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Our Port City Sirens will head north this Saturday to take on the Black River Rollers in Watertown for an event excellently named Little Track of Horrors.

The game at the Watertown Municipal Arena (600 William T. Field Drive) will have a 6:10 p.m. whistle, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $12.

With a July 19 doubleheader at the Kingston Derby Girls in Canada, this is the last chance to see PCRD in action in the U.S. until August … so if you don’t have plans and don’t mind a short drive, we do welcome derby fans!

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PCRD’s Breakwall Bombshells rode a 68-2 burst at the start of the second half on Saturday to top the Albany All-Stars 243-158 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink and secure the league’s 12th straight win.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, both teams trading points and leads throughout. Plenty of fundamentally sound derby, lead jammers getting their four points and calling off the jam, solid wall-building and plenty of hard hits. The visiting All-Stars had a late burst to finish the half with a 89-80 lead.

But as often happens, the Bombshells regrouped and came charging out of the halftime locker room and turned the game around. After having no power jams in the first half, Port City took advantage of opportunities in the second half, with their surge taking the home team from a halftime deficit to a 148-91 lead in the second half’s first 10 minutes.

In a way, it mirrored the meeting between these teams in Albany, where the All-Stars constructed a 100-75 lead, only to see the Bombshells put together a big second half for a 189-161 road victory.

Albany MVPs were Ms Amerwreckya for blocker, Scarlett O’Hackya for jammer. Port City’s Sisters of No Mercy — jammer Crushed Red Pepper and blocker Insane Assilem — earned MVP honors for the home team. A fun afterparty with some entertaining (if not always expert) bowling followed at Lighthouse Lanes.

With the win, the Breakwall Bombshells go to 3-0 on the season, with the A team’s next bout set north of the border July 19 vs. the Kingston Disloyalists. PCRD’s B team, the Port City Sirens, will return to action on Saturday, traveling to Watertown to take on the Black River Rollers. Plenty of derby excitement to come!

It’s game day! The PCRD Breakwall Bombshells and Albany All-Stars are ready for their rematch!

Here’s a look at both squads you’ll expect to see when the whistle blows for “Summer Shovin’” at 6 p.m. in Crisafulli Rink:

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The two teams played a thriller a few weeks ago in Albany, with the Bombshells rallying for a hard-fought 189-161 win. You can be sure both teams will be familiar with each other and on top of their game for the rematch.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and we recommend bringing your own chair to take advantage of trackside seating. Game-day tickets cost $12 at the door for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with kids 4 and under admitted free. A portion of proceeds will support Human Concerns Center — one more great reason to come out and see us!

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To say we’ve had a busy eight days would be an understatement … but an awesome eight days it’s been as well.

Last Saturday (May 31), our A team Breakwall Bombshells went on the road to face the always-tough Albany All-Stars’ A squad. They are hard to beat in the Washington Street Armory, with their strong fan support, and Albany came out early and took it to the Bombshells to build a 100-75 halftime lead.

But the Bombshells consider themselves a second-half team with good reason, rallying for an exciting 189-161 Port City win — the 11th straight victory for PCRD’s adult teams. The Sisters of No Mercy — Crushed Red Pepper and Insane Assilem — earned MVP jammer and MVP blocker honors, respectively, for the Bombshells. MVP jammer for Albany was Stef Leopard, with Sirius Trauma capturing MVP blocker for the All-Stars.

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The week since (in addition to practices) has featured events out in the community. On Friday night, several PCRD skaters volunteered to help the Oswego Little League’s 5K fundraiser. We basically directed traffic and runners and — our favorite part — offered encouragement to participants. Helping the community is in our league DNA, so we love when we’re able to help out good causes.

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Poison Ivory and Tippy Two-Step volunteering.

Saturday brought our biggest fundraiser of the year, our BBQ at Lighthouse Lanes. Thanks to awesome community support, we sold out of the pulled pork option within the first hour, with the remaining chicken dinners also selling out early, well before 4. Throw in baked goods and chances to win other prizes, and we had many happy customers. We thank everybody who supported us by eating a yummy meal and especially host and sponsor Lighthouse Lanes!

From there, some of our skaters showed up at the longtime local attraction Oswego Speedway. We had a special Meet and Greet session in the afternoon at the speedway’s tiki bar to help support the “Kids on Track” program and hung around to enjoy a night of four-wheeled (as opposed to roller derby’s eight-wheeled) action!

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Arthena, Jaded Glory and Lady RedKat bringing PCRD love to the Lunachicks.

Saturday night also saw three of our own — Arthena, Jaded Glory and Lady RedKat — answer a request from our friends the Finger Lakes Lunachicks to borrow some of our skaters. For newer leagues, borrowing skaters (with the blessing of opponents) is a common thing … we’ve had the help of guest skaters, we’ve played against teams with guest skaters and supplied guest skaters to fellow leagues. Roller derby is unique in this kind of sportsmanship and sisterhood. Our skaters had a great time and helped the Lunachicks secure a win!

That’s a lot of stuff for eight days, but summer is prime time for our roller derby league. In less than two weeks, we host a rematch with the Albany All-Stars in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink on Saturday, June 21. Should be a huge game as part of a really busy few weeks … but that seems to be the way we like it.

10333446_981281911196_1709182208752506212_oAnybody up for a road trip? Our Breakwall Bombshells are bound for Albany on Saturday to take on the Albany All-Stars. The game, titled Heavy Metal Mayhem, perhaps presages the level of hitting expected from these two talented teams.

The Bombshells and the All-Stars are very competitive teams. Last year, Albany handed our league one of only two 2013 losses, 184-140 in their house, Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory. The Bombshells responded by topping the All-Stars 214-130 in our bouting home, Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Albany brings a large and loud crowd to their armory, so PCRD fans traveling to cheer us on are most welcome! Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday with a 7 p.m. whistle. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; $4 for kids under 12 years old. The bout will have live music from Dr. Feelgood and a portion of proceeds will support the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

If you can’t make it out this Saturday, the good news is the two teams will meet again on Saturday, June 21, in the Port City’s Crisafulli Rink. Both should be awesome games, and we appreciate any support you can provide!

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One of our most important and delicious fundraisers returns on Saturday, June 7, as Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego hosts our Chicken & Pulled Pork BBQ event.

An $8 ticket provides a succulent meal starring either barbecue chicken or pulled pork (a mouth-watering main course courtesy of our friends at Lighthouse Lanes) with sides and a dessert. We’ll also have a bake sale and raffles that can make your day even more awesome! The event will run from noon to 6 p.m., but pre-ordering and showing up early is recommended because this hot BBQ tends to sell out!

Ask your favorite PCRD member for tickets or email PCRDSponsorship@gmail.com. We will bring them to you if you’re in Oswego and five or more advance orders. Or come by and see us, and bowl for additional fun.

While you’re at it, find out more about our season, roller derby and about how you can volunteer to help the greatest sport on earth keep rolling.

With Port City’s Breakwall Bombshells fighting Royal City Roller Girls’ Brute Leggers for supremacy, a galactic battle climaxed with Port City claiming victory 301-212. Both teams’ packs brought hard hits to help their jammers collect as many points as possible. Jammers in this game were akin to pure energy. They displayed deft direction changes and control on their skates, zipping from the inside of the track to the outside in a flash. Fans saw seemingly effortless launches into the air to jump the apex of a corner, with jammers landing and engaging light speed. Jammers from both teams made short work of the track. A good game is a game with no injuries and high energy. Till the next chapter for these two teams.

The second game of the night saw the Port City Sirens face the Ladies Death and Derby Society’s Title Town Knockouts. The Sirens took the 242-161 victory with strong defensive walls. Throughout the game, the defense held the Knockouts’ jammer with great awareness, but the visitors fought back with the skill of their jammers. The Title Town players sure did know how to control the track, never once giving Port City a comfortable opportunity for making points. Port City held its own every step of the way. With big hits from PCRD to try and knock the Knockouts blockers out of position, some had the audience in a gasp.



With fans screaming for their favorite skater or plays, referees yelling directions and penalties while whistling, the clash of skates and bones from the skaters themselves, these two games were exciting and intense.

Don’t miss the next home game for PCRD when the Breakwall Bombshells face long-time friends and competitors the Albany All-Stars on June 21 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink. Before then, PCRD will travel to Albany as the same two teams clash on May 31 in the capital city’s Washington Avenue Armory. Road trip with some friends! We can’t wait to see you there.

 

 

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Saturday’s Death Star Pass offers two exciting bouts, including our B team, the Port City Sirens, tussling with the Title Town Knockouts of the Ladies Death and Derby Society. While these participants will generally be skaters with less experience than those in our A team bout, Breakwall Bombshells vs. the Royal City Roller Girls Brute Leggers from Ontario, the Sirens and Knockouts will bring plenty of excitement, talent and determination into their matchup.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with whistle for the Bombshells vs. Brute Leggers at 5:30. Sirens vs. Knockouts will follow the first bout. Don’t forget a portion of proceeds helps Paws Against Oswego County, who support our furry friends in the community. You can do your part for a great cause while enjoying a great night of entertainment.

Tickets are available at the door: $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, kids 4 and under admitted free. Bring your own chairs to take advantage of trackside seating for a front-row view of two awesome games!

 

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It’s an international incident, er, bout kicking off our 2014 season as our A team, the Port City Roller Derby Breakwall Bombshells, host the Brute Leggers from the Royal City Roller Girls in Guelph, Ont. PCRD comes in riding an eight-game win streak, but the Brute Leggers didn’t come all this way to not put up a fight. These are two teams filled with talented, experienced skaters sure to provide an exciting bout!

Saturday’s bout Death Star Pass is a Star Wars-themed doubleheader — double the rollergirls, double the fun — where our B team, the Port City Sirens, host the Ladies Death and Derby Society’s Title Town Knockouts in the second game. We’ll meet those teams in our next installment.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with whistle for the Bombshells vs. Brute Leggers at 5:30. Sirens vs. Knockouts will follow the first bout. Along the way, expect plenty of athleticism, thrills, chills and spills as all four teams match skills, strength, speed and smarts. And it all supports a great cause with a portion of proceeds helping Paws Against Oswego County, who help our furry friends in the community.

Tickets are available at the door: $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, kids 4 and under admitted free. Bring your own chairs to take advantage of trackside seating — the best seats in the house. And come ready to cheer on some awesome roller derby!

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10. Athleticism

The sport of flat track roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport that requires a high level of athleticism. It requires time and dedication. Our players practice at least two hours twice a week, and devote a lot of their time outside of practice doing off-skate workouts. Roller derby takes speed, strength, agility, endurance and strategy. When you come to watch a bout, you get to experience a very high level of competitiveness amongst some great athletes. Take into consideration what these girls are doing, and the fact they are doing it on 8 wheels.

9. Affordability

It is not cheap to attend a major league sporting event. Tickets can range anywhere from forty to hundreds of dollars for one seat. The average ticket for a roller derby bout is $10 pre-sale (so hit up your favorite roller derby girl or email portcityrd@gmail.com). Tickets are still only $12 at the door, $5 for children aged 5-12 and children 4 and under are free. You can get a great family fun night out at a very reasonable price, especially for our double headers!

8. Uniqueness

Roller derby is a very unique sport. Teams are playing defense and offense at the same time and there is a lot of strategy involved. It is also full of big hits, fast jams, and a lot of acrobats on skates. It is a fast paced sport, so do not take your eyes of the track for a minute or you might miss something big.

7. Half Time

Half time brings chances to win our 50/50 raffle , the opportunity to chuck a duck to win a prize, get some food, and even interact with some of our officials if you have any questions regarding gameplay. So grab a ticket, grab a duck, and grab some food!

6. Meet and Greet with the Athletes

How often do you get to actually meet and talk with your favorite athletes from professional sports teams? Roller derby brings you up close and personal with our athletes. You can go right up and talk to any player after a bout. Congratulate them on a game well played, ask questions, and get a photograph with your favorite player. Attend the after party and enjoy hanging out with the athletes you just experienced playing.

5. There is Always Something New

When you attend a roller derby bout, you are watching history in the making. Roller derby is a constantly evolving sport and is much different than what you might have watched on television years ago. Rules, gameplay, and strategies are constantly changing to keep up with this fast paced sport, and you never know what could happen next on the track.

4. Community Support

In supporting your local roller derby team you are also supporting your community. Most roller derby teams (including Port City) are non-profit organizations. Part of the proceeds from our bouts goes toward supporting a local organization. On May 3 part of our proceeds will help support the Paws Across Oswego County, an animal rescue organization.

3. Best Seats in the House

Roller derby allows you to sit track side, and at no extra cost. You feel like you are in the middle of the action. Just make sure you do not cross the caution tape! So Bring a chair and choose your own place to seat. There are also bleachers available trackside as well as behind safety glass (for those of you who might be a little timid about the possibility of a skater sliding out into you).

2. Strong Role Models

The athletes who take the track for Port City Roller Derby also serve as strong role models for our community. Roller derby attracts athletes from many walks of life. We are a collection are nurses, accountants, artists, counselors, teachers, bankers and many other professionals. We all come together as a team not only to dedicate our time and commitment to our sport, but to our community as well. You will often see us out in the community, helping raise money to send kids to camp, directing other athletes at the Tri-Oswego, ringing the bell for Salvation Army, and volunteering at many other fundraising efforts to help support our community. Our team also shows the importance of being able to work together to accomplish a common goal. We promote teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication and the ability to get up and keep going no matter how many times we might get knocked down.

1. Just Plain Fun

Watching a roller derby bout is just plain fun. The excitement is infectious. It is nearly impossible not to shout out and cheer as your jammer breaks through the pack, or a blocker inflicts a huge blow on an opponent. You do not need to have a huge knowledge base about roller derby to enjoy watching a bout. You pick up on the basics first, and the more you attend the more you learn.

 

So if you have not seen a roller derby bout live yet, get a hold of us and get your tickets because you are missing out on watching the greatest sport on earth. If you have seen one, well, then you know it is worth coming back again and again! Our season-opening doubleheader Death Star Pass is Saturday in Crisafulli Rink — doors open at 5, whistle at 5:30 — and now you have at least 10 reasons to come!

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