Jan 2017 07

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 December 2016 Member of the Month was Undead Redhead!

 

What’s your Derby name and Number?

Undead Redhead

 

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?

Perseverance, acceptance, happiness.

 

How did you get involved with roller derby?

A character in a book played roller derby and I had no idea what it was so I googled it and then found out about South Side from a bumper sticker. The rest is history!

 

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?

Tennis, water polo, and for most of primary school I did squad swimming

 

What’s your best derby moment?

I haven’t had one specific great moment but instead a lot of moments that have made me feel really proud about how far I’ve come since starting in 2014

 

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?

We’ve all got each other’s backs, and we’re a community that cares about each other. No one is above anyone else, whether they’ve been skating for years or have been a freshie for a week

 

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?

“Oh my god, why am I always last to finish putting my gear on?”

 

Do you have a pre-skating/pre-bout/pre-reffing ritual?

Singing along to Gaga in my car to get out nervous energy

 

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

Rebel Rebel – David Bowie

 

Favourite Star Wars character or quote?

My favourite character is Rey because she inspires me to believe in myself and my skills even when I think I can’t do something. My favourite quote is, “Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.” – Princess Leia

 

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?

Derby has made me appreciate my body so much more no only for how it looks but also for what it can do. Derby has also given me a big network of pals who make me feel right at home

 

Thanks Red!

Dec 2016 06

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 November 2016 Member of the Month was THUNDRBUTT!

From zero to hero, Butts has been smashing it this year as a newly minted member of The Empire! A talented double threat on the track, her dance warm-ups are the not to be missed! When she’s not on skates, she lends us her mad skills as a designer and media whiz. Thanks for sharing your creative genius and always stepping up for your team Butts!

 

What’s your Derby name and Number?

THUNDRBUTT – 61

 

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

It’s a combination between my gamertag (hidemythundr) and well.. my butt. I figured if I took control of something I was self conscious about then I could learn to celebrate it. It’s certainly paid off! I’m usually known as Butts now.

61 is the year my mum was born – She’s not around to cheer from the sidelines (and possibly shake her head at me playing a full contact sport) but wearing the number feels like she’s around :)

 

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?

Inclusive. Supportive. Home.

 

How did you get involved with roller derby?

I googled “sports that require no previous experience” when I couldn’t find a local lower grade basketball team to join. I spent my tax return on a pair of second hand Bonts and three years later here we are!

 

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?

Skating was very much a learned skill for me even though I skated a bit as a kid. In high school I played a lot of hockey, netball and basketball.

 

What’s your best derby moment?

Oh, there are just so many. Years of high-fives, hugs and smiles in the derby community. Playing my first bout at ERRD this year with some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met.

Last weekend my best friend (MelScream) and I were playing on the same team. I was jamming coming around on my scoring pass, Mel was coming out of the penalty box and skated up behind me. She was about to tell me that she was going help me out with some offence, but we clipped skates and both went flying. Only in derby can your bestie trip you over and you just laugh and hug it out.

 

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?

The family vibe, the feeling that when I’m at training I feel like I’m home, the silly dancing warm ups, the after training sushi. I’m so incredibly proud to be part of this league.

 

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?

A really healthy breakfast, lots of hydrating and fun, energetic dance warm-ups. Something that makes me smile and shake off the nerves.

 

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

If I came with background music my song would be Baby Got Back.

My inspirational quote is “Life is only as good as your mindset” which is pretty relevant when playing derby.

 

Favourite Star Wars character or movie?

“Aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?” Oh Leia. So sassy. 

 

Do you have a derby hero?

I love Freight Train from Texas. She doesn’t look for gaps, she creates them. She’s equally impressive as a Jammer/Blocker/Pivot, which is what I aim to be (one day!). Her athleticism and strength is just so inspiring.

 

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?

So much. It’s made me more patient, it’s taught me when to take control and when to let others take control. It’s shown me my strengths and weaknesses. Above all it’s taught me to love myself (flaws included).

 

Thanks Butts!

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!

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