News and Bout Info

Kingston Derby Girls bring it south of the border

On Saturday, a convoy of Kingston Derby Girls got out their passports to head south of the border for KDG’s first international roller derby bout. The Skateful Dead, led by captains Polly Slamory and Careless Whips-her and including a couple of bonus members of the Rogue Warriors, met the Oz Roller Girls of Oswego, New York, at the Armory for a clash of epic, trans-border proportions. The Oz Roller Girls, undefeated in their last eight matches, came out swinging in the first half, leaping to a huge lead in the first few jams as the Dead, under coach John A. Smackdonald and bench coach Little Orphan-Maker Annie, struggled to get used to the unusual sport-court floor and find their bearings against the hard-hitting Oswegans. Their lead stretched out quickly, and going into halftime Oswego was ahead 129-50. However, the Skateful Dead rallied at halftime, using strategic starts to their advantage and holding the inside line, shutting down the strong Oswego jammers numerous times. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and Oz took the bout 200-124. Polly Slamory and Smackinnon were named Kingston’s blocker and jammer MVPs, respectively.

The Skateful Dead played hard against a challenging team and are proud of the game they played. The Oz Roller Girls were amazing hosts, and we can’t wait to do the same for them. Oswego will be coming to play the Rogue Warriors this summer in Kingston, and Kingston will be looking to avenge their loss. Stay tuned as bout details for our coming season are revealed!

You can view some great photos of the bout here, and check out the articles about the bout in the Palladium-Times and Oswego County Today.

Think you have what it takes to coach roller derby?

The Kingston Derby Girls are looking for a few good women and men to join our coaching team. We’re looking for enthusiastic, collaborative, and committed people with knowledge and experience in any type of fitness instruction, including power skating, cross-training, team dynamics, game strategy, and other related skills.

Think you fit the bill? Want to join forces with the fastest growing women’s sport in North America? We want to hear from you! Email coaches@kingstonderbygirls.ca and let us know what you can teach us! (Training will be provided for all of our future coaches.)

It’s that time of year… Back to Cruel 2!

The Kingston Derby Girls proudly present Back to Cruel 2 on September 9 at the Memorial Centre!

Come see the Kingston Derby Girls play their final home bout of the season. This double header will feature Kingston’s Sinderollas in a rematch against Peterborough Roller Derby, and Kingston’s Disloyalists duking it out with the GTA Rollergirls.

These are sure to be two fast-paced, competitive games… you won’t want to miss a second of it! Come and cheer your Kingston Derby Girls on!

Doors open at 5:30, and the whistle blows for the first game at 6:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and kids 10 & under get in free (limit: two per adult). Get your tickets at The Mansion, Get Funky, UPS, Novel Idea, or online at brownpapertickets.com.

There will be food and a bar on site, as well as live music that will rock your socks off!!

Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for more details as Back to Cruel 2 approaches.

See you on the flat track!

So good lookin’

The Kingston Derby Girls are thrilled to unveil their newly designed website! Thanks so much to Eric Akaoka of A Storied Design for all his hard work these past several weeks. We’re thrilled!

First bout of 2011! Tickets available NOW!

The Kingston Derby Girls and the Skeleton Park Music Festival proudly present the KDG’s 2011 season kick off event… a double header bout on Friday, June 17, 2011!! With KDG’s SinderRollas playing an opening mini-bout, the main event will feature KDG’s The Disloyalists facing off against Peterborough Roller Derby!

In conjunction with the Skeleton Park Music Festival, this event will include live entertainment by Slick Whippet, Sheezer, Rueben deGroot and The Gertrudes.

The bout starts at 6:30 p.m. on the 17th, but doors are at 5:30 and the entertainment starts at 6 p.m. — get to the Kingston Memorial Centre early for good times and good seats! (Pro tip: bring a lawn chair or a yoga mat to sit on if you want to sit right up by all the action.)

Tickets: $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Kids 10 and under get in free (limit: two per adult). Tickets are available now online at Brown Paper Tickets and soon at Get Funky Boutique, The Mansion, UPS, and Novel Idea.

There’ll even be a post-bout after-party thrown by The Mansion at the Kingston Memorial Centre after the bout and bands, so plan for an amazing night of rock & derby.

[Photo: Lavallee of the Dolls and Tight E. Whitey line up on the jammer line, ready for the whistle. Courtesy of Steve Koopman of Unveiled Photography.]

New photos of the Kingston Derby Girls!

Check out some very cool new pics from two recent KDG practices at the Memorial Centre! All photos by our fantastic league photographer, Steve Koopman of Unveiled Photography. Click “show as slideshow” for best effect!

Volunteer with the KDG!

That’s right, the Kingston Derby Girls are looking for volunteers! And one of those volunteers could be YOU!

Want to get involved in roller derby but aren’t sure that all the heavy hits are quite your style? Well, there are lots of different ways to help and plenty of opportunities for folks who are ready and willing… everything from postering to skating as a referee to working as a non-skating official or even security.

To be a part of the action, email Princess Buttercut at volunteer [at] kingstonderbygirls [dot] ca!

Excellent poster art by our very own Box Punch!

What a weekend!

A bunch of us headed for Montreal this past weekend to witness some of Canada’s greatest roller derby stars take each other on in the battle for La Bête – the Beast of the East! It’s taken a while to post about it because it’s taken a while to recover from it! The energy was high, the competition was fierce, and the beeramids were tall — with 27 short games crammed into one crazy weekend, the action never stopped for long! The championship game was one of the most dramatic any of us had seen, with Rideau Valley’s Slaughter Daughters making a heart-stopping comeback in the final seconds of the final jam against Toronto’s Gore Gore Rollergirls to win 88-85. Outside of the arena, Kingston Derby Girls could be seen all over the city, enjoying challah French toast at Beauty’s on Mont-Royal in the morning … and karaokeing and bucking on the mechanical bull at Cafe Serge into the wee hours.

Check out the Derby Nerd’s coverage of the tournament here.

Congratulations on your big win, Slaughter Daughters! Thanks for an amazing weekend, Montreal — we’ll see you next year!

Photos by Yo! Shanity Slam

Good luck on your MSRs, ladies!

Next week is a big week for our Fresh Meat skaters: many of them will be making their first attempt at passing the Minimum Skills Requirement (MSR) test! We wish them the best of luck… we’re all so proud of how hard they’ve worked and how much they’ve improved since they started camp. Our photographer Steve Koopman recently visited one of their practices… check out the pictures he took on his Facebook page or over here as a slideshow (set to music!). Doesn’t everyone look amazing?

Media diary

Want something to read up while you get psyched for the 2011 Kingston Derby Girls season? Heck yeah you do!

We’ve started keeping a media diary to keep track of a selection of the great articles on the KDG that have been written recently. We feel mighty organized to have them all in one place… and quite flattered at the kind things people have said! It will continue to be added to over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back every now and then.