by: Smearin' Off Ice
After passing Open Tryouts, we are pleased to welcome our Fall 2013 Class of New CCRG league members; Allyson Wonderland, Irene Supreme, Kelly S., Merry Khaos, Oh Gee, Sara B., Monica "Mo" P., Jelly Go Nuts.
|Uvetta Work joined the Charm City Roller Girls on March 22, 2011, and is nearing the end of her second season of playing roller derby. Her introduction to roller derby was actually the film “Whip It,” which led her to look for an opportunity to join a close-knit community and try a new sport. Prior to trying out for the league, she utilized Charm City’s “Charm School” skating clinics to learn some basic skating skills so she would be prepared for what was to come although she had spent at least 20 years away from roller skates. Uvetta adds, “I too wanted to evolve into a more powerful, well-rounded person and build a family outside of my home. So, I grabbed a pair of skates and started the journey.”|
Ms. Work has a long athletic history, after spending high school years as a sprinter on the track team, and was the captain of the cheerleading squad her senior year. Uvetta says, “And yes, since I was always the one holding up the pyramids, cheerleading counts as a sport.” In college, Uvetta ran track briefly but made a switch to contact sports - and focused on becoming the defensive line of her college’s rugby team. Her prior experience in athletics helped her rise to the top of Charm City’s ranks quickly - she played her first bout with the Mobtown Mods on January 28, 2012, and joined the Charm City All-Stars not long after. Despite her history in athletics, Uvetta found the process of becoming a Charm City Roller Girl a humbling, challenging, but rewarding experience, so she tends to “hang back a bit and listen before I leap.” So it came as a surprise when league leaders recognized her quiet strength for a special opportunity.
Uvetta Work was recently featured on a billboard the league won as part of MGH’s “Make it Big” contest, which was located on Rt. 95 on the east side of the city headed towards the Ft. McHenry tunnel. She was happy to be the “face” of Charm City and represent our giant family full of leaders and great skaters. She put her best face forward and worked with MGH’s photographers which led to great results. “So, it was a shock and an absolute pleasure that, despite it all, the leaders in our organization saw a strength in me that they thought represented the league in a positive light. I’m honored.” says Uvetta about the opportunity. “I especially enjoyed having Leah Bassett, a professional makeup artist for Under Armour, gussy up my face and hair. I’m one of those derby gals who live in wet hair and sweats, so it was nice to be fancy for a day.”
Learn more about Uvetta Work - and come see her skate this Saturday, August 17 at Duburns Arena in Canton. Buy tickets at missiontix.com!
What is the story behind your derby name?
My derby name was actually produced under pressure. Our coach was ordering jerseys for everyone, and if we wanted our names on the jerseys, we had until the end of practice to tell the organizer. I was still working my way through assessments at the time, so all I had was a list of names that I hadn’t settled upon. However, I knew I wanted a name that would make a great crowd cheer, cause people to laugh, taunt the competition without being too foul-mouthed, and be a fun phrase for the announcers. A couple minutes before the jersey deadline, a friend suggested I ditch the list and look at drag names on RuPaul’s twitter feed because those monikers fit all of my requirements. We didn’t even get the app open before the two of us were screaming “YOOOOOU BETTER WEEERQ” at each other. And that was how Uvetta was born.
Tell me about a moment you are most proud of. Was it an intense moment? Was it a moment where everything came together?
You know, I actually had a defining moment quite recently. It was in a game where we were losing terribly against one of our toughest opponents to date. Our coaches kept saying to take the “need to win” off of our minds and instead “concentrate on working together more effectively.” Although the game circumstances were unfortunate, it was the first time I was able to relax and go beyond my comfort zone by being a leader on the track. I was calling shots and making decisions that I would normally be too self-conscious to make. Our team learned a lot that day about how to work through adversity because, for once, we had nothing to lose.
What kinds of activities do you do off skates to make yourself a better derby player?
Since I don’t live close to our skating facility, I rely heavily on cross training to bridge the gaps that develop when I am not able to make four or five practices a week like some of our league’s veteran All Stars. So lately, I have been pushing myself off skates with high intensity interval training for cardiovascular fitness, weighted plyometric work for leg power, and agility ladder combos for bursts of speed and footwork. Yoga is also one of my favorite pastimes. And if I am too busy for a big workout, I’ll opt for 55 to 90 minutes of ashtanga yoga and a dozen slow backstroke laps in the pool instead of savasana. I like to spend a lot of time poolside.
So, what keeps you motivated to keep up all that cross-training?
Our league is very fortunate to have a great reputation in the derby community as a consistently strong team, having made it to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Championship Tournament for the past three years. And I feel it is my duty to do whatever it takes to continue the top tier work of those ladies who came before me.
What has been the biggest lesson you have learned thanks to playing roller derby?
There’s always room for improvement.
Does anything you learn in derby help in your personal life?
Roller derby is a lot like chess in that you have to anticipate your opponent’s next three moves. And for that reason, I have become a lot more observant, strategic, disciplined, and organized in my day-to-day activities.
What makes roller derby special here in Baltimore?
The fact that our city supports us 110% makes Baltimore roller derby far more special than any other. Back in 2010, Mayor Sheila Dixon declared January 30th, Charm City Roller Girls Day. Then in 2011, when our MD flag helmets became national news, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake staunchly supported us in the media and publicly acknowledged us as a legitimate sport that should be put in the spotlight alongside Baltimore’s Ravens and Orioles. She even went so far as to sound the first whistle for our Season 8 Home Team Championship Doubleheader. As result, news outlets like WBAL TV, The Baltimore Sun Times, 98 Rock, and even talk shows like The Today Show have been generous with their coverage of our league. With all of the support we get from this town, fans may be excited to know it is not uncommon to see a mayor, a filmmaker, a comedian, or a professional athlete or two in the crowd at our home bouts (in addition to your favorite roller girl). We work really hard to put on a family-friendly event that appeals to everyone since Baltimoreans are insatiable sports connoisseurs.
Who or what are you thankful for?
Honestly, I am simply grateful just to be an active member of one the top 20 roller derby league’s in the world. CCRG is an empowering organization bringing confidence and strength to hundreds of women and thousands of fans each year. I have made numerous lifelong friends and traveled the globe because of Charm’s mission and this ever-changing fast-paced sport. Believe me when I say, it is an absolute pleasure to represent Maryland and to perpetuate Baltimore’s love of all things athletic.
The Charm City Rollergirls are busy preparing for their 2011 home season starting January 29th and that means the most exciting time of year- home team drafts! The Junkyard Dolls, Mobtown Mods, Night Terrors and 2010 Champs Speed Regime had a tough time choosing from an extremely talented pool of skaters. Each home team said goodbye to some of their most veteran players who will be greatly missed.
The Junkyard Dolls welcome Adrenaline Junkie, Trixy Le Doom, Slo Commotion and Smearin' Off Ice to a hard hitting roster that includes captains Aidee Dee and Quickshot Kitty, blockers Xena Paradox, Doris Day of Reckoning, Mistress May Eye, Whipstick and Pimparella and jammers Holden Grudges, Kelly O'ShankU and Killer Kitten. The Dolls said goodbye to Flo Shizzle, Federal Kill and Paige Fault.
The Mobtown Mods selected Roxy Balboa, Indie Skies, Neurotic Tendency and Dutchland transfer Booty Garland, formerly known as O'Chit. These ladies join a stellar line up that includes captains Mya Bloody Valentine and Zamboni Toni and the double threat jamming/blocking line ups of Lady Quebeaum, Dosa Badazz, Essie Ecks, Grose Misconduct, Ginja Ninja, PENALTYna, Thoroughbled and Gloria Stunem. The Mobtown Mods bid adieu to Joy Collision (skating with All Stars only), Judy Boom, She Guevara, MIA POW and Ethyl Hurtz.
The Night Terrors enter 2011 with new faces Tamurai Sword, I.M. Pain, Fistfull of Dollhairs, Miss'ippi Queen, and Crowella De Vil. Captains Blind Banshee and Grand Theft Autumn lead a roster that includes multi-talented skaters Radar Love, Nuckin' Futz, Fatal Attraction, Slap Tackle Pop and L.A. Riot. The Night Terrors will miss Just Carol (skating with All Stars), Rosie the Rioter (skating with All Stars), Beth Steel, Jilli Idol, Frenzy Lohan, Mibbs Breakin' Ribs, Minnie Piledriver and Nurse Wretched, who will be sporting another uniform soon.
Speed Regime welcomes Scarin' Blockovich and Ferris Bruiser to their 2010 championship roster lead by captains Terror IzHer and Allie B. Back. Their teammates include the speedy and tough Deathany, Gidget Guttersnip, Flux Incapacitator, Tyrannosaurus Lex, Jam Reaper, Bambi's Revenge, Loretta Scars, Ali Kaida and Twibite currently awaiting the birth of her second child. The Regime said farewell to Holly Go Hardly (Skating with All Stars), Layne I. Hilator, Oh Scheydt and Cindy Lop-her.
Did you know that the Charm City Roller Girls have a lower age requirement than many leagues? We only require our skaters to be 18 years of age, rather than the 21 and up requirements of many leagues around the country. But what about those young ladies who can't vote yet? How do THEY get their derby fix?
A wave of Junior Roller Derby leagues are starting up across the country. The Junior Roller Derby Association has formed, and provides information about member leagues, modified rules, and assistance in starting a junior roller derby league. Recently a junior derby girl, Fallon Angel of the Seattle Derby Brats, was featured in the WFTDA members magazine fiveonfive. She's 16 years old, and she is ready to take the derby world by storm in a few years!
The Charm City Roller Girls want to support young women in the pursuit of their derby dream, and since Whip It was released, more girls than ever before want to know when they can skate with their derby heroes. We love meeting our fans at our monthly bouts and other events, but we have the most fun on wheels!
Girl Scout Troops 1205 and 4165 of Baltimore had the opportunity to watch an Charm City All Stars practice and attended an open skate at North Point Skateland with some of their favorite roller girls. Paige Fault (Junkyard Dolls) and Neurotic Tendency (Fresh Meat) talked to the girls about the rules (and the outfits!) as we watched All Stars like Allie B. Back, Holly GoHardly, and Duchess of Torque at practice.
Rules were explained, skates were tied, and autographs aplenty were signed.
Roller derby is one of few contact sports available to women, and the derby culture embraces women of all ages, making it one of few sports that can be played for a lifetime! We're also proud to play a sport that welcomes all shapes and sizes, and as a new sport we're open to lifelong athletes and former couch potatoes. We're happy to be showing these girls what women can do with determination and enthusiasm, and we hope to keep inspiring new generations of skaters.
These are your future Roller Girls, Charm City! Look out for them in our 10th season in 2015!!
For more information on Junior Roller Derby, check out:
Junior Roller Derby Association
Junior Derby Bout at WFTDA Nationals
Seattle Derby Brats
by: Holly GoHardly
Bout Preview: Charm City Roller Girls Season 5 Championships
By Holly GoHardly and Flux Incapacitator
Consolation Bout (3rd/4th Place): Night Terrors (1-3) vs. Junkyard Dolls (0-4)
At their last meeting during the season opener, the Night Terrors pulled out a 14 point victory over the Junkyard Dolls, in a game that saw several lead changes. Both teams have a lot of talent and tricks up their sleeves coming into this game. The Night Terrors closed a pretty steep point differential in the second half of their playoff game against the Mobtown Mods last month, while the Junkyard Dolls held the Speed Regime to the closest point differential of any other team this season. Look for the Dolls to rely heavily on the speedy jammer rotation of Flo Shizzle, Holden Grudges and Killer Kitten with support in the pack from tenacious blockers Xena Paradox, Quickshot Kitty, and team captain Mistress May Eye. From the Terrors, look for solid pack control from all-star Mibbs Breakin’ Ribs and tough positional blocking from Frenzy Lohan. Expect to see Just Carol, Minnie Piledriver, Radar Love and standout rookie Nuckin Futz take the star for the ladies in blue.
Jilli Idol 275 (captain) // Blind Banshee (captain) 4 // Nuckin Futz 187 // Fatal Attraction 24 // Mibbs Breakin’ Ribs 1010 // Just Carol 26 // Grand Theft Autumn 948 // Frenzy Lohan 119 // Radar Love 1 // Minnie Piledriver 125 // Rosie the Rioter 100 //Nurse Wretched 05 // Slap Tackle Pop 3E // Beth Steel 5446//
Aidee Dee 22 (captain) // Mistress May-Eye 10 (captain) // Kelly O’Shanku 9 // Holden Grudges 63 // Pimparella L0L // Doris Day of Reckoning C6 // Whipstick 241 // Xena Paradox H4LFway // Quickshot Kitty 45 // Paige Fault 404 // Killer Kitten 909 // Flo Shizzle 247
Championship Bout (1st/2nd Place): Speed Regime (4-0) vs. Mobtown Mods (3-1)
This will be a rematch of both last year’s consolation 3rd/4th place bout that saw the Regime win by 54 points and of this season’s opener in which the Regime handed the Mods their only defeat this season. Speed Regime comes into this bout undefeated for the first time since the inaugural season in 2006, when their streak was broken in the Championship game by the Night Terrors. The Mods will look to heavy hitters Thoroughbled, Judy Boom, PENALTYna and all-around threat Joy Collision to put the brakes on the Regime’s jammer rotation of team captain Allie B. Back, Bambi’s Revenge, Tyrannosaurus Lex and dynamite rookie TwiBite. Meanwhile Mods jammers Dosa Badazz, fleet-footed newcomer Zamboni Toni and team captain Mya Bloody Valentine will have to contend with tight Regime defense from team captain Terror Izher, Deathany and Holly Gohardly.
Terror Izher 3636 (captain) //Allie B. Back T2 (captain) //Deathany 666 // Layne I. Hilator IL8 // Oh Scheydt P00P // Gidget Guttersnipe 2onU // TwiBite 222 // Holly Gohardly 415 // Flux Incapacitator 88 mph // Ali Kaida 175 // Tyrannosaurus Lex R44Wr // Bambi’s Revenge 42 // Loretta Scars 91
MIA POW F4 (captain) // Mya Bloody Valentine 190 (captain) // PENALTYna 7 // Thoroughbled 12 // Gloria Stunem 1971 // Dosa Badazz 01 // Zamboni Toni // Judy Boom 82 // Joy Collision 747 // Essie Ecks 1on1 // Shé Guevara 267 // Ethyl Hurtz 84 // Ginja Ninja 410 // Lady Quebeaum 34 // Grose Misconduct 33
For the first time the Charm City Roller Girls sold out Du Burns Arena for the second bout of the 2010 home season. Over 1800 people crowded in to watch our home teams battle it out, and we're thrilled to see these record breaking crowds!
These sellout crowds mean longer lines for tickets at the door, and we want to remind our fans that we have plenty of pre-sale outlets around Baltimore! In coming weeks we'll spotlight some of these sponsors and ticket locations, so you can get your tickets early and catch all of the derby action.
She Guevara of the Mobtown Mods and Paige Fault of the Junkyard Dolls helped a longtime ticket outlet Collectors Corner open their new location in Parkville, MD. The new location has an enormous selection of comics, manga, DVDs, role-playing books, and other collectibles.
We took a minute with the owner of Collectors Corner, Randy, to find out why Charm City Roller Girls fans should check out his new location!
So, I know you're excited about the new space, what's your favorite improvement or new product?
Huge new space, Art Gallery, more games, vintage back issues, bargain comics, and dvd and graphic novel RENTALS!
You're one of our best ticket vendors, how many tickets do you usually sell for each bout? How did you become a ticket vendor?
We sold out once for an All Star Bout, but normally anywhere from 15 - 35 tickets per bout.
We asked to become one since we had so many customers that were going to the bouts, it makes sense. There is a lot of cross-over business between roller derby and comics.
Do you have a favorite roller girl? A favorite team?
I would say our store contact, Emily (She Guevara) and her team, the Mobtown Mods.
Is there a book you'd recommend to derby girls? How about our fans?
There are a ton of great comic books out right now, a couple of favorites like Chew about a cop that get a psychic imprint from anything he tastes, The Boys - Hardcore superhero satire, character study and darkly humorous riff on comic book lore. Turf, Walking Dead, Irredeemable, and plenty more. As far as collected editions there are classics like Sandman, Preacher, Watchmen, Fables, Love and Rockets, Batman, and many more.
What else should our fans know about you and Collectors Corner?
That Collectors Corner is the comic shop other stores wish they could be, we have the coolest customers, and the most fun! We don't promote an inclusive vibe here, the store is inviting to everyone. We stock more comics, games, graphic novels and collectibles than anyone in Baltimore, and know more about our products than anyone around.
If you're a new or casual reader or gamer or hardcore fanboy or fangirl we treat everyone equally and try to show everyone that walks in just how awesome comic books and games can be as entertainment! We have many items other stores don't and also have events every week, like FREE Movie Nights, Board Game Night, Accoustic Open Mic Night, and Comic Book Club meetings and sales at least once per month. Come on out and check out The Coolest store in Baltimore! Ask for your FREE membership card.
We had a great time meeting our fans - old and new! - and hope to see some of our new friends at the Championship Bout, May 22nd!
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, be sure to check out Free Comic Book Day at Collectors Corner!
May 1st 2010, FREE PIZZA, FREE COMICS, 20+ ARTISTS including JO CHEN - Cover Artist for Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Dark Horse Comics and many local professionals!
Bout Preview: Charm City Home Team Playoffs 4/24/10
By Holly GoHardly and Flux Incapacitator
The Charm City Roller Girls are poised to enter the Season 5 playoffs on Saturday, April 24. The matchups will be familiar to fans who attended the bout on March 27. The playoffs will pit the #1 Speed Regime against the #4 Junkyard Dolls. Speed Regime, fresh off a 111 point win over the Night Terrors, are 3-0 for the season; they will enter the playoffs as the 1st place seed. The Regime has harnessed a versatile roster of skaters who can serve on the blocking line or jam at a moment’s notice. In the pack, the Regime is led by team captain Terror Izher, and All-Stars Deathany and Holly Gohardly. Expect to see most skaters take the star at some point during the game in addition to the core jammer rotation of co-captain Allie B. Back, Tyrannosaurus Lex, TwiBite and Bambi’s Revenge.
The Junkyard Dolls, last season’s champions, have struggled to maintain a cohesive roster for the last few seasons. They recently saw the retirement of original Doll and 4-time winner of the CCRG Most Intimidating Skater Award Coach Ballbricker, and lost new recruit Pinky Tuscadare-ya to a shoulder separation. Leading the blocking for the Dolls will be formidable Boston transfer Xena Paradox, team captain Mistress May-Eye and newcomer Quickshot Kitty. While the Dolls struggle with their strength in the pack, they are a fierce force to be reckoned with on the jam line with the staple jamming of crowd favorite Flo Shizzle, the low and speedy Killer Kitten, Mistress May-Eye and fiery Harrisburg transfer Holden Grudges. The Dolls are 0-3 for the season, having suffered their largest loss, by 52 points, to Speed Regime at the March 27 bout. The pressure is on for the Regime to defend their #1 spot against the defending league champions going into the championship bout. The winner of this game will earn a spot in the championship game on May 22, while the loser will play for 3rd or 4th place for the season.
Terror Izher 3636 (captain) //Allie B. Back T2 (captain) //Deathany 666 // Layne I. Hilator IL8 // Oh Scheydt P00P // Gidget Guttersnipe 2onU // TwiBite 222 // Holly Gohardly 415 // Flux Incapacitator 88 // Ali Kaida 175 // Tyrannosaurus Lex R44W // Bambi’s Revenge 42 // Loretta Scars 91
Aidee Dee 22 (captain) // Mistress May-Eye 10 (captain) // Kelly O’Shanku 9 // Holden Grudges 63 // Pimparella L0L // Doris Day of Reckoning C6 // Whipstick 241 // Xena Paradox HL4Fway // Quickshot Kitty 45 // Paige Fault 404 // Killer Kitten 909 // Flo Shizzle 247
The bout between the #2 and #3 teams will see the Mobtown Mods face off against the Night Terrors. The Mobtown Mods have won 2 out of 3 games this season, losing only to the dominant Speed Regime on February 20 by 90 points. The 2-1 record will position the Mods as the # 2 seed going into the playoffs. They will be missing rookie Grose Misconduct due to an injury that occurred at the March 27 bout. The strength of the Mods is their reliance on the individual skills of their players. Heavy hitting pack members include Judy Boom, Penaltyna, Thoroughbled and All-Star captain Joy Collision. On the jammer line, you are likely to see the star passed throughout the lineup but expect to see Lady Quebeaum, Dosa Badazz, Shé Guevara and newcomer Zamboni Toni step up to the line on multiple occasions.
The Night Terrors will be looking for revenge against the #2 ranked Mods, to whom they lost to by a relatively slim margin of 28 points. The Terrors have gone 1-2 this season, winning only against the Junkyard Dolls during a narrow, nail biting, back-and-forth lead exchange at the February 20 bout. The Night Terrors will find their strength in their strategic play on the track led by Rosie the Rioter, team captain Blind Banshee, Beth Steel and Frenzy Lohan. Expect to see the lanky jamming legs of Just Carol, Minnie Piledriver, and Fatal Attraction and the powerful speed and agility of Radar Love on the track with the star. LA Riot will remain out of the lineup recovering from a knee injury. The winner of the matchup between the Mods and Terrors will claim a coveted spot in this season’s championship bout. Neither are strangers to championship play: the Terrors were season champions in the first and second seasons, and the Mods carried home the Donaghy Cup in Season 3.
MIA POW F4 (captain) // Mya Bloody Valentine 190 (captain) // Penaltyna 7 // Thoroughbled 12 // Gloria Stunum 1971 // Dosa Badazz 01 // Zamboni Toni // Judy Boom 82 // Joy Collision 747 // Essie Ecks 1on1 // Shé Guevara 267 // Ethyl Hurtz 84 // Ginja Ninja 410 // Lady Quebeaum 34
Jilli Idol 275 (captain) // Blind Banshee (captain) 4 // Nuckin Futz 187 // Fatal Attraction 24 // Mibbs Breakin’ Ribs 1010 // Just Carol 26 // Grand Theft Autumn 948 // Frenzy Lohan 119 // Radar Love 1 // Minnie Piledriver 125 // Beth Steel 5446 // Slap Tackle Pop 3E // Rosie the Rioter 100 // Nurse Wretched 05
By Holly Gohardly and Flux Incapacitator
The members of the Charm City Roller Girls are talented on and off the track and one of our very own, Junkyard Dolls rookie Whipstick (aka Monica Gallagher) shares her experiences as a derby girl in her webcomic Bonnie N. Collide.
Gutter Magazine recently reviewed Bonnie N. Collide and picked a few of their favorite strips. The CCRG blog will be featuring Bonnie N. Collide each week. Check out Whipstick's other work at her site, Eat Your Lipstick, and see her and the rest of CCRG hit the track this Saturday at DuBurns Arena!
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