Monthly Archives: May 2009

Donate and help SVRG Walk Now for Autism!

Walk NowWe have a team of dedicated Silicon Valley Roller Girls who will be participating in the Autism Speaks’ Walk Now for Autism this Saturday, May 30. Right now we are at $2,289, and we are hoping to reach $2,500. Every little bit helps, so please click here to contribute to our efforts and donate to the cause.

If you’re planning on joining us for the walk, here is some additional information. See you there!

Walk Now for Autism is a family-friendly event, so bring the whole family along! There are activities for children, resources for families, light refreshments and entertainment.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009

Location: History Park at Kelley Park, San Jose, CA

Directions: Click here for a Google map!

Event Schedule:

  • 9:00 am: Registration, children’s activities and the Autism Community Resource Fair open. To alleviate traffic congestion, we suggest you plan accordingly and arrive on the early side.
  • 10:30 am: Opening ceremonies and Walk Start. The actual Walk is 4 laps with each lap representing a reason we walk (research, advocacy, family services, and awareness), totaling approximately 2 miles.
  • 12:30 pm: Resource Fair closes.

Parking: There is ample parking at the City of San Jose Parking Lots that surround History Park. There is a parking fee of $6 per car, so we encourage everyone to carpool. There will be Walk volunteers to direct you to the various parking lots.

Resource Fair: Visit the Resource Fair to speak with service providers and nonprofit organizations servicing the autism community. Don’t miss the Autism Speaks and Autism Votes informational booth, where you can sign important legislative petitions and get relevant materials about Autism Speaks!

Refreshments: There will be light refreshments available, however please plan ahead and bring a more substantial picnic lunch if your family will be staying at the park.

Entertainment: Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, children’s activities provided by our 24 Resource Fair vendors, music, Ryan Cochrane from the San Jose Earthquakes, Gigante from the San Jose Giants and Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys “R” Us!

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Support Postal Servix’s Walk for Autism!

Servix

SVRG’s charity for our May bout is Autism Speaks, and several of our team members will be walking on May 30. You can visit our team site to donate, or follow the link to donate on Postal Servix’s personal page.

Here is what Postal Servix has to say about her participation in the walk:

My name is Postal Servix, and I have been skating with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls for about a year and a half. I love the unique female camaraderie of the sport, and of course, speeding around on eight wheels :). I am a blocker/jammer for the Killabytes, origionally from St. Louis, MO.
I have been a Special Ed teacher for two years, and a Social Worker serving adults with disabilities for two years prior to that. Almost half of my students have autism as a diagnosis, and I’ve seen the challenges that autism creates for friends, families, and educators. Early intervention, sensory integration, behavioral therapy, speech therapy, and in some cases medication can help those with autism lead more meaningful lives, but we have a long way to go in finding a cure. That’s why I’m walking on May 30th.

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SVRG Team Jock Trounces Team Geek in Exhibition Bout, 84-23

It was a toasty 96 degrees in San Jose on Sunday, and undoubtedly hotter than that on the sizzling sport court at Roosevelt Park, but the ladies of SVRG sweat it out in their crowd-pleasing exhibition bout this Sunday.

SVRG mixed up the KillaBytes and Dot.Kamikazes to create two teams, Team Jock (in black jerseys, for extra warmth of course) and Team Geek (in white jerseys). Geek Satan’s Kitten and Jocks Bitch Puddin’ and yours truly, Retox Fox, enjoyed our very first bout action. The Undie Taker was back on skates after recovering from a knee injury. The bout also represented Texas ChanaSaw Massacre’s joyful return to the rink after recovering from a broken hand. With the booty hits she was doling out on the rink, though, you’d never know she’d been deprived of derby action for six weeks!

Before the bout began, the skaters had to adjust to the odd sport court surface. Rather than a smooth surface, the rink at Roosevelt Park  is made of tiles, which makes skating a little bumpy and falls much less pleasant as the body is dragged across the ridges in between the tiles. The floor is also a bit stickier than a normal surface, which means the skaters have to work much harder to push and gain speed. It also means that when you fall, your skin sticks, which can lead to some major rink rash.

Team Jock, captained by MisTits, succeeded by playing strategically, often holding back their pack to ensure that a 20-foot call would free their jammers at the front. (Players must be within 20 feet of the pack to engage a jammer, so by slowing their team down, they regulated the location of the pack and forced Team Geek to abandon pursuit of the Jock jammer.) Team Jock’s blockers, including the power of MisTits, Lizapalooza, Feisty Irish, and Steffen Razor, succeeded in taking out or holding back the Team Geek jammers, which helped maximize the point differential bolstered by the Jocks’ strong jamming.

For Team Jock, Jocks Smashleigh and Zootown Throwdown had the highest scoring jams of the day, each making a 15-point pass. Zoo was the highest scorer of the game, racking up 32 points total. After several successful jams in the first half, Jock Smashleigh did some mighty impressive puking during halftime. However, she returned to the rink to both block and jam for the second half. Terribelle Demise had the most fun jamming against her derby wife, Postal Servix, whom she “love tapped” out of play in order to take the lead. Spankin’ Firecracker, Dirty Thirty, Lizapalooza, and Feisty Irish also took turns at the line jamming for the Jocks.

Team Geek was captained by Smack Dahlia,  the team’s top scoring jammer, who scored 11 of her team’s points. The indomitable Rot Wheels gets my vote for MVP. Not only did she singlehandedly capture Jock jammers at the front of the pack on multiple jams, but the heat seemed to have no effect whatsoever on her amazing endurance–she pivoted jam after jam after jam and was no worse for wear by the end of the bout. Juicy K. Tore (despite her spewing) and SKooter Ov’r were persistent in sticking on a particular skater and making her miserable, while Cole Cocked and Aim De Kill often worked as a cohesive unit to hold back the Jock jammer or clear the path for their own jammer. Satan’s Kitten bravely jammed several times during her debut, showing remarkable endurance as she bounced back from Team Jock’s merciless blocking. CynTax, Postal Servix, The Undie Taker, and SKooter Ov’r also jammed for the Geeks.

Jocks Steffen Razor, Zootown Throwdown, and Dirty Thirty, as well as Geeks Mauly Anna, Aim De Kill, Postal Servix, and CynTax deserve special recognition for coming out to skate in our toasty exhibition bout even after playing with the Brentwood Brawlin’ Bettys last night. The ability to push your body to perform at such a level of intensity twice in less than 24 hours is an amazing feat of athleticism–wow, ladies!

The zebra crew also deserves a big thanks for enduring the heat with us. Texas T-Bag head reffed; Weavin’ Kohl Bear watched the inside pack; Irish Gunslinger and Johnny Demonic served as jam refs; and two guest refs, Winne Baygo and Tall Can from the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, graciously came to help us out as outside pack refs. Se7en Year Bitch and Kyle managed the stats.

We also want to thank our fresh meat for helping the bout run smoothly. Beth womanned the penalty board, Katy deftly handled the penalty timers (which were busy all game long!), and Megan handled penalty tracking. Sammie and Soda PopHer managed the merch table, and Jaz solicited donations as Giga Girl. It’s great to have such an enthusiastic group of new recruits–thanks ladies!

Special thanks to Mr. Juge, who worked hard to keep us hydrated, even as he was celebrating his birthday!

Also a HUGE thank you to our team doc, Dr. Tony Kearns, for being on site during the bout. Those biohazard bags came in mighty handy for our multiple pukers!

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Tickets now available for SVRG Dot.Kamikazes vs. Santa Cruz, Saturday, June 13!

Click here for tickets!

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KillaBytes sub for the Brawlin’ Bettys

When the Brentwood Brawlin’ Bettys said they were short a few skaters, some of the SVRG KillaBytes gladly stepped in to help. Steffen Razor, Aim DeKill, Mauly Anna, Zootown Throwdown, Postal Servix, CynTax, and Dirty Thirty helped fill out their roster so the Bettys could keep their date with the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Despite the Bettys’ loss, the KillaBytes had a grand time playing with a sister league. Here are a few photos from the bout courtesy of Kelco in this Santa Cruz Flickr set. Check those photos as well as Nocklebeast’s set.

Aim eyes victim

No doubt Santa Cruz’s jammer is screaming for help to get around Aim DeKill, who seems relaxed as she eyes her prey.

Mauly Anna BBB

Mauly Anna gives it to a Santa Cruz jammer.

Steffen Razor gives a powerful whip to jammer Postal Servix.

Steffen Razor gives a powerful whip to jammer Postal Servix.

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Skater of the Month: Postal Servix

May Skater of the Month: Postal Servix

May Skater of the Month: Postal Servix! Photo Credit: Jim Cottingham

Postal Servix (formerly known as Secret Servix) is one of the KillaBytes’ secret weapons. She’s an all-around great skater with a jammer’s speed and a blocker’s killer hits (I can attest to this personally, having been knocked off my skates by one of her potent c-blocks!) Off the rink, she has helped coordinate volunteer opportunities for the team, including a demo at AchieveKids (where she teaches special needs students) and May’s volunteer event, the Walk for Autism.

How did you get into roller derby?

I saw an ad on Craigslist and became obsessed with the subculture! I have always loved to skate, but never fit in with the traditional jocks.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I was a pretty good skater, but I wasn’t very agile and my endurance sucked. I have NEVER played a sport before. I was a marathon lounger.

How did you derive your derby name?

I like puns, and I like to play on the feminine moxie that makes roller derby so rad.

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I’m a hard hitter, have decent speed and endurance, but I try really hard to be a team player. There can be no divas in derby!

What is your favorite derby memory?

Knocking our coach LTO on his butt during a hitting drill!

What was your worst injury, and how did you earn it?

I broke my ankle while standing in line for a drill. I kinda leave out the standing in line part when I tell the story though…

Servix is now a bionic woman with an ankle made of STEEL!

Check out this Hall of Pain action. Servix is now a bionic woman with an ankle made of STEEL!

Who are your favorite derby skaters, and why?

I love Demanda Riot for her swagger and amazing hitting form, and Brawllen Angel and Taxi Scab from BADG are amazing jammers.

Who are your biggest fans?

The parents of my students and my co-workers! They love watching a teacher kick butt! My family is back in the Midwest, so they haven’t seen me skate yet.

What’s your favorite thing about SVRG?

Being part of a team. My team is a huge part of my life, on and off the rink. It feels great to be a part of something so awesome.

What do you enjoy most about derby life off the rink?

Hanging with my girls, doing community service, and all of the fun events.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?

I love to read, knit, watch movies- I’m ready for some couch surfing after work and derby.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?

Just like anything, it takes some time to get good, don’t give up!

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FREE Roller Derby Action THIS SUNDAY!!!

SVRG exhibition flyer

Details:

Location: Roosevelt Hockey Rink
901 E. Santa Clara Street
(cross street is 19th, but turn down 20th to access parking lot)
*Feel free to bring a cooler of drinks & snacks since there are no food &
beverages sales at public parks.
*Bleacher Seating is limited so get there early.

Exhibition Day Schedule:
1:37 San Jose Skate Shop Hosting Free BBQ
4:00 Access to Rink Granted
5:00 Game Begins - Period 1
5:45 Halftime
6:00 Period 2 Begins
6:45 End Game
7:00 Head to After Party

After Party @ Jack's Bar
167 E. Taylor St. (cross street is 4th)
Will be playing video footage from May 2nd Bout

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