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PLAYER PROFILE: TANK

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Tank is a tremendous asset as a player and as a league member. A fierce competitor and a “roll” model athlete, Tank makes people want to be better. To support Tank’s journey as a Dolly Roger, please visit the Dolly Rogers’ gofundme page or keep an eye on the team’s schedule this season. Coming out to games is the best support we could ask for!

Name and number: Tank, 7

Why: During fresh meat and my first few Dolly Roger’s practices I wore this

ridiculous Boeri ski helmet from the 80s. Whips and Chaynes said I looked like Tank

Girl and it stuck. I loved the idea of being given a name rather than choosing one.

Likes: hummus, proving that size doesn’t matter, post game beer, anything agility

Dislikes: going slow, Chinese food

Why did you join roller derby: I grew up playing competitive soccer and hockey

from an early age and was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to boarding

school in Connecticut to finish high school and play sports. I really knew little else

but team life, camaraderie, training, and hard work until I said goodbye to team

sports after a year of lacrosse in college. Ten years and many miles travelled later, I

found myself back in Ottawa itching to be part of a team again and wanting a new

challenge. My wife encouraged me to give it a try and I can still remember grinning

like crazy at that Open House four years ago when I was skating around. I had found

just what I was looking for. It felt amazingly familiar yet new and exciting and

everyone was ridiculously welcoming.

How do you train: I don’t love traditional gyms. I’m a huge fan of plyometrics, HIIT

(high intensity interval training), tabata, interval running and yoga. I train fast and

hard focusing on speed, agility, and bursts of power. Small but mighty!

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Why do you keep playing: I absolutely love team sports and the idea of different

people coming together to achieve a common goal. The camaraderie is great. This

sport allows me to embrace my competitiveness and also pushes me physically and

mentally to be the best athlete I can be. It’s inclusive and revolutionary and amazing

to be a part of.

Favorite derby moment: Beating the Montreal Sexpos this season because it was

great to see our hard work as Dolly Rogers pay off, and playing in the Team Canada

tryout scrimmage because it was a great learning opportunity and I felt honoured to

be on the track with Canada’s finest.

When I’m not playing derby: I love my team and this game but think balance is

important for my mental game. When I’m not practicing, playing, coaching the

Bacon Pirates or training, I’m hiking in the woods with my wife and crazy boxer,

eating delicious food, spending time with my nieces, planning my next adventure,

and studying/training to become a firefighter.

Pre-game ritual: I like to sleep in a bit and then go on a nice long walk with my dog

and wife. It gets my legs going and clears my mind. I do some yoga and stretching

and take my time packing my gear bag (I have to have the right socks). I drink coffee,

lots of water, and usually eat a sandwich. I can get worked up quickly so I try to stay

calm and mellow at the rink. And I always put my jersey on at the last second – game

time!

What about gear: I’ve gone through a number of different skates. I have small feet

and tiny ankles and found it hard to find the perfect boot that wasn’t a hockey skate.

I skate on Antiks right now and I like them, but am still looking for that perfect boot.

I use Prodesigned kneepads,a Bauer hockey helmet, and the rest is Atom gear. As

Dawn Cherry knows, I’m still looking for the tiniest slimmest kneepad!

How has derby affected the way you live your life: At 31 I didn’t think I would be in

better shape than my 19 year old self. This game makes me want to be healthier and

stronger. I’m also learning how to curb my performance anger, something I never

addressed as a younger athlete, so I can be the best teammate I can be.

 

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Player Profile: Lady Mayhem

My derby name is Lady Mayhem, or to my children Mommy Mayhem, and my husband helped me pick out my derby number, which is 53 (since I’m a super tall 5’3). I am currently sitting track-side with my foot elevated while I recover from an ankle injury..but soon will be back playing for the Beauty School Dropouts, Dollinquents and training with the Dolly Rogers.

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After having my two kids I needed an outlet-something that let me exercise, meet people and get out a bit. A friend mentioned she was going to see a game so I tagged along and FELL in love…it was love at first site… I kept saying, “Yep, I need to do this.” I may have messaged my husband 15 or so times with things like, ‘must do this’ and ‘found out you start with a fresh meat training course’ and ‘one just started..Damnit… But wait maybe I can join late.’ I completed fresh meat and found that my skating background with ringette helped a bit and I slowly got the hang of derby.

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I love this sport because…it’s awesome! So much to learn…so much to try…so much personal growth space…and that moment when you have something click and/or work out better than you ever pictured…it’s just amazing!

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I am entering my third season of derby but I still don’t have a favourite personal moment. I had some fun jamming for my previous home team and some good times on the road with my old travel team. I made a switch to CCDD this year and have been blown away with the coaching help I’ve received. I am super bummed to not be skating at the moment, as I am missing valuable learning opportunities. In summary…I play because‎…it’s awesome!

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Season Closer

I can’t believe that summer’s wrapping up. Cooler nights have snuck in and the A/C barely runs. ALL OF WHICH IS AWESOME FOR DERBY. Seriously, arenas are not air conditioned in the summer so the fans get hot and smelly, which kind of makes the players feel a little less self-conscious. So, even though our last home game is this SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at 7:00 P.M. at the JEAN-MARC LALONDE ARENA in Rockland on 1450 DU PARC AVE, we’re excited to be playing in slightly more tolerable conditions.

CCDD’s Dolly Rogers will be taking on the Oz Roller Girls. It’ll be a first meeting for these teams, but they have similar records so it’ll be a tight bout…and that’s exactly what the people wanna see. So. COME ON OUT. Watch some awesome derby before we pack it in for the winter and start training new players.

Suicide seating available: bring a chair if you wanna get comfy.

We are sponsored by Beau’s Beer. Bring ID for access to the Beer Garden.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $5 for kiddies under 10. If you’d like to buy at the door, it’ll be $12, $7 for the under 10s.

See you there!

xo

Plow’her

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Fresh and Furious: GTA Drift

Last Friday afternoon, I hopped in a car with 3 girls in the first steps of an adventurous weekend where we would stare unknown competition in the face—we were on our way to a Fresh Meat tournament in Toronto. Little did I know that I would have so much fun, learn so many new things, meet so many great people and see so much fantastic roller derby!

I was travelling with Wry and Ginger, Sugar and Spite, and Tarawatt, and the general consensus was that we were crazy nervous and a little bit scared…but we were confident. The Dolls and our coaching staff have been training us, working us out, and strategizing with us for months, so we felt like we had the knowledge and training to get out there and give the other teams a run for their money.

If there was a theme to the weekend (other than the tournament theme), it was probably “Find Out How Much You Can Sweat!” It was hot and sunny outside and sweltering indoors. Just standing still indoors made me sweat from places that I didn’t know could sweat…gross but educational. After a quick warm-up and stretch outside, we made our way inside to gear up and pump ourselves up for our first game. At the tournament, our games would only be 20 minutes long each, so we knew we had to be quick and efficient in each jam.

The first game was a blur. We were evenly matched with the GTA Debutantes and we only collected a few trips to the penalty box. The second to last jam was a big point scorer for the Debutantes and we were 17 points behind going into what would be the final jam…we had to pull off something big to win. Before the last jam, I remember hearing the commentator telling the crowd, “Just one jam can change the whole game. It’s not over yet.” Early in the jam, the Debutantes jammer pulled a penalty, putting us in a power jam situation. Perfect! Immediately our Dolls clicked in to strategy mode and started ducking like nobody’s business. Our jammer, Angel Poison, took advantage and sped around the track, racking up an amazing 19 points, winning the game by a 2-point margin! Our entire team smothered Angel with hugs and sweat. We took our victory lap with pride and thanked the Debutantes for a nail-biting game.

Winning this game gave us a ranking of 7th out of the 14 teams who were competing that day and ensured that we would be up against another Toronto team—the TORD D-VAS—later that afternoon. At this point, we knew what winning felt like and we wanted to feel that way again. Getting ready for our second game, we re-outfitted ourselves in our still soaking wet sweaty gear and headed out to the track.

Our second game started out well. We scored a few points and the D-VAS scored a few, but again it felt fairly equal and both teams seemed to be fighting just as much to score and keep the other team from scoring. About 7 minutes in, our blockers started to generate penalties…lots of them. We were consistently short-handed on the track and the D-VAS took every opportunity that we unfortunately gave them. The D-VAS had two incredible jams when we were short-handed on blockers and our jammers just couldn’t get past their solid walls. We continued to fight as hard as we could, but in the end, the D-VAS claimed their victory lap with a score of 69-10. Heading off to our dressing room, one of the D-VAS complimented us on our skills, telling us that our score did not reflect the effort that we put in. Of course we were disappointed that we had lost during an elimination round, but it was also clear on where we had gone wrong during the game and what we needed to do to improve for the future.

After a quick shower and bite to eat, we made our way back to the arena to check out the merch tables and take in some of the final games. Some of the fresh meat talent was incredible to watch. Montreal and Guelph specifically had a very high level of talent on their teams and were impressive to watch and learn from.

Playing with teams that we didn’t know was incredibly enlightening for me.  It allowed us to learn about new strategies and to play against people who had hidden strengths and weaknesses.

Coming back to town with this experience makes me incredibly excited to continue training with CCDD. I’m looking forward to pushing myself further and learning more strategy to improve not only my personal performance, but to improve our team effectiveness (especially when faced with challenges on the track).

Thanks to everyone who made this weekend what it was—the tournament organizers, our coaches, the Kingston girls who we combined with to complete our roster, the other Fresh Meat we met up with—and a huge thank you to our supporters at CCDD. Thank you for training us, coaching us, sending us your well wishes and congrats, and offering up some tournament insight. We hope that we made you proud as we represented CCDD in the big city. 🙂

Jen “Elizabeth Berserkley” Jarvis

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Derby Blow-outs

They totally happen.

The Dolly Rogers were on the other side of a blow-out at the end of last season. The experience was mostly humbling. We were finishing an extraordinary first season and frankly, we needed to learn a little lesson. Getting that badly beaten showed us that not only was it important to consider what we’d achieved all season, but that we needed to establish some goals based on what are truly endless possibilities. Witnessing some of those possibilities helped us gain a lot of focus, which brought new meaning to our winter training. But this is derby. And the sport is still in its infancy. And the tools that track what teams are doing are still rudimentary. There are no divisions, no classes, no in-depth rankings and no standard training approaches. It’s not for a lack of effort; there are lots of amazing people out there, painstakingly tracking games, scores, trying to centralize information and attempting to develop more sophisticated means of painting a clearer picture of the derby scene. But despite all the work, there are still mismatches. As much as these mismatches are great for teams, they’re not so amazing for the spectator. And because we depend so heavily on revenue from games to bring us through our winter training, we’re not exactly in a position to mess with spectators. So when we plan our season, we try to schedule close games.

Enter our inter-league liaison, Eastern Block’her. She has a tough job. She’s responsible for finding teams willing to travel to Ottawa. She starts this in January, because that’s when we apply to the City of Ottawa for space. Ottawa typically doesn’t get back to us until April so Eastern has to balance the teams willing to come to Ottawa with the dates the City eventually gets back to us on and the dates these teams can travel on. Moreover, when finding these teams, Eastern doesn’t have many tools at her disposal to determine whether the game will be close enough to be interesting…or not. There’s still months of training ahead, there are only a few past scores, some basic rankings, but as we’ve all experienced first-hand, these things don’t mean much. We’ve gone from 12th to 47th to 37th to 26th in the flat track rankings in a matter of weeks. Take our last game against Peterborough. Our leagues got off the ground around the same time. Peterborough had a great coach from the start. We were coachless for months and we didn’t even have enough players to roster a team until DAYS before our first season started. Things fell into place quickly with us. We got a coach and managed to get through a season. CCDD and Peterborough are into their respective second seasons. Both teams have new players. On paper, it looked like a good match and that’s the best we could do. Peterborough was awesome. They played right until the final whistle went. They fell, they got right back up. They laughed and joked on the line and said wonderful things to us during and after the game. They took the whole experience as a learning one. All around, both teams were pretty happy and the after-party had a happy and positive tone.

But, we got some tweets about maybe having a closer game next time. Which is fair. Because when you’re coming to see a game, it’s so much better when you have NO idea what’s going to happen until the last few seconds. And it’s what we try to do, because for us, as much as the basic rankings mean a lot to us, and can represent a point of pride, the ranking system is not sophisticated enough to recognize what happens when you beat a team that should have creamed you. It doesn’t take into account how long you’ve been playing. Or even how many games you’ve played. If you’ve only played one game and you won by 500 points, you’ll stay at the top all season. So, while we’re paying attention to where we are, we don’t want to set-up a season that involves huge and easy wins. We’re not going to improve if we don’t challenge ourselves and we’re not going to promote any sustained interest in a sport if we routinely steam roll the competition.

We appreciate the tremendous support we’ve had this year from Ottawa residents. The word on roller derby is getting louder. We have great crowds at our games, we have great support from sponsors and local businesses who’ve put up our posters and offered to sell tickets for us. We had SuzieQ Doughnuts, the Merry Dairy truck, and Beau’s Beer at our last game and this desire to get involved in derby gives us a lot of hope for the future. Every game we play gives our supporters the opportunity to learn more about a sport that’s growing every day. It’s not an easy sport to wrap your head around, but once you’ve seen a bout, you gain a rapid understanding of the intense strategy and physical demands posed by roller derby. Ottawa, we appreciate your support and our next game will be something special. We played a team a year ago at a tournament in Moncton. We spent most of the game down by some serious points, when suddenly, we came back and went on to win by a very narrow margin. The ladies from the Fog City Rollers want a rematch. We don’t blame them. It could have gone either way. They’re travelling all the way from St. John, New Brunswick, to set the record straight. On Saturday, September 8, we’ll be facing each other again at the Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena in Rockland. Yeah, Rockland is a bit of a drive, but they don’t flood their surface in the winter so we can play on a concrete slab. We practised there all winter and the Rockland community is really looking forward to having a game in their neck of the woods.

We still have quite a season ahead of us. You can learn all about us at our brand new website. We still haven’t loaded all the potential content, but it’s on its way. You can also check out our facebook page and follow our twitter feed.

www.capitalcityderbydolls.com

CCDD on facebook

Our Twitter handle @CCDerbyDolls

xo Plow’her

Dolly Rogers

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What am I going to do this weekend?

This. You’re going to do this:

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You’re going to do this for many wonderful reasons.

1. It’s an inexpensive night out.

2. You’re supporting local athletes.

3. The beer is cheap. It’s Beau’s. And can be expensive. It’s not. We’re awesome like that.

4. You can sit right by the track and risk having someone thrown into your lap.

5. If you have kids, you can bring them.

6. The parking is free.

7. There’s music, we have a great announcer and there’s a happy buzz all night long.

8. You can sample the AH-MAY-ZING SuzieQ Doughnuts. They’re gourmet. Your friends will be jealous. Don’t let that happen. Bring your friends.

9. It’s roller derby. Once you get how it’s done, it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever seen. You can’t even imagine your life without it. So don’t deprive yourself. Buy tickets.

10. It’s Delicate Plow’her’s birthday. Well, that’s on Sunday, but once the after party’s in full swing, which is at the Burbs Pub and Eatery, it’ll be her birthday. It’s a bout, an afterparty and a birthday party rolled into one fabulous night out.

So there you have it. Your plans are made. Your Saturday night is going to be filled with wonder. And, in the event you’re at work and don’t have much to do right now, please feel free to check out the following:

www.capitalcityderbydolls.com (for general info and tickets)

https://www.facebook.com/CapitalCityDerbyDolls (for pictures and silliness)

@CCDerbyDolls (to talk to us)

See you this Saturday!

xo Plow’her

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WHY HAVE TICKET PRICES GONE UP???

Dearest Loyal Supporters,

As you have no doubt noticed, our ticket prices have gone from $7.00 for a grown-up ticket to $10.00 for a grown-up ticket. If I were in your shoes, I’d be a bit miffed. “What’s with the money grab? You’re not pro athletes….*grumble grumble*…pffft…as if.” Well, Friends…this one was out of our hands. “Out of your outrageously greedy paws?! Impossible!” Again, I hear you. As a not-for-profit sports league, we strive to bring the community an AFFORDABLE night out. We encourage you to bring your kids (by promising you that they won’t hear us swearing and shrieking death threats), tell your friends, and we like to keep the prices LOW so that you in turn can spend your hard-earned money on other stuff, like CCDD t-shirts and Beau’s beer. (Believe me, we know how hard it is to get that money stuff.) So why the price hike?

Enter: The City of Ottawa

In order to have these events, we have to be in possession of lots of insurance. We need to make sure players are insured, that our volunteers are insured, that the other team is insured, that you’re insured when you come watch us. We have so many insurance policies and permits, that we actually keep them in a binder, a binder that Ottawa likes to paw through before we have an event. Offsetting those costs are part of the reason there are ticket prices to begin with. Well, it would appear that despite all our efforts, all our bases were not covered. We’ve been informed by Ottawa that we need to get yet another insurance policy to make sure you’re all safe while attending our event. And that policy costs as much as some people pay in rent. And because we’re a not-for-profit organization, we’re not exactly rolling in stacked bills that we can just chuck at Ottawa to keep them happy. So, we had to raise ticket prices so that we didn’t break the bank. For real.

So, on behalf of the Capital City Derby Dolls, I’d like to apologize to all of you who’ve supported us throughout the season and I would like to sincerely apologize for the price increase. I couldn’t let it go without at least offering some kind of explanation. Your support means the world to us and we all wish we could individually thank every single person who walks through our doors, because every ticket sold helps sustain this organization. Despite higher ticket prices, we’re still keeping our beer prices down and Beau’s has no issue with us selling beer at $3.50/cup, so we can all do a victory dance there. Buy me a beer at the end of the game, and I’ll definitely dance.

I hope to see you there on Saturday, July 7th, at 7:00 p.m. when we take on Peterborough Roller Derby. It’s our last game in Kanata for the season. We’ve loved every second we’ve had with you and we’d really like to savour this one.

Hugs and shoves,

Delicate Plow’her, CCDD President

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

The best night of your life

Dolly Rogers vs. Peterborough Roller Derby

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It is now time…

…for you to click here: www.capitalcityderbydolls.com.

There’s still a lot of effort being poured in, but you can follow us to the finish line.

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ATTENDANCE: MANDATORY!

CCDD is at it again. Their travel team, the Dolly Rogers, will be taking on the Kingston Derby Girls’ (KDG) Rogue Warriors on Saturday June 2 at Jack Charron Arena in Kanata. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., the whistle drops at 7:30. For a measly $7.00 (in advance), you get to watch two super competitive teams fight to dominate the flat track.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Address: 10 McKitrick Drive, Kanata

Suicide seats: bring a chair and sit as close to the track as you dare.

Tickets: $7.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door, $5 if you’re under 10.

Details: we’re sponsored by Beau’s and have a 19+ section with $3.50 refreshments (IS THAT AWESOME, OR WHAT?) so bring ID if you want to get in on that.

Email us if you have any questions: capitalcityderbydolls@gmail.com

CCDD and KDG merchandise will be available. You know you wanna look like us.

The greatest night of your life

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SEASON OPENER (‘Bout time!)

CCDD’s travel team, the Dolly Rogers, are getting ready for their season opener, happening Saturday, May 5, 2012. They’ll be facing Roller Derby Québec’s Les Duchesses. After a winter spent training, it’s time to see what the Dolly Rogers are made of. Don’t miss it!

Get your tickets here, or find your favourite derby girl. Tickets will also be available at the door. CCDD is sponsored by Beaus’ Beer, so don’t forget to bring ID. Free parking and family fun!

Check out our stiff competition, Les Duchesses.

'Bout time

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