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.

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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!)

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.

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.

Coup D’eTalia

In this weeks Skater of the week, we get to know the AMAZING COUP D’E TALIA!! She is an all round fantastic player who has been with the Pirates for many years, she also works tirelessly behind the scenes to help keep the wheels turning as well as ALWAYS having an encouraging, positive, supporting word to say to everyone,
She also manages to find time to train with the Team NZ training squad!10603387_10152636551317287_7661390779769630632_n

 

What is the story behind your name and number?
I liked the idea of incorporating my real name into my skate name. My short list got down to Coup d’eTalia and Jenna Talia. It was a pretty hard call, I ended up using my go-to decision making tactic – asking “what would Stephen Fry do?” My number 73 stands for the 1973 Chilean Coup d’etat.

What is your most memorable derby moment to date?
Don’t make me choose! there have been so many! The first time I made it onto the PCR All Scars team and travelling to TGSS. Travelling to Hawaii to play the Hooligans in 2013 (read derby themed holiday with my teamies). The All Scars winning Derby Royale in 2013. Playing with Otter Annihilation at Sur5val. Making the TeamNZ training squad. How long have you got? I’ve got more…

Being a member of the TeamNZ training squad, how do you feel this has impacted your game thus far?
I feel like my game has definitely improved. Just from the sheer amount of extra training I’m doing on and off the track. But also getting to train and play with some of our countries best skaters has been an amazing opportunity that’s really helped me step up.

Who inspires you in the derbyverse and why?
I could rattle of a bunch of amazing international skaters, but to be honest I’m most inspired by skaters I get to play and train with every week. Sugar Hit and Myrtle Kombat are both really inspirational to me. They’re always squeezing the most out of their training time, and I see them constantly apply themselves and constantly improving.

What is your secret talent/hobby outside of derby?
I really enjoy craft stuff: sewing, knitting, crocheting, book binding – but there is a very clear line and scrapbooking is on the other side of it.

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!