APPALACHIAN ROLLERGIRLS FIND GOLD AT CLOVER CUP

By: Rainbow Rucker

9lb Hammer writes: Over the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, the Appalachian Rollergirls (#170) competed in the 2017 Clover Cup roller derby tournament in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by the Dallas Derby Devils, the tournament featured nine Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) teams from around the United States. Although the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, the Appalachian Rollergirls upset both North Texas Roller Derby (#130) and Assassination City Roller Derby (#135) during hard-fought, close bouts that thrilled the venue’s spectators and skaters.

The team from Boone fell once to Red Stick Roller Derby (#143) with a score of 207-152. However, the Appalachian Rollergirls pummeled North Texas 214 -176 and skated away with a win in the final jam against Assassination City with a heart-stopping score of 194-193.

Mallory “Honey Boom Boom” Sadler, the league president of the Appalachian Rollergirls and blocker in that victorious final jam, credits teamwork and smart strategy for the win. “Our team had the most amazing energy going into the last two minutes,” says Sadler. “We knew that our final jammer, PYT, had to get lead and score 13 points. We all wanted this win. We played smart and stayed together. We really fought to give that extra 1%, and that made all the difference. We spent the whole bout supporting one another. This was our chance to bring the win home for everyone.”

The points scored in the last jam were a team effort led by Patricia “PYT” Ybanez, known for her speed, footwork, and composure when jamming in these nerve-wracking moments. She notes that hard work and confidence from the coach—Scott “Cool Hand Duke” Herman—helped her push the team to this satisfying triumph. “We do 50-100 laps of endurance every practice,” Ybanez reflects. “We have a saying that we ‘never tire.’ When the other team starts slacking, we push harder. Before the final jam started, I remember Coach coming up to me, placing his hand on my shoulder, and saying, ‘PYT, when you get lead…’ He had complete confidence that I was going to succeed, and I did. We all did.”

In May, the Appalachian Rollergirls will head to a Georgia tournament where they hope to solidify more wins. “A little dancing on the bench never hurts, either,” remarks Sadler with a wink. “Our camaraderie and positive attitude keeps us focused and victorious. When we arrived at Clover Cup, no one knew who we were. When we left, we had a ton of new fans and recognition.”

Local fans can catch the Appalachian Rollergirls at their August home bout in Boone, North Carolina. Currently, the team is searching for a new 10,000 sq. ft. bouting venue. Please contact Scott Herman at (828) 406-3344 for inquiries.

ABOUT APPALACHIAN ROLLERGIRLS: The APPALACHIAN ROLLERGIRLS are an 18+ all-female skater-run flat track roller derby league based in Boone, North Carolina. We are a 501c3 Non Profit and our mission is to encourage female athleticism, empowerment, and community awareness through various activities and events throughout the year.

ABOUT WFTDA:  The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 197 WFTDA member leagues and 98 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

ARG is going to Beach Brawl!

By: Rainbow Rucker

Did you know that ARG is going to go to Beach Brawl this year? It’s true, and the team is really excited. This is an international tournament that draws some extremely high quality teams that we are looking forward to bouting against. Currently 18 teams from Great Britain, Ireland, France, Canada, and USA are already signed up.

The only down side is that Beach Brawl is located in Florida and there are significant travel expenses associated with getting from Boone, NC to Fort Lauderdale FL. The team is currently raising money towards travel expenses and associated costs of the event. If you are interested in getting some great ARG swag you should check out THIS where you can buy a shirt or a sweatshirt designed by Holt 45 with the added bonus of helping us get to Beach Brawl.This page also offers the option for additional donations if you feel like you want to give more, but don’t need ten more sweatshirts in your life.

We always welcome sponsors too, and not just for Beach Brawl. If you want to become a team sponsor check out the sponsorship tab that has a “How to become a sponsor” tab. We would LOVE any support you can give!

Thank you Sarah Holt “Holt 45” for designing this great shirt!

ARG is wishing good luck to our All-Star Skaters Tutu LaRue, Coco Janel, and Patty Young Thang “PYT,” as well as our Head Coach Cool Hand Duke who are representing the Appalachian Rollergirls at part of the North Carolina team at the Battle of the All-Stars “State Tournament.”

We’ve embedded the feed above for your viewing ease. Remember, North Carolina starts off in Game 2 versus the New Jersey All-Stars!