Battle on the Bent Track, this weekend

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Several of our members will be taking part in Battle on the Bent Track 2016 as part of Proud to Play NZ. It’s the first time the Battle’s made it to Aotearoa, and we’re proud to be supporting this great event! Make sure you head along to The Trusts Arena this weekend and check out one (or all!) of the eleven games being played this weekend.
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Help get the Broadside Brawlers to the Japan Open!

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Our travel team, the Broadside Brawlers, are training hard ahead of their first international trip, but they need your help to get them there! They’ll be taking part in the Japan Open Roller Derby Tournament 2016 ジャパンオープン ローラーダービー. They’re fundraising through PledgeMe to help cover costs like accommodation, flights, and uniforms. Head over to the link and help them out.

TRY ROLLER DERBY!

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We know you’ve all watched a derby bout and thought “hey, I could do that.” Well, now’s your chance to give it a go!

We’re opening up our beginners skating course for new skaters (known affectionately as “freshmeat”) to learn how to stay on their wheels and play like a derby skater!

We’re holding two open skate sessions the Monday and Wednesday after our upcoming game this Valentine’s weekend. (Details here)

Then, a week later, we’ll be getting started on our first Freshmeat intake of the year. If you want to “try before you buy,” so to speak, then our open skate sessions are perfect for you!

We’re looking for derby skaters, junior skaters, referees, non-skating officials, you name it! Come along and get involved in the best sport around.

TRY ROLLER DERBY!
OPEN DAYS: Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th Feb.
WHEN: 7pm-9pm (registrations/gear hire opens from 6.45pm)
WHERE: Trusts Arena in Henderson.
COST: $5 (+$5 for gear hire) per day.

FRESHMEAT COURSE: Begins Monday 23rd, Trusts Arena in Henderson.

FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR!

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Auckland’s premier roller derby league, the Pirate City Rollers, are holding their first game of the year – a re-match against New Zealand’s Vagine Regime!

A mixed team of new and experienced PCR skaters will take on Vagine Regime, a stellar group of LGBT skaters from throughout the country, including Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Palmerston North!

This first roller derby game in Auckland this year is an excellent way to support the LGBT community throughout Auckland’s Pride Festival!

We’ll be looking to repeat the excellent game we held against them this time last year, so make sure you grab your ticket ASAP!

WHO: Pirate City Rollers vs Vagine Regime Aotearoa
WHEN: Saturday February 14th
WHERE: YMCA Pitt Street, Auckland.
PRICES: $15+bf online at Under the Radar, $20 on the door. Discounted ticket prices for children under 12.
TICKETS: Available here!

Congratulations Freshmeat!

Our last Freshmeat group for 2014, with their coaches Myrtle Kombat, TutanKarnage and Machete Confetti, as well as LEE-thal Weapon.

Our last Freshmeat group for 2014, with their coaches Myrtle Kombat, TutanKarnage and Machete Confetti, as well as LEE-thal Weapon.

Congratulations to our latest pack of Freshmeat, who last night completed their skills test to join the Pirate City Rollers! We can’t wait to introduce them all to you.

If you’re interested in joining our league too, click the “Get Involved” tab for more details. You can also sign-up to our mailing list there, or on our Facebook page when you click on the “Freshmeat Sign-Up” tab.

See you all in 2015!

Missbhaven

Say hello to the formidable Missbhaven, who’s proven herself a strong and determined opponent on the track!

In her own words, here are her thoughts on her roller derby experience with PCR so far!

“Let me just preface this with… I hate doing these things, more hated than the dentist or cervical smears. That’s right, I equate doing these things to the equivalent of having my vajay-jay scraped with a popsicle stick.

missb1. What inspired your derby name and number?
My name? Ask my mom. Or my sister. Or my boyfriend… As for my number, let’s just say, “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn” – Ray Bradbury

2. What motivated you to join derby?
I was looking for something physical where I could be challenged, and the underground bear wrestling scene just wasn’t doing it for me (people joke that my Game of Thrones character is Brienne of Tarth). When I heard about a sport where you could legitimately crush people, both figuratively and literally, I had to give it a go.

3. What has been your greatest achievement in derby so far?
Making the All Scars squad and representing PCR in the Great Southern Slam last June. It was so great to skate against some top class teams. That, or managing to stay on my feet with a hangover and not throw up.

4. What is your favourite part about having the opportunity to play in a league with your sister Schroding-her?
I’m so glad that she has the chance to repay me for all the horrible things I did to her when we were kids.

5. What is your secret talent? (What would people be surprised to hear about you outside of derby)

This one time, at pagan camp…”

Velvet Hammer

In #Skateroftheweek this week, we get to know a bit about the amazing Velvet Hammer! This multi talented lady is blazing her way through her very first season with us playing for both The All Scars AND The Broadside Brawlers and doing a terrific job of both! We are very lucky to have her. Here’s what she has to say

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1. What is the story behind your name and number?

Absolutely nothing deep and meaningful! I just wanted something girly combined with something tough. I was thinking about the “iron fist in the velvet glove” phrase, and it morphed into Velvet Hammer. And 4x(by)4 is the piece of wood you use a hammer on, of course! And the wheels we skate on too, so I was a bit chuffed at the double meaning.

2. How did you get into roller derby?

A friend of mine first mentioned it to me, and said ‘you should try it’. He just liked the flamboyance and hot pants! , but he knew I was in a dilemma about in-line because of the damage, and thought this was an obvious alternative. Then I saw Trample, Pixie and someone else show up at Barry Curtis skate park one day, and that bought it back into my mind, so I went along to freshmeat. Not sure it’s any less damaging, but at least it lets me hang out on skates with a bunch of lovely ladies instead of under age boys!

3. You’re a pretty kick ass in-line skater, how do you feel this crosses over into derby?

In-line in skate parks meant I was already used to wheels on my feet and jumping around on them, dealing with abrupt changes in balance and things like that. Although, soft quad skates with articulated trucks took a bit of getting used to, after a rigid in-line boot – I was all over the place at my first freshmeat! The rough and tumble of derby didn’t worry me either, because I’m used to impact and bruises when my tricks go wrong in skate parks. I’ve had lots of practice falling over and getting back up! I think it’s awesome that so many derby girls are ‘cross training’ in skate parks now, developing a unique quad version of freestyle/aggressive skating, and improving their skating skills along the way.

4. What do you think makes derby so unique and addictive?

I’ve been addicted to wheels on my feet ever since I first tried them. Derby involves new skills, and risk, and that pushes my buttons too. And there’s amazing camaraderie and support. Then there’s the addiction of just playing a jam well. As well as really solid skate and derby technique, you’ve got to be constantly mentally aware and analysing, and reacting really quickly, and sometimes you do that and it’s a huge buzz because you play the jam really well, and sometimes you just lose the plot completely! Ongoing work in progress…

5. Do you have a secret talent that might surprise your Derby friends?

I don’t know that it’s all that secret, but I’m a classical musician in my spare time. I play cello, in orchestras when sport allows, and I play classical piano too. Need to stop wrecking my fingers on skates!