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We had our final tuneup for the season as our Port City Sirens B team took on Central New York Roller Derby’s Wonder Brawlers on Saturday — with the Sirens taking home a 166-115 victory.

It was the first scrimmage action for five Sirens and they showed that all the hard work, practice and preparation has been worth it. But credit too to the Wonder Brawlers, who came with only eight skaters and played hard throughout the bout. Most worthy opponents, as ever.

Where do we go from here? We know where we’ll be on May 3 — Crisafulli Rink for our season-opening doubleheader as the Breakwall Bombshells face the Royal City Roller Girls (from Guelph, Ontario) and the Sirens take on the Ladies Death and Derby Society. Will you be there to cheer on some roller derby? We hope so.

Port City Roller Derby would like to give individual shout-outs to our members who have made this league what it is. Each member has answered a few questions about themselves for you to get to know them better.

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Skater Name and Number: Criminal Miss Chief 145

Derby Wife: Derby Bachelorette

Real Name: Debi Barber

Age: 38

Sign: Taurus

Hometown: Cortland

Boring Real Life Job: Police Officer

Fun PCRD Jobs/Responsibilities: Ticket Master, Training, Sponsorship Chair 2014 Season

When did you join PCRD and why?: February 2013, The chicks rock!

Real life info you’d like to share:  If I told you I would have to kill you

Favorite Derby Memory:  Knocking the coach on his behind my very first practice. I thought I was going to be asked to leave.

Dislikes: Days with no derby

Fun Fact: 145 is the New York State Penal law section for criminal mischief

Advice for new skaters/members: Pain in just weakness leaving the body.

Favorite Quote: Beast Mode

And finally, here are some kind words that some of  Criminal’s teammates have about her:

“Your strength and direction are awe inspiring, you are a monster on the track and a super woman off of skates.”

“Criminal Miss Chief is strong, competitive, and a solid player.” – Tommy Scar #748

“Deb is a ninja. She comes out of nowhere and takes you out.” – Cookie Cutt-Her #11

“Deb is strong and a powerhouse. With one hit she can remove several players from the track. It is awesome to watch and painful to experience.” – Shelby Sinister #65

“Criminal Mischief is adorably aggressive. She always looks like she is having fun on the track and manages to always look cute while wrecking girls!” – Arthena #325

“Criminal’s dedication is amazing. Her focus on the game and improving herself as a player inspires me every practice.” – Tata Pain #20

 

Always on her toes, Criminal jukes around some potential blocks during our 2013 season

Always on her toes, Criminal jukes around some potential blocks during our 2013 season

Goofing around during practice let's us all remember derby is for fun!

Goofing around during practice let’s us all remember derby is for fun!

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Our 2014 season starts soon with four home dates as we look for our fourth straight winning season for our fourth season.

Port City’s two teams — the Breakwall Bombshells A team and Port City Sirens B squad — ended the 2013 season with an eight-game winning streak for an 8-2 mark overall. That followed a 7-6 record during a transition 2012 after going 10-2 in our 2011 debut season.

But now it’s full speed ahead with four home dates, including two doubleheaders, in Crisafulli Rink. They include:

May 3 doubleheader: Breakwall Bombshells host Royal City Roller Girls from Guelph, Onatrio, while the Port City Sirens face the Ladies Death and Derby Society from Madison County

June 21: Breakwall Bombshells host the Albany All-Stars A team

Aug. 9: Port City Sirens welcome the Kingston (Ontario) Skateful Dead

Sept. 13 doubleheader: Breakwall Bombshells and Port City Sirens take on Syracuse’s Assault City Roller Derby A & B teams

What about road bouts? We have a bunch of those too, including:

May 31: Breakwall Bombshells travel to face the Albany All-Stars A team

June 28: Port City Sirens visit the Black River Rollers (Watertown)

July 19 doubleheader: We travel north of the border for Breakwall Bombshells vs. Kingston Disloyalists and Port City Sirens vs. Kingston Rogue Warriors

Aug. 16: Port City Sirens make the short trip to Syracuse to face Assault City Roller Derby Battery Brigade

Sept. 27: Breakwall Bombshells wrap up the season at Black Diamond Dames

Remember, this is our first season as an Apprentice affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby — the next step onward and upward for our league!

Tickets for individual bouts cost $10 in advance for adults ($12 at the door), $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children 4 and under admitted free. Season tickets at a discount rate of $32 for adults, $16 for children through any PCRD member or via email at portcityrd@gmail.com.

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It may have been a scrimmage, but you’d never know by how hard both teams hit, the intense battles for lead jammer and the super showcase of speed and smarts and strength. And when the dust settled and final whistle blew, the score — Port City’s Breakwall Bombshells 253, Roc City B-Sides 148 — represented a great step forward for our league.

Make no mistake, the B-Sides are a B team in name, but more than that in experience and talent. So many skaters are A level and could play on A teams if not for the amazing depth of Roc City’s veteran league. If you can compete with the B-Sides, that’s impressive. If you can beat the B-Sides, that’s really an accomplishment.

Just one weekend ago, the B-Sides beat Ithaca’s tough Bluestockings 295-85. In 2013, the B-Sides beat our Breakwall Bombshells 243-142. To swing from a 100+ point loss to a 100+ win against such an awesome team within one season shows how far Port City has progressed. We have nothing but respect for Roc City through and through (they also sent some of the best darn refs and NSOs to help on Saturday), so we know we had to work hard and play our best.

Our public home season starts in a little over a month with a May 3 doubleheader in Crisafulli Rink, the Breakwall Bombshells hosting the Royal City Roller Girls from Guelph, Ontario, and our B team the Port City Sirens taking on the Ladies Death and Derby Society from Madison County. If the action we saw on Saturday is any indication, you’ll want to make a date to see Port City Roller Derby!

For the second year, our amazing sponsor Kathy’s Cakes & Specialty Treats is offering her help in raising funds for our league’s expenses.  The bake sale runs from today until April 11, with product delivery on April 19 — just in time for Easter morning treats!

If you have any interest in ordering any of these delicious treats, just contact your favorite derby girl or email us at PortCityRD@gmail.com.

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Port City Roller Derby would like to give individual shout-outs to our members who have made this league what it is. Each member has answered a few questions about themselves for you to get to know them better.

Meesh is one of our captains for Port City Sirens this 2014 season, and we are looking forward to skating under her direction!

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Skater Name and Number: Meeshievous Maiden #444

Real Name: Michelle Reddinger

Age: 25

Sign: Leo

Hometown: Baldwinsville

Boring Real Life Job: EHS (Environmental, Health & Safety) Coordinator at Novelis…. I know, kind of ironic that the safety lady plays roller derby.

Fun PCRD Jobs/Responsibilities: Bout Production Committee member, B-Team Captain 2014

When did you join PCRD and Why? I joined in August 2012. I’ve played sports all my life and missed the fun, fitness, and camaraderie that all come along with playing a team sport. I was looking around for league/team activities in Oswego and decided to give roller derby a whirl.

Real life info you’d like to share: a new house, grad school, work, and derby keep my pretty busy

Favorite Derby Memory: The first time I nailed a skater out-of bounds and actually remembered to recycle them back

Likes: bonfires, dogs, popcorn, sports

Dislikes: ignorance, anything involving pickles, mayo, or hardboiled eggs, snakes

Fun Fact: I hold 3 school records… Longest discus throw at Baldwinsville (114’) and most points and field goals scored in a game at Clarkson University (39 pts, 16 field goals)

Advice for new skaters/members: Stay low and TRY everything…. even if you don’t think you can do it!
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

 

Here, Meesh and Shelby Sinister goof around in the H. L. Lee White Maritime Museum

Here, Meesh and Shelby Sinister goof around in the H. L. Lee White Maritime Museum

 

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The final home juniors bout of the season lived up to every bit of excitement imaginable, as the Riptide Rollers held off the Lagoon Squad 208-203 in an enthralling back-and-forth contest.

Plenty of praise to go around to all skaters on the two Port City juniors teams, which made MVP voting challenging. MVPs for the Riptide Rollers were Voodoo Dancer (jammer) and Lady Lou (blocker), with Halestorm (jammer) and Mojo Jojo (blocker) taking honors for the Lagoon Squad.

Kudos go out to the coaches and refs and NSOs and other volunteers for the juniors’ successful first home season … but especially large thanks to the parents, family members and friends who have supported these young ladies in this enriching endeavor.

While the juniors are done with home bouts for now, they take the show on the road for an April 5 bout at Queen City Junior Roller Derby. Given the action we saw Saturday, we expect them to represent well!

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The final home bout for the Port City Roller Derby juniors will pit two local teams against each other — the Riptide Rollers and the Lagoon Squad in Saturday’s Shamrock Shakedown. In this edition, meet the Riptide Rollers! (See the Lagoon Squad in this previous post.)

For the Saturday bout at the Oswego YMCA Armory, doors open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle. Tickets cost $10 in advance (available from league members) or $12 at the door for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with kids 4 and under admitted free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our friends at the Oswego YMCA!

Come out and support two hard-working and wonderful teams!

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The final home bout for the Port City Roller Derby juniors will pit two local teams against each other — the Lagoon Squad and the Riptide Rollers in Saturday’s Shamrock Shakedown. In this edition, meet the Lagoon Squad!

For the Saturday bout at the Oswego YMCA Armory, doors open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle. Tickets cost $10 in advance (available from league members) or $12 at the door for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with kids 4 and under admitted free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our friends at the Oswego YMCA!

Come out and support two hard-working and wonderful teams!

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Port City Roller Derby’s junior league will keep 2014 rolling with their “Shamrock Shakedown” bout on Saturday, March 15th, at the Oswego YMCA Armory, corner of West First and Utica streets in Oswego.

This bout featurs two teams of PCRD junior skaters, ages 10 to 17.  Doors will open at 5 p.m. with action beginning at 6 p.m. It is the next event of their first full competitive season, a prelude to the April 5th away bout vs. a juniors team from Buffalo’s Queen City league.

A portion of proceeds for this bout will support the Oswego YMCA.
Advanced tickets are available from league members. $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 with children 4 and under admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the door at a cost of $12 for adults. Attendees interested in track-side seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community. PCRD always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training. For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com.

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