Pirate Profile: Blockness Monster

KEY INFO

Derby name: Blockness Monster

Muggle name: Vanessa Rancour

Role: All Scar jammer

Period involved in derby: Since 2015

 

THE LOW-DOWN

How did you get into roller derby?

I was a figure skater, then a martial artist, and roller derby just seemed like the the right fit to put together my interests and talents. Also helped that I had a friend in the league who helped me sort out joining Freashmeat late…

Can you remember your first game? Describe it!

I flew into Napier with the Broadside Brawlers travel team just after I made the squad, and I was given MVP Jammer for the game – I was fairly stoked.

What has been your most memorable moment or biggest achievement in derby.

Most memorable moment was just after my first few months of being on the Broadside Brawlers travel team -we traveled to Okinawa for the Japan Open Tournament and we were named the champions of Div B.

Has anything embarrassing happened to you on the track OR Do you have a secret party trick?

I have probably repressed the answer to this question.

What’s your current skate set-up?

Bont boot, Avenger plate, Mota Monster toe stops, 88/93 Reckless Morph wheels, soft blue cushions

What do you do in real life?

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium educator

What’€™s your spirit animal?

The Loch Ness Monster

What’€™s your idea of a perfect celebration meal after a game?

Cliff bar and smoothie

When was the last time you went out past midnight? (RIP…… social life)

When we played a bout in Whakatane the night before our PCR Junior Scallywag Open Day at 9am…

Pirate Profile: Belz

KEY INFO

Derby name: Belz

Muggle name: Belynda Hibbert

Role: I started out as a jammer but now I’m an All Scar blocker.

Period involved in derby: Since 2010

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THE LOW-DOWN

How did you get into roller derby?

By accident! I went to a public skate at the Papatoetoe Skate Rink and was invited by Ruby to stay for a free freshmeat training session. The rest is history!

Can you remember your first game? Describe it!

Yes! Petrified.. back in those days “home games” was where it was all at! The walls we know now didn’t exist and the game was full of HARD HITS that sent a smaller jammer like me flying into the crowd on many occasions. The hits I got back in those days don’t exist anymore.  I haven’t been hit like that for many, many years… it was scary!! Clearly not scary enough to stop me playing, though!

What has been your most memorable moment or biggest achievement in derby.

Sticking at it – learning a completely new skill and sport at 33 was a bit of an ask, but I’m proud of how far I have come… and I still have quite a ways to go. Our league has also been through many ‘trials’ along the way and I’m just proud to say that I managed to survive it.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A must do for me is to test the track and get my wheels right… once that is done, I feel ready! Another ritual is touching… our black pack has a thing where we touch each other: a pat on the knee, on the back, just any kind of positive touch – we do this pre-game and throughout the game, it’s important and helps me gel more and know my pack has my back and vice versa!

Has anything embarrassing happened to you on the track OR Do you have a secret party trick?

OMG yes!! I remember a few years back ripping my pants but I didn’t know it. I was jamming and it was feeling a bit breezy… as the other jammer (Muss) came up behind me she was like “Ewww Belz.. I can see your butt”! I had ripped a hole and my butt was showing!

What do you do in real life?

There is life off skates?! Really?!! Lol! I’m a mum to 3 ‘almost’ adult kids – this is a priority for me – and I have just taken up doing woodworking projects at home and some DIY.

What’€™s your spirit animal?

Lioness

What’€™s your idea of a perfect celebration meal after a game?

Pizza, wedges and sour cream

Pirate Profile: Purple Parfait

Today we honour NSO extraordinaire, Purple Parfait. It would be impossible to summarize Purple’s impact on – and contribution to – our league without detailing her every derby-related action from the time she joined us right up to today, the day she leaves Auckland (and us!) for a better life. So we won’t try. We’ll just say this: Purple, from all of us here at Pirate City Rollers, thank you. Best of luck for your move. We love you, and we’re going to miss your outstanding personality as much as we’ll miss your outstanding NSO magic. It’s not going to be the same without you.

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KEY INFO

Derby name: Purple Parfait

Muggle name: Marlow Edwards

Derby number: NSO

Role: Supreme Keeper of Pens, Astute Marker of Paperwork and Biceps, Brave Holder of Time and Attention, Champion of the “I’m A Little Teapot” time out dance, Survivalist of Derby Stink-Stank, All round fabulously talented NSO who likes NON SWEATY hugs. Please and thank you

Period involved in derby: Seven glorious years!!!… aiming for that decade trophy!  (there’s a trophy right??)

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

Incoherent joining story follows: Discovered Derby from watching a Burlesque performance. Couldn’t complete Freshmeat due to Nanny job. Han Solo got me to join the Dark Side. Paper work and oily salt EVERYWHERE!!!

How did you choose your derby name?

Donkey from Shrek kept saying Parfait. I had no idea what it was but it wouldn’t leave my head. I looooove the colour Purple. That seriously is it….. Donkey from Shrek…….

How do you spend your time outside of derby?

-cue manic laughing- What is this “Outside of Derby” you speak of? I eat, sleep and Derby every day. My NSO bag lives next to my bed, my work desk is covered in more stats books then work related items, and every weekend I travel to do more Derby. If I am very lucky, I will get hang time with my darling retired Derby Ref partner and we will play board games, Lego, watch movies, read comics or he cooks for me.

What keeps you coming back every week?

Being able to share my passion, knowledge and joy with others. Also right now, Garlic Peas.

Has anything embarrassing happened to you on the track OR Do you have a secret party trick?

OMG yes!! I remember a few years back ripping my pants but I didn’t know it. I was jamming and it was feeling a bit breezy… as the other jammer (Muss) came up behind me she was like “Ewww Belz.. I can see your butt”! I had ripped a hole and my butt was showing!

What do you do in real life?

I don’t understand the question. “Real Life”??? ….
Oh god, am I dead? Is Derby just a dream that I think I am living or a memory that is making me ponder if I am tired?
Who are you and what have you done to make this life not a “real” life?!?!?!
……….
(Insurance Processing for now. World Derby Domination Phase 2 is still being worked on.)

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

It is not as scary as you think. The pros will not attack you the second you put you skates on.
IF they do come close, it’s to give advice and help you put the gear on correctly.
The first lesson is always how to stand on skates. If your starting level on skates is negative bajillion, we can totally work on that and give all the supportive hugs you need.
The second lesson is how to fall so you don’t hurt yourself. No really, there is a correct way to fall.
Thirdly and Fourthly, welcome to one of the weirdest families you will ever meet. It’s like a super awesome amazing fun cult you can leave whenever you want…. But you always want to come back for more ☺

What’s your most memorable roller derby moment?

Super crazy hard to pick one so I picked three easy short ones.

  1. Painful memory – Pulled both hamstrings due to bending at the waist and not the knees while laying tracks.
  2. Cutest memory – First ever Juniors game I helped out with. OMG so cute!! -dies form cuteness overload-
  3. Parents memory (and secretly the most important one) – Mum and Dad made it to their first ever Derby game.

 

Has anything funny/embarrassing ever happened to you trackside/ on track? Tell us!

The one that got the most laughs and delayed the game for a minute or two is this:

I was sick. Sick where it hurts to swallow, breathing sets ya throat on fire and you can barely talk let alone make a noise as its painful.
So naturally, I was Jam Timer.
We were about to start Period 2. In the middle of me yelling “30 seconds”, my voice broke, cracked an almighty high and the last syllable ended up having 3 different pitches.
Cue everyone, including the crowd, laughing. Game ended on a good note and I had no voice afterwards. Worth it!

Pirate Profile: Mind the Yap

KEY INFO

Derby name: Mind the Yap

Muggle name: Szelin Yap

Role: All Scar blocker

Period involved in derby: 3 seasons as an All Scar. Half a season as Brawler.

 

THE LOW-DOWN

How did you get into roller derby?

My friend at work (Pei-Pei) played. I went to watch and fell in love!

 

What has been your most memorable moment or biggest achievement in derby.

Playing in the Big O. There were so many top level teams. It was unbelievable that I was in the same tournament as them!

 

What do you do when you’€™re not on skates?

Hang out with animals. Go to gigs. Party with my friends

 

Has anything embarrassing happened to you on the track OR Do you have a secret party trick?

There is a famous photo of me clothes-lining the opposition! Funny thing is it was a total accident, I just turned around and got stuck.

 

What’s your current skate set-up?

Bont quadstars with avengers. Gumball toestops. Radar bullets. Soft cushions. Black laces

 

What do you do in real life?

Fertility nursing. I got someone pregnant with twins the other day!

 

What’€™s your spirit animal?

Daschund

 

What’€™s your idea of a perfect celebration meal after a game?

Pizza! Hell’s pizza to be specific

Pirate Profile: Zoella Deville

This week we introduce the diabolically talented Zoella Deville! If she doesn’t scare you, no evil jammers will.

Credit: Blended Focus Photography
Credit: Blended Focus Photography

STATS

Derby name: Zoella Deville

Muggle name: Zoe Anderson-Jones

Derby number: 24

Role: Junior & Freshmeat

No. years involved in derby: 6 months

 

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

One of my friends, Scarlett, does roller derby and she suggested that I go to one of the open days, and I did and I really enjoyed it… I couldn’t skate AT ALL when I first started, but after a great session with Fraser Sharp I picked it up really quickly. I started in Freshmeat as the youngest member in March 2017 and Juniors in June 2017.

 

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

I was brainstorming with my parents, and my mum came up with the name – it’s from Cruella Deville in 101 Dalmatians, plus one of my favourite Youtubers is Zoella.  My number is because it’s the day of my birthday.

 

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

I do Aikido, I also play the saxophone, listen to music and read (a lot!)

 

What do you do in real life?

I’m a student at intermediate school.

 

What keeps you coming back every week?

It’s fun!

 

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

Don’t discouraged if you fall over all the time when you start, because it happens and it means you’re learning.

 

What’s your most memorable roller derby moment?

The first time I was a jammer in a Level 2 Juniors game, and it was really hard – much harder than I expected!

 

Has anything funny/embarrassing ever happened to you trackside/ on track? Tell us!

I was doing a crossover session and I tripped and did a roly poly spin really fast off the track in front of all the Freshmeat crew!

Pirate Profile: Suenami Stryker

In this week’s Pirate Profile, Suenami Stryker airs her dirty laundry and shares her most embarrassing on-track moment. I wish we had a photo!

STATS

Muggle name: Letisha Tan

Derby number: 131

Role: Travel team skater

No. years involved in derby: 1.5 years

 

 THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

It started on the ramps. My friend Lynzy was doing derby in Hong Kong and she told me all about quad skating. I used to do aggressive inlines as a kid and, where I grew up, there were hardly any female skaters. I met my new tribe that summer day on the ramps and I did my first drop-in on quads (with Nanny McFreak holding my hand). The same bunch were doing Fresh Meat and I caught the derby bug.

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

My middle name is Sue and I have a little tic that makes me do little twirls sometimes like a tidal wave hence the name Suenami. But it gets fearsome on track and unstoppable when Suenami Strykes. 131 represents my birthday, 13 October.

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

I enjoy travelling and being in nature. I also have a fluffy bichon cross maltese called Moochi.

What do you do in real life?

I run a busy financial advisory and insurance brokerage service. What can I say? Straight laced by day and a Stryker by night? Sounds like a character off Marvel. Yes, not your typical financial advisor.

What keeps you coming back every week?

The team. I have met some of the most inspiring and strong women in our derby family that I am proud to surround myself with. Also the challenge as a jammer trying to pry through different walls and working with my team to learn from each player’s perspective.

Has anything funny/embarrassing ever happened to you trackside/ on track? Tell us!

It was during a major selection trial and I was in a hurry to get on track. Alas, the strap of my unzipped bag caught my wheels and out spewed my dirty laundry (bra included) on track as I carried on skating. Lesson learnt: always check around to make sure there is no booby trap!

 

 

Pirate Profile: Evil

In today’s Pirate Profile, we introduce you to the purest form of evil: our junior skater, Evil!

 

STATS

Derby name: Evil

Muggle name: Eve Moon

Derby number: 668

Role: Junior skater

No. years involved in derby: 1y

 

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

Basically, I tried my friend’s roller skates and I thought it was really fun. So I got my own pair for my birthday.  I joined because I saw my mum doing roller derby and I wanted to do it too.

 

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

I chose my derby name because Evil sounds like Eve, and is scary! My dad suggested my number, because it’s the ‘number of the beast’.

 

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

School, circus (my specialty is the Lyra), basketball, reading and of course skating. Some people have commented that I may sleep in my skates……

 

What do you do in real life?

Roller derby.  :-)

 

What keeps you coming back every week?

It’s fun!

 

What’s your most memorable roller derby moment?

Probably when I first started skating on my own roller skates. I can still remember it…it felt great. It felt like it was my thing!

Pirate Profile: Batman

Fresh from crime-crushing activities in Gotham City, this week’s Pirate Profile puts the spotlight (or bat signal) on our very own (na-na na-na na-na na-naBATMAN!

STATS

Derby name: Batman

Muggle name: Britt

Derby number: 228

Role: Pool skater

No. years involved in derby: 1.5 years

 

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

I was working in a camp in america and we took the kids skating at a roller skating rink. I loved it, couldn’t stop, and my next thought was I should join derby. 6 months later, I went to an open skate, then got involved with fresh meat, and the rest is history.

 

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

My derby name choose me – or was more given to me on the open day skate from wearing a batman singlet. It stuck – it felt fitting and right.  228 when going off the keypad spelt ‘bat’, so that worked.

 

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

Thinking about the next skate XP
I’m studying nursing (in my second year!) so study and derby are greedy for my time but always love spending time with friends and family

 

What do you do in real life?

Student

 

What keeps you coming back every week?

I’m addicted in every way possible but it is so much more than just skating: there are amazing relationships made that now form my derby family. I love the rush, and the feeling of growing and just skating any worries away

 

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

DO IT and don’t give up keep trying

Pirate Profile: Selkie Smooth

WELCOME to the first in a new line of updates here on the Pirate City Rollers website. Every fortnight, we’ll be releasing a profile of one of our wonderful Pirates so that you, our adoring public, can get to know us a little better.  

Without further ado, our first skater (chosen at random) is Selkie Smooth, a mythical creature who works in a starship. Don’t believe me? Then read on…

STATS

Derby name: Selkie Smooth

Muggle name: Jo Hegarty/Moon depending on what I’m doing

Derby number: 29

Role: Pool skater and apprentice Brawler :-)

No. years involved in derby: 1.5 years

 

THE LOW-DOWN

What’s your roller derby backstory?

I had skates as a kid, then bought a new pair of skates when I was 17 years old, just for fun.  I really wanted a pair with rainbows on them like my first pair, but when I went to Skate Attack in London (UK) they only had these really ugly looking boots that they said were for roller derby and one elegant looking (Moxi style) pair that I bought…. There was no roller derby in any of the cities I lived in before I came to Auckland!  I came along and watched a PCR bout and I knew immediately I wanted to be a Pirate – black clothes, skulls, attitude and freedom to be who I am – I had found my people.

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

One of my friends gave me my name, after my Selkie tattoo.  A selkie is a creature (perhaps mythical, perhaps not) from the West coast of Ireland and Scotland that is part seal, part human.  When they take off their sealskin they take on human form.  My selkie represents the two sides to me –  the conventional work life in human form and the free spirit that I am when I don my true form…….

29, because it’s a prime number and the other prime numbers I liked with double digits were taken.

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

What life outside roller derby?

What do you do in real life?

I’m a Neonatologist (Paediatrician who looks after sick newborn babies in Neonatal Intensive Care) in Starship Hospital.

What keeps you coming back every week?

Freedom to be me.  Sassy attitude of my derby family. Fun on skates. A desire to improve (I will conquer transitions yet!). It’s SO addictive.  A physical contact sport for women, what’s not to love?

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

Just do it.  Come along to a bout, say hello to someone, tell us you’re interested!  

Don’t be afraid that you can’t skate – each and every skater you see on the track, no matter how awesome had to learn from the beginning too.

What’s your current skate set-up (boots, plate, stoppers, wheels, cushions, skate lace colour – all the dirty details!

I’m still in my freshmeat skates… but just about to upgrade to a pair of Bont.


 

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