Team NZ Squad Announced!

The 2014 Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup is coming up quickly, with only 7 weeks left until competition time! For the past nine months 30 of the top roller derby skaters from around NZ have been working hard in the Team NZ Training Squad in preparation for the Cup. They’ve been participating in monthly team trainings around the country, fundraising for the trip to Dallas, Texas, and cross training every moment they could spare in their busy lives. Last week the final squad of twenty who will be traveling to Dallas were announced. We’re stoked to say the final squad hosts four Pirates – Terror Satana (who will also be captaining the team!), Lady Trample, Jordan Leah Parore (commonly known as Skate the Muss), and Coup D’eTalia all made the cut!

Congratulations to all the squad members, safe travels and best of luck at the World Cup! We will all be cheering you on!

Team NZ Travel Squad

Sur5al Worlds is Complete!

Another Sur5al down and the Pirates had a great showing! Team Argentina, with TutanKarnage, Machete Confetti, Sugar Hit, Lady Trample, and Coup D’eTalia, took out the tournament for the second time this year! Terror Satana, playing for Team Wales, took out Best Blocker, and her team placed third overall. Our referee Zephyr, playing with Team England who came second, was also awarded Best Jammer. Best dressed skaters Myrtle Kombat and Rick O’Shay were also formidable and an asset to their side, Team South Africa. And of course our ever smiling Head NSO Purple Parfait as well as our cool, calm and collected referee Dovenwolf helped to officiate the fast paced day. Congratulations to everyone, and thank you Whenua Fatales Roller Derby League for another fantastic event.sur5al

 

Skate the Muss

In #skateroftheweek this week, we catch up with the Amazing Skate The Muss!! Always a crowd favourite, she is incredible to watch on the track and we are so proud to say that she has been selected to represent New Zealand at the world cup in Texas, where we know she will do us proud! She is also a fantastic coach, always happy to pass on her considerable knowledge and skill to all in the league.
Here’s what she has to say.10609561_10152758660387287_5634224864567323022_n

 

How did you get into derby?
I got into Roller Derby through my sister Terror Satana back in 2007.

What do you do to stay derby fit? 
To stay fit and on my game I like to go to the gym and do group fitness classes for cardio and I also train once a week at the Strong factory with a PT, oh yeah and I am a postie so that keeps me reasonably fit as well.

What has been your greatest achievement in derby so far?
I would say that my greatest achievement in derby so far would be attending the first Roller Derby World Cup in 2011 in Toronto where I was selected as MVP for New Zealand, that was pretty overwhelming and huge in my books.

What is the best thing about having your sister as a team mate/league mate?
The best thing about having my sister playing with me not only in PCR but the New Zealand squad too is knowing that she is always going to have my back no matter what goes down. I also love skating against her because she is an intimating skater and I love a challenge. She would probably be one of the biggest ones in New Zealand.

Machete Confetti

This week in #skateroftheweek we meet the delightful Machete Confetti! She is a talented Jammer/blocker for the All Scars, and an all round smiley, positive member of the league. She always has an encouraging word or two for fresh and seasoned skaters alike. Find out all about her right here.10626585_10152732077312287_6110467073708424278_n
How did you get into derby?
I moved to Cairns in 2011 and didn’t know anyone so I joined the Reef City Roller Girls to make friends. I’ve made more friends since moving to PCR, but I was still RCRG’s biggest fan girl when they took out Div 2 at TGSS this year.

Who inspires you most?
I love watching international derby games and then trying to pull the same spins as Hauss the Boss, or smash through a wall like Knock Knock. But I’m also inspired by the latest batch of Fresh Meat who have just graduated and are doing incredibly in their games and scrimmage. They’re working so hard and it makes me want to work hard too.

What is the meaning behind your name and number?
I have to thank Howard Moon, Vince Noir, Naboo and Bollo for end result. I just thought that “Machete” was a great word and then I watched this episode of Mighty Boosh and it all fell into place. And 11 was my waterpolo number (you only have 13 options).

Favourite aspect of derby?
So many! The people I play with, the constant challenges, the travel, competing against each other and teams from around NZ and the world, winning of course and just being on skates.

What is your secret hobby outside derby?
Shameless plug alert: I volunteer for Sea Shepard NZ. I haven’t been down to Antarctica, but also very important is the fundraising I help out with to buy the petrol to power the boats. We do lots of stalls around the place so come and say hi and buy some Sea Shepard merch to break up your derby t-shirt wardrobe.

sheHARD

In Skater of the week we get to know the fantastic  sheHARD!! Elected captain of The Broadside Brawlers, She has yet to play with them, having been overseas for a few months after helping to get them up and running, but she is back in just a couple of weeks and ready to skate her heart out!! Here is what motivates her .10689578_10152716563377287_2630822317286949479_n

 

How did you get into Roller Derby?
It was something I knew about for awhile then about 4 years ago I went to watch a game and the next day I was in fresh meat.

What makes roller derby special to you? 
Roller Derby gives back to you exactly what you put in it. the whole thing top to bottom is run by skaters. So you don’t like how your league is being run, you have a say, you can sit on the board. you might not always get your way but the path is open to you. The same is true with the skating, everybody there wants to help you get better, but if you miss every other training and don’t do any cross training, there’s a high chance your not going to make the A squad.

What opportunities has roller derby provided that you otherwise might not have come across? 
Roller Derby has actually taken me all over the world. In June this year I went to Adelaide to attend The Great Southern Slam as a challenge skater, then in July I went to Las Vegas to attend the Rollercon, the worlds biggest derby convention. I’ve traveled all over England and New Zealand, to watch games, play games take part in boot camps or open scrimmages.

Who inspires you in the Derbyverse? 
The London Roller girls, as a league they decided their aim was to be the best team in the world, they have put everything towards that goal. In the last 5 years they have climbed to number 3 in the WFTDA rankings. The London Roller girls are great examples of the results team work, focus, and dedication can bring.

What is your proudest moment in derby? 
Being made captain of the Pirates newest team, The Broadside Brawlers. Its been really amazing to be a part of something from the beginning and to be given the opportunity to help other skaters achieve their goals.

Pirates vs Dead End Derby Results

Thank you Dead End Derby Christchurch Rollergirls for your wonderful hospitality and wicked sportsmanship! The Broadside Brawlers were impressive, with five PCR recently graduated freshmeat playing their first ever game. But the Living Dead Dolls took the win 265-136. DED All Stars also played a hard hitting game, but the All Scars kept a tight game and used awesome teamwork to triumph 173-99.

PCR vs DED 2014

Mad Kao

This weeks #PCRskateroftheweek is the fantastic and feisty Mad Kao of The Broadside Brawlers! She’s unfortunately been down with an injury this season, but is by no means out of the game, she has been working hard on her recovery and hopes to be back with a vengeance soon! we’ve been missing you Mad Kao!10624720_10152701739787287_7344155682044540498_n

How did you get into roller derby?
Pretty much because the of movie “Whip it”, when it came out in 2009. I was in Wellington but couldn’t join at the time because Upper Hutt is just way too far away and costly to travel from Tawa, instead, I volunteered at all their bouts and watched as many games as i could. When i moved up to Auckland in January 2010, I found out the pirates have an open day on the February so i joined immediately.

What is the meaning behind your name and number?
Kao is my surname. Mad Kao is the nick name I gave myself since my art school days, I am not a naturally enthusiastic person, I give-up and get bored of things fairly easily, so I suppose it’s a way to remind myself to always be passionate, motivated and obsessed with my art and anything I do. 92 is my grand mum’s age when I last visited her, she just celebrated her 97th. I really should go see her like last year! and it’s also my birth date. ha. I could not think of a number so birthday it is.

What is your favourite aspect of derby?
Adrenaline makes me happy!!! Derby Girls are so motivated and inspiring. I like how we push each other to overcome our fears (mine is jump with both feet off the ground) we cheer shout for each other in the training or when we endure the pain and fatigue from running the 27 laps within 5 minutes, and people derby clap for me after I run the whole 2 minutes Jam as a Jammer. I love that it’s a serious team sport, and I don’t want to be a liability for my team, I can only push myself to be a better team player.

What is your secret hobby outside of derby that most people may not know?
I used to do fire dance, pole dance and Tai-chi. Nobody is there to push me and I don’t feel the need to get better so slowly lost interest in them after hitting several snags. However I’m still doing my craft – leather tooling and bag making on the side line, every now and then I run weekend workshop.

What was your proudest derby related moment?
The biggest one is Winning Black Dahlia Cup 2013 with my Home team Dead Wreck. I have had a lot of happy moments tho, every time I managed to knock people out of bound, delayed an opponent’s jammer passing through my pack, helped my jammer break through the wall. Generally I would feel proud when I can apply my training on the track instead of skating like a Canine chasing a Cat.

LEE-thal Weapon

This week’s #PCRskateroftheweek is our wonderful All Scar blocker (and herder of cats) LEE-thal Weapon!10580016_10152691312792287_5961898236543513869_n
How did you get into roller derby? 
A friend from my Dragon Boating team asked if I’d be interested in coming along when our 2012 season finished. I found my old roller hockey skates and we attended Maiden Voyage at Papatoetoe Skating Rink (which has now been pulled down!). 2013 was my first bouting year with my home team Dead Wreckoning and I also made the All Scars travel team that year.

What is the meaning behind your name and number? 
I had it narrowed down to 2 names when another PCR League member (C-3P-Owned) suggested Lethal Weapon. I added an extra ‘e’ to incorporate my surname, which my family loved. ‘P-51 Mustang’ is an American long-range fighter-bomber aircraft, and a ‘Mustang’ is also a classic American Muscle car (and one of my favourites!). As my family are into both airplanes and Ford Mustangs, we decided on P-51.

What is your favourite aspect of derby? 
Anybody of any size, shape, ability and age can play. There are no boundaries when it comes to roller derby. Roller derby also gives you a family of long-time friends.

What is your secret hobby outside of derby that most people may not know? 
My family! We do a lot together like snowboarding, Waka Ama, riding our motorbikes, playing games, swimming, rugby, working on our cars and just generally hanging out and having fun.

What was your proudest derby related moment? 
Getting that ‘nailed it’ smile from another skater (especially freshmeat) when you help them understand a move or skill. Being part of the 2013 winning team for the Black Dahlia Cup (PCR home season) and Derby Royale national team was pretty awesome.

Poppy Kneecaps

This week’s skater of the week is POPPY KNEECAPS!. She is doing a great job skating in her first season with us in our new team “The Broadside Brawlers”. We get to know what motivates her right here!10603352_10152676386832287_7900965768380738060_n

How did you get into derby?
I wanted to skate and learn how to play derby so I joined PCR Freshmeat. I had no expectation that I could develop enough to pass the skills test and to play. But the further into it I got, and the harder it became, the more I wanted to pass and to be able to play bouts.

What is the story behind your name and number? 
My other alter ego is Poppy Porcelain and I wanted to stick with Poppy. I like the humour from adding my number 0UT, I hope that most people when they read it quickly read it as Pop ya kneecaps out. It’s funny though, because when I chose it I had no intention of it being assumed that it was ‘out’ as in ‘gay out’ but if the skate fits then I guess I’d better wear it.

What are your derby goals for the future?
I take it one week at a time. Each week that I keep turning up for training is another week closer to being eligible to play at the next bout. Playing bouts is about the best thing there is. It’s addictive. It’s fun. It’s what keeps me in derby.

What is the greatest thing you take away from derby?
There’s a joke, a saying, “Roller Derby Saved My Soul.” I’m not sure that my soul ever needed saving, but whatever part of me was saved I owe a big chunk of it to Roller Derby.

What is your secret talent/hobby outside of derby?
I love to cook for people that I love, and I especially love to cook with a glass of wine in my hand. If I can do that then it’s about as good as it gets.

Kid Vicious

This week’s Skater of the Week is our wonderful All Stars jammer, Kid Vicious! A sweetheart on and off the track, she’s got the footwork to match her determined attitude and is a huge asset to us. Get to know her a little better here:11325_10152658306862287_4478736202884995862_n

 

How did you get into roller derby?
I have always been a huge nerdy roller-blading fan and had been planning to invest in a pair of fancy new blades, when my friend Mike (PCR referee Judgement Dey)’s flatmate invited us to come watch a game. Full contact! Skating! and ruffle butt shorts! this looked like fun to me.
One week later Mike and were at our first freshmeat training.

How long have you been playing, and what teams and tournaments have you been in?
I have been playing for just over three years. In 2012 I started as part of the Black Heart Bruisers in the team’s first year out of retirement In 2013 I joined the All Scars while still skating and was privileged to be selected for the Hawaii Squad and to be in the team that won the 2013 Derby Royale (a New Zealand wide tournament). This year I was excited to be part of the All Scar team that played in the 2014 Great Southern Slam in Adelaide and have also been skating with the league’s newest team – The Broadside Brawlers.

What is the greatest thing you have taken away from derby?
Derby has taught me that it is never too late. It reminds me to wave goodbye to excuses like ‘ I wish I was’ or ‘If only I’ and GET OUT THERE DO IT. Having often been held back by my size I love how everyone of all shapes and sizes has a strength in this sport.

What’s your secret talent outside of derby?
I love any kind of dancing possible, and can be found doing anything from Hip hop/dance hall, to Salsa, Adult Ballet or the ‘photocopier dance’ (the one to be done while waiting for photocopies). I also am mad cat crazy for any boardgame other than monopoly.

Who inspires you in the derbyverse, and how?
Smarty Pants from the Texecutioners, and Team USA, is a huge inspiration. I had the privilege to skate in her boot camp classes about 8 months into my derby career, and to this day her thoughtful approach to skating and coaching inspires me.

My team mates are also a huge inspiration. I have learned so much by being able to watch and skate with players like Skate the Muss or by asking them questions. I also love the patience and persistence of skaters like Ruby Red Knuckles, Myrtle Kombat, Sugar Hit and Lady Trample who are always helping me work through my next hurdle, or plan the next big strategy.