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#86
Ginger Clobbers#86

Joined CRG: July 2009

Teams You’ve Played For: Carolina All-Stars, Carolina Bootleggers, Trauma Queens, Debutante Brawlers.

Favorite Location: Dorton Arena.

Favorite Surface: Concrete

Skate: Reidell 295s, Avenger plates, Juice wheels, Roll-line toe stops.

Cross Training: The Ballet Burn, speed skating, Athlete’s Performance training, elliptical machine, yoga, strength training.

Debut: Caroina Bootleggers vs Dixie Derby Girls, November 2009.

How did you find derby?: I was first introduced by my good friend Ky Pothesis, who invited me to a Trauma Queens vs. Chitahs game in 2008. I toyed with the idea of trying out. But it wasn’t until I reconnected with my old friend from figure skating, Kelly Hurd (she told me I’d love derby!) that I finally made the decision to try out in July of 2009. And she was right, I am hooked.

Sports Background: Figure skating – ice (I started skating at the age of 4, was a competitive skater for many years), track and cross country, many years of dance.

Best Fresh Meat Moment: I wore thin tights to my level one assessments. When I did my first baseball slide on the wooden floor of the Skate Ranch, the tights ripped and the sound of my bare skin sliding on the wood echoed in the rink. I ended up with a terrible case of rink rash (I still have a faint scar), and it was a valuable lesson to properly cover my legs while skating.

Favorite Derby Memory: My first All-Star game was pretty memorable. I had just made the 20-person interleague roster, so I was incredibly excited to make the All-Star 14-person roster vs DC (2011 home game) as an alternate. A skater was unable to play so I got moved up. I went into the game fully expecting to ride the bench (and was happy to do it!). During the first half Coach Kelly Hurd handed me the jammer star, and I went out there and actually scored points on DC! I jammed several times that game and did pretty well for a rookie. And we won the game! It motivated me to stay on the All-Star 14, and I worked hard to make that happen.

Likes: My family, my pets, my friends, good wine, cooking, eating, knitting, reading, science, music, zombie movies, sci-fi, sushi, cheesecake, chocolate, shoes, funny animal pictures, seeing people succeed through hard work and determination, drinking with my teammates, relays at speed practice, a good nights sleep, laughing so hard I cry, crazy all-star email threads, the very rare Saturday afternoons I can spend on the sofa watching tv/movies, the smell of bacon in the morning, and sarcasm.

Dislikes: Spiders, cheap (meaning bad but not necessarily inexpensive) wine, processed foods, sunburns, headaches, knee pads that slide down, whining, people who make excuses instead of improvements, laziness, lying, stepping in cat vomit when I get up in the morning, people who don’t pick up after their dog, people who mistreat animals (hate them), and insomnia.

Derby Heroes: Scald Eagle, Kamikaze Kitten, Jackie Daniels, Varla Vendetta, Smarty Pants, Demanda Riot, I.M. Pain, Claire D. Way, and Shenita Stretcher.

Name Inspiration: It took me forever to come up with a name that wasn’t taken. I wanted a name that referred to my red hair, so Ginger made sense. I played around with different combinations. I finally went with Ginger Clobbers, vaguely based on Ginger Rogers.

Food Before a Bout: Nuts, fruit, sweet potato, and chicken.

#301
Dot Bomber#301
Teams you’ve played for (CRG and other leagues): All Stars
Bootleggers
Trauma Queens
Durham Crash
Joined CRG: Jan. 9, 2011
Skate set-up: Custom 495s, Avenger plates, and very bald Day of the Deads – 94s(?); not sure it matters since they are so bald.
Cross Training: I really like napping. But yoga, pilates and throwing things for my dog to bring back is fun too.
Favorite Surface: Slightly grippy poured concrete.
Sports Background: 11 years of competitive gymnastics, many miles of running, lots of bendy yoga and pilates. I would do pretty much any sport that didn’t involve balls growing up.
Favorite Derby Moment: I have a lot, but to date, it’s probably still finding out I was a Trauma Queen when I was freshmeat. I really, really wanted to be a TQ, all my favorite skaters were franchise TQs and I wanted so badly to be one too. Still makes me misty-eyed.
Likes: Hard work, tenacity, teammates, and people who know how to be one. My dog. Napping. Carbs – they’re delicious.
Dislikes: Excuses, weaknes, whining, high blocks, people who like to complain about something, but won’t provide a solution or work to find one.
Derby Heroes: Skaters under 5 feet tall. Ewan Wotarmy, DVS and a whole bunch of other retired skaters.
Name Inspiration: I work in the internet, so my name is supposed to be a play on “dot commer”, but as it turns out, I’m kind of a tiny explosive.
Bout Day Rituals: Frappucino and water. Otherwise, ask Punch.
If you could have a super power what would it be: To talk to animals. But invisibility would be fun too.
#502
Winona Rampage#502

Joined CRG: April 2015

Skate: Ridell She-Devils

Cross Training: yoga addict!

Debut: 2011

Teams You’ve Played For: Anti-hero Derby Alliance, Blood on Wheels

Favorite Location: Morgan Creek Park….errrr pretty much any hill in Chapel Hill

How did you find derby?: ..my docs gave me a blister @ goth night & I had to bum a ride from 3 new friends…1 of whom was dating a DCRG…he invited me to open sk8 & I promptly sprained my wrist…New friends took me out to buy gear @ BESS (hey Marzi Pain!) & I was hooked after first practice 🙂 No matter what life throws at u, u can always Skate It Out!!!

Sports Background: ex-Ballerina/band geek

Favorite Derby Memory: Rollin up at the NJ Renegades bout (9/2011) blasting Where Eagles Dare !!! Ambulance in a church parking lot full of strangers-Check! Covered in fake blood spat by Razor de Rockefeller–yes! idk how family friendly this is but its the most fun thing ive ever done (sober) as an adult 🙂

Likes: skating, festivals, vacations, my family

Derby Heroes: Lenore Gore, Xena the Badass

Name Inspiration: picture it: Turkey day, 2010. Dad & i discussing name ideas…told him something to pay tribute to his catching “Criminal minds” type-people profession. ..always liked W.Ryder’s movies…words just fell out 🙂

Food Before A Bout: Grilled cheese!

If you could have any super power, what would it be?: to be invisible on demand!

#1954
Billie Brawliday#1954

Birthday: February 20: You can send presents to my PO Box (:
Height: Brick House!
Weight: Chocolate Thunder and proud of it baby!
Awards: “The Sassiest Hawk”, “Player With The Goofiest Faces”, “CRG Token Mixed Girl”.

#404
Code Monkey#404
#21
Crank Dat#21

Joined CRG: July 2015

Teams You’ve Played For: Yellow Rose Derby Girls

#750
Fanny Pack-A-Punch#750

Joined CRG: April 2014

Teams You’ve Played For: Carolina All-Stars, Carolina Bootleggers, Durham Crash

Favorite Location: CRG Warehouse

Favorite Surface: Concrete

Skate: Riedell She-Devils with Powerdine plates and low boy wheels

Cross Training: Running, yoga, Stroller Strides (mommy and me workout class)

Debut: Carolina Bootleggers vs Greensboro September 2014

How did you find derby?: I went to a bout a couple of years ago and wanted to do it, but was working 2 jobs and was too busy. Flash forward- my husband and I were at Beer Fest and CRG had a booth. They were holding tryouts that week. I had recently become a stay-at-home mom and would finally have time to play derby. I made tryouts and the rest is history!

Sports Background: High school Track and Field, Cross Country, Soccer

Name Inspiration: On my way to practice, a guy wearing a fanny pack ran in front of my car. I was trying to think of a derby name at the time so I took it as a sign that I needed to incorporate “fanny pack” in my name. Also, did I mention it gives me an excuse to wear a fanny pack?! 😉

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Fleur de Tease#55
#34
Mako Gory#34

Birthday: September 29

Height: 5’7″

Skate: Reidell 265s with Crazy Venus plates

Debut: Carolina Bootleggers vs. Charlotte B-Dazzlers, March 2015

Teams You’ve Played For: Carolina Bootleggers, Durham Crash

Favorite Location: Dorton Arena

Favorite Surface: Concrete

How did you find derby?: I went to watch a bout at Dorton in November 2013! I don’t remember how I found out about it, but once I was there I just thought, “Wow, this is so cool… *I* want to try.” So I just showed up at an open practice! So far, so good.

Sports Background: None, really – I played soccer and softball as a child, but mostly I was very inactive, right up until derby.

Best Fresh Meat Moment: It took me 4 or 5 tries to pass my level one assessments. But that beautiful moment when it FINALLY happened after all that hard work… so amazing.

Likes: Positivity and encouragement, hip checking your friends, beer

Dislikes: Smelly derby pads, cold weather, giving up

Name Inspiration: It’s a reference to the movie Pacific Rim; Mako Mori is the best and I love her. (So really it’s mah-ko, but I’m not bothered if you want to pronounce it like the shark. That’s cool too.)

If you could have any super power, what would it be?: Telekinesis!

 

#412
Mayhem West#412
Teams you’ve played for (CRG and other leagues): Palmetto State Roller girls, Carolina Hurticanes, Cape Fear Roller girls, *F Bombs.
Joined CRG: 2017
Skate set-up: Antiks, always… Grippy wheels.
Cross Training: Running away from being an adult.
Favorite Surface: Grippy hardwood floor
Sports Background: Volleyball, softball, soccer, cheerleading
Likes: Kesha, sprinkles, JB, PJ, MJ, patio bars…Kesha
Dislikes: Bad smells, cardio, Fleur
Name Inspiration: When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before. – Mae West
Bout Day Rituals: All the redbulls, very light meals
If you could have a super power what would it be: Go back in time… Or teleportation
#77
Millennial Falcon#77

Joined CRG: 2016

Skate set-up: Blue Streaks

Teams You’ve Played For: Bootleggers, All Stars

Favorite surface: Concrete

Sports Background: Gymnastics, Softball, Volleyball, I’ve tried pretty much every sport with a ball…

Likes: Good typography, anything peanut butter and chocolate, sarcasm

Dislikes: everything else

Name Inspiration: Star Wars

Bout Day Rituals: protein shakes and being compulsively early

If you could have any super power, what would it be?: Flying would be cool, or laser vision that would be useful

#1013
Paina Skully#1013
#17
Steph Infection#17

Joined CRG: October 2014

Teams You’ve Played For: Carolina Bootleggers, Raleigh Ruckus

Favorite Surface: Concrete!

Skate: Reidell Blue Streaks

How did you find derby?: My obsession with derby began in September of 2013. There was a bout at Dorton Arena. It.was.amazing! My husband told me I should try it out, but I was hesitant. I hadn’t skated in years and had no idea how to play the game. It took me a year to finally get the courage to come to an open practice. I haven’t looked back since!

Best Fresh Meat Moment: When I finally passed my 27/5!

Favorite Derby Memory: My first bout at Dorton Arena. I was jamming and I was super nervous. Scaristotle paved the way for me and herded a whole wall of blockers to the outside of the track. I made my move, became lead jammer and scored the first points for the Bootleggers. Best.day.ever.

Likes: Dogs, Comfy Pants, Cupcakes, and Coffee.

Derby Heroes: Roxy Rockett, Scaristotle, Fleur de Tease, Ava Gore, Dot Bomber, and Bonnie Thunders.

Name Inspiration: I can’t take credit for my name 🙂 My husband came up with it.

Food Before a Bout: Carbs.

#24
Awesome Sauce#24
#151
Crash Catch’Em#151

Joined CRG: May 2016

Skates: Riedell Blue Streaks

Cross Training: Yoga, “Just Dance” marathons on the PlayStation

Favorite Surface: Wood

Sports Background: I was never very into organized sports, but as a kid I loved climbing trees and jumping in bouncy castles and skating at roller rinks.

Likes: Bookstores, David Tennant, JavaScript, approaching life with a childlike sense of wonder, absurdity

Dislikes: the Ben Stiller movie “Duplex”

Name Inspiration: Ash Ketchum – he’s the underdog, but bravely and creatively faces challenges no matter the odds!

If you could have any super power, what would it be? Can I have a super object instead? I want the Doctor’s psychic paper.

#14
Shae D. Character#14

Joined CRG: January 2011, made it stick January 2012

Teams You’ve Played For: Carolina Bootleggers, Durham Crash, Debutante Brawlers

Skate: Reidell Blue Streaks with Atom Strokers

Likes: A good bruise, doodling, car dancing, hammocks, sarcasm, fireworks, making up words, your mama jokes

Dislikes: People that chew loudly, being cold, jokes that aren’t about your mama

Derby Heroes: I hope I can be half as cool as Minnie Mauser when I grow up

Name Inspiration: I wanted a name that I could also use in case I got recruited to join Carmen San Diego’s gang.

If you could have any super power, what would it be? Freeze time so that I could make it places on time! Hey, that might be pretty useful on the track too…

#269
Feisty Fräulein#269
#45
Pistol Crystal#45
#311
Tripsy Hazzard#311
#96
Buffy Shovers#96

 

Teams you’ve played for (CRG and other leagues): Southern Maryland Roller Derby and Rose City Rollers, Wreckers
Joined CRG: 11/1/16
Skate set-up: Bonts
Cross Training: Powerlifting
Favorite Surface: Concrete
Sports Background: None! I was never an athlete before starting roller derby
Favorite Derby Moment: The end of my first bout with Southern Maryland. As soon as the final whistle blew I started crying because I was so overwhelmed with emotion. It was the league’s first bout and we had worked extremely hard to get there. To have all the hard work pay off was very moving.
Likes: Spending nights on the couch in my pajamas while I knit and binge watch tv. (I am usually very busy and love to do nothing in my down time!)
Dislikes: Let’s not focus on the negative things. 🙂
Derby Heroes: Lenore Gore
Name Inspiration: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, duh!
Bout Day Rituals: I have one pair of pants that I have to play in. They just fit right!
If you could have a super power what would it be: The ability to speak and understand any language.
#16
Tempest#16
Tinker Hell
#67
Tyrannosaurus Hex#67
#409
Paige Conflict#409
#975
Scufflepuff#975
#514
Uniscorn#514
Scary Fisher
#177
Scarmander#177
#32
Skatehoven#32
Teams you’ve played for (CRG and other leagues): Carolina Bootleggers
Classic City Roller Girls
Joined CRG: 4/1/17
Cross Training: Weight lifting, long distance hiking
Sports Background: Tennis, Running slowly
Favorite Derby Moment: Once I rammed into a bench and got a bruise that looked like George Washington.  It was the most Presidential I have ever felt.
Likes: Hard work, perserverance and coffee
Dislikes: Not having coffee
Name Inspiration: I like music puns and was trying to think outside of the Bachs.
Bout Day Rituals: Bacon and Beyoncé
If you could have a super power what would it be: FLYING
Head Coach
Uncle PaulHead Coach
When did you start coaching at CRG? Aug 2014
How did you first get involved with roller derby? Trudy Struction was a guest on my radio show to promote the CRG bout against Brandywine in November of 2013. She invited me to the bout and afterwards encouraged me to become an announcer for the league. I began going to practices to learn about the sport. When the prior coach announced he was moving to New Orleans, the captains approached me and asked if I would be interested in becoming the All-Star coach, since I was already attending more practices than many of the skaters.
Derby heroes Any skater playing with lots of heart and bringing everything they can each jam, no matter their opponent or the tally on the scoreboard.
Sports background 12+ years of soccer
Likes: When a skater or group of skaters are able to improve their results as a result of an insight or feedback they apply successfully.
Dislikes: When interactions outside of playing the sport, challenge the effectiveness of the team when it is time to perform on the track.
Name Inspiration: It’s my Deejay name.
Bout Day Rituals: Herding and reviewing tips for the team.
If you could have a super power what would it be: To help skaters maximize the performance they are capable of delivering in any given practice or bout.
Coach
Juice BoxCoach
Coach
Ballista Blockheart (Ballz)Coach
Ref
Elektra Q-TionRef
When did you start coaching at CRG? 2017
How did you first get involved with roller derby? I’ve been a skater with the league since 2009, and when I retired, I hung around to ref and coach.
Derby heroes Lady Quebaum
Sports background Swimming, golf, soccer, speed skating
Likes: People who show up and give their all
Dislikes: Lazy people
Name Inspiration: Elektra the Assassin
Bout Day Rituals: I eat nails and drink ammonia
If you could have a super power what would it be: Teleportation seems like it would save a lot of time and money.
Coach
NathanCoach
When did you start coaching at CRG? 2014
How did you first get involved with roller derby? I saw CRG play at Dorton Arena and wanted to get involved.
Derby heroes Hipel/Killbox, Kamikaze Kitten, Sausarge Rolls, Q, Ginger Clobbers, Fanny Pack-a-Punch, Sweetmeat, Demanda Riot.
Sports background None.
Likes: Roller derby, science fiction
Dislikes: When I cheat myself, by taking short cuts.
Name Inspiration: My mom gave it to me.
Bout Day Rituals: If I’m playing, doing my own additional warmups before team warmups. If I’m coaching, just making sure I’m serene, so I can pass that on to the players.
If you could have a super power what would it be: Supervision
Announcer
Rippi LongstockingAnnouncer

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