches will be missing some of their most tried and true girls in orange and blue due to injury. The team is wishing Anya Heels, Ima Handful, Sugar N. CreamHer and Claranioa speedy recoveries as they face rough injuries like concussion, ALC tears and a jaw fracture.
This Wenches are outfitted in racy new uniforms and helmets sponsored by Uptown Espresso. They can’t wait to break them in with some blood, sweat and tears. Help cheer the Wenches on with new merch like our exclusive, all-natural hoodies.
Want to help the Wenches with their derby dreams of playing the Paradise Rollergirls in Hawaii? Check out their fundraiser at ReBar, April 9th. Come dance to sweet 80s tunes, show off your best 80s threads and rub shoulders with the sweethearts of roller derby, the Sockit Wenches. Watch out Rat City, Sockit Wenches… Sockit To Ya!
Season 7 Team Preview: Derby Liberation Front
With less than a week before the first Season 7 league-play bouts, your intrepid Rat City reporters talked with members of all four home teams to get a sense of how they’ve been getting ready for the 2011 season. Derby Liberation Front’s Foxy Throwdown and Kitty Kamikaze took a few minutes to tell RCRG fans what the revolutionaries have been up to lately. Derby Liberation Front plays Grave Danger in the early bout of our March 19 doubleheader. Get your tickets now!
Make no mistake, Derby Liberation Front is coming out swinging – figuratively, of course, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be gentle. From back-to-back season champions to the league’s underdog, we’ve seen it all, and we’re back to show you what revolution is all about. Somewhere between a bloodless coup and out-and-out guerilla warfare, we’ve rediscovered the magic combination of teamwork, off-skates training, and the on-skates ass-kicking you know and love.
Coach Ho Chi Danh gives Know Mercy a high-five after a good jam. Photo by Jules Doyle.
But who is DLF? Co-Captains are Kitty Kamikaze, boasting her 7th season with DLF with 3 seasons as a Rat City All-Star, and Yoko Onoud’int, a Rain of Terror skater who won MVP in her first game. With Ho Chi Danh returning as coach and original DLF captain Ida Slapter running the bench, DLF’s veteran line-up is as solid as our walls on the track. Powerhouses Cassassin, Foxy Throwdown, and Ivana Clobber, known for their tenacity in defense and sneak attacks on offense, lead the pack of returning skaters with Libby Raider, BomBarb, Flamin’ Ginger, Know Mercy, and Domino Scarvy.
You’ll also notice a lot of new faces on the track. This year’s rookies are Annie Warhead, AviHater, Lucinda Pack, Rumble Fist, and Seditious Heart, and all have proven their worth from the start. Rumble has crazy derby instincts and an innate ability to play with her team. Sid and Lucy have a fire inside of them and there’s no end to their intensity and aggression. Warhead and Hater bring speed and determination to their game, and their learning curves shows no signs of leveling off. Keep an eye out on these women during this season. You WILL be impressed.
Foxy Throwdown holding down the front of the pack in the January bout. Photo by Narra
A crew of transfer skaters have also joined DLF and also snagged spots as Rat City All-Stars. Corre Caminos, formerly of the O-Town Derby Dames; Glitter, formerly of Jet City Rollergirls and Santa Cruz Derby Girls; Goodie Two Skates, formerly of the Rose City Rollers; and Method of Madness, from the Salt City Derby Girls; have all helped keep DLF’s foundation solid. Corre has stunned fans with her poise and incredible ability to skate through big hits and suddenly clear the pack with a smile on her face. Method is a utility-player force, and hands down one of the most determined athletes on the league. Goodie and Glitter don’t know what it means to quit and prove time and time again that they give everything they have to their team.
We’re ready for this season. We hope you are. Never underestimate the power of the revolution. Stay tuned for DLF team events because we love to hang with our fans, and be sure to grab a brand new DLF track jacket on the way into the bout!
Season 7 Team Preview: Throttle Rockets
With less than a week before the first Season 7 league-play bouts, your intrepid Rat City reporters talked with members of all four home teams to get a sense of how they’ve been getting ready for the 2011 season. Throttle Rockets Co-Captain Fighty Almighty took a few minutes to tell RCRG fans what our intergalactic warriors have been up to lately. The Throttle Rockets play the Sockit Wenches in the late bout of our March 19 doubleheader. Get your tickets now!
Sirius Mischief and Missile America laying heavy defense on the Guns & Rollers jammer in the February 4x4 against Rose City. Photo by Jules Doyle
The Throttle Rockets, affectionately dubbed “The Raiders of Roller Derby,” may be strangers to the championship title, but all of that is about to change. Returning all-stars such as Valtron 3000 (in her seventh season as a TR) and Captain Sirius Mischief add serious gravity to the team’s blocking and jamming. Add to those slickly experienced veterans and a dangerous rookie contingent, including Season 7 Bout 1 (January 2011) MVP recipient Missile America and newcomer Luna Negra, and you have some explosive jamming possibilities. The TRs scored some additional jammer fuel with the recent addition Eva Dead, a seasoned transfer skater from Chicago’s Windy City Rollers.
Throttle Rocket Co-Captain Fighty Almighty with a big hit on the Guns & Rollers jammer in the February 4x4 against Rose City. Photo by Joe Rollerfan
The roster also includes stalwarts like Fighty Almighty and Killah Kelly, a recent transfer from Maui’s Pacific Rollergirls, who are ready and willing to alternately pound out some hits or don the star. The TRs heavy hitters include veterans Slutnik, Hard Cora, and QuarterBoy, who offer a defensive reckoning that few can pass while remaining upright. Former Throttle Rocket Dirty Little Secret (coach) and Lexi Luthor (bench manager and former NSO who crossed over to the dark side) will be on the bench, keeping the TR Machine well-oiled and focused on the prize: The 2011 Championship.
For fans who can’t get enough intergalactic action, the Throttle Rockets are playing the Oly Rollers’ Dropkick Donnas on March 26 in Skateland in Olympia, WA. Tickets are on sale now!
March Bout Preview on Q13 Fox News This Morning
Set your DVR to Q13 today or watch live as our RCRG ladies take center stage for three segments on Mornings with Kaci on the morning show. Check back for footage of the segments.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the March 19th bout at KeyArena. Zeeks Pizza presents the first Rat City Rollergirls Official Home Team Standings Bout of Season 7 on Saturday,
Mark your calendars as the Rat City Rollergirls hit the track, competing in the first official bouts of the season to determine home team standings. Each team will compete in their normal, one-hour long bouts with league standings at stake. This season will be one that goes down in the record books as the Sockit Wenches prepare to defend their Championship title but not without some amazing pressure from Grave Danger, the Throttle Rockets and as seen with the charity opener, the Derby Liberation Front.
Teams have boosted their rosters with well-known talent from sister leagues and picked up spectacular new talent from RCRG’s own Rat Lab division. With all four teams on even playing ground, expectations are high and competition is at an all-time stiffness.
Can the Sockit Wenches win back to back titles? Could Derby Liberation Front recapture what once was the glory of being undefeated? Will Grave Danger rise from last year’s ashes to finally capture the elusive Championship trophy? Or will the Throttle Rockets launch out of the pack and defeat them all with silent determination? There’s only one way to find out. Be part of the most competitive season Rat City has seen in years!
The March 19th lineup is:
Derby Liberation Front vs. Grave Danger
Sockit Wenches vs. Throttle Rockets
Doors at 4:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm.
Tickets are on sale now; buy them before it’s too late!
Dont Forget Rat City Rollergirls *Fan Special * at Zeeks Pizza on 5th and Denny Way!
Pre-funk before the bout at family-friendly Zeeks Pizza with $9.50 PBR Pitchers when you buy a large pizza prior to all RCRG bouts this season. Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Follow Zeeks on Facebook and Twitter for more details.
Season 7 Team Preview: Grave Danger
With less than a week before the first Season 7 league-play bouts, your intrepid Rat City reporters talked with members of all four home teams to get a sense of how they’ve been getting ready for the 2011 season. Grave Danger’s ReAnimateHer took a few minutes to tell RCRG fans what Everyone’s Worst Nightmare has been up to lately. Grave Danger plays the Derby Liberation Front in the early bout of our March 19 doubleheader. Get your tickets now!
In 2011 Grave Danger, as usual, is out for blood. And we put the work behind it. We have high expectations of each other and ourselves. We keep each other accountable and maintain higher standards, both for practice attendance and off skates workouts. Never ones to complain, the team consistently meets these standards and then some. It’s been said that we are the fittest team on Rat City, and we humbly agree.
Teamwork at its most Danger-ous! ReAnimateHer whips Shorty Ounce up to clear a path for her in Grave Danger's game against Rose City's Heartless Heathers. Photo by Momma Getsome
When we pick up new teamates, it’s more that just skating skill that we want, we look for skaters who can really become another piece of our talented puzzle, both on and off the track. We are so lucky to have a balance of women who are aggressive, smart, patient, and team players! Our roster season is a derby coach’s dream. Grave Danger prides itself on having utility players, skaters who can play offense, defense, jam, and sometimes all at once! Every player contributes something whether it be hard hits, scoring points, on track teamwork, and of course, doing their part for the less-glamourous side of derby– the spreadsheets and conference calls.
We don’t call our new skaters ‘fresh meat’– we immediately call them teammates! In the pre-season, Danger picked up Stella Borracha and Tempura Tantrum. Stella has amazing speed and jammer agility and Tem is excelling at pack play, with top-notch communication and awareness, all while taking out jammers with solid hits. From the Rat Lab, we’ve drafted Dee Cap Attack and very recently Ponyboi Hurtis. Dee Cap has really become a utility player– she jams and blocks, and we’re excited to develop Ponyboi into another piece of the puzzle. Additionally, former Windy City Roller Loco Chanel is Grave Danger’s most recent transfer, and she has blended with our team so quickly, we swear that she has been here for years!! Thanks WCR, we will continue to enjoy her derby intelligence, and positivity! Oh and big hits!
Injury is a part of derby, but aside from all of our bumps and bruises, our teammate Mona Agony out on injury for most of the season. However, she’s become an amazing assistant coach during practice and on the bench during games… teamates like that are priceless!
Carmen Getsome, Stella Borracha, Sake Bomb, and Sara Problem take it to the bank. Grave Danger vs. LA's Varsity Brawlers January 23. Photo by Jules Doyle
The 2011 season has awoken some evil stars of the track like Muffstache, Shorty Ounce, and Nikole Plated! Our team has so many strengths, but fundamentally it comes down to each of our individual skater’s effort to be her best, then we put it all together for our shared goal of success. We are also so proud of the fans that come out to every game, fill our sections of the stands, and cheer for us! We know our fans can see from their seats just how much we value our teamwork, and we appreciate them and their big bloody sparkly signs!
Grave Danger has an upcoming BINGO night at the Rendezvous in Belltown on March 26, so please support and hang with your favorite undead team. We also lead the league in new and fun merchandise, now having die-cut GD car air freshners, and white baseball tees with the coffin logo, so check it out at the March 19 game!
Rat City and Rose City Split Wins in Sibling Rivalry
Can’t get enough action in our usual double-headers? Try a quadruple-header! On February 19, the Rat City Rollergirls hosted all of Portland’s Rose City Rollers’ local teams for an exciting 4-by-4 home team showdown. The matchups for each of the 30-minute minibouts were set by last year’s end-of-season standings. Each league took home two wins and two losses, full recaps are below.
Glitter HitHer, Domino Scarvy, and Kitty Kamikaze create a wall to hold the Betties' jammer. Photo by Jules Doyle
Derby Liberation Front 92 — Breakneck Betties 46
The opening bout saw our Derby Liberation Front take on Rose City’s Breakneck Betties. From the opening whistle, DLF came out with guns blazing, putting 37 points on the board in the first four jams on the legs of Corre Caminos, Method of Madness, and recent Rose City transfer Goodie TwoSkates. Despite some strong jamming from the Betties’ Soulfearic Acid and Northern Lights, DLF was relentless in their defense, led by by front-of-the-pack wrecking balls Glitter HitHer and Ivana Clobber. They took home their first win in Seattle since 2009.
With 54 points in just 6 times with the star, the Breakneck Betties named Corre Caminos MVP for the Derby Liberation Front.
Throttle Rockets 96 — Guns N’ Rollers 27
Valtron 3000 jamming for the Throttle Rockets. Photo by Jules Doyle
Exploding to an 18-0 lead after jam 2, the Throttle Rockets were in control of their game against the Guns N’ Rollers from the get go. Similar to DLF’s opening bout, solid, consistent offense and punishing defense was the name of the game here. The Rockets Sirius (Mischief and Smack), Hard Cora, Fighty Almighty and Slutnik kept the pack on lockdown, only allowing a single scoring pass for the Guns jammers, if they let them out at all. But the heavy defense was a two-way street—the Guns were able to keep pace and narrow the gap to 36-22 with about 10minutes to go. At that point though, the Throttle Rockets put it into overdrive, shooting down the Guns with a a 60-5 run. Valtron 3000 turned on the afterburners with a 30-0 romp, and Windy City transfer Eva Dead closed out the bout with a 14-0 run in her Key Arena debut.
Guns N’ Rollers named Killah Kelly MVP for the Throttle Rockets for her aggressive blocking and impressive RCRG debut.
Heartless Heathers 95 — Grave Danger 89
Pink Tattilac and Shedonist block the Heartless Heathers jammer as Katarina Whip jams. Photo by Jules Doyle.
In the third bout of the night, Grave Danger opened it up with a modest 8-5 lead in the first few jams. However, it soon became clear that this game wasn’t going to be as one-sided as the previous two when the Heartless Heathers completely capitalized on a power jam and pack-advantage opportunity with White Flight taking a 24-0 run. Sprung from the box, Carmen Getsome answered back with a 15-0 to take it 29-24. Danger shortly retook the lead with Katarina Whip, Georgia O’Grief and ReAnimateHer putting points on the board and heavy blocking by Sara Problem and sHedonist to keep the Heathers at bay. With about 5 minutes left on the clock, the score read 72-48, but two solid back-to-back jams by Heathers Tekillya and Mercy brought the score to 78-67 with one jam to go. Danger put Shorty Ounce on the line, but a track cut major gave Heather jammer Twat Rocket the chance to catch up. Calling it after a 15 point run, the Heathers celebrated a victory until Shorty Ounce’s 4 points prior to her box trip were tallied, tying the score and requiring an overtime jam. Unfortunately, Danger started the overtime jam (full two minutes, with jammers scoring on the first pass) in the worst possible scenario—jammer and two blockers in the box. While Shorty Ounce managed to get one scoring pass, and despite Georgia O’Grief’s killer defense as the only Danger blocker on the track for the full 2 minutes, the Heather jammer managed another pass and a half to end it 96-89.
Heartless Heathers named Shorty Ounce MVP for Grave Danger for her outstanding jamming and brutal blocking.
High Rollers 90 — Sockit Wenches 30
Trouble Loves Mimi looks to give the High Rollers' jammer some trouble. Photo by Jules Doyle.
In the last mini-bout of the evening, each city’s 2010 league champion teams, the High Rollers for Rose City, and Rat City’s Sockit Wenches, faced off. The High Rollers drew first blood, with a 9-0 jam by Wreck Deckard out of the gates. The Sockit Wenches, seemingly unstoppable in Rat City league play, were neutralized by the tight green High Roller walls, especially when on the wrong side of a pack-advantage situation. By jam 8, it was 57-13 Rollers, even with usual go-to girls like X-Khan, Juliet Bravo, Rebel Belle, and Anya Heels having worn the star. The Wench pack tightened up their defense in the second half of the bout, with some fierce blocking by Trouble Loves Mimi, Juliet Bravo and X-Khan, holding the High Rollers scoreless for 7 out of the last 11 jams. However, it was a case of too little, too late, as the High Rollers early lead proved to be insurmountable in 30 short minutes.
The High Rollers named Shovey Chase MVP for the Sockit Wenches for her brickwall-like blocking in the pack.
There will be another Rat City-Rose City hometeam throwdown showdown in Portland this April. More details to come soon! But first… the Rat City Rollergirls played to a SOLD OUT house in February, so get your tickets to our March 19th bout now!
Rat City’s All-Stars and Rain of Terror Bring Home the Win!
Rat City All-Stars kick off 2011 season with a 122-66 win over Detroit Derby Girls
Rain of Terror defeats Dockyard Derby Dames’ Wave of Mutilation 161-78
All-Star jammer Primp Daddy gets blocked by Detroit (photo by Jules Doyle).
The Rat City All-Stars and Rain of Terror kicked off their 2011 seasons on February 5, and both teams got solid wins over their opponents. The All-Stars hosted the Detroit Derby Girls (DDG), ranked #4 in the WFTDA North Central region, and got a solid 122-66 win. Rain of Terror hosted neighboring Tacoma’s Dockyard Derby Dames’ all-star team, the Wave of Mutilation and similarly served them a 161-78 loss. DDG is in the midst of their “Northwest Passage” tour, and are also playing Rose City’s Wheels of Justice and the Oly Rollers’ Cosa Nostra Donnas this weekend.
The All-Stars opened the bout with a textbook 4-0 jam from Carmen Getsome. After 0-0 in jam 2, Detroit’s Cookie Rumble answered back with 4-0. For the next 6 jams, the All-Stars and Detroit traded lead jammer status, power jams, and leads until jam 11, when Primp Daddy opened the door with a 12-0 jam (including a sweet juke between Detroit’s Del Bomber and Cool Whip) to make it 31-12 midway through the first half. A 9-0 jam by Racer McChaser brought Detroit within 15 points, but that was the closest they would get that afternoon. Corre Caminos, making her All-Star debut, was true to her namesake the “road runner”, putting 18 points on the board over two back-to-back jams, cooling her heels in the penalty box in the middle. At the end of the first half, the score read 58-22 Rat City.
The All-Stars opened the second half by completely locking down on defense and maximizing offense—going on a 50-4 tear for the first 7 jams of the second half to 108-26. ReAnimateHer, Juliet Bravo, Glitter HitHer, and Goodie Two Skates, (the latter two making their debut with Rat City All-Stars) were key parts of this punishing defense. With about 15 minutes left in the game, Detroit came alive again, with Effin Money and Boo D. Livers putting points on the board and ramping up the defense to keep the All-Star jammers stuck in the pack or limited to a single scoring pass. However, this last push (Detroit had a 40-14 run at the end of the second half) was too late, with the final score putting Rat City on top, 122-66.
Proving there’s no rest for the wicked (or wickedly awesome); the Rat City All-Stars are in action again this Friday, February 11, playing host to Montreal’s New Skidz on the Block. You can see them live and in action next at the Wild West Showdown in Bremerton, WA March 5th and 6th, and at the KeyArena for our April 16th bout where they take on the San Francisco Bay Area Derby Girls.
Rat City All-Stars: Kamikaze Kim 00// Goodie Two Skates 8// Sirius Mischief 9// Carmen Getsome 12// X-Khan 18// Wile E. Peyote 21// ReAnimateHer 31// Primp Daddy 73// Juliet Bravo 76// Corre Caminos 104// Hard Cora 247// Glitter HitHer 319// sHedonist 615// Valtron 3000
Detroit Derby Girls: Elle McFearsome 6// Tiny Ninja 8// Elle Iminator11 // Cool Whip N20// Effin Money 22// Racer McChaseHer 28// Fatal Femme 46// Summers Eve-L 68// Polly Fester 100// Boo D. Livers 247// Black Eyed Skeez 313// Cookie Rumble 333// Lazer Beam 620// Combat Cat 728// Del Bomber 76// Honey Suckit 1974
Rain of Terror jammer Penny Racer.
Rain of Terror, the rest of the best Rat City team, started off slow against the Wave of Mutilation, with the Wave jumping to a 21-3 lead after 4 jams. However Rain of Terror struck back almost immediately with four lead jam calls, and four big jams by Penny Racer, Yoko Onoudi’nt, Missile America, and Muffstache to bring it to 39-21. Once Rain of Terror seized the lead, they never looked back, keeping the Wave to a mere 4 more points for the rest of the half, the score reading 92-25 at halftime.
Both teams started the second half with heavier defense, allowing only one scoring pass per jam, but Rain of Terror managed to grow their lead to 104-32, five jams in. However, in the next jam, the Wave’s Anita Hit Sum Won maximized her power jam by putting 19 points on the board, taking it to 108-51, with about 20 minutes left. Rain of Terror immediately answered back, with a 23-0 run in the next two jams, bringing the score to 131-51. Rain of Terror expanded their jammer rotation in the last 15 minutes, with both captain Foxy Throwdown and Sara Problem wearing the star and putting points on the board. With solid defense (with some great hits by Nikole Plated, IRockIt, and Missile America—while both jamming and blocking), and consistently strong offense, Rain of Terror came out on top 161-78.
You can see Rain of Terror in action next month at the Wild West Showdown in Bremerton, WA March 5th and 6th, and also at our April bout at the KeyArena where they’ll go up against the Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitudes.
Rain of Terror: Fighty Almighty K0// Penny Racer 2// Foxy Throwdown 10// Eddie Shredder 11// Betty Ford Galaxy 12// IRockIt 15// Muffstache 17// Yoko Onoudi’nt 20// Sara Problem 26// Stella Borracha 43// Nikole Plated 45// Caddie Smack 56// Missile America 321// Moe YaDown 14
Dockyard Derby Dames’ Wave of Mutilation: MyTai Smashya 18// Ida Spyze-her 24// Vicious Divalicious 33// Skate Pauli Girl 34// Anita Hit Sum Won 420// Connie Pinko 62// Rocky Hardplace 6×7// Cookies & Milf OU81// Betty Drillder 86// Snickerbrutal 88// Morna Handful 462// Sister Slaughter 480// Rusty O’Tulle 9/16// Heide Flyss 2500// Blonde Amazon 11// Frankie Bones 70
All-Star team kicks off their 2011 Season
The Rat City Rollergirls All-Star team kicks off their 2011 Season this weekend with their first WFTDA-ranked game against the Detroit Derby Girls All-Star Team. Next weekend, RCRG All-Stars face the Montreal Rollergirls and set the pace for their 2011 rankings. Check back for bout recaps, they’ll be posted as soon as the dust has settled!
Want to see our All-Star team in action? Then check out the 2011 Wild West Showdown in Bremerton, WA March 4 – 6th, where the All-Star’s will play 3 more WFTDA sanctioned bouts:
March 5th Rat City All-Stars vs. Denver Roller Dolls Mile High Club at 12pm
March 5th Rat City All-Stars vs. Rose City Rollers Wheels of Justice at 8pm
March 6th Rat City All-Stars vs. Philly Rollergirls Liberty Belles at 5pm
Wild West Showdown is the largest derby event in the Pacific Northwest. It is an extravaganza of National proportions where 17 WFTDA leagues play against each other in multiple bouts for top-rankings.
Can’t make it to Bremerton? No problem! The Rat City Rollergirls All-Star team will take on the San Francisco Bay Area Derby Girls on April 16th at the KeyArena along with the Rat City Rollergirls Rain of Terror team, who will compete against the Denver Roller Dolls Bruising Altitude. Tickets are on sale now!
Join our Ranks: Tryouts February 12th
We are always looking for strong athletes to join our ranks. Our next tryout is at our practice facility on Saturday, February 12 from 1-4 p.m. (doors open and registration begin at noon).
Roller derby is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, endurance-based sport that takes lots of physical and mental ability, time, and sheer dedication. If you think you have what it takes, consider attending one of our tryouts to show us what you’ve got.
There will be two pre-tryouts open practices on Monday, January 31 and Monday, February 7 from 8-10 p.m. at the Rat City Rollergirls practice facility, the Rat’s Nest; the drop-in fee to attend is $10 per practice.
For more information please go to our TRYOUTS page.
Wii video Game featuring Rat City Rollergirls Released January 24th
Jam City Rollergirls, the first video game officially licensed by the WFTDA, will be available for download starting January 24th on Nintendo’s WiiWare. Gamers can compete in wild and entertaining environments as their favorite derby skaters on actual WFTDA teams.
The sport of women’s roller derby is exploding in popularity, and its best athletes are gaining recognition around the world. Have you ever wanted to skate as a Rat City Rollergirl, a Texecutioner, or a Gotham Girl? Roll in the skates of Rat City All-Star Valtron 3000 or Rat City Alumni Ann R. Kissed, Burnett Down, Miss Fortune, D-Bomb or Rettig to Rumble. This game lets anyone be on their favorite team or be their favorite skater for a few laps around the track. Or, create your own custom skater and progress through a variety of entertaining levels and venues as you skate through a season.
Developed by punk rock game developer and modern derby lovers Frozen Codebase, JAM CITY ROLLERGIRLS™ is the groundbreaking, history-making, first ever women’s flat track roller derby video game!
Roller derby is an extraordinarily athletic endeavor with intense excitement and real competition with a bold and brash edge. Jam City Rollergirls, with its explosive graphics and creative twists and charismatic characters, reflects that the extreme team sport of roller derby is both serious and fun.
Blood on the Banked Track
On Sunday January 23rd, Grave Danger heads South to Los Angeles to take on the L.A. Derby Dolls home team the Varsity Brawlers in an interleague competition. Will Grave Danger’s flat track derby skills translate to a victory on the banked track? Watch the action live on Derby News Network at 4PM PST and cheer on the black and red.
As a preview to the bank tracked action, tune in Saturday January 22nd at 8PM PST on Derby News Network to see some of your favorite Rat City Rollergirls skaters play with Team Legit, a team of flat-track skaters from around the country that take their skills to the banked track. Team Legit plays the L.A. Derby Dolls Ri-Ettes.
Rain of Terror hits the road: Alaska and Vancouver bound
Rain of Terror, Rat City’s second travel team will be hitting the road North the next two weekends to play non-WFTDA sanctioned bouts. First up, Rain of Terror heads way North to take on the Fairbanks Rollergirls in Fairbanks, Alaska on January 22nd. Can’t afford the flight? Tune in Saturday at 7p.m. (Alaska time) to watch the Rain of Terror bring the thunder on a live boutcast on www.b2tv.com (cost is $8).
The following weekend, Rain of Terror heads North to Canada to take on Terminal City Rollergirls in Vancouver, B.C. on January 29th.
The weather forecast shows 100% chance of THUNDERSTORMS.
January 22 Rain of Terror vs. Fairbanks Rollergirls (in Fairbanks, Alaska) GET TICKETS
January 29 Rain of Terror vs. Terminal City Rollergirls (in Vancouver, B.C.) GET TICKETS
Fans and Skaters: Take the WFTDA Survey Jan. 16th-30th
Participate in the second annual WFTDA demographic survey! Win WFTDA prizes, and help leagues around the world learn more about the audience for modern roller derby. The Rat City Rollergirls thank you for naming us as your favorite!
The survey collects demographic data, basic consumer habits, and opinions about the state of the sport. It should only take a few minutes to complete.
Participating in this survey will supply valuable information to your favorite local league, as well as to the modern roller derby community as a whole.
Fans and skaters of non-WFTDA leagues – male or female – are also invited to participate in this survey.
Survey participants may optionally enter a drawing to win a gift pack of WFTDA swag. Ten winners will be selected at random after the survey closes Sunday, January 30th and will be notified by email.
Sockit Wenches win Season 7 Charity Bout
Over 6,000 fans packed KeyArena to watch the Sockit Wenches win the largest purse for their charity Queer Youth Space in the Season 7 Opening Charity Bout. Team matches were initially determined by the 2010 Season 6 standings. In the first two bouts, Grave Danger beat the Throttle Rockets (59-31), and the Sockit Wenches eeked out a win against Derby Liberation Front (74-64). In the match for third and forth place, the Throttle Rockets skated to victory over DLF (83-25). In a nail biter of a last match, Sockit Wenches took home first place by beating Grave Danger (52-49)
Read a more detailed bout recap by Tom George at examiner.com.
Missile America maintains stays in bounds on one foot (photos by Jules Doyle).
GD Jammer Carmen Getsome calls off the jam mid-roll (photos by Jules Doyle).
First bout of Season 7 this Saturday!
BOUTING IT OUT FOR CHARITY
Don’t forget the first bout of the season is this Saturday, January 15th. Each home team will play for a charity near and dear to their hearts, in short, 30-minute tournament style bouts. The Sockit Wenches play for Queer Youth Space, Grave Danger plays for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Throttle Rockets play for Young Survival Coalitionand Derby Liberation Front plays for 826 Seattle. Donation jars will be stationed at each charity information table and the team merchandising booths throughout KeyArena. So you can show off your big heart too! With stakes this high, you can’t afford to miss the 2011 RCRG Season Charity Opener – get your tickets now!
Doors at 4:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm.
And don’t forget our AFTERPARTY, hosted by Hula Hula Lounge at 106 1st Ave N., with drink specials for all Rat City fans! See you there!
SHOW US YOUR CANS
Hey fans! Help the Rat City Rollergirls support the Ballard Food Bank and the Queen Anne Helpline with your donations of canned food items, non-perishable goods, and cash. The first 200 people to make a donation at our 2011 Season Opener on January 15th will receive RCRG goodies!
WANT TO GET IN FREE?
Hey frugal Rat fans, want to see our first bout of Season 7 for free AND receive exclusive swag? Then volunteer! This season we have a number of new positions available for volunteers but we need you to help fill them! If you are interested, please email Tempura Tantrum at email@example.com for more information. It’s not too late to sign up!
2011 Season Opener – Bouting it Out for Charity
The Rat City Rollergirls have BIG HEARTS and will prove it by giving BIG HITS when they compete in their first home bout of the 2011 season on Saturday, January 15th at the KeyArena.
Teams will compete in short, 30-minute tournament style bouts. The Sockit Wenches will take on Derby Liberation Front, while Grave Danger battles the Throttle Rockets. Winners will advance to play for the biggest check to be donated to their charity at the end of the night!
Never fear, all charities go home with checks from the Rat City Rollergirls and you can help too! Donation jars will be stationed at each charity information table and the team merchandising booths throughout KeyArena. So you can show off your big heart too!
With stakes this high, you can’t afford to miss the 2011 RCRG Season Charity Opener!
A perfect size for stocking stuffers, tickets to all individual 2011 Season 7 bouts are now on sale through Ticketmaster (online and at Ticketmaster in-person locations) and at the KeyArena box office. Tickets will be on sale after December 23rd at our other in person ticketing locations Fast Girl Skates and Bird on a Wire (only adult GA tickets, cash only please).
The 2011 Season kicks off Saturday, January 15th and includes your favorite teams battling it out for the glory of the Championship title on Sunday, July 10th. You wanted more and you got it. This Season includes two additional bouts, with All-Star lineups for more live, derby action!
Give the gift of derby to the one you love with ticket that provides plenty of high-octane, hard-
hitting roller derby action!
Check out our 2011 Events Schedule for full details on the bouts. Season tickets are no longer available.
Individual Bout Tickets
Trackside Adult $37.00
Trackside – Children 16 and under – $37.00
VIP Adult $24.00
VIP – Children 16 and under – $8.00
General Admission $14.00
General Admission – Children 16 and under – $8.00
Day of Tickets
Trackside Not Available
VIP Adult $29.00
VIP – Children 16 and under – $13.00
General Admission $19.00
General Admission – Children 16 and under – $13.00
Group Discount (on sale December 15th)
Buy 4 tickets – get the 5th free + applicable fees