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 Three: The Suicidal Saucies
#850: Constance Wearing
She’s a Buffalo Beer Goddess, bilingual speaker, nerd and world traveler. While Constance Wearing has been spewing vitriol in Florida skating rinks for two years, this experienced rollergirl and NSO is now ready to make her dirty mouth heard on the Suicidal Saucies (in multiple languages, of course). Constance gets tricky with her positional blocking and hopes to become even more nimble as she adjusts to the new style of play. She looks forward to working on a team and helping out her fellow Saucies.
#224: Cuban Mistress Crisis
Cuban Mistress Crisis is a short-range missile who plans to use her lesser height to her advantage on the track. The Saucie and former Queen’s Court captain and NSO is a huge fan of old-school Nintendo games, and even had a Duck Hunt-themed cake at her wedding. Now, she plans to take down other blockers like mallards out of the sky with her dedication to the sport. When asked what she looks forward to most this season, she summed it up well: “Playing derby. Can’t really put it any other way.”
#416: Hot Damnsel
For two seasons, Hot Damnsel attended nearly every game that the league had to offer, telling herself she would join as a reward once she graduated school. Though she had no previous athletic experience, she took to the sport quickly and graduated to Saucie within a year—perhaps it was all that bout-time studying? The skater is most interested in making others happy and planning the next big shindig on the Events committee.
Joyride agreed to join derby after having a bit too much to drink at a QCRG fundraiser. After hard work on the Court and many more beer blasts, she now has a little Saucie dip to accompany that Labbatt’s. Joy wants to win and prove that she is a valuable asset to her team. She can also rock out at a good concert.
#79: Notorious V.A.G.
Even though Notorious V.A.G. suffered a cranial injury last season, she didn’t let it go to her head. After giving herself proper time to heal, this six-year veteran is back and ready to become even more infamous on the track than before she left. V.A.G. hopes to improve her agility and is always willing to try new things inside and outside the rink. Mostly though, she is more than thrilled just to be back on skates, working with a team again. That’s true derby grit.