Archive for March, 2012

Here’s everything you need to know for the March 31 bout!

Preshow Bout: Pyromaniacs vs. Sandusky Roller Girls
Bout 1:
Cleveland Steamers vs. Rolling Pin-Ups
Bout 2: Hard Knockers vs. Hellbombers

Tickets can still be purchased in person at the Wolstein Center box office when you arrive.

Doors open at 5 p.m. / Preshow bout, 5:15 p.m. / Home teams, 6 p.m.
Wolstein Center – Cleveland State University
2000 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio

General admission
Adult day-of: $17
Kids (12 and younger): $6
Special group (Student, Military, etc.): $10

VIP admission
Adult day-of: $20
VIP special group (Student, Military, etc.): $12

What does VIP mean? VIP gets you access to the sectioned off area on the floor with tables and chairs (see the action up-close without sitting on the floor)! It also gives you access to a private cash bar, so you never have to leave the action for refreshments. You as always can also sit wherever you want in the Wolstein Center, but you always have special access to this section.

What’s with this preshow bout? For the first time ever, The Burning River Roller Girls will be hosting an away team at the Wolstein Center. The Sandusky Roller Girls will be matched up with BRRG’s Pyromaniacs, our farm team from which our other teams draft. The teams will play one 30-minute period before the four home teams face off, so show up a little early to cheer on the rising stars of the BRRG!

Parking is available in several parking areas and on streets near the Wolstein Center. The easiest access is a parking deck right next door. In the past, parking has cost about $6, but we have no control over this area, so there’s no guarantee that will be the price today. Just make sure you have cash on hand. In the past, the deck has closed at midnight. Make sure you check the times when you park.

Extras: Check out our new BRRG Kids Club and our memorial table for Luna Lovewound in the concourse. Also try your luck at today’s raffle, and look for our “Ask Me About Derby” representatives. Skaters will be walking around during the bouts with bright orange shirts. They are ready to answer any questions you might have about roller derby, from the basics to trickier strategic plays happening on the track.

AFTER PARTY: There will be an after party event at the Rockstar Lounge (above Peabody’s concert club). Bring your ticket stub and come join the skaters as they celebrate! BONUS: It’s within walking distance of the Wolstein Center!

See you tonight!


Fun for the whole family

Posted: March 30, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News

Destroya signs autographs for some of our younger fans.

The Burning River Roller Girls are pleased to announce the new Burning River Roller Girls Kids Club.  This is a great way to get the whole family involved in the action-packed world of roller derby.  Best of all, membership is free!  To become a member, sign-up today!

Membership includes:

  • Kids Club Id Card – Identify yourself with the coolest kids of roller derby
  • Season 6 Program – Collect autographs (for end of season party)
  • Special Seating – Sit with other kids club members in exclusive seating to cheer on your favorite roller girls.
  • Question and Answer Sessions – Ask your fave skaters the questions you want to know.
  • Drawings – Enter to win special prizes, be eligible for games, and discounts!
  • End of Season Pizza Party – Kids Club members who collect the autographs of all players in the Season 6 program get to participate in a pizza party held at the end of the season!  (Sponsored by New Era Grill and Pizza)

Visit our table at tomorrow’s bout for more information and to pick up your packet!

Our snazzy new website

Posted: March 26, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, General
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A peek at our new website.

Have you visited recently? If not, you’ve missed some big changes!

First of all, the entire site has been restructured for a more easy-to-navigate experience.

You have asked (and asked and asked) for it, and finally it’s here! We’re now selling merchandise on our website, available to order anytime. No need to wait until game day to stock up Burning River Roller Girls products.

Tickets for our home team bouts and travel team bouts are now available to purchase through the site as well. Online fees apply. Buy advance tickets now for the March 31 bout and save money over the day-of ticket prices.

Our home page is loaded with gobs of information for the avid derby fan, including scores from the latest bouts, and a news feed with updates from this blog and other juicy news in the derbyverse.

You also can use our site as a reference for important upcoming dates, including bouts, recruiting events, and promotional appearances.

And of course, we’re always updating details about your favorite teams, skaters, the history of our league, our partners, and letting you know ways you too can get involved.

So click on over to the new site. Let us know what you love and what you’d love to see more of!

This weekend is going to be a big one for WFTDA-certified travel team, the Burning River All-Stars, who will be hitting the road for two out-of-state bouts.

First up, the All-Stars will be headed to Louisville, Ky., Saturday to play the Derby City Rollergirls. If you’re itching for a road trip, throw on your orange and blue and head to Kentucky to cheer on these awesome skaters. It’s so much nicer to compete with fans in the crowd!

Champs Rollerdrome
9851 Lagrange Rd.
Louisville, KY 40223

Doors open at 7 p.m.
Bout starts at 8 p.m.

Adult admission (ages 13 and up): $9
Children 7-12: $5
Children 6 and younger: FREE

Next up, it won’t be a lazy Sunday for the All-Stars … they’ll be hitting the road again to Indianapolis to play the Dutchland Derby Rollers. This is a private bout for invited guests only, but you can still send good vibes to our skaters in the general direction of Indiana.

The All-Stars and the HazMat Crew have  a packed travel schedule this season. Check out our confirmed schedule of bouts open to the public below (with the potential for more dates to be added).  Travel team games (All-Stars and HazMat) are bolded. Home team games (Steamers, Hard Knockers, Hellbombers, Pin-Ups) are italicized. Take special note of the two travel team games scheduled at the Wolstein Center in June and July! We hope you can join us! And wish our All-Stars good luck this weekend!

3/24/2012 Derby City vs. All-Stars @ Louisville, KY
3/31/2012 BRRG Season 6 Bout 2 Wolstein
4/14/2012 Roc City vs. All-Stars @ Rochester, NY
4/14/2012 Rubber City vs. HazMat @ Akron
4/21/2012 BRRG Season 6 Bout 3 Wolstein
5/5/2012 BRRG Season 6 Bout 4 Wolstein
6/2-6/3 All-Stars @ Brewhaha, Milwaukee, WI  
6/9/2012 BRRG Season 6 Bout 5 Wolstein
6/16/2012 Tri City Roller Girls vs. All-Stars & HazMat @ Home (Wolstein)
6/30/2012 HazMat @ Little Steel Tournament, Youngstown, OH
7/14/2012 NEO vs. HazMat & All-Stars @ Akron
7/21/2012 TBD vs. HazMat & All-Stars @ Home (Wolstein)
8/18/2012 Black N Bluegrass vs. HazMat @ Florence, KY

Your Royal Majesty (the skater formerly known as Professor Booty) lays a hit on the Killustrator of the Cleveland Steamers March 10 at the season home opener.

The 2012 season got off to a wild start March 10 during the Burning River Roller Girls home opener at the Wolstein Center.

The night started off with the Cleveland Steamers battling the 2011 Hazard Cup winners, the Hellbombers.

CupQuake of the Steamers put up the first point of the season. A couple of power jams and strategic plays made it anyone’s game for most of the first half.

But the Hellbombers were able to keep the Steamers scoreless for the last six minutes of the first half, putting the Hellbombers at an 82-20 halftime lead.

The Steamers were able to inch up in points in the second half with the help of a power jam by the Killustrator. But the Hellbombers played a very smart, strong game, sinking the Steamers with a final score of 166-48.

The second bout featured an incredibly close match up between the Rolling Pin-Ups and the Hard Knockers.

Premo Donna of the Hard Knockers put up a cool 15 points in the first jam, thanks to the Pin-Ups jammer being sent to the penalty box.

Anna Malinstinct of the Hard Knockers smashes into Oooh Shinee.

Power jam was the word of the night as jammers from both the Hard Knockers and Pin-Ups spent time in the box, allowing for big points to go up on the board and multiple lead changes throughout the first half.

Finnish-Her of the Hard Knockers  tied things up at 31-31 during a power jam. But Pin-Ups rookie Oooh Shinee turned the tables with a 13-point jam. The lead didn’t last long, as the Hard Knockers take control, finishing the half with an 81-56 lead.

The gap continued to widen as the Knockers led 114-71 in the second half thanks to a 33-point jam by Premo Donna. But a 20-point power jam, again from Oooh Shinee, helped close the gap.

Bad Mooney Rising flies around the track.

The final jam was a power jam with Bad Mooney Rising on the line for the Hard Knockers. The Knockers had a 132-131 lead, so all Mooney needed was to become lead jammer and call off the jam before the Pin-Ups could score any points. And that’s exactly what she did, holding the final score at 132-131 for the Hard Knockers!

Thank you to everyone who came out March 10.  Share with us, what was your favorite moment of the night? And be sure to join us again at the Wolstein Center March 31 with the Cleveland Steamers vs. the Rolling Pin-Ups and the Hard Knockers vs. the Hellbombers!

Hellbombers 166, Cleveland Steamers 48
Hard Knockers 132, Rolling Pin-Ups 131


Morbid Cherub, earning her MVP as pivot.

Cleveland Steamers
Pivot: Maul-ibu Barbie
Blocker: the Killustrator
Jammer: CupQuake

Pivot: Morbid
Blocker: Luz Cannon
Jammer: Marion Razorwound

Hard Knockers
Pivot: Veruca Salty
Blocker: Finnish-Her
Jammer: Premo Donna

Rolling Pin-Ups
Pivot: Hidden Ajennda
Blocker: Oooh Shinee
Jammer: Punkd Pixie

Luck of the BRRG

Posted: March 16, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, General
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The Killustrator and Hidden Ajennda face off for our fans at last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland. Photo by Chuck Crow / Cleveland Plain Dealer

Most people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day fall into one of two camps: those who observe its religious and cultural aspects or those for whom it’s a day of drunken revelry.

Frankly, we don’t really care if you spend the morning at church or a Kegs and Eggs event, as long as you play safely, put on some green and come downtown to see the Burning River Roller Girls in Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Your favorite roller girls will lace up and take to the streets instead of the track this Saturday to promote our upcoming bout on March 31. Hit us up for discounted pre-sale tickets and save-the-date cards with details on our sixth season.

Look for BRRG toward the end of the parade (we’re behind the O’Hare School of Irish Dance).

But get there early and stake out your spot — this year’s parade is looking to have larger-than-normal crowds and be the longest in its 145-year history! See you Saturday!

Did you see our new billboards?!

If you missed roller derby this weekend, you missed out!

Congrats to the Hellbombers for a 166-48 victory over the Cleveland Steamers and to the Hard Knockers for defeating the Rolling Pin-Ups 132-131. Very exciting way to kick off the season!

We’ll be posting pictures and a bout recap as soon as possible. But in the meantime, go to our Twitter feed at to read our updates posted throughout the night.

Also, some of you who were there on Saturday have had some great questions about what exactly was happening on the track. We’ve started a new routine at the bouts in which skaters who aren’t playing will be walking around the Wolstein Center with bright orange T-shirts on that say “Ask me about derby.” We know derby is new to some of you, and also that strategies change from year to year, so these skaters are on-hand for you to ask questions about anything that you might not totally understand.

We’ll also be using this blog as a forum to hash out some of the nitty-gritty in more detail, so if you have questions, send them our way! Coming soon, we’ll be talking about what is the function of a pivot (the skater with the striped helmet cover), what’s going on with the different ways that a jam is started, and how the speed of the pack is determined.

Until then, check out this nifty guide from WFTDA (the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) about how to get the most out of watching a roller derby bout.

We’ll see you again March 31!  Get your tickets now for $12.