Friday, February 18, 2011

Guess the Skater!

Hint:  You might see this skater flyin around you wearing a unitard.

One More Reason to Love Houston

Something I love about derby is the way a serious sport can incorporate a sense of humor and a sense of fun.  Much of this comes from the heritage of derby.  In its rebirth, derby may have shed the fighting and fixed outcomes, but derby maintains an element of show from skater names to the uniforms and mascots.

Houston Roller Derby has a fabulous sense of that balance.  We fight to stay high in our region's rankings with an eye on Nationals every year.  And yet...Houston is not above a good old-fashioned dance-off.  Here are two video clips from this weekend taken from the stands (by HRD skater Shocker Zulu) as Houston shows off that great sense of fun and camaraderie.

Warming up for the Championship...

HRD and TXRG's intros for the Championship...

Governor's Cup 2011: Final Scores

It was a wild weekend of derby--and I'm still recovering.  I've been in sort of a derby coma/hangover all week and went to bed at 7pm on Sunday for the first time in like 25 years.  In case you missed the action, here are the final scores.

Game 1: Big Easy                    120
              Assassination City      117

Game 2:  Spindletop                  45
               Houston                   208

Game 3:  Alamo City                 51
               Dallas                        197

Game 4:  Big Easy                       7
                Texas                        384

Game 5:  Dallas                          87
                Houston                    124

Game 6:  Spindletop                    73
               Alamo City                154

Game 7:  Assassination City        39
               Dallas                         134

Game 8: Alamo City                    98
              Big Easy                      142

Game 9:  Houston                         71
                Texas                          197

Game 10: Big Easy                       77
                 Dallas                         145

Game 11:  Dallas                         104
                 Houston                     153

Championship:  Houston               40
                          Texas                 158

A big thanks to Spindletop for co-hosting, the leagues for coming out, and to all the volunteers for making this tournament possible.  Congratulations to Austin's Texecutioners!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Don't Miss a Moment of Governor's Cup!

Houston's HaRD Knocks will be headed out to Beaumont tonight for the Governor's Cup, which starts early tomorrow (Saturday) morning.  If you didn't get tickets and can't be there, please tune in from home on the Derby News Network.  It's a privilege to be on the network and we are really excited to have the tournament sent straight to your homes.  The webcast will start tomorrow morning when the games do (I believe), so do check in to catch some of the live, flat-track roller derby action!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Big News: New Venue!!

Here is the official press release from HRD about our new venue:

Houston Roller Derby will have its 2011 games at brand-new venue Houston Indoor Sports. Located at 221 Barren Springs Drive, Houston Indoor Sports is about 25 minutes away from the previous HRD game venue, and will house two regulation-size skating rinks with permanent sport court floors that are made for roller derby and roller hockey games. The venue will have bleacher, floor and VIP seating available. Beer and concessions will be available to purchase at HRD games.

"The league is very excited about the move to Houston Indoor Sports," said Tiffany Hamilton, spokeswoman. "The permanent sport court floor will provide a more professional experience for skaters and fans, since gameplay will no longer need to be halted in order to fix issues with the portable sport court floor we used in seasons past."

The parking conditions will also be a striking improvement over HRD's previous venues, with plentiful free lot and street parking available near Houston Indoor Sports.

Ticket prices will remain at the same rate as last season, with advance general admission at $12 and advance VIP at $25. The season opener will be at 7:30 p.m. March 19, and will feature visiting team Alamo City Roller Girls from San Antonio, as well as an intraleague bout between home teams The Brawlers and the Bayou City Bosses. Tickets are now available at our website.

In recent years, roller derby has become a phenomenon in the extreme sports world, rekindling its popularity and finding a slot within the Texas culture. The resurrection of flat track roller derby began in the heart of Texas in Austin, and the sport spread like wildfire throughout the state, country, and world.

Houston Roller Derby organized in 2005 and is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Houston's interleague team, HaRD Knocks, was one of the top 12 teams in the nation to compete at the WFTDA national championships in 2009 and is currently ranked seventh in the South Central region. HaRD Knocks will compete in several tournaments throughout the region this season.

Guess the Skater!

Who has a hippo in residence on her back?  

Hint: You could say this skater's role on her team is pivotal.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guess the Skater

How well do you know your HRD skaters?  See if you can identify your favorite derby girls in this new weekly feature.  Answer after the jump.

 Hint: Her hits might knock you into the deep South.

Official Governor's Cup Bracket

2011 Governor's Cup: One Week Away!

On February 12th and 13th, 2011, The Spindletop Rollergirls and Houston Roller Derby will co-host the 5th Annual Governor’s Cup – a showcase of some of the best Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s (WFTDA) teams in Texas and Louisiana – at the Ford Park Arena in Beaumont, TX.

Past Governor’s Cup Tournaments have been held in Austin, Dallas and Houston. The Spindletop Rollergirls are proud to be hosts of the location of this action-packed weekend in Beaumont, in which there will be 12 bouts slated to take place.

Participating teams, all of which hark from the South Central Region, include:

Alamo City Rollergirls - San Antonio, TX
Assassination City Roller Derby – Dallas, TX
Big Easy Rollergirls - New Orleans, LA
Dallas Derby Devils – Dallas, TX
Houston Roller Derby – Houston, TX
Spindletop Rollergirls – Beaumont, TX
Texas Rollergirls – Austin, TX

For more information, visit the official Facebook page for Governor's Cup.  Need your tickets?  Visit the Houston Roller Derby website.

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