Monthly Archives: August 2009

Tickets on sale NOW for Valley of the Brawls, Sept. 26 at San Jose Skate

Valley of the Brawls FINALIt’s a NORCAL vs. SOCAL showdown! Get your tickets now to help cheer on SVRG against the O.C.!

Our next home bout is Saturday, September 26, at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road. Tickets are $15 in advance (kids: $6) or $17 at the door (kids: $8). A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets, or pick up paper copies at the locations below.  Get yours now!

Jack’s Bar & Lounge
167 E Taylor St
San Jose

Ohana Board Shop
3567 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose

Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Blvd # C
Campbell

San Jose Skate
397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose

Streetlight Records (San Jose location only)
980 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose

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Check it out: A Pia Mess fan page!

Pia

L: Pia at Rat City (photo credit: Joe Schwartz). R: Pia gearing up for SVRG (photo credit: Jim Cottingham).

Are you on Facebook? (Yeah, me neither.) If so, we hope you’ve friended the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. And while you’re there, you have to check out this fan page for Pia Mess, formerly of Rat City and now wowing fans in the Valley for SVRG. As the site creator said, show the legend some love and become a friend/fan!

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SVRG Logo Design Contest!

SVRG logo

SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes and KillaBytes are looking for aspiring artists to create our team logos! Feel free to submit a design for one or both teams. Winning designs will be unveiled at the Nov. 14 home game at San Jose Skate.

*Winning designs will be used for team jerseys, our website and blog, banners, programs, events, flyers, t-shirts, pins, stickers, etc. This is a FABULOUS opportunity to get your work seen by thousands of our fans!

*Winners will be announced on our website, our blog, and in our bout programs.

*Winners will receive merchandise with their designs on it as well as free season passes to all SVRG home games for the 2009-2010 season–not to mention an amazing addition to your professional portfolio!

*Nonwinning designs may be used for merchandise, flyers, online content, and other media. Artists will be credited whenever their designs are used.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
*Please be aware of the spelling of both team names: Dot.Kamikazes and KillaBytes. Note the period in Dot.Kamikazes and the fact that KillaBytes is one word, and the capitalization schemes of both.

*Obscene, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate designs will not be up for consideration. Also, keep in mind these are teams of real, strong, athletic women, and we want our logos to reflect that. We are not interested in stereotypical or otherwise objectifying portrayals.

* LAST DAY to submit artwork for consideration is NOVEMBER 4th at midnight.

*Illustrator Files/Vector files are strongly encouraged, but other formats are acceptable.

*If you have no computer skills but still would like to enter a drawing, please do so. If your drawing wins then SVRG will find someone to turn your artwork into digital artwork.

*Remember, good logos are eye-catching, unique, and not too complicated (e.g., mostly simple shapes, not many colors). Think about your favorite sports teams to get an idea of what a good logo entails. You can look here to see some other teams’ logos, but remember that we want something unique.

To submit artwork or for more information, contact 138@svrollergirls.com

Mail artwork to: Logo Contest, c/o SVRG, P. O. Box 337, Campbell, CA 95009

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KillaBytes Topple Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats, 122-109

SVRG, SCRG, and the SC groms after the bout. Photo credit: Jim Cottingham

SVRG, SCRG, and the SC groms after the bout. Photo credit: Jim Cottingham

The KillaBytes were full of excitement for their fourth official bout of the season, and all the better that they were facing the Harbor Hellcats from SVRG’s favorite friendly rival, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. The anticipation continued to build as the announcement was made that the Civic Auditorium had sold out and the teams would be facing off in front of a packed house of more than 1,100 derby fans. The KillaBytes wanted to hold on to SVRG’s reign after the Dot.Kamikazes defeated SCDG’s Boardwalk Bombshells in a thrilling throwdown this past June; the Harbor Hellcats were equally motivated to take back the crown and send the Valley girls home with a loss.

Although this was the first showdown for these teams, several players had encountered each other on the rink before. A few KillaBytes had played against the Hellcats before when the Bytes helped fill out the roster for the Brentwood Brawlin’ Betties earlier this year. Also, both the KillaBytes and the Hellcats roster for this game featured several A/B swing players that had played against each other when the A-teams faced off in June. There was plenty of new blood, however; both teams also featured skaters making their official bout debuts: Satan’s Kitten, Belle Wringer, and Beth Sentence for the KillaBytes and Hallie Peña Popper and Astrid Avenger for the Hellcats. Going into the match, the teams were well-matched on skill, experience, and, yes, a little bloodlust.

The KillaBytes had been practicing as a team leading up to the bout, but some last minute roster changes rattled their nerves a bit. Aim DeKill managed to contract an ear infection from the SVRG Jell-O wrestling fundraiser the previous weekend, so the KillaBytes were short one of their captains and a powerful pivot. The team resolved to win one for their MamaByte, and alternate Feisty Irish stepped in for blocking duty. The team suffered another roster shakeup right before the game when Juicy K. Tore, who was set to block and jam, got a nasty case of shin splints during the warmup. Santa Cruz graciously dispatched Shamrock N. Roller to try to soothe the Juice, but she was fearful of a recurrence during the game. With great disappointment, she requested that the second alternate, Smack Dahlia, come out of the stands to take her place, but Smack was only permitted to block. Because of the last minute change, Smack’s only warmup consisted of the rollout during the team introductions.

Left: Skoot and Fox hold the Santa Cruz jammer while Secret Servix whips off of The Beast. Right: Smack Dahlia and Beth Sentence wall up to contain the Santa Cruz blockers. Photos: Jim Cottingham

Left: Skoot and Fox hold the Santa Cruz jammer while Postal Servix whips off of The Beast. Right: Smack Dahlia and Beth Sentence wall up to contain the Santa Cruz blockers. Photos: Jim Cottingham

Now down a jammer, the pressure was on the KillaByte jammer rotation. Zootown Throwdown kicked off the bout with a 9-0 shutout jam, quickly followed by a 4-0 jam by Postal Servix to get the KillaBytes off to a strong start. Over the course of the game, Zootown scored a remarkable 55 points, Servix snagged lead jammer 7 times, and CynTax delivered a decisive high-scoring jam in the second half that sealed SCDG’s fate. Feisty Irish and SKooter Ov’r also took the line once each for SVRG. Santa Cruz relied mostly on the speedy Liv N. Letdie, Pippi Hardsocking, Kiki Clash, and Cleopatra Catastrophe at the jammer line. It was also worth noting that throughout the bout, jammers from both teams were aggressive, leading to some hot jammer-on-jammer action. Servix and Feisty Irish both went after their opposing jammers, and Santa Cruz’s Liv N. Letdie frequently engaged Zootown while Pippi Hardsocking bounced several blockers.

The game featured some killer defense. Top left: Some of The Beast's aftermath. Top right: Fox socks a wincing Pippi. Bottom left: Beast and Dirty put the squeeze on Liv N. Letdie. Bottom right: Pigeon executes a killer C-block on Postal Servix. Photos by Kelco (top left, top right, bottom left) and Jim Cottingham (bottom right).

The game featured some killer defense. Top left: Some of The Beast’s aftermath. Top right: Fox socks a wincing Pippi. Bottom left: Beast and Dirty put the squeeze on Liv N. Letdie. Bottom right: Pigeon executes a killer C-block on Postal Servix. Photos by Kelco (top left, top right, bottom left) and Jim Cottingham (bottom right).

With such a speedy and effective group of jammers, both teams’ defense was crucial in this game. Indeed, the game was filled with solid blocks, relentless waterfalls, and killer hits. Co-captain Steffen Razor typically ran the front of the pack, with Servix, Smack, and Feisty also serving pivot duty. Beth Sentence, Belle Wringer, and Satan’s Kitten walled up with the pivot and helped hold the line against SCDG’s persistent jammers—no small feat given that the Santa Cruz track has tighter turns than most tracks, and thus additional dexterity and precision is required. Mauly Anna and Dirty Thirty used their experience to communicate with their teammates and moved around the pack to address the local threat. Feisty Irish was a constant menace, singlehandedly containing jammers at the back of the pack, while Retox Fox sat on jammers if they tried to force their way through the pack. The Beast was as formidable a force as always, bouncing jammers and blockers alike and leaving a trail of fallen girls in her wake. She met her match in Santa Cruz’s powerful Pigeon, and the fours often battled it out at the back of the pack, helping their respective jammers while putting their opponents on the floor. Indeed, these two ladies kept the crowd going wild watching their handiwork.

Left: Skoot provides some offensive coverage to jammer Zootown. Right: Coach Panda looks on as Hue Refner ejects SKooter for her fifth penalty in the half. Photos: Jim Cottingham

Left: SKoot provides some offensive coverage to jammer Zootown. Right: Coach Panda looks on as Hue Refner ejects SKooter for her fifth penalty in the half. Photos: Jim Cottingham

SKooter Ov’r also did considerable blocking for the KillaBytes, using her positional blocking skills as well as some killer curving hits to floor some jammers. Unfortunately, her big hits attracted attention from the refs, and she got boxed all too frequently—as in five-times-in-one-half too frequently. SKoot became the first KillaByte to be ejected from a game for penalty accumulation. But, as the Santa Cruz announcers noted, she did it while maintaining sportswomanlike behavior, and so after Hue Refner gave her the thumb-over-the-shoulder, they graced her with a farewell lap while the scoreboard flashed, “BAD GIRL.”

Coaches Left Turn Only and Pandamonium. Their brains are so in synch that their outfits naturally match themselves. Photo: Nocklebeast

Coaches Left Turn Only and Pandamonium. Their brains are so in synch that their outfits naturally match themselves. Photo: Nocklebeast

The ejection left SVRG down a blocker, but at this point in the game each team was fighting to keep five on the track. The penalty whiteboard was filled with players who were one minor away from a trip to the box, and both teams’ coaches selectively staffed their jams hoping to keep as many players on the track as possible. With less than fifteen minutes left to go in the game, the two teams were still trading off jams and keeping the score tight. At this point it was clear just how evenly matched these teams were on skill—now it was a matter of strategy. SVRG coaches Pandamonium and Left Turn Only were ON IT. With one eye on the scoreboard, one eye on the penalty board, one eye on the box, one eye on the bench, and one eye on the emerging Santa Cruz lineup (yes, collectively they MUST have at least five eyes), they were able to decide on, condense, and dispatch strategies in the mere seconds between each jam. Their efforts showed a superhuman attention to every detail of the game and in the last minutes, it was their guidance that helped the KillaBytes pull ahead of the Hellcats and bring the win back to the Valley.

Some Dot.Kamikazes and other SVRG supporters shake up the stands as they cheer on the KillaBytes. Photos: Jim Cottingham

Some Dot.Kamikazes and other SVRG supporters shake up the stands as they cheer on the KillaBytes. Photos: Jim Cottingham

The KillaBytes would like to thank first and foremost their amazing coaches, Pandamonium, Left Turn Only, and Pia Mess for preparing them for this game; our wonderful pack o’ zebras; our awesome SVRG cheering section, who stirred up the arena despite being outnumbered 10 to 1; and the gracious hostesses with the mostesses, the fantastic ladies of SCDG. I am not alone in saying this was the most fun bout of the season, and we have Santa Cruz to thank for it. Thanks to the Santa Cruz Derby Groms for putting on such an amazing half-time show: it is refreshing to see the derby girls of tomorrow carrying the torch for our sport. Thanks to all of the photographers and videographers who helped film the bout, especially our team photographer Jim Cottingham. Thanks again to all of our fans, sponsors, and supporters. The KillaBytes will see you at our next home bout in November!

Want to hear more about the bout? Hit up Killer Vee’s writeup here. She’s got some great jam-by-jam data.

You can see Jim Cottingham’s photos here, Nocklebeast’s here, and Kelco‘s here.

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What you missed at SVRG’s Jello wrestling event at Jack’s on Saturday

Tits rules!

Tits rules! Photo credit for all photos in this post: Jim Cottingham

Here’s a little pictorial recap of SVRG’s Jell-O wrestling event at Jack’s. Congratulations to MisTits, our Jell-O wrestling champion!

The Beast drops a bomb on eventual champ MisTits while ref Rot Wheels keeps an eye on the action.

The Beast drops a bomb on eventual champ MisTits while ref Rot Wheels keeps an eye on the action.

Aim de Kill gets a grip on Belle Ringer.

Aim de Kill gets a grip on Belle Ringer.

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Evil Kneebreaker and 18 Wheeler share a tender moment in the corner.

Zootown Throwdown relieves Terribelle Demise of her tank top with a mighty Hulk Hogan rip.

Zootown Throwdown relieves Terribelle Demise of her tank top with a mighty Hulk Hogan rip.

Booty-flip! BootyVicious and SKooter Ov'r tackled the Jack's boys in the lauded halftime event.

Booty-flip! BootyVicious and SKooter Ov'r tackled the Jack's boys in the lauded halftime event.

Free for all!

Free for all!

Thanks to all of our fans and supporters who came out to see us at Jack’s. Thanks to the staff at Jack’s for their assistance, and thanks to our photographer, Jim Cottingham. You all rock!

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Skater of the Month: Double Easy

Easy Action Shot

Life at SVRG just hasn’t been the same since our indomitable Double Easy left for Colorado. We are happy to honor our blammer (’cause yeah, she blocks AND jams) as August’s Skater of the Month!

How did you get into roller derby?

I went roller skating for fun on my birthday and liked it so much that I looked up roller rinks in the area the next day. I found an ad for roller derby on San Jose Skate’s website. After reading about it on Wikipedia, I decided it was for me and showed up to practice that night!

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

I played ping-pong…and I was captain of the b-team for basketball in my 6th grade class. I could make free throws, but that was it.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’m a double E–electrical engineer! And my number 238 is EE (hex) in decimal. I like to tell people it’s also my bra size.

What is your primary position?

When people ask, I say I play every position. I love when I get a chance to block, but I also love the feeling of flying through a pack while jamming.

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I’m not particularly fast or strong, so I can’t race or plow my way through the pack. I have to just use all I’ve got, which are my wits and my blockers.

What is your favorite derby memory?

Scoring 72 points at our game against Fresno!

Who are your favorite derby skaters?

Oh boy. Get ready for a long list. Burly Bot – she was my first derby idol from when I was just getting into derby; she’s just a consistently great jammer. Demanda Riot – not only a great skater, but just a maniac for the sport. That woman goes to every camp, every scrimmage, every bout she’s invited to! Bonnie Thunders and Suzy Hotrod – they’re jumpers! Trish the Dish – she’s like a moving brick wall. Pia Mess – excellent at both blocking and jamming; I aspire to be like her one day. Wile E. Peyote – tiny girl, big hits. Juliet Bravo – she really knows how to use a wide stance. Rice Rocket – If you think she’s just an amazing jammer, watch the Gotham/Texas game. Teflon Donna – I heard when she first started skating 2 years ago she could barely stand on her skates. Now she’s one of the best in the world. I hope that’s gonna be me one day!

What team would you want to challenge in your “dream bout”?

I think Philly has the best teamwork in the sport. I would love to learn from them!

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

It will take over your life. And you will love it!!!

What’s your favorite thing about SVRG?

The sisterhood. These girls taught me how to skate!

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

Road trips are great. There’s nothing like 6 girls in a van on a 6-hour car ride. In between the numerous pee breaks are great stories.

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

I enjoy eating food while reading about what I’m eating on Wikipedia. I also enjoy film, linguistics, and history. I guess you could say I’m kind of a square.

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SVRG KillaBytes to take on Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats SATURDAY

SCDG vs KillaBytes

As the hippie-looking poster may have tipped you off, SVRG’s KillaBytes will be visiting the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats this Saturday, August 22. The Dot.Kamikazes defeated the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells at San Jose Skate earlier this year in a fierce battle, but this time Santa Cruz will have the home rink advantage, so the KillaBytes are gearing up for a tough one against this talented team.

Santa Cruz is just over the hill, so we encourage all of our fans to don the green and black, hop on the 17, and come cheer us on! Roller derby is super-popular in Santa Cruz, so there will be a lively crowd there–buy tickets in advance at santacruztickets.com because their bouts often sell out. The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium is a sweet venue with tiered seating, so you’ll be able to see the action from a different perspective than you’re used to at San Jose Skate–but take the poster’s admonition seriously as seating is limited. I’ll post details about the afterparty as soon as I get them–of course you’re invited!

Thanks to Killer Vee for this preview of the bout.

AFTER PARTY (thanks, Aim!): Blue Lagoon on Pacific Avenue. Come get wild with the ladies of SVRG & SCDG!

UPDATE: This bout is SOLD OUT!! We are expecting a crowd of 1,100…hope you are one of the lucky ones!

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