WFTDA Certified !!

As with any sport goals are set for everyone involved; whether it be to jump higher, coach better or win more. Port City Roller Derby has just reached a goal that many of us have been dying to reach: pass our WFTDA certifications and become a full fledged Woman’s Flat Track Derby Association member. It has taken time, patience and lots of work but we have finally made it. We want to congratulate all of our members, our volunteers, and of course our fans!

Next season starts us in the direction of new aspirations but also new obstacles. We have something different to work toward; our rank in the huge world of roller derby. This will take a lot of heart, sweat and tears, but also will take a ton of practice… Practice….about that…

 

Next Goal:

Port City Roller Derby loves to help our community but now it’s time to ask our community to help us! We need a home to lay our skates. We need a place to go to get away, to empower each other but most of all a place to practice.

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Please help us in our next goal. We need a space immediately for our Juniors to start their season and for our adults to get ready for our first season in the rankings!

 

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Much of Saturday’s season-closing doubleheader was derby the way you like to see it: a large and loud crowd with two intense bouts. And while Port City couldn’t bring home two wins — Assault City Roller Derby’s Assault Squad topped our Breakwall Bombshells but our Port City Sirens rallied past ACRD’s Battery Brigade — it was truly a magical night.

The Bombshells’ 10-game win streak and undefeated 2014 season hit a brick wall in the form of a stout Assault Squad blocking corps. ACRD’s A team took it to the home team early and often, matching every Bombshell rally. The final score of 190-104 doesn’t reflect how evenly matched the teams were for much of the bout, as we saw fights for lead jammer stretch out 30 or 40 seconds, both blocking walls hitting, recycling, moving with their teammates masterfully. Jammers on both sides had to show plenty of grit and gumption to get through the pack.

MVP blockers were Poison Ivory for the Bombshells, Morticia D. Kay for the Assault Squad. Certified Public Assassin earned MVP jammer for the Breakwall Bombshells, with Crazy Calt Lady earning honors for the Assault Squad.

The nightcap saw a back-and-forth contest that closed out the season on a high note for PCRD fans. The Battery Brigade went into halftime with a 70-68 lead and the teams were neck and neck much of the second half until a late Sirens surge tipped the scales in favor of the home side. The Port City Sirens closed the books on the 2014 season with a 167-152 victory against the very evenly matched Battery Brigade.

The respective 444s from each team — Meesh-chievous Maiden for the Sirens, Pumpkin Smash-Her for the Assault Squad — took MVP blocker honors, while MVPs jammers were Arthena from Port City and Hitten Kitten from Assault City.

A big shoutout to an enthusiastic crowd that filled the Crisafulli Rink parking lot beyond capacity and bought out all our Chuck A Ducks, and the winner of the $103 50/50 raffle who gave $20 of his winnings to the little girl representing charity Suicide Awareness Voices of Education who pulled the winning ticket. It’s those marvelous moments that transcend the game and remind us how every part of this sport is so special.

We know some Port City Roller Derby family members skated or worked their last games for us as they move onto the next chapters of their lives, but we saw a lot of performances and energy that tell us the future is bright as we look forward to welcoming more PCRD members. In all, our 2014 season was successful and stirring, magnificent and memorable — and we thank every single person who made it so awesome.

Saturday night’s more than alright for a roller derby doubleheader that will wrap up our 2014 season. Our A and B teams, the Breakwall Bombshells and Port City Sirens, will match their opposite numbers from Assault City Roller Derby in Syracuse, the Assault Squad and Battery Brigade.

Meet the competitors, or in some cases their spirit animals:

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The Breakwall Bombshells and Assault Squad will take the track first. Expect two skilled, strong and experienced teams going at it like cats and dogs, or raccoons and honey badgers if you prefer.

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But the Port City Sirens-Battery Brigade battle promises excitement too. These teams met a few weeks ago and a thrilling, tense last-jam comeback by the Sirens fell just five points short of victory.

The event, titled Hip Service, will also support one of our favorite charities, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education — started by former skater J-RockIt. Tickets are available online for $12 in advance, $10 day of bout for adults. Tickets for kids ages 5 to 12 cost $5, while children less than 5 years old are admitted free. Doors open at 4 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink, with about 5 p.m. for game time.

Last chance for local derby in 2014, four amazing teams and an awesome cause. So many reasons to come see us!

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.

Zero Flux came to us as a brand new skater when the season began in 2014. She quickly advanced in demonstrating skating skills, and worked hard through her training to help the Sirens win their season opener. Zero Flux amazed her teammates with her determination on the track, and she is known for already being upright before she actually hits the floor during a fall! As she relocates and leaves New York next week, We at PCRD want to recognize her amazing athleticism and dedication to our league. We’ll miss you “Tosh-Oh”! Please stay in touch!

Skater Name and number: Zero Flux 000

Derby Wife: Engaged to Tippy Two-Step

Real Name: Natasha Coon Age: 25

Sign: Cancer

Hometown: Otisco, NY

Boring Real Life Job: Youth Care Professional/Shift Charge (for only 3 more days!)

Fun PCRD Jobs/Responsibilities: Hammer and nailing my opposing skaters.

When did you join PCRD and Why? I began playing derby in the beginning of the 2014 season, when I felt I didn’t have a lot of control over things in my life. I wanted to do something that I could bust my butt at and not be told I couldn’t go further if I worked harder.

Favorite Derby Memory: Knocking Jaded Glory on her butt in practice, like 3 times. J

Likes: Books, hiking, and Snickers Ice Cream bars dipped in Honey Mustard.

Dislikes: The sound of whistling and having wet feet.

Advice for new skaters/members: You spent a lot of money on your derby gear, love it, trust it, and fall….ALOT!

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And finally, here are some kind words about Zero Flux:

“I’ve known Zero Flux for about three years both professionally and as a derby sister. She has a great sense of humor, and is one of the most athletic women I know. I hope she continues to follow her derby dreams after her move.”… Jaded Glory

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If you or someone you know are a girl age 10 to 17 with an interest in fun, fitness and friendship through one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, our Port City Lagoon Squad is recruiting for junior derby!

An open house and recruitment event will take place in the Oswego YMCA Armory, corner of West First and Utica streets — 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Youngsters are encouraged to bring any parents or guardians with questions.

Our Juniors Team just finished their second season of competition this year and are continuing with practices starting this fall. Our practices, and the recruitment event itself, are geared toward all levels of skaters, from brand new beginners to experienced skaters. Even if you’ve never skated before, we’ll provide all training!

So if this sounds like fun, feel free to stop out at one of our junior recruitment events. Some of our juniors will say it’s the best decision they’ve ever made!

Check out our recruitment event at the following Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/553901964716117/

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The Port City Sirens almost pulled off a great escape that would have made Houdini proud, but a last, fast and furious jam by a determined Arthena behind some sublime synched blocking wasn’t enough to overcome Assault City Roller Derby’s Battery Brigade, as the Syracuse-based B team held on for an exciting 166-161 victory Saturday in the OnCenter.

The two teams traded leads much of the night — the Sirens went into the half with a 100-81 advantage — until Assault City hit another gear early in the second half to zoom past Port City and posted what looked like an insurmountable lead — a 22-point advantage with just seconds remaining. But Arthena grabbed lead jammer in the final jam, and the Assault Squad jammer went to the box … but for every bit of speed and strength Arthena and teammates managed in that final frenzy, the clock eventually struck midnight to put an end to the Cinderella comeback story.

Arthena and Assault Squad sparkplug Primal N-Stynct earned MVP jammers, while Sirens co-captain Kay Boody (who played like a wrecking ball the whole night, especially in that final jam) and ACRD’s super-tough Imp earned MVP blockers.

This all sets the scene for part of the final home doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 13, in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink. The Sirens and Battery Brigade B teams have a rematch while the leagues’ A teams, PCRD’s Breakwall Bombshells and ACRD’s Assault Squad, will square off in what should be two thrilling games.

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Our Port City Sirens have the honor of participating in a very special Saturday doubleheader hosted by Assault City Roller Derby. Titled Remembering Ruby, the event recalls the tragic loss of ACRD skater Raging Ruby, who died giving birth to her beautiful son Brody. Roller derby is a large and supportive family, and we appreciate the opportunity to be part of this important evening.

The Sirens will take part in the second game of the doubleheader, taking on Assault City’s Battery Brigade. The opening content features ACRD’s Assault Squad welcoming the Capital City Derby Dolls’ Dolly Rogers.

Taking place in Syracuse’s OnCenter, the event’s doors open at 4 p.m. for a 5 p.m. whistle. The Sirens-Battery Brigade matchup also serves as a bit of a prelude to our season-ending home doubleheader, Sept. 13 in Crisafulli Rink, vs. both of ACRD’s teams.

Remembering Ruby honors an amazing skater gone too soon with some awesome action that can’t get here soon enough!

Port City Roller Derby was nominated for the ice bucket challenge by Assault City Roller Derby to raise awareness for ALS. Port City now nominates: Roc City Roller Derby, Port City Junior Rollers and, Kingston Derby Girls. You have 24 hours to complete your challenge!

Also don’t forget to check out the Port City Sirens as they take on Assault City’s Battery Brigade in Syracuse on Saturday August 16!

Saturday night’s alright for an international showdown between the Port City Sirens and the Kingston Derby Girls’ Skateful Dead! Here’s a sneak peek at the players in the War of Sk8teen12!

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sk8insideback.inddWill the Port City Sirens avenge a loss to Kingston’s Rogue Warriors (which snapped the PCRD adult league’s remarkable 413-day undefeated run) by topping the traveling Skateful Dead? Or will the Kingston Derby Girls show they have the Sirens’ number?

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle. Need another good reason to make it to the game (as if roller derby isn’t reason enough) at Crisafulli Rink? A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the local Buc Boosters, who support youth and community sports opportunities in Oswego. It’s also your second-to-last opportunity to see PCRD at home this season, before a colossal double-header vs. Assault City Roller Derby on Sept. 13. It’s also a great time to buy some of our beautiful new merch to support roller derby in the community!

 

Port City Roller Derby Merchandise!

Want to dress like a roller girl? Support your local non-for-profit team?

We now have a new selection of  merchandise available for sale! Check out the new swag at our merch table during one of our upcoming bouts!

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New colored tank tops of many different sizes. Cool off this summer in style in support of your local roller derby league.

Kujo wearing the very popular lime green tank top

Arthena wearing one of our black tank tops

Tata wearing a navy sweatshirt and sweatpants

For the colder nights on into the fall and winter seasons, our line of sweatpants, hoodies and long-sleeve shirts are the biggest sellers!  Also available in team colors and logos.

The new faded t-shirts are comfortable in the blue color they come in. Light enough fabric for summer yet cover enough to protect from the winter. A true all year round team shirt.

Abbie Cadaver loves the new t-shirts

More merch to come, stay tuned and support your local roller derby team — our next home game is this Saturday! Help us help the community.

Port City is proud to show off the new threads and we hope to see you at our next bout!

Port City is proud to show off the new threads

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