(image courtesy of kcrollerwarriors.com)
Captain: Damsel of D’Tension
Co-Captain: Yvette Yerass
Ami Geddon (returning from retirement)
Blonde Force Trauma (formerly A Cute Attack)
Kay C. Shuffle
Miss Ann Vinegar
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Ami Geddon, though I barely knew ye, I have to say it will be good to have you back, if nothing else, for the chance to get to know you better. As you may know, I came into the roller derby fray relatively recently (2009), and I understand Ami was something of a mainstay with the Susans, so again, good to have her back.
Of course, I immediately scanned the roster for my two personal favorites, Extremely Frank and Kay C. Shuffle, and having seen their names still in print, we can move on, more at ease for the time being. :)
Jade Lightning, thankfully, returns for 2012 as the Susans’ star jammer (heh get it?), as well as veterans Enigma, Mash Hun, and Tuff Noogies, among others. Those ladies alone are enough to make you feel good about 2012.
Roxy Rotsalot (transfer from Red River, where she was a founding member)
Trauma (yes, that Trauma; transfer from Cincinnati)
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Well isn’t this exciting — the amazing Trauma putting on the black and yellow for the 2012 season after shaking it Denver to the detriment of everyone she came up against. I was immediately impressed with this double threat, and I’m looking forward to meeting Roxy Rotsalot who, as a founding member of Red River, can’t exactly be a lightweight in the sport herself.
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It has been said with some measure of wisdom — although it may not apply in every case — that you can determine a team’s mettle by how many rookies are on the roster. The more new faces, the more likely it is that the team is in a state of “rebuilding,” so to speak. And even though the Black Eye Susans have lost a handful of ladies to retirement (see below), a grand total of two rookies on the roster doesn’t exactly scream “panic” in terms of the upcoming season. And that’s good to know — with some of the obvious improvements the Knockouts have made for 2012, the Susans are going to need to rely on their experience, first and foremost, to maintain that competitive edge.
Whip R. Snapper
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Bubonic Peg stressed to me that anyone not listed on this year’s roster had retired; there are no All-Star-only players in 2012. On the Susans’ end of it, I don’t remember seeing Strawberry Cutthroat after about the second game this year, so although I was sorry to hear it, her retirement didn’t take me by surprise. I think I’m most disappointed to lose Thorpedo; she showed an awful lot of promise this past season as a jammer, and the fact that 2011 was her rookie season makes her retirement even more poignant. Not knowing anything about it, I can only hope her decision to leave the sport so early wasn’t due to any injury or personal catastrophe.
Pixie Smash hasn’t been lost to the world of Kansas City roller derby — you can see her skating with Dead Girl Derby in 2012 as a member of the Shotgun Sheilas, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to seeing her skate in Riverside.