The Brawlers are getting spooky. This event is admission by donation. We will also have our merch booth open as well as spooky snacks and goodies. Costumes encouraged!
The Border City Brawlers are looking for some fresh meat to fill our rosters. Our intake only happens one to 2 times a year so if you are interested in learning all about derby, now is the time to get in touch!
The “Fresh Meat” training program includes skating instruction, rules knowledge, and provides assistance for selecting the right safety gear and skates, skate maintenance and more. Along with learning about flat track roller derby, Fresh Meat get to meet new people, and get a great cardio workout in the process. A $30 monthly fee covers the instruction, rental space, and gives recruits access to league operations. There is also an annual fee for insurance.
We are also accepting participants (teens, men, and women) to be trained as referees, volunteers, and non-skating officials. Anyone interested in those positions can also drop in to the information session.
Some skaters are ready for the full-contact sport in 5 to 6 months and there’s a fabulous 2Fresh tournament each summer just for new skaters!
Here’s what Swayzee Train had to say about her recent experience:
What stood out for me at 2 Fresh was the overwhelming sense of kinship and a strong emotional team connection. Even though I was nervous, excited, and a bit scared, I knew that we had each other’s backs the whole time. You can see even in our photos that we stuck together and worked as a team. I had full confidence in our (Windsor) A-Salt because I knew our coaches and trainers pulled all of their knowledge, experience and effort together to prepare us. Now that 2 Fresh is behind me, I want to sign up for every scrimmage that comes my way. Derby is addictive!
Women who are 18 and older and want to get involved with the Brawlers can send questions to freshmeat@bordercitybrawlers.
Candidates who would like to skate can bring safety gear and skates and use the rink during that time. The league will also hold a scrimmage following the meeting for candidates to see roller derby up close. Questions can be sent to freshmeat@bordercitybrawlers.
Position: Head NSO
How did you choose your name?
I go by my real name. Because I am no fun.. lol
When did your derby career start?
I watched BCB’s first home bout in 2013 at Riverside arena, got me hooked and I started fresh meat two weeks later!!
Has derby taught you anything? Helped you?
It has taught me to be extremely competitive, and physically made me stronger.
What’s your one favourite (not derby-related) item that you own?
My favourite item that I own is my car.
What’s your favourite TV commercial?
The Dorito commercial … This man is acting like a chicken and every time they shake the Dorito bag.. he flies towards it.. and then he smacks into this window.. it’s the funniest. lol
What’s your favourite saying?
“Would you like me to help you find your seat?” or “Absolutely!”
Who is your celebrity twin?
I’ve been told Vanessa Williams.. or Angelina Jolie.. In my dreams.
Where would you go if you had a time travel machine?
I would go back to the saloon days.. and run a brothel!
Preferred super power: invisibility or ability to fly?
My super power is… I can read minds… I know what you are thinking.
Real Name: Keith
How did you choose your name?
In my day job I routinely use the phonetic alphabet, with [V]ictor being one of the more common designations I refer to. So I chose Victor Won as it was something I figured I’d readily respond to, and because the double meaning of victor, as in winner, and won as the past tense of win.
When was your first live derby game watched? Announced?
The first live derby bout I watched was on September 26th 2010 at Riverside Arena in Livonia Michigan, and it was Detroit’s Motor City Dissassembly Line vs Kitchener’s Tri-City Thunder. It was a great bout, with Tri-City eventually winning 136 to 124. I certainly didn’t understand everything I saw, but from the suicide seats it was still amazing fun to watch.
The first bout that I announced was just shy of the 1 year anniversary from the first bout I saw live. It was the Border City Brawlers debut bout, August 20th 2011 at South Windsor Arena. It was the BCB’s 2 original teams the 519ers vs the Hiram Stalkers. The day went purple with the Stalkers taking the win 63 to 60. A great day of firsts.
What was your favourite game to announce? Why?
At the moment I have announced 78 bouts, and almost all of them would tie as my favourite.
What’s your most important tool as an announcer?
An easy to read, and accurate, printed roster. I have a spreadsheet laid out that presents the skater’s names & numbers in a personal format that I find very simple and easy to read. It’s great for referencing during bouts when often times I won’t recognize the skaters. After that a Sharpie to fill in the inevitable last minute changes at bout time is essential.
Why’s it easy? Why’s it hard?
I’ve had a lot of fun announcing, but I wouldn’t say I’ve ever found it easy. 3 years in I’m still learning new things I ought to be doing, or just as likely ought not to be doing, at every bout.
As for why it’s hard, tongue twisting derby names, rule changes, inaccurate rosters, skater injuries, score blowouts, and venue acoustic deficiencies are the primary causes of ulcers among announcers.
Do you have a derby hero (player, announcer, anyone)?
Be you’re own hero.
What derby name cracks you up?
My fave derby name is Scratcher In The Eye, from Rose City.
Is there anything better than a cat?
Cats are great. But dogs are too. In fact, most critters are great in their own way. But cats know it.
The Border City Brawlers’ B Team, the Canadian Clubbers, have had a very busy week! With some players just back from RollerCon, it was time to hit the road again and on July 31, the team headed to Michigan to meet the Downriver Roller Dollz.
The Dollz took a 204-75 win over BCB but as you can see from the photo below, everyone had a great time.
With a couple of days to rest, it was back on the highway to head to Sarnia to take on the Chin Straps. When you get beat 196 – 194, it’s a tough loss to take, but the team can be proud knowing that they worked hard and fought until the very last second of the game.
Members of the Border City Brawlers All Star Team are celebrating this weekend after a win over the G-sTARs All Star Team from Toronto.
On June 15, 2013, at the RDAC Eastern Regionals tournament, the G-sTARS took a 276-154 win over BCB. At a rematch later that year, the G-sTARS won 190-125 in a much closer match.
One year later, BCB was determined to get the win and on July 19, 2014, they worked together to get a 157-116 win over the G-sTARS.
Congrats to the MVPs from both teams:
MVP Jammer: Sofearme
MVP Blocker: Splat Benatar
BCB All Stars
MVP Jammer: Tiegs
MVP Blocker: Ginny Wheelsly
Windsor’s Alternative Arts & Culture Show, SKIN, takes place this weekend at the Walkerville Brewery. Tonight’s (June 27) event includes music, belly dancing, and a fashion show that includes two members of the Border City Brawlers as models. Tickets are $10.
So stop in at Walkerville Brewery (525 Argyle Rd., Windsor) tonight at 7pm for some alternative fun.
Don’t forget that the fun continues on Saturday at Adie Knox Arena for our next home game (it’s a double header…two games for the price of one!).
It was a busy weekend for members of the Border City Brawlers.
Our All-Star Travel Team headed to Michigan to take on the Bath City Roller Girls. It was the last game of the season for Bath City and BCB came out with a 203-100 win.
MVPs of the game were Drop Dead Alice (BCB) and Rose Madder (BCRG) for the Jammers and Bloody White (BCB) and Miz Edge U Skater (BCRG) for the Blockers.
Also in Michigan, members of BCB joined in a mixed scrimmage with Trackula playing for the Mimes, and Rocket Horror playing for the Dolls. The Mimes won 187 to 148. Trackula took the MVP Jammer award, and Asian Zing from Brighton Roller Dollz took the MVP Blocker award.
And confirmed Sunday night, BCB’s Holly Hox (Natalee Speers) has been listed on the roster for Team Ontario for their first interprovincial bouts on July 12 in Manitoba at The Toban Tussle hosted by Roller Derby Manitoba! Good luck, Speers!
Real Name: Victoria
When was your first live derby game? I had never actually watched modern roller derby before joining to train as a ref. I joined in March 2011 and my first game in stripes was a few months later with a private audience.
What derby name cracks you up? Peter Slamsbridge. And it always reminds me of this Rick Mercer clip (go to 7:00)
Who is your favourite superhero? Wonder Woman, of course!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first and why? I dream of going to Pitcairn Island in Tahiti. The 1935 movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, is one of my faves and that got me doing research on the true history and there’s an island of all of the descendants from the mutiny. You have to get permission to go to the island and it seems like a fascinating place.
If you could have only 3 electrical appliances in your house, what would they be and why? My kettle, a fridge for milk and beer, and a sandwich maker.
Rank the colors of the rainbow from best to worst and state why? Red, green, blue. Those are all that matter.
Real Name: Jay
When was your first live derby game? July 14 2012, reffed my first bout the same weekend one year later
What derby name cracks you up? Careless Whips-her
Who is your favourite superhero? Daredevil the man without fear
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first and why? Your Mom’s… or Ireland… does your Mom live in Ireland?
If you could have only 3 electrical appliances in your house, what would they be and why? 1. My record player for my musac, 2. the fridge to keep my beer cold, 3. my beard trimmer to keep this thing golden
Rank the colors of the rainbow from best to worst and state why?