July Rollergirls of the Month
Stampeedee Gonzales: How did you first get involved in roller derby?
Lippy Hardsockin': I knew about roller derby when I was kid and had always wanted to play. One day, I was watching the news when the Nashville Rollergirls came on recruiting. I knew this was my chance.
Big Banger: I got involved in roller derby when I had just moved to Michigan and didn't know anyone, and then my husband left me. I really needed some friends and I wanted to hit people, so roller derby was a perfect hobby.
sg: Who has been your favorite rollergirl to compete with or against?
Lippy Hardsockin': Lady Fury. I only get to watch her right now because I am on the Brawls but I hope to one day play with her. She’s fearless…
Big Banger: I love skating with and against Britches N Hose, we have similar body types but she is MUCH better than me so I am always being challenged to skate better and harder. My other favorite person to skate against is a rollerdude; last year at Rollercon I skated in a bout against Chuck Best from Magic City and I have never skated so hard, it was amazing, and difficult.
sg: What has been your favorite derby outing? Y'know party, sponsor event, road trip, etc.
Lippy Hardsockin': This is a tough one because I think all the derby trips/outings are fun. Any time hanging out with derby girls is fun!
Big Banger: My favorite derby outing was going to Championships in 2012, my Nashville friends and Michigan friends were all there having fun together, and watching amazing derby.
sg: Besides Nashville, what is your favorite derby team?
Lippy Hardsockin': My other favorite team is Tragic City Rollers in Birmingham. I started playing with them and love all the ladies who make up that league.
Big Banger: The Ann Arbor Derby Dimes will be my favorite team forever, they got me started! I also love me some Rose, Denver, Detroit, and Ohio.
sg: What is your favorite position/role to play?
Lippy Hardsockin': Blocker
Big Banger: I like to play All The Positions. Jamming comes more naturally to me but blocking is a ton of fun.
sg: Why do you do derby?
Lippy Hardsockin': I do derby because I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself. It’s also place where I can push myself and challenge myself in ways I never expected.
Big Banger: I do derby because it is the best thing to do in the whole world.
sg: What does it take to be a killer jammer? Who is your favorite blocker to torture?
Big Banger: To be a killer jammer you need to think quickly. Conditions in the pack are constantly changing and you need to adapt.
sg: What does it take to be a killer blocker? Who is your favorite jammer to torture?
Lippy Hardsockin': To be a killer blocker you have to be in sync with your teammates and we have to be able to count on each other out there.
Big Banger: To be a killer blocker you need to be agile and stable at the same time, I am still working on that! My favorite jammer to block is Zip Drive, every time I think I have her figured out she pulls out a new trick. She keeps me on my toes.