WOW is all we can say!
What a great way to end our very first season as Orangeville’s first and only flat track roller derby league. We can’t thank everyone enough who made this all possible. It takes a lot of help and bodies to put on just one bout, so we are thankful that we have all of you amazing people around to lend your hands.
Here is a re-cap of our phenomenal season:
Feb 9th: Pulp Affliction vs. Fergus Feims – 166-164 in OT for ORG
Apr 20th: Pulp Affliction vs. Highland Dames (GBRD) – 195-136 for ORG
Jul 27th: Pulp Affliction vs. Bombshell Battalion (RDD) – 190-166 for ORG
Sept 21st: Pulp Affliction vs. Smooth Operators (Area 705) – 248-126 for ORG
Nov 9th: Pulp Affliction vs. Decapulettes (FCRG) – 257-100 for ORG
Undefeated on our home track!
We also played away games against the Fergus Feims, Boneyard Betties, Highland Dames, Derby Debutantes and Woodstock Warriors, while playing in three tournaments (Fresh and the Furious 2013 and two hosted by Fergus) and hosted a co-ed scrimmage in conjunction with PackitUp and Toronto Men’s Roller Derby.
Needless to say we had a very busy season, but we loved every minute of it. Playing this much derby in our first season is just going to benefit us in the long run.
Orangeville Roller Girls are now ranked 145 out of 189 teams in Canada according to Flat Track Stats, which is an awesome accomplishment for only skating one season. In 2014, we have greater goals to reach and we can’t wait to get started.
Thinking back to 2012 when we were skating in a school gym with only 10 skaters, we are all blown away at how much we’ve grown as a small skater-run league. Pulp Affliction now has 18 members with another round of fresh meat about to graduate. Keep an eye out for our second team, which is in the works for 2014.
Last February, we had a guest coach come and run a couple of practices for us before our first-ever home game. We were all nervous, scared and excited for this game so having Flyin’ Bryan Killman (Manager of Team Canada Roller Derby & Toronto Roller Derby’s Bay Street Bruisers and skater for Toronto Men’s Roller Derby) come out for those practices helped us get our heads in the game. After that game he came back every week and has been with us ever since. He must have seen something in our small league and wants to see us excel in this amazing sport. Without his weekly training we would not be the skaters we are today and we would not know what we are capable of. We’re so lucky to have him and we’re never letting him go.
Moving to the Orangeville Agricultural Centre was an outstanding decision by us. We have tons of space to practice and we can also hold our bouts there as well. We have lots of room for all of our fans to come and watch us. Our last bout brought out 355 Orangeville Rollergirl fans. We LOVE you more than anything and we hope you will come out for season two.
Thanks so very much from everyone at Orangeville Rollergirls for an outstanding first season!
Photo Credit : Brendan Adam-Zwelling