Apr 2016 12

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our February 2016 Member of the Month was Machette Nettie!

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You can’t keep Nettie away from training and South Side events, even while injured! Always a smiling, positive presence at training, she’s always willing to lend some encouragement to her league mates and travel all over to cheer with the Rebel Alliance! Thanks Nettie, we can’t wait to see you back on the track!

 

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?

Fitness, Giggles and Challenging

How did you get involved with roller derby?

I saw a game overseas many years ago and was going to join, but didn’t because I was coming back to Australia. Then I saw the awesome S2D2 girls at Supanova and thought… Yes! I’m doing so doing this!

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?

I didn’t do many team sports growing up, mostly individual sports such as swimming and Kung Fu. Previously, it’s just been my other love of scuba diving .
I did roller skate when I was little (when we actually had local roller rinks to go to). My younger sister and I use to watch Xanadu and at the same time, we put our skates on and skate around the house like mad. Until my sister used my dad’s foot as a break and he ended up in hospital. Then one day…we couldn’t find our skates (nor the Xanadu video). :-(

What’s your Derby name and Number?

Machete Nettie – 934

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?

I love thinking up derby names and have helped a few others with suggestions.

It was hard to come up with a final derby name. I had so many written down and still do like them. However, I had to use my own nickname in my derby name, otherwise I wouldn’t answer to something I’m not familiar with.  I’m sure the trainers would appreciate that. :-)

I’m also a Harry Potter fan and the 934 comes from Platform 9 and 3 quarters.

What’s your best derby moment?

Would be going to my first Derby Fest in QLD this year with some amazing S2D2 family. I was lucky enough to be in training sessions by Snot Rocket, Rogue Runner and Shaina Serelson – I would recommend this to anyone. You learn so much and make new friends.

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?

I have not started bouting yet. But when I do, I’m sure it will be something very odd! (stay tuned)

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?

“It never gets easier, you just get better.”

Favourite Star Wars character or movie?

Ok I’ll say it… I LOVE WICKET!

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?

I still find it amazing that everyone helps each other out and encourages each other. S2D2 love to bring out the best in you and they don’t give up. Watching the team play at games are an inspiration and you are confident that you are being trained by such passionate and amazing people.  Southside – Strongside (woot!)

 

Thanks Nettie!

Feb 2016 19

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our January 2016 Member of the Month was Bailee Edge!

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Off season? What off season?! Ever helpful, not only did she challenge herself doing all the learning and skating at Derby Fest, she’s kept busy over the summer organising outdoor skates suitable for all of our newer outdoor skaters and showing them the ropes.

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Fun, fitness and challenging.

How did you get involved with roller derby?
Had a few friends play and I was sitting on my couch one night thinking I need a hobby, so I thought why not try derby.

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?
Before derby and back in the school days I played tennis, netball, basketball and I also did Little Athletics.

What’s your Derby Name and Number?
Bailee Edge – 32

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
I’ve had several derby names but I decided to start skating under “Bailee” as I liked the use of my real name and “Edge” because, well; I’m Straight Edge.

What’s your best derby moment?
Derby Fest 2016 where I got a pep talk from my friend that skates at VRDL. She inspired me to push myself and challenge myself this year. I needed to start backing myself and my skills, so I started doing the Advanced classes. I have been going to Derby Fest since it started and this year was the best. I started to see the type of skater I want to be.

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
When I start bouting, hopefully this season; I would say it would be to have earphones in and just try to get in the zone and calm my nerves down.

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
True til death and thereafter.

Favourite Star Wars character or movie?
Everyone knows I love Yoda.

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
Its more than just derby – it’s a family.

Thanks Bailee!

Feb 2016 09

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our October 2015 Member of the Month was Kernel Panic!

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South Side were very lucky to gain the derby knowledge and experience of Kernel Panic this year! When he’s

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Skate! Skate! Skate!

How did you get involved with roller derby?
I was a roadie for the half-time entertainment at the 2009 SRDL SAS vs D’viants Final. After the game, one of the skaters who I knew came up to me and said “hey, you can skate, we need refs!” and I did my first bout 2 months later. The rest is history.

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
I grew up doing figure and precision team ice skating. At 15, I switched to inline skates and took to the streets. Other than skating, I pretty much skied and snowboarded in all my spare time.
What’s your Derby name and Number?
KP #89

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
#89 is my Dad’s old racing number. I have it on the number plate of my cars, and used it as a kid whenever I did sportsy things.

A kernel panic is a geeky computer term for a mega crash. You stop and have to start over when you hit a kernel panic. But these days I just run with KP cause I feel derby is beyond the names a little – and I have my family name TRINDER on my Wizards jerseys.

What’s your best derby moment?
Oh so many! The first TGSS in 2010 was made me really get hooked on derby. My first game as a skater in the Nuts and Whips game later that year at The Hordern in front of 2000 people was huge (though I had no idea what I was doing!). Forming SMASH and playing the first Interleague men’s game in Australia. Representing my country on the International stage at the World Cup. Getting the New York Shock Exchange out to Australia and scoring the first SMASH points against them. And then that nail biter win with The Force in the 5×5 Grand Final!

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
Can I turn this focus into results? It really is a change of gears when you step on the track, and lacing up skates is the perfect way to shift that focus.

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Not really. I do usually close my eyes for a few moments and really concentrate on breathing. And a good warmup is always important!

What is your signature move?
Side-stance to backwards pass for lead.

Do you have a derby hero or a favourite derby game to watch?
Streak from Magic City is my favourite skater to watch. I want to skate like him.

So many good games over the years. I love re-watching our Wizards vs Wales final from the World Cup. And any time Texas play. But that VRDL vs Gotham game from Champs this year – whoa!

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
Do the Mario! Yes, pretty much the Mario Bros theme song.

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
It’s changed so many aspects. The most specific thing I learned from reffing was quick problem assessment. I always ask:
1. Is it actually a problem?
2. Can I fix it?
If I don’t answer yes to both of those things, acknowledge the issue but play on.
I use that in coaching now, and I use it every day at work and in my personal life too.

Favourite Star Wars character/quote/ movie?
STAY ON TARGET.

Though more accurately everything that R2-D2 says (just a little rude to quote here!).

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
The lack of politics. The fact that the league is made up of so many different types of people – non-skating members, social members, competitive members. We have so much diversity, and so little conflict. It’s refreshing and amazing. I love that I have a specific job to do, but that job needs to fit in with the needs of the whole league too.

Thanks KP!

Feb 2016 09

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our August 2015 Member of the Month was Googz!

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Between building derby tracks for us to play on, being the loudest voice in our cheer squad, The Rebel Alliance, at every event and looking after trackside skate repairs at training, Googz is one of the hardest working members of S2D2, and we wouldn’t be nearly as awesome or organized without him!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Wheely, addictive, family.

How did you get involved with roller derby?
My better half, Slamstein, started derbying in 2011, and I was that bloke on the sidelines with a 6 month old in a stroller. I got put to work helping at bouts and training occasionally, then we managed to help start a league of our own, S2.

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?
I skated as a kid, but don’t now. I sportsed as a kid too, none of which I was terribly interested in (or good at).

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Googz 700L

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
I’ve had my nickname for 18 years now, since the first few weeks of high school. It’s a story better told in person, including accents and dramatic gesturing.

My number, 700L, because I’m a tool!

What’s your best derby moment?
It’s hard to pick just one. Topping the list would have to be watching Slam progress over the years and the moment I saw a permanent, painted track down in our training venue (and said goodbye to bulk bought masking tape!).

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Pre-bout I normally think about laying a track.
Who coiled the rope like this?
Have we got enough tape?
I might need to see a chiro after this…

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
Bill S. Preston: “Be excellent to each other!”

Favourite Star Wars character, quote or movie?
“Mmmm yub yub”
– Wicket

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
It’s a family. I walk in holding hands with a 5 year old and she runs to any number of her aunties for hugs.

Thanks Googz!

Feb 2016 09

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our June 2015 Member of the Month was Cherry Ripper!

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Sorry folks, looks like we got a little behind on our Member of the Month posts with all the amazing derby happening over the last couple of months! Our June Member of the Month was our media mastermind Cherry Ripper! Always working tirelessly behind the scenes making us look good online and in print, Cherry was the organizing force behind our awesome booth at Supanova this year! From getting us all organized, to being there to set-up the booth and then pack it back down, we couldn’t have had such a great Supanova weekend without all of her hard work!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Exciting
Challenging
Purple

How did you get involved with roller derby?
I used to go watch a friend play at the SRDL games at the Hordern and Sydney Olympic Park (Go Team Unicorn!).  But it took me a long time (and a couple of 9 month injuries) before I had the right time to commit to derby. In that time a new league had formed locally, S2D2, so it was fate!

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
Aside from enforced netball and school sport, none. Sports and me don’t really mix. I used to roller-skate a bit as a kid, but never anything serious. I was mostly in it for the Nerds.

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Cherry Ripper 319

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
My name came up due to a bunch of things — my favourite chocolate bar and turning a particular shade of red when I’m skating and concentrating led to the ‘Cherry’ part.
The Ripper part let me get in a sneaky history reference and more importantly a subtle Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference (Giles FTW!).

319 is a combination of my daughters’ birthdays, so they’re always with me when I skate.

What’s your best derby moment?
I’m still on a pretty steep learning curve with my skating, so I love it when I nail a skill that I’ve been focusing on. But I did really enjoy being asked to be a scoregirl at our Tri-Wizard tournament earlier this year. It’s a completely redundant job now with the projectors and the shorter line up times. But it was still fun to be a part of!

Favourite Star Wars quote?
“Do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
I love that everyone brings the best parts of themselves to the league to help it grow. Everything is volunteer-based and run, so I’m constantly amazed at the quality and quantity of things that we do! We have professional teachers who give up their weekends to trainers and nurses who readily volunteer to be first aiders. It’s amazing to me how generous everyone is with their time and skills.
Thanks Cherry!

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