Friday, November 11, 2011

The Gory Gobbler: CNY Red Hots vs Oneonta Derailing Darlings Friday Nov 18th

Are you having derby withdrawals? Missing your favorite Central New York Roller Derby girls now that we are in the off-season? Then come to Oneonta on Friday, November 18th to watch the CNY Red Hots take on the Oneonta Derailing Darlings. The CNYRD Red Hots is a pick-up team of some of your favorite veterans from last season, transfers from other leagues, and many newbies fresh out of boot camp! This is your chance to watch up-and-coming players like Quicksey Trixie, Stella Overdrive, Kompact Risk, Major DisChord, Toe Tagger Body Bagger, Kell’s Fury, and Connie Vict make their CNYRD league debut!
This promises to be a fun bout. The Oneonta Derailing Darlings are a newer league, formed in 2010, and this is their home bout debut. You really don’t know what to expect with so many new skaters on both teams. Will there be more falls? More fouls? Will the teams be evenly matched? Who will be the star jammers? It’s anyone’s guess, and that’s why it’s worth the drive!
The bout will take place on Friday, November 18th at the Oneonta Derailing Darlings’ home at Interskate 88 (5185 State Highway 23, Oneonta, NY 13820). Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the bout begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets for children 12 and under are $3, and tickets for adults are $10. Bring in 2 canned goods for $1 off admission and the warm feeling that comes with knowing your donations will benefit the Family Service Association’s food baskets. Your ticket includes automatic entry into a door prize raffle, admittance to the open skate session after the bout, and drink specials at the after party. The after party will be at My Father’s Place (5690 Route 7, Oneonta, NY 13820).

You can RSVP via the Facebook event page HERE.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Recruitment Night!! Wed Oct 26th, 7:30pm

It's that time of year again... Central New York Roller Derby is recruiting! This event is for new and potential recruits to come see what roller derby is all about - watch some demos, buy some merch, and meet some amazing people. Come one, come all! Sign a waiver, rent skates and necessary gear for $5 and skate with us, or just spectate for now, but we promise that won't last long ;)

Guys - you're in luck! The Quadfathers are also looking for new skaters to join their ranks - roller derby is not just for the ladies! Don't be scared, our shorts are much shorter than theirs... usually.

We are also recruiting referees, men and women! If you think you'd look great in stripes, or maybe you love to boss people around, become a ref!

The next newbie class starts the following Wednesday 11/2 from 7-10pm, so don't miss out on this chance to get acquainted beforehand! Don't wait - we won't hold another recruitment night until next fall. Come strap on some skates and be your own hero!

Classes run for 12-16 weeks on Wednesday nights from 7-10pm and Saturday mornings from from 10a-12p. Fees are $30 per month during the training. We have a wide selection of rental gear available for a small fee, but they are first-come first-served.

Contact for more info.
See the Facebook event page and RSVP to let us know you're coming HERE!

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New Practice Space!

CNY Roller Derby is excited to announce that after a long search and nail-biting wait, we have the practice space of our dreams right in Utica!
At least until April 2012 (and we hope for the foreseeable future!) our home base will be the SportsPlex building at 496 French Rd in Utica. The building sports a 165' X 65' Mateflex synthetic sports floor, and is nice and clean and accessible for our skaters.

Keep checking back for updates on other activities and events in the venue.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Tough Cookie Bake Sale, Saturday October 8th

On Saturday October 8th, CNY Roller Derby will host its 3rd semi-annual Tough Cookie Bake Sale. We have SOOOO many talented bakers/cooks/etc on the league that this event has become a food lover's delight!
The bake sale will take place at The Other Side, 2011 Genessee St, Utica (next door to Cafe Domenico), and will start at 11am. We'll stay open until the food's nearly gone, so come on down and get some goodies!
Prices range very inexpensive - from multiple items for $1 to the more 'gourmet' items that are $1-2 each. Come fill up a big tray for your office or just grab a snack on your way out and about.
There are usually multiple vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and other specialty offerings. Items will be clearly marked for dietary restrictions.
The bake sale benefits CNYRD as we go into our off season to help afford practice space and fees until April. Your support is highly appreciated and it all goes to help the league keep skating (plus you get yummy stuff to boot!)

Also, please support our loyal sponsors, Cafe Domenico (right next door- coffee, drinks, that cold glass of milk to go with all the cookies you're going to eat....), the Green Onion Pub (right across the street, full service bar with great atmosphere), and The Uptown Theater (also right across the street- great prices on new movies).

We will also have league merchandise, such as t-shirts, stickers, keyrings, and lots of other league stuff for sale. We will also have the Tough Cookie Cookbooks for sale showing many of the recipes from past bake sales.

There will be recruitment information available for all those looking to get into roller derby. We have a class starting THIS MONTH, so please feel free to come meet some of our members and talk about your plans to start skating!!

So come for the bake sale, load up on goodies, sign up for our new skater class, buy a t-shirt, grab a coffee to prevent the food coma, see a matinee, and have a drink at the bar to round off the afternoon. All within 20 yds or each other. Cant wait to see you there!

Please RSVP on our facebook event page.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2012: Save the Dates!!

Central New York Roller Derby is pleased to announce the dates for our 2012 home bout season. Make sure to mark these dates on your calender for a chance to see all your favorite CNY skaters as well as many new faces. More information to come as 2012 approaches.

April 7
May 19
June 2
June 30
July 14
August 11
August 25

2011 marked the introduction of home team play where CNY skaters played against each other as members of the Blue Collar Betties, Rome Wreckers and Utica Clubbers. The Utica Clubbers finished as the 2011 CNYRD home team champions. Who will win in 2012? 2011 also marked the first full season as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and the newly named travel team, the CNY All Stars, competing in sanctioned play. The CNY All Stars finished the season with an 8-1 record overall and 3-1 in WFTDA sanctioned play. Watch in 2012 as the CNY All Stars continue their quest to qualify for the East Region Playoffs.

Friday, August 19, 2011

8/13/2011 Bout Recap vs. Green Mountain Grade A Fancy

The much anticipated rematch of the Green Mountain Derby Dames and CNY Roller Derby took place on August 13th at the JFK arena in Rome. Previously, the travel teams of these two leagues had faced off once before in early 2010 with Green Mountain clearly dominating the game. Since then both leagues were accepted into the WFTDA and the CNY All-Stars were formed as CNYRD's new travel team featuring a very different line up from the last time these teams played. Two fresh faces were on the All Star bench making their travel team debut: Summer of Sam #18 and Mighty Mite #93 who both played their hearts out.

The bout started off with the usual excited tension as Star Face worked the crowd and pumped them up for derby action. All Star jammers for the evening were PiedViper #333, Spin Spin Sugar #230, GutShot #5685, Slay West #13, Mean Squeak #27, and Moody Obsession #5150. Jammers for the Fancy that evening were Terminather #1984, Nancy Nightmare #S810, Sonic Euthanizer #2015 and Scarlet Menace #d00m .Starting on the jammer line was Spin Spin Sugar for the All Stars and Nancy Nightmare for the Fancy. By the 7th jam the score was 7 All Stars and 1 Fancy. High scoring jammers for the evening were Spin Spin Sugar for All Stars with 34 points and Nancy Nightmare for the Fancy with 24 points. This scoring margin was gaped by half time with All Stars at 62 and Fancy at 29 leaving a painfully large hole for the Fancy to fill on the score board.
The All Stars were consistent throughout the game with solid walls followed by strong hits. Notably aggressive blockers Moody Obsession #5150 and Mia Malicious #16 did a great job pinning the jammers down and making hard hits. In the final jam, already in overtime, Mia Malicious and the Fancy jammer Sonic Euthanizer simultaneously were called for penalties. Sonic Euthanizer also suffered an injury which she could not immediately recover from, thus rendering the jam dead. Mia Malicious was then ejected after having accrued seven major penalties and Deadtime Story took her place in the box. One more jam continued after this with 4 seconds left on the clock because the previous jam was called for injury. Pied Viper of the CNY AllStars was sent out for one last time to start on a power jam and finished with a 8 point jam. Final score was 160 CNY to 75 GMDD.
The evening was summed up with the selections of MVPs for each team. Muffin for the Grade A Fancy and Slay West for the CNY All Stars earned their MVP awards through excellent skills, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm that evening. Slay West then received a little surprise as Mean Squeak purposed and asked her to be her Derby wife. Yays!
CNYRoller Derby would like to send out a huge thank to all of our Volunteers, NSOs, announcers, and refs that traveled distances to provide us with a fun, safe and fair game.

(all photos by Pete Rodriguez except group shot by Walter Romero)

See media of the bout here:
Flickr Set by Walter Romero
Facebook set by Pete Rodriguez

Please leave links to further media in the comments field if you find them! Thanks!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

CNY All-Stars Car Wash and Bottle/Can Drive 8/21!!!

On Sunday August 21st from 11am-3pm, members of the CNY All-Stars travel team, along with support staff, will be holding a fundraising car wash at Franklyn's Field on Black River Blvd in Rome. (see map at bottom)

The last 3 games of the All-Stars season are away games, in Philadelphia 8/27, in Long Island for the Empire Skate Showdown 9/3, and in Mass vs Pioneer Valley 9/17. We are raising money to directly defray the costs of travel for our players and support staff. Our skaters put their heart and soul into this sport, paying out of their own pockets to get to games and afford gas and food and hotel rooms. Please help us to lessen the burden on them so that they can represent the league and the CNY region the best possible- putting CNY on the map for roller derby excellence!

The cost is $5 per car. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any CNY All-Stars skater, or at our 8/13 home double header. You can also RSVP to the facebook event HERE.

And seriously, who doesn't want their car washed by derby girls? C'mon.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

7/30/2011 Bout Recaps: Home Team Championship and Quadfathers vs Capital District

(photos credit Ramon Aiello)

Championship is a word synonymous with traditional athletic competition. On July 30th CNY Roller Derby held its first ever home team Championship bout. This bout was the climax to the CNY home team season and it was anything but traditional. It was the third time the Utica Clubbers and the Blue Collar Betties faced off at the JFK arena in Rome, the Betties previously emerging with two victories against the Clubbers.

The game started with nail-biting intensity that carried on through the entire bout, which was clearly represented in a difference of seven points and a final score of the Utica Clubbers 109, the Blue Collar Betties 102. The Betties were held to a score of 0 until the 6th jam. By the 11th jam the score was 27-22 in favor of the Clubbers, so it was still anybody's game. Jammers for the evening all held strong and each put up a good fight. Utica Clubbers' jammers for the night were Pippi Hardknocking #2, Mean Squeak #27, Moody Obsession #5150, Itty Bitty Bastard #410, Bloody Kisses #1313 and Short E. Fuze #412. The Blue Collar Betties maintained a rotation of jammers with Slay West #13, Pied Viper #333, Deadtime Story #19, Ganja Ninja #420, and Amanta Kill #658. High scoring jammers for the evening killed it. Mean Squeak of the Utica Clubbers was the leading scorer of the night with 39, including an 18 point jam. The Betties leading scorers were Deadtime Story and Slay West with 35 points each. The Clubbers used high scoring jams to control the lead. In addition to Mean Squeak's 18, Pippi Hardknocking had a 17 point and Itty Bitty had a 15 point jam. The Betties didn't give up however and worked hard to make a comeback at the end of the game. They outscored the Clubbers 28-4 in the last eight jams, holding them scoreless for the last six.

Blocking throughout the entire bout was consistent as both teams did a great job building walls and knock’n em down. MVPs for the evening were Mean Squeak of the Utica Clubbers and Ganja Ninja of the Blue Collar Betties. On the opposite side of the spectrum the Sin Bin Queens for the night were Itty Bitty Bastard of the Utica Clubbers with 7 trips to the box resulting in her ejection in the very last jam. Pied Viper of the Blue Collar Betties had 5 trips to the box.

All in all it was a tremendously fun bout and a great show of CNY Roller Derby’s competitive athletic spirit. CNY Roller Derby would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the people that make our roller derby bouts possible. To our refs, announcers, volunteers, NSOs, DJs, medical staff and fans - THANK YOU!


(photos credit Pete Rodriguez)

The Quadfathers are back and hitting harder than ever! At this past weekend’s co-ed double header, the Quadfathers dominated against Albany’s mens roller derby team, Capital District Trauma Authority. Eager to avenge their loss from their last bout against CDTA in April, the Quadfathers enthusiastically blocked, checked, and scored their way to victory, with a final score of 121-62. The Quadfathers’ jammers for the evening included Peach #27, Wildstyle #215, Die-Lon #315, Ball Zach #29, Grambo #37, and Bobby Brady #8. Jamming for Capital District Trauma Authority were Jonny Malice #11, Roarshock #8i8, and Up End Atom #9090.

The bout started with Up End Atom on the jam line for CDTA and Die-Lon for the Quadfathers. Although Die-Lon broke through the pack quickly and was called lead jammer, by the 4th jam, CDTA was in the lead 2-11. Due to outstanding blocking from both teams, the score hadn’t changed much by the 7th jam, and was 3-11 with CDTA still in the lead. However, the Quadfathers slowly pulled ahead and after 10 minutes of game play, the Quadfathers obtained their first lead at 16-11. The Quadfathers maintained their lead throughout most of the first half, but the teams were tied at 2 minutes left in the half at 44-44. Capital District Trauma Authority quickly pulled into the lead, and at halftime the score was 44-49, leaving fans to bite their nails as the Clubbers and Betties warmed up.

The 2nd half began with renewed vigor and each team was clearly determined to win, but the Quadfathers quickly pulled ahead again, scoring points jam after jam until the score was 97-57 with 12 minutes left. Fans and skaters alike prayed for the best when Johnny Rebel took a spill and was assisted by EMTs off the track 5 minutes later with a makeshift cardboard splint on his leg. After another 7 minutes of game play, the Quadfathers had secured an almost-certain win at 106-62, barring the possibility of a power-jam or two. And triumph they did, with a final score of Quadfathers 121, Capital District Trauma Authority 62. Well-deserved MVP trophies went to Up End Atom of CDTA and Bobby Brady of the Quadfathers.

As always we owe everything to our fantastic refs, who keep our bouts safe and fair – huge thanks to Lizy Longshanks, The Constable, Otto A-Linement, Anne Persand, Reffin Aint Easy, Magnum Joe. and Miranda Wrights. Special thanks to our wonderful announcers, Eloda Sarcasm and Ida Feltersnatch, who keep us entertained and informed so very well. Thank you to all of our lovely NSOs and other volunteers, who donate their valuable time to help run things as smoothly as possible, and of course all of our amazing fans! Stay tuned for more updates from the Quadfathers, and watch them battle it out against Vermont’s Bomb Quads on August 13th!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wed August 10th: CNY All-Stars invade Nail Creek Pub

Please join us on Wed. August 10th at about 9:30pm at the Nail Creek Pub & Brewery on Varick St in Utica to celebrate an awesome 2011 home season and to see us present Nail Creek's official CNY All-Stars team jersey to the bar. Members of the CNY All-Stars and others from the league will be in attendance to promote Aug. 13th's double header bout, and even to hand out some free tickets (there's a certain challenge that's been going around concerning having your pic taken in gold booty shorts for free tickets....ask Little Bastard that night for details....) We are also celebrating yet another wonderful class of new recruits who have been training hard since April to become members of the league, and are getting ready to graduate and compete.

Nail Creek sponsored this year's fancy new CNY All-Stars uniforms, and so now its time to show them some derby love! .....and to have a few drinks before we have to 'be good' and start hydrating before the bout.

Join us!

Sat Aug 13th: Final 2011 Home Season Bout- NY vs VT double header!!!

Saturday August 13th will be CNY Roller Derby's final home bout of the season!
If you liked our July 30th men's and women's double header, then you should definitely check this one out too. We are lucky enough to be hosting a full on New York vs Vermont battle royale with this bout, pitting the Central New York region against the Burlington, VT region.

The first bout will kick off at 5:30pm with The Quadfathers playing the Burlington Bomb Quads in heavy hitting men's roller derby action. The Quadfathers are coming off a win against the Capital District Trauma Authority , and also recent acceptance into the Men's Roller Derby Association, and are looking to keep their roll going. The Quadfathers and the Bomb Quads last met in Burlington in March for a closed door bout in which the Quadfathers won 156-64.

At or around 7:30pm The CNY All Stars will be competing against the Green Mountain Derby Dames' Grade A Fancy who hail from Burlington, VT in a WFTDA sanctioned game. The CNY All Stars have had a great season so far with a record of 4-1. This game caps off a great inaugural season for the All-Stars travel team. According to Flat Track Stats, CNY is ranked #16 in the East region and Green Mountain is #23 currently. Dont let this stat fool you that this game is expected to be easy- When CNY and Green Mountain last met on March 13th 2010 in Essex Junction VT, Green Mountain dominated 102-43 against our then-travel-team the Utica Clubbers. CNY has come a long way since then however, and with a formal travel team, a ton of new talent, new coaching and a very different roster, this will not likely be a repeat of a near blowout.
Green Mountain is one of the newer WFTDA leagues accepted at the same time as CNYRD (late 2010), and has a very similar history, timeline, and size to CNYRD. This represents a very good match up in terms of league's available talent pool, region size, and ability. We are very excited to finally return the favor of hosting these ladies as we loved meeting and playing them last year.

We might even be lucky enough to witness a mascot vs mascot crowd riling extravaganza as Green Mountain's Gang Green tries to outdo hometown hero and CNY All-Stars mascot Starface! There's going to be entirely too much green involved one way or another:)

Announcing the men's bout will be Harry Crumb and Rebel Without A Pulse, and announcing the women's bout will be Rebel with Blackjack.
DJ'ing both bouts will be DJ Deaf Goeff, aka Funk Roll Brother.

As always you will be able to enjoy top-notch roller derby excitement and incredible entertainment so get your tickets today!

Advance sale tickets for $8 each can be purchased at:
The Tramontane Cafe (Lincoln Ave, Utica)
Cafe Domenico (Genessee St, Utica)
Bill's Variety Store (Thomas St, Rome)
Black River Ale House (Black Rvr Blvd, Rome)
OR you can always buy $8 presale tickets from your favorite CNY Roller Derby skater, just ask!!
Online advance sale tickets can be purchased for $8 plus a $1 service fee through HERE.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each. $1 of each door ticket goes to our 2011 non-profit partner, The Arc Oneida-Lewis. As usual, 10 & under and 65 & over get in free of charge.

After party will be held at the Black River Ale House, with plenty of food, drink specials, and DJ Acey playing all the tunes you can handle.

Also, please let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing to our facebook event page HERE.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Saturday July 30th: CNY Home Team Championships PLUS Quadfathers vs Capital District MEN'S DERBY!!!!

On Saturday July 30th, CNYRD is proud to present our first co-ed double header of the 2011 season. You get double the exciting derby for the same normal ticket price.
Doors at JFK Arena in Rome NY will open at 4:30pm. Beat the crowd and get there early. The first 200 fans through the door gets bout programs and once they're gone, they're gone!
The first bout of the season pits The Quadfathers Men's Roller Derby, our brother league, against Capital District Men's Roller Derby's 'Trauma Authority'. Back on April 2nd the Trauma Authority pulled off an upset win over the Quadfathers to a great crowd at the Washington Ave Armory in Albany. The Quadfathers were favored going into the bout having more experience, but penalties and great teamwork by the newer Trauma Authority led them to an unexpected 110-77 win. Read the complete recap here.
The Quadfathers were recently accepted as the 13th member league of the Men's Roller Derby Association, the official governing body for men's derby. This was a major step for the Quadfathers and we are so proud of them for being recognized as a solid organization in this sport where so many leagues and teams pop up and disappear so often.
Our hometown boys in orange are looking to take back ownership of the I-90 corridor with this bout. If you have never seen a men's roller derby bout in person, especially a rematch where pride is on the line, then you NEED to see this. If you've ever thought the hits in roller derby weren't big enough to entertain you, or hard enough to really hurt, then you havent watched these guys play. So come out early and help us cheer on the boys. They will have recruitment infomation available and new merchandise to sell (there's rumors of girls' cut 'Think Outside The Box' shirts!)
At or around 7:30, CNYRD again takes the track to bring you the 2011 Home Team Championship Game!!!!! In our first season of intra-league play, The Utica Clubbers, The Rome Wreckers, and The Blue Collar Betties have played their butts off to awesome crowds of loyal fans. The bout on July 2nd between the Rome Wreckers and Utica Clubbers decided who would play against the Blue Collar Betties for the championship. The Utica Clubbers came out on top and we are set up for a very hard fought battle to win the season title.
Captained by Lady Die Mentia #3, and bench coached by Sinful Pleasures (who played most of the season but was sidelined by a broken ankle recently), The Utica Clubbers stand 3-2 for the season so far. Noteable Clubbers' stats for the season include rookie standout Itty Bitty Bastard #410 leading the entire league with the highest points per jam average at 5.05; also of note is veteran skater Mean Squeak #27, who has outscored opposing jammers by 73 points this season.
Captained by Slay West #13 and bench coached by TOM-A-HAWK #1225 of The Quadfathers, The Blue Collar Betties have been the stand out success story of the season- originally having lost a number of skaters to injury and various leaves of absence, there was worry that the roster would be short. But with the addition of a few newer skaters, they have dominated the season so far with a record of 4-1. Noteable Betties stats for the season include veteran Pied Viper #333 as the leading scorer in the league with a 200 point total for the season and also having outscored opposing jammers by 74 points overall going into the championship game.
When these two teams first met on April 30th, the Betties had a clean win with a 118-92 score. In the space of the month of May, the Clubbers picked up their game considerably, and when these two teams met for the second time on May 31st, the Betties narrowly squeaked by a 1 point win 92-91, which came down to the last jam.
Its anyone's guess how this championship will turn out, but what we do know is this is going to be a very evenly matched and very competitive game!
DJ'ing the double header will be All-Stars mascot Starface!!!
Announcing the men's bout will be our good friends from Troy, Eloda Sarcasm and Ida Feltersnatch
Announcing the women's bout will be Rebel Without A Pulse and Blackjack

Advance sale tickets for $8 each can be purchase at:
The Tramontane Cafe (Lincoln Ave, Utica)
Cafe Domenico (Genessee St, Utica)
Bill's Variety Store (Thomas St, Rome)
Black River Ale House (Black Rvr Blvd, Rome)
OR you can always buy $8 presale tickets from your favorite CNY Roller Derby skater, just ask!!
Online advance sale tickets can be purchased for $8 plus a $1 service fee through HERE.
Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each. $1 of each door ticket goes to our 2011 non-profit partner, The Arc Oneida-Lewis. As usual, 10 & under and 56 & over get in free of charge.

After party will be held at the Black River Ale House, with plenty of food, drink specials, and DJ Doc Sinister Productions playing all the tunes you can handle.

Also, please let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing to our facebook event page HERE.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank You Kitty Glitter!!!!

You may have seen our friend Kitty Glitter at CNY Roller Derby bouts and other events- She's usually surrounded by young children that are totally enthralled with whatever games she has to play. July 9th was Kitty's last bout before leaving town for the rest of our home season, and from all of us at CNYRD, we wanted to say a special thanks for all the support and enthusiasm she brings to our events.

On that note, please go 'like' her facebook page, and think of her for family friendly entertainment at your next party or event.

We'll see you in the Spring again, Kitty!

Bout Recap: 7/9/11 All-Stars vs Rideau Valley Vixens

Photo by Duane Eisenburg

Step aside Boilermaker!

The CNY All Stars are back on the track and they hit the ground skating against Ontario’s Rideau Valley Vixens.
On July 9th CNY Roller Derby hosted its first international bout ever while simultaneously premiering its third quarter All-Star roster. It was a truly phenomenal game as skaters saturated the air with competitiveness and calculated strategy with a final score of CNY 195 Rideau 117.

A neck and neck start to the evening’s events left spectators on the edge of their seats and by the third jam with a score of CNY 3 Rideau 6 it was anybodies game. CNY’s jammers for the evening Gutshot #56-89, Mean Squeak #27, Pied Viper #333, Slay West #13, and Spin Spin Sugar #230 obtained lead jammer status time and time again to widen the scoring margin. An especially outstanding performance on the part of Rideau jammer Soul Rekker #55 with total 45 points for the evening and CNY’s Spin Spin Sugar #230 whom accrued a whopping 95 points! Their efforts did not go unnoticed as they were both awarded MVP for the evening.

Throughout the night blocking intensified with some spectacular hits and consistent defense. Some familiar faces in CNY’s line up had fantastic enthusiasm: Curry Plowdher #117, Anita Grenade #79, Mia Malicious #16, Hot Cakes #42 and Moody Obsession #5150 were all crushing the Canadian visitors. By the 11th jam as the score was CNY 32 RVRG 28. CNY pulled ahead towards the end of the first half. By the half CNY was up 77 to 39.

A halftime show kept the night rolling with J. Charlz, Magician extraordinaire and his lovely All Star assistants Pippi Hardknocking #2 and Little Bastard #5.

The second half kept the intensity going as hits were harder, skaters were faster and penalties were given out like free popsicles on a hot day! Sin Bin Queens for the night were Moody Obsession #5150 and Pied Vipre #333 of CNY with 5 trips to the box each and Semi Precious, ASSASSINista and Soul Rekker of Rideau each with 6 trips to the box.

Sure enough the CNY All Star mascot STAR FACE was there to keep the crowd entertained by throwing out fishnets and Swedish Fish and his usual outrageous gesturing. CNY would like to send out a big thank you to all the volunteers that make our bouts possible and safe, to the medical staff, who were a great help (roller derby is rarely injury free,) DJ Deaf Geoff for keeping our night sounding sweet and to all Refs and NSOs for making our games safe and fair.

We would also like to send a special thanks to Ida Feltersnatch for teaming up with CNY's own Blackjack as our guest announcer for this bout, which was a milestone for her (her 50th bout announcing!). Not only did she announce Saturday night, but got up at the crack of dawn Sunday morning and ran the 5k Boilermaker!!! Thanks Ida!

Photos from this bout:

By Pete Rodriguez
LinkBy Walter Romero

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Saturday July 9th: The Fishnet Frenzy

Join us this Saturday, July 9th as the CNY All-Stars take on the Rideau Valley Vixens of Ottawa, Ontario Canada at 7pm in 'The Fishnet Frenzy'!

This will mark CNY Roller Derby's first international competition. Rideau Valley is an apprentice league of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, well on their way to full membership. We are happy to host our sisters from the north, and this promises to be a very challenging game for both teams.
The CNY All-Stars have come out strong in the 2011 season with new members, new coaching, and as full WFTDA members. So far they are 5-1 this season, after a very close loss to higher ranked and more experienced Queen City Roller Girls on June 18th. The CNY All-Stars are currently ranked by Flat Track Stats as #16 in the Eastern region. The match up of these two teams will be a mystery until the bout starts, as the two have not shared the track with any of the same teams in their 2010 or 2011 seasons to use as comparison.

We will also have haltime entertainment by J Charlz Magic.
Our special guests for this event are the Utica LGBTQ Youth Group and facilitators, sponsored by Aids Community Resources.

Advance sale tickets can be purchased online HERE for $8 plus a $1 service charge

Advance sale bout tickets are always available at the following locations for $8-
Cafe Domenico (Genessee St, Utica)
The Tramontane Cafe (Lincoln Ave, Utica)
Bill's Variety Store (W. Thomas St, Rome)
Black River Ale House (Black Rvr Blvd, Rome)

Tickets at the door will be $10, and $1 of each door ticket will be donated the Arc, Oneida-Lewis, this seasons' non-profit partner.
As always, 10 & under as well as 65 & over are FREE admission.
This is a family friendly event.

Thank you to poster artist Amanda Desimone for this bout poster!

Clcik HERE to RSVP on our facebook event page....let us know you're coming to cheer us on!

The after party will be held at the Black River Ale House

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sat. 7/2/11: Summer CRUSH!

July 2nd Summer Crush: Double Header

Rome Wreckers v. Utica Clubbers

Blue Collar Betties v. Jersey Shore Roller Girls’ 'Beat Downs'

Come out, July 2, for what may prove to be the most exciting double header of the season! Programs available for the first 200 people through the door so come early!

First up for the night will be the Rome Wreckers (1-2) versus the Utica Clubbers (1-2). The Rome Wreckers are coming off of an incredible win from their last intraleague bout versus the Blue Collar Betties, in which they pulled out a stunning 133-119 win. This win creates an exciting match-up for the July 2 bout. The Rome Wreckers will be playing the Utica Clubbers to decide who advances to the Championship Bout. Previously, the Utica Clubbers beat the Rome Wreckers in their first intraleague bout, but two months have elapsed since that first meeting and both teams have demonstrated impressive improvements.

The final bout of the evening will be the Blue Collar Betties (3-1 intraleague play) versus Jersey Shore Roller Girls’ ‘Beat Downs’. The Betties have consistently demonstrated a high level of play with only one loss this season. They are excited to break out of intraleague play for the night and take on a visiting team.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. As always, ages 10& under and 65& over are FREE. Advance sale tickets can be purchased online ($9), or at any of our four regular presale locations; The Tram Café on Lincoln Ave in Utica, Cafe Domenico on Genessee St in Utica, Bill's Variety on W Thomas St in Rome, and at the Black River Ale House on Black Rvr Blvd in Rome ($8).

$1 of each ticket sold at the door ($10) will be donated to our 2011 season non-profit partner, the Oneida-Lewis Arc.

Let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing on facebook HERE!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 26th 12pm: Blue Collar Betties v. Rome Wreckers Friends and Family Bout

June 26th Blue Collar Betties v. Rome Wreckers

On Sunday, June 26, CNYRD will host another exciting intraleague event. This will be the final intraleague bout for the Blue Collar Betties before they advance to the Championships on July 30th. The Blue Collar Betties have been enjoying an undefeated season with a 3-0 record. Though the Rome Wreckers have yet to secure a win, every bout they have competed in has been incredibly close this season. This bout will certainly be exciting as the last pairing of these two teams ended with a 1 point win for the Blue Collar Betties!

This bout will be a “Friends and Family” event. What this means is that we invite you, our friends and family, to come watch with a suggested donation at the door of $3.

There are no programs, no vendors, no halftime show, no fancy introductions etc......this is bare bones roller derby. We run it as a regulation bout in every way, and we take it very seriously, but it is not a full production event. We will have some league merchandise available for sale, and the arena will likely do light food and drink vending.

This event is at JFK Arena, 500 W Embargo St, Rome NY 13440

Bring a camp chair if you want comfortable seating on the floor area.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Join us THIS Saturday 6/18 in Buffalo!

CNY All Stars v. Lake Effect Furies

June 18, 2011

CNY All Stars, now 5-0 after their most recent win against Assault City (Syracuse), look to take on the Lake Effect Furies of Buffalo, NY. The Lake Effect Furies may be the CNY All Stars most challenging competition yet this season. The Lake Effect Furies were recently ranked by WFTDA as the #17 team among East Coast roller derby. According to Flat Track Stats, CNYRD is ranked #17 and Queen City #14 in the Eastern region as of this week. The bout is sure to be exciting as the two very talented teams match up for this highly anticipated event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bout begins at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Rainbow Roller Rink at 101 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Front row tickets will be sold for $20 and General admission will be $15. To buy tickets and find further information about the event go to

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sat. 6/11/2011: "Make 'Em See Stars!" Double Header @ Syracuse

Hey all you Central New York Roller Derby fans! CNYRD has another double header coming up and this time we travel to Syracuse to take on the two teams from Assault City Roller Derby (ACRD). We’d love to see our fans make the trip out to cheer us on at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena on June 11th. The address is 2725 West Entry Road, Baldwinsville, NY.

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Assault Squad v. CNY All Stars

Battery Brigade v. Rome Wreckers

CNY Roller Derby has a long established rivalry with ACRD and we are excited to have another opportunity to compete against them this year. First up the CNY All Stars will take on ACRD’s Assault Squad. So far, the CNY All Stars are undefeated for the season with an impressive 4-0 record and an average 66 point winning margin. They are looking to keep their hot streak going after their most recent win against the Ithaca Suffer Jets.

Next CNYRD’s Rome Wreckers will compete against ACRD’s Battery Brigade. This will be the Rome Wreckers’ first ever interleague (outside of our own league) bout and they are looking forward to premiering their talents in Syracuse.

Doors open at 4:30 PM, with the CNY All Star v. Assault Squad bout to begin at 5:00 PM and the Rome Wreckers v. Battery Brigade bout to follow. Advance tickets are $10 for general admission ($12 at the door). Children ages 5-12 can sit in general admission for $5 (kids under 5 get in free). Fans 18 and over can purchase advance front line seats for $20 ($22 at the door). The front line seats sold out at the last bout, so make sure to buy them early.

You can RSVP via the facebook event page to let us know you're coming. Advance tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Black Mamba Skatepark in Shoppingtown Mall. $1 from every ticket will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Tuesday 5/31 8pm: Blue Collar Betties vs Utica Clubbers, friends and family bout

On Tuesday May 31st, 2011, CNYRD will host the second in a series of intraleague bouts leading up to our season championship on July 30th. This bout will be a 'Friends and Family' event. What this means is that we invite you, our friends and family, to come watch with a suggested Linkdonation at the door of $3.

There are no programs, no vendors, no halftime show, no fancy introductions etc......this is bare bones roller derby. We run it as a regulation bout in every way, and we take it very seriously, but it is not a full production event. We will have some league merchandise available for sale, and the arena will likely do light food and drink vending.

This is a great chance for you to see how the home teams stack up against each other for future games, and also a nice way to get to know your favorite players when there's not the craziness of a full bout to distract us.

There will be 6 intraleague games total, a full double round robin, and the championship game. The dates and matchups of these games are:

4/9 7pm - Rome Wreckers vs Utica Clubbers - friends and family
4/30 7pm - Utica Clubbers vs Blue Collar Betties
5/29 12pm- Utica Clubbers vs Blue Collar Betties - friends and family
6/4 6pm - Blue Collar Betties vs Rome Wreckers
6/26 12pm - Blue Collar Betties vs Rome Wreckers - friends and family
7/2 6pm - Rome Wreckers vs Utica Clubbers 7/30 8:30pm - Intraleague Championship!

This is the second match up between the Blue Collar Betties and the Utica Clubbers this season. On 4/30, these two teams played a public bout (The Icebreaker) which was the 2011 debut of the BCB's and saw the Clubbers coming off a win against the Rome Wreckers at the first friends and family event on 4/9. The BCB's won that bout 118-92, and are definitely looking to hold onto their winning record, while the Clubbers are clearly looking to avenge the loss.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Commercial!!

CNYRD is excited to present to you our first formal video commercial. We are very pleased that the New Uptown Theater in Utica NY has agreed to sponsor CNYRD by playing our commercials in their previews to movies. We put this together as a first of many more, so keep your eyes open for more in the next few months in movie theaters, on TV, on online. Also look for an upcoming fundraiser in the next few months at the Uptown. Please support local and go see a movie or music or theater event at the New Uptown Theater and check out our commercial while you're at it!

Many thanks to our own Deadtime Story and Doc @ Doc Sinister Productions for putting this piece together. This is also you first sneak peak at the new All-Stars mascot. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Op Ed Column: Derby and Economic Stimulus

Many thanks to Orin Domenico (full disclosure, Mean Squeak's wonderful dad!) for writing this, and the Observer-Dispatch for printing it. There are a lot of stats to back up the idea that roller derby is a great way to bring an economic boost to smaller cities. It would be great if more areas in NY got on the train:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Our New Floor.....

Any team or visiting skater that has skated with us at either of our seasonal practice spaces can tell you, our floors are far from great for roller derby. In recent winters, we have been on a traditional wood gym floor. As (bad) luck would have it, a very slick gym floor. In the summers, we are blessed to have JFK Arena in Rome which has a beautiful, flat, polished concrete floor. Depending on the weather, some days it is downright grippy, but the majority of the time its not.

The start of this season has been particularly slick, and we've tried everything under the sun to correct it. If there's a floor treatment, we've tried it, and with very small success. So far, the 'Traction' product sold by derby suppliers has worked best, but it's not enough.

So after saving, and members' hard work, and cutting costs, and putting our heads together with the lovely Randi Maehym, North America's (well, and a bunch of other places) rep for SkateCourt by IceCourt flooring systems, we've made a big move: Today we put the down payment on our own SkateCourt floor!!!!

We went small this time around, going with 6,468 sq ft, the bare minimum for a complete track and a 5' ref lane/crash zone. It's going to be quite the sight: A patchwork of 7 or so different colors done up derby style!

If you're not familiar with why exactly SkateCourt is the way to go for a derby floor (and trust us, it IS!), you should definitely check out their information here. Also, drop Randi a friend request on facebook using the link above for any questions you might have. The whole crew at SkateCourt has been SO amazingly helpful to us in this whole process, and we want to send a big derby THANK YOU to them.

We also cant say all of this without major thanks:
This entire move is made possible by all of the amazing skaters, refs, NSO's volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and fans of CNYRD. All of those dues paid, those tickets sold, those long hours working merch tables at events, the sponsorships donated- this represents part of the sweet payoff! We will be given the opportunity to up our game in such a big way as a result of this purchase, increase safety for our skaters, and give our fans an all around better experience.

Please check back soon for pictures of laying the new floor, and also for an upcoming fundraising drive to add to our floor. We LOVE what the Ithaca League of Women Rollers has done with their tile drive floor fundraiser , and we plan to do something similar here in CNY to help us with more flooring and to also showcase our loyal supporters beyond sponsors who are willing to give a few bucks to help us out and show their support.

WE'RE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! Woooooo hoooooooo!!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

June 4th: Derbyzilla Double Header!!!!

June 4th Derbyzilla: Double Header

Utica Clubbers v. ManchVegas (NH)
Blue Collar Betties v. Rome Wreckers

Get ready for a double whammy of roller derby action! On Saturday, June 4th Central New York Roller Derby will host a double header featuring all three of its home teams. Yes, that’s right you will get to see all your favorite CNY Roller Derby girls for the price of one ticket. It’s going to be derby-licious!

First up the Blue Collar Betties will take on the Rome Wreckers. This will be the second interleague bout of the season for both teams. The Blue Collar Betties are now 1 and 0 with an exciting win against the Utica Clubbers. The Rome Wreckers are still looking to secure a win for the season.

To round out the evening the Utica Clubbers will take on ManchVegas. ManchVegas hails from New Hampshire and will be the first out of league bout for the Utica Clubbers this season. So far, the Utica Clubbers are 1 and 1 with a big win against the Rome Wreckers and, most recently, a close loss to the Blue Collar Betties. The Utica Clubbers are hungry for another win and will be looking to take on ManchVegas with a vengeance.

As always, ages 10& under and 65& over are FREE. Advance sale tickets can be purchased online ($9), or at any of our three regular presale locations; The Tram Cafe in Utica, Cafe Domenico in Utica, and Bill's Variety in Rome ($8).

$1 of each ticket sold at the door ($10) will be donated to our 2011 season non-profit partner, the Oneida-Lewis Arc.

Look for more info coming soon about DJ, halftime show, National Anthem singers, and the afterparty.

Let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing on facebook HERE!

Monday, May 16, 2011

5/14/2011 Bout Recap: CNY All-Stars vs Ithaca SufferJets

Group Photo by Nic Sammond

College graduations and high school proms didnt stop awesome derby from being had this weekend in Rome, NY. CNY Roller Derby hosted the Ithaca League of Women Rollers for the CNY All-Stars first home bout of the 2011 season versus the Ithaca SufferJets, titled "Blood, Sweat, and Fears".

The All-Stars came into the game undefeated for the season so far, coming off solid victories against Lehigh Valley and Long Island in recent weeks. Playing down veteran blockers Little Bastard #5 and Lady Die Mentia #3 due to injuries, and remembering the schooling Ithaca dealt to CNY in its first ever away game in 2008, the CNY roster and bench staff were taking no chances on playing this game smart and safe.

The All-Stars took the lead from the very beginning of this game and never gave it up. Jammers Spin Spin Sugar #230, Gutshot #5689, Pied Viper #333, Mean Squeak #27, and Sinful Pleasures #xxx0 repeatedly grabbed lead jammer status and did not fail to put up points. CNY's blockers played a very strategic game allowing lots of points to be scored and not many given up. Overall, CNY's jamming squad each had 20+ points in the game. In the first half, Pied Viper put up a 25-0 jam that allowed CNY to break away with a comfortable margin. However, Ithaca did not just lay down and take it. To the contrary, their blockers were dishing out big hits left and right, and quite a few times crowd members ended up with CNY players in their laps. The score at the halfwas 74-28 in favor of CNY.

The slow pack work, even at times resulting in clockwise packs, necessitated quite a few officials time outs as the refs sorted out direction of gameplay issues and made sure all calls were being reported in correctly. While so many zebra huddles make for anxious fans, both benches were thankful that the refs and NSO's took the time to make sure things were right.

Photo by Mel Mogensen

The final score was CNY 180- Ithaca 68. High scorers were Spin Spin Sugar for CNY with 46 points, and for Ithaca AKT*47 with 17 points. Penalty queens this game were Cereal Suicide for CNY with 5 trips to the box and AKT*47 for Ithaca with 4 trips. MVP's were Moody Obsession #5150 for CNY and AKT*47 for Ithaca.

MVP photo by Ramon Aiello

This bout also served as a bottle and can drive for the victims of the fire on Schuyler St in Utica last week which claimed 4 lives. We are happy to report that we collected a TON of cans and bottles for the cause. We'll have an accurate count sometime soon this week, but here's a quick picture of the 20ish garbage bags full that are awaiting pickup at the venue:

In other charity related news, this event also put another $115 into our donation fund for the Oneida-Lewis chapter of The Arc, our 2011 season non-profit partner.

This event marked a bitter sweet milestone for CNY Roller Derby: Doris Doomsday #818 skated her last bout with CNYRD. 'Doom', as she is known, is moving to Toronto, and we will all be very sad to see her (and Nic!) go. Doom served as the league's PR chair for the 2010 season and the league benefitted greatly from her guidance. We are sure that no matter where she is Doom will continue to be a name you hear about in flat track roller derby. All-Stars captain Gutshot had poignant words to share for Doom and Chairwoman Little Bastard presented her with flowers from the league.
Photo by Pete Rodriguez

Big thanks are due to our guest DJ, Gary Acey, for making the music happen on short notice, and helping us out big time! He not only loaned us extra speakers to make sure the folks at the ends of the stands could hear, but then loaded out super fast at teh end of the bout and was set up and ready for dance contests at the afterparty byt the time we got there!

Big thanks are also due to our very own Broadway Mu-Psycho for her awesome National Anthem, and to announcers BlackJack and Harry Crumb for holding it down all night. We couldnt do it without awesome volunteers!

Coming up Soon!

Next up for CNYRD, On Saturday June 4th CNYRD Presents the Derbyzilla Double Header- you get to see all 3 of CNY's home teams play in one day- The Utica Clubbers take on The ManchVegas Roller Girls of NH, and the Blue Collar Betties play the Rome Wreckers. More info to come soon!

For the All-Stars, the next 2 bouts are away, but not too far.....on June 11th the All-Stars take on Syracuse's Assault City A-Team in Syracuse, and on June 18th, the All-Stars head out to Buffalo for their biggest challenge yet this year- skating against the higher ranked and more experienced Queen City Lake Effect Furies. Check back here for ticket and travel info!

Media from the bout:

Photos by Ramon Aiello

Photos by Pete Rodriguez Part 1 Part 2

Photos by Mel Mogensen

Photos by Shatterbug11

Photos by Nic Sammond

Photos by Hispanic Attack

Please add links to new media as it becomes available in the comments section! Thanks!