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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 Oakland Outlaws Team Preview

Coaches: April Bloodgate and Esteemed Bun Bun

When asked what most excites them about the #20SkateTeen season at BAD, coaches April Bloodgate and Esteemed Bun Bun waste no time in saying: “our new team!”

While fans will recognize long-time Outlaws Esteemed Bun Bun (#42), Dreadzilla (#333) and Lethally Blonde (#45), the Outlaws are returning for this season with a cutting-edge group of transfers and rookie skaters, along with former hippies and zombies, ready to embody the new Oakland winged skull.

The numerous fresh faces to the team include Eris Jordan (#023), Reeba (#666), Bent Burns (#88), Blood Sweat and Ears (#9), Ripley Effect (#483) and Greer Factor (#805), many of whom have risen up from BAD’s Reckless Rollers program and BAD Beginnings Boot Camp.

Relocating from other leagues, the Outlaws gain multiple transfer skaters. From Sac City, they gain Snatch (#1062) and Ovary-Z (#6), while also scoring Steel City Derby’s BB Basher (#18) and Croydon Roller Derby’s Hieronymus Bash (#1929).

Skaters such as coach April Bloodgate (#23), Amy Avishay  (#101), Dirty Lil Trick (#405), Illuminaughty (#701) and Hines (#57) join the gang from the Berkeley Resistance, while Spiller (#29) leaves her zombie green ShEvil jersey at the door.

The entire team has been working to build something new and powerful while also maintaining the spirit of Outlaw rosters past. In addition to building trust amongst each other, the Outlaws strive to learn and implement new strategies capable of decimating their opponents, all while having fun.

Their first bout of the season will be their fight for home-turf dominance against the Berkeley Resistance at BAD’s 4/7 Bout at the Palace of Fine Arts.

What will the season hold for BAD’s most eclectic mix of skaters?  Nothing short of camaraderie, can-do attitude, tuxedo training shirts, and some crossfit reps–if coach April Bloodgate has her way.

Current team roster.

#23 April Bloodgate || #18 BB Basher || #88 Bent Burns || #9 Blood Sweat and Ears || #1217 Amy Avishay || #405 Dirty Lil Trick || #333 Dreadzilla || #023 Eris Jordan || #42 Esteemed Bun Bun  || #805 Greer Factor || #1929 Hieronymus Bash || #57 Hines || #701 Illuminaughty || #45 Lethally Blonde || #6 Ovary-Z || #666 Reeba || #483 Ripley Effect || #1062 Snatch || #29 Spiller

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

2018 San Francisco Team Preview

Coaches: Stefanie Mainey and Chili Con Carnage

2018 will see the perennially beloved ShEvil Dead shambling toward victory against both The Resistance and the Outlaws. While each team has a new composition, Bay Area fans will find many familiar faces donning the zombie-green of ShEvil.

The players who will feel most at home are a handful of returning ShEvil veterans. OG Zombie Thea Nnihilator (née Pocalypse) (#1), is a fearsome blocker who has seen many tours with San Francisco, while coach/captain Chili Con Carnage (#3), big perm (aka Perma&) (#404) and jamming specialist Danymite (#818) have all spent at least one season with the team.

A new face to the SF team is the other coach/captain Stef Mainey (#13) who skated with her former league London Rollergirls until just over a year ago when she landed in the Bay Area and promptly joined BAD and played on the BAD All-Stars for WFTDA playoffs last year. Stef is known as an intimidating blocker who will capably jam as the need arises and hinted that she is as likely to do either for ShEvil this year. Prying a few more lineup details loose from Stef’s clutches proved a challenge but she said, “We could have multiple skaters [blocking and jamming], we have a lot of really versatile skaters on this team. We could possibly see Tifa Knoxhard (#9999), BA (#888), Jirsa (#22) and myself doing a bit of both.” If their history is any indication, we can probably add the names Danymite (#818) and Sterling Archer (#925) as likely to put on the star this year as well.

Danymite (Dani Rueda when she is skating with the All-Stars) elaborated on who she likes to have in front of her anchoring the blocker line. “Mad 4 Gravy (#4) is such a solid blocker, so when she’s on the track with me, I feel for the opposing jammer. As far as offensive players…well, there are several: Pizza Party (#99), Murderyn Monroe (#7), and Stefanie Mainey. If I have to choose my favorite, it would be jammer-turned-blocker Huck Sinn (#10). I feel that because she knows what it means to be a jammer, she can time and execute her offense effectively. She’s definitely shaping up to be a massive offensive asset to the zombies.”

Dani reflected on the team’s chances for the season as a whole. “I think ShEvil is coming into the 2018 season with a strong line-up, which is not representative of seasons past. It is still too early to tell, but I’m confident this will be a great year for the SF ShEvil Dead.”

Coach Chili is likewise enjoying the new vibe and roster for ShEvil and the new vibe for BAD as a whole. “Overall the transition has been refreshing for sure–new teammates, new culture, new coaches. I think it’s going to be an awesome season.”

Current team roster.

#404 big perm || #888 Brawllen Angel || #85 Butt’N MashHer || #3 Chili con Carnage || #735 Danger Dre || #818 Danymite || #5 Disco Brawl || #10 Huck Sinn || #22 Jirsa || #707 Killer Kapowski || #4 Mad 4 Gravy || #211 McNeil B4 Me || #7 Murderyn Monroe || #99 Pizza  || #562 Shanklin Delano Rollsevelt || #747 Snakes Anna Plane || #13 Stefanie Mainey || #925 Sterling Archer || #1 Thea Nnihilator || #9999 Tifa Knoxhard

Bay Area All Stars Roll into Seattle for WFTDA Division 1 International Playoffs

Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

Bay Area Derby is heading to Seattle for the 2017 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Playoffs September 1 – 3!

The Bay Area All Stars finished their 2017 WFDA regular season 4-0 and are ranked number 10 in the world, earning them the fourth seed in this weekend’s WFTDA playoff tournament. Their first game will be against the winner of Game 3: either Charlottesville Derby Dames All Stars (Seed 12) or Montréal Roller Derby New Skids on the Block (Seed 5) on Saturday, September 2 at 10 am.

Bay Area is looking forward to playing either opponent but a rematch against Montréal would be epic. Last year, the Skids defeated the BAD All Stars in the 3rd place game at playoffs in Montréal by a mere 12 points. Given the opportunity, the All Stars are keen on flipping the results against the Skids this year to take the win and earn a spot at Champs.

If you can’t make it to Seattle to cheer in person, buy a weekend pass from WFTDA.tv for only $16.99 to watch Bay Area play some of the highest level competitive roller derby in the world!

Want to watch with BAD? Chiquita Bonanza, skater and league member, is hosting a watch party at her shop Mischief. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

 

 

 

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2017 Golden Bowl: Bay Area All Stars

The 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational will showcase the Bay Area Derby Travel Team’s newly updated All Stars roster as they enter their 12th season ranked 22 in the WFTDA. BAD’s fresh line-up, noticeably dominated by prior season veterans and rounded with recent league transfers, will utilize defense-centric packs with a “respect all, fear none” attitude.  The Bay Area All Stars will wear black and white uniforms accented with gold along with their new signature gold chrome S1 helmets as they take the track in games against WFTDA charter teams from Boston, Tampa, and Vancouver throughout the weekend. Tune into BADtv for the free online broadcast June 16 – 18!

000 Demanda Riot
1 Liza Machete
13 Stefanie Mainey
20 Eva Menace
23 April Bloodgate
31 Frightmare
36 Skatelyn
405 Dirty Lil Trick
44 The 4closer
49 Cassie Beck
61 Pressure Cooker
7 Murderyn Monroe
701 Illuminaughty
818 Dani Rueda
86 Gretchen Vomette
888 Brawllen Angel
925 Sterling Archer

#staygold #flatwallwednesdays

2017 Golden Bowl: Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells

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.

18 Jem Jones
116 TARAism
13 Chelsea Smile
1384 Hell Louise
221 Yeti or Not, Here I Come
24 Beans
3 Ace Wenchura
3000 Mystery Violence Theater
322 Kosher Assault
41 Queen Litigious
444 Unleashed
47 Patti Smithereens
5 Skirt Vonnegut
514 Victoria Mayhem
626 Madi Masochist
7 Adrian’s Revenge
8 Shamrock N. Roller

#derbylove #santacruzderbygirls

2017 Golden Bowl: Terminal City All-Stars

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.

8 Violet Death
131 BruiseBerry Pie
16 Palmer
19 Ann O’War
1940 Green Lantern
1964 Annie Means Necessary
22 Mulan Bruise
250 Sushi Slammer
305 Smokie
314 Bazinga
322 Handley
42 Griffith
46 Hurt Russell
47 Scarlett Bloodbath
69 Flower Plow’her
76 Frank the Tank
88 Maiden Sane
9 Skatepark
934 Sirius Brat
99 La Zole

#vancouversports #spotthemoose

2017 Golden Bowl: Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre of Boston Roller Derby enter the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational ranked 35 in 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.

11 Kacie McLean
1111 Maya Mangleyou
121 Agent MauledHer
134 Five Penny
14 Emily “Kelli” Cooper
1930 Betty Swoop
1987 Shark Week
207 Crueliette Lewis
25 Rainbow Crash
42 Flyin’ King
43 Caitlin Monaghan
5 Sweet Enemy
60 Swirko
626 Janelle Ellison
66 Little Loca
749 Wednesday Atoms
78 Amy Rock
8 Aubrey Planitz
88 HardCore
99 Eszter Boros

#pinchpinchpinch #bostonderby

2017 Golden Bowl: Tampa Tantrums

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.

6 Ana Cheng
101 Smooth Operator
138 Lauren Smith
16 Aimee Myers
2 PhDiesel
20 Laryn Kill
21 Flex A. Belle
357 Phelony PhatBottom
41 Amber Luu
417 AmTastic
424 Zom B
7 Taz Maniac
81 D.Ride
9 Wasylkiw
90 Littlefield

 

#TampaTantrums #trd2017