I’ve been a roller skater all my life. There was a roller skating hiatus of about 25 years and that’s when I made the switch to rollerblading (don’t judge me) because it was “way more cool”... *clears throat and quickly looks around embarrassed* Now that I’m a Derby Girl I’m definitely on the up-swing in the cool department and those blades are tucked away nicely in the garage.
March 14, 2013 – that’s when it happened. I signed up, bought the WFTDA insurance, and bought ALL the gear before I even Googled what a derby bout was. I didn’t care; it was something I had to do. I passed the PRGU Boot Camp, passed my tests, and started skating bouts with our travel team. Life was good.
Cut to December when our two home teams did their draft. What is this, the NFL? As long as I wouldn’t find out if I was the last pick, I wasn't gonna have a major complex… I became a Dama. One of the Damas de los Muertos, to be exact. A team of women I love and love to skate with, but the same goes for the Psychopathogens, the “other” team. I love those women, too, and I love to skate with them also. What do you mean I’ve got to “hit a bitch”? They’re my sisters! It was obviously something I needed to get over, and quickly.
We had our season opener on Friday, January 31, 2014. This was my first bout as a Dama, and my first bout against the Psychos. I had to face the fact that I would have to hit my derby big sister, T-M.A.G.num, who’s shown me the ropes since day 1 and always hugs me when I need a shoulder. I would have to hit Imp Eden, a new mom whom I helped with breastfeeding when her wee son was born. WTH! And all the other chicks I’m somehow tied to in one way or another. It just seemed…wrong. Again, something I needed to get over.
We had over 300 people attend our season opener – YES! All of the flyering and acting as town crier has paid off. We raised money for Blue Star Moms and donated several items to the troops. The guy from Chivaz arrived with fantastical socks in tow (haha, in toe) for us to buy his wares. There were sweet treats, libations, and PRG swag for indulgence galore. Definitely a well-rounded group of vendors to take good care of our attendees!
5 seconds…..TWEET!!! And we’re off! It. Was. Awesome. Funny how those “feelings” I had about hitting my teammates quickly slipped away when it was my turn to take the line. I had no problem trying to knock a Psycho down or block their jammer. I wasn’t always successful but not bad for a Noob. Did I mention I had ZERO penalties? STOKED! At half-time we had a derby wedding for Rat Frink and Slaminatrix, two players who decided to make their derby wifehood official, promising to have each other's backs until derby retirement do they part.
This was our first bout of 2014, and the Damas skated together totally in sync. That “hive” mind thing people talk about was happening to us. Barbirolla was able to tell me exactly what she wanted me to do with just a roll of her eyes. When Physical Terrorist started to tripod to block the Psycho jammer, Pain O’Noir was right there to give her the support she needed; her booty. Moose-a-rita used her “moose caboose” to knock her own derby wife (and my derby sis), T-MAGnum (otherwise known as "Squirrel" to Moose-a-rita's "Moose") out of bounds. Power jams, penalties, taking lead jammer status…as Frankie Valli put it, “Oh what a night”!
Psychos played a good game and definitely kept us on our toes. Fantastic blind hits, long-legged jammers taking that inside line (dang it), and a shout out to Flying Ace for jumping the apex! A great start to the 2014 Peninsula Roller Girl season!
Article written by Sheridan Sheracuda Ross
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