2013 Retirees

If you were at the last bout of the season, you would have seen several skaters announce their departures from Texas Rollergirls. We’re already looking forward to our 2014 season and adding a crop of new stars (could you be one of them?), but we want to take a moment to recap the careers of the skaters who retired at the end of this season: Muffin Tumble, Devil Grrl, Runaway Tre, Sadie Mae Care, Dodge and Peppermint Bratty.

Some of our longest-standing veterans are among the 2013 retirees. Muffin started her career as a Hell Mary in 2003, the first year of Texas Rollergirls — and appeared in plaid every year after that (as well as spending some time on the Texecutioners and Firing Squad) before deciding to retire at the end of the 2013 season. Her decade long dedication to the Hells makes it harder for her to walk away. She is already joking about a return to the track and teases, “I ain’t signed nothin’ yet!” Hells captain Notorious D.I.E. says, “Muffin Tumble has been a thread of this plaid for eleven seasons. She has the biggest heart of any skater in Texas Rollergirls.”

Devil Grrl, fondly known within the league as “DG”, began roller derby way back in 2001, before the Texas Rollergirls were actually “the Texas Rollergirls” and no one knew what they were doing. She skated with the league that would become the Lonestar Rollergirls before deciding to make the move to the flat track in 2003. She played for the Hell Marys for three seasons before transferring to the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, and skated with the all-star Texecutioners in 2010 and 2011. Her skills will be missed, according to team captain DeBella DeBall. “Devil Grrl’s experience and ferocity is immeasurable, and will be hard to replace. She has the ability to morph with the sport and remain a powerhouse.”

Some of our retirees have had shorter careers with Texas Rollergirls, but their impact on the league has been just as large — and they’ll be missed just as much. Runaway Tre began skating in the Texas Rollergirls Rec League in 2009 and always knew she wanted to try out for the premiere league. She suffered an untimely leg break during a rec league scrimmage — but just 8 months later, she was back on the track and ready for 2012 tryouts! Three months after that, she made her debut as a Honky Tonk Heartbreaker. DeBella says, “Tre’s tenacity and ability to stay calm under pressure will be sorely missed on the bench. She is an incredibly hard worker who drives others to succeed.”

Hustler Sadie Mae Care started playing derby with the Spindletop Rollergirls in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas before relocating to Austin in 2010. Team captain Me Shove You Long Time expressed the team’s disappointment at Sadie’s decision to retire, saying, “The Hustlers are super sad to see Sadie Mae Care hang up her skates. On the track she was a menace, but off track she is one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet.” She also had a special message for her departing teammate: “We’ll miss you, Sadie! Thank you for everything–we hope to see you back in purple really soon.”

Some skaters take time off from derby and then return, and we are always glad to see our friends and teammates back on the track. Of course, sometimes they retire again, like Dodge, who took a two-year break from derby starting in 2010. She’d skated as a Hotrod Honey for three years after starting out in 2006 on Houston Roller Derby’s Sirens. When she returned to the track, she donned plaid as a Hell Mary and skated for the team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. D.I.E paid tribute to Dodge’s personal and athletic qualities, stating, “She’s the most loyal teammate any team could ask for. She has made us all better skaters during her time as a Hell.”

Peppermint Bratty began her roller derby career with the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz and then moved to Austin where she joined the Texas Rollergirls Hell Marys in 2009. She skated for two seasons and then retired, but maintained a trainer position with the Texas Rollergirls Rec League. In 2012, she returned to the Hells and played for two more seasons. “Peppermint Bratty is a quiet but fierce skater,” D.I.E said. “We couldn’t have been happier to have her on the team.”

These skaters have been a key part of what makes Texas Rollergirls wonderful and we’re sorry to see them go (although as you’ve seen, they may well be back). For now, though, please join us in wishing them farewell — and the very best of luck in their new ventures!

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