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Last chance for $10 tickets to the last SVRG home bout of the season

You know you’re coming, so why not save some bones and go ahead and buy your tickets NOW! Visit Brown Paper Tickets to get  $10 tickets to our superhero themed bout, United We Skate, on Saturday, September 11. You will get to see a mini-bout by Derby 2.0 (our junior derby girls aged 7 to  17), plus all the hard-hitting action you’ve come to expect from the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes. Full details are here.

The $10 price is only good through this Wednesday, August 25th, so don’t miss your chance!!


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FREE roller derby Sunday, Aug 1! SVRG exhibition bout @ Roosevelt Park

Be there, and bring a brassiere to donate! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls (Dot.Kamikazes, KillaBytes, and Hard Drivers) will be playing in a mixed scrimmage on August 1, 5 pm at Roosevelt Park. Pack a cooler of water and snacks and a lawn chair if you want to see the action up close (otherwise, limited bleacher seating is available).

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SVRG is a win-win; Killas take down ACDG Rocket Queens 118-72 and Dots pummel Treasure Valley 208-68

The Dot.Kamikazes and Coach Panda line up with guest of honor Jerry Seltzer, major sports fan and son of Leo Seltzer, the founder of roller derby. All photos courtesy of Jim Cottingham.

The luau-themed Freaky Tiki Throwdown was a fun-filled evening for fans and skaters alike. Victory was in the air at San Jose Skate on Saturday night as both Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ teams, the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes, racked up solid wins.

The KillaBytes were coming off an amazing performance (albeit, a loss) against the Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude on June 12. They were curious as to what the Angel City Derby Girls’ Rocket Queens would be bringing, since the team has undergone a reboot (several retirements and lots of new blood) since they faced the Dot.Kamikazes last season. Given their younger roster, the team was matched against the KillaBytes this season instead. The KillaBytes were also excited to face the Rocket Queens since a former SVRG bootcamper, Blow Hole, had moved to southern California and was on the ACDG roster.

Left: Belle Wringer and Skooter Ov'r squish the pack. Right: Lizapalooza, Fox, and Knuckles set the pace.

The KillaBytes earned their name from the first whistle with some killer defense. Absolutely Scabulous, Bozo Disposo, and BootyVicious brought it in the pack and as aggressive jammers. Captain Knuckles DeVille, Lizapalooza, and Bitch Puddin’ took turns positionally blocking or taking out jammers at the front of the pack while Belle Wringer and Skooter Ov’r steered ‘em and cleared ‘em in the back.

Left: Bones & her booty sneak attack; Middle & right: Servix doles out some two piece meal.

Postal Servix and Catherine Beata Bones brought some serious booty into the mix, clearing a path with their ferocious swipes (just check out the pics). Retox Fox doled out persistent beatings on jammers and blockers alike, often sharing some special one-on-one moments with an opponent at the back of the pack. Satan’s Kitten threw blocks so vicious that she found out after the game that she had separated her shoulder (meeowch!)

L: CynTax brushes off a hit; M: Bozo Disposo has picked up jamming duties like a natural; L: Skooter Ov'r whips AbScab while keeping an eye on her pack.

Between the Killas’ stellar defense and the jammers’ indefatigable endurance, the Killas had a productive evening on the line. Jamming duties were handled by Co-Captain Zootown Throwdown, CynTax, Catherine Beata Bones, Absolutely Scabulous, Bozo Disposo, and BootyVicious. The Killas succeeded in dethroning the Rocket Queens, 118-72.

One of the thrills of playing new teams from faraway lands is that you’re not quite sure what to expect. The Treasure Valley Rollergirls from Boise, Idaho, made their first visit to the Bay Area, and the murmurs started as the team started their warm up. “Wow, they really look like they know what they’re doing,” one SVRG skater said. Indeed, Treasure Valley would demonstrate their agility throughout the evening against the Dot.Kamikazes.

L: Lindsay Lohanded steers; M: Lizapalooza has a lock on the jammer; R: Pia Mess deftly disposes of the TV jammer.

The Dot.Kamikazes kicked off the jams with a stellar first jam. Pia Mess and Death by Dollface contained TV’s Jilldozer as SVRG’s Smack Dahlia grand-slammed her way to a 13-point jam to TV’s 5. TV bounced right back in the second jam, as both Pia and jammer Smash ‘n’ Burn were sent to the box. TV’s Ana Rampage secured a 14-point power jam, helping TV take a 19-13 lead. In the fourth jam, new SVRG skater Mongoose, a transfer from Florida, made her debut and racked up 9 points in her first jam despite a pack deficit. Although Feisty Irish was in the box serving time, Scait Riot filled in the gap by working as a one-woman wall against TV’s jammer.

L: Mongoose's debut was marked by several high-scoring jams; here she gets a hand from Servix. R: Smack Dahlia believes she can fly...which she did, through double-digit jams.

SVRG continued to have penalty trouble throughout the first 20 minutes of the first half, rarely fielding a full pack. Every time they succeeded in pulling ahead a few points, TV was quick to respond and narrow the point margin. In Jam 12, Dollface, Kimfectious, and jammer Smash ‘n’ Burn crowded the penalty box, but things turned around for SVRG in Jam 13 as Smack Dahlia took advantage of some killer Pia Mess defense and sped to a 14-0 jam. SVRG’s defense—including some excellent teamwork by Scait Riot, Kosmo Trouble, Lizapalooza, and Donna Diggler, and the requisite knockout hits by Pia, Dollface, and Lindsay Lohanded—held TV scoreless for the last six jams of the half, which Mongoose closed with a 10-point power jam for SVRG, giving them a 85-35 lead.

Patty cake? Dance move? Paper, rock, scissors on who gives the whip? Kosmo Trouble and Death by Dollface prepare for an oncoming Smack Dahlia.

SVRG’s defense continued to freeze out TV in the second half; by Jam 9 TV had only put up 2 more points. In the meantime, SVRG made slow but steady forward progress with the exception of Jam 4, when Pia Mess donned the jammer cap and strode to a 30-point power jam with the help of Scait Riot, Dollface, Kimfectious, and Feisty Irish. Smack Dahlia racked up 10 points in Jam 9 before being sent to the box, but nimble blocking by Lindsay Lohanded held the TV jammer to only 4 points in the power jam. Postal Servix (who along with Lizapalooza and Catherine Beata Bones served double duty on the Killas and Dots tonight) took the line in Jam 11 and scored a 15-point jam while Feisty Irish was on fire with her blocking. In the last jams, Kosmo Trouble, Donna Diggler, Feisty Irish, and Catherine Beata Bones all took a turn on the jammer line. Pia Mess also returned and completed a star pass to Smash ‘n’ Burn, the duo earning a collective 18-points in a power jam. In the end, SVRG triumphed over Treasure Valley, 208-68.

If you just can't get enough Teddy Wreckspin, you'll have to come check out men's roller derby on July 18, 3 pm at Roosevelt Park!

As always, thanks to our awesome coaches, Pandamonium, LTO, Aim De Kill, and Pia Mess; our amazing ref and NSO staff; our visiting opponents, the Angel City Rocket Queens and Treasure Valley Rollergirls; and our families, friends, and fans for supporting us!

Thanks to Jim Cottingham for his photos of the KillaBytes and Dot.Kamikazes!

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Watch the Dot.Kamikazes LIVE on Derby News Network this weekend!

As SVRG moves up in the derby world and plays WFTDA challengers, we are getting more coverage from the derby media. The KillaBytes/Denver Bruising Altitude bout was covered by Derby News Network on June 12 (the link says Rat City/Denver but it starts with our bout), and now the Dots’ game versus Jet City’s Bellingham Roller Betties will be covered here this Saturday. They have a simultaneous interactive textcast, so you can ask questions or cheer SVRG on. Awesome!

…and while you’re there, thank them for the coverage by making a donation (follow that link or click “Contribute” on the front page)–they are totally DIY and are doing AMAZING things for roller derby, so they need your support!

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Skater of the Month: Zootown Throwdown

Zootown Throwdown is the type of skater that exemplifies all the great things about roller derby. When she started, we affectionately referred to her as “Bambi” as we watched her learn to balance her long legs on skates. She was relentless, though, and soon using that long stride to push herself through double-digit jams. She’s already racked up two MVP awards this season for the KillaBytes (of which she is co-captain) and has started swingin’ and jamming on some Dot.Kamikaze rosters as well. In addition, she took over the incredibly tough job as our league President this year. Whew! And despite all that work, she loves derby so much that she capitalizes on her travel-heavy day job by using it as an opportunity to skate with leagues all around the country. If you’re lucky, there may be a Zoo in your town soon!

How did you get into roller derby?

An SVRG skater, Broken BabyDoll, saw my Montana license plate when I walked into a billiard hall after moving down here to CA and asked if I was from there. Turns out, our families know each other and we grew up in the same town. Somehow MT is so big, but soooo small. She invited me to a bout; I walked into the venue and immediately fell in love with the sport.

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

I grew up with an athletic background in track, basketball, rock climbing, and golf, but the last time I strapped on skates was when I was 6.  I would pal around the block with my neighbor in our hot pink Barbie skates and pretended I knew how to brake by knee sliding into the grass at full speed. So with derby, I had start from scratch – took me almost 3 months to learn how to brake efficiently.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’m a third generation born and raised in Missoula, MT. The locals call it Zootown, so I had to tie in my roots somehow!

What is your primary position?

Jammer; I think mainly because I have a need for speed…and because I’m a hot mess when I block. When I first started skating, I was extremely intimidated by the position 4 blocker so jamming took me a little while to warm up to, but once I got over that fear, it became my favorite position. (Except during the practice when we do the “first jammer through the pack 5 times” drill…then I wish I were a blocker! )

Zoo jammin'. Photo: Jim Cottingham

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I would like to think that my greatest strength as a skater is inspiring others. I keep a positive attitude; every time my skate hit the rink, I’m going 110%. I think when skaters step onto the rink with a negative attitude and half assing practice, they are wasting their time. So when I show up at practice, I leave my personal life off the rink and get my head in the game!

Who’s your biggest fan?

Rachel Keirnan, cutest little 9-year-old ever, came to watch us play against CCRD and ended up buying a SVRG shirt and getting ‘Zootown Throwdown’ printed on the back…then she had me autograph it in permanent marker. So. Awesome.

My boyfriend, family and friends are super supportive as well. On bout days, I receive texts from family members wishing me good luck, to not break a leg, and usually include the two words: kick ass. My family is so incredibly fantastic!

Which teammates do you work well with?

Being a jammer, I’m usually flyin’ solo. However, I receive a ton of great advice from my fellow long-legged gazelle-looking jammer, Smack Dahlia. She always gives me pointers in a positive sense like a big sister, instead of saying “you did this wrong, and you did that wrong,” etc. Having the same body type as me, she knows my strengths and weaknesses, so she’s been a great mentor for me.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

What I’m most looking forward to this season is becoming an official WFTDA league so we can rank and compete nationally next season. Watch out ladies, SVRG is movin up!!!

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?

I’m midway through my annual term as league President and I’m also the Co-Captain of the KillaBytes. It’s extremely time-consuming (kudos to all other presidents in the derby world) coordinating all aspects of the league. Within SVRG, we have a full Board of Directors, and over a dozen Committee Heads and Coordinators; without these league members (or my 24/7 synched crackberry), I wouldn’t be able to hold the presidential position because there’s SO MUCH going on. I’m an obsessive organizer and network like crazy (i.e., talk to strangers waaaaay too much). Derby is a sport that I have devoted my life to and I will never quit, so becoming president for me was bound to happen eventually; might as well be during my second year on skates! Someday, I want SVRG to be that league that other teams look at and idolize because A) we’re ranked #1 in the nation and B) we keep it classy and fun. I’m here to help this league grow and develop into a leading team in the derby nation and I’m just excited to be at the cusp of explosion for this amazing sport. Might be 2 years, 10 years or 50 years but this sport WILL blow up…and I’ll be there at the after party poppin’ the champagne cork the day we actually get paid to play.

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

Outside of derby, I LOVE being outdoors; nature brings me into a meditative state that makes me appreciate Living in the Now. I’m grateful for the opportunity to just sit on the beach with my boyfriend and freeze time by watching the ocean waves and catching my breath from life. I enjoy skiing, hiking, rock climbing, wake-boarding, surfing, everything. There isn’t an outdoor adventure I don’t enjoy.

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

It’s intimidating to start playing derby because it’s overwhelming, physically straining, expensive, and time-consuming. When you first start, all you can think about is trying to NOT fall on your ass during your warm-up laps and thinking of excuses for why you can skip practice that night so you can give the quarter-sized blisters on your feet an extra day to heal. But coming from a girl would spent most of her time during the first 3 months with her booty touching the floor more times than not, it IS possible to excel in this sport, and that’s the amazing thing about it. If you put in the time and effort and get involved in the league, it’s guaranteed to pay off in some way or another.

What do you think is the best thing about derby?

It’s the only full-contact sport in the athletic world that women have claimed as their own. Enough said!


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Tickets now on sale for SVRG’s Freaky Tiki Throwdown July 10

Swing your hula hips on over to San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, on Saturday, July 10th, for a Freaky Tiki Throwdown! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will lei-the-smack-down on two fierce opponents: the KillaBytes will be facing the Angel City Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA), and the Dot.Kamikazes will be facing Treasure Valley (Idaho) Rollergirls. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the KillaBytes at 6 pm and the Dot.Kamikazes starting at 8 pm. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black or your favorite luau wear.

Tickets will be online at Brown Paper Tickets. The first 100 tickets will be available at $10 for adults; after those sell out, online tickets will be $13 for adults and $8 for kids. Paper tickets are also available for $15/adults and $10/kids at our sponsor locations: San Jose Skate, Ohana Board Shop, Psycho Donuts, Streetlight Records (Bascom location only), and Jack’s Bar & Lounge. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $12 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free.  We strongly advise purchasing tickets in advance as all of our home bouts this year have sold out. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to our featured charity, Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity. As always, the bout will feature a beer garden (21+), a snack bar, a half-time show, raffle prizes, and more. An after-party (21+) will be held at Jack’s Bar & Lounge, 167 E. Taylor St., San Jose.

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SVRG topples CCRD in doubleheader

In their second home bout of the season, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ KillaBytes slammed Central Coast Roller Derby’s SLO Slammers, 190-62, and SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes conquered CCRD 142-108.

Unfortunately, I was home celebrating another Derby (the Kentucky Derby, and yes, I did pick the winner), but you can see a writeup of the bout by Southbay on the Derby News Network here.

You can see Jim Cottingham’s pictures from the Dot.Kamikazes’ bout here and from the KillaBytes’ bout here.

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