Mar 2017 20

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 2017 Members of the Month were Ginger and Raydar!

 
What is your derby name and number?

Ginger Vytess 709 & Raydar 1864
 

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

Ginger has amazing ginger hair, 709 is because she is a cyborg. Her first words to Raydar to describe herself were “well… I’m a cyborg.” She has an insulin pump for her type 1 diabetes management that is constantly connected. Raydar is my nickname because like Radar from MASH I usually have the solution to your problem when you need it fast. 1864 sticks with the star trek theme as it is the number of my fave Trek ship, the reliant.

 

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?

Ginger: Wheelie Good Times *haha*
Raydar: Real Life Mariokart

 

How did you get involved with roller derby?

G: After talking to Mike Wapowski at a friends wedding I was converted.
R: I had been interested as a fan before but never felt welcome. I went along to some MARD games but when I talked to people I was pretty badly shunned. After Wapowski converted my wife I was relieved to discover S2D2 is amazing and supportive. Im glad I can get involved.

 

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?

G: Haha none
R: I was a fan of mighty ducks as a kid and roller bladed all the time but gave it up when I was 12. Now I have forgotten how to skate and cant even make it around the rink without falling on my arse.

 

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?

G: That everyone’s meme game is as strong as our own. Haha. But in all seriousness, the community. Everyone is so welcoming.
R: Definitely. The torrential downpour of friend requests, fist bumps, and welcoming comments has been amazing. Unlike the past I feel so welcomed in this community. It makes me want to help out more and get involved.

 

Favourite Star Wars character or quote?

G: chewbacca / anything said by chewie and “”its a trap”” / I like the force awakens actually. If I had to choose.
R: jar jar/Unlimited Power/Ewoks movies? Haha… no just trolling. I could fanboy for Mara jade, but I would probably say Lando / I have a game where i try to use 1 SW quote a day. I cant choose / And of course Empire reigns supreme.

 

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

G: I dont want to fall over today. I dont want to fall over again. (Im still currently learning how to skate, but keep injuring myself in the process, putting me off skates to recover)
R: I hope Ginger doesnt fall over today. Haha. Usually followed by “”holy crap”” how did i get ao bad at this?”

 

Do you have a pre-bout

G: we listen to Iron Maiden in the car on the way to Derby.
R: That and Biggie Smalls vs Thomas… google it. Its worth it.
G: We also high five our clipboards.
R: Haha. Yeah. That gets us pumped.

 

Do you have a theme song?

G: I think we have 2 inspirational songs. Firstly cantina band, our alarm. Secondly the end credits to Bob Ross the Joy of painting. Haha. True story.
R: You also like “”whats going on by Heman”” and I like Epic Sax Guy. Haha.
G: for quotes. “”I came here to kick ass and drink milk… and i just finished my milk.””
R: i like Neil Gaimann’s commencement speech. “”Make good art”

 

Do you have a derby hero?

G: not really. We are still new so I just like watching s2d2. I don’t want to play favourites.
R: haha. Yeah. S2D2 are already enough for us. I like watching Bad wolf and Lethal because they have awesome moves that make my brain think gravity is a hoax. I would like to know more outside our group though. We will have to watch more matches.

 

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

G: I feel like we got cooler and are part of some not so secret cult.
R: I feel more confident to go after the things i want or that i feel i lost. Im skating again. Im playing my instruments again. Im writing again. All because I can see that if i take the time to get good i can do it.

 

What is your signature move?

R: Getting Ginger frozen peas.
G: Haha… yeah falling on my tail bone. Again.

Thanks Hypes!

Mar 2017 20

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 2017 Member of the Month was Hypes!

 

What’s your Derby name and number?

Hypes 217

 

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

When I started with South Side, Lenny dubbed me Hypercoloured Sluttypants because I always had tiny pants on and a bright shirt. I’m known to not wear much clothing. My number is 217, which is the police radio code for “harm with intent to murder” – it’s also Liz upside down and back the front but I didn’t get that pointed out to me until much later… That was not intentional.

 

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?

Family, fun, strong.

 

How did you get involved with roller derby?

I’ve always wanted to do it. One year I brought my first set of quads (R3’s) and waited until I could find a league near me that was having an intake. 12 months later I was in fresh meat with Western Sydney Rollers.

 

What is your pre-derby sports or skating background?

As a kid I was always out in the street on my roller blades, bike or skate board. My two older brothers where really into skate boarding and my next door neighbours growing up had two ramps they use to keep in there drive way for us to use whenever we wanted.

 

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?

Being Happiness Commissioner is the best thing I’ve ever done. I love that South Side is a highly based family orientated league. Becoming a part of this league was the best choice I have ever made. South Side fits well with my values of inclusion and love. Skating is super fun, skating with a smile on your face, high fives on the bench and puppy dogs at games is even better!

 

Favourite Star Wars character or quote?

Yoda saying “don’t fall asleep” in the Star Wars lip syncing YouTube video. So good.

 

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

I’ve got this.

 

Do you have a pre-bout

Music. I have a derby playlist that I always blast and sing/scream along to on my way to games.

 

Do you have a theme song?

I have a few inspirational quotes. “Who I was yesterday is not who I am today” “We will bend but never break” – Hickey surname moto (Irish) “Explore, challenge, understand, transform”

 

Do you have a derby hero?

Stephanie Maloney *drools*

 

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

Oh wow. Where do I begin? I have had the wonderful opportunity to be involved with some of the most intelligent, strong, athletic, determined men and women I have ever met. I have formed some life long relationships through roller derby that I will never forget. Even if I don’t speak to some of those people as much as I use to or not at all anymore, they still hold a solid chunk of my heart. I would not be where I am today without the amazing support of the people within roller derby. Roller Derby saved my life, massive props to South Side for saving it once again.

 

What is your signature move?

Throwing my butt into people who try to move around the outside line.

Thanks Hypes!

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!

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