We kick off our 2016 season by playing Wanganui’s River City Rollers for the very first time! And let’s not forget our Northland Nightmares Junior Roller Derby who’ll be playing in an action packed curtain opener along with guest junior skaters from all over NZ!
Tickets at the door (cash only )or on Eventfinda.
Be there and get some derby in ya life!
It’s a whole new year of roller derby and the Nightmares are super excited to have two away games booked already and one home game in the pipeline! We’re back training, and we’ve changed the times on Thursdays so we can bring back public skating.
Times for 2016 are as follows:
Public Skating – 6 – 7pm $5 plus $1 to hire skates and gear. Cash only.
Freshie aka “Stars” Training (for those wanting to learn how to play roller derby) – 7 – 7.45pm
Junior Training – 7.45 – 8.30pm
If you’re keen to skate or want to give roller derby a try, come along. Look forward to seeing you there
A quick catch up from September when Hellmilton Rholler Ghouls’ Raggedy Angst come to town to play us for the first time in three years! It was great to see one of our traditional foes and we hope to see them down in Hamilton in 2016!
Hells Wives opened the first jam with some crafty recycling by Silence to take out Raggedy Angst’s jammer on the start line, and for the rest of the first half our girls in black and red played some solid defence with effective three-walls and front of pack offense, racking up an impressive lead.
Second half saw Raggedy Angst come back with a vengeance and they managed to come within 20 points towards the end of the second half, but couldn’t breach Hells Wives’ lead; final score 146 -113!
Photo credit: Devolution Photography
Northland Nine time again and today it’s the newest member of Hells Wives, Smash Princess! Smash has taken to derby like a duck to water and she is certainly more smash than princess on the track!
We look forward to seeing this chick develop her derby skills and there’s no doubt she’ll be sockin’ it to the opposition for many seasons to come.
Name: Smash Princess #47
From: Christchurch originally, now calling Whangarei home
Currently skating on: Sure Grip GT50’s
1) Three words that describe you: Loyal, Persistent, Hardworking
2) Ultimate Roller Derby tune: Ben Harper – Lay there and Hate Me
3) What inspired your derby name: Shortened down from Ashleigh, I have been called Smash since a young age and have some pretty decent injuries under my belt.
4) Most memorable moment in derby: First game. We came away with a win and I learned a lot from being thrown in the deep end.
5) Most afraid of in life: Ignorance and spiders.
6) Best derby advice that you have ever received: “Your butt is your greatest asset. Own it!”
7) Life Motto: My Dad always used to tell me “Hard work pays off” and “Give it your best shot”
8) Fitness Regime: Derby training 2/3 times a week, couple weight sessions and keeping my puppy exercised.
9) Roller derby goal for 2015: Better timing and increased effectiveness of my bigger hits
Today’s 13th Northland Nine stars our resident glamour gal Glam-er-zon! Glam brings the hammer to the track with her infamously bootacious blocking and some sassy derby chick style to her off track career in modelling!
Hells Wives are missing this young lady on the track as she recovers from knee surgery, but she’s been putting her derby smarts and bold personality to excellent use as an MC for our games this year. We sure are looking forward to seeing Glam back on eight wheels really soon!
Name: Glam-er-zon #10
Position: Pivot , Blocker and occasional Jammer
Currently skating on: Riedell 265s with the Rival plates
1: Three words to describe you? Passionate, always a fun time and loyal.
2: What’s your ultimate roller Derby tune? Oh there are so many but it would have to be that famous Glamerzon song Blurred Lines – but pretty much anything I can get the Glammer Hammer shaking to.
3: What inspired your derby name? So many things…outside of derby I am heavily involved with the modeling world so I bring a bit of Glam to the track.
4: What was the most memorable moment in your roller derby career so far? Sigh…there have been so many but I think it would be every time I skate onto that track and see my team mates having your back.
5: What are you most afraid of in life? Disappointing people.
6: What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? Never give up! It’s hard, it hurts, sometimes you are pushed way out of that comfort zone but it will make you a stronger version of you.
7: What’s your life motto? When life gives you lemons, grab the tequila and salt and dance it out with me.
8: What’s your fitness regime? Other than training I hit the gym 4-5 times a week and am currently training for a power-lifting competition. #shesquatspretty
9: What’s your roller derby goal for 2015/16? Get back into bouting after having 6 months of due to knee surgery! Watch out I have a plan to bring the Glammer Hammer back with force!
Next up is our Head Referee Holler Balloo!
This feisty lady keeps us all in line on game day and is also our wonderful Web Mistress and dedicated Secretary 🙂
Holler can always be counted on to think outside the box (as well as sending players to the box). Check out our fantastic website and see how creative this lady can be.
*Many thanks to Taste of Hell for this blurb!
Name: Holler Balloo
From: Auckland, now living in Mangapai south of Whangarei
Position: Head or Inside Pack Referee
Currently skating on: Sure Grip Rebels / Atom Jukes / Powerdyne Rivals
1) What inspired your derby name? It’s a play on the word “hullabaloo” which means a noisy uproar. Plus the Holler bit refers to me when I’m ref’ing and the Balloo bit is how most people mispronounce my surname 🙂
2) How did you get involved in roller derby? The classic derby cliche – I watched Whip It.
3) What’s the best part about refereeing derby? Game day – the buzz and excitement, putting your skates on, getting dressed in your stripes and doing your job on the track with your fellow refs.
4) What do you consider as a big challenge for derby refs? The intricacies and the constant evolution of the rules!
5) How do you keep up to speed on derby rules? I belong to several Roller Derby ref Facebook groups and to Zebra Huddle which is a really helpful forum for refs. I also have the WFTDA app on my phone, which automatically updates when there are additions or changes.
6) What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? Never judge your abilities compared to others; only compare how far you have come against yourself.
7) How did you learn what you needed to do your role? By observing other refs, listening to advice from experienced refs, watching games online and attending WFTDA officiating clinics but most of all, ref’ing actual games and scrimmage nights.
8) Any top tips for those that want to be refs? Study the rules, attend practices, watch other refs at games and get plenty of time on skates.
9) What’s your roller derby goal for 2015? To keep improving my Head Ref skills – and stop buying so many roller derby t-shirts
It’s the 9th Northland Nine and this time our girl from the deep south Demolitia gets to answer!
Blocker Demolitia brings experience and knowledge to the team and is a vital part of the Hells Wives pack – when you’re on the track with this awesome chick you know she’s got your back!
Name: Demolitia #12
From: Dunedin originally, but been in Whangarei for 6 years
Currently skating: On ancient R3s…still dreaming for the day I can afford some new skates!
2) Ultimate roller derby tune: Tool and Six60 are my faves but before a game it has to be Pit Bull – Fireball!
3) What inspired your derby name: Demolition and smashing stuff up!!
4) Most memorable moment in derby: Playing at Nationals in 2013 was a pretty epic experience but I love playing every game with my team.
5) Most afraid of in life: Never seeing the world. And cockroaches!
6) Best derby advice you have ever received: To be confident! (still working on it!)
7) Life motto: Don’t give up on your dreams!
8) Fitness regime: Derby training 3 times a week, and I’ve just joined Pumping Iron gym so a couple of times there a week.
9) Roller derby goal for 2015: Feel useful on the track and a few more wins!!
Next up Blondini answers our Northland Nine!
This chilled out chick has been known to do some (reluctant!) jamming but it’s her swoop that’s to die for 😀
Yep many a jammer has made an unplanned exit off the track when she applies her signature move aka the *Supa-dupa-Swoop!
And although she doesn’t jam to often, we’re looking forward to seeing more of her wearing that star panty and clearing a few apexes 🙂
*Official name just made up by the writer of these profiles.
Name: Blondini 101
From: Ruakaka – Been away, came back
Position: Blocker..sometimes Jammer when I’m brave
Currently skating on: Antiks, Revenge Plates, Heartless Voodoo Wheels
1) Three words to describe me: Creative, Relaxed, and a total creature of habit
2) What inspired my derby name: When I started it was pretty much mandatory to have dark locks for that ‘derby look’. I was a rare blonde at the time. My number 101 comes from the Ash Blonde hair 10-1.
3) Most memorable moment in derby career so far: Jumped the apex once when jamming. Landed it, kept skating totally oblivious to the fact the other jammer had called it off while I was mid air. Realised half way round the track, then fell over myself in true Blondini style.
4) Most afraid of: Not too keen on caterpillars – they freaky! Except the dance move that’s just pure talent.
5) Best derby advice: Given to me: Definitely to ‘root’. To give: Just try it, call it or ask it. Don’t be afraid of being ‘wrong’.
6) Life motto: No regrets. There was a reason you did/didn’t do it.
7) Fitness regime: 2 trainings a week. I try to run for ½ hour on the other days or at least do some squats, sit ups etc in my lounge.
8) Derby goal: I hope to be able to inspire someone to come and try Derby.
And this feisty chick never fails to impress us with her creativity when it comes to costumes and makeup – you can rely on Daisy to bring her A-game to every fancy dress occasion!
Name: Daisy Chainsaw #30
From: Napier, now Ruakaka
Currently skating on: Antiks, Arius plates, Rollerbones Turbos
1: Three words to describe you? Creative, loyal, fun
2: What’s your ultimate roller derby tune? Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat! Gets me through my 27/5.
3: What inspired your derby name? Using scissors in my trade inspired the “chopping down of the opposition.” Don’t be fooled by the pretty flower kinda way ha ha!
4: What was the most memorable moment in your roller derby career so far? Playing my first ever game against my own team was the scariest yet the most exhilarating game ever!
5: What are you most afraid of in life? Spiders!!
6: What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? Silence our coach inspires us at every training to play from the heart! ❤
7: What’s your life motto? In the words of the great Dory: “Just keep swimming”
8: What’s your fitness regime? Three trainings a week, the gym and road running.
9: What’s your roller derby goal for 2015? Improve my game and win some games!
Up next we have the youngest member of Hells Wives, S(k)atan!
Jammer S(k)atan is the queen of juking and her silky skills and fancy footwork never fail to raise cheers from the audience…
Hells Wives opposition also appreciate her skills and S(k)atan has quite a collection of MVP Jammer awards to her name 🙂
We reckon this young lady is going to go very very far in the derbyverse and we’re super proud to have started her on the journey. ❤
Name: S(k)atan #B4U
Currently skating on: Vanillas (boots), Revenge plates and Sting Ray wheels
1. 3 words to describe me: Determined, dedicated, happy.
2. Ultimate roller derby tune: Anything modern and upbeat.
3.what inspired your derby name: I just needed one quick and Axl and Silence helped me come up with one.
4. Most memorable moment: When I was awarded MVP and Jammer of the year from my teammates, was very grateful.
5. Most afraid of: BUGS
6. Best derby advice received: Have bigger strides in your cross overs, it helps you go faster.
7. Life motto: Life’s to short to worry about the little things.
8. Fitness regime: I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and have training 3 times a week.
9. Derby goal 2015: To better my skills improve my abilities and aim for a chance to be In the Roller Derby World Cup.
Some of you might recognise this skater. Yep, it’s ref Fury Godmutha.
But this year, she has joined the Hell’s Wives crew as a player. Bringing her knowledge of rules and her wicked skating skills, we are stoked to pack up with this chick in 2015.
Name: V8 Fury
From: Born in Otaki, childhood spent on Norfolk Island and currently living in Whangarei.
Currently skating on: Riedell 965 boots, Riedell Arius plate and Rollerbones Turbo wheels, although I change my wheels around.
1: Three words to describe you? Energetic. Analytical.Talkative.
2: What’s your ultimate roller derby tune? Bad Reputation by Joan Jett to name one.
3: What inspired your derby name? Stephen King’s book Christine about a possessed1958 Plymouth Fury.
4: What was the most memorable moment in your roller derby career so far? Attending the first World Cup in Toronto in 2011.
5: What are you most afraid of in life? Enclosed spaces.
6: What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? Use all of your body on the track.
7: What’s your life motto? Get back up and carry on.
8: What’s your fitness regime? Body Attack (x2 weekly), Body Combat (x1weekly) and Body Balance (x3 weekly) Les Mills classes and skating (x2 or 3 times weekly).
9: What’s your roller derby goal for 2015? Getting back into playing after a four year break and improving my blocking skills.
Who needs a roadie when you can FLY! The end of the month sees Hells Wives plus our three of our lovely zeebs head to Napier to take on Bay City Rollers’ Iron Maidens at home for the very first time!
If you’re in the neighbourhood come along and cheer for us!
For more info check out the Facebook event page right here...
Tan-Ya Hyde is one of Hells Wives’ longest serving team members and one of our key jammers. Any blocker she comes up against can verify her tenacity as noted per below – yep, this classy lady has some drive!
Tan-Ya Hyde (along with our treasurer Taste of Hell) is the business at procuring funding for the club – which as the derby community knows is so very important and so much appreciated! Ah bless ya Hyde!
Name: Tan-ya Hyde #93
From: Whangarei born, London for 14 years, back to Whangarei
Currently skating on: Riedell R3 (5th season and still going strong … held together with love, sweat and tape!), Atom Jukes from my teamie Glamerzon, and I don’t know about plates – def not an equipment guru – I just put them on and skate…
1: Three words to describe you? Ummm…loyal. Tenacious. Classy (“Classiest Bitch Award 2014” – thank you Nightmares!!)
2: What’s your ultimate roller derby tune? Oooh so many to choose from! Couple of my favs have to be AC/DC Thunderstruck; Hinder’s version of Born to Be Wild and All American Nightmare; RATM…. but basically anything with some guts and speed to it 😉
3: What inspired your derby name? A play on my own name and Jekyll/Hyde thing to include the civvy side and derby side… with help from Psycho Sis!!
4: What was the most memorable moment in your roller derby career so far? MVP against Taranaki… Very unexpected and so proud!
5: What are you most afraid of in life? This was a hard one … don’t really dwell on it but I guess disappointing my kids would be pretty up there.
6: What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? Tighten your core … and GET LOW!!!
7: What’s your life motto? Do the same things, expect the same results. Oh, and Manners Cost Nothing 🙂
8: What’s your fitness regime? Off season – not a lot! Exercising my beer arm… swimming… bit of skating occasionally. On season I do try harder: I’ve started running a bit this year (good for the mind apparently); I don’t do the gym as it’s just more time away from my kids so I tend to do some exercises and small weights at home; skate training 2 or 3 times a week… busy family life needs balance.
9: What’s your roller derby goal for 2015? More lead jammer … and more points!!
Next up with have Northland Nightmares’ longest serving referee Venomous.
As well as his skills as a Jammer referee and at laying the track, Venomous can be relied upon for his interesting anecdotes and slightly off the wall sense of humour!
1) What inspired your derby name? The first car I purchased was a VN Commodore plus I own a 76 Holden Torana and also from my lip piercings (snakebites) so I threw it all together and came up with Venomous and #76. Lucky my first car wasn’t a Austin Princess!
2) How did you get involved in roller derby? F8-Alli-T suggested I come watch a game at Kensington and at the after party at Heaven one of the Hells Wives told me if I don’t come referee she would come to my house and beat me up.
3) What’s the best part about refereeing derby? Making that right call when all your book reading and training tells you that you’re making a 100% right call.
4) What do you consider as a big challenge for derby refs? Learning to skate and talking loud.
6) What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? Don’t be afraid of falling over and look up.
7) How did you learn what you needed to do your role?
Internet helped a lot coming home from training with questions of “why?” And then figuring it all out once I had the referee book – this made it a bit easier.8) Any top tips for those that want to be refs?Read the rules and call heaps at practice to get more confidence.
9) What’s your roller derby goal for 2015? I’m still wanting to do 27 laps in under four minutes and to be more nimble on my skates.
Second up for the Northland Nine treatment is Silence…
Silence (along with Taste of Hell) founded Northland Nightmares way back in 2007. She’s our Head Coach and (currently) our chairperson, and it’s her leadership, dedication, passion and enthusiasm that drives our league!
From: Originally from Auckland but now Whangarei
Position: Coach and all position skater
Currently skating on: Riedell Wickeds, PowerDyne Aluminum plates, 88a Wheels
1: Three words to describe you? Honest, Positive and Loyal
2: What’s your ultimate roller derby tune? LOUD Fresh House Music, gets the adrenalin pumping.
3: What inspired your derby name? It used to be Broken Silence, but in my first year of playing I broke numerous bones so I took the Broken away so now its just Silence.
4: What was the most memorable moment in your roller derby career so far? I would say the apex jump against ARDL, but the last 7.5 years have been memorable for me.
5: What are you most afraid of in life? Liars, Wetas and Big Hairy Spiders
Photo: Jason Milich Photography
6: What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received? I have received lots of advice from some amazing awesome skaters and I enjoy giving advice and tips to other skaters
7: What’s your life motto? You live and you learn
8: What’s your fitness regime? Running around after 4 children, 3x derby trainings a week and a little bit of boxing training.
9: What’s your roller derby goal for 2015?
To work closely with Switchblade Betty with coaching our amazing girls and helping them to achieve their goals for 2015.
The last weekend in June saw Hells Wives take on Sulphur City Steamrollers’ Motley Crew down in Rotorua!
We all love a roadie and it was awesome to be able to take in some of Rotorua’s many scenic attractions while we were there.
And many thanks to All Seasons Holiday Park for putting us up and entertaining us with some dinosaur hunting!
Sulphur City Steam Rollers certainly know how to put on an event, and the stadium was packed out with 500 fans, many of whom had never seen a roller derby game before.
In the end they were in for a treat; Motley Crew played an outstanding, hard hitting, fast-paced game and with Hells Wives being several key players down the final score was 285-98.
A huge mega thank you to SCSR for inviting us down and it goes without saying thank you so much to the refs, NSO’s and all those who made game so amazing to take part in!
Images courtesy: Kelly Albrecht Photographer
Hells Wives are soooo excited for our next game! We’re off to Rotorua to take part in Sulphur City Steamrollers’ annual derby extravaganza Slam Rock and we cannot wait!
This is gonna be a tough game, with Motley Crew looking to square the score after their defeat last year here in Whangarei so the sold-out audience is sure to get the moneys’ worth!
Hells Wives took on Pirate City Rollers’ Broadside Brawlers for the very first time on Saturday the 13th at ASB Stadium, and the girls did not disappoint their home fans taking the second win of the season 208-144!
It was a strongly fought bout with solid walls on both sides, but Hells Wives had the edge with some fine jamming by Jammer MVP Tan-ya Hyde, Skatin and Hailstorm, and the points soon racked up!
It was an exciting fast paced game and we can’t wait for a rematch! Thanks Brawlers!
And it goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway: a huge thanks to our Zeebs, NSO’s, benchies, volunteers, family friends and fans 🙂
Photo credits: Matt Darville Hudson
Hells Wives take on Pirate City Rollers’ Broadside Brawlers at home for the very first time!
Check out the Facebook Event for further info!
Saturday 6th of June saw Hells Wives travel south to take ARDL at YMCA Pitt Street! We knew this was going to be a hard fought battle but with changes in team lineups there may be a chance we could take up the challenge.
However it wasn’t to be; as per form ARDL played their usual awesome strategic game, not to mention mixing it up with some great blocking and tight walls, and our jammers struggled to get points on the board; final score Hells Wives 101 ARDL 248.
But as always a fantastic evening with one of the best hosts in Roller Derby! See you in July ARDL for the triple header with Nelson’ Sirens of Smash!
Photo credits: Matthew Darville Hudson
It’s been a busy couple of months as we catch up with the latest from Hells Wives!
On the 13th of June we took on Mount Militia Derby Crew’s B Company in our annual match up which also doubled as our first home game of the season, and it was a resounding win to us 394-153!
We also had our Juniors play their first home game with a little help from their derby cuzzies from HRG Monstar Squad who came up to make up numbers. It’s awesome to see the interest in Junior Roller Derby really starting to take off and we look forward to having Junior guest skaters from other Junior leagues come up and join in!
Next game is down in Auckland on the 6th of June when we take on our friends and rivals ARDL at YMCA Pitt Street! You don’t wanna miss this battle and to make it even better: It’s FREE!
Meet our very first Northland Nine candidate PsychoSis.
This naughty but nice player for Hell’s Wives lives in Whangarei and says roller derby kickstarts her heart. She also says she is not afraid of a little pain.
We think she’s an ideal candidate for our very first Northland Nine treatment.
From: I come from a little village in Wales called St Athan but am now living in Whangarei, NZ!
Position: I will skate any position on track but prefer pivot cos I’m loud and bossy (on track).
Currently skating on: Revenge plates, Bont boots and Adonis micro wheels (88a’s).
1: Three words to describe you?
Happy. Loud. Competitive.
2: What’s your ultimate roller derby tune?
Oh toooo many – let’s go with the sounds that made me haul arse during my laps – Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! (yep I’m an 80’s girl).
But I’d also have to mention Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue (great intro), Don’t Stop Me Now/Mr. Fahrenheit by Queen, Black Betty – Spiderbait version…….like I said I could keep going for ever.
3: What inspired your derby name?
My darling brothers (I have 2) they never started calling me “Sis” until I left the UK to live here in God’s Own. It always gives me the warm fuzzies when they call me it, family is good……….and they would also agree that I am a bit of a Psycho.
4: What was the most memorable moment in your roller derby career so far?
Ah there’s two. Winning our first game as Hell’s Wives against Mount Militia’s Dangerous Curves in Nov 2011. And my last game in 2014, I was playing pivot, there was a star pass to me and I dug in and got around on second scoring passes. Ah the stuff dreams are made of *sigh* ………now to repeat!
5: What are you most afraid of in life?
Honestly? Getting old, positively terrifying.
6: What is the best roller derby advice you have ever received?
Get used to pain and falling over, fall over lots, get up, repeat. DONT BE SCARED!!!!
7: What’s your life motto?
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
8: What’s your fitness regime?
Off season – some serious hammock work…..on season – Powerlifting, weight training and cardio RPM class at the gym twice a week and skate training twice a week.
9: What’s your roller derby goal for 2015?
Help my team get better and win games……..and get some training time with some UK teams when I head back there.
* Stay tuned to the blog as we probe more Northland Nightmares roller derby players and pick their brains for nuggets of pure wisdom and tidbits of utter nonsense.