Monthly Archives: October 2009

SVRG Dot.Kamikazes fall to Port City, 98-90

The Dot.Kamikazes put up a good fight at Port City last night, but came up just a few points short of victory. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the bout and I didn’t have an onsite reporter for details. Here’s what I could glean from the post-bout chatter:

SVRG came into the bout with a bit of a disadvantage as the Dot.Kamikazes were down 2 of their jammers: Terribelle Demise was injured and Pia Mess had a last minute emergency. Thus, SVRG was without one of their strengths, a deep jammer bench. Given that the floor is particularly slippery, this meant an addtional challenge for the SVRG jammers, as they were also working hard all night to keep their speed while remaining upright. Port City demonstrated their hard hitting and solid jamming throughout the night, and the teams traded off advantage throughout the first half. At the end, SVRG had a slight lead, 53-51. Both teams rolled into in the second half ready to battle, but the Dot.Kamikazes gradually lost their wind, and Port City stayed strong and inched ahead, winning the bout by an 8-point margin.

If any attendees have details, please feel free to elaborate in the comments!

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SVRG Hits of ’09: Check out this video!

Check out this great set of clips of SVRG in action, some slammin’ hits and nasty spills, assembled by Cecil B. De Shill. The music you will recognize as our SVRG theme song by the Whiskey Avengers. Enjoy!

It’s all the more thrilling in person, so be sure to get your tickets to our last bout of the season on Nov. 14!

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THANK YOU! SVRG Skate-o-thon raises over $9,000!

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Friends, family, volunteers: what can we say. We are so thankful for your generosity. We were amazed by your outpouring of support. Thanks to you, we raised over $9,000 and will be able to maintain our schedule for the 2010 season. Here are some pictures and details from the Skate-o-thon in case you didn’t make it out to see us.

Far left: Costume contest winner Weavin' Kohl Bear as Cruella De Vil. Mid left: Bitch Puddin' was our #1 fundraiser as well as 2nd  in our costume contest. Two jobs very well done! Mid right: Fox tied Puddin' for the most contributors. Far right: CynTax garnered the largest donation to a single skater and also showed her jamming endurance as she skated the most laps.

Far left: Costume contest winner Weavin' Kohl Bear as Cruella De Vil. Mid left: Bitch Puddin' was our #1 fundraiser as well as 2nd in our costume contest. Two jobs very well done! Mid right: Fox tied Puddin' for top number of contributors. Far right: CynTax garnered the largest donation to a single skater and also showed her jamming endurance as she skated the most laps.

Top 5 fundraisers:
1. Bitch Puddin: an astounding $1,110!!!
2. Death by Dollface: $595
3. Retox Fox:  $571.20
4. Rot Wheels: $560
5. Pia Mess: $494.07

Honorable mentions at 6 & 7: Smack Dahlia $440 &  new recruit Jayanti $439.99
Most Pledges:
Bitch Puddin’ and Retox Fox: 18 each- tie
Death by Dollface: 15
Rot Wheels and Jayanti: 12 each- tie

Most Laps:

CynTax: 315 (that’s nearly 24 miles in 2 hours, folks!)

Death by Dollface: 276

LTO: 273

Rot Wheels: 268

Retox Fox: 262

And most importantly, Best Costume went to Weavin’ Kohl Bear, who came as Cruella de Vil, complete with a dalmation-decorated skate to tow. She narrowly defeated Bitch Puddin’s SVRG-colored lucha libre getup.

My personal favorite costumes, sported by two of our top fundraisers: Rot Wheels as a pregnant nun and Pia Mess as an American Gladiator.

My personal favorite costumes, sported by two of our top fundraisers: Rot Wheels as a pregnant nun and Pia Mess as an American Gladiator.

We would like to issue a special thank you to our top donors. #1 fundraiser Bitch Puddin’ wants to give an extra shout out to the patrons of Fred’s Place, Teskes, and Henry’s Hi-Life for their contributions. Thanks to CynTax’s employer, Sunol Valley Golf Club.  Thank you to Steve Wozniak for his continued support of the team as well as pledges that helped individual skaters reach their goals. And a  special thanks to our superfan Arcady, who came out to see us at the Skate-o-thon and pledged $400 right on the spot!!

Thank you, everyone, for helping the Silicon Valley Roller Girls keep skating!! Now, come see the fruits of your donations at our last home bout on November 14th!

Twins

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SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes to battle Port City in Stockton

Port City flyerFeeling like a road trip to Stockton? Come cheer on the Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ Dot.Kamikazes as they take on the Port City Rough & Ready Betties at the Stockton Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 24. Doors open at 7. You can buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Be sure to wear your lime-neon-SVRG green and your SVRG gear, because Port City’s colors are emerald green, white, and black!

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Skater of the Month: Pia Mess

Photo credit: Adrian Valenzuela

Photo credit: Adrian Valenzuela

Pia Mess is a woman of many talents. She came to SVRG from Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls (after a brief tenure with San Francisco’s ShEvil Dead) and has rocked our world as both player and coach. She is a terrifying blocker with the power to knock you on your ass and the agility to hover and cage you like an animal. She also frequently dons the jammer cap, and the combination of her speed, grace, and power often yields the highest scoring jams of the bout. Her wide-ranging talents on the track make her an effective coach, where her extensive experience helps cultivate SVRG’s strategies. She is also renowned for her killer endurance practices where many a Silicon Valley Roller Girl has fulfilled the motto, “Skate ’til you puke…and then keep skating.”

How did you get into roller derby?

I used to watch it on TV with my dad when I was around 6. Whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say “a roller derby queen” (either that or a solid gold dancer). Here is a TV show they did about me.

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

As for skating skills, I was just your average weekend rink rat. I did play soccer at a very high competitive level for about 32 years; I think that helped a lot.

How did you derive your derby name?

For the first 3 months of my derby career, I was actually “Jenna Taylia.”  But then I couldn’t figure out how I would explain that to my kids, so I came up with Pia Mess.

What is your primary position?

I think I play all positions equally well. [Ed. note: Truth! You should see this girl’s stats!]

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I bring 5 years experience, strategy, and track smarts. I am also good at playing mind games with competitors.

What is your favorite derby memory?

Winning Nationals with Rat City.

Pia skated with the Sockit Wenches and the Rat City All-Stars. Left, as a Sockit Wench (photo credit: Michael Coyote); right, as an All-Star (photo-credit: Joe Schwartz).

Pia skated with the Sockit Wenches and the Rat City All-Stars. Left, as a Sockit Wench (photo credit: Michael Coyote); right, as an All-Star (photo-credit: Joe Schwartz).

What kind of injuries have you incurred during your career?

I have dislocated my jaw twice. I have had one concussion, a torn PCL , lots of rink rash, and some of my SVRG teammates gave me a black eye.

Who are your favorite derby skaters?

A former league mate from Rat City, Carmen Getsome. She has mad skillz, determination, and athletisism. My other favorite is again a former Rat City teammate, Sassy Chassis. She is the nicest, happiest person I know.

Who’s your biggest fan?

I think I have 2. The first one is Lilly Lightning from the Seattle Derby Brats, and the second is my good friend Eric. [Ed. note: Pia is also the only SVRG skater with her own Facebook fan page.]

What’s your favorite thing about SVRG?

SVRG is like a second family to me.  I moved down here not knowing anyone and they were all sooo nice and so welcoming and took me under their wings. In turn, I kick their asses!  Derby Love 🙂

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

By day, I am a stay at home mom who runs a travel business out of my house. Need a vacation? I’ll hook you up!

Pia says farewell. Photo credit: Michael Coyote

Pia says farewell. Photo credit: Michael Coyote

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Support SVRG’s Skate-O-Thon!

Just a reminder…we are in the final days of collection for the SVRG Skate-O-Thon, scheduled for this coming Monday. We could really use your help in meeting our goals! We are trying to raise money to cover our travel expenses for our away games next season. You can read more about our efforts here.

You can pledge a per-lap donation to an individual skater by contacting her individually, or visit our homepage to donate via PayPal. Through PayPal, you can make a team donation or support an individual skater’s efforts by writing her name in the comments when you make your donation. Some skaters are also on Facebook and have ChipIn on their profiles if you prefer to donate that way.

If you want to come see us, the Skate-O-Thon will be held Monday, Oct. 19 from 8-10pm. We will be in costume and we hope you’ll come decked out too! A $5 donation will get you in the door.  Rumor has it that some of our sister league from over the hill, the lovely Santa Cruz Derby Girls, will be joining us as well. Come mingle and cheer us on!

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SVRG’s last recruitment of the season!

Don't fear, Terribelle Demise's injuries were sustained off track. Thankfully, she has Kimfectious and Postal Servix to protect her.

Don't fear, Terribelle Demise's injuries were sustained off track. Thankfully, she has Kimfectious and Postal Servix to protect her.

Do you think you have the stuff to rock & block with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls? If so, follow these five easy steps!

1. Read this article on the blog about how to get started with roller derby so you know what you’re getting into.

2. For some FAQs about recruitment, click here.

3. Contact Texas ChanaSaw Massacre at recruitment@svrollergirls.com if you are interested.

4. Come watch a practice before October 28th (ChanaSaw will give you details.)

5. Come ready to skate on Wednesday, October 28th, and join us at the recruitment meeting Sunday, November 1.

Any additional questions, please contact ChanaSaw at recruitment@svrollergirls.com . Hope to see you on the rink soon!

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