On Saturday, December 7th, the Rogue Rollergirls will be hosting their final bout of the season. This bout, in true holiday spirit, has been dubbed "Naughty, or Nice?" It will be played by all Rogue skaters, divided into the two home teams: The Homewreckers (naughty) and the Ritzy Rollers (nice). I think we all know where I fall into this spectrum...
If you find yourself in or around the Fayetteville, NC area - or are willing to make the trip - you'll be treated to some hard-hitting derby action. Additionally, NAUGHTY or NICE will help benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank this holiday season. Bring a non-perishable canned good with you to the bout, and help us spread holiday cheer and fight hunger!
Have you gotten YOUR bout tickets yet? I have some handy for purchase, as do other Rogues. Or you can buy them online. There will be tickets available for purchase at the door. But the plus-side to buying them in advance? Every PRE-SOLD ticket will receive a free raffle ticket entry
into a drawing (December 7th) for an AWESOME gift basket!
So come out on Saturday night, enjoy some awesome derby action, and help raise money for a great cause. Really, it's the trifecta of winning. True story.
Well, now that over a week has passed, this post seems WAY less awesome. But only because I can't remember all of the details I had planned to write about before. Funny how things seem to get in the way of accomplishing what we set out to do sometimes... But life happens!
Which basically means - you get the condensed version!
Seeing Harley was great. And to know that he considers me a very competent worker makes me feel excellent about my ability to perform. There were also a lot of excellent guest instructors. Monday saw a visit from Dr. Tom Prichard. I was very impressed by the knowledge I gained, and enjoyed the drills that we ran through. They were very enlightening, and it helped me decide what I want to work on in this upcoming year. Tuesday through Thursday we had representatives from Pro-Wrestling NOAH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. I learned a lot about the Japanese wrestling style, and the importance of cardio, endurance, and core work. These days gave me a lot to start working on in my own time, to really condition myself as a stronger athlete. Friday was a visit from Ricky Steamboat, and a wealth of knowledge. Admittedly, I wish he would have talked more, because he IS so knowledgeable. But instead we ran a lot of mini-matches with critiques for improvements. I still learned a lot. But let's face it - how often do you get the chance to tap into his mind?
Saturday, the week was over. But we had the World League Wrestling show. I had an opportunity to wrestle WLW's Women's Champion Stacey O'Brien in front of Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, NOAH representatives, and many fans. I wish I had performed better, admittedly, but it wasn't my worst match by any means. In the end, Stacey won via pinfall.
It was a good week. Educational. Exhausting. I was emotionally and physically taxed by the end of it. But I'm very glad that I went.
My current game plan is to take the knowledge that I learned at the camp, and use it to my best advantage come 2014. True story.
Once again, I'm long overdue for an update! But I know you will all forgive me because I've been crazy-busy. And if you don't - too bad! I hope you've been patient, because this update is definitely worth it.
As some of you may (or may not) know, I spent the past week at the annual Harley Race Training Camp. It was an educational experience, to say the least. HOWEVER - that will be the next blog post. Because this one has to start before I went to camp.
The night before I left, I had a roller derby bout. My team - the Rogue Rollergirls of Fayetteville, NC - took on the Palmetto State Rollergirls of Myrtle Beach, SC. It was a hard-hitting bout. Things started off fairly even, with both teams scoring points and delivering brutal blows to one another. But at the end of the first period, Palmetto had taken the lead.
As the second half began, Rogue started to make a come back. Traditionally, we play a strong second half. We managed to close part of the point gap. However, Palmetto continued racking up additional points. Even though our second half was stronger, it wasn't strong enough to put us back in the lead, and the Rogue Rollergirls fell to Palmetto, 230 - 157.
Although we lost, we had a great time. We learned a lot. We played hard. And we never gave up. I'm forever proud to be a Rogue.
Oh, and I was totally selected by the opposing team as MVP for Rogue. True story.
Don't hate on my blinking crown. That thing is AWESOME.
Coming up on December 7th will be the final home bout of the season. My team, the Homewreckers, will be taking on the Ritzy Rollers. If you're in the Fayetteville, NC area, you should totally check it out. Because derby is awesome. As are the Rogues. So it's going to be a great time. Come out and wear blue to show your support for the Wreckers!