Thursday, July 29, 2010
TONIGHT, Thursday 7/29, members of CNY Roller Derby will be teaming up with the United Way to volunteer as servers at Saranac Thursday. CNYRD was a part of the United Way's 'Live United' 2010 campaign (see photo), and we couldnt be happier to be giving back to the community in such a fun way.
ALSO, to promote our bout THIS SATURDAY against Lehigh Valley Rollergirls (PA), we will be giving out some FREE bout tickets......If you have CNYRD apparel, wear it, find one of us either pouring beer or in the crowd, and receive a FREE bout ticket. Dont have any CNY merchandise? Well, if you ask reeeeaaaallllyyy nicely we might give you one anyway, but only if you buy a tshirt at the bout so that next time we do giveaways you have one!
Can't wait to see you all on Varick St!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
CNYRD's next home bout event will be held on Saturday July 31st at JFK Arena in Rome NY. The Utica Clubbers will compete against the Lehigh Valley Roller Girls, of PA. who are also an aspiring WFTDA league in the apprentice program like us. The competition promises to be fierce.
This event is being called "The Summer Scorcher" (aside from the obvious sweltering summer) because we are making it a special night for the volunteer firefighters of our area. Our penalty box supervisor Lura 'Box B*tch' Bessmer and her husband Eric (a long-time dedicated local firefighter, see tattoo pic below)suggested we do something special for all the people that save our houses from burning down and risk their skins every day for us crazy roller folk. We couldnt have agreed more! Plus, as luck would have it, July 31st is also the Honor America Days in Rome, a large local event with a parade (look for us skating!!! there may be free tickets if you're nice!), fireworks, music at Fort Stanwix, etc. We couldnt think of a better day to honor local firefighters than that!
This pic was MellFire saying 'Thank You' to a group of firefighters at the Heart Run this year....we love our firefighters!
We took a survey of which volunteer fire department each league member's home is covered by, and we are handing each of them a bunch of free tickets and a request to come represent their department at the bout. We hope to FILL the stands with our local/regional firefighters in their department shirts at the Scorcher! We want to see which one can get the loudest in support of their local girls on skates!!!! (There may even be some special prizes for the loudest, rowdiest bunch, hint hint)
As usual, advance sale tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the Tramontane Cafe or Cafe Domenico in Utica, or Bill's Variety in Rome. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketderby.com by clicking HERE. Tickets will be available at the door for $12, with $1 of each door ticket being donated to the YWCA's domestic violence programs.
We only have 2 more home bouts after the Scorcher this season, 8/14 vs CT Rollergirls' Yankee Brutals, and 9/19 (afternoon bout) vs Assault City Roller Derby (Syracuse), so come out and see us before you have to wait for 2011!
On Saturday July 17th 2010, CNYRD's Utica Clubbers hosted the Garden State Rollergirls travel team at JFK Arena in Rome NY. Touting a new sound system for the announcers just purchased by the league and lighting&video production courtesy of Entertainment Services, along with industrial barn fans for temperature control, the arena never looked better (although we're still working on getting the needed amount of electricity to power all our toys....coming soon!). DJ Deaf Geoff was spinning tunes, S-Dot and Ida Feltersnatch were on the mics, and CNYRD's own Rainbow Blight sang a beautiful National Anthem to start the night off
The Clubbers were proud to introduce Pied Viper #333, and Short E. Fuze #4'12 in their first bout on the Clubbers roster. Missing due to injuries and bout requirements were familiar faces Murder Antoinette, Sic Lee Twist3d, and The Chiropractor.
The players, refs, NSO's, fans, and literally everyone who watched the game was blown away by the level of play exhibited by these two teams. The crowd commented favorably on the new sound system, saying that everyong in the floor and stands were able to hear the announcers clearly. Many thanks to our loyal fans whose ticket fees have helped provide this new equipment!
The final score after careful stat checking after the game was 108-81 in favor of Garden State.
MVP's (voted on by the opposing team) went to Lixxie Stixx of GSRG and Moody Obsession of the Clubbers.
The game started with GSRG jumping out to an early lead and holding the Clubbers to only 1 point scored in the first few jams. GSRG held onto this lead throughout the whole game, but the defensive play and strategy were amazing. During the first half, Clubbers had lead jammer 9 times in a row during which time GSRG was held to only 1 scored point. The first half ended with GSRG at 52, Clubbers at 28.
Despite GSRG's first half lead, the second half was anyone's game. The total second half score was 56-53 in favor of GSRG.
Some highlights for the Clubbers included (in no particular order): Lady Die-Mentia's double hip check on turn one during the first half throwing 2 GSRG skaters airborn into the infield and letting the Clubbers jammer by; Pied Viper's double grand slam power jam in which she was thrown in the air, rolled 3 times, and still managed to score 10 points; and Hotcakes' amazing one-footed pass of the entire pack on the inside line of turns 3-4 while her whole body hung over the infield.
Garden State were wonderful guests and special thanks to refs Thrillhouse and Helen Bayonne for coming out with the team. We cant wait to do it again, and hopefully by then we'll both be full WFTDA member leagues;)
Media from the bout: (please add new links as they become available in comments!)
Photos from Ramon Aiello
Friday, July 16, 2010
On 7/16/2010, our awesome announcer S-Dot was kind enough to have us in to the Kiss-FM studios in Utica to talk about the upcoming bout on 7/17 vs Garden State Roller Girls. Check out the video below:
Just a reminder, THIS Saturday 7/17 CNYRD's Utica Clubbers will be taking on the Garden State Rollergirls of NJ. The bout is being held at JFK Arena in Rome NY (see map) The doors open at 6pm, and the first whistle blows at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance (until tonight!) at the Tramontane Cafe (Utica), Cafe Domenico (Utica), and Bill's Variety (Rome). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12. As always, $1 of every door ticket goes to the YWCA's domestic violence programs. Ages 10& under, 65& over are FREE!
This promises to be a good bout. Garden State just recently graduated from the WFTDA apprentice program that CNYRD is also nearing completion on, and has similar experience and history. CNYRD's roster includes a few new faces to the Clubbers, and we are very excited to show them off:)
Come cheer on your Utica Clubbers and MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!
DJ Deaf Geoff will be spinning tunes, Your Boy S-Dot is announcing along with Ida Feltersnatch from Hellions of Troy.
Note: There is a visiting skater with a serious nut allergy, Please do not bring any nut containing products into the arena on bout day. We will be posting signs and making announcements also.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
It's no secret that Central New York is experiencing quite the heat wave in the past few days. It was over 90F by noon on Tues 7/6, and we knew that our arena practice space was not going to be so nice to skate in later that evening for newbie practice. The vets were planning on doing some off-skates work at the arena, too.
Thanks to the awesome folks at the Parks and Recreation Dept in the city of Rome, we were able to swap our normal track time for pool time at the city pool right outside the arena doors.
It was a great way to end the hot, hot day, and was great exercise in place of skating.
A big thank you to Mike and the City of Rome, and also to our lifeguards who stayed late to let us swim, and had no idea what to do with a group of 30 rowdy rollergirls (and guys) (but we listened to them better than our own referees....hmmmmm:)