Jun 2015 01

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 May 2015 Members of the Month were Cluster Frack and Beard N Loathing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was so much awesome in the month of May that we couldn’t pick just one Member of the Month! Cluster Frack is a valued member of The Empire and The Force for her calm and supportive leadership skills, she also dedicates her time to finding us venues to skate in and new friends to skate with, most recently bringing Sun State Roller Girls to Menai for an amazing bootcamp! Beard N Loathing may be most well known for supplying us with delicious baked goods and fudge at training, but he is also a regular fixture at training and bouts: helping with our freshmeat and scrimmage training, keeping us safe as one of our first aiders and lending his voice to our cheer squad, The Rebel Alliance, at our bouts!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Cluster Frack: Challenging. Rewarding. Inspiring.

Beard n Loathing: Awesome. Beardy. Family.

How did you get involved with roller derby?
Cluster: I almost didn’t go see my first bout, as I don’t like sports and really thought I’d hate it. I saw the Assassins play Richter City at the end of 2011 with my partner’s sister and was completely hooked from the get-go. At one point she turned to me and said, “You could do that”, and I thought, ‘yeah, I could’. I went home and watched the movie (you know the one), and hassled my boyfriend to buy me skates for Christmas. I had missed intakes for the year, which was just a well as I had a LOT to learn. I started at Rollerfit where Stacey taught me all the things, and then joined Inner West Roller Derby league when they formed in May of 2012.

Beardo: Chuck Norris came to me in a dream and said I must bring the gift of beard to more people, starting with roller derby.

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
Cluster: None, really. I used to ice skate socially with my high school friends on a Friday night, but never learned how to stop or crossover. I enjoyed sprinting in primary school, but nothing serious, the same with volleyball. I was much more of a bookworm.

Beardo: Several centuries of battles with Baldrick by my side.

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Cluster: Cluster Frack #75

Beardo: Beard N Loathing #1CNRhK

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
Cluster: The name is a play on Cluster F##k. Frack is the expletive they use on Battlestar Galactica (I heart the remake, the original was crap). I figured the name would work if I ended up being a decent skater OR a terrible skater. 75 is the number on the side of the ship, Galactica. I used to be number 12 (12 colonies, 12 cylon skinjobs), but I moved leagues and needed a new number.

Beardo: Chuck Norris descended from the heavens and brought forth Baldrick, whom I had previously fought side by side in the halls of Valhalla, to which he also bestowed upon me the name, Beard N Loathing. Scientists have estimated that the energy given off during the Big Bang is roughly equal to 1CNRhK

What’s your best derby moment?
Cluster: This is a really hard question! How do I only choose one? I think being told that I had ‘earned my place on The Force’ after a recent tournament would have to be it, so far.

Beardo: This one time at training, we got attacked by zombies, but zombies who can only be defeated by pogonophiles, and I was all like “I got this” and I totally did.

Photo by Steven Craddock

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
Cluster: Does misplacing something important count? At the last tournament, I forgot to bring the right coloured jersey and only realised at the last minute. A HUGE thanks to Ovary Action who rushed to the hotel for me, pretended to be me when the door refused to open, and got back in time!

Beardo: Stroking my beard exactly 27 times, no more, no less. Sometimes stroking someone else’s, who knows, this world is crazy.

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
Cluster: I’m usually going through the list of protective equipment in my head to make sure I haven’t forgotten to put something on… It happens!

Beardo: What am I having at sushi after?

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
Beardo: Stroking my Beard – The Beards

What is your signature move?
Cluster: Still working on it.

Beardo: Fudge Fridays…it’s a move…Right?

Do you have a derby hero?
Cluster: Stef Mainey. She’s amazing!

Beardo: Everyone from South Side is my Derby hero.

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
Cluster: It’s helped me a lot mentally – it’s certainly made me more confident, and I can now call people on their s##t, which I’m really grateful for. It’s made me realise the importance of not giving up after a setback. There are so many disappointments in derby, and if you’re going to get anywhere, you need to suck it up and keep working hard. Take that setback as a challenge and then knock it on its ass.

Favourite Star Wars character/quote/ movie?
Cluster: One of the Ewoks?? *runs away*

Beardo: “Beep boop beep” R2D2, this guy (or girl, I don’t think he/she really has a gender) gets me.

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
Cluster: The people. We give up so much time to this sport that we miss out on social events with friends and family. South Side is full of the most lovely, passionate and generous people I know. They have become my family and I couldn’t be happier.

Beardo: If people knew the things that I say, the fact that no one bats an eyelid, that’s pretty sweet.

Thanks Cluster and Beardo!

May 2015 01

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 April 2015 Member of the Month was Shona Mercy!

A talented skater and photographer and a much-loved member of S2D2, Shona Mercy has recently also taken on coaching duties for The Empire! When she’s not busy running and creating content for Alter Life Magazine (one of our awesome sponsors this year), she’s bringing her positivity and roller derby know-how to developing our skaters, both at training and behind the scenes!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Passion, determination & dedication

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Shona Mercy #616

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
It was kind of a random nickname from Year 7. I completely forgot about until I started roller derby to be honest. I needed a ‘stage name’ and it popped back into my head after all those years!

How did you get involved with roller derby?
After skating my entire life across many different disciplines, I wanted to try out roller derby. I actually wanted to for about 3 years before I actually did. Finally the stars aligned and I entered SRDL’s freshmeat intake in 2010 and after skating for a couple of years with Sydney I decided to quit. That was, until the seed got planted that I come to have a ‘fun,little informal skate’ at S2D2… as soon as I walked in the door I knew it was where I was meant to be.

What is your pre-derby sports and skating background?
I have never really been a team sport kind of person, only extreme sports, so derby was certainly a learning curve initially. I began skating at the age of 5, it was our ‘family sporting thing’ and went through it’s stages of artistic, street hockey, skate parks, street skating, slalom and freestyle, mostly inline, but once I strapped on a pair of quads, I was in my element and roller derby was the natural progression.

What’s your best derby moment?
My best derby moment, while not my most successful in terms of points, was definitely the most gratifying. It would have to be the first game I was ever rostered as a primary jammer in the first year of the 5×5 Championship. I had absolutely no confidence in myself & didn’t believe I could do it but I listened to my coach & realised I was jamming for a reason. It was the first time I actually realised someone could see something in me that I couldn’t see.

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
I like to get hit a lot before playing a game. It helps me amp up and means I’m not as shocked when I get big hits on the track.

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
Shoot, I forgot to put my knee pad on first!

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
My favourite quote is: “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

What is your signature move?
Hmm…. I’m not sure! My super bony shoulders and short stature make for a killer can-opener through.

Do you have a derby hero?
Derby Heroes… I have so many! My favourite skater of all time is Chloe Seyres (you may know her as Kozmic Bruise for France). I loved her way before either of us played derby, for her freestyle and street skating. She was a big inspiration for me in taking skating more seriously and pushing myself.

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
A phrase to sum up my life outside of derby (and one I think all my non-derby friends have heard about one million times): “I can’t, I have roller derby”. I am also quite fond of the “No thanks, I’d rather skate” mantra.
Aside from that, the main affect derby has had on my life, is my fitness. No matter how many hours I ever put in at the gym, or with a personal trainer, nothing ever got me as fit as committing to roller derby!

Favourite Star Wars character?
*ducks for cover* I have never actually watched any of the star wars movies the entire way through.
… I like Hayden Christensen, does that count? ;D

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
It’s hard to pin point one favourite thing because there are so many! From the very moment I entered the doors, I realised S2D2 was un-like any other league. Everyone was so friendly, accommodating, fair and positive. It was an eye opener and a breath of fresh air! The sense of family and that everyone is always willing lend a helping hand, really is what sets S2D2 apart from the rest.

Thanks Shona!

Apr 2015 01

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 March 2015 Member of the Month was Whack Russell Terrior!

MOTM

Based on Photo by Roaringstorm Photography

Another recent addition to the S2D2 family, Whack Russell Terrior is a dedicated member of The Force and a whirlwind on the track! Despite a recent injury setback, Whack has still been a regular fixture at training, and her positive attitude is an inspiration, not only to her teammates, but to the whole league. We can’t wait to see Whack back on the track, stronger and more determined than ever!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Empowering, challenging, fun!

How did you get involved with roller derby?
I went to see an SRDL home game in 2011 and thought it looked like fun! I soon after got a pair of skates as a present and after a short, nervous skate around the park, fell on my bum and decided not to skate for a while. A few months later, I roped in a friend (who later became my Derby Wife) to come to RollerFit with me, to prepare ourselves for an upcoming Roller Disco! We met some girls at RollerFit who wanted to start their own league, and that’s when it all began!

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background?
I used to just skate in the backyard as a kid. Not very well though, I didn’t know what a cross over was! I also did swimming for a few years and a few months of Aikido.

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Whack Russell Terrior
#w00f (Formerly K9)

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
When I was a freshie and learning how to fall and hit, my coaches said my tenacity reminded them of a small dog. I was toying with the idea of SmashHund at one point but settled on Whack Russell Terrior. The reason behind the ‘o’ in Terrior (as opposed to the correct spelling with an ‘e’) is so it looks a bit like Terror. It’s also a small homage to my first derby coach, Squeals o’ Terror, who helped name me.

What’s your best derby moment?
Pretty much every time I roll out on to the track! There are so many moments that have stuck with me! I have to admit, being named as one of the All Star 5 in the 2013 5×5 Roller Derby Championship is pretty special :). Also, being part of my old league’s (IWRDL) first win!

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
I try to do some pilates in the morning before breakfast and then a protein shake a couple of hours before the game. I have my nails painted team colours and I have this weird thing of wearing the same pair of earrings for every game. They’ve had to be replaced recently with new ones which just happen to be purple and teal!

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
So many things!!
Did I remember to tape my toe?
Did I put sports spray on my arches?
Do I need to toilet?
I really need to change my laces…

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
I’ve had ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ used to cheer me on during a game! Does that count?

What is your signature move?
I don’t know if I have one!

Do you have a derby hero?
My first derby hero was actually Winnie Bruise! I remember her so vividly from the first game I ever watched! I also love Suzy Hotrod and Swish Cariboom! One time during warm up for a game, I saw one of the opposing players point at me and say to her teammate, “She looks like Swish Cariboom!” If only!

Photo: Richard Rayment

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
I’ve definitely come out of my shell a lot more and have become more confident!

Who is your Favourite Star Wars character?
“C-3PO, Human Relations.”
He’s always entertaining!

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
Everything! Everyone is very encouraging and supportive! Everyone works so hard and I’m learning so much! It pushes me to be a better skater!

Thanks Whack!

Mar 2015 01

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 2015 Member of the Month was Cheese-a-maniac!

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Cheese-a-maniac may only be a recent addition to S2D2, but she’s already become a valuable member of the league. Currently a Droid in training, Cheese has also been lending her creative mojo to our Merch and Media committees, coming up with new ways for our members to show and wear their purple and teal pride! You can check out Cheese’s amazing handiwork on this years 5×5 Championship posters, created in collaboration with Thundrbutt, another awesome S2D2 member!

What was the inspiration behind the 5×5 artwork?
The Big Kahuna was the brains behind the operation. He was inspired by other sports and athletic artwork out there that had used similar effects. We wanted something that would stand out and that would be like nothing else ever done in the derby community. I think we’ve managed to achieve this while also showing how athletic and amazing the skaters are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Crazy, fun, evolving.

How did you get involved with roller derby?
I went to a Sydney Roller Derby League game back when they were still at Olympic Park and knew straight away that this was something I had to get into! I got skates and gear for my birthday and started going to Rollerfit classes, which taught me how to skate. At the end of 2012 I joined a league and got to play my first game in the 2013 5×5 Tournament! Since then I’ve been involved in lots of exciting things like TGSS, Rollercon and ERRD. I’ve now made the move over to officiating where I’m training to be a referee, and in May I’ll be attending my first ever ref clinic!

What is your pre-derby sports/ skating background?
I used to roller skate as a kid during the school holidays or at friend’s parties. I even had a pair of Ninja Turtle strap-on skates!
Just before getting into derby, I was learning to ice skate and had even started ice hockey lessons. I still occasionally ice skate but I feel more at home on a nice wooden floor :)

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Cheese-a-maniac 1984

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
I’m a big fan of cheese, it’s a big part of my life. I’m also an 80’s baby and I like a good pun, so Cheese-a-maniac seemed like a good fit.

My number is the year I was born in and also a reference to the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. I find stories about dystopian societies fascinating and I love any imagery that has abandoned buildings in it.

What’s your best derby moment?
Hmmm… that’s a tough one! During a game at ERRD in 2013, it was just myself and the jammer up against 5 opponents but I managed to hold the opposing jammer back long enough for our jammer to get lead. It made me realise that I’m strong and I can make a difference on the track!

 

Do you have a pre-skating or pre-bout ritual?
Nervous pee.

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
Why did I buy Antiks? I love them but it takes me about 2 hours to lace them up! Solution: Velcro Antiks.

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
I guess it’s ‘She’s a Maniac!’

What is your signature move?
The Cheese-roll. This is my go-to move when taking a hit. Get low, and roll, roll, roll!

Do you have a derby hero?
So many derby heroes, so little time! But one skater who has probably inspired me the most is Carmen Getsome. I’ve been lucky enough to meet her 3 times! She’s super nice, smart and strong.

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
I can’t, I have derby.

Favourite Star Wars character/quote/ movie?
Umm…. so this is awkward…I’m not actually a Star Wars fan. There, I said it! But I thought Darth Maul was kinda cool until he got chopped in half…

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
I love how friendly and accepting everyone is! I was welcomed and felt part of the league from my very first training session. There is no bad juju here, just purple, teal and puppies!

Thanks Cheese!

Feb 2015 01

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 2015 Member of the Month was Totorod!

Based on Photo by Roaring Storm Photography

Based on Photo by Roaring Storm Photography

Totorod is S2D2’s Head Droid, coordinating our officials for scrimmages and bouts and using his extensive knowledge of the rules of roller derby to train up and coming officials. Totorod can also often be found lending his skills to the roller derby community, travelling far and wide to officiate at bouts and tournaments . During the summer break, Totorod was involved in the planning and painting of S2D2’s new permanent derby track at Menai Indoor Sports Centre, which includes our name on the jammer line!

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