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…”

Lady Trample

Meet our skater of the week Lady Trample. She’s been a member since 2012 and represents PCR on the All Scars as well as being a member of Team New Zealand training squad!
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1.What inspired you derby name and number?
Lady Trample is a combination of Lady and the Tramp (one of my favourite Disney movies) and the song Lady is a Tramp which is a show tune from 1937 but I particularly love the cover by Frank Sinatra. My number is from a tattoo inside my lip that I got when I was 18.2. What motivated you to join derby? and how did you end up with the Pirates?
I went to my first derby game back in 2011 with my best friend Leah aka TutanKarnage. It was Alpha Beta Slammers vs Dead Wreckoning and I saw my first waitress whip and knew instantly that I wanted to play this magical sport. Me and Karnage spent the next few months teaching ourselves to skate in an underground car park avoiding security guards and signed up at the next freshmeat intake. Pirates wasn’t the only league in Auckland as ARDL had just started up and we did get invited to train with them also but I felt a bond towards this league. I have no regrets as its become a home away from home and pushed me to be the skater I am today.

3. What has been your greatest achievement in derby so far?
I was pretty stoked when I was selected for the Travel team in my first season (back in 2012) and had such wicked learning experiences at the last two TGSS tournaments (2012 & 2014) in Adelaide, but making the training squad for Team New Zealand has to be the best highlight so far and I’m working my butt off to make sure I get in that final 20 to go to Texas!

4. What has been the best thing about playing roller derby?
Roller Derby has opened a world of opportunities for me. I’ve been in music videos, movies, documentaries. Its given me an opportunity to explore new illustration and design styles. I’ve made a world of friends whom otherwise I’d never have met. I’ve always been reasonably fit and athletic but Derby has given me the motivation to push myself to my limits.

5. What is your secret talent (would people be surprised to learn about you) outside of derby? Its probably no secret but I run a page called Chicks in Bowls. This is set up to encourage and inspire derby skaters and just girls in general to get off the track and into the streets and skate parks on their roller skates. The best thing about this is the park skating improves my derby skating and vice versa. I have such a passion for both sports I honestly don’t think I could choose between them.

Pash Malice

This week in #skateroftheweek we find out all about the fabulous Pash Malice!! She normally skates with the All Scars, but has unfortunately been recovering much of the year with a back injury. This hasn’t stopped Pash from working tirelessly behind the scenes however,helping to keep the League running smoothly.

Pash Malice
1. How did you get into roller derby?

A friend of mine invited me to come to a Pirates game in early 2011. Throughout the whole game I kept asking her questions about how it worked and why the skaters were doing certain things. I fell in love with not only the physicality but also the strategy right from the start. I decided to go an open day not long after, and had ordered my derby skates even before starting freshmeat.

2. What makes you so passionate about the sport?

The sport has so many dimensions to it. Not just the athleticism, big hits, and fast jammers, but also tons of strategy, at times complex rules, and the many wonderful people involved. Regular exercise helps to keep me mentally well and until I found derby I was never able to keep up with exercise long term (woo health benefits of working out!). I’ve met people I never would have with out derby, travelled to places I probably would not have gone, and it has helped me grow as a person to boot. How can you not love something that gives you all of that?

3. You are recovering from a recent injury, what has been the hardest part and what is some advice you would give to others that you think might help them on the road to recovery?

I had to have major back surgery in June due to a severe disc prolapse in my lumber spine. It was absolutely devastating, as I was playing my best ever derby when I was injured and I missed going to TGSS with the All Scars because of it too. I think the most difficult part about it is watching my league mates continue to train and improve while I feel like I’m languishing and losing everything I worked so hard to build up.

My advice, but please take it with a grain of salt as it’s just been my experience:
1. Follow the doctors/physios orders! That includes doing all your strengthening exercises (I will admit to slipping on this too often). Coming back before you are ready can just lead to further (and often worse) injuries, and it’s simply not worth the risk.
2. Get back to skating as soon as you’re medically cleared to do so. I’ve been skating with our learn-to-derby class since I was 6 weeks post op but I won’t be going back to contact until next year. I’m trying to focus on my foundation skating skills so that when I am back, I won’t be quite so behind as I would be if I just stopped skating altogether. If I get my basic skills at least back to where they were prior to my injury, coming back to contact won’t be as difficult physically or emotionally.
3. Stay involved with your league. I’ve tried my best to keep up with my non-skating league commitments, have been NSOing at scrimmages and bench managing games for the Brawlers and All Scars. Derby often has an amazing community surrounding it – they are still there while you’re injured and can help support you on your journey back.

4. Who inspires you in the NZ derbyverse and international derbyverse?

I think anyone who has the determination to learn and pass our minimum skills is to be commended. Especially those who don’t come from a skating background – it’s hard work!
Specifically in NZ, I have come to develop a deep admiration for our All Scars coach Ruby Red Knuckles this year. Her vast derby knowledge seems to have no end and her dedication to the Pirates is incredible. She’s able to watch top international derby, tease out the strategies and then create drills and practices that teach you those strategies without you even realising it. That’s part of what makes an awesome coach and it’s a skill I want to learn.
Internationally, Jackie Daniels from Windy City has to be a favourite of mine. One reason is that I got to spend some time with her when I went to Battle on the Bent Track in Melbourne this year. Not only is she an extraordinary skater and coach, but she’s also a hilarious, down to earth person who seems to never stop smiling.

5. Do you have a secret talent that might surprise people?

Random facts: I can play the trumpet and also tie cherry stem into a knot with my mouth. (Those two things are totally related!)

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.

Sugar Hit

 

10414919_10152487831747287_1764897005738102292_nI’m part of the Whip It generation that used Google to find my closest roller derby league, which turned out to be the Pirate City Rollers. I turned up to freshmeat, tried on some skates, and spent most of the time clinging tightly to the rink’s barrier so I wouldn’t fall down. I refused to let the squeaky wheeled shoes defeat me and I signed up for more then and there.

What leagues and teams have you played for? How long have you been playing roller derby?

Two leagues mainly – the Pirates and Richter City Roller Derby in Wellington. My then-coach with the Pirates refused to graduate me from the freshmeat course, and the thought of doing it again while my friends moved on broke my heart. Then I got a job in Wellington early 2012 and joined Richter City as a new skater. But because I was fresh, and had come in after the home-team draw, I didn’t play my first game until late September 2012. I worked myself hard and skated as often as I could to get better, and by the end of the year they gave me the award for most improved skater. I owe Richter City so much for supporting me, growing me, and being a fantastic league to skate with. Then came a job promotion and the move back to Auckland just before 2013. I transferred to the Pirates and tried out for the All Scars and made it, which was awesome and exciting and terrifying. I’ve been with the Pirates since, but without fail, every time I see Professor Scrape from Richter City I’m asked when I’m moving back to Wellington.

Recently you attended TGSS, had you been to this tournament previously?

2014 was my first time at TGSS! And what a shocker – in our first game I got blocked into my team-mate’s shoulder and spent several jams off with a blood nose, and when I finally got back on the track a wheel came loose! But I have never had more fun. TGSS is so professionally put together, and every skater, official, and fan there is friendly and helpful and funny.

What did you expect of the tournament and what did you learn from it?

I was most excited about finally seeing VRDL play live instead of on a computer screen. The TGSS final between them and Sun State was what dreams are made of. So much skating ability! Very excite, much feels.
Just watching the Aussies play taught me so much about how to improve my game, things I learnt that I’m going to be working on in the coming months. I was so impressed with a Pirate freshmeat skater, Mars, making the trip over to TGSS. She will have come back with so much more knowledge and understanding, even if she didn’t skate.

What does participation of these tournaments mean for NZ leagues and NZ roller derby in your opinion?

I would love for every derby league in New Zealand to make TGSS 2016 one of their goals. Isolation is New Zealand derby’s biggest obstacle, so the exposure to new teams, and different styles of refereeing and game play, is just great. It’s the little things you pick up from attending a tournament like TGSS, that you don’t necessarily see or hear while watching a game online, that makes all the difference.

TutanKarnage

 

10394508_10152551058237287_716533404070311100_n1.When did you start derby and what were your initial motivations for taking it up as a sport?

I started Freshmeat mid 2011 and then joined the league and began playing in 2012. I went to my first Pirate City Rollers game in 2009 and was blown away by the speed and aggression, and also found appeal in how unique Roller Derby was and that it was a sport in which females dominated. I was to chicken to join freshmeat at the time so a couple years passed before I joined with my bestie Lady Trample. I always want to improve and be a better player than I currently am, so I am constantly kicking myself for not starting to skate earlier.

2. What is the meaning behind your name and number?

I Major in Anthropology and Minor in Ancient History and I really love Ancient Egypt. It seemed obvious to pick a derby name that was reflective of my interests so I went with TutanKarnage which is a play on Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh from the eighteenth dynasty (which is why my skater number is 18). Typically I just go by Karnage as it’s less of a mouthful.

3. What is the greatest thing you have taken away from derby to date?

Derby has given me so much, so it would be hard to choose just one thing. Derby has given me some amazing lifelong friends that I otherwise might have never met. It has given me self-confidence and the drive to improve and push myself. It has also taken me overseas to Hawaii and to Australia as well as around New Zealand.

4.What are some of your personal strengths and how have these benefited you in derby?

I like to think that I am a strategic thinker which translates on the track as being able to read opposition game play and then suggesting how to best combat it. I’m also quite an observant person which helps me pick up on habits and body cues of opposition, as well as being able to observe and play on the strengths in my team mates.

5.Roller derby has been considered one of the fastest growing female sports. Where do you see the future of derby?

For New Zealand roller derby I would love to see more, if not all roller derby leagues become WFTDA (Womens Flat Track Derby Association) members, the benefits of becoming WFTDA members are immense including the ability to become internationally ranked. I would also like to see regular international game play for New Zealand leagues. Playing different teams is important for the improvement of strategy, game play and skills, because New Zealand is a small and relatively isolated country, playing international teams does not happen as often as I’d like.
Ideally the biggest goal for roller derby would be to see it performed on a global scale such as at the Olympics. I would love to see international and local derby players be able to go professional and make full time careers out of the sport. Roller Derby is not yet recognised as a sport in New Zealand and it is important to me that the sport that I love gets the respect and recognition it deserves.

All Scars

2015 All Scars Roster

Coup D’e Talia
Daphne Hui
Kid Vicious
Lady Trample
LEE-thal Weapon
Machete Confetti
Mind the Yap
Missbhaven
Miss Crunchbull
Papercut
Stone Cold Beretta
Sugar Hit
TutanKarnage

2015 All Scars reserves

Annie’maul
Ballistic Button
Firefly Spirit
Mad Kao
Manic Street Creature
Pash Malice
PNut Butt-Her & Jam
Schro Ding Her
SheHard

2014 All Scars Travel Team scores

2013 All Scars Travel Team scores
February PCR 192 v Richter City Roller Derby (Wellington) 194
March PCR 276 v Dead End Derby (Christchurch) 74
May PCR 189 v Richter City Roller Derby (Wellington) 223
July PCR 162 v Victorian Roller Derby League’s Queen Bees (Melbourne, Aus) 202
July PCR 252 v Pacific Roller Derby (Hawaii, USA) 58
August PCR 80 v Northern Brisbane (Brisbane, Aus) 211

October Derby Royale national tournament
PCR 153 v Dead End Derby (Christchurch) 21
PCR 212 v Hellmilton Roller Ghouls (Hamilton) 18
PCR 302 v Taranaki Roller Corps (Taranaki) 19
PCR 211 v Kawerau Roller Derby (Kawerau) 17
PCR 134 v Swamp City Roller Rats (Palmerston North) 58
PCR 279 v Auckland Roller Derby League (Auckland) 120