The Greenville Derby Dames braved the cold and rain today to volunteer at the Generous Garden Project. There is a lot of work to do in preparation for spring planting even when it is a bit soggy! Here are a few pictures of the projects we worked on…
The Greenville Derby Dames strapped on their skates for a good cause last Tuesday night. They joined The Generous Garden Project for their first “Skate for Hunger” fundraiser at Skateland USA, 7514 White Horse Rd. They had a great time at free skate and even demonstrated some roller derby drills for those in attendance. Keep an eye on the Dames’ and The Generous Garden Project’s facebook pages for the next “Skate for Hunger” fundraiser. It’s a great cause and a fun evening for the family. Admission is $4 and a portion of the proceeds benefits The Generous Garden Project.
Some of the Dames posed for a photo with one of The Generous Garden’s fans and their marketing director, Laura.
1. What league(s) are you/have you been affiliated with? Greenville Derby Dames
2. How long have you been skating (derby)? 3 years
3. How did you discover roller derby? The company I worked for in Seattle did lighting for the Rat City Rollergirl's bouts. The first time I worked a bout I was hooked on the sport, however, it took me 2 years to get up the courage actually to tryout.
4. List your notable derby injuries: I haven't had any major injuries thankfully. However, I have had some pretty nasty cuts and bruises.
6. How did you select your derby name and number? I am a theatre electrician by day, so my name, Amber Rage, is a play off of amperage. My number is after a 400 amp panel.
7. How do you pay the bills, feed your derby addiction? My official title is Master Electrician.
8. Most notable derby accomplishment? Becoming WFDTA Apprentice.
9. Favorite food? Sushi
12. Any hobbies besides derby? Rock Climbing, Hiking, Swimming, Running...
15. What celebrity should totally do derby? J-Lo...have you seen her booty?
16. Do you have Tattoos? What, where, and why? Yes I have a celtic knot on my left wrist, a lower back design (I was 18), and 2 six shooters, one on each hip with a lime green star on the handles for GDD.
18. What was your previous athletic background, if any? I played basketball, softball, and soccer growing up but once I reach high school I focused mostly on competitive swimming.
19. Which skater inspires you most, and why? Any fresh meat skater that comes in and pushes herself to be better. She falls down and gets right back up to try it again and again. This is the drive that all great derby skaters need to have no matter how skilled you are. There is always something you can improve on.
20. Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out? Keep skating. You are not going to become an amazing skater over night. To become a true derby girl you must put in hours/days/months of sweat, tears, and blood.
21. Favorite Derby Gear? Protech Dent Mouth guard. I can actually communicate to my teammates on the track with this mouth guard in.
22. List 3 things that you plan to accomplish in 2012? Bring the SC State Roller Derby trophy back to Greenville, attend WFDTA Nationals in ATL, and beat Parth at Words With Friends.
Greenville Derby Dames Accepted as WFTDA Apprentice
The Greenville Derby Dames are proud to announce today that we have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association), the governing body for women's amateur flat track roller derby.
As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, GDD joins the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues nationwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women's flat track roller derby.
WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. Additionally, the mentor offers advice and information related to the management and development of the apprentice league. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.
About the WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby, and a membership organization for the leagues to collaborate and network. The organization created and maintained the first standardized ruleset for the flat-track game, now in its fourth edition. The WFTDA also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards and provides insurance to athletes and leagues. There are currently 138 WFTDA member leagues and more than 75 apprentice leagues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
1. What league(s) are you/have you been affiliated with? Upstate Roller Girl Evolution(URGE) and GreenvilleDerby Dames(GDD)
2. How long have you been skating (derby)? I started skating in September of 2010 but due to some medical problems had to stop in November of 2010. I started back 120% in July of 2011, so 11 months.
3. How did you discover roller derby?I get a sports medicine newsletter every month and it gives the dates of local sports teams events. I saw it on there and thought it would be a great way to get in shape and have fun doing it.
4. List your notable derby injuries... Um lets see, I was full body checked by Madam Melee in September of 2011 and broke my left wrist in 5 places. Still not fully flexible in that wrist!!
5. What do you do to get in to “derby mode”? I try to relax and listen to Five Finger Death Punch or Mudvaineto calm my nerves.
6. How did you select your derby name and number? My husband said I should be Premeditated but I wanted to add Violence to it. My husband then countered it and said it should be Violets since purple is my favcolor. The number is actually the South Carolina police ten code for assault and battery with intent to kill. So, Premeditated Violets, 620 was born.
7. How do you pay the bills, feed your derby addiction? I work two jobs doing ultrasound and I am first aid and CPR certified.
8. Most notable derby accomplishment?Joining GDD and completing 90 laps in 17 minutes and 10 seconds.
9. Favorite food? Cool ranch Doritos and sour cream. Don't knock it till you try it.
10. Favorite derby moment? I actually have two. Asking Madam Melee to be my Derby Wife and her accepting, and making my first ever B team roster.
11. Any hidden talents off the track? I can sew and embroider, knit and crochet, although very limited.
12. Any hobbies besides derby? I have a knack for making baby blankets, burp cloths, dresses, and such.
13. Favorite book? Anything that has words.
14. Favorite song that gets you pumped for derby? Destroyer by Static-X
15. What celebrity should totally do derby? Queen Latifah, she could booty block the whole track! I love that woman!
16. Do you have Tattoos? I have lots of them and have lots more to get! What, where, and why? I have Winnie the Pooh characters around my right ankle, a memorial tattoo on my left calf for my first love who died very young (21 years old), several on my back, but my newest is my derby tat that my husband designed for me it is on the back of my right calf.
17. What is something that most people don’t know, or would never guess about you? I used to be a push over. I avoided confrontations, agreed with everyone else instead of having my own opinions, and I was miserable. Then my husband came along and helped me change that. Derby helped solidify it.
18. What was your previous athletic background, if any? I have never exercised or really played a sport till Derby. I played very little minor things in track and field for one year in high school. That. Was. It.
19. Which skater inspires you most, and why? I have two. First for obvious reasons, Madam Melee. She has been my friend and mentor and one of the few people who pushed me and kept me motivated when I was sick. The second is Holly Hunter. I have never met her and she doesn't know I exist, but I have seen her skate and she is an amazing blocker. I hope to be as good as her or better.
20. Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out? Do not develop bad habits. Listen to the coaches and watch your form. Even if it takes you longer to learn it or perfect it, it is better than trying to break bad habits and relearn it the correct way.
21. Favorite Derby Gear? 187 pads, I am still playing around with my skates to find what I absolutely love. I'll get back to you on that!
22. List 3 things that you plan to accomplish in 2012? Learn more strategy, perfect my booty block, balance, and quit popping up, and lose the fear of getting hurt so I can hit harder and take a hit better.
Skater Name: Aim And Kill [AK] #47
What league(s) are you/have you been affiliated with? RRRG, URGE, GDD (Bring the Pain)
How long have you been skating (derby)? This is my 5th season
How did you discover roller derby? A close friend of mine (annathrax) was on RRRG and when I watched her bout, I knew I wanted to skate.
List your notable derby injuries...My right knee has been mostly numb for going on 2 years or more. When I can feel it following a fall...I know I’m in trouble.
What do you do to get in to “derby mode”? I love putting on my "bout-fit"
How did you select your derby name and number? Well, I recently got married and my legal name is Amy Kilpatrick, soooo my name is Aim and Kil - AK47
How do you pay the bills, feed your derby addiction? I help teenagers in learning how to handle emotions and life in general...then after work I can allow myself to do something that helps me with mine - derby!
Most notable derby accomplishment? Most Valuable Player
Favorite food? Bad for me pasta (Ziti Bolognese from Tito's) or bad for me pizza (any kind, any time, any where)
Favorite derby moment? My favorite moment was the first time I was announced in a bout and took my first lap.
Any hidden talents off the track? I am a cat whisperer
Any hobbies besides derby? Talking, not talking, eating cheese, taking Elvis pictures (my cat)
I haven’t written it yet.
Favorite song that gets you pumped for derby?
Loud and Fast will do just fine.
Do you have Tattoos? What, where, and why?
Let's just agree that I don't :)
What is something that most people don’t know, or would never guess about you? I am half of a comedic duo.
What was your previous athletic background, if any? Various athletic activities preceded Derby, none worth mentioning because nothing compares to the sport of roller derby.
Which skater inspires you most, and why? It would be hard to pick just one. Every one of us has a life outside of derby full of responsibilities and hardships. Every one of us pushes ourselves physically and emotionally to be good at this sport. We are a “pack” of friends and I respect any woman that puts on a pair of skates.
Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out? Start running outside of practice and start now...you'll thank me later.
Favorite Derby Gear?
My Helmet, I love the individuality that stickers provide. I have a Punisher Skull in the front of my helmet amd many others of course.
List 3 things that you plan to accomplish in 2012? 3 things to accomplishment in 2012…hmmmm…well, I was hoping to get a year older (which I accomplished this week J), I am registered to run my first 10K on July 4th in Atlanta, and …. Improve as a skater…which is a goal every year.
The Dames were at it again hosting another double header on May 12th, this time featuring The Camel City Thrashers from Winston Salem, NC and The Hard Knox Roller Girls from Knoxville, TN. Season 4, Bout 4 was also GDD's Military/First Responders appreciation bout honor those who serve our country everyday with an honor guard, bag piper and presentation at the All Stars half-time.
The Babes brought their total victory tally to 4-1, dominating the Camel City Thrashers. The Babes had their pack work down against Camel City, allowing jammers like Miss Align, Trama Queen and Dolly Decker to just rack up the points. Final score 176-46.
May brought The GDD All Stars their toughest competitor yet. The Dames went up against The Hard Knox Roller Girls, a well-respected and full-fledged WFTDA team (who brought an army of diehard fans). Although the Dames and Hard Knox both had seen their share of skater turn over – Hard Knox had the upper hand with experienced jammers like Drop Dead Gorgeous and Evil Lucia. The All Stars had one hell of a time trying to contain those two jammers while trying to help their own jammers like Country Bruiser, Annathrax and Conway Hitty through the pack. The first few jams were brutal with Hard Knox putting up 14, 10 & 13 point jams to GDD’s 0 consecutively. At one point in the first half the All Stars were down 48-2, but definitely not out of this bout. Amazingly the All Stars were able to hold off Hard Knox’s jammers for 2 jams in a row allowing Amber Rage and AnnaThrax to make some big gains 19-0, 20-0 back to back getting the Dames within striking distance of a lead and back into the game. However it wasn’t enough to do much damage the first half the All Stars had a series shut of 11 consecutive jams that posted no points for the Dames. The All Stars had some hard working packs those jams however keeping Hard Knox from running up the board too much. Thankfully the last jam of the first half Annathrax posted another 15 point jam in favor of the Dames bringing the score at the half to 60-89 in favor of Hard Knox. The Dames lived up to their reputation as a second-half team. The All Stars took time to take a breather and get their heads back into the game. The first 3 jams went in favor of the All Stars and all though Hard Knox pulled out some big jams, the Dames never gave up fighting each and every jam and playing as smart as they possibly could every power jam. Those Hard Knox girls were tough and their experience pulled out the Dames first loss of their fourth season. Final score 144-127 Hard Knox. Have no fear though, GDD fans – the Dames hit the road this weekend, headed to Knoxville for a rematch!
The Bad News Babes were on the road again April 29th in lovely Augusta, GA. Home of the wonderful hostess's, The Soul City Sirens. You know it's always an awesome bout (and two closesly matched teams) when a team wins by 1 point. We're proud to say it was The Bad News Babes who brought home that hard earned victory! Again these ladies hard work continues to pay off for them this season! Congrats Babes!
The Greenville Derby Dames Season 4, Bout 3 Double Header featured The Bad News Babes vs. The Low Country High Rollers and The GDD All Stars vs. The Chattanooga Roller Girls.
The Bad News Babes hosted the Low Country High Rollers Bruising Betties in the first match up of Season 4, Bout 3. The Babes knew just what to do and dominated the pack from the get go. First jam of the bout was a 12-12 draw between the Babes and the Betties. However the next two jams (Debuting jammers Trama Queen and Miss Align respectively) the Babes dominated with 13-0 and a 4-0 jam, bringing the Dames lead to 29-12. Next jam Dolly Deck posts a commanding 14-3 jam of her own. The Babes hard work at practice definitely showed on the track, they had the execution of strategy and teamwork down to a science allowing their jammers to rack up some pretty big runs bringing the score at half time 96-41 in the favor of the Babes. The second half was just as good as the first for the Babes, never losing the upper hand over the Bruising’ Betties. Low penalties and high jam scores culminated into a 141-77 victory over the Low Country High Roller Bruising’ Betties.
The All Star Bout between The Chattanooga Roller Girls and The GDD All Stars was one for the books. Seriously, if you weren’t there you missed out!! Notice we keep saying that? If you haven’t coughed up $10 bucks to see these girls skate, you need to do so PRONTO! Chatta came busting out of the gate hitting hard and looking for blood, putting up a 9 point jam. The All Stars answered back with 6 points, but Chatta put away 9 points in the next three jams, plus a huge 13-0 unanswered jammed. Luckily the All Stars caught a power jam and used it to its full advantaged putting up a 15-0 unanswered jam of their own to close Chatta’s early lead. However luck swung once again in Chatta’s favor and Chatta’s jammer Tamara Obscura was able to bank another 13 point jam to Conway Hitty’s 9 point jam. With GDD missing two of their key jammers (Lorena Block-It and Amber Rage), the All Stars were having to get creative and put some skaters you usually see blocking on the jammer line. The All Star blocking squad dug deep and was able to hold off Chatta’s jammers for 2 jams in a row, allowing Conway Hitty and Annathrax to put 9 and 10 points respectively up on the board for GDD bringing the score 50-52. The next several jams were either close outs or a few points going in favor of Chatta giving them a 79-60 lead of the All Stars. If you’re reading this and you HAVE been to a derby bout, then you know full well how close the score is and how anything and I mean ANYTHING can happen in 2 minutes or less. In the final jam before the half Annathrax had a commanding power jam of 22-0 giving the Dames the lead over Chatta at the half 82-79. The Dames regrouped and came out even stronger in the second half, maintaining their lead stronger closing out Chatta for 6 jams in a row with GDD still in the lead 106-93. Chatta got 2 more good runs in, but it wasn’t enough to hold of the Dames teamwork. GDD took the win 136-110.
Name Grumpy Old Man (Wayne Weinstein)
League Affiliation Greenville Derby Dames
How did you become involved with Roller Derby? Spent many Saturdays watching on TV as a “kid” and going to as many games I could get to. My favorite game.
How Long Have You Been Involved in Derby? 5 Years
Any Hobbies Outside of Derby? Restoring antique vending machines have quite a few
Day Job to Feed Derby Habit? I/T guy 32 years
Favorite Food? Food
Favorite Music to Get You Bout Ready? Classic Rock
Favorite Thing About Reffing? When I reffed it was different we all were just starting out. Learning the rules and enforcing them.
Most Hated Thing About Reffing? Fast packs not the greatest skater
Most Challenging Thing About Reffing? For me the back talk
Most Common Misconception About Refs? We call what we want to call hate that
How Do You Prepare for an Upcoming Bout? Pace until the whistle is ready to go.
How Has Derby Changed You? Emptied my bank account.
Worst Injury? A complete split tore both groin muscles (No more Reffing)
Favorite Position to Ref? I only did inside.
Least Favorite Position to Ref? Jam Ref (again not a great skater)
Do You Have A Favorite Call to Make? Why? Any violation of the rules.
Favorite Derby Moment? Very first trip to ECDX
How Do You Handle the Stress/Pressure's of Reffing? Don’t have any I now NSO
How has time/experience changed how you ref a game? As an NSO I try to do my job to the best of my ability.
Advice for new refs? Learn the rules and never doubt yourself.
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