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Hard Drivers Sizzle at Hot San Jose Nights

SVRG’s Hard Drivers hosted an exhibition bout against Black Thunder from Santa Cruz at Hot San Jose Nights on July 14th. SVRG pocketed a third win this season against our sisters from over the hill, with a final score of 233-71. Unleasha Moore amazed the crowds with a 26-point jam in the first period. Skirt Vonna-Gut entertained fans by jumping over 3 girls during halftime. Here’s a photoblog of the action.

Contain

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Volcanic Ash, Absolutely Scabulous, Bullet Sucker, and Skirt Vonna-Gut Contain SCDG’s jammer Shanks A. Million

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Volcanic Ash, Absolutely Scabulous, Bullet Sucker, and Skirt Vonna-Gut Contain SCDG’s Jammer Shanks A. Million

Control

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Jem Jones, Mongoose, Bullet Sucker, Surge, and Culo Whippin’ Control Pack Speed

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Jem Jones, Mongoose, Bullet Sucker, Surge, and Culo Whippin’ Control Pack Speed

Distract

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, Bullet Sucker, Coach Aim DeKill, Mad 4 Gravy, Skirt Vonna-Gut, Foo Bar, Evel Kniebreaker, and Volcanic Ash Get Distracted by a Big Hit

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, Bullet Sucker, Coach Aim DeKill, Mad 4 Gravy, Skirt Vonna-Gut, Foo Bar, Evel Kniebreaker, and Volcanic Ash Get Distracted by a Big Hit

Destroy

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Bullet Sucker and Mad 4 Gravy Destroy SCDG’s jammer Aubrey Rough

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Bullet Sucker and Mad 4 Gravy Destroy SCDG’s Jammer Aubrey Rough

It was great to see some new faces out on the track…

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s new faces Volcanic Ash, Patty Hearse, and Foo Bar

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s New Faces: Volcanic Ash, Patty Hearse, and Foo Bar

…and to witness the triumphant return of Skater Tots!

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Skater Tots, Unleasha Moore, Mongoose, and SCDG’s Skye Skrapper

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Skater Tots, Unleasha Moore, Mongoose, and SCDG’s Skye Skrapper

Derby Funtimes!

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Hard Drivers and SCDG’s Black Thunder

©2012 Mike Ko, SiliconValley Designs, SVRG’s Hard Drivers and SCDG’s Black Thunder

These wonderful photos were taken by Mike Ko of SiliconValley Designs. Let’s show him some derby love by liking his Facebook page!

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Congratulations, Santa Cruz Derby Girls!!

We are happy to announce that our sisterly rivals, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, have been accepted into the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association. We are very proud to welcome them to WFTDA. Congratulations, ladies!

And, it will be all the sweeter when we beat them in October 🙂 Get your tickets now to come down and support SVRG in their doubleheader at Santa Cruz on October 23 when Silicon Valley Goes Home…with the WIN!

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SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes rock their first day at The Big One, advance to semifinals

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ Dot.Kamikazes came out of their pool 2-1 after a day full o’ derby  at The Big One tournament in Paso Robles, CA, today. Pool play today involved 20-minute bouts against each team in the pool.

Despite their roster being decimated by injuries and absences, the Dot.Kamikazes made a very strong showing their first day out, showing that they have a depth of talent. In their first round of pool play, SVRG handily defeated Derby Revolution of Bakersfield, 98-10. In the second round, SVRG narrowly lost to last year’s champions, the San Diego Derby Dolls’ Wildfires, 43-31. In their final bout of the evening, SVRG defeated the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells 73-18, marking the third time SVRG has taken down Santa Cruz in tournament play this year. Follow this link to relive the text boutcast on Derby News Network.

SVRG will go into the semifinals tomorrow seeded second in their pool behind San Diego. In the other pool, the Bay Area Derby Girls came out on top, with Humboldt Roller Derby securing second place. Bouts tomorrow will be a full 60 minutes. Be prepared for some total derby awesomeness! You can tune in tomorrow by going to Derby News Network, clicking on the LIVE tab, and finding the link for The Big One. (And while you’re there, click on the donation link and throw some dollars their way…they do a lot to bring derby to your computer screen!)

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SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes win the Dustbowl Invitational!!

Silicon Valley represents! Photo: Jim Cottingham

That’s right, SVRG skated in their first tournament ever this weekend, and they dominated!

On Saturday, they played four 20-minute games in their pool, securing four wins. First, the Dot.Kamikazes defeated hosts Derby Revolution of Bakersfield 42-14. Next, they blew out Central California Area Derby 88-9. Then, they faced their BFFs from over the hill, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and triumphed 68-12. In their last pool play game, they faced tough competition from Arizona Roller Derby, but SVRG came away victorious, 45-31.

Left: MisTits and Rot Wheels render a Sac jammer hapless. Right: Pia Mess lives up to the offer stated on her booty shorts and gives the jammer a free ride. Photos: Jim Cottingham

Sunday, SVRG entered competition as the top seed. Sunday’s play featured 30-minute games. They faced Santa Cruz again, whom they beat 80-22. In the final round, they were set to play the Sac City Rollers, who had defeated Tucson. The Dots dominated Sac City, 170-100, to win their first ever tournament!

Left: Scait Riot lays into a Sac jammer; Right: Kimfectious hits so hard you can't see straight. Photos: Jim Cottingham

Special congratulations to MisTits, who was named Best Blocker, and Smash ‘n’ Burn, who earned MVP. Way to rock it, ladies!

Left: MisTits accepts her Best Blocker award, presented by Timothy Jordan, announcer extraordinnaire. Left: Smash 'n' Burn is delighted to win MVP of the tourney. Photos: Jim Cottingham

We would like to thank our **amazing** coaches, Panda, LTO, and Pia Mess, for whipping SVRG into tourney shape. Thanks to the refs and NSOs for their hard work. Thanks to all of the SVRG fans who traveled to Bako to show their support. Thank you to the ladies of Bakersfield for hosting an amazing tournament!

Thanks to Jim Cottingham for capturing all the glory! You can see his pics from the tournament here.

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Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ 2010 Season Announced

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls would like to announce our 2010 season! We have more games this season for both the Dot.Kamikazes, including our first tournaments, and the KillaBytes. We will also be logging the frequent flyer miles next season, as we will be traveling from Arizona to Washington to Colorado for various bouts. But, three of our four home bouts this year are doubleheaders, so that’s almost twice the derby! We also promise some outdoor bouts at Roosevelt Rink (TBA). Below, our home bouts are in boldface:

March 6: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Dockyard Derby Dames (Tacoma, WA) AND

KillaBytes vs. San Diego Hard Corps (doubleheader @ San Jose Skate)

March 27-28: Dot.Kamikazes compete in The Dustbowl Tournament @ Bakersfield, CA

April 17-19: Dot.Kamikazes compete in The Dust Devil Tournament @ Tucson, AZ

May 1: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Central Coast Roller Derby (Paso Robles, CA) AND

KillaBytes vs. Central Coast Roller Derby (doubleheader @ San Jose Skate)

June 5-6: Dot.Kamikazes at The Big One Tournament @ Paso Robles, CA

June 12: KillaBytes vs. Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude @ Denver, CO

June 26: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Bellingham Roller Betties @ Everett, WA

July 10: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Treasure Valley (ID) Rollergirls @ San Jose Skate

July 24: KillaBytes vs. Lake Tahoe Derby Dames @ Tahoe, CA

August 21: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Humboldt County Redwood Rollers AND

KillaBytes vs. Humboldt (doubleheader @ Eureka, CA)

September 11: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Rose City Axles of Annihilation (Portland, OR) AND

KillaBytes vs. Sac City Rollers’ Folsom Prison Bruisers (doubleheader @ San Jose Skate)

October 23: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Boardwalk Bombshells AND

KillaBytes vs. Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Harbor Hellcats (doubleheader @ Santa Cruz, CA)

November 20: KillaBytes vs. Derby Revolution of Bakersfield @ Bakersfield, CA

We had some sellouts last season, so check back here when season tickets for our home bouts will be available through Brown Paper Tickets.

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SVRG has a fun and derbyful weekend

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ season officially ended at the November bout, but we’ve still been workin’ it out and taking any derby opportunity that rolls our way. This weekend SVRG members made appearances at Red Red Holiday, a mixed scrimmage hosted by Sac City, and a scrap team (translation: anyone who had the time & money to travel) meandered down to face some of the San Diego Derby Dolls.

Red Red was particularly exciting this year because we got to send a lot of our new blood for some scrimmage experience. In addition to SVRG vets Steffen Razor (Team Orange) and MisTits (Dark Green), five of our interns got their first taste of bouting: Bozo Disposo (Dark Blue), Cannonball Iztik (Black), Absolutely Scabulous (Red), Blanca Basura Barbie (Pink) and Catherine Beata Bones (Light Green). The ladies had a wonderful time, and three were on the top teams. Barbie’s team, Pink (too appropriate!), took first place, MisTits’s Dark Green took second, and Steffen’s Orange took third. Congratulations!

In the meantime, a bunch of scrappers were bouting in San Diego. There was a question of whether the bout would even take place, because the roof at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was leaking in several places above the concrete track. Thing is, you can’t just tell derby girls there’s no derby. After consulting both teams, SDDD’s Bonnie D. Stroir declared that the game would go on, with some brave volunteers actively toweling the wet spots on the floor.

Because SVRG couldn’t field a whole team, we were grateful for the assistance of a couple of Central Coast Roller Derby ladies, Ivanator and Lacy Thunderware, to help fill our roster. Ivana joined Pia Mess, Death by Dollface, CynTax, and Betta Watchit (in her bout debut)  in the jamming rotation, while Rot Wheels, Kimfectious, Lizapalooza, Belle Wringer, Satan’s Kitten, Bitch Puddin’, Retox Fox, and BootyVicious performed blocker duties. Refs Texas Tea Bag and All Nate Long made the trip with the team, and the most honorable Aim De Kill tackled lineups for the group since her knee injury kept her off the track.

The game was a close one, with SVRG up by only ten points at half time. The tide turned in the second half, however, when SVRG often had more players in the penalty box than on the track. On numerous occasions SVRG was plagued by confusion, because a skater would get sent to the box only to find it chock full of her teammates, at which point she would have to return to the track until she was sent back. Before the midpoint of the second half, SVRG was down two skaters as both Ivanator and Lacy Thunderware had been ejected. SDDD wisely used their perpetual blocker advantage; having more blockers on the floor for nearly every jam allowed them to play woman-on-woman defense and keep one blocker solely on the SVRG jammer, limiting SVRG’s scoring. SDDD also made the most of a couple of power jams when SVRG had their jammer in the box. Gradually, they inched closer and closer, finally securing the lead in the last three jams of the night. SDDD defeated the SVRG scrappers, 97-82. One of our photographers, Adrian Valenzuela, made the trip down with us and you can see a couple of his shots here and a full Flickr set here. You can also check out other pics from the game here.

But the derby wasn’t over for the weekend. SDDD graciously hosted us at their amazing warehouse the next day so some of us could skate on a banked track for the first time. As Satan’s Kitten noted, we were all “SVRG green with envy” about the team’s space, which had room for a banked track, a regular track, workout equipment, lounging area, kids’ play area, and plenty of storage. Some of our previous night’s opponents, Bully Julie and Lila Monster, were there to give us some lessons on how to maximize our speed, hit legally, and take hits on the rail. Despite getting a serious workout the night before, we were all super psyched for the opportunity to skate on the banked track. THANK YOU SDDD and especially Julie and Lila for letting us come skate! You all are awesome!

L: SVRG hearts SDDD! On couch, Lila Monster, Bitch Puddin', Retox Fox, and Satan's Kitten; standing, Bully Julie and Belle Wringer. R: Belle, Kitten, Kimfectious, and Fox on the banked track.

L: Kimfectious and Betta Watchit on the rails. R: Kitten roars on the track.

Of course, that’s not enough derby for some of us. Some of the girls who had skated this weekend (Steffen, Dollface, Disposo, Belle, Fox, and Kimfectious) joined their teammates in welcoming some of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls for a mixed scrimmage last night. Lulu Lockjaw, Hell Louise, Pippi Hardsocking, Roxy Scarmichael, and CinZilla came out to skate with us and it was a fun evening for all. Thanks to all the refs and NSOs who made it possible, and a personal thanks to Broken Baby Doll, Panda, and the rest of the crew who came to my aid after my injury. Congratulations to Team Girth (Pandamonium, Hell Louise, Smack Dahlia, Lindsay Lohanded, Beth Sentence, Donna Diggler, Steffen, Fox, and Knuckles) who defeated Team White (Lulu, Dollface, Pippi, Roxy, CinZilla, Belle, Kimfectious, Smash ‘n’ Burn, and Disposo). Thanks to Jim Cottingham, who came out to photograph us (pics here), and a big thanks to SCDG for coming to visit!

Photo credit: Jim Cottingham

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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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