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Rollergirl of the Month







July





Stampeedee Gonzales: How did you first get involved in roller derby?

Lippy Hardsockin' by Josh Vaughn.

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?

Big Banger by Chris Wage.

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' by Josh Vaughn.

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?

Big Banger by Josh Vaughn.

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

Lippy Hardsockin' by Josh Vaughn.

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?

Big Banger by Josh Vaughn.

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.


June





Stampeedee Gonzales: How did you first get involved in roller derby?

Ammo Aimee by Josh Vaughn.

Ammo Aimee: I saw some roller derby girls at the riverfest in clarksville. I had no idea what it was but it sounded fun. I bought gear and was skating the next week.

Dani Doom: I started skating down in Athens, GA with The Classic City Rollergirls after a friend moved in with Mosh-ya Brady. Mosh-ya had a green mohawk at the time and leopard print on the shaved sides. I was like, um yeah, I'm gonna try this out. I was hooked almost immediately and it's been great finding a way to be an athlete again.


sg: Who has been your favorite rollergirl to compete with or against?

Ammo Aimee: My favorite skater to compete with and soon to be against is Wanda B. Lethal. She always pushed me on and off the track.

Danni Doom by Chris Wage.

Dani Doom: I can remember really struggling to break Nashville's walls when I first moved up here and I asked Rambo Sambo how she was able to do it. Rambo took time to show me certain important moves like turning my back to the blocker and staying in the middle of the track. I'm still super grateful for that.


sg: What has been your favorite derby outing? Y'know party, sponsor event, road trip, etc.

Ammo Aimee: The tournament in bleeding heartland was a blast. Great car ride, a slap happy trip to Denny's, and a lot of roller derby!

Ammo Aimee by Josh Vaughn.

Dani Doom: Probably most recently going up to Chicago and bonding with my teammates. After getting our asses handed to us by Atlanta, we weren't sure what this new team was going to look like this season, but we went up there and played together and beat the Chicago Outfit, and afterward really spent time getting to know one another. Now, I feel confident about the rest of the season and we just beat DC as well! NRG has a bright future and I love the girls I skate with!


sg: Besides Nashville, what is your favorite derby team?

Danni Doom by Chris Wage.

Ammo Aimee: I know Gotham is the standard answer but they are just that good. My giddy as a school girl moment was being hit by Bonnie Thunders. Epic.

Dani Doom: Well, I love The Classic City Rollergirls simply because I started skating there and my first sis Poke-a-Dot is there, (Zip Drive is my 2nd sis here with NRG! And she's amazing!) but also the Dirty South Derby Girls! I skated with some of the now Atlanta girls when they were also with Classic City and I like to see them doing well. Plus, the way they turned their pretty good team into a GREAT top-ranked team in literally months last season was awe inspiring. I learned soooo much from playing them earlier this season.


sg: What is your favorite position/role to play?

Ammo Aimee by Chris Wage.

Ammo Aimee: I really love to do it all.

Dani Doom: Blocker of course, no questions asked because you get to really play and touch and be with your teammates, however, I am more naturally a jammer, so that's what I mainly do, but just getting to play with the All Stars at all is an honor! I just love playing roller derby!


sg: Why do you do derby?

Ammo Aimee: I really can't explain it; it just becomes a passionate addiction. It ties together community, athleticism, strategy, and entertainment.

Dani Doom: It fulfills all kinds of criteria... competitiveness, staying in shape, building relationships, learning, changing, developing myself, glory, blah blah blah.


sg: What does it take to be a killer jammer? Who is your favorite blocker to torture?

Dani Doom: I wish I knew... I always feel good when I'm able to juke around Maulin Monroe, but that doesn't happen all that often, she's a gifted blocker.


sg: What does it take to be a killer blocker? Who is your favorite jammer to torture?

Danni Doom by Daniel Whitaker.

Ammo Aimee: Communication and being aware of everything that is going on is key. I think my favorite jammer to go against is Roller because she is fast, agile, and difficult to anticipate.

Dani Doom: Well, from what Bonnie Thunders said in her clinic, it takes using and knowing your edges, and I have found that using your edges is really hard!!! When I can hold Four-Leaf Roller for a good amount of time with the help of one or more of my other blockers, then I know I'm doing a stand-up job.


May





Stampeedee Gonzales: How did you first get involved in roller derby?

Evil Mendes.

Evil Mendes: I saw my first derby bout at a rinky dink old skating rink back home in Dallas. I was in complete awe. To me these women looked like they were having a blast. I liked how much fun they were having and how tough these ladies where. I loved being a fan so much that I soon wanted to try it out for myself. I didn't try out back home cause I knew I would love it too much and wouldn't want to move out of state. So when I moved here to Nashville. I knew they had derby and I knew I had to be on that team.


sg: Who has been your favorite rollergirl to compete with or against?

Evil Mendes: As cheesy as this might sounds but it's Hippy Ki Yay. She is my derby big sis but doesn't take that into consideration when she is killing me on the track. She challenges me to be a better player all the time.


sg: What has been your favorite derby outing? Y'know party, sponsor event, road trip, etc.

Evil Mendes: I would have to say our anual cabrewing trips.


sg: Besides Nashville, what is your favorite derby team?

Evil Mendes: TEXAS of course!!! Also, Assassination City will always have a piece of my heart.


sg: What is your favorite position/role to play?

Evil Mendes: I love being a blocker.


sg: Why do you do derby?

Evil Mendes.

Evil Mendes: I originally did it to get in shape and make some friends. I do it now because I love the competitiveness and drive it has given me. It pushes me to what I thought was my limit and then some. When I broke my ankle last year and all I could think of was "how long will it be till I can play again?" That's when I knew I loved this sport!


sg: What does it take to be a killer blocker?

Evil Mendes: I'm work on that title but I think it takes a lot of team work. The first thing they teach you is never leave your partner and don't be alone in the pack. Having your teammates there only makes you stronger. We all have our strengths and weaknesses to learn from. You might be a good blocker alone but with three others in a wall...well, That's one wall I wouldn't want to face.


February




Stampeedee Gonzales: How did you first get involved in roller derby?

Tear O'Bite.

Tear O'Bite: I saw a tweet about a 101 session by Chris Wage, who along with Firas Wehbe, convinced me that I should just shut up and try out. The description of derby as a “mosh pit on wheels” didn't hurt, even if it is wildly inaccurate. I spent the next two weeks running and trying to get back into shape, watching every video I could find on youtube. Once I actually got on skates, I was hooked.

Sugar Magmaulya: I discovered roller derby years ago when I came across the A&E reality show, "Rollergirls." I saw the basics of the sport and the camaraderie amongst the girls on the team and I knew it was something I wanted to do. I moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 2007 and when I heard my new town had a roller derby league, it was one of the happiest days of my life. I went to practice that Monday and have stuck with it ever since.


sg: Who has been your favorite rollergirl to compete with or against?

Sugar Magmaulya.

Tear O'Bite: Babe E. Dahl. She is just a wonderful person, awesome to skate with, and is always there when you need her. Last year she was the glue that held our line together.

Sugar Magmaulya: Maulin Monroe is my favorite teammate to block with on the track and when I have to jam against her during practice, she is my nemesis!


sg: What has been your favorite derby outing? Y'know party, sponsor event, road trip, etc.

Tear O'Bite: The 2012 WFTDA championships in Atlanta. I learned so much, and it was great to be around so many Derby people for so long. It was very inspiring, so much so that I have my entrance bracelets tacked up next to my computer as motivation.

Tear O'Bite.

Sugar Magmaulya: Making it to South Central Regionals in Omaha last season was the highlight of my derby career. I have never competed in a tournament like that, so it was extremely physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing but I will remember that experience for the rest of my life.


sg: Besides Nashville, what is your favorite derby team?

Tear O'Bite: I'm torn between Gotham's execution and intense technicality, and Rose City's emotional and innovative spirit. I really can't decide. I like them both.

Sugar Magmaulya: BAY AREAAAAAAAAA!!! And of course, my home town league, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls.


sg: What is your favorite position/role to play?

Sugar Magmaulya.

Tear O'Bite: Pivot. I have a big mouth, and it serves me well there.

Sugar Magmaulya: I love to block. I like to jam, but blocking comes much more naturally to me--especially defensive blocking.


sg: Why do you do derby?

Tear O'Bite: I play derby because it has given me a connection to myself that I haven't had since I was practicing martial arts, and a connection to others that I cannot put into words. That, and because it's a whole bunch of fun.

Tear O'Bite.

Sugar Magmaulya: I have to remind myself of this all the time--when I have a bad practice, or we lose a game, or when I want to go back to sleep instead of getting up at 5:30 a.m. to hit the gym before work--I do this because I love the game. Roller derby has shaped who I am. Over the past six years, I've transformed into a confident, competitive athlete. I can't imagine my life without it anymore. I always wonder, "What did I do with my time before derby?!"


sg: What does it take to be a killer blocker?

Tear O'Bite: I am still trying to figure that out, but what I concentrate on is: communication, awareness, the ability to make snap decisions, and tenacity. There is just so much to keep track of, so many things you have to do inside of the pack that it isn't really possible for me to narrow it down to one trait.

Sugar Magmaulya.

Sugar Magmaulya: I think the best blockers are aware of everything happening on the track at once. I am not always the best at this, but awareness is something I continue to try and improve upon. Knowing the position of your own jammer and teammates, as well as the position of the opposing jammer and blockers, who is in the penalty box, the time on the clock--A great blocker is aware of all these things and can react accordingly. I love blocking more than anything else but it has been a constant struggle for me to learn I have to do more than knock down the opposing jammer. I am in complete awe when I watch blockers for teams like Gotham and Bay Area play--it's a whole other level.


sg: Who is your favorite jammer to torture?

Tear O'Bite: All of them. I want to block ALL the jammers. When I'm playing, I can never remember the last jam, or three jams ago. All I know that the person lined up behind me is my new favorite target.


sg: What does it take to be a killer jammer?

Tear O'Bite.

Sugar Magmaulya: Jammers have to be smart. I am not an experienced jammer, so I often use my blocking techniques to more effectively jam. I think opponents often underestimate my agility because of my size, so my most favorite thing is to wait for them to come in for the huge hits, then dodge them at the last minute as they fly out of bounds.


sg: What things do you do outside of practice to keep in shape/stay healthy?

Sugar Magmaulya: I do a strength and conditioning program designed for roller derby athletes that combines weight lifting and metabolic conditioning. I also do some running and spin classes to cross train. I try and eat as healthy as possible, but I really love cake. And ice cream.


sg: What is the most significant sacrifice you’ve made to make it to the All Star team?

Sugar Magmaulya.

Sugar Magmaulya: I moved to here to play for the Nashville Rollergirls. I left my home in Asheville, North Carolina and my Blue Ridge Rollergirls family of almost six years to come to Nashville and become the best skater I could possibly be. It has been the hardest thing I've ever done, but I don't have any regrets and I have learned so much about roller derby and about myself since I arrived here last April. I am grateful for my teammates here in Nashville for allowing me to be part of their family, and for all my Blue Ridge teammates at home who have been so supportive and have helped me get to where I am now.


sg: How would you like to see the Nashville Rollergirls grow in the future?

Sugar Magmaulya: This is a new year for the Nashville Rollergirls--we are a new team. I want to see us come together as a league, and push ourselves to greatness. I see a lot of potential in us--we each need to put in the hard work it will take to get to where we want to be--and I believe we can do it. NRG!