The Berkeley Resistance are charging across the East Bay to do battle
with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in an epic show of endurance, skill
The #20ShineTeen season is winding down, and the August Championship
bout looms large on all teams’ horizons. Which two teams will be
contenders for the golden trophy? Hopes are still alive for both the
ShEvil Dead and the Resistance. Who will continue on and claim the title
of Champions? Only the results of this game will tell!
Date: July 13, 2019 Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts Cost: $20 – $30 Doors open: 5:00 PM Game starts: 7:00 PM
The Berkeley Resistance are charging across the East Bay to do battle with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in an epic show of endurance, skill and strategy!
The #20ShineTeen season is winding down, and the August Championship bout looms large on all teams’ horizons. Which two teams will be contenders for the golden trophy? Hopes are still alive for both the ShEvil Dead and the Resistance. Who will continue on and claim the title of Champions? Only the results of this game will tell!
Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts Venue When: July 13, 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:
While winds raged outside the Palace of Fine Arts, crowds gathered inside to witness the opening bout of Bay Area Derby’s 2019 season. It was the newly-zested zombies of San Francisco ShEvil Dead playing against the outstanding Oakland Outlaws (champs of the #20SkateTeen season). Fans feasted on hotdogs and nachos to sustain their raucous yells as music from the Silk Road Truckers raised heart rates and anticipation — which team would come out on top?
Legs//Cité of Oakland took the line against Neuralize HER of the ShEvil Dead. A piercing whistle marked the start of the game, and the jammers were off! Legs//Cité pushed through the pack as lead jammer, scoring the first two points of the game. Next on the line was Snatch of the Oakland Outlaws, who pirouetted her away down the outside line and away from the pack. ShEvil’s jammer, Disco Brawl, kept pace with a brilliant star pass to the ShEvil pivot, Snakes Anna Plane, a pattern that would continue throughout the game. The first point for the zombies came when Red Hot Chilli Wrecker of ShEvil was able to get lead jammer status against Blood, Sweat, & Ears of the Outlaws and quickly call off the jam.
Throughout the first half of the game both teams struggled to skate on the slippery track. Oakland demonstrated solid footwork on the line and smart gameplay by scoring several points, then calling off the jam to prevent ShEvil jammers from scoring. Meanwhile, ShEvil experienced success in the last fifteen minutes of the first half, driving hard through the center of the pack and avoiding being hit out of bounds. Nonetheless, at halftime, Oakland led against the ShEvil Dead with a score of 106 – 42.
The Outlaws sustained their winning momentum in the second half, and were able to lock down their defense as skaters adjusted to the slick track. In the first few jams of the second half, blockers Lethally Blonde, Grim Reeba, Eris Jordan, and pivot Esteemed Bun Bun each played effective offense against ShEvil, creating opportunities for their jammer to pass by on the line and earn points. ShEvil Dead blockers Danger Dre and Brick Houser provided notable defense against Oakland, especially as they dealt with a power jam for the Outlaws in the first five minutes of play, and Stomping Hound scored ShEvil’s first points of the second half shortly thereafter. ShEvil jammer Neuralize HER came out hot after a team time out ten minutes into the second half, and scored seven much needed points for the zombies.
Throughout the second half fans saw more official and team timeouts and exciting power jams for each team. The last six minutes of play exemplified the game, with powerful play on both sides, and high-scoring jams for Oakland. In the nineteenth jam, Legs//Cité ran on her toes along the inside line to make the initial pass through the pack, while Hieronymus Bash and Ripley Effect provided relentless offense for the Outlaws. Wicked Bruisah of ShEvil made a powerful hit on Legs//Cité, knocking her out of bounds, although she was quickly back on the track scoring points.
The Outlaws sustained a victory of 267 – 95, and will return to the Palace of Fine Arts to defend their title against the Berkeley Resistance on June 1st. The hardworking zombies aren’t returning to their graves just yet, and will have another chance to triumph against the Resistance on July 13th. You won’t want to miss the action!
Run for your bunkers! The San Francisco ShEvil Dead are rising from their off-season cemetery and are ready to wreak havoc on the track! With many 2018 retirements, ShEvil has been reanimated this year with eleven new skaters, many of them rising through the ranks of BAD’s Reckless program to be drafted by this much loved and feared home team. This terrorizing wave of new drive and talent is bolstered by experienced skaters. “We’re so happy to have skaters like Brick Houser (Brix) and NeuralizeHER, who transferred from other leagues to help shake up the strategy ShEvil was already practicing last season,” says coach Butt’N MashHer (#85). Brix (#1138) is also serving as a ShEvil coach helping to strengthen and fine tune the team’s skills with inspiring leadership and engaging practice. ShEvil slayer Disco Brawl (#5) has stepped into the Captain position and veteran Killer Tofu (formerly Killer Kapowski) will act as bench coach, making sure that these new skaters have the support they need in the battle for the 2019 trophy.
Fresh ideas to classic BAD tactics are sure to raise these zombies from their graves as they fight their way towards cannibalizing their opponents. Coaching plans to focus on building and maintaining dynamic walls for defense, and employing offensive strategies to assist their new and exciting jammers to rack up the points and to prove themselves in the pack.This season will be a thriller as ShEvil opens BAD’s home team games at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco against the Oakland Outlaws on April 20th. Will BAD be seeing the return of the living dead? Keep watching to find out!
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?
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.”
The brains at #BADtv have put together a highlight reel from our season opener to get you hype about this Saturday’s game between the Oakland Outlaws and Berkeley Resistance! Tix still available online: bit.ly/BAD-Game2
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The Bay Area Derby season opener pitted the San Francisco ShEvil Dead against the Oakland Outlaws in an early evening bout. It was a warm and sunny day in Oakland at BAD’s new venue, The Station. The track was drawn with concrete and tape, just like in the derby days of yore, and the skaters wore sunglasses in addition to their protective gear. The bout started 10 minutes late so the sold-out crowd had time to be admitted.
First to the jammer line for ShEvil was #68 Danymite against #333 Dreadzilla for the Outlaws. The first jam was a cut and dry quick pass and score, 4-0, ShEvil.
With 26 minutes remaining in the first half, #31 Frightmare for ShEvil, was first through the pack with a no pass, no penalty and was not awarded lead. This gave opportunity for #99 Pizza Party of Oakland to get lead and immediately call off the jam at 0-0.
Throughout the next six jams, ShEvil and their triangle defense got lead jam every single time and held Oakland scoreless until about 22 minutes left in the first half. Finally, #313 Smother Mary of the Outlaws snuck in a quick 4 points before Frightmare called off the jam: 24-4, ShEvil Dead.
With a new ruleset in place, the first few bouts of the season are always a little tricky for the referees and skaters alike. Numerous “legal” cuts occurred, with a delay in penalty and/or a delay in player yield. At one point, #246 Sinnabar cut the track, waited to make eye contact with the ref, then took a step off the track and went to the back of the pack to try her pass again. The latest ruleset says a cut penalty may be avoided if advantage is immediately yielded.
In the next jam, Dreadzilla of the Outlaws made a high and tight toe stop pass on the outside line to get lead. ShEvil jammer, #212 Xpress Lane Jane, removed her helmet cover and passed it to the pivot, who was immediately assessed a low block penalty. Score 25-12, ShEvil.
The second half of the first quarter began with a new heat as the skaters adjusted to the concrete and sunshine. Oakland’s Pizza Party got out of the pack first but was immediately sent to the penalty box. This gave Frightmare the opportunity to pass the star to #89 Mean Burrito, adding two grand slams (10 points) to ShEvil’s total score. Meanwhile, #410 Ames to Maim of Oakland was assessed a direction of game play penalty, and sunglasses were seen flying to the inside and the outside of the track. Score 46-19, ShEvil.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, the announcement came over the loudspeaker that the bout had officially sold out. By now the teams were trading off lead jammer every other jam, with Danymite of ShEvil and Pizza Party of Oakland having the most success. Score at the half: 89-51, ShEvil Dead.
The ShEvil Dead returned to the track for the second half in force and continued to dominate the lead jammer ratio. On a particularly impressive pass, Frightmare turned backwards and passed on the inside of the apex for lead jammer and a grand slam aided by fierce ShEvil blocking from Mean Burrito and #404 Permab&.
With 24 minutes remaining in the game, Oakland’s jammer Dreadzilla earned lead jammer but committed a back block penalty on her scoring pass, leaving Frightmare to contend with Oakland’s brutal blockers for a full two minute jam. After scoring 15 points of her own and with Dreadzilla back on the track, Frightmare played a bit of defense to knock out and drew a cut track penalty on the Oakland jammer. ShEvil kept hold of the lead: 111-64.
A staple of roller derby is the intense vigor and passion of the final 15 minutes of game play. ShEvil jammer Xpress Lane Jane spent almost an entire minute being pummeled by an unrelenting #7 Murderyn Monroe, #45 Lethally Blonde, and #64 Mary Prankster three-wall which allowed Oakland jammer #85 Butt’N MashHer to score a grand slam, but it did little to close the score gap. Oakland wasn’t about to go quietly into the night, and, maximizing a power jam opportunity by fielding #10 Huck Sinn (aka Tiger Beat) as jammer, the mighty Outlaws were able to put up 22 points bringing them within 30 points of ShEvil: 101-127, ShEvil
With 5 minutes remaining ShEvil jammer Danymite (recent addition to the BAD travel team) made an uncontested pass on the outside for lead, and slid through a second time, like butter, for one, then two grand slams. On her third scoring pass, Murderyn Monroe delivered a devastating chest hit, which stunned Danymite long enough to let Sinnabar sneak in two points. Score 179-114, ShEvil.
With only minutes remaining, the skaters on the track were visibly fatigued but in no way disheartened. First, Pizza Party did a face plant, then Frightmare. Pizza Party recovered to get lead jammer only for Sweet Sherry Pie to take the ShEvil star pass from and chase her down for a scoreless jam. Danymite once again snatched lead jammer for the final jam, playing it conservatively, she added a few more points to ShEvil’s score then called the jam off to end the game.
SAN FRANCISCO SHEVIL DEAD:186
OAKLAND OUTLAWS: 114
Time will tell if these two teams play each other again this season. Oakland Outlaws next face the Berkeley Resistance on 5/13, while San Francisco ShEvil Dead takes on the Richmond Wrecking Belles on 6/3. Both games will be held at The Station and are part of our discounted BAD Deal which includes the doubleheader Championship at the Craneway Pavilion on 8/19.
With the 2017 Bay Area Derby Season set to kick off on March 18, it’s time to dig up a season preview of your greenest and dearest BAD home team: the San Francisco ShEvil Dead! An early season contender for league dominance, the ShEvil Dead had previously relished their role as late season spoilers, being adept at tossing a femur into the spokes of a surging opponent or taking the gas out of a contender with their patented second half hi-jinx.
2016 Record: 0-4, 4th place
All-time League Record: 7-16
Player Losses: #7 Butter & Jam, #71 Cassius May, #93 Erma Gerd, #713 Global Warman, #310 Gori Spelling, #17 Korn Holy-O, #61 Pressure Cooker, #418 Princess Peachka
In the offseason, ShEvil suffered some personnel changes losing longtime zombies Korn Holy-O, Cassius May, and Gori Spelling to retirement and powerhouse jammer Pressure Cooker opting to skate as Travel Team only this year. Undaunted by these changes, San Francisco will lean on their crafty veterans, seasoned second and third year players, and will welcome a few transfers who promise to keep their roster dynamic and hungry.
On the offensive side of the squad, jammer standout Danymite is back to continue her methodical and speedy affront on unlucky opponents. The team Co-Captain, Mean Burrito, will step into the leadoff spot, while cunning “moving violation” Xpress Lane Jane is back behind the wheel to deliver a minivan full of points.
Defensively, San Francisco is blessed with the return of their Twin Towers: Permab&—whose blocking prowess is less than subtle—and Domme Juan—fully recovered from an unfortunate injury sustained last. The power trio of legendary Sweet Sherry Pie (Co-Captain), the twerky Thea Sassin (formerly Thea Pocalypse), and the refreshingly unpredictable Spiller anchor a staunch defense which includes second year zombies Chili Con Carnage, Dixie Did It, and Melectric Charge.
Perhaps most notable in the ShEvil offseason roster changes are the additions of a couple transfers: Sunshine Skate (from Gotham Girls Roller Derby) and #6 Stinger (from Loco City Derby Girls). Additionally, returning BAD travel team skaters and in-league transfers Dual Hitizen (formerly of the Oakland Outlaws)and Frightmare (formerly of the Berkeley Resistance) join the Dead’s zombie ranks.
With an offseason regiment including intensive interval weight training, raw egg creatine shakes, and pack-focused exercises like pushing a car (wtf?), the San Francisco ShEvil Dead are chomping at the bit—literally—to get out on the track and execute their 2017 strategy. They kick off the season in a crossbay smash up with their longtime rivals, the Oakland Outlaws, at the BAD Season Opener March 18 at the Station in Oakland.
#1 Thea Sassin’ || #3 Chili Con Carnage || #6 Stinger || #8 Dual Hitizen || #09 Domme Juan || #29 Spiller || #31 Frightmare || #68 Danymite || #83 Sunshine Skate || #89 Mean Burrito || #201 Sweet Sherry Pie || #212 Xpress Lane Jane|| # 404 Permab& || #804 Dixie Did It|| #1001 Melectric Charge
Saturday night saw a rematch between the two teams who played for third at the end of 2015. Last October, the Richmond Wrecking Belles won the battle for third despite the San Francisco ShEvil Dead coming in with a victory in their previous meeting in August. Fans of both teams knew this game could go either way. Though Richmond won in their last match-up, the Belles were coming into the game with a very short roster of 11 skaters with ShEvil determined to reclaim a victory.
As expected, the game started with an intense and contentious shift. Richmond jammer #20 Eva Menace nabbed lead in the first jam but was sent to the box during her scoring pass which allowed ShEvil’s jammer, #212 Xpress Lane Jane, to pick up some points as well. At the end of the first two minutes, the score was 14 – 10 in Richmond’s favor. In the next jam, #22 Jirsa attempted to drive up the score for Richmond and was awarded 15 points. Meanwhile, ShEvil pivot, #29 Spiller, received a star pass from #89 Mean Burrito and was able to pick up 9 points of her own, putting the score at 29 – 19 Richmond. After an exciting and close start, Richmond took control in the third jam and didn’t look back. Over the next twelve jams, Richmond was awarded lead jammer status ten times which allowed them to steadily put up points and keep ShEvil to just 7 points by strategically calling off jams. In the fourteenth jam, Jirsa put her team solidly in the lead by scoring 19 unanswered points in a power jam against Mean Burrito, putting the score at 81 – 27. But the Zombies would not be thwarted so easily. ShEvil retaliated by tightening their defense and received an offensive boost of their own when #61 Pressure Cooker scored 13 points in one jam. At halftime, the score stood at 108 – 60 with Richmond in the lead.
The second half started just like the first with both teams scoring at a similar pace. In the first five jams, Richmond managed to score 10 points while ShEvil picked up 9, which did little to change the score differential. Although Pressure Cooker had another 13 point jam, Richmond jammers #11 Lex Pistol and #925 Sterling Archer both had a couple of multiple scoring pass jams, padding their lead at 172 – 98. A little more than halfway through the second period, Richmond ran into some penalty trouble when Sterling Archer received three penalties as a jammer, which spanned a period of two jams and resulted in her fouling out of the game. Here, ShEvil pulled out all the stops and made a valiant effort to close the point spread. However, Richmond’s formidable defense forced a jammer cut on Pressure Cooker, and after returning to the track, she passed the star to pivot Sweet Sherry Pie who picked up four points. The next jam began with a power start for Gori Spelling, who took the opportunity to rack up a grand slam. As time ran down on the game clock, Richmond claimed the win with a score of 181 – 115.
The highest scoring jammer by far for ShEvil was All-Stars team member Pressure Cooker. With 60 points, she scored more than half the total points for her team. Xpress Lane Jane was the second highest ShEvil scorer with 23 points in thirteen jams.
Richmond employed an interesting tactic for this game by rostering two hybrid players who split jamming duties between the halves. For the first half, blocker Jirsa wore the star and in the second half she switched places with Sterling Archer. Jirsa scored 48 points in seven jams, making her the highest point scorer for Richmond. Eva Menace was the second highest scoring jammer with 46 points in 13 jams.
Richmond’s win was decided by their overwhelming lead jammer percentage. ShEvil combated this by frequently passing the star, which they did seven times compared to Richmond’s two times. ShEvil struggled initially with penalties. In the first half, they were boxed 21 times but they cleaned up considerably in the second half of the game with just 14 penalties. Richmond’s penalties were consistent throughout the game with 13 in the first half and 15 in the second. With both teams having the same number of jammer penalties, the game really came down to the ability to rack up points slowly with consistent lead jammer calls and smart, timely call-offs.
Both teams are slated to play in the next double header on July 23, just weeks after this battle. ShEvil will take on the reigning 2015 BAD Champions, the Berkeley Resistance, and Richmond will play their longtime rivals, the Oakland Outlaws.