The Santa Cruz Derby Girls are sending the Boardwalk Bombshells, ranked 17 in the WFTDA, to the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational. Noted by The Apex as one of Ten WFTDA Teams on the Rise for 2017 after hosting and sweeping their Boardwalk Empire tournament in early April, the Bombshells aim to extend their scoring averages against Terminal City All-Stars, Boston Massacre, and Tampa Tantrums in just a few weeks. Watch on BADtv as they demonstrate the power of pre-season preparation to build a champion team Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18 at Golden Bowl.
Skating out of beautiful southern British Columbia, the Terminal City Rollergirls All-Stars are Vancouver’s travel team, ranked 27 in the WFTDA. The Terminal City All-Stars are known for their generous but fierce devotion to friendship and derby. Hustle and heart exemplify the passion and ambition of Terminal City! Follow their Golden Bowl adventure on BADtv as they play four games June 16 – 18 against fierce opponents from the US East and West Coasts—the Tampa Tantrums, Boston Massacre, Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells, and Bay Area All Stars.
The Boston Massacre of Boston Roller Derby enter the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational ranked 35in the WFTDA. The Massacre’s style includes unique defensive formations and strategic play beguiling opponents and derby fans alike. Their traditional uniforms are navy blue with red accents and white with navy blue and red accents. Traveling across the country, the New England team will play four games June 16 – 18 against the BAD All Stars, Terminal City All-Stars, Tampa Tantrums, and Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells. All their Golden Bowl games will be broadcast on BADtv.
The Tantrums of Tampa Roller Derby, currently ranked 20 in the WFTDA, boast a motto which reflects the team’s style of fast, smart and fearless roller derby. They pride themselves on one spirit, one team, and one win at a time! Traveling from the Bay Area of Florida, the Tantrums will be sporting white as well as their unmistakable and flamingo pink uniforms, to compete in the 2017 Golden Bowl for a weekend of sanctioned game play. Tampa is going into the weekend 0-3 after having lost to Philly Roller Derby, Montreal Roller Derby, and Rat City Roller Girls at last month’s Tiny Tourney. Tune into BADtv June 16 – 18 to watch all four of their games at this year’s Golden Bowl.
The Harbor Hellcats are Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ B team. They are made up of skaters from Santa Cruz’s three home teams: Organic Panic, Redwood Rebels, and the Steamer Janes. The Hellcats will be traveling up to Oakland from Santa Cruz to play the Tampa Bruise Crew at the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational. This game will be live streamed on BADtv Saturday June 17 at 4 pm!
The Sacred City Derby Girls Sacrificers from Sacramento, ranked 56 in the WFTDA as of April 30, 2017, will participate in a regulation game vs Tampa Bruise Crew at the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational on Sunday June 18 at 3 pm. Catch the action live on BADtv!
Tampa Roller Derby’s B level travel team, the Tampa Bruise Crew, is traveling from the Florida Bay Area to the California Bay Area to take the track for three regulation games. They will play Sacred City Sacrificers, Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and Misery Loves Company at the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational. All of their games will be live streamed on BADtv!
Misery Loves Company (MLC) is comprised of existing skaters from leagues all over the California Bay Area as well as high level retired skaters looking to play anyone at anytime. Misery Loves Company will take on the Tampa Bruise Crew in a regulation game at the 2017 Golden Bowl on Friday June 16 at 8 pm. Watch their game live on BADtv!
It’s that time of year again. Top skaters throughout Bay Area Derby have come together to create the 2017 Bay Area Travel Team. Our travel team is comprised of the All-Stars (WFTDA charter skaters) and Team Gold (B-level skaters). Last year, Team Gold racked up a 4-0 winning season against tough competition. The Bay Area B squad amassed two wins against the Sacred City Derby Girls, a 28 point victory against Santa Cruz, and a solid win against Arizona Roller Derby’s Phoenix Rising. The All-Stars went 4-4 in the regular season and 1-2 at the Division One WFTDA Playoffs in Montreal. Bay Area arguably had one of the most dramatic and memorable games at the 2016 playoffs against the Montreal New Skids on the Block—hosts and home crowd favorites of the tournament. Montreal won the 3rd place ticket to Championships, leaving the BAD All Stars to close the chapter on their 2016 story.
No longer skating with the All Stars are wily jammers, Skrappie, who is pursuing higher education in medicine, and Huck Sinn, who has refocused her derby interests on coaching and blocking for the Oakland Outlaws. Team captain Brawllen Angel noted that “the wiry jamming and tongue-in-cheek wit from our ‘kid brother’ will always be missed.” Other team losses include skaters from the All Stars and Team Gold rosters: Mean Burrito, Ames to Maim, Biggie Brawls, Domme Juan, Korn Holy-O, and Chasing Amy. The biggest news for the 2017 team are recent transfers of note. Stef Mainey, previously on London Rollergirls, and Cassie Beck aka Raven Evergore, previously of Rat City Rollergirls, have both made the Golden City their new home. Additionally, the 4closer, formerly of Sacred City Derby Girls, has joined the BAD All Stars’ jamming rotation. New to the team, former speed skater Dani Rueda has been making moves on the San Francisco Shevil Dead since 2016 as Danymite and living up to her derby name as Brawllen Angel describes her as a “firecracker of a jammer.”
Brawllen Angel and Murderyn Monroe are most looking forward to hosting the 2017 Golden Bowl next month. Teams from near and far will travel to the Bay Area for an exciting weekend of competitive WFTDA roller derby. The All Stars will play teams from Vancouver, Tampa, and Boston all which will be streamed live on BADtv.
Coming from an array of backgrounds, these announcers all have unique styles and a lot of knowledge about roller derby. They like to talk about derby. Some of them even play(ed) derby. Without further ado, we’re excited to shed some spotlight on the mouths behind the mic for this year’s Golden Bowl.
(Tournament Head Announcer, Bay Area Derby)
Mox is an original member of BAD and is proud to have skated with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead, the Bay Area All-Stars, and Team Cruz. Though Mox is now derby-retired and has made the seemingly inevitable switch from whiskey to rosé, she still knows how to let the good times roll.
(Bay Area Derby)
Bay Area Derby Announcer, Emeritus Official, Full Access, Zero Accountability. He was born talking like this. He describes what everyone just saw with their own eyes and is thereby held in high esteem by his peers.
(Bay Area Derby)
In her sixth season as a Richmond Wrecking Belle and third season as a jammer on the Bay Area All Stars, Eva is excited to now add announcing to her repertoire. The 2017 Golden Bowl will serve as her second time on the mic.
(Bay Area Derby)
Wrecks skates with BAD’s Richmond Wrecking Belles and Team Korea. She has a big mouth/loud voice. Most of the time this gets her into trouble, so she’s grateful for an outlet where those two assets are treasured.
(Bay Area Derby)
Kimfectious has skated with BAD, SVRG and RMRG. As a stand-up comedian, announcing is the marriage of both her favorite things: roller skates and talking into microphones.
(Bay Area Derby)
Hammer is a recently retired BAD skater who got tired of keeping up with the youngsters. While playing derby, Hammer donned black and gold for the All Stars and will always be an Oakland Outlaw at heart.
(North Star Roller Girls)
After four years as an NSO, Tober took up space behind a microphone and hasn’t stopped rambling since. A true narwhal, she resides in Minneapolis, MN as a member of the North Star Roller Girls’ board of governors. Though her spare time is limited, it is mostly filled with sitting in the sun, drinking gin, and reading anything with words on it.
(Sin City Rollergirls)
Chloroform Cupcake, aka Cakes, has been a traveling announcer for the past five years and considers herself a ‘rum-person’. Cakes has moved from Sin City Las Vegas territory to the Midwest Chicagoland MRDA and WFTDA region. After 7 years of roller derby experience, Cakes looks forward to being bi-coastally educated.
(Peninsula Roller Girls)
Maimy is both Head Announcer and Head NSO for Redwood City’s Peninsula Roller Girls, and you guys, she is so tired. She comes to derby with over 20 years of experience in MCing and improvisational comedy. She’s making a real effort to not swear over the mic this time.
(Sac City Rollers)
Nikki started playing derby in 2006 with the Sac City Rollers. After a knee injury in 2008, she stopped competing and became a coach and ref. Nikki started announcing in 2009 and has served as head announcer for the Dustbowl Tournament as well as Sac City’s Red Red Holiday. She loves talking derby!
LAWRENCE OF A LABIA
(Sana Cruz Derby Girls)
Lawrence of a Labia is your friendly neighborhood lesbro. She first picked up the mic three years ago for a bunch of dirty hippies playing derby at Burning Man and has been calling the game for Santa Cruz and leagues around the Bay Area ever since. Give her a whiskey and she’ll tell you a dirty joke.