RECAP: 2014 Championship Bout

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers v. Hustlers

heartsvhustlersAfter a regrouping season following the loss of some of their longest-standing veterans, the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers put up a valiant fight against the Hustlers in the 2014 Championship Third Place Bout. Unfortunately, their valor was not enough, leading to a hard fought loss to the Hustlers.

The Hustlers established a strong lead very early in the game, and the Heartreakers were never quite able to catch up. Despite jams full of skilled defense, Hustler jammers such as Sprawkett, Malice, and a formerly rarely jammed Fifi Nomenon, skipped around Heartbreaker walls with ease.

Fielding their rookie jammers Sideshow Ho, Deep Dish Nitza, Nine Lives, and Shiner Blond, the Heartbreakers made an earnest effort. However, the Hustlers, whose defensvie walls have improved dramatically over this season alone, proved too strong in most cases.

The Hustlers had a nearly fifty-point lead by the end of the first half, and that gap only widened as the second half continued.

The Hustlers won with a final score of 256 – 136.

Hell Marys v. Hotrod Honeys

14930002436_6e295085f1_bIn the fight for the #1 spot, The Hotrod Honeys were eager to defend their amazing 2014 record. Unfortunately, the Hell Marys pulled off the same feat as last year’s Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, squeaking out a last-minute win. In what may have been the most exciting bout of the entire season, both the Hotrods and the Hells played smart, fast, defensive games.

The Hotrods established an early lead, and kept it going through the entire first half. Incredible jamming by Smarty Pants in the second half brought us our first of several lead changes, taking us to 99-98, in favor of the Hells. The Hotrods recovered, but several jams later, Babyface Assassin repeated the trick with a jaw-dropping 28-point jam.

Then, after a run of 25 points by the Hotrods over several jams with no scoring by the Hells, Babyface Assassin, Smarty Pants, and Sinnerfold tightened up the score in nail-biting jams bringing us to the final jam.

In the last jam, with seemingly the entire convention center on its feet, Sinnerfold tipped the balance, ending her career on a heart stopping 161 – 158 win for her Hell Marys.

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Championship Bout Preview

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The time has come…. CHAMPIONSHIPS! If last year’s nail biting overtime win is any indication of the kind of excitement Championships promises, then Saturday’s Championship bout truly should be one for the ages.  All four teams have trained and fought all season to get to these bouts and they will leave it all on the track for each other and their fans.

In Saturday’s first bout: The Hustlers head into a battle for third place against the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers.  These two teams have have grown and become more powerful and cohesive with each bout, and will be showcasing all of that teamwork, determination and skill in their last battle of the season.  With a talent pool so deep and a desire to win so strong, we are clearly in for a fight to the finish to head into the off-season with a win and third place standing for the season.

Hustlers

hustlersColors: Purple and Silver

Players to Watch:
Bitter Cup
Cease Ann Desist
MariEZ Livin’
Chasing Amy

The Hustlers are a team with an incredible well of talent and clearly calculated strategy in their gameplay.  They have looked impressive all season long and their individual strengths and skills have been capitalized on and woven into a quilt full of promise and determination. In recent scrimmages, the power of their jammer rotation has been looking fine-tuned and ready to dominate on Saturday.  Sprawkett, Cease Ann Desist, and Fifi Nomenon have looked especially powerful and agile; weaving and pushing their way through packs with a singular determination to grab lead jammer and put points on the board at any cost.  Paired with increasingly dominant blocking from MariEZ Livin’, Bitter Cup, and Chasing Amy make this Hustler squad seem destined for success in their last bout of the season.  The Hustlers’ skills are only outdone by their determination to capitalize on every skater’s strengths to create the most powerful lineup with every jam.  It is clear that the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers will have to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down the Hustlers when they head into battle on Saturday.

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers

heartsColors: Navy Gingham and Gold

Players to Watch:
Shiner Blond
Booty Queen
Nine Lives
Sideshow Ho

The Honky Tonk Heartbreakers have developed so much as a team over this season and Saturday is their chance to really showcase all of their growth and finish the season with a win against a very strong Hustler team.  The Heartbreakers won the Championships last year, but many of their skaters retired, leaving them to use this year to reboot and develop as a new team featuring many fresh faces and talented transfers.  With every scrimmage and bout they have looked stronger as a team.  This Saturday is their chance to put all of that teamwork and strategic gameplay on display.  In scrimmage against the Hotrods, the Heartbreaker defense was on full display and was looking very solid as DeBella DeBall, Booty Queen, and Big Nasty showcased both hard hits and inflexible walls, while holding back some of the most powerful jammers in the league.  Headless Highness, Luann Splatter, and Danke Shame also displayed their blocking prowess and looked poised to hold back the Hustler jammers on Saturday.  The jammer rotation of Deep Dish Nitza, Nine Lives, and Shiner Blond looked agile, powerful, and determined as they fought through some of the league’s most feared blockers.  This Heartbreaker squad has a ton of heart and the skills to match, this is the time for them to show that that heart can’t be broken.

Saturday’s second bout is what many fans have been waiting for all season: watching the two best teams of the season fight it out for the coveted Championship trophy.

We will see two teams who have worked and trained incredibly hard and who will battle using all of that training and skill to reach the top.  The Hell Marys have turned into an incredibly well-oiled machine, developing each skater’s potential to the maximum, all the while creating a family-like loyalty that makes them even stronger.  The Hells will be facing a Hotrod Honeys team that hasn’t slipped up all season, and who have used their many talents to become a team that seems almost unbeatable with their blend of world class jamming and incredible blocking.  So, will it be the titans in black and pink or ferocious family in red plaid?  Join us Saturday to find out…

Hotrod Honeys

hotsColors: Black and Pink

Players to Watch:
Lucille Brawl
LaVooDoo
Bo Jacks’em
La Dolce Beatah

There is only one team that has managed to remain undefeated through the regular season and has done so with unparalleled power that both mystifies and intimidates: the Hotrod Honeys. The undefeated Hotrods have dominated the competition and appear ready to ride that momentum through Saturday’s game –  seizing the Championship trophy.   The Hotrods continue to look impressive in scrimmages since last bout and have further deepened their talent pool at every position.  They showcased their undeniable strength at the jammer position with a rotating cast featuring all-stars Hauss the Boss, Olivia Shootin’ John, and Stone Her, while also adding fresh talent to that rotation with some impressive turns at jammer from LaVooDoo.  OJ looked especially impressive as she used the inside line, found holes, plowed her way through packs, and even jumped the apex to rack up points as they took on the Heartbreakers in scrimmage last week.  Their defense continues to grow in power as well, adding newcomer Bo Jacks’Em to an already seemingly impenetrable blocking force, featuring Olympia, La Dolce Beatah, and Lucille Brawl.   The Hotrods look ready and anxious to take the track Saturday and race all the way to a victory lap holding the Championship trophy- the only roadblock could be the Hell Marys.

Hell Marys

hellsColors: Plaid

Players to Watch:
Brown Buttah
Sinnerfold
The Mad Hatcher
BMoney

The Hell Marys have worked all season to get to the championship game with their only losses coming at the hands of the Hotrods.  Championships are their time to use all of the skills they have developed to focus their energy and talent to overcome their last challenge- defeating the undefeated Hotrods.  In both previous bouts this season, the Hells have only lost to the Hotrods with losses by 39 and 44 points respectively (for reference the Hotrods’ next closest win was by 171 points to the Hustlers).  If one team can close that gap, it will be the Hell Marys.  The Hells have looked strong in scrimmage and are poised to attack on Saturday.   In scrimmages last week against the Hustlers, Sinnerfold shined at jammer using outside lanes and weaving through opposing blockers to maximize her points.  Brown Buttah looked impressive as well, even capitalizing on a power jam against Hustlers.  The power of the Hell Marys’ jammers in conjunction with the strength of the Hell Marys blockers is an incredible combination.   The Hells’ defense was on full display at scrimmage as well with walls by Angel O, Sandy Ravage, and The Mad Hatcher looking very solid and with some big hits by Notorious D.I.E and SlaughterMelon.  Saturday promises to give us an incredible battle between this clan of warriors in plaid when they face off against the Hotrod Honeys in the war for the title of Texas Rollergirls Champions.

We have watched, cheered and waited all season long, and Saturday’s Championship bouts promise to give us the toughest, most impressive skating of the season as every team fights to grab that last win, whether for 3rd place or the Championship trophy.  Join us for the final bouts of the season! Get your tickets TODAY

Champs Bingo!

champsbingoThis Saturday, August 16, the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers will be taking on the Hustlers for 3rd place, followed by the Hell Marys bouting it out with the Hotrod Honeys to take home the trophy for 1st.

Our fans will also get the chance to win with Champs Bingo!

How to Play:
1. Print off the playing card for your favorite team (or print off all 4!)
2. Collect the signatures of all of the skaters on that team
3. Turn in your card to the Merch Table to collect a prize

It’s that easy! Don’t miss out on any of the fun, buy your tickets today!

Team Bingo Cards:
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World Cup & Texas Rollergirls!

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Hello, visiting Teams from all over the world!

Texas Rollergirls is very excited that you are all coming to visit Texas in December!  Dallas is an easy three hour drive to us in Austin, so we hope you will consider coming to visit us here, where flat track roller derby began over a decade ago.  We would love to host you and skate with you!  Please email us at DeBellaDeBall@Texasrollergirls.org to let us know your plans, and we will help with hospitality however we are able.

Also, if your team needs a place to practice before the World Cup, we are making our warehouse in Austin available for rental the week before.  Unfortunately, we do need to charge a small fee to help us cover our rental costs, but it is very affordable and is often available for a lower cost during “down times” (like during the work day).  Please don’t hesitate to contact DeBellaDeBall@Texasrollergirls.org to inquire or make arrangements.  We have two tracks and plenty of team meeting space, and we would be delighted to make it possible for your team to have time together before the big event.

The Texas Rollergirls want you to have a fantastic experience while you’re traveling for the World Cup, and are considering hosting some events. In addition to renting out a venue, it does take numerous hours to plan events and to coordinate trainers. If you would be willing to visit us or would like us to put together an event or two for your enjoyment/participation, we would appreciate your feedback. Please fill out the following survey: 
World Cup Travel Questions


We will all be in Dallas, cheering for you.  Welcome to Texas!  We are glad y’all are coming!
Texas Rollergirls

 

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers Fundraiser

PrintJoin the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers at Cap City Comedy Club on Friday, August 8, for the Third Annual Silent Auction and Fundraiser!

The Heartbreakers are raising money to help with their travel expenses. So come out for a night of comedy courtesy of comedian Ryan Stout and have a couple of drinks with the Texas Rollergirls! Come early for a chance to bid on the awesome items in our silent auction. Or bid online right now!

All the details:

What: Comedy Show & Silent Auction Fundraiser
When: Friday, August 8 at 7 pm
Where: Cap City Comedy Club
Tickets: $15 each or 2 for $25 – Get tickets from your favorite Heartbreaker!

The silent auction includes items such as art skating lessons, Pro-Designed pads, haircut & color, jewelry, gift cards to restaurants, and much more! You can see all of the items up for bid here and here.

Hope to see you there!

Junior Summer Clinics

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Firing Squad are leading and training 3 1-Day Junior Summer Clinics. Juniors will learn blocking and jamming skills as well as learning strategy to defeat their opponents. Get trained by Firing Squad members such as Sinnerfold, Babyface Assassin, and Ruby Wring. Sign up now!

“PopRoxie had the best time at today’s Blocking Clinic! She loved skating with the Firing Squad and is looking forward to the remaining 2 clinics.” -MamaRoxie

REVISED SCHEDULE! 
For the two remaining clinics we have shortened the day:
8am – 9am: WARMUP
9am – noon: SKATING DRILLS  (including foot work, skating form, strength, endurance, and scrimmage drills)

The drills that we will be leading are written by the Firing Squad and the Texecutioners. We will be working one-on-one and in groups with the junior skaters to ensure a fun and productive learning environment!

NOTE: There will also be a BEGINNER class within the clinic for any skater who has all of their own gear and skates and wants to start learning the basics of junior roller derby!

REVISED PRICE!
$40 per skater

Junior Summer Clinic 2 - Saturday, July 12 JAMMING
The Texas Rollergirls’ Firing Squad will host a jammer skills clinic and have their top-level jammers teach you the tricks and skills they use to dominate opponents! Clinic runs from 9:00AM-12:00PM on Saturday, July 12th. Doors will open at 8:00AM for warm-up and gear up. One general admission ticket for the July 13th Texas Rollergirls bout at the Austin Convention Center will be included with bootcamp registration.

Junior Summer Clinic 3 - Saturday, August 9 STRATEGY
The Firing Squad will host a strategy clinic to teach you how to set up plays and execute them successfully! Clinic runs from 9:00AM-12:00PM on Saturday, August 9th. Doors will open at 8:00AM for warm-up and gear up. Please bring a black and white shirt for scrimmaging.

Junior Summer Clinic 1 - Saturday, June 21 BLOCKING – COMPLETE

Nat Fit Bout Teams & Coaches

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On Monday night, our two contest winners, Prima Basherina and Gravy Baby!, did a coin toss to determine which team they would be coaching this weekend at the Naturally Fit Games. After the coin toss, each coach got the chance to lead their teams in a 2-hour scrimmage to practice for Saturday’s match up!

Saturday, July 26
DOORS: 5pm
OPENING CEREMONIES: 5:45pm
GAME 1: 6pm – Texas Rollergirls DREAM TEAM
GAME 2: 7:45pm – Austin Anarchy – Austin’s Mens Derby Team

Announcing the teams…

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Coached by Prima Basherina

Acute Angel
Angel O
Babe Ruthless
Babyface Assassin
Bad Influence
Barbara Ambush
Big Nasty
Critical Sass
Hauss The Boss
Headless Highness
MariEZ Livin’
Molotov M. Pale
Notorious D.I.E
Punkin Dominion
Sinnerfold
The Angie Christ

Clean-N-Jerks

Coached by Gravy Baby!

Bittercup
Bo Jacks’em
Cease Ann Desist
Danke Shame
Dolores Fuertes
Kat Von Speed
LaVooDoo
The Mad Hatcher
Mostly Harmless
Nine Lives
PeaceWar
Sarah Hipel
Shiner Blond
Sideshow Ho
Skullyvera
Speedyrella

CONTEST: DREAM TEAM COACHES NEEDED!

Every DREAM TEAM needs a DREAM COACH…
Could that coach BE YOU?

VOTING HAS STARTED ON FACEBOOK!

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This is your chance to guest-coach the Texas Rollergirls in what is sure to be the most fun game of the year – the Naturally Fit Games DREAM TEAM Exhibition Bout! YOU DON’T NEED EXPERIENCE – you just need to love the Texas Rollergirls and love derby! The chosen coaches can do as much or as little as they like – depending on your coaching style – you may want to give input for fielding lines or just sit on the bench and watch your team play!

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HOW TO ENTER:
EMAIL by Wednesday, July 16 by midnight with a photo of yourself (bonus for showing us your best derby-coach-style attire!) and a few words about why you should be one of 2 guest coaches for the Naturally Fit Games DREAM TEAM BOUT.

Starting Thursday, July 17 our fans and skaters will VOTE for their favorite coach by LIKING & SHARING the photo that you give us on facebook. And by the end of the day on Friday, July 18 we will name the 2 guest coaches!

WHAT THE WINNERS GET:
- COACH YOUR TEAM ON GAME-DAY (Again, no experience required. This is for-fun – but, you may want to work on an inspirational speech to pump your team up.)
- 2 VIP tickets to the Naturally Fit Games double header
- 2 all-day expo passes to the Naturally Fit Games
- The honor of being a Texas Rollergirls coach

JULY 26 – DREAM TEAM BOUT!

You’ve seen them play but, never like this — it’s the Texas Rollergirls like never before.

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Athletes from all four home teams as well as our all-star teams are coming together to skate in the DREAM TEAM bout at 6pm followed by the first public bout by our friends, Austin’s mens derby team Austin Anarchy! And with the price of your ticket to derby you get ALL-DAY entrance to the Naturally Fit Games!

Saturday, July 26
DOORS: 5pm
OPENING CEREMONIES: 5:45pm
GAME 1: 6pm – Texas Rollergirls DREAM TEAM
GAME 2: 7:45pm – Austin Anarchy – Austin’s Mens Derby Team

Who would you choose for your DREAM TEAM!?
Check out the skaters that will be drafted to teams by their GUEST COACHES:

AngelO
Babe Ruthless
Babyface Assassin
Bad Influence
Barbara Ambush
Big Nasty
Bittercup
Bo Jacks’em
Cease Ann Desist
Critical Sass
Danke Shame
Dolores Fuertes
Hauss The Boss
Headless Higness
Kat Von Speed
La Dolce Beatah
LaVooDoo
The Mad Hatcher
MariEZ Livin’
Molotov M. Pale
Mommy Rotten
Mostly Harmless
Nine Lives
Notorious D.I.E
PeaceWar
Punkin Dominion
Sarah Hipel
Sideshow Ho
Sinnerfold
Sprawkett

and returning FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY we are thrilled to welcome back these four retired skaters:
Acute Angel, now of Nashville Rollergirls
The Angie Christ, now of Houston Roller Derby
Skullyvera, now of Alamo City Rollergirls
Speedyrella, now of San Antonio Derby Dolls

AFTER PARTY LOCATION!

CHICAGO HOUSE
607 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701

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July 13 Bout Preview

In the only Sunday bout of the season, the skaters of the Texas Rollergirls’ home teams will be returning to the Austin Convention Center to solidify their season rankings going into Championships on August 16th.

In Sunday’s first bout: The Honky Tonk Heartbreakers are looking to capitalize on all of their growth this season with their first win against a dominant Hell Marys squad.

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers

April BoutColors: Navy Gingham and Gold

Players to Watch:
Fender Bender
Ruby Wring
Sideshow Ho
Big Nasty

The evolution of the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers this season has been stunning to watch.  With every practice, they see more determined to become the best team they can be by building on each skaters’ strengths.  While this season has been a rebuilding year with many new faces, it is incredibly evident that this team is working towards greatness.  The Heartbreakers looked well-oiled and ready to fight in recent scrimmages.  The incredible blocking power of Booty Queen, Fender Bender, and Ruby Wring was on clear display in Monday night’s scrimmage.  The return of Big Nasty was also highlighted Monday by some agile jamming. The ladies in gingham look more fluid in all positions and there has clearly been a lot of growth at the jammer position with Kitty Karnage, Shiner Blond, and Sideshow Ho looking skillful and dynamic; there were also some great stands at blocker with the veterans and newcomers alike putting up some impenetrable walls and devastating hits.

Hell Marys

hearts vs hellsColors: Plaid

Players to Watch:
Dolores Fuertes
Sandy Ravage
Angel O
Rosie

The Hell Marys are one win away from heading into Championships to try once more to take down the powerhouse Hotrod Honeys squad, and if Monday night’s scrimmages were any indication, they are ready for the fight.  The incredibly athletic jamming from jammers BabyFace Assassin, Brown Buttah, and PeaceWar makes it clear that this team has worked hard to perfect just how to get points on the board while using the astonishing defensive power of the Hell Marys blockers.  Dominant defense was on display Monday night as well with Notorious D.I.E and Dolores Fuertes looking especially commanding at blocking.  This team has a family mentality and it is clear that each player has learned and worked hard to be their best to make their unit as strong and consistent as possible.

In Sunday’s second bout we will see two teams fresh off of home team wins.  The Hustlers have become increasingly more forceful with every bout and will need to showcase all of their skills when they take on the undefeated Hotrod Honeys, who are looking to continue their winning streak as they head into Championships next month. 

Hustlers

Sprawkett JammingColors: Purple and Silver

Players to Watch:
Sprawkett
Fifi Nomenon
Me Shove You Long Time
Molotov M. Pale

In Monday night’s scrimmage, the Hustlers were focusing on every aspect of their game play as they head into battle against the Hotrod Honeys this weekend.  Fresh off their 269-195 win against the Heartbreakers, the Hustlers look to be capitalizing on all of their strengths as they prepare for Sunday.  Jammers Sprawkett and Malice looked especially impressive as they cut through opposing packs and dodged bit hits. Defense from Me Shove You Long Time, MariEasy Livin’, and Fifi Nomenon looked almost impenetrable.  These women have only gotten stronger with every bout and have grown in both strength and power.  Transfer (from B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls), Killer Vee, has also given them another double threat on offense and defense.  This team has shown incredible growth at every position and these purple powerhouses are poised to upset the undefeated Hotrods and go into Championships stronger than ever.

Hotrod Honeys

Hots vs HustlersColors: Black and Pink

Players to Watch:
Kat Von Speed
Punkin’ Dominion
Action Jackson
Maso Kiss

The undefeated Hotrod Honeys are clearly a force to be reckoned with and only seem to get more compelling as the season rolls on.   The Hotrods were looking solid and dominant on Monday night as they seemed unyielding at every position. Kat Von Speed has rejoined her team and looks tenacious on defense.  Hauss the Boss and Bloody Mary continued their onslaught of power jamming and Punkin’ Dominion, Action Jackson, and Maso Kiss created staunch defensive stands against a strong Hell Marys jamming offensive.  The Hotrods are undefeated, and all of their skaters seem to be incredibly versatile at all positions.  Their tactical game play is laser-focused and clearly aims to dismantle their opponents by taking advantage of any gaps in defense, and any misstep on offense.  The Hotrods can solidify their undefeated run to Championships on Sunday and it will take quite a roadblock to stop them.

Sunday’s bouts are set to be some of the most exciting action of the season with plenty of points to prove and scores to settle heading into Championships.  The whole season builds up to these last two bouts and everyone will leave all they have worked and trained for on the track. 

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