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2019 GAME 2 Recap: Oakland Outlaws vs. Berkeley Resistance

The second bout of Bay Area Derby’s 2019 season saw the Berkeley Resistance, armed with a fresh roster of new faces amongst longtime teammates, take on the Oakland Outlaws, the 2018 Champs and season opener winners. With teams this evenly matched, it was anyone’s game. The buzzing energy of the crowd gave way to rousing cheers that rang through the Palace of Fine Arts as the skaters took to the track, with everyone excited to see how these teams would compete and who would take home the win.

The first jam pitted Oakland’s Legs//Cité against Berkeley’s newly-transferred Kate Silver, who made her new teammates proud with a two-pronged attack of hard hitting and strategic footwork to push her way to lead jammer status. Slam Chowder was up next and gained lead for her team again with some well-placed hits to clear her path through the pack. The next lineup of blockers, each determined not to give up any points, pushed both jammers backwards once the whistle blew. Berkeley’s Big Perm broke away to land several quick, hard hits on the opposing blockers, and created just enough space for the lightning-quick jammer Hell or High to dart through and take the lead. Berkeley jammer Harmageddon continued Berkeley’s streak with a soaring apex jump, but received a penalty when her skate grazed the inside of the track upon landing. This gave Oakland jammer Blood, Sweat, and Ears the opportunity to score the first points of the game for their team.

Oakland continued to catch up with Berkeley during the remainder of the first half, switching to more deliberate offense once an opposing jammer had been caught by a wall of Oakland blockers – among them the impenetrable Hieronymus Bash, Ripley Effect, and Lethally Blonde. Veteran skaters Grim Reeba, Esteemed Bun Bun and Eris Jordan, along with brand-new Outlaw Maya, all found opportunities to break up even the most powerful Berkeley formations. The first strategic star passes of the game came from Berkeley to pivots Red Card and The Boonvillain, who each took their jammer’s helmet cover and raced off to start scoring points. By the end of the first half, Oakland led 71-45.

The second half saw a breakout-success power jam for first-time Oakland jammer Peter Panic, who drew roars from the crowd as they racked up points for their team. Berkeley responded by upping offensive moves from Dixie Did It, Red Card and Knockout, while tightening up their defensive play with HOS, Missy Misdemeanor, Psi, and Attila the Hut locking together to create obstacles that even the strongest Oakland jammers had trouble breaking through – although sneaky ones like Snatch managed to dash around on the outside line. Both teams continued to fight head to head with Oakland eventually pulling away and ending with a well-deserved win, 178 – 118.

Bay Area teams return to the Palace of Fine Arts on July 13th, with the Resistance taking on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. It’s not too soon to grab your tickets and see who will emerge victorious!

FINAL SCORE
Oakland Outlaws: 178
Berkeley Resistance: 118

Photography by Mark Nockleby.

06/01/2019 Roller Derby Game 2: Oakland Outlaws vs. The Berkeley Resistance

Date: June 1, 2019
Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts
Cost: $20 – $30
Doors open: 5:00 PM
Game starts: 7:00 PM





After a riveting game against the ShEvil Dead in April, the Oakland Outlaws must now face-off against the fearsome Berkeley Resistance! 

The Resistance arrives this season on the hunt for a return to their status as league champs, but the Outlaws are determined to defend their 2018 title!  This bout is sure to be full of big hits, powerful jammers, and nonstop fun for all!

Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts Venue
When: June 1, 2019
Doors Open: 5:00 PM
First Whistle: 7:00 PM
General Admission: $20 (Kids 7 and under free)
VIP Admission: $30

Outside food and alcohol are not permitted but there will be food, beverages and alcohol available for purchase. Bars are cash only. There is an ATM on site.

General admission includes:

Bleachers, floor trackside seating (bring blankets, pillows, support cushions), and standing room areas. NO outside chairs allowed.

Accessible seating is also available.

VIP Admission Includes:

Limited VIP seating in prime viewing area (along the start straightaway and into turn 1), and dedicated line at the bar.

Entrance to the venue:

The doors to the event are on the inner portion of the building, near the famous rotunda.

For parking and public transportation information, visit SFMTA websites:

Short Term Parking Permits: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/reports-and-documents/2017/09/rpp_temp_permit_app_fy18_eng_v5.pdf

Public Transportation: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around-san-francisco

BAD events at the Palace of the Fine Arts Venue are ADA accessible.

After party hosted by Silver Cloud Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco

Questions? Please email events@bayareaderby.com

2019 Berkeley Resistance Team Preview

Coaches: Dixie Did It and Kate Silver

It’s been a time of evolution for the Berkeley Resistance, who roll into #20ShineTeen with a strong new set of skaters, freshly honed strategy, and drive for redemption.

While fourteen skaters and bench manager La Rude have moved on since the end of last season, Berkeley sees numerous returning skaters, and various new additions–such as Slam Chowder (#33), Kate Silver (#538), Harmagedon (#11), the Boonvillain (#128), Grizzy Borden (#187), Jesus Chris (#16), Psi (#317), and Big Perm (#404)–to its powerful lineup. Bench coaching this season are Smother Mary, who won’t let injury keep her far from this season’s derby action, and Beaver, who doubles as both an “amazing jammer coach” and “whole team pumper upper”.

Last season, the Resistance withstood a series of injuries and skated through difficult scenarios, but ultimately finished behind the Oakland Outlaws and San Francisco ShEvil Dead. The time since has been a period of growth for the team, and they’ve leveraged lessons learned last year into a smarter, stronger training strategy.

Coach Dixie Did It (#804) is optimistic about the payoff for the team’s hard work, and says: “Every time we skate together, we get stronger. Every obstacle we overcome, our trust, understanding, and respect for each other grows deeper. Every moment we spend training together, our communication gets tighter. I am very proud to say that we have developed an encouraging, motivating, and overall genuinely supportive environment on our team”.

They enter this season as a united front with grand aspirations, which is fitting for the work they’ve put in. After months of learning and growing, strategizing, sweating, and pushing themselves and each other to be stronger, all hearts of the Resistance are set on taking the title of League Champs in 2019.

Current team roster:

Attila The Hut (#3787) || Big Perm (#404) || Dixie Did It (#804) || Grizzy Borden (#187) || Harmagedon (#11) || Hell or High (#971) || HoS (#718) || Jesus Chris  (#16) || Kate Silver (#538) || KnockOut  (#0) || MissFists (#138) || Missy Misdemeanor (#4815) || Psi (#317) || Red Card (#27) || Slam Chowder (#33) || Smother Mary (#313) || The Boonvillain (#128)

20SkateTeen BOUT 1 recap: San Francisco ShEvil Dead v. Berkeley Resistance

BAD’s opening home bout of the #20SkateTeen season pitted the Berkeley Resistance against the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in a hard-hitting test of endurance and stability, resulting in victory for the zombies, 172-99.

BAD’s teams took the track at San Francisco’s historic Palace of the Fine Arts under the gaze of two ominous angel statues and a triumphant crowd of about 700 fans.  The starting jammers–Eva Menace for the Resistance and Danymite for the ShEvil Dead–crashed into the pack of skaters, with Dani taking a quick lead and forcing Eva to pass the star to her pivot, Raven Evergore, while Dani continued on to score five points and call off the jam.

The first half of play saw the teams trading low-scoring passes and calling off the jam.  It seemed as though both teams were working more towards stability on the slick track than on elaborate strategy. Both teams used up their official reviews in the first half of play, requesting the officials to call cut track penalties on the opposing team’s jammers.  The officials stood by their decision in both cases, and both teams lost their official reviews.

At halftime, ShEvil led the Resistance with a score of 89-45.

The Resistance came back swinging, however, taking on a two-wall of ShEvil blockers and scoring a quick five points.  The next jam, too, saw Berkeley’s Smother Mary break through a full contingent of zombie blockers, leading to yet another star pass from ShEvil’s Sterling Archer to pivot Stefanie Mainey.  

Berkeley’s momentum was not to last, even as the Resistance and ShEvil both solidified their defensive strategies in the second half of the game.  With just over ten minutes left on the clock, Berkeley completed a star pass right off the line to Raven Evergore. But ShEvil’s jammer, Tifa Knoxhard, followed closely behind out of the pack and into her scoring pass.  After two passes the ShEvil blockers were able to clear the penalty box and, with Stefanie Mainey bracing a wall of three, shut down Raven Evergore and allow Tifa Knoxhard the time to break through the Resistance tripod, all while running down the game clock.

From then on, the half saw multiple scoreless jams, including one with only 8 minutes left on the clock, where the tripod walls for both teams held the jammers for a full two minutes–a testament to both teams’ strength and communication.

At the end of the night, the ShEvil Dead emerged victorious, with a score of 172-99.  The Resistance have another chance to prove themselves in their upcoming fight for the East Bay against the Oakland Outlaws on April 7th, again at the Palace of the Fine Arts.  Which team will own the Bay?

Photography by Will Toft.

FINAL SCORE

San Francisco ShEvil Dead: 172
Berkeley Resistance: 99

Featured image by Mark Nockleby.

2018 Berkeley Resistance Team Preview

Coaches: Jerk Jar Wrecks and Smother Mary
Captain: Banshee-ra

As our world becomes darkened with increasing political absurdity and polarization, a beacon of hope shines from the Bay Area Derby headquarters to tell us that there is a Resistance and that it stands united. As they take to the streets to spray paint their DIY scrimmage jerseys, members of the Berkeley Resistance answer almost in unison: the most important element of their 2018 season will be togetherness.

They are sticking together, not only in team-building crafting days, but also on the track with a focus on learning to communicate and support each other, socially and physically. Their togetherness becomes even more literal where the blockers are concerned. They are focusing on “getting full body on each other” according to team captain JJ “Jerk Jar” Wrecks (#12), as well as “trying new things outside of traditional Bay Area flat wall”.

Other new aspects of the Berkeley team include coach Smother Mary (#313)–who promises to “teach you to be young again,” having risen meteorically out of the Reckless Rollers program and onto the Travel Team and Berkeley captainship as a jammer–along with fellow Berkeley jammers Xpress Lane Jane (#212), Frightmare (#31) and Eva Menace (#20).

But Smother Mary isn’t the only new thing to come to the Resistance this year. In fact every skater currently on the roster, with the exception of one Shenghis Khan (#434), skated with different home teams during the previous season. Their team color even reflects this year’s blank slate — the teal color scheme has never previously been seen for Berkeley.

The Resistance’s new logo also represents new growth: a rose on a lightning bolt echoes the team’s “pretty but gritty” aesthetic and evokes the old activist proverb: “they tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds”. Taking on the challenge of “creating a cohesive team with players coming from a variety of backgrounds,” as Smother Mary puts it, the Resistance intends to grow, like a bramble of roses: strong and inseparable.

The Berkeley Resistance have hit the ground skating. In February, they defeating Visalia Roller Derby’s V-Town Derby Dames and in March narrowly lost in Seattle to Rat City Roller Derby’s Derby Liberation Front. For the BAD Season Opener, they were defeated by SF ShEvil Dead. They look to #bringtheresistance to Saturday’s bout when they take on the Oakland Outlaws in BAD’s second home team game of the season.

Current team roster:

#410 Ames to Maims|| #3787 Attila the Hut || #133 Banshee-Ra || #323 Chiquita Bonanza || #45 Dollface Killah || #804 Dixie Did It || #20 Eva Menace || #31 Frightmare || #971 Hell or High || #157 Hott Box || #12 JJ Wrecks || #0 KnockOut || #1 Liza Machete || #22 Merry Povich || #4815 Missy Misdemeanor || #49 Raven Evergore || #27 Red Card || #434 Shenghis Khan || #246 Sinnabar || #313 Smother Mary || #212 Xpress Lane Jane