Going the Distance

Mccrusher mapAs a newer skater and with my fresh(ie) perspective, I’m constantly impressed by derby girls. I don’t ever expect to not feel that way about them. I want to share the lengths they will go for their derby.

Practice is hard work and getting there consistently can be tough if you live 5 minutes away. Add a long drive, both ways, to lives full of jobs, kids, random chaos, or emergencies and it becomes nearly impossible!

Those outside of Medford have one way trips that break down like this:

20-25 Minutes:

Gin Atomic, Eager Beaver, Zulu Mutha Smutha, Bacon Bits, Bubble Buster (2o minute bike ride)  I don’t know how she can even pedal after practice!

45 Minutes:

Carmen Unglued, Tiny Baby Beezus, Elysa (Freshmeat), Pinkie Pie, Killer Taco

60-90 Minutes:

AweSome Sauce, Richter

90-120 Minutes:

McCrusher

That’s just one way…three times a week or up to 5 on a bout week.

Derby inspires some pretty intense passion and commitment. McCrusher has a team that is 50 minutes South of her and there is even a team in her hometown, but life led her here. She says, I love this team…the Sis-Q Rollerz have my heart, they are my home.” I love them, too, for more reasons than I can count. Each of these women brings something really unique and wonderful to the team. As a clueless freshie, I have, at times, been overcome with a zeal (like a hyperactive cocker spaniel) that I am fairly certain in other circles may have gotten me punched in the throat. (Thanks, for not punching me in the throat!) It’s been so incredible and I am thankful I found derby. I only wish it had been sooner.

It’s pretty amazing, too, how many years so many of the Sis-Q Rollerz have been playing roller derby. There is real commitment and countless hours that have been invested into these roller girls’ careers. Speaking of invested, there is no pay. Our coach doesn’t even get paid. (Thank you, Coach Decimator!) Our officers put in a lot of extra hours as well as our experienced fresh meat coaches. Many of those who live nearer the Meat Locker, our very cool (cold) venue, clock many extra hours, as well, to help our league run smoothly.  So what’s the payoff? Just the short list: pure joy, good therapy, exercise, camaraderie, and occasionally some blood or a few tears.

Counting just 16 of our veterans, there are over 67 combined years of derby experience represented. I hope you will come and watch our season opener this Saturday and watch this incredible team in action and see just how entertaining all this devotion can be!

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Sis-Q VS Tsunami

January 17th vs. Tsunami Sirens in Crescent City, California

L-R, BACK: Coach Decimator, Lil’ Sass, Frau Blocher, Jump On Jen, Killer Taco, Gore Jus, Ice Breakher, Zulu Mutha Smutha, Awesome Sauce, Line Coach Mental Kace FRONT: Ima B., Bubble Buster, Hermine E. Grinder, BreakFist of Champions, McCrusher

We made the road trip through some beautiful country on Saturday to the first bout of the year. What a gorgeous drive! Next time I will provide air sickness bags for my co-pilots. For those who may be unaware, Del Norte county provided The Return of the Jedi movie the lovely Endor scenery.

As a new skater (and balance challenged), I am in awe every time I watch my team mates skate their game. In bouts, drills, or just dancing around the track. Their grace is beautiful to behold. The balance, agility, and skill that is required to do the things they do will never cease to amaze me.

It was a very physical night, with the final score being Tsunami over 300 and Sis-Q 100-something. It’s not about the score, as a spectator, it’s about the phenomenal skating on both sides. It was. PHENOMENAL. The jammers represented, especially our very own Bubble Buster, in her debut bout. She is a skater with beautiful footwork and will add another dimension to our jamming corps. The blockers made some impressive plays out there as well.

If you still have never been to a roller derby bout, seriously, get there. You won’t be sorry! These women may make it look effortless as they battle for control of the track.  These special women below are athletes, pure and simple.

The Traditional Post Bout Group Photo ❤