Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Home Opener April 30th! The ICEBREAKER!

It's our favorite time of year again!
On Saturday 4/30/2011, CNY Roller Derby celebrates the ice being taken off the floor at JFK Arena in Rome NY with our 2011 home season opener, THE (3rd annual) ICEBREAKER!!!! (link to facebook event page....let us know you're coming!)

This year's icebreaker will feature The Utica Clubbers vs The Blue Collar Betties. If April 9th's friends and family bout was any indication, these teams are ready to play HARD. The Utica Clubbers are coming off their win against the Rome Wreckers, and The Blue Collar Betties are making their 2011 debut with this game.

As always, advance sale tickets can be purchased for $8 from The Tramontane Cafe in Utica, Cafe Domenico in Utica, or Bill's Variety Store in Rome. Tickets can also be purchased online for this event HERE for $9.
The pre-sale price is good until the night of the 29th, then all tickets will be at the door price of $10. Also as always, adults 65+ and children 10 and under are FREE. Remember, if you buy a ticket at the door, $1 of your ticket money will be donated at the end of the 2011 season to The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, our 2011 season non-profit partner.

The event will feature lighting and video from Entertainment Services, music by DJ DeafGeoff, raffles, prizes, new 2011 league merchandise, concessions by the JFK Arena staff, and vendors.

Join us after the bout for the afterparty with drink specials and food with your favorite roller girls, hosted by our 2011 season sponsor, The Black River Ale House (click on link for directions from Arena via Google Maps)

JFK Arena:

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

4/9/2011 Bout Recap: Utica Clubbers vs Rome Wreckers intraleague

On Saturday 4/9/2011, CNYRD hosted its first ever official intra-league bout showcasing 2 of our 3 home teams established earlier this year: The Utica Clubbers and the Rome Wreckers.

We scheduled this as a 'soft start' to our home season, having only moved back into JFK Arena on Tuesday 4/5 and only having 1-2 times to skate on the concrete and get used to things before the bout. We advertised this as a 'Friends and Family' event, with a $3 suggested donation at the door, and we were overwhelmed to find approximately 130 people that came to watch and cheer on their favorite players.

Both teams sported new uniforms with new logo designs this season, the Wreckers logo courtesy of Rob Perry Design, and the Clubbers logo courtesy of our own Deadtime Story. Both teams had a solid mix of veteran and new skaters, many playing in their first full length bout, and also for many their first public bout. On the rosters were:

Utica Clubbers:
Chiropractor #911
Sinful Pleasures #XXX0
Little Bastard #5
Itty Bitty Bastard #410
Moody Obsession #5150
Lady Die-Mentia #3 (Captain)
Mean Squeak #27
Bloody Kisses #1313
Short E Fuze #412
Bam Bam Thunderjam #54
Pippi Hardknocking #2
Smotherly Love #X4
Frisky Whiskey #6od
E-Gore #325
Nik O'lateral Damage #77
Maiden Mayhem #1018

Rome Wreckers:
Summer of Sam #18
Bitter Swede #29
Brawla Abdul #14
Anita Grenade #79
Hotcakes #42
Gutshot #5689
Mighty Mite #93
Blood N Butter #350
Mia Malicious #16
Tamora Fierce #48
Hitgirl #2112

Bench Coaches: Mellfire, Murder Antoinette, Spin Spin Sugar

The game was far more hard hitting and physical than anyone expected, with a level of play akin to 2010's travel team bouts. The Clubbers used expert pack control to bring the pack to a near standstill forcing the Wreckers to frequently skate back to re-form quickly, and allowing their jammers to make more scoring passes. The Wreckers made use of their overall faster jamming abilities and really made it difficult for the Clubbers to keep up once lead was given to them.

The half saw the Clubbers up by approx 20 points, and it was clearly still anyone's game.
The final score was Utica Clubbers 177- Rome Wreckers 105.

MVP's were Summer of Sam for the Wreckers and Short E Fuze for the Clubbers.

Also making their public debut with CNYRD were refs Doom Buggy, XS'V Force, and Mr T.

The next intraleague bout will take place on April 30th, in a full production public event, between The Utica Clubbers and the Blue Collar Betties.

The next Friends and Family bout will be on Sunday May 29th at 12pm. Look for more details soon!

Photos by Pete Rodriguez

(please add links to other media from this bout as it becomes available in the comments section!)Link

Saturday, April 9, 2011

CNYRD kicks off another round of new skater training

On Wed. 4/6 and Sat 4/9, CNYRD hosted two open house events in preparation for our new skater training series which starts Wed 4/13/11. We had a great turnout with 25+ new girls and a couple of guys ready to start skating.

You can view some of the photos here from Hispanic Attack:
Album 1
Album 2


Basic skating class starts this week on Wednesday from 7-10pm, and runs Wednesdays 7-10p and Saturdays 10a-12p for 4 weeks at JFK Arena, 500 W Embargo St in Rome NY. The cost is $30 for the month. Rental gear (skates, helmets, pads, etc) can be used in any combination needed for an additional $5 per use.
Once basic skating ends on May 7th, the same time slots will be used for New Skater Training running for 12 weeks, the goal being to have all participants pass the WFTDA minimum skills requirements at the end of the 12 weeks, and hopefully be drafted onto a home team by August! The costs stay the same throughout, although those who move on to New Skater Training will also be expected to purchase their own insurance and gear relatively soon into the training.

Any questions contact or check out our website's 'Interested?' page

Our next opportunity to learn from the ground up will start in September 2011, but we always accept transfer skaters from other leagues and those with prior non-derby skating experience if we can safely jump them into practices.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bout Recap 4/2/2011: CNY All-Stars at Albany

On Saturday 4/2/2011 CNYRD's CNY All-Stars traveled to Albany NY to participate in a historic double header bout event.

The first bout of the night pitted the new Capital District Trauma Authority against our brother league, The Quadfathers, in the first ever men's roller derby bout between two NY based men's leagues. The Washington Ave Armory was packed, and it seemed that for some who were experiencing men's derby for the first time, it was shocking to see the big hits, hard falls, and aggressive play that the boys love so much. CDTA jumped out to an early lead, and despite the Quadfathers coming back to a small lead before the half, ultimately CDTA took the game 110-77. It was great fun for our players, staff, friends, and fans to see the guys take the track and do so well.

The main event started with CNY jumping out to an early lead. The first 6 jams of this game truly decided the outcome with CNY grabbing a solid lead and holding it the rest of the game;

The first jam saw Albany jammer Dottie Damage #10k thrown into the penalty box on a major track cut drawn by CNY blocker Moody Obsession, clearing the way for CNY jammer Spin Spin Sugar #230 to score a 15-0 first jam. The following 5 jams heavily favored CNY, as Albany was held to only 1 or 2 points as CNY continued to rack them up.

Ultimately, the CNY All Stars won this game on a combination of smart jam calling strategies, big power jams that saw the Albany jammer and sometimes multiple blockers in the penalty box, and excellent back-of-pack blocking courtesy mainly of Moody Obsession and Cereal Suicide, usually on alternating jams.

The final score was 135-82 in favor of CNY. This breaks a long awaited streak of CNY and Albany matchups going back to 2009 that always saw Albany as the victor, which culminated at last year’s Empire Skate Showdown when CNY lost 57-59 to Albany in a nail biter final jam for second place in the tournament.

This was also the retirement bout for Albany founder and star Dottie Damage #10k, who will be out at least the rest of this season, and we already cant wait to share the track with her again. Love you Dottie!

Helmet cam video from Jam Ref Ludachris Speed
Period 1
Period 2 (coming soon!)

Photos by Sugar Daddy Part 1 Part 2
Photos by Hispanic Attack (coming soon to this page)
Photos by Nic Sammond Part 1 Part 2
Photos by Mel Mogensen

Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 After Party Sponsor: The Black River Ale House

CNYRD is excited to announce our 2011 season after party sponsor, The Black River Ale House at 1747 Black River Blvd in Rome.
The BRAH has a good sized parking lot off-street, a spacious bar area, pool table, darts, plenty of seating for lots of people inside, and a great outside patio that can hold quite a few.
They are doing drink and food specials for us all season, and there will be DJ music and plenty of rowdy derby people.

The BRAH is a simple drive from JFK Arena:

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There are plenty of hotels nearby for visiting folks too.

Check out these pics from the BRAH website