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Reaping the Harvest

October 8, 2012

Hey derby fans!  We have our one and only bout for the fall coming up and it is in LYNHCBURG!  Thanks for Funquest to allowing us to bout while AJ’s is closed.  Be sure to come check us out on Sunday October 21st at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  See you there!
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Happy Fall!

October 3, 2012

Happy Fall Everyone!  Just a few updates about what the Blackwater Rollers have been up to lately……

We were thrilled to be a part, once again, of Lynchburg’s largest block party – Get! Downtown on September 7th!  We enjoyed meeting all of you and sharing the exciting news about our upcoming bout at Funquest on Sunday, October 21st.  Here are just a few snapshots of the action.

 
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BWR also represented the next day at Day in the Park, at Miller Park on September 8th.  We had a great time talking to families, former and potential skaters, answering your questions, and performing derby demonstrations on the side pavilion.  Thank goodness the weather held out!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Car Wash at Jiffy Lube on 221 on Saturday, September 16th!  The funds help support our team for insurance, printing, security and other costs associated with bout production.  You may have seen Beccanator skating renegade-style later that day at the Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival at Riverfront Park.  No, she was not drinking.  Yes, she couldn’t resist the open pavilion and awesome new-grass (alternative bluegrass) band, Love Cannon!

Our happiest personal news lately has been the marriage of Indy Rock (Jill Nance) to Gunslinger (Jon Waugh), which took place at Longacre Bed & Breakfast in Appomattox on September 22nd.  Here is a photo of the beautiful newlyweds.  We look forward to Indy Rock coming back to the track ASAP, and meanwhile, can’t wait for her Super Derby Directional Powers as our Bench Coach/Manager on October 21st!  Mr. Rock (aka Gunslinger) may also make an appearance.

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We congratulate Mighty Mouse on her pregnancy and enjoyed helping celebrate and watching her open gifts at her baby shower on September 30th.  Best wishes to the Mouse family!  Ms. Mouse is absolutely radiant, and also promises to make an appearance on October 21st (as long as she is not in the hospital).  🙂

Blackwater Rollers look forward to seeing you all at the Appomattox Railroad Festival Parade on Saturday, October 13th!  The parade starts at 10:30 am, but come early to get a great spot.

Don’t forget, October is National Roller Skating Month!  Funquest is celebrating with free skating….check their website,www.funquestfun.com for more details.

That is it for now, but stayed tuned, we have news on our upcoming bout! You won’t want to miss it!  And please contact us any time to find out how you can try a practice, become a sponsor, volunteer, or otherwise become a part of our derby family!  Facebook us or email blackwaterrollers@yahoo.com    Derby Love to All!!!

Summer updates

August 13, 2012

Greetings! Although Blackwater Rollers haven’t had any home bouts lately, we’ve all still been very busy! Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to….

In June, AJSkateworld closed for the summer so we skated on over to Delta Emergency Services warehouse a few blocks down. Skating on concrete has been challenging, but we’ve all switched up our wheels, pitched in to clean the floors, tape down the track and tie mattresses to the posts (just in case!) We are very grateful to Delta for their support of our team, including bringing us tunes, letting us borrow their industrial strength fan, and for being so friendly. Indeed, it’s wonderful to have EMT’s right next door (also just in case!)

We also joined our friends from the Charlottesville Derby Dames for an incredibly educational practice/scrimmage on June 3rd, at the Zombie Piano Warehouse in Charlottesville (the name says it all!)

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You may have seen quite a few of us at Friday Cheers in Lynchburg on June 15th. After 25 years, Beccanator finally learned how to do the electric slide. Better late than never!

BWR with Brett Sharp from Star Country 6-15-12

The next morning, we woke up bright and early for our Car Wash at Jiffy Lube in Forest. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello, get their vehicle clean, meet the team and offer their support. The most unusual event that day was a donation of a baby pet python, to Slim Jim and her husband, Stone Cold.

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June 23rd and 24th was an exciting derby weekend for many of us. Strawberry Kills Forever, Vamp Stamp, Beccanator, and our old friend Luv At First Fright (formerly known as Brawlin’ Chain/Sadie Masokissed) headed all the way up to Pennsylvania for the East Coast Derby Extravaganza (ECDX) in Feasterville. It was derby heaven! Not only did we have the miracle of not running out of gas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 1:30 am, we saw our local friends the River City Rollergirls bout the Central NY Allstars and the NH Skate Free or Die! teams, and the Charlottesville Derby Dames take on the NJ Garden State Bruisers. The derby action lasted all weekend, and our heads were spinning from bouts on three tracks that included teams from all over North America – Gotham City’s All Stars and Wall Street Traitors, Montreal’s New Skids on the Block, Maine Roller Derby Port Authorities, the Hudson Valley Horrors, the Denver Mile High Club, Arizona Tent City Terrors, Boston Derby Dames, Philly Roller Girls Liberty Belles and Independence Dolls, Rose City Rollers, Toronto Roller Derby, Dominion Rollergirls (from Virginia Beach) and more! We also enjoyed some down time in the pool on site, and checked out the vendors from Bont Skates, Derby Skins, and Antik Skates founder/designer QuadZilla.

Meanwhile, Slim Jim, Rykoshea, Stone Cold, Pizazz and company were tearing up another track – the go-cart track in parts of Pennsylvania that will remain un-named. Thank goodness Pizazz is a careful driver on the road….we heard she had the go-cart up on two wheels!
BWR PA trip

Sunday, June 24th, we headed over to Hanover, PA to bout the Black Rose Rollers who you may remember seeing in Appomattox on March 10th. We had a lot of help from new derby friends, such as Debi Does Dulles, Loudon Dirty and Slammer Delaney of NOVA Roller Derby; Luna Kitty and Hatchetface from Mason Dixon Roller Vixens (Hagerstown, MD); Luv At First Fright (currently skating with Star City Rollergirls and Rocktown Rollers) and Spank Puncharella from Charlottesville Derby Dames. Our spirits were high as we worked hard to obtain a lead of 56 – 50 shortly before the first half. However, fates would not allow this to continue, as by the half time break we were 25 points behind and every single team member had 3 minor penalties (a 4th will land you in the box). At the end, we were devastated by our greatest loss ever (405 – 145), with all players having spent the entire second half in the box. Sometimes, all you can do is laugh, and our attitudes stayed positive for the afterparty. Black Rose did a heckuva job making homemade goodies to share, including pasta salad, truffles and….unicorn poop (rainbow twist swirl cookies with silver ball decorations, icing and candy hearts). The saddest part of this bout was saying goodbye to Strawberry Kills Forever, our beloved co-captain for the past year – this was her last bout as she is moving to California. We wish her the best in her tryouts for the Oakland, CA roller derby team, and hope to see her any time she’s on the East Coast! Congratulations to the MVPs and to Rykoshea and Slim Jim on a tough first bout, well played.
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July 15th, Rykoshea, DanYell, Meryl Shriek and Beccanator headed to the Mother State Roller Derby open house in Richmond. For those of you not familiar with Mother State, let us tell you, they take their derby very seriously. After 2 hours of heart-pounding, muscle-throbbing, grunt-inducing core and footwork exercises, we had an hour or more of scrimmage. It was an excellent lesson in stepping up our game, and believe us, we’ve been using some of the exercises we learned at practice to become stronger, steadier and better than ever! It was nice to get to know the Mother State ladies better, and also to see our friends from the James River Furies and East Coast Devastation Derby again.

July 22nd, Diva von Tee Stop, Zombi, Turbosaurus Ref, Naughty Nini, Rykoshea, Slim Jim, Stone Cold, Hell-ga and Beccanator headed to Christiansburg to join the New River Valley Rollergirls for a mixer scrimmage that also included teams from Little City (Johnson City, TN), Charlotte Speed Demons (NC), Beckley Area Derby Dames (WV), and Jewel City (Huntington, WV). Alternating 30 minute periods of differing levels for 6 total scrimmages, we vote that our refs got the most work-out that day, although all of us played hard and went home sore and smiling. It is always fun to skate with derby friends old and new, and we particularly enjoyed the air conditioning and wood floor.

BWR at NRV scrimmage 7-22-12

In other news, we say a sad (but temporary) Ta-Ta-For-Now to Indy Rock, who is on leave of absence in preparation for her marriage to her soulmate (and one of the Best Bench Managers Ever) Gunslinger. We are extremely happy for this beautiful couple, and can’t wait to see them back next season!

We also congratulate Mighty Mouse on expecting her second child, who we’ve fondly named Mini-Mini-Mouse. Another VIP who has stepped out of the derby limelight for now is our former President, Parabellum. We thank her for her dedication and leadership to BWR! We also say goodbye to former members Brooklyn BasHer and Guts-N-Glamour.

In brighter news, we’d like to welcome our newest member, Jen Wilkerson. Jen is extremely dedicated, has a very positive attitude, and will surely be a power-hitter in no time. Don’t forget, we continue to have extended our recruitment period for the summer. On-skates or off, there is a place for you on the team. If you want to skate, we will teach you everything you need to know. If you just want to be a part of the team with a lower commitment, we always need help at our bouts for non-skating officials, graphics and design, raffle ticket sales, merchandise table, and more. Be sure to contact us blackwaterrollers@yahoo.com or on facebook if you are interested in becoming a part of our derby family.
Stay tuned to hear more about the Blackwater Rollers latest adventures!
Love,
The Beccanator

From way back when…..

June 15, 2012

Hello friends! We hope everyone is having a killer summer. We are still practicing, recruiting new players along with prepping for our away bout against the Black Rose Rollers! After an busy first half of our year, we got a little behind about posting about our final spring bout. We hosted the co-ed Seven Hills Roller Derby from Richmond and gathered up a few good men of our own to take on this team. We walked away with a victory and a good show. Thanks to all involved in this memorable bout. We will see you all again for our home bouts starting in October. Check in with our facebook page to keep track of all our summer updates. Until then, derby on!

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

BWR vs SHReD 5/5/2012

Calling all new skaters!

May 9, 2012

Recruitment

Switching Things Up

April 19, 2012

This is it for awhile!  Our bout on May 5th is our final home bout until October!  Sad, I know!  Some come and join us!  We are switching things up a bit this time and playing co-ed with the Seven Hills Roller Derby out of Richmond, Va.  Same rules, just a little more testosterone thrown in there to spice things up.  This is the first time we have added men to our roster on our home rink so take advantage of this special bout!  You know the drill….  Saturday May 5th, 7pm, doors open at 6, AJ Skateworld, Appomattox.  We will have a special half time performance from country music artist Nick Smith!  For more information, consult the facebook event page.  See you all there!

 Jack and Jill's co-ed derby bout

Weekend Success

April 16, 2012

It was a successful weekend for your Blackwater Rollers as we had a big win over the Chemical Valley Roller Girls from Charleston, West Virginia.  We pulled away early on in the game and kept our lead until the last whistle blew.  Final score: 131 to 52.

A special thanks Brandon with B Psi Entertainment who helped us out last minute announcing along with the usuals who help pull off our home bouts time and time again.  Our refs, Fly Swatta for traveling to play with us, Mighty Mouse and the Gunslinger for running the bench, the Appomattox Rescue Squad, Mangia and especially the fans!  We love winning for you!

We would also like to say goodbye to our long time skater Brooklyn BasHer.  Brooklyn has been skating with Blackwater almost since the beginning.  It was only fitting that she won MVP at her last bout on Saturday.  She is by far one of our most skilled skaters and precision hitters.  She has been a force be reckoned with and we are going to miss her and she retires from BWR to join the army.  We wish her luck on her new adventure!  We are going to miss you girl!

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

BWR vs CVRG 4/14/2012

Photos by Anne Gardner

Mega Meltdown

April 9, 2012

Up next on April 14th at AJ Skateworld in Appomattox, your Blackwater Rollers are taking on the Chemical Valley Roller Girls from Charleston, WV.  Be there or we will get Hell-ga after you!

A portion of our proceeds will benefit the Appomattox Rescue Squad.  A special anthem and half time performance along with DJ B Psi spinning tunes during the bout and at the after party an Mangia.   For more information, check out our facebook event page and get your presale ticket today!

Mega Meltdown Bout

BWR + CDD = LOVE

April 3, 2012

Hey Blackwater-ites!  We want to thank the ladies of the Charlottesville Derby Dames for hosting us for the first time ever up at their rink is Fishersville last weekend.  We love these girls!  It was a tough bout but both teams fought hard on that slippery concrete rink but had a blast doing it. Congrats CDD on the win!  Also a shout out goes to CDD’s Miami Beat Box and our own Strawberry Kills Forever for winning the MVP award.   And a special thanks to Parrabellum and The Gunslinger for bench coaching us.  For those of you who couldn’t make it to the bout, don’t worry, our next home bout is not far away.  More info to come!
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12
BWR vs CDD 3/31/12

Photos by Mama Rock

This Saturday

March 26, 2012

We are excited to be traveling up north to take on the Charlottesville Derby Dames this Saturday.  These ladies have come our way a good many times and we are ready to face them on their home rink.  The Dame’s home bouts are as exciting as they come so if you are looking for a reason to get out of town, you now have one!  For more information, check out their facebook event page or purchase advanced tickets here.
BWR vs CDD

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