Bout day is rapidly approaching! This Saturday, August 24! Do you like being a chump, and spending more than you have to? Then DO NOT CLICK HERE!
Saturday, August 24 at Rollaero (map), we’ll be facing off against the Cincinnati Battering Rams, for the first time on home ground. Earlier this year they made a strong debut when we road-tripped down there, and we intend to turn the tables next Saturday.
Doors open at 6PM, the action starts at 7. Tickets are $10 at the door, but if you watch Facebook closely, you might be able to score a coupon. It’s our last home bout of the year, don’t miss it! As usual, the after party will be at the Bottle (map).
We can’t wait! Derby! See you there! GET BLITZD!
Fun times this past Saturday, volunteering at Warrior Dash with some friends from the Brewcity Bruisers and Root River Rollers! Getting up at 4:30AM to get to Johnson Creek by 7 was pretty rough, but the weather was exceptional, and the staff, competitors, and fellow volunteers were even better. Maybe next year we’ll try running it, instead. It looked like those nutjobs were having a hell of a time. We like having a hell of a time!
On the subject of a hell of a time, we’ve got our last home bout of the year coming up on August 24! The Cincinnati Battering Rams will be making the trip up for the big rematch. They got the home win, when we went out there for our first bout of 2013, but we’ve been working hard, and we’ll give them a better fight this time. Stay tuned for details!
Ok, first things first (not chronologically first, but super important): It’s recruiting night again!
This Sunday night (7/28) at 6PM, we’ll be welcoming the new blood at Rollaero (map), part of the ongoing effort to build the league up to the level where we can split into multiple home teams. We’re SO CLOSE! If you’re interested in men’s roller derby, or know someone who is, now’s the time! As always, if you don’t want to knock people around, or don’t have a Y chromosome, we’re on the hunt for officials, too. No experience or gear is required, we’ll loan you what you need, and train you up from scratch. Got Facebook? RSVP there! And invite your chums!.
Now, as for last weekend… the Twin Cities Terrors were kind enough to host a 3-team round robin tournament, and invite the Wisconsin crew to be a part of it. We cruised on out to St. Paul to meet up with the Terrors and Green Bay Smackers for 6 hours of intense derby goodness.
First up was the Wisconsin rematch, Smackers vs Blitzdkrieg. Though the Smackers were again skating with an abbreviated roster, they really brought their best game. The Krieg took the lead to kick things off, but things started to even out toward the end of the first period, with the score standing at 87-64 at halftime.
In the second half, the Smackers lived up to their name, powering their way to a narrow lead for a few jams, before the Krieg boys, fresher from having a deeper roster to draw from, regained the lead and ran with it to the final whistle, for a final score of 170-117.
Next up, the Krieg took a rest and watched the Smackers go up against the Terrors. Playing back-to-back bouts, at an away game, with a small crew, the Smackers skated their hearts out, but were dominated by the home team.
Then it was time for the final event of the evening, Terrors vs Blitzdkrieg. Everyone was wiped out, but ready and eager to go again. The Bloody Bearon got things started by taking lead after battling most of the way around the track, then putting up 4 points while holding the Terrors to 0. Unfortunately, that wasn’t so much a sign of things to come. A couple of our best jammers were unable to make the trip, and the Terrors made the best of it, running up the score to 142-38 at the half.
Approaching the end of the night, we got our second wind, putting up more than twice as many points in the second half, and slowing down the home team considerably. Going up against the 11th ranked team in the world, we weren’t expecting to come home with the win, but we met and far exceeded our goals. Final score: 252-116.
And then there was the after party. But that’s a story for another day.
It’s an exciting weekend to be a Kriegarian! We’re getting pumped up to return to Summerfest in a few hours to mix it up with our pals the Bruise Brothers, and thrilled to announce that, for the first time ever, we’ll be streamed live on DNN! If you can’t be here to see the action, get yerself online at 6 Central and see the next best thing. Short track, fast packs, quick bouts, hard hits, and no safety track. Thrills and chills, baby!
Then tomorrow, we’re hosting our first recruiting night of the season, from 6-8 at Rollaero! 5 or 6 new guys are already signed up – do you know anyone else who thinks they’re cool enough for derby? Thanks to a big donation from Bigfoot Bike and Skate, we’ll be able to outfit the new guys in some fresh, spankin’ new gear! They’ll have to get used to derby stench a little later.
SUCCESS! Since this was intended to be a fun expo, we decided to play three 20-minute mini-bouts, so three different crowds could get in on the fun. The Chicago Bruise Brothers were kind enough to send some bros up to help show Milwaukee a good time, and they rocked it.
Of course, none of it would be possible without the stupendous officials and volunteers who do so much for us. Thank you, referees, scorekeepers, timekeepers, merchandise crews, and the phenomenal Doctor Awkward, who rocked the announcing, as he always does. The crew of Summerfest also knocks it out of the park, and we wish we had the cash money to buy all of those folks a beer.
The Blitzdkrieg won the first two handily, but the Brothers rallied at the end with a robust victory. Now, it’s off to enjoy the fest, then do it all again next Saturday! Same bat location (the Scion SportsZone), new bat time (6-8). Last year we only had one date, and we’re delighted to have another chance this time around to show Summerfest what we do.
Be there! Score yourself some sweet, FREE merch! Find out about our upcoming recruiting nights! Best of all, enjoy some kickass men’s derby fun!
Thanks to the Green Bay Smackers for hosting us! The weather had everyone worn down, and unfortunately, injuries took out a few of their guys beforehand. They battled hard, but with a short roster, there’s only so much you can do. When Ctrl-Alt-Destroy got taken out with a bad sprain, it became even harder. The Smackers are nothing if not fighters, though, and they played their asses off until the very last whistle. We’ll be seeing them again on July 20th at a tournament in Minneapolis, and can’t wait. Destroy, get yourself up on skates again soon! We’ll see you out there, man.
And now… Summerfest! Once again, we’ll be at the Scion SportsZone. Saturday, June 29th from 2-4, and the following Saturday, July 6th, from 6-8. A contingent of Chicago Bruise Brothers will be heading up to help us put on a fun derby expo; it was a great time last year, and we expect it to be even better this time. Drop in for some fast derby on a short track and a chance to win some free merchandise, find out about our upcoming boot camps, then stick around and catch some excellent music!
We’re getting rested, getting hydrated, and getting PSYCHED for our first rematch against the Smackers tomorrow night! We’ll be short one jammer, but that’s cool, we’re proud as hell that our very own Hugh Suck is trying out for Team USA! We’ll take care of the Green Bay situation, you represent in Chicago, dude.
Then it’s just one short week until our return to Summerfest! Last year we triumphed over the Great Lakes Rollers, a mixed team of area skaters, and this year we’re hoping for a repeat performance when the Bruise Brothers come to visit, two Saturdays in a row. Cheer us on at the Scion SportsZone, June 29th at 2:00, and again July 6th at 6:00! Rumor has it we’ll be debuting our hella sweet new jerseys, you don’t want to miss it!
Man, going to tournaments is a lot easier when they’re in your backyard. Although a few of the men’s teams had to cancel, we were still able to get in on the BrewHaHa fun for the first time this year. Skating at the US Cellular arena for the first time was a thrill, and we thank our friends the BrewCity Bruisers for extending the invitation!
Friday afternoon, we were privileged to be able to go up against the Mixed Nuts a team representing some of the best of MRDA, including the Twin Cities Terrors, Harm City Homicide, St Louis Gatekeepers, New York Shock Exchange, and Quadzilla of the Puget Sound Outcasts! The Mixed Nuts rolled away with the victory, 473-152, but against talent like that, it’s an honor just to compete, and we’re thankful to everyone who took time off to come to Milwaukee on a Friday afternoon and knock into us.
Saturday, we faced off against the Gatekeepers, one of the top two teams in the world. Some of them we had seen the day before, others we knew from 2012′s Rolling Along the River tournament, and a few we were happy to meet for the first time. Folks, there’s a reason these guys are at the top. Their jammers are sneaky when sneaking is called for, and burly as hell when they need to bull through opposing blockers. And speaking of blockers, those St Louis boys hit like brick walls. When the dust settled, the scoreboard said 408-110 for the Gatekeepers. Against a team that strong, we feel like we did a stellar job, and we’re working hard to up our game for the next time our paths cross.
We had a great time, and can’t wait for the next one! With luck, we’ll be able to pull in some more men’s teams next time around, and play some nonstop derby all weekend long!
We headed to Indiana, ten men and one woman strong, to take on some of the best in the world of men’s derby. After rolling into town on Friday, we checked into the hotel, stretched a bit, and then it was off for the first bout of the tournament, versus the Harm City Homicide, all the way from Baltimore. We fought hard, but the Maryland fellas were a bit too much for us, taking the first win, 327-67.
Sunday morning, we were up bright and early to take on the second ranked men’s team, Your Mom. We knew it was something of a mismatch going in, but hey, derby is always fun. Our budding superhero jammer, Road Block-ed managed to make three complete passes as the Blitzdkrieg blockers contained Your Mom, racking up 9 points in a single jam. That’s more than some teams have scored on Your Mom in an entire game! Final score, 447-23 Your Mom. Unfortunately, Ben Hurt got headclobbered early on in the bout, and was sat down by the medics for the rest of the tournament.
Later in the afternoon, it was back on the track to roll with the Carolina Wrecking Balls, who had been getting noticed all weekend, doing pushups for points scored by underdog teams (it was nice making them push a few times that morning). This was the bout we’d been waiting for – two brand new MRDA teams facing off for the first time. Both teams were 0-2 for the weekend, so the pressure was on. Spirits were high all around, and as the whistle blew, the hits were coming fast and furious, as were the laughs. Those Balls are some fine opponents. At the half, we regrouped in the locker room, down 119-52. The Krieg has a history of starting slow, then ramping it up in the second half, so we were fired up to get back out there and pour it on.
True to form, we came out of the gate hot, scoring a couple dozen unanswered points before the Balls regrouped. Alas, our short roster and their hard hitters took the inevitable toll. Unable to keep the late momentum going, and hit by too many jammer penalties, our southern friends ran away with it, 218-93. We’re hoping to take those guys on again real soon – they may be the best winners we’ve seen in contemporary derby.
Thank you, Fort Wayne Derby Girls, and everyone who made the weekend possible! We know these events are huge undertakings, and we sure do appreciate it. Though we couldn’t bring home a win, we felt it was a huge success all around, and we’re definitely looking forward to the next one.
Next up: BrewHaHa, right here in Milwaukee!