Broadside Brawlers are in Japan

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The Brawlers have made it to Japan.

Our mascot has been accompanying us on our travels so far and having a fantastic time as you can see in the photos below.

However he needs a name – if you have a suggestion please comment on our Facebook, twitter or instagram pages with suggestions. Prizes to be announced later.2016-03-22 08.02.35   2016-03-22 08.18.07

The Meiji Jingu Shrine (where he helped us wish for luck to win!)

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Shopping till we dropped in Harajuku.

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Trying some local cuisine.

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Whisky Tasting

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Flying down to Okinawa and getting the free shuttle to our hotel.2016-03-23 09.39.19 2016-03-23 18.34.322016-03-23 22.13.49

Broadside Brawlers

2015 Broadside Brawlers roster

Annie’maul
Auntie Venom
Ballistic Button
Bloody San
Bomb Appetite
Drop the Pom! (C)
Firefly Spirit
Gonna Make Ya Pei-Pei
Helen of DesTroy
Linda ShoveLACE
Mad Kao
Manic Street Creature (C)
Mass Morganizer
Pash Malice
PNut Butt-Her & Jam
Poppy Kneecaps
Rumble Stinson
Ruthless Doom
Sailors’Curse
SheHard
Shrew Loose
Schro Ding Her
Zombie Ablockahips

 

2014 Travel Team scores

 

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.

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.

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.

Drop the Pom

 

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How did you get into Roller Derby?

I loved skating as a kid and found out that roller derby as featured in Whip It actually existed for reals! So I googled it and joined fresh meat.

What impact has roller derby had on your life?

My fitness is increasing and it’s helped me have the guts to try other stuff too like throwing myself down hills on a mountain bike and snowy hills on a piece of wood. Happiness – how can you fail to be happy when you have wheels strapped to your feet!?

What is your most memorable moment in roller derby thus far?

Playing against @vagineregimeaoteroa in the game we put on for pride. It was my first game and we played against some amazing skaters such as Princess Slayer and Invisigirl. My partner and all my friends were there to cheer us on and it was very special.

Being an inaugural member of the Broadside Brawlers, what is your 
favourite aspect of being a part of this team?

The team is really supportive of each other and we’ve had the chance to travel and play teams around NZ. I love the fun aspect of dressing up and wearing my war paint, grrrr! We go out to play hard and have a ball!

Who in the derbyverse inspires you and how?

Kid Vicious because she’s always so fricken happy and she skates like a boss and is super supportive all the time! And Gonna Make Ya Pei-Pei coz she’s like that chumbawumba song – she gets knocked down but she gets up again and again and again and again – she just keeps going!

Mind the Yap

10421511_10152535863162287_6081541384398455695_nHow did you get into roller derby?
I got into roller derby through Gonna make ya Pei-Pei while she was working at Auckland Hospital. She put up some game posters and I thought it looked awesome and wanted to try it! Luckily there was a freshmeat course starting the following week and I’ve never looked back

What did you expect getting into roller derby? And what was the most surprising thing you came to learn about derby?
I expected it to be hard and rough and it has met my expectations! It’s a lot of fun though and you never notice the bruises until the day after. The most surprising thing was that all those amazingly good, intimidating skaters are actually really nice and will help you any time you need!

What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome so far?
My greatest challenge so far has been my first game against Mount Militia. I was so nervous! I was terrified I wouldn’t be any good but it was the most fun I’ve ever had and I’m so proud of our team

What is it about roller derby that keeps you coming back?
The adrenaline rush!

What would your advice be for future freshmeat?
Practice makes perfect! Don’t give up, that ridiculously difficult T stop will soon come naturally! Freshmeat is only the begining of all the fun to be had

Shro Ding Her

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How long have you been involved with Roller Derby?

I’ve been skating for two years now. I watched my first game in May of 2012 and joined Freshmeat the next week! Last year was my first bouting year as part of Dead Wreckoning.

What does Roller Derby mean to you?

Roller Derby is my second home. It’s a physical challenge I’ve never faced before- nor never dreamed I would! It’s belonging to a sisterhood, a community, world wide. It’s the strategy of chess and the physicality of rugby.

This is the first game as a new team, whats the team most excited about?

We’re pretty excited about playing as a team for the first time. We’ve been practising our lines and strategies, working on knowing each other on the track. Our Parrot is pretty awesome too!

Gonna Make Ya Pei-Pei

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How did you get into Roller Derby?

I got into Roller derby in a round about way, I was doing a burlesque class and met a lady who was fresh meat at the time, she was so enthusiastic about it and after seeing a game, I could see why! It was so cool and exciting to watch, I wanted to be a part of it too, so I went to an open day back in August of 2011, signed up then and there, and haven’t looked back since

Describe what Roller Derby means to you.

Roller Derby means so many things to me, Its the only time in my life I have enjoyed sport! and physical exercise, sometimes I don’t recognise myself! But it came along at a time when I really needed something positive to focus on because I was recovering from a really shit time in my life, and even though learning to play derby was difficult and challenging for me, it gave me something to believe in, and as clichéd as it might seem, it kind of saved me and I’m very grateful for that.

What is your favourite Roller Derby Memory thus far?

My favourite memory has got to be winning the most improved player award for my team Mascara Massacre for the 2013 season! I’m so proud of that award and I seriously NEVER thought that I would be the one to win it!

This is your first bout against an outsider team (non home season), what are you most excited about?

Its really exciting to play people not in your league, because I feel like its a great way to kind of see where your at with your skills, will all that stuff you do in training actually kick in on the track etc, also, It’s the first game where I will be taking a turn at jamming, which is exciting, but mostly terrifying for me lol

Any words for the opposing team Dangerous Curves?

My only words for Dangerous Curves are that I’m so excited to be meeting them on the track, I’m aiming to have a great time on Saturday and I hope you are too, I’m also aiming to leave you with some bruisey souvenirs