Jun 2015 15

By Lil Web Riding Hard

It is no secret that I am a proud member and supporter of geek culture. As I wave my nerd flag high, I cannot help but wonder if it was something greater than myself; something divine; some higher power that lead me to become a member of the nerdiest little hub of derby love in the whole derbyverse … Or perhaps I just have outstanding taste. When I first found S2D2 I was feeling a little derby lost, but all of the glitz and glamour of a team full of friendly Star Wars loving people caught my attention … and the incredible athleticism and team work held it.

Right at this moment in life, when every other comic is becoming a movie and geeks all but inheriting the Earth, it is a really good time to be a geek. So imagine my excitement when my two worlds once a mere blip on the pop culture radar collided!!! Pure bliss. For a long time the derbyverse has played with concepts from geek culture inspiring player names (including our own Sailor Doom and Gnarley Quinn to name a few) and bout concepts (like the recent Tri-Wizard Tournament). More recently geek culture has started to salute to derby, and the results are awesome. As cosplay is also an important part of my life the chance to don a costume at a bout and be a derby girl at a convention is something I celebrate.

So with SupaNova nipping at our heels, here are 5 of my personal favourite derby/geek crossovers … enough to inspire anyone to put together a killer derby themed con costume!

1. Harley Quinn gets a Derby makeover.

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Ok so not all Harley Quinn fans are in love with the new Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti series, but this fan was pleased as punch. Sure at times her Derby style gets a little “Whip it”, but we all have to start somewhere. The writers do however manage to include a little bit of derby 101 which is always a bonus.


2. Ame Comi Flash, what better hobby for The Flash than Roller Derby??

DC’s Ame Comi girls is a short comic series actually based on a popular line of figures. In this Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti universe only females are superheroes or villains. I cannot think of a better universe than this for Roller Derby to exist, and who better than the Flash to be the star player and the “Fastest Girl alive”.


3. Tom Kurzanski whipped up the GC Rollergirls

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Tom Kurzanski is an incredible artist from the states who decided to whip up a few GC roller girls and when they hit Teefury, nerdy derby lovers everywhere went crazy for them! My newsfeed was alight with these bad boys and I am not ashamed to say – I too joined the buying fury. Recently Kurzanski added some of Marvels bad ass ladies to the roster and let’s hope it doesn’t end there. Check out Kurzanski’s work – www.facebook.com/t.kurzanski


4. Danielle Gransaull draws her derby squads

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Not only did artist Danielle Gransaull reimaging some of the best and worst the DC universe has to offer but she made some popular Marvel mutants into a magical team and to top it all off she gave us sugar ,spice and everything nice in her Chemical X derby squad. These interpretations have inspired many a cosplay group and are sure to inspire many more (I myself am dying to bring these to life). You can check our all of Danielle Gransaull’s work here - www.facebook.com/daniellegransaullart


5. Heroes of the Storm Roller Derby Skin;

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Not to be outdone Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm; an online multiplayer battle arena, released a Roller Derby Nova skin. The skin transforms the character November “Nova” Terra, originally of the Starcraft franchise into a truly awesome looking derby girl.

This character has been so popular in the cosplay scene it has drawn girls of all ages as shown in an image from Blizzcon 2014

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Image from Winged Mammal

She would make one hell of a derby diva!

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And if you are stuck for a costume why not try and mix a little derby into your favourite characters for something a little out of the box, and don’t worry you can always grab a skate noose to keep the con happy. Just check out SRDL’s Feisty Cuffs when she rocks her killer Derby Dash!


So no matter if you are a geek who is just finding out about derby or a derby girl (or boy) who is only just embracing the culture that is taking over, it seems that there is plenty of love out there for a little crossover (no pun intended). Whilst the convention floor might not be the most welcoming place for a set of skates; find your local derby team and show them some love, derby teams reach out and touch some geeks. Some things were just meant to be!

Jun 2015 10

That’s right, we’re having a mid year intake for freshmeat skaters (those that have never skated before) and skaters from all other levels.

Next intake – Term 3 2015, 17th July

Recruitment Open Day – Sunday June 28th at Menai Indoor Sports Centre.

More details on the Facebook Event.

Freshmeat 2015

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 24

We’re excited to be hosting our round of 5×5 at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool.

5x5 2015 Round 4 poster

Round 4 moves from the far North West of Windsor to a new neck of the woods that 5×5 has never been to before as South Side Derby Dolls play host to some amazing derby at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool in Sydney’s South West. Our four bouts starting from 1pm. Doors open from 12.30.

1pm – Northern Beaches vs Blue Mountains (B)
3pm – Sydney vs Wollongong (A)
5pm – Inner West vs Hawkesbury (B)
7pm – South Side vs Varsity (Canberra) (A)

Saturday June 27
Whitlam Leisure Centre
90A Memorial Ave, Liverpool
Doors open at 12.30

Tickets available now
Limited tickets available at the door for $15
Kids under 12 are FREE


South Side (S2D2) def. Varsity (VDL) 160 – 152

Thanks to Downunder Derby TV and Sydney Derby Skates for the broadcast.

May 2015 05

South Side Derby Dolls have a bye for Round 3 of 5×5, but that’s no reason not to go :)

5x5 2015 Round 3 poster

Round 3 moves from the City to the West. Hawkesbury/Hills Area Roller Derby host Round 3’s action from Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium in Windsor with our four bouts starting from 1pm. Doors open from 12.30.

1pm – Wollongong vs Varsity(A)
3pm – Northern Beaches vs Central Coast (B)
5pm – Sydney vs Newcastle (A)
7pm – Hawkesbury vs Blue Mountains (B)

Saturday May 23
Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium
16 Stewart St, South Windsor
Doors open at 12.30

Tickets available now
Limited tickets available at the door for $15
Kids under 12 are FREE

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