Doin’ it Our Way – January 26
On Saturday, January 26, at 7 p.m. at the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda the Queen City Roller Girls home season continues in full force. In the first game the Devil Dollies will take on the Alley Kats and the second game is a much-anticipated rematch between the Lake Effect Furies and Rideau Valley Vixens.
The 2013 Devil Dollies have a solid core of returning skaters. They welcomed back Fetishly Divine who slid off the coaching bench, strapped on her competitive skates and will bring her intimidation back to the track. The Dollies also welcomed Celery StalkHer and Fierce Lightening during the off-season. Last year’s league MVP, Day TripHer, is still wearing the pink as well. Red Fox, Mae Plower, and Ace Bandage have retired but the Dollies have a robust coaching team in Busty Pipes, Violet Intentions, The French Confection and Anita Doobie.
“We are excited for this season,” said Her Heiny Granger, the captain of the Devil Dollies. “Every Dollie has stepped up her game. We are committed to working hard on and off the track to accomplish our goals for this season. Look out for the 2013 Devil Dollies ’cause heads are gonna roll!”
The Alley Kats are in a rebuilding year having lost 10 players in the off season to transfers, retirement and injuries. They have a new coaching staff in Jaded Sins-Ability, Maggie de Sade (who also skates) and bench manager Great White Buffalo. They drafted a solid core of Queen’s Court skaters in October as well as returning skater Melania “SooKee” Kosanovich.
“We are focusing on our team attitude this year,” said Knockin’ Das Boots, captain of the Alley Kats. “Sure we are working on skills and strategies, but one of our main focuses is team-building.”
In the second game of the night the Furies will play the Rideau Valley Vixens from Ottawa, Canada. The last time the Furies and the Vixens met was in a triple header in July, 2012 in Rochester. The Vixens, who had just became a full WFTDA team in June, surprised the Furies who didn’t expect the skill and intensity brought by the newly minted team. The Furies fell 277-188 and took a hard knock in their rankings because of it.
The Vixens haven’t played that many games since then. They have played Hudson Valley, Montreal, Suburbia and Green Mountain with a record of 3-1. The Furies, on the other hand, have played Roc City, HARD, River City, Dominion, CNY, Tri City and Black-N-Bluegrass (as well as CN Power in an unsanctioned scrimmage). Their record is 6-1 (6-2 if you include the scrimmage). During the River City, HARD and
BBRG games the Furies put up over 300 points (over 400 against HARD).
But that doesn’t mean the Furies think that the Rideau game is going to be anything but a serious challenge.
“The Furies have been training hard for the last nine months to make a strong push to become the top ranked WFTDA team in 2013. To work our way up the rankings we must bout both established and up and coming teams,” said Coach Andy. “We are excited about the opportunity to have a bout with the Rideau Valley Vixens. They are a classy and well-run organization that is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.”
The action starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday. It is going to be a serious night of high intensity roller derby. In addition to derby, flying loaves of rye bread and 50/50 raffles, Evil Things is going to be rocking the rink at half time and between the bouts. And, of course, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. This month’s bout beneficiary will be: Neighborhood Heath Center.
Tickets are going fast. Get ‘em soon at www.qcrg.net or at the Rainbow Rink or Terrapin Station.