As the wind begins to whip and the leaves turn different hues, so do freshly minted QCRG teammates find themselves getting whipped around in newly-colored jerseys.
This year, Queen City Roller Girls instituted a new draft system to ensure parity and competitiveness amongst the four teams. For the fifteen qualified draftees on Queen’s Court, each player’s skills, experience and attitude were all taken into account, and the order in which teams could pick players depended on rank and team strengths versus weaknesses.
With this year’s batch of enthusiastic skaters, the diversity in players’ strengths and histories and their uniform kickass-ness is sure to make for an entertaining, competitive season.
Part One: The Devil Dollies
DeeSTROYher can decimate an opposing team’s pack and then fix that helmet hair in a jiff. Though she first joined derby because of her sister June CleaveHer, Dee is ready to strike out and make a name for herself on the Dollies. This triathlon-runner and Tough Mudder can’t wait to show off her new skills in front of a crowd and make new friends. Though she says there much to learn, she appreciates having an amazing team of women to help her survive the season.
#1995: Dem Apples
How do you like Dem Apples? While she’s a goofball off the track, this poison treat has been taking her derby career seriously, picking up speed and perfecting her footwork so that she might become the Dollies’ next great jammer. Apples describes herself as a “Jack of all trades, master of none” when it comes to sports, but after seeing a family member lap the Rainbow Rink, her love for derby stuck. Now, she’s ready to amp up the positivity and skate in front of the big crowds as a Pink.
#179: d’Amanda Ruckus
Whether she’s suspended hundreds of feet in the air while surveying a bridge or volunteering around Buffalo, d’Amanda Ruckus does everything with compassion. The spirit of derby, therefore, jived with her. She jumped into the league head-first, learning the rules of the game as an NSO and hauling butt behind various QCRG parade floats. Her determination and patience paid off, and now her goal as a Dollie is to operate with team spirit and an engineer’s logic.
#128: Sham Rocks
Sham Rocks’ derby journey proves just how far granite determination and a bit of luck can get a skater. As a rookie, she worked hard and listened well. She learned the laws of the game as a pack ref, and in spring of 2013 became captain of Queen’s Court—a very apropos title for the Queen, NY native. Now, the road continues in pink and she looks forward to the new challenges that being a Dollie will bring. Sham also loves to cook and experiment with it on her relatives.