Category Archives: Blacksnake Rollergirls

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – May 2014

Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for May 2014 is Poisonberry of the Venomous Vixens!

Name: Poisonberry
Team: The Venomous Vixens
Number: U2
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 1

How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“A few seasons ago, I contacted Notorious L.I.Z. and she game me practice information. I chickened out, though, because I didn’t know if I could ‘survive’ with my small size! Around January 2014, I happened to hear L.I.Z. on the radio announcing open enrollment and they were looking for girls. I had also ran into G.I. Dang, a fellow Maysville student back in the day, and she encouraged me to try it. My interest was also fueled by my competitive nature and participation in several sports since I was young. I thought, why not try roller derby, you only live once!”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“My friends and family had several ideas from BlackNBlue Berry to BonyMony. I posted on Facebook asking for ideas, and my cousin, Vance, came up with Poisonberry.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“Between watching the Blacksnake Rollergirls and Dead Girl Derby, each has their own style and I try to learn from everyone. My teammates and coaches on the Venomous Vixens inspire me to keep working hard and have fun while I am doing it.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Definitely, I have met some wonderful people. From the skaters, fans, and people on the sidelines, everyone is helpful, encouraging, and fun to be around. Physically, surely I will end up a tougher gal. Right now I mop the floor up, but I just try to get right back up and keep rollin’.”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Poisonberry?
“How long do they consider a new roller derby girl fresh meat? Either way, I still consider myself a newbie and I am still learning skate techniques and the strategies of the game. My coach says it can take a whole season to really get it. Fans may have to be patient and catch future bouts, the best of Poisonberry is yet to come!”

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl — April 2014

Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for April 2014 is Notorious L.I.Z. of the Jesse Janes!

Name: Notorious L.I.Z.
Team: The Jesse Janes
Number: 3X
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3
Seasons with Dead Girl Derby: 2

How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“Well I guess you could say the Blacksnake Roller Girls found me! I had been playing with Dead Girl Derby and was finishing my second season when I realized that I just could not afford the commute to Kansas City anymore. I didn’t want to give up roller derby, so I asked DGD to help me start roller derby in St Joseph. I wanted to bring something I loved so much to other women, but mostly I wanted the opportunity to continue playing! So with a lot of help from DGD, I started Blacksnake Roller Girls. I guess you could say BRG is my love child.”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“The lovely Ms. Kara Whiplash came up with it. She said that every time she say my name in the league group forum, Notorious L.I.Z. popped in her head, and it stuck. It helped that I couldn’t think of anything more creative on my own! I almost was Molotov Manley, or Flippin’ Pipkin. I do still get name envy every now and then, when I hear a name that’s really creative and fun!”

Who inspires you on the track?
“You really gonna ask me that when I skate with so many inspiring women?! Sheesh, put a girl on the spot, whydoncha! I honestly have to say, and I’ve told her many times, that I wanna be like Jamalamadingdong when I grow up.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“It has helped me earn a new respect for myself, and remind me that I’m not a sum of my titles (mom, wife, boss, etc). I realized that it is true that one person really can make a big difference in a lot of peoples’ lives. It has also given me the opportunity to be just Liz for a few hours a week, just be me, and not have to be cook, maid, wife, lover, mom, nurse, detective, shoe locator, taxi, disciplinarian, snuggle giver, milk dispenser, baby soother, juice pourer, mediator, and reminder. It’s an amazing feeling to shed those things for a couple hours, put on my skates, and glide.”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Notorious L.I.Z.?
“Since I get to put myself out there for people to watch, I get to be outgoing and have fun doing it! No one wants to watch a roller derby girl who isn’t enjoying it, or at least fighting to win! You wouldn’t think by watching me, but I’m quite the homebody. Having to buckle up 3+ kids in a minivan (that right there takes more time than driving to the store) means it easier to stay home. I’ve has certainly mellowed out a lot. My mom used to call me a party-in-a-box. So the showmanship part of roller derby, hands down, gives me that outlet to be the extrovert that I really am.”

Taking Care of Our Own

The derby community, as big as it is in Kansas City, has seen its share of hardship in the past couple of years, and we always seem to pull together and get through it. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again over the weekend as Notorious L.I.Z., founder of the Blacksnake Rollergirls, and her family lost their home to a fire. No one was home at the time, so everyone is safe. The house and everything in it, though, was a total loss.

But as always, we’re coming together to take care of our own.

Click to see the Go Fund Me fundraiser page.

MX Plosion, formerly of the Kansas City Banked Beauties and now refereeing for the Blacksnake Rollergirls, has set up a Go Fund Me page to help Liz and her family recover from this astounding loss. As of press time, they’ve already racked up over $3,000 in donations (in the first 24 hours), but the question remains — is it really possible to do enough for a family in this situation? No. No, it is not.

So don’t be deterred by the lightning pace with which the fundraising “goal” was reached. MX has said the donation page will remain open through this coming Friday, and we’d like to see donations surpass the $5,000 mark if at all possible. If you’re at all able, even the smallest donation will add up and help this dear family as they piece their lives back together. We can’t even imagine the loss. But the good the community is already doing is enough to bring a tear to the eye, although we frankly wouldn’t expect anything less from the people of Kansas City roller derby.

Other Ways to Help

What’s that you say? What are some other things you can do to help the Notorious family during this extremely difficult time? We’re sure glad you asked:

To begin with, you can drop off donations of clothing and toys at the St. Joseph Firefighters Hall on Tuesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s located at 4314 S. 40th St, St. Joseph MO 64507.

In addition, there’s also a Rummage and Bake Sale Fundraiser happening on April 26th in at the corner of Grand and Walnut in Cameron, Missouri. Follow that linky-pooh to see the Facebook event page. There’s a list of things they’ll be accepting as donations for the fundraiser, and they’ll even make arrangements to pick things up if you’re not able to go very far.

And finally, KC Carr of KC Derby Digest will be making a trip up to St. Joseph this Saturday to take donations of clothing, toys, gift cards, and anything else you might want to send along. Feel free to e-mail him at kcderbydigest [at] gmail-dot-com, and he’ll make arrangements for pick-up/drop off of any donations you’re generous enough to provide.

Edited to add: Many of you have been asking for needed clothing sizes, so we’re updating today’s post to include those. There are seven individuals altogether: two adults (male and female), plus three boys and two girls:

Men’s size L shirts, 32×34 pants, 10.5 shoes
Women’s size S shirts, 10 pants, 7 shoes
Baby boy clothes, 3-6 months
Size 2-3t girls 6 shoes
Size 5 girls size 11 shoes
Size 6 boys size 11 shoes
Size 8 boys size 3 shoes

Seventh Day Benefit Concert

Finally, the band Seventh Day, always a friend to Kansas City roller derby, is donating all advance ticket proceeds from their show this Saturday, April 12 to benefit the Notorious L.I.Z. family.

Click to see the Facebook event page.

The show will be held at the All-Star Rock Bar at 7210 NE 43rd Street in KCMO. The first band will go on at 9:00, and the show will also feature Approaching Midnight and The Summit. (Order of the bands won’t be known until showtime.) Details on how to order advance tickets are posted on the Facebook event page, just click that photo right there.

In addition to the advance ticket donation, Seventh Day will be raffling off this guitar, which will be autographed by all members of the band and presented to the winner of the raffle at the end of the show Saturday night. All proceeds from the raffle will, of course, go to help the family as well.

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We simply can’t thank you all enough for your unbelievable support. The Kansas City roller derby community is like nothing we’ve ever seen. Thanks to all the leagues who have helped/donated, enormous thanks to Seventh Day for their compassion and generosity, and most of all, thank you, the readers of KC Derby Digest, who encompass all of the above and more. We couldn’t do a bit of this without you.

28 Skates Later

Tonight, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, the Blacksnake Rollergirls host Game 3 — aptly titled 28 Skates Later — and for a handful of reasons, it may turn out to be one of the most important events of their incredible 2014 season.

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Someone will be bringing home their first win of the season… and someone else will be notching their first L of 2014.

First on the agenda tonight, the Jesse Janes and the Venomous Vixens are both vying for their first win of the season. These two thus-far winless teams are hardly short on talent; both are quality teams with fantastic rosters that just haven’t hit their stride yet this year and look for things to start turning around tonight. The second game of the night features two undefeated teams in the Rushin’ Rollettes and Danger Dolls, both of them expansion teams that were new to the league last year. The Danger Dolls are the defending Blacksnake Rollergirls champions, but look for the Rollettes to aim their high-speed artillery squarely at the Ladies in Blue in a bid to possibly take home the house cup this season. Both games tonight should be extremely competitive and close, and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top.

As always, there will be a 50/50 raffle, the Chuck-a-Duck contest between games, terrific vendors, and all the BRG merch you can afford. Doors open at the Civic Arena at 5:00 p.m., and the first game will begin promptly at 6:00. Join us in St. Joseph tonight for 28 Skates Later!

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – March 2014

Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for March 2014 is Hott-Ness Monster of the Danger Dolls!

Name: Hott-Ness Monster
Team: The Danger Dolls
Number: 04
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3

How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“I discovered BRG in late 2011, Harlee Hooters asked if I wanted to skate and knock girls around. How could I say no to that?? All I had to do was learn how to skate!!”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“I was having trouble coming up with a skater name. It was a couple girls from the league that started naming off some stuff and as soon as I heard Hott-Ness Monster I knew that was the name for me!”

Who inspires you on the track?
“I got into this sport knowing nothing about skating except how to fall a lot! There are two skaters that have inspired me from the very start of my derby career. Fire Wyer, who had come up to help get all of the BRG skaters skills tested to play in our first bout. I remember thinking I wish I looked that comfortable in my skates! The other that made a huge impression on me was later in 2012 when DGD’s Pippi Strongblocking came up to help run a practice and offer pointers when we skated at Bode Ice Arena. She was trying to teach ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ and again, I was blown away by her talent on her skates. Both of these ladies along with many more have really inspired me in more ways than one.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Roller derby has done so much for me. To start with, I found an athleticism I never knew I had. This sport has given me more confidence in myself than I have ever experienced with anything else. I found qualities I wasn’t aware I had, leadership being one of them. Without derby, I would never have had the opportunity to form so many wonderful friendships!”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Hott-Ness Monster?
“I truly love the game from start to finish, there really isn’t one thing that I can nail down that sticks out above the rest. I love the fans, my team, blocking, hitting, scoring, the camaraderie between teams when playing… I LOVE it all!!”

Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – February 2014

Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for February 2014 is Des’amator of the Rushin’ Rollettes!

Name: Des'amator
Team: The Rushin' Rollettes
Number: 9 Volt
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3

How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“I went to one of the first few bouts the first season and knew it was something I just had to try. So I emailed BRG that night and went to the next practice. I’ve been addicted ever since!”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“I asked for name suggestions on Facebook, and Des’amator was chosen for me by my friends.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“I am inspired by every derby girl, each one has something amazing and unique that I envy. All of these inspirations constantly help me to become a better player.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Derby has definitely changed my life. My confidence has increased, allowing me to accomplish more on the track and off the track. I’ve learned to push myself in everything I do. Since derby is a very mental game, this has allowed me to develop into a much stronger person. And having a big derby family is great too, we all look out for each other and have each others’ backs!”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Des’amator?
“Everything about derby brings out the best in me. Competition, Teamwork, the mental challenge, the physical challenge and motivation all help me be the best person I can be. I’ve learned I can accomplish amazing things when working as a team, and sometimes that means sacrificing myself when necessary. Pushing myself mentally and physically keeps me on my toes and to always expect the unexpected. I’m glad derby found me and molded me into the person I have become. ”

Derby Weekend

Three amazing leagues are playing in and around Kansas City this weekend, derby fans, and as usual, KC Derby Digest is here to make sure you know all about it.

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Dead Girl Derby kicks off their fifth season of flat track excellence at Hale Arena this Saturday night. The Dead Girls are certainly broadening their horizons this season with the addition of separate Zombie League and Co-ed League games to be held at B&D Skate Center in Independence, and we’ll have much more information about those events in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, the four house teams will take the track this Saturday night at Hale to ring in the long-awaited 2014 season. It’s been a miserable winter for most of us, and Dead Girl Derby never fails to heat things up. The first contest of the night will pit the always-dominant Shotgun Sheilas against a Lovely Lethals team we’re frankly expecting some great things from this year. If you’ve been following along at all, you know that 2013 wasn’t terribly kind to the Pink Ladies; we can imagine they’re anxious to put ’13 behind them and get the new season rolling. They’ll get their chance this Saturday night.

The second game of the night features the reigning Dead Girl Derby champions, The Royal Pains, taking on a Deadly Sirens team that also stumbled in a bit in 2013 and really didn’t equal the sum of their parts. You can expect the Teal to roar onto the track in a bid to make an early impression in 2014, particularly against the Purple Passion, who seemed pretty well unstoppable the last time we saw them on eight wheels. Saturday night is going to be quite the caper at Hale Arena. If anyone has something to prove, it’s these Deadly Sirens, and you can bet they’ve got a strategy in place to make sure it happens.

Doors open at 5:00 Saturday night, and the first game begins promptly at 6:00. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under will only cost your sanity. Kidding, we love ’em, and it really is fun for the whole family, so bring ’em on out.

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Also on Saturday night, the Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph are kicking off their third season with The Mad Jammers Tea Party at the St. Joseph Civic Arena!

The reigning 2013 BRG champion Danger Dolls look to mix things up with a Jesse Janes team that is looking for some serious redemption in 2014. That’s the first game of the evening. Next up, the Rushin’ Rollettes square off against the Venomous Vixens in what’s guaranteed to be another killer night in St. Joe. All things being equal, the teams within the Blacksnake Rollergirls organization tend to be very well-matched, and it’s that kind of unpredictability that makes their events so much fun to watch. From a fan’s perspective, there’s really no better place to be in St. Joseph on a Saturday night than the Civic Arena cheering on your favorite rollergirls. The ladies of BRG will deliver every time, and between that and the craziness at Hale that same night, there’s really no reason not to lose your voice trackside this weekend.

Doors open at the Civic Arena at 5:00 Saturday night, and the first game begins at 6:00. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free as hell for kids 5 and under. Click that link right there and it’ll practically do the work for you.

Click for the Facebook event page.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the always-incredible Kansas City Roller Warriors round out the weekend’s derby action with Game 3 of their 2013-14 Winter Season at Winnwood Skate Center.

Doors open at Winnwood at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, and the first whistle is at 3:00. Adult tickets are $13 online at that little link right there, or you can pony up $16 at the door if you’re not into the whole planning thing. Tickets for munchkins are $6 at that link or $8 at the aforementioned door. Rugrats ages 3 and under are admitted free.

The Kansas City Roller Warriors are celebrating 10 years of derby awesomeness in Kansas City by bringing it back to where it all began, so you won’t want to miss it. Whichever your league, whatever your team, we look forward to seeing you trackside in Kansas City this weekend!