Ever wonder what derby girls haul around in their skate bags? All they need is skates and pads right? Well, let's take a peek into a skater bag to find out what kinds of things are necessary for this sport. Check out the contents of Polly's bag...
Hello GDD fans! Here we have another featured skater post for y'all. This time we are featuring one of our Bad News Babes, Pilar Assault. Come see her in action at our home bout this Saturday!
What league(s) are you/have you been affiliated with? GDD is my first & only.
How long have you been skating (derby)? Since October 2012.
List your notable derby injuries: Lots of righteous bruises!
How did you select your derby name and number? My name combines an interest (Pilar is a Spanish first name) with a derby pun. My # is my home town.
How do you pay the bills, feed your derby addiction? Design instruction for a university library.
Favorite food? Avocado
Any hidden talents off the track? Finding 4-leafed clovers
Any hobbies besides derby? webmistressing for my husband
Favorite book? Lather Rinse Repeat by David Tabak
Favorite song that gets you pumped for derby? Gangnam Style (It works for anything, really.)
What celebrity should totally do derby? Danai Gurira (Michonne on The Walking Dead)
Do you have Tattoos? nope
What is something that most people don’t know, or would never guess about you? I'm bilingual in Spanish and know bits of 5+ other languages.
What was your previous athletic background, if any? 2 years as (soccer) goalie in high school.
Which skater inspires you most, and why? VeRAAAH C. Raptor, because she is tenacious.
Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out? Give it (at least) a month before you decide.
Favorite Derby Gear? My helmet- it protects my squishy brains in style with Mr. Yuck, Lil Bub, and some custom flash.
Here are a few pictures from the most recent volunteer day at the Generous Garden, featuring skaters from the Derby Dames and the Atom Bombs! (Be sure to support the garden at their upcoming fundraiser, the Feed Greenville 5k.)
Magik With Her Game Face (Photo Credit: Phil Lackey)
Hello derby world! We are bringing back the featured skater section of "Dame News." For this update, here are some more details about Magik!
What league(s) are you/have you been affiliated with? Started with URGE in July 2010, transferred to GDD February 2011.
How long have you been skating (derby)? 3 years
How did you discover roller derby? Hanging out with a local Motorcycle Club called Old Crap Riders (OCR) We attended a game after purchasing a skater sponsor, and decided, “I think I can do this.” To which they all replied in unison, “You better!!”
List your notable derby injuries: Bruised tail bone, derby also helped me discover a twisted L5 (lumbar vertebrae).
What do you do to get in to “derby mode”? Wake up in the morning. I am always in derby mode.
How do you pay the bills, feed your derby addiction? I am a customer
relations manager at Big O Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.
Most notable derby accomplishment? 2011 Season - Greenville Derby
Dames Most Valuable Player.
Favorite food? Zaxby’s Chicken
Which skater inspires you most, and why? My derby mother is Poisonberry Shortcake. She coaches the Carolina Wreckingballs and
skates for the Richland County Regulators. She molded me into the
skater that I am today.
Favorite derby moment? When Mama Poison told me that I am her greatest legacy.
Any hidden talents off the track? Does Karaoke Diva count?
Any hobbies besides derby? There is time for hobbies other than
Favorite book? What ever I am currently reading, but I love the
Immortal Instruments series, and still have a soft spot for the Chronicles of Narnia (read all 7 of them about 3 times).
Favorite song that gets you pumped for derby? Anything 80s. I love a good power ballad.
What celebrity should totally do derby? Adam Levine, just because I
think that will give me a better chance of crossing paths with him.
Do you have Tattoos? A cross on my right side for the loss of my first love, and SK8 on my right foot. Tattoos for love.
What was your previous athletic background? Track and Field, with a little stint in cross country.
Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out? With a little
heart and a whole lot of determination, you can make it in derby. You are on the edge of greatness, reach out and take it. When in doubt….skate it out.
Favorite Derby Gear? 187 knee and elbow pads, sisu mouthguard.
List 3 things that you plan to accomplish in 2013? Eat, Sleep, Play
Greenville Derby Dames Allstars vs. Carolina Roller Girls Allstars - Bout Day Recap by Magikly D'Vicious
Saturday, April 20th 2013, the Greenville Derby Dames Allstars hit
the road and headed to Raleigh, NC, to bout Carolina Roller Girls Allstars. The day started early, rolling out of Greenville at 8:30am, with cars packed with derby girls and gear. After arriving safely at Dorton Arena, we were greeted with a lovely stroll through the Fair Grounds and a wonderful display of flea market tables. If you didn’t know, a flea market can be a derby girl kryptonite, but it was time for skater check-in, so we will come back to that a bit later.
If you have never been to Raleigh or are unfamiliar with the CRG bout facility, allow me to sidetrack for a little information on that. According to Wikipedia, “Dorton Arena is a 7,610-seat multi-purpose arena in Raleigh, NC”. This arena once was home to several sports teams including basketball teams and hockey teams. It is a fantastic structure that is architecturally pleasing to the eye, with its sloping roof and panoramic glass panes. The floor is a nice smooth polished concrete, a small adjustment from the sport court our ladies are used to skating on.
Upon checking in, we were ushered to our locker room, and greeted by a
welcome basket of goodies from CRG team sponsors. It is always so nice to have a nicely stocked welcome basket. There is nothing more frustrating than forgetting a small item that you may find yourself in need of; pain reliever,wetwipes, and sunglasses for the setting sun in the panoramic window panes I mentioned earlier. Scheduled to play at 5pm, we decided to venture out into the fair grounds for a little team bonding and perusing of secondhand treasures.
While we were on our treasure hunt, we happened upon an airbrush face paint booth. This is where the battle preparation begins. One after another our Allstars were painted. Kiira sat down but stood up as
Conway Hitty, ready to skate fast, turn left, juke, jam, and block. Many cultures use war paint as a clear method of intent. This was a clear message, but with fun undertones. We are here to chew gum and rollerskate, and we are all out of gum. It is time, the battle has begun.
5pm, first whistle. Going into this bout, we were the underdogs, projected to lose by nearly 200 points. Jam after jam, we walled up and held our ground. Penalties were a mild concern in the first half, but we were determined to stick together and keep fighting. By halftime we were behind, but only by 71 points at a score of 136-65. Coach Josh spoke about our areas for improvement during our halftime pep talk. We collected ourselves mentally and were ready
to apply his leadership in the second half.
Shortly after the second half started, the sun had reached its setting point parallel to the rows of large pane glass windows. GDD allstars donned sunglasses for a team first, to aid in vision. Even with the
slight impairment of vision we were able to keep our game play clean, keeping our trips to the box lower than past game play average, but closely equal to first half. Our endurance held strong for the duration of game play, with most of our skaters playing 2 and 3 jams consecutive. We tried a few new things. Veraaah C. Raptor and HercuLisa toed the jammer line, and the ones I
lovingly refer to as baby A’s made some serious plays on the CRG jammers.
GDD allstars lost to CRG, 259-133, with our heads held high. As a team, we were so thankful for the opportunity to have been invited to play a team as great as the Carolina Roller Girls Allstar team. Notes
from Coach Josh include a 55GDD-5CRG point run at the end of the half and beginning of the second, which is a swinging comeback from 131-31 to 136-86. Also, being behind by 71 points the first half and only by 50 with a second half adjustment. Even though we may not have come home with a “W” for our season schedule board, we do consider this weekend a huge team win. We gained experience, we challenged
ourselves, and with every bout we get stronger, closer, and better. I believe I can speak for all the Allstars when I say that we cannot wait for our next bout with Carolina Roller Girls.
Here are a few pictures from the recent volunteer day at the Generous Garden Project. (Photos courtesy of Polly Sackherhide.)
Some of the Dames headed out to the Generous Garden Project on a beautiful Saturday recently to help out at their Seedling Sale fundraiser. Here are some photos courtesy of Conway Hitty. (Want to help the Generous Garden fight hunger in the upstate? Check out their website for information on volunteering and other opportunities to help. They also have a 5k coming up in June. Check it out!)
Tone Hollywood of HOT 98.1 was brave enough to strap on some skates during halftime of the first bout on Saturday. I think it is safe to say he now knows the true meaning of GDD’s war cry “Bring the Pain!”
Photos courtesy of Polly Sackherhide.
Last Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day to gather in Greenville’s famous Falls Park for team photos. Our photographer friend, Phil Lackey, was kind enough to make a special trip to Greenville for the occasion. Here are a few candid photos from the day.
The Greenville Derby Dames spent last Tuesday night hanging out with the guys at the Yard Bar in Fountain Inn. The Dames got to tell everyone about the upcoming triple header bout on March 9 at the Pavilion (400 Scottswood Road in Taylors. Click here for more info and tickets). In exchange, the friendly folks of Fountain Inn taught us the finer points of line dancing and arcade bowling. If you get a chance to visit the Yard Bar (910 Georgia St. in Fountain Inn, S.C.), look for Derby Dames flyers and see if you can spot some players' names on the ceiling and rafters around the bar.