Bright colors, ha-ha. You’ll never catch me on the track without some splash of color. No idea why that’s the case.
What is your favorite position and why?
Blocker. Because nothing beats denying the opposing jammer points.
What has been your biggest challenge?
After taking a season off to finish my degree I came back to an entirely new set of rules, a team that had advanced in the sport, and a body which was not up to speed. I’m getting used to one whistle jam starts and no minors. It has been a challenge to get back to where I was. I’ll get there though…
Have the skills required in your “real life” contributed to your experience in roller derby?
It’s possible that my M.A. in clinical psychology helps me keep a cool head on the track, but I think a lot of that comes from playing sports growing up.
What is your pre derby athletic background? Do you continue these while playing derby?
I played lots of different sports growing up (karate, basketball, softball, rugby, & soccer- which lasted the longest). In college, some misfit friends and I played dodge ball on a team and got destroyed. Now it’s 24/7 roller derby.
Who is your biggest fan?
Since meeting, Rhett Bansheekoot has been to all of my bouts so he’s definitely up there. My family is also really supportive and makes it out when schedules allow too! I’m very lucky to have so much support.
Crash-ing into action! (Note the bright colors…)
This past season has been a whirlwind of awesomeness, and what better way to celebrate than at the 2014 Brandywine Roller Girls Prom (or End of the Year Gathering, as some would prefer to call it)? The venue this year was Frazer Lanes, which created a fun atmosphere for sudden dance parties, friendly competitive bowling, and an all around good time.
The awards are a highlight of this annual celebration and the appropriate teams and league members vote on them prior to arriving. This year, the Belligerents decided to forgo standard awards and have each skater recognize a fellow skater whom they admired or respected for their individual talents. BRG recognized all of the Refs and NSOs with Certificates of Awesomeness and General Badassery.
Special thanks go to the Prom Committee for all their hard work and to Andrew Keyes for being the official photo booth photographer.
And the recipients are…
League Heart – Rapid ArrhythMia
League Jammer MVP – Skinny Guinea
League Blocker MVP – DeckHerH8er
League Double Threat – Verve
Rookie of the Year – Doomerang
Breakout Player of the Year – Emma D JennaRat
Wizard of Whistles – Paul Refvere
Fabulous Flamingo – Hells Kells
Wizard of Wows – Keyesboard
Dr. Jekyll & Miss Hyde – Knuckle Baby
Lady & the Cramp – Anya Alnight
Queen of the Stink – Rontanamo Bay
What Does the Box Say – Ka$h & Prizes
Wonder Bra – Emma D JennaRat
Juicy Jeggings – Dirty Rox-Tini
Bitchiest Resting Face – Sin Ickle
Koach’s Kup – Cutthroat KC
Unsung Hero – Holly WallBangHer
We are proud to note that four of our skaters bouted over the weekend in the “Battle of the All-Stars” in Hatfield, PA. The tournament included teams from eight states: Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey. So much talent in one place!
We watched Anya Alnight, DeckHerH8er, Skinny Guinea and Verve skate with the rest of the Pennsylvania Roller Derby All-Stars from leagues all over Pennsylvania. Skinny Guinea (against Maryland) and Verve (against NY, the first time, and Ohio) both received MVP awards in three of the four bouts. Way to go, ladies!
The team did an amazing job all weekend and their undefeated record proved it! A win over Ohio on Friday, two wins on Saturday against New York and Maryland, and then another win against New York on Sunday to take 1st place!
Check out our Facebook page where we’ve been sharing a ton of photos that keep surfacing from all of the great photogs that captured every exciting moment!
A big thank you to the Bux-Mont Roller Derby Dolls for hosting such an amazing weekend! Can’t wait for next year’s battle!
Derby News Network mentioned BRG in their article showcasing the new rankings as announced on December 9th! See that article here. [WFTDA re-released the rankings with an adjustment made, bringing BRG to 52 rather than the initially posted 50, as listed in DNN's article.]