We edged out 20 other local roller derby teams thanks to your votes. We truly have the best fans!!
WIRG had an exciting weekend at the Green Cup Tournament in Sedro Wooly, hosted by our neighbors at Skagit Valley Roller Derby (SVRD). This tournament was designed for newer skaters (less than 1 year bout experience), skaters returning from injury, with some vets thrown in to round out the rosters. In addition to the main bouts between WIRG, SVRD, and Grunge City; there were also co-ed bouts, black and white scrimmages, and even a junior bout.
Your Whidbey Island Roller Girls rocked the tournament, and though they came in second overall – they did score more points in their 3 bouts of the round robin tournament than any other team participating. Vets stepped back, dialed it back, and played new positions, allowing the newer skaters to excel in jamming, as pivots, and getting to enjoy more play time than they normally would. The first bout against Grunge City saw WIRG scoring over 300 points and our very own Cynister Sister receiving her first MVP trophy. On Sunday the ladies played in two bouts, both against SVRD. The first bout against SVRD showed WIRG coming out on top and Gell Fling receiving the MVP award for her work on the track. In the championship game, also against SVRD (& a few friends), the hard hitting action, great strategy, and fast pace wowed the crowd who came out to watch. Though WIRG did not come out on top, only 3 points separated the two teams. Stealth Mode Siren was named MVP for her leadership and hard work on the track. The bench coaching staff of Dischord and KayOss kept the skaters calm and collected through all 3 games.
Our W.I.S.E. Guys and Coach Jaded Tales also “played” during the tournament with Liquor Tales reffing 8 bouts – 4 as a Jam Ref. If you think that’s not an accomplishment, consider that jammers get to rest between jams. Onna Rampage and Coach Jaded provided their expertise with NSOing throughout the tournament. And our very own EMT, Chris Trujillo, made a guest appearance all the way from Idaho for Sunday’s games.
This week finds the ladies of WIRG who participated in the tournament with lots of bruises (we wear them like trophies earned in battle), big smiles, and recounting stories of the fun they had all weekend playing with their teammates. And one bench coach who can barely talk. Thank you to SVRD for hosting the Green Cup, and to our photographer, Jeff Jackson, and his wife for capturing the action on Sunday. What a great event and an incredible learning experience for both the newer skaters and the vets. And, of course, thank you to all our fans that came out to cheer us on!!
How do the ladies of WIRG and the W.I.S.E. Guys spend the off-season? Skating in and officiating for the SVRD Green Cup Tournament in Sedro-Wooley, of course. An entire weekend of derby! Check in the week of August 12th for pictures of your Whidbey Island Rollergirls in action! And be sure to check back often for some great info about our amazing sponsors and stories from RollerCon when our attending WIRGmates return from Vegas.
In case you missed it on the stands, turn to page 10 for pictures and a short write up!! Thank you, Whidbey News-Times!
If you weren’t at the Roller Barn in Oak Harbor for our final bout of the 2013 season against Apple City Roller Derby, you missed an exciting game. Lots of great game play, strategy, and, of course, hits. Whidbey’s main jammers, Lady Zombrie, Nana Nana Bruise You, and Wild Sockeye wowed the crowd with some great scoring runs. Our blockers did a fantastic job of holding Apple City to 180 points and allowing our jammers to rack up 309 points, including a 45-point jam by Nana Nana Bruise You. Apple City fought hard and was led by jammers, Your Kidd Sista, Apple Lucy, and Lithium Lolita.
Congratulations to our very own Lady Zombrie and to Apple City’s Your Kidd Sista, who were named as the MVPs. Welcome to our three newest skaters, AsphyxiAsian, Chuck & Trailer, and T-Wrekz Yo Face, who did a great job in their first bout. Thanks to Nehi Nightmare, of Rat City’s Grave Danger, for stepping in to assist on the bench when our coach, Jaded Tales, had to put on her stripes and ref.
And thanks to all the fans that came out to support us, to the refs and NSO’s, and to all the volunteers who make this sport possible. And a big thank you to photographer Jeff Jackson, who did an amazing job capturing all the action at his very first bout.