Monthly Archives: June 2009

FREE SVRG exhibition bout this SUNDAY!!

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We are hosting our second ABSOLUTELY FREE exhibition bout this Sunday, June 28 at 5 pm at the Roosevelt Hockey Rink, 901 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95116.

Not only is this event free, but you are also permitted to bring your own food and beverages into the park.

There is some shaded bleacher seating available, but remember, first come, first served. If you’re feeling brave and want a closeup view, feel free to bring lawn chairs–this time we’ll be letting our fans sit right next to the track!

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Support Lizapalooza in the Relay for Life!

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Photo credit: Ana Sofia

Lizapalooza and other SVRG skaters will be participating in the Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer research. You can donate to Lizapalooza’s efforts here.

This is what Lizapalooza said about her motivation to walk:

I walk for Mr. John Fernandez, who was the most influential teacher in my life. He taught Spanish at Presentation High School for over 20 years, where he not only shared his love of language, but also his passion for life. He left the school when he was too ill to continue teaching and focused on battling his lymphoma cancer. He moved home to Spain to be closer to his family. There he went into remission for a few years. The cancer has returned and he continues to fight. I walk unite in fighting the illness that torments him and so many others.


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Hello,
Saw your post to the board. Here is my picture and brief write up. Feel free to edit as needed.
I walk for Mr. John Fernandez, who was the most influential teacher in my life. He taught Spanish at Presentation High School for over 20 years, where he not only shared his love of language, but also his passion for life. He left the school when he was too ill to continue teaching and focused on battling his lymphoma cancer. He moved home to Spain to be closer to his family. There he went into remission for a few years. The cancer has returned and he continues to fight. I walk unite in fighting the illness that torments him and so many others.

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Support BootyVicious in the Relay for Life!

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BootyVicious and other SVRG skaters will be participating in the Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer research. You can donate to BootyVicious’s efforts here.

Here is what she has to say about her participation:

In an effort to be a contributing member of my community and help fulfill my commitment as a Silicon Valley Roller Girl to give back to organizations in the area I have decided to participate in the Relay for Life this year.

My walk will be dedicated to my Grandma who passed this last year from cancer.

I appreciate your support,

-BootyVicious#13

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Hall of Pain: Death by Dollface’s shoulder

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At practice on January 25th, an unruly shoelace felled the mighty Dollface by coming undone, wrapping around her skate, and causing her to plummet toward the concrete floor shoulder-first. The resulting injury was a rotator cuff tear with a nearly one-inch long break in the humerus. After nearly two months of pain and therapy, she underwent surgery on April 2; see pictures below. Now she is on the road to recovery, and SVRG eagerly awaits her return to the rink later this summer!

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SVRG knocks the socks off Santa Cruz, 131-100!!

Considering the incredibly close and controversial outcomes of these teams’ last bout, everyone anticipated an exciting game on Saturday. It’s nice to play a team that resides nearby, because a lot of Santa Cruz fans made the trek over the hill for this bout, making for great crowd energy. In the end, the SVRG Dot.Kamikazes defeated the visiting Santa Cruz All-Stars, 131-100.

If there’s one word to describe the bout, it would be fast. The packs were often moving at a grueling clip, making the score all that more of a remarkable feat, a testament to the strength and endurance of both teams’ jammers. The Dot.Kamikazes dominated for most of the game, leading at half time 59-33 and during the second half reached a score differential of 121-67.

SVRG's defense dominated. On the left, SVRG holds the line; on the right, they knock Santa Cruz's blockers and jammers off of it.

SVRG's defense dominated. On the left, SVRG's Lizapalooza, Feisty Irish, and Rot Wheels hold the line; on the right, MisTits, Pia Mess, and Feisty Irish knock Santa Cruz's blockers and jammers off of it to clear the path for The Undie Taker. All photos in this post are thanks to Nocklebeast (see link below).

The ladies of SVRG ran a tight defense. Pia Mess set the tone in the very first jam, where she singlehandedly contained Candie Hooligan for lap after lap, setting the precedent for the SVRG blockers’ formidable presence on the track. Rot Wheels controlled the line jam after jam, keeping Santa Cruz’s jammers from taking the inside while providing safe passage for the SVRG jammers. Lizapalooza’s agility was useful as she monitored the outside, flitting in and out of the pack as needed. Donna Diggler doled out the big hits, leaving a wake of toppled Santa Cruz players and earning her a bloody nose in the process. SKootr Ov’r (getting in that jammer’s ear like a skeeter), Feisty Irish (a threat for her ability to hit while maintaining jammer-like speed and motion), BootyVicious (building effective walls—check out that picture!), Juicy K. Tore (pumped up from her massive cheering section and delivering the blocks to keep ’em roaring), and Steffen Razor (showing off her snowplowing skills and controlling the pack) also helped hold down the fort.

On left: Lizapalooza and BootyVicious contain jammer Lulu Lockjaw and Foxee Firestorm. On right: SKooter Ov'r gives Sheila Princess of Power a sweet taste of bootay.

On left: Lizapalooza and BootyVicious contain jammer Lulu Lockjaw and Foxee Firestorm. On right: SKooter Ov'r gives Sheila Princess of Power a sweet taste of bootay. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.

It’s MisTits that I love to watch the most, though. Some skaters have aggressive strides or a fearsome stance. MisTits skates in such an innocuous manner, but then BAM! BAM! BAM! she is a one-woman waterfall repeatedly pounding a jammer until she goes down or out of bounds. And despite her opponents trying to take her out, she endures hit after hit, still skating along like a Sunday stroll. It’s a thing of beauty.

Trust me, if there's one thing you don't want to see, it's these I'm-gonna-git-you looks from the likes of Pia Mess and MisTits.

Trust me, if there's one thing you don't want to see, it's these I'm-gonna-git-you looks from the likes of Pia Mess and MisTits. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.

Speaking of the wonders of the earth, jammer Smashleigh was piercing packs like a bullet all night long. She blazed right through a couple of Santa Cruz’s walls and managed to move so fast that several of Santa Cruz’s power-blocks ended up barely nicking her. She also scored a spectacular 20-POINT JAM!!! I think that may be an SVRG record for this season.

Left: the unstoppable Smashleigh. Right: Terribelle Demise takes a whip from The Undie Taker.

Left: the unstoppable Smashleigh. Right: Terribelle Demise takes a whip from The Undie Taker. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.

Foxee Firestorm had suggested on the radio that Terribelle Demise would be a target for SCDG, but that strategy was FAIL. Terribelle was juking their blockers right and left and diagonal, and still had enough energy to rally the audience every time she passed by the SVRG crowd stronghold on the first turn. The Undie Taker showed that she is coming into her own as a jammer, blazing around the pack in some early jams and doing double duty as a blocker. Smack Dahlia continuously foiled the Santa Cruz blockers, sneaking by on the inside. At one point, Smack also managed to secure lead jammer even after facing an equipment malfunction (the loss of her knee pad cap). Pia Mess and Feisty Irish also stepped in for a jam apiece.

Left: Lulu Lockjaw, speed demon. Right: Foxee Firestorm prepares for a killer hit.

Left: Lulu Lockjaw, speed demon. Right: Foxee Firestorm prepares for a killer hit. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.

My favorite Santa Cruz skater to watch was Lulu Lockjaw. It’s my personal skating goal to be able to move my feet that fast while skating at light speed! And if I could master Foxee Firestorm’s swooping hits, wow.

For other media coverage, check out the rest of nocklebeast’s photos here. Jim Cottingham’s pics can be found here. Hugh Refner, one of the jam refs, also caught some footage on his jam cam, which you can check out here and here (do not consume if you’re hungover and/or otherwise easily nauseated, however.) Major thanks to our photographers!

On behalf of our amazing bout coordinator, Lizapalooza, and all of SVRG, we’d like to thank the Santa Cruz Derby Girls for trekking over the hill to play us. We had a great time hosting you and can’t wait for August when the KillaBytes head in your direction. Thank you as always to our wonderful zebra crew for keeping us in check, and thanks to all the Santa Cruz refs who came to help out. We’d also like to thank all of our volunteers, staff and sponsors who offer their time and dedication. Most of all we’d like to thank our fans, our friends, and our families. Your support means the world to us and we thank you for supporting our passion!

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SVRG featured on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News!

Click here to see the article by Joe Rodriguez and video by Josie Lepe!

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SVRG is recruiting new skaters NOW!

Look what happy creatures we are! Roller derby is F-U-N!! Photo: Jim Cottingham.

Look what happy creatures we are! Roller derby is F-U-N!! Photo: Jim Cottingham.

Do YOU have what it takes to be a Silicon Valley Roller Girl??

Maybe you’ve seen us in a bout. Maybe you’ve been surfing around the web looking into this whole roller derby thing. Maybe you’ve just been reading this blog.

Well, now’s the time to test your mettle!

You don’t need your own skates. You don’t even need awesome skating skills. What you do need is a good attitude and the mental and physical toughness to take on the challenge of roller derby.

If you are interested in joining the league, we invite you to come and watch a practice at San Jose Skate. After observing a practice, you are welcome to come skate with us on Monday, June 22, 8 to 10 pm, and Wednesday, June 24, 8 to 10 pm. Please note if you choose to skate, there is a $10 drop-in fee that includes skate rental if you need it. You must bring safety gear (kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouthguard) in order to skate. (You’ll need to buy your own mouthguard, which costs a couple of bucks, but if you don’t have equipment please let us know; we do have a couple of extra sets of pads.)

Once you have attended a practice, we will be holding a recruitment meeting on Sunday, June 28, at 8 pm in which we will explain the league and answer any questions you may have. You must bring a photocopy of your driver’s license and any current health insurance information to the recruitment meeting.

After attending the recruitment meeting, all new recruits will attend an 8 week bootcamp in which you will get the opportunity to learn all the skills required to skate according to WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.) This also enables new skaters to get the personal attention they need, no matter their skill level.

If you are interested in skating with us, we encourage you to come check it out and get information. There will only be one more recruitment session this calendar year, so if you are interested, don’t hesitate–DO IT NOW!!!

If you are interested, please contact our amazing recruitment coordinator, Juicy K. Tore, at juicy@svrollergirls.com .

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