The Detroit Derby Girls continued the home season action at the Masonic Temple last Saturday with an exciting double header!
In the first game of the night, The Detroit Pistoffs took on the Pistolwhippers, with The Detroit Pistoffs winning 177 to 137.
Following up, the Grand Prix Madonnas took the win over the the D-Funk AllStars, 266 to 213.
Game MVPs were Nuke Town for The Detroit Pistoffs and Racer McChaseHer for the Grand Prix Madonnas.
If you missed these games, mark your calendar for March 19th, 2016! Another double header, featuring the Devil’s Night Dames vs. the D-Funk AllStars at 6 pm, followed by the Pistolwhippers vs. the Grand Prix Madonnas at 8 pm.
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Photo by: Josh Kahl
Your Detroit Derby Girls AllStars are #20 in the world!
Stay tuned to the AllStars Facebook page as they travel to Malmö , Sweden in March for the European Smackdown Tournament!
The latest WFTDA rankings have been released and look who’s #19.
Congratulations AllStars! Keep up the good work vs. Naptown this weekend!
Last Friday sad news surfaced that struck the local Roller Derby community, a young star for the Darlings of Destruction, had extinguished far too early. Casper, as they were known by their teammates and coaches was suffering in the silence of depression; had started the process of living and being their true self. They were starting the process of coming out to family and friends. Ask anyone who has come out as a member of the LGBT community, it is a heavy burden. Sadly for too many, the burden is too great.
Skaters often think of derby as a family, brought together by love of the sport, we laugh,cry and heal together. This event has sent a shock wave around the Derby world, that as the week progressed became more evident. Almost immediately teams started writing Casper’s number #57 on their legs as a symbol of solidarity.
Members of leagues from all over the state had gathered to pay respect to Casper and to mourn the loss with Casper’s family and team.
The hash tag “doitfor57” swept around the world, Vagine Regieme and Derby Central helped spread the request to raise suicide prevention awareness by wearing turquoise and purple. Leagues from New Zealand to Georgia have been posting pictures on social media.
This weekend and for weeks to come teams will be wearing these colours as we collectively heal our broken heart.
If you think someone you know, or you yourself are battling depression, please reach out. Help is available. Some resources are listed below, or check with your local LGBT center for additional resources.
Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Trans Lifeline: https://www.facebook.com/translifeline | http://www.translifeline.org (877) 565-8860
Every life is precious, we are all in it together. Fly free Casper, you are in our hearts.
You may be familiar with the phrase, “May the force be with you,” and the unofficial geek holiday on May the 4th. However, this weekend, the Detroit Derby Girls would like you to remember April the 4th.
Because Star Wars!
The Detroit Derby Girls and the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers are proud to present our 3rd annual Star Wars bout, with Special guests The 501st Great Lakes Garrison and Rebel Legion.
Jedis and Storm Troopers and Wookies Oh my!
Show off your Allegiance at our halftime costume contest, with prizes.
Rebel or Empire, Sith or Jedi, all are welcome, we even serve droids here (with proper ID, of course.)
This is one of our most popular bouts of the season, so be sure to get your tickets early here. The competition will be fierce as each team channels the force to become victorious. Stakes are high as the Grand Prix Madonnas and The D-Funk All Stars, each win less, battle it out for a place in the Grudge Match on May 9th.
Tickets are only $15 and will be available at the door providing availability; this event is usually a sellout. If you want to be a part of the action get your tickets here.
Until we see you again, may the force be with you.
The Detroit Derby Girls love Detroit and it is fair to say Detroit loves their derby girls. If you have had a chance to check out our Facebook you have seen some of the places we’ve already been. Rocking it at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall or modeling at Busted’s Grit and Glamour Fashion show. We love to be out in the community, meeting our fans and making new fans.
This past weekend we were out and about with two fun events. Saturday, March 21st, in Southfield we were walking down the aisle at the Between the Lines LGBT Wedding Expo. Then on Sunday, March 22nd, we took to the streets, blocking, bumping and pushing that little imp, the Nain out of Detroit for another year. This year’s parade led us from the Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant down Second Ave to our home, the Masonic Temple where we rallied and after partied because, hey, we love after parties!
Next up: Saturday March 28th, come out and hang with us at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit for the “Venus Rising: An all-female art exhibition.” DDG will be there assisting with the raffle to benefit Alternatives for Girls which is an organization that helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. Tickets are $7 at the door and the event starts at 7pm.
Coming up: As we gear up for summer we will be teaming up with old friends for these exciting events.
May 25th, we’ll be hanging out at B. Nektar’s Spring Mead Festival in Ferndale.
And finally my favorite, for the third year Ferndale Pride has asked the derby girls to help them with their 50/50 Raffle for first Wednesdays in April and May at Rosie O’Grady’s on 9 mile in Ferndale. For info on any of these events please check the links below.
Don’t forget our upcoming bouts! April 4th is our 3rd annual Star Wars Bout, featuring the D-Funk Allstars vs. The Grand Prix Madonnas. And your rare chance this season to see the D2 Champion Detroit Derby Girl All Stars is coming up April 25th. They will be going wheel to wheel with The Fort Wayne Bomb Squad. Tickets for both of these events are available at brownpapertickets.com
LGBT Wedding Expo
March Du Nain Rouge
Ferndale Pride first Wednesdays
B. Nektar 2015 spring fest May 25th
Detroit took the trophy at the 2014 WFTDA D2 playoffs in Duluth sending them on to the 2014 WFTDA Championships
happening this weekend, October 31st to November 2nd, in Nashville, TN.
We talked with one of this year’s Detroit AllStar captains, Lazer Beam
It looks like DDG only plays on Sunday. Is this true?
We were able to set up a closed sanction game against Bear City on Saturday morning.
Detroit really set a precedent at D2 playoffs by taking the trophy and winning the tournament. Tell us what you did after you realized you had won.
What has Detroit done since D2 Playoffs to prepare for Champs?
We have upped our practice agenda, did footage review, and we played two games against other D2 teams.
How do you feel as a captain going into championships and what are you expecting out of your team?
I have never been so excited to play. I know everyone will leave everything on the track. I am very proud of this team. Win or lose this weekend, we will be doing it as a team. Detroit Street Fight!
The Detroit Derby Girls earned their name of the ‘800 pound gorillas’ of the the Division 2 tournament held in Duluth this past weekend. The Allstars were juggernauts throughout the whole weekend without a single team coming close in score. This earned them the 1st place trophy in Duluth & a ticket to Championships held Halloween weekend in Nashville.
Photo above taken by Oi’ Rish of the Devil’s Night Dames while watching The Allstars from home using WFTDA TV.
The Allstars should have a large fan base at the Championship game with the excitement of their Duluth win propelling plane ticket sales and rode trips to the country music capital.
Once a year, Detroit Derby Girls have what they call ‘Derby U’. This is where current skaters show future skaters hoping to make the league what skills they need in order to pass a physical test to make it into bootcamp.
This year DDG only had 4 skaters who were skilled enough to make it into bootcamp. Bootcamp is 8 long strenuous weeks.
A threesome dubbing themselves ‘The Triple Threats’ made it through bootcamp & passed their second skills test. In 90 days the Triple Threats are officially members of The Detroit Derby Girls League.
GI’M NOT SORRY
…as the saying goes. The Oakland County Roller Derby Team (OCRD) went out to win & win they did against The Wreckers
(Detroit’s C pick-up team). The final score was 130-116. Bytch Ryder for Oakland delivered some tough hits winning MVP blocker. Oakland County’s Ladioactive Won MVP jammer. It was a good match-up with lead changes going back and forth throughout the whole game. Spanish Assassin put up a good blocking defense for The Wreckers & earned herself The MVP blocker Award for Detroit. The Wreckers Captain, Sham-Wow was a double-threat on the track switching between blocker & jammer, landing her the MVP Jammer Award. All in all a good turn out with several fans rooting for both teams, some previous members of Oakland and now current Detroit skaters; such as, Flam Babe, Hook, a current Wreckers Skater Bones Punk & Harmherknee. As well as, former Detroit skater, Bytch Ryder handing out hugs to her former league-mates after the game. Derby Love All!