TC Roller Derby Defeats Cross County Rival, Claims Third Place in State Tourney

Toxic Cherries 3rd PlaceKALAMAZOO- Wings Stadium was the scene of some immensely intense roller derby action this weekend as Traverse City Roller Derby (TCRD) claimed two wins out of three bouts to take home the coveted third place trophy in the 2014 Mitten Kittens State Championship Tournament.

The weekend began with one of the most anticipated bouts of the season, a rematch between TCRD and Kalkaska’s Small Town Outlaws. The first half of this bout was incredibly hard fought. At least three lead changes took place as the cross-county rivals traded penalties and hard-won points. The halftime score stood at 104-70 in favor of TCRD, a small gap in roller derby, when one power jam can see a team gain 25-35 points.

But, TCRD came out with a vengeance for the second half, lead off by Alanis More-A-Threat’s nine point jam and Mace Hindu’s 12 point powerhouse showing. From there TCRD began to run away with it, behind powerful blocking and Wanda Hurtchu’s MVP earning jams. Alanis More-A-Threat and Kelamity Pain brought the bout to a close, Kelamity scoring five in her first jam ever for the Toxic Cherries and Alanis gaining lead jammer and scoring three closing grand slams. The final tally for the bout was 241-134 in favor of TCRD. This win guaranteed TCRD a chance at placement within the tournament.

TCRD’s next opponent (two hours later) was Detroit’s Motor City Disassembly Line. TCRD would finally figure out Motor City’s plan of attack, but not until 15 minutes into the second half. The entire bout was incredibly hard fought, both teams appeared exhausted at the bout’s end as blocking walls held and jammers had to work especially hard to break through in the final 15 minutes. However, the score reflected a bit of “running away with this one” on the part of Motor City, who would later go on to defeat the Kalamazoo Killa Crew in decisive fashion to claim first place in the tournament. The final score of the TCRD vs. Detroit bout favored Detroit 281- 86.

Sunday evening held perhaps the most impressive showing for TCRD of the entire weekend as they battled Lansing’s Capital Corruption for third place in the state championship tournament. TCRD leapt out ahead in the beginning moments of the bout and would hold onto that lead throughout the bout, despite some valiant efforts coming from Lansing. Throughout most of the bout, the score spread was in the single digits. But, thanks to some decisive blocking from the likes of Ninja Nurse, Javalanche, Jayna Jameson (who shut down a Lansing power jam with a monster hit), Lizzy Luscious, and Chief Drop-A-Ho, as well as some of the strongest jamming of the entire season from Alanis More-A-Threat, Edgy Cate, Wanda Hurchu, Bellatrix LeStrangle, and Mace Hindu, TCRD went on to take this third and final bout, and thus third place in the state, by a score of 186-158.

The way in which TCRD won, with so many decisive contributions from so many of their players, illustrates the mentality of 2014’s TCRD, that of “the team” over the individual. That mentality worked as the ladies of TCRD, who entered the tournament ranked #4 in the state, bettered that ranking by one, taking home the third place trophy and some impressive weekend stats.

Article by: Brooks Vanderbush

Photo by: Joshua Spencer

Toxic Cherries break Glass City, Cherry Bombs fall to Black Heart Maidens in Roller Derby Doubleheader

The hard-hitting women of Traverse City Roller Derby concluded their weekend by splitting a home doubleheader at the Grand Traverse Civic Center this past Saturday. The Toxic Cherries smashed the Glass City Rollers (Sylvania, OH) by a score of 190 – 41 in the first bout, while the Cherry Bombs were beaten by the Barry County Black Heart Maidens (Hastings, MI)191 – 125 in the nightcap.

Photo credit: DeFord Designs
Photo credit: DeFord Designs

The Toxic Cherries stormed out to a big early lead on the strength of a timely rotation of jammers to pace the offensive attack – namely Wanda Hurtchu, Alanis More-A-Threat, Mace Hindu, and Edgy Cate, who was named TC’s MVP Jammer for the bout. The Toxics’ 112 – 13 halftime lead was representative of the persistence and tenacity of their walls of blockers, who left very little space on the track for Glass City to work with. Betty BumpsNBruises, Lizzie Luscious, Ninja Nurse, Jayna Jameson, and MVP Blocker Bellatrix LeStrangle were especially effective at keeping Glass City’s jammers at bay and forced the visitors from Ohio into penalty trouble from which they could not recover. The healthy halftime lead allowed Coach Gordie Owe to experiment with his lineup, giving a number of blockers the opportunity to don the jammer star. Glass City was led by MVP Blocker Gim’me Moore and MVP Jammer Looks That Kill in a losing effort.

Photo Credit DeFord Designs
Photo Credit DeFord Designs

The Cherry Bombs and Black Heart Maidens played a very tight first 30 minutes, with the Bombs leading for almost the full duration of the first half up until the final two minutes. Strong offensive performances by Javalanche, Wanda Hurtchu (both of whom skated in both bouts), and team captain Notorious V.I.C. set the offensive tempo for the Bombs. But a missed penalty call on Barry County provided enough momentum to allow the Maidens to claim the lead and forge a 91 – 58 advantage at the half. The Cherry Bombs fought back to keep the bout close in the second half, but penalty trouble for TC and a deep stable of jammers allowed the Maidens to pull away and claim victory. Chief Drop Aho, Cuban PunisHer,and MVP Blocker FreekOn Alysh were standouts in the bout for their physical play, while Coco Deathknell claimed MVP Jammer in her first home bout of 2014. The Black Heart Maidens’ MVP’s were Sexy SuicideGirl at Jammer and Bruisher Bishop at Blocker.

Fundraising activities at this bout helped raise $200 for our charity partner, Third Level Crisis Center.

Photo credit Belle Photography
Photo credit Belle Photography

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Paul of Smoshow filming the action!
Paul of Smoshow filming the action!


Traverse City Roller Derby’s home season finale is next on the docket, with a doubleheader set for Saturday, August 16 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The Toxic Cherries battle the Lansing Derby Vixens, while the Cherry Bombs face Capital Corruption.

Toxic Cherries, Cherry Bombs Sweep Home Derby Doubleheader

An exciting weekend of roller derby concluded with both teams of Traverse City Roller Derby emerging victorious at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.  The 4th ranked Toxic Cherries soundly defeated the Grand Raggidy G-Rap Attack 241 – 41, while the Cherry Bombs earned their first win of the 2014 season by edging the Deathrow Derby Dames 189 – 163. GRAP The Toxics stormed off of the line quickly, claiming all but three lead jammer statuses in the first half. Grand Raggidy had no counter attack for the rotation of jammers who scored early and often in building a hefty 153 – 14 lead at halftime.  The Toxics’ blockers – led by MVP blockerSkrillasourous Wrecks, Captain Lizzie Luscious, and Jayna Jameson – continued to create big holes for safe passage for TC’s jammers, and bottled up the G-RapAttack’s offensive opportunities at almost every turn around the track.  The offense was bolstered by the return ofveteran jammers Wanda Hurtchu and Alanis More-A-Threat, and was paced by EdgyCate and MVP Jammer Mace Hindu.  SnickersMcNasty and Gypsy Rose were named MVP Blocker and Jammer, respectively, forGrand Raggidy. The second half of the doubleheader proved to be TCRD’s most exciting bout of the 2014 season, and saw the Cherry Bombs get off to a solid start by building an early 24 point lead. Deathrow clawed back into the bout – thanks to some penalty trouble by the Bombs – and took the lead just prior to halftime, heading into the locker room with an 85 – 78 advantage. DDDBoth teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the second half, with Javalanche, Wanda Hurtchu, and MVP Jammer Notorious V.I.C. setting the scoring tempo.  The Bombs’ blockers gelled as a unit on this night, with strong efforts from Ms. Eerie Machine, Cuban Punish-Her, Raina Terror (in her first bout), and MVP Blocker Florence Fightingale.  A couple of late ill-timed penalties to Deathrow’s jammers resulted in power jams for TC which cemented the final outcome in favor of the Cherry Bombs. The Bombs’ win was their first as a team since a thrilling over time victory in September 2012 vs. the Mountain Town Mayhem in Mt. Pleasant.  The Derby Dames’ MVP’s were Smasher S’More at Blocker and Minerva Mayhem at Jammer in a hard-fought effort in defeat.   Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a home double header on Saturday, July 26 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.  The Toxic Cherries battle the Glass City Rollers, while the Cherry Bombs face the Black Heart Maidens.   By: SuperDave, TCRD’s Announcer

TCRD Splits First Home Season Double Header

Saturday marked the return of fast-paced roller derby action to the Grand Traverse Civic Center, as Traverse City Roller Derby kicked off their 2014 home season with a doubleheader featuring the Toxic Cherries and Cherry Bombs.  The Toxic Cherries defeated the Forest City Thames Fatales 231 – 45, while the Cherry Bombs lost to Dead River Derby 305 – 53.

The Toxics led from the opening whistle, rolling with a steady rotation at jammer of Edgy Cate (named MVP Jammer) and Mace Hindu early in the bout.  The Thames Fatales found TC’s blockers especially stifling and punishing on this night, as Forest City found themselves trailing by a score of 78 – 27 at the half.  The path would not get any easier in the second half, as the Toxics held Forest City to just 18 points in the final 30 minutes.  The staunch defense of TC’s walls of blockers – led by MVP Blocker Ninja Nurse – frustrated the Thames Fatales’ jammers all bout long and created no doubt to the final outcome.  Jewel C. Starz was named MVP Jammer and Baconator was named MVP Blocker in a losing effort for Forest City.


Much like the Toxic Cherries in the first bout, Dead River stormed out of the pack quickly against the Cherry Bombs in the second bout.  The visitors from Marquette took advantage of some early bout jitters by the Bombs by jumping out to a 20 – 0 lead after two jams and never looked back, ultimately forging a halftime lead of 172 – 24.  The Bombs used the second half to attempt to develop better communication and cohesion on the track, and looked like a more focused team in the final 10 minutes.  Notorious V.I.C. took home MVP Blocker for the Bombs in her first bout of 2014, while Freek On Alysh was named MVP Jammer in her home bout debut.  Dead River’s MVP’s were Push Up Daisy at Jammer and Hot Carlie at Blocker.


Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a home doubleheader on Saturday, June 21 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.  The Toxic Cherries battle Grand Raggidy’s G-Rap Attack, while the Cherry Bombs face the Deathrow Derby Dames.  Visit or find Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook for more details.


Toxic Cherries Drop Closed Bout to Motor City Disassembly Line

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The Traverse City Toxic Cherries embarked on a historic first in their derby history when they battled Michigan’s top-ranked (of non-WFTDA-sanctioned teams) Motor City Disassembly Line in a closed “hangover” bout at the Kaliseum in Kalkaska.  However, the early start time did not work in the Toxics’ favor, as they were defeated by MCDL 186 – 62 for their first loss of 2014.

The Disassembly Line – fresh off of a victory over the Small Town Outlaws the previous night – used swarms of blockers to disrupt the Toxics’ jammers throughout the bout.  TC remained within striking distance, but penalty trouble allowed MCDL to pull out to a 100 – 30 advantage at the half.  Motor City continued to pad their lead thanks to a steady diet of continued tenacity by their blockers.  The  relentless pursuit and never-say-die approach by MCDL’s blockers forced the Toxic Cherries’ jammers to expend additional energy just to separate themselves from the pack, which narrowed the window for scoring opportunities.  More penalty trouble by TC allowed Motor City to extend the lead and skate off with the second victory in as many days.  Skrillasourus Wrecks was named MVP Jammer for TC, while Jayna Jameson took home MVP Blocker for the Toxics.


The Toxic Cherries will have a quick turn-around following the closed bout vs. MCDL.  The Toxics play host to the Forest City Thames Fatales as part for TCRD’s 2014 home bout opening doubleheader on Saturday, May 17th.  Meanwhile, the Cherry Bombs will square off against Dead River Derby in the second half of the doubleheader.  Visit or find Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook for more details.

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Toxic Cherries Win, Cherry Bombs Fall in Battle Creek

On Saturday, April 19, the teams of Traverse City Roller Derby participated as part of a triple-header of roller derby action at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.  The Cherry Bombs fell to the Battle Creek Repeat Offenders by a score of 252 – 132 in their first bout of 2014, while the Toxic Cherries defeated the Battle Creek Cereal Killers 257 – 129.

The Cherry Bombs fell behind early to the Repeat Offenders, trailing at the half 152 – 62, and showed some opening bout butterflies as several skaters made their TCRD debuts.  The Bombs settled in during the second half and showed better teamwork and communication on the track, but were unable to close the deficit in the end.  Bombs’ captain Killah’ Cuda was named MVP Blocker for the Bombs, while Edgy Cate took home MVP Jammer.

The Cereal Killers jumped off the line quickly against the Toxic Cherries, building an early 20+ point lead, but TC claimed the lead halfway through the first half and never looked back.  The steady attack from the Toxics’ jammers allowed them to forge a halftime lead of 136 – 82.  The Toxic Cherries stifled the Cereal Killers in the second half, holding Battle Creek to 47 second half points thanks to the hard work of the Toxics’ walls of blockers, led by MVP Blocker Ninja Nurse.  Mace Hindu was named MVP Jammer in pacing the offense for the Toxics’ victory.

Traverse City Roller Derby now looks ahead to their home opening doubleheader, when the Dead River Derby Girls from Marquette meet the Cherry Bombs, while the Toxic Cherries battle the Forest City Derby Girls from London, Ontario on Saturday, May 17.

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2014 Season Opener

BrightonThe Traverse City Toxic Cherries kicked off their 2014 roller derby season by defeating the Brighton Roller Dollz on the road with a score of 166-96.  Scoring was at a premium in the first half, as the Toxics adjusted to playing on a wooden track (TCRD typically skates on concrete).  But Brighton found things even more challenging as TC kept jams short and sweet by claiming lead jammer status and stopping play after one scoring pass early and often.  This tactical advantage allowed the Toxic Cherries to carve out a 67-29 halftime lead. Play was a little more loose in the second half, but remained physically punishing.  TCTC’s walls of blockers closed pack openings quickly and kept Brighton off the scoreboard early in the second half as the lead swelled to over 60 points.  Brighton forged a minor comeback, pulling to within 40 points on the strength of a few power jams (a scoring phenomenon seldom seen in this bout, where surprisingly few penalties were called as a whole), but the Toxic Cherries pulled away to create no doubt in the final outcome.The Toxic Cherries’ blockers provided little daylight for Brighton’s jammers all night long, while they rode an attack of rotating jammers to gradually pull away in this low-scoring contest. brighton 2 The Toxics’ offense was paced by MVP Jammer Mace Hindu, while MVP Blocker Lizzy Luscious was an immovable force to be reckoned with.  MVP Jammer and Blocker for Brighton went to Slippery When Wet and Vincent Van Ho, respectively. Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a doubleheader bout for the Toxic Cherries and Cherry Bombs against the Battle Creek Cereal Killers Roller Derby on Saturday, April 19.  Find Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook for more details!

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